In recent years, eyelash extensions have become a popular beauty treatment. As lash extensions can give anyone the instant gratification of longer, fuller eyelashes (even if they weren’t born with them), the days of wearing false eyelashes daily are over.
It is enough to convince anyone to spend money on such a service if the eyelashes are long enough. With busy schedules and ever-growing responsibilities, we can’t always make time to touch up (or remove) our lashes. This guide will guide you about how to remove eyelash extensions at home?
Are Eyelash Extensions Safe to Remove at Home?
The safest way to remove eyelash extensions is to have them removed by a professional (both for your natural lashes and your eyes). In most cases, extensions adhere with surgical-grade glue, which an inexperienced person should handle. Additionally, it is straightforward to spread bacteria into the eye area, something that a lash artist can avoid reasonably easily (they have hundreds of hours of training, not to mention proper equipment). This is why you should wait to see a professional.
Even so, there will inevitably be occasions when you cannot get into the salon to have your lashes removed and will have to take matters into your own hands. There are a few damage-free, expert-approved home removal techniques for removing eyelash extensions, whether you’re in between appointments or giving up on extensions for a little while. We urge you to take matters into your own hands only if you know the health and safety risks.
How to remove eyelash extensions at home?
1. Remove makeup with an oil-based remover.
Many of the dos and don’ts your lash technician shared with you after your application are now encouraged when it comes to removing your eyelash extensions. You should use a product that contains alcohol and oil. You can try IPSY-favorite SUNDAY RILEY C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil, which will dissolve makeup and waterproof mascara while nourishing your skin with vitamin C and E.
Marin suggests looking for an eye makeup remover that contains glycols when you are looking for one. According to her, “Glycols are typically used in cosmetics as solvents, which dissolve adhesive bonds.” By applying an oil-based cleanser to your lashes daily, you will eventually weaken the bonds of the eyelash glue so that they will fall off on their own.
2. Have a steamy shower.
Is there another major no-no when a new set of lashes is applied? Using hot water. It is impossible to loosen the eyelash extension glue by taking a hot shower (or even using a steam room) while the eyelash adhesive is still setting. However, showering for an extended period can help.
Marin says heat and moisture are two of the biggest enemies of lash adhesives. Applied in sufficient quantities and significantly when combined, these elements can dissolve cyanoacrylate [the lash adhesive].
Using an oil-based cleanser won’t make your lashes fall out all at once, just like using an oil-based cleanser. Marin says the lifespan of eyelash extensions will be shortened by a lot of steam and hot water if a suitable adhesive is used.
3. Consider using castor oil.
Castor oil can dissolve the bonds between your lashes and your lashes while you sleep if you are desperate to get your lashes off. Mineral oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil, canola oil, and castor oil are oils that have been shown to weaken extension adhesives, says Marin.
If you have already removed all your eye makeup, coat a spoolie or trip in castor oil and brush the oil onto your lashes during your evening skincare routine. Marin recommends that you use an alcohol swab or spoolie to wipe the top of your lash line where your extensions are bonded, being careful not to get any oil into your eyes. If oil does get into the eye, be sure to flush it out with water immediately.
You can use this to replace baby oil since it is made of mineral oil. To stick with castor oil that dissolves the glue, you can try 100% Pure Shea Moisture Pure Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Castor oil may even promote longer natural eyelashes as a side benefit.
4. Never pick or pull your lashes (fake or actual).
Although you may have tried the above tips and still don’t have a lash, resist the urge to grab a tweezers because you could damage your natural lashes, especially if the natural lashes you pull are in the early stages of growth.
It is not just that pulling and picking can leave you with sparse lashes, but doing so repeatedly could also be detrimental. Pulling your eyelashes continuously could damage your follicles irreversibly, says Marin.
5. Don’t be harsh.
Once your extensions fall out, be gentle with your natural lashes-especially when applying or removing makeup. Marin advises not to apply too much pressure to the eye area or lashes and avoid vigorously rubbing. Use an eyelash conditioner or growth serum instead to nourish and strengthen those delicate hairs so that they will grow long and strong.
Despite the fact there is no miracle at-home lash remover for extensions, the tips below can show you how to help your fake lashes fall out on their own and protect your natural ones at the same time.
6. Consult a professional
If you want to remove your eyelash extensions safely (both for your natural lashes and your eyes themselves), you should have them removed by a professional. Surgical-grade glue is usually used to adhere to extensions, which a novice should refrain from attempting. You want to avoid damaging your natural lashes by incorrectly applying and removing long, heavy extensions. If they don’t come off, see a professional. Additionally, lash artists are trained to avoid spreading bacteria into the eye area, which they can reasonably quickly do (not to mention the proper equipment). It’s better to wait to see a professional if you can.