Removing Eyelash Extensions at Home: How to Do It Without Damage
Removing eyelash extensions properly can be just as important as putting them on in the first place! ‘Cause the truth is – no matter how beautiful your lash extensions were at first, there’s going to come a time when they look kinda awkward.
Since your lashes don’t all fall off at the same time – thank God – there’s going to be a strange transition period when most of your lash extensions have already fallen off and been replaced by your natural, shorter lashes but there are still a few long, misplaced stragglers hanging on.
Not a great look. So let’s get to helping those last few persistent extensions ease gently off your lashes. Here’s how to do it!
Go back to your lash technician
Eyelash extensions are bonded tight to your lashes using surgical-grade adhesive that’s designed to withstand water, soap and sweat. The result is that it won’t come off easily.
And whereas you can remove eyelash extensions by yourself, the best option is to have your lash technician do it. Most lash extension salons will remove extensions free of charge and this is the safest way to avoid the risk of losing some of your natural lashes in the removal process.
Get an eyelash extension remover
If you got your lashes done in another city or your lash technician insists on charging exorbitant fees for lash removal, a super easy option to remove extensions at home is to simply pick up a bottle of eyelash extension remover.
Blink Gel Remover is hands down the most effective for the job – it’ll easily take professional eyelash extensions off in a matter of minutes without damaging your natural lashes.
To use, do one eye at a time so you can see what you’re doing. Squeeze your eye tightly shut and use a Q-tip to apply the gel to your lash roots – where the extension glue is – and wait for around 3 minutes. The extensions should come right off. Rinse the solution off your eyes with cold water before opening your eyes to avoid any burning or stinging.
If your lash technician did a sloppy job or used way too much glue, you might prefer to saturate a cotton pad with the remover and place it on your lashes – eyes closed tight – so it can sit for a few minutes. Voila! Extensions removed 🙂
Loosen the extension glue
If you simply have a few stragglers you want to take care of and don’t want to get the eyelash extension remover, you can manually remove lashes on your own without solvents or removers.
Just keep in mind that the below instructions work best for straggling or near-mature lash extensions that are already at the end of their life cycle and just need a little extra boost. For newly-installed lash extensions, the above two options – going to a lash technician or getting a professional-grade eyelash extension remover – are the best way to go.
Okay, let’s get started removing the last few stragglers!
This step is all about coaxing – not pulling. The worst thing you can do to remove lash extensions is to try to pluck the lash out by its root – this is painful and you can end up waiting a long time for those lashes to grow back in. Do not do this!
Instead, you want to gently coax just the lash extensions off without harming the natural lashes that they’re attached to.
Start by cleaning your face of makeup so you can see exactly where the lash extensions begin on your lashes. Next, you’ll want to loosen the lash extensions with steam.
All this requires is that you fill a bowl with steaming hot water and place your face over it. Cover your head and the bowl with a towel so the steam can’t escape and stay like that for around 15 minutes.
The steam will naturally looses the bonds of the eyelash extension glue so the extensions are easier to remove and you get the double perk of opening up your pores as well!
Remove with a natural eyelash extension remover
There’s good reason why in order to make your lash extensions last, you want to avoid applying oil products around your lashes – oils can be natural lash extension removers.
So dip a cotton ball, cotton pad or Q-tip in olive oil or coconut oil and start very gently swiping at your lash line – where the glue is. The oil will help loosen the glue, allowing the extensions to fall right off. Continue wiping your lashes until all the extensions are off.
Rinse the oil off your lash line and you’re all done!
Optional: Condition your lashes
Your lashes have been through a lot – weeks of having glue attached to them plus the trauma of pinched and pulled lashes if you got a bad lash extension job. So why not show them some TLC after removing the eyelash extensions?
The easiest way to do it is with an eyelash conditioner that contain nutrients, amino acids, peptides and extracts to nourish and moisturize as well as strengthen and fortify lashes against thinning and breakage. You can choose from one of the best eyelash conditioners or simply make your own DIY lash serum!