How to Safely Remove Eyelash Extensions at Home

Gone are the days of having to apply a new set of false eyelashes every day, as eyelash extensions can give anyone the instant satisfaction of having longer, fuller eyelashes (even if you weren't born with them). In most cases, extensions are attached with surgical-grade glue, which isn't something a newbie should waste time with. Thankfully, there are some undamaged, expert-approved ways to remove your eyelash extensions at home. The first step in removing eyelash extensions is to moisten your face, which can be achieved in two different ways.

You can either gently glide the upper and lower eyelash lines, making sure no oil gets into your eyes. This will cause the extensions to slide and slide right out of the eye. Or you can fill a bowl or sink with hot water and then place your face on it. Cover your head with a towel to make sure the steam doesn't escape.

If makeup remover and oils aren't exactly what you're looking for, a thick, oil-based eye cream is also an effective tool for breaking down the adhesive on eyelash extensions. Lotti emphasizes that you can definitely loosen the extensions by taking hot showers and soaking them in oils, but to remove them safely, with as little damage as possible, you'll need to buy a remover to dissolve them. At this point, the glue used will already be degraded and the extensions will come off easily at home. Next, moisten a cotton ball with olive oil and wipe it on the eyelashes until the extensions start to fall out. If you need to remove a set of newly applied extensions, consult a professional eyelash artist for help.

Google “how to remove eyelash extensions” and you'll find results that talk about the use of depilatory creams and lotions and adhesives to dissolve eyelashes. Once your eyelash extensions have fallen off, you can continue to apply castor oil to strengthen your natural lashes. The safest way (both for natural eyelashes and for your own eyes) to remove eyelash extensions is to have them removed by a professional. Just as coconut oil and castor oil can break the eyelash extension adhesive, an oil-based makeup remover can be applied to do the same job. If you can resist pulling them out long enough, each natural eyelash and the eyelash extension attached to it will fall off as a normal part of your 3-hour-a-day eyelash cycle.

Armando Dunivan
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