Latina entrepreneurs (and besties) Ramona Azcona and Julie Mella know good lashes. After 11 years of friendship, this beauty (Ramona is a renowned hairstylist) and brains (Julie has a business background) duo finally opened their dream salon — She Winks Lash Studio. Not only is the studio the girliest, prettiest place you could envision getting pampered in, but it's the hottest place to go in NYC for serious custom fringe. We're talking 3D, ombre, mink, and bejeweled lashes here, chicas. When you want your eyes enhanced, there's no greater glam squad to turn to than the She Winks pros. Here are their DOs and DON'Ts for making the most of your extensions...
DO: Gently Comb Your Lashes At Least Twice a Day
She Winks Lash Stylist Stacy Dimopoulos recommends gently brushing lashes with a clear, oil-free mascara or growth serum (like GrandeLash) to keep them from clumping together, to add shine, and to help your own lashes grow.
DON’T: Use an Eyelash Curler
"At She Winks Lash Studio, we have customized curl options to choose from, so there's on need to perm or manually curl your lashes — we've got it covered", says co-owner Ramona Azcona.
DO: Use Oil-Free Everything!
Use oil-free eye makeup, eye makeup remover, and eye creams to avoid loosening the bond of your lash extensions.
DON'T: Get Your Lashes Wet Within 24 Hours
That means no hot yoga, saunas, or steamy showers for about a day. Sweat and water can prevent the glue from fully adhering, or on the flip side, re-activate the adhesive and make your lashes look clumpy and messy.
DO: Re-lash Every 3 Weeks
"We want your lashes to always look full and voluminous, so re-lashing every 3-4 weeks is a must", says co-owner Julissa Mella. "This avoids any noticeable gaps and length differences between your own lash and the extension."
DON'T: Remove at Home
Ok so you want to take a lash a break, we get it, but please let a pro handle it. By pulling, tucking and tweezing your extensions, you're putting your natural lashes at risk.