Removing Eyelash Extensions at Home? How to Do It Without Lash Loss
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God – there’s going to be a strange transition period when most of your lash extensions have already fallen off and been replaced by your natural, shorter lashes but there are still a few long, misplaced stragglers hanging on.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. But as ready as you are to pluck off what remains of the extensions – it’s important that you don’t force them off your eyes. That can cause damage to your actual lash line and result in sparse lashes that take seemingly forever to grow back.
So let’s get to helping those last few persistent extensions ease gently off your lashes. Here’s how to remove eyelash extensions without damaging your natural eyelashes!
How to Remove Eyelash Extensions
There are a number of tips and tricks to gently remove eyelash extensions. The thing is – some of it can be costly. And some will take time and effort. You’ll just have to read through the options and decide what method of eyelash extension removal works best for you.
Here’s your best bets to removing eyelash extensions!
Professional eyelash extension removal
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.
So the easiest option, of course, is to go back to your lash technician. Whereas you can remove eyelash extensions by yourself, it’s simplest to have your lash technician do it. The process is no fuss, no muss – you just lie back and relax.
But it’s also the priciest.
Most lash extension salons will only remove eyelash extensions free of charge if you’re about to have another set put in. Otherwise, they’ll charge you around $20 just to have them removed.
It might be worth it to you, though, if you want to absolutely avoid the risk of losing some of your natural lashes in the eyelash extension 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 eyelash extensions at home is to simply order 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.
Sure you’ll have to wait until it arrives. But if you have Amazon Prime, it’ll get there in a day – and most of us can live with shabby, uneven eyelash extensions for an extra day.
Not to mention, there will probably be a time when you find yourself in this very situation again. And when that happens, you’ll know exactly how to remove eyelash extensions at home and have the tools to do it.
Plus, the process of using a remover is super simple. Here’s what you’ll need:
That’s it. And now the process. Here’s how to remove eyelash extensions with a remover gel:
- To use this eyelash extension remover, do one eye at a time so you can see what you’re doing
- Squeeze the paper towel in between your top and lower lashes before you squeeze your eye tightly to prevent the product from getting in your eye.
- Dab a little remover gel onto the disposable mascara brush or Q-tip and apply the gel to your lashes, trying to target where the extension glue is.
- Leave the gel on for around 3 minutes.
- Run another disposable mascara brush through your lashes or a fresh Q-tip over your lashes. 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.
Note: If your lash technician did a particularly sloppy glue 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 eyelash 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 eyelash extensions at home 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 that little extra push to let go.
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 ways to remove eyelash extensions.
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.
Another more pleasurable option is to take a hot bath or shower. 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 eyelash extensions with oil
There’s good reason why in order to make your lash extensions last, you want to avoid applying oil products around your lashes – oils weaken the glue that bonds lash extensions to your natural lashes.
The result? You can remove eyelash extensions at home simply using oils that you have at home. Not anything will do, of course, but any oil that you have that’s also good for lashes, like castor oil, coconut oil, or olive oil works great.
So how do you remove eyelash extensions with oil? Simply dip a cotton ball, cotton pad or Q-tip in the oil of your choice and start very gently swiping at your lash line – where the glue is. The oil will help loosen the glue, allowing the extensions to gradually fall off.
The only caveat is that the process can take awhile – it’s definitely not going to be as quick as using a professional-grade eyelash extension remover. So expect to make several gentle swipes to get all your straggling lash extensions off.
Rinse the oil off your lash line and you’re all done!
Eyelash Extension Removal Aftercare
Congrats! Your eyelash extensions are off and your natural lashes are ready to start from a clean slate. But is the slate as good as it can be?
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! Either way, it’ll help repair your eyelashes so they thrive after eyelash extensions. They deserve it, after all.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2017 and has been completely revamped and updated in 2020.