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 lashes (even if you weren't born with them). Even though it's always best to have your lashes removed by a professional to avoid any damage to your natural lashes, there are some methods to safely remove your eyelash extensions at home. Read on to learn more about how to remove eyelash extensions at home, the risks involved, the tools you'll need, a list of oils you can use, tips, and a step-by-step guide to safely removing them. If you don't plan to refill them, you should remove your extensions 2 to 3 weeks after the initial application.
The most common method is to use coconut oil or olive oil to break the adhesive for the eyelashes. Coconut oil is also mixed with baking soda as a home remedy to remove superglue from fingers after use. Olive oil is the best oil for removing eyelash extensions and that is why it is a good choice to remove these false eyelashes safely. Professionals use an eyelash extension remover specifically formulated with very strong materials that dissolve glue.
If you need to remove a set of newly applied extensions, consult a professional eyelash artist for help. If you're worried, I recommend that you remove your eyelash extensions professionally to be on the safe side.
Step-by-Step Guide for Removing Eyelash Extensions at HomeOnce you've decided that you want to remove your eyelash extensions at home, here's what you need to do:
- Gently brush your lashes with a clean mascara wand or spoolie brush.
- Apply a few drops of coconut oil or olive oil on your lashes and massage it in.
- Wait for 5 minutes for the oil to break down the adhesive.
- Gently pull off each lash extension one by one.
- Once you're done with the lengthy process of removing it on your own, always make sure to rinse your eyes with clean water and a safe cleanser to remove any remaining oil or stuck eyelashes.
Tips for Removing Eyelash Extensions
- Be gentle: When removing your eyelash extensions, be gentle and take your time. Pulling too hard can cause damage to your natural lashes.
- Be patient: The removal process will be much slower and more delicate than if you went to a professional, since they use professional quality hair removal to dissolve the adhesive on the eyelashes. No, if you follow the recommended products and removal steps, you won't feel your eyelash extensions coming off.
If you want longer natural eyelashes and keep your extensions, my article on eyelash serums with eyelash extensions is an excellent read. And while extensions can last up to four weeks, at some point you'll want to remove your eyelash extensions or refill them. If you follow these steps and tips carefully, you can safely remove your eyelash extensions at home without any damage.