Let me say right off the bat, I don’t believe anyone needs eyelash extensions to enhance beauty or that your natural beauty doesn’t shine on it’s own! I love having a bare face (with or without lashes) and since moving to Hawai’i have had them off + on because I love how they look + I feel put together without having to put a bunch of makeup on. This post isn’t intended to convince you to get eyelash extensions because I believe going completely free of makeup is AWESOME – this is just simply for the other lash-loving-gals who want the advice of an expert!
And also, I am fully aware that my beauty choices are a weird oxymoron – I only use naturally derived, organic, simple ingredients in all of my routine YET your girl also loves having eyelash extensions on from time to time? Yea, I’m human – not perfect! LOL
After going to Janice for two years now, I wanted to share this incredible artist’s work here on the blog and also share her wisdom for those that aren’t local to Kona. Janice is an award-winning, highly-talented lash artist as well as a wonderful human being! It’s been an absolutely joy meeting her and becoming her friend. She opened up her brand new salon (with the coined phrase #shewenttojanice) around the same time I moved to Hawai’i and I can still remember walking in there for the first time + writing this post!
Here is her expert advice on extending the life of your eyelash extensions. . .
ADVICE FROM THE PRO:
Wash with shampoo 2-3 times a week with lash shampoo or with very diluted baby shampoo
Don’t use any oil based cleansers
Wash your face every day
Keep your lashes CLEAN
Sleep with a silk pillowcase
And if you can, a curved pillow to keep your eyes off the surface
Don’t sleep on your stomach
Blowdry your lashes when you get out of the shower or wash them – I know, don’t laugh!
Don’t brush your lashes when they’re wet
Don’t rub or pick at them – this seems obvious yet I always see people picking at theirs!
Don’t use ‘lash mascara’ on your extensions
Consider Volume – they look fuller for longer so you don’t have to get them filled as often! Also, they are lighter weight so they tend to be kinder to your lashes.
Keep in mind:
MANY things can affect the life of your lashes: hormones, activity level, care, how experienced your lash esthetician is, etc. so these are general tips to keep in mind + won’t guarantee that your lashes will last as long as mine do! Most of Janice’s clients wait 3-4 weeks for a fill but there are clients that still come in 2 weeks.
Why do I see you with lashes on sometimes and off others?
Typically, I have them on! I absolutely love my lash gal here in Kona although since I travel often for extended amount of time, I don’t always have access to her. Also, I think it’s good to give my real lashes a break from time to time :)
How long do your lashes last?
Do they bother you in the water?
Personally, my lashes don’t bug me in the water! I don’t naturally rub my eyes a lot (which not being able to rub your eyes is what tends to bug people) and having eyelash extensions means I have the look of mascara without black streaking down my face when I get out of the water. I used waterproof mascara for years but personally love having only my lashes + reef-safe sunscreen on in the water!
If you’re local to Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i and are looking for an amazing lash artist, know that Janice is your gal.