How to Remove Eyelash Extensions

It's important to stress that getting eyelash extensions removed by a professional is the fastest and safest option. Think about what could go wrong with your lash extensions before you decide to take them off yourself.

You will want to stop getting eyelash extensions at some point, no matter how much you love them. At this point, you'll want to know how to take off eyelash extensions, and you might even want to do it at home.

That being said, we strongly advise against this. Removing eyelash extensions is a precise and careful process that uses chemicals that could be harmful.

If you want to do it yourself, Loreta, our licenced lash technician, can give you useful advice on how to remove your own eyelashes.

Our step-by-step guide is here to help beauty professionals safely remove eyelash extensions. The Flawless team knows how to do it.

How to remove eyelash extensions at home

"Removing eyelash extensions at home can pose risks to both the health of your natural lashes and your eyes," explains licenced master esthetician Loreta Jasilionyte.

Once again, we strongly advise against removing eyelash extensions at home. We can even provide a link to a reputable source that similarly discourages removing lash extensions at home.

If you're determined to complete the task on your own, follow Loreta's instructions for removing eyelash extensions below.

Step 1 - Protect the eye area

First, you must place protective eye gear (or under-eye lint-free / hydrogel pads) underneath your client’s eyes. This step is extremely important; it’s all about protecting the client’s skin, as the under-eye area is super sensitive and thin. Never use cotton wool as the fibers in it can react with either dissolved adhesive or remover.

The remover is safe when used properly, but you don’t want to cause any unnecessary discomfort for your client. In addition to this, the protective pad against the lashes makes it so much easier to see what you’re doing.

Step 2 - Apply eyelash adhesive remover

Apply Cream Glue Remover using a sponge applicator directly onto the lash extensions, solely in the area where the glue bond is. As a cream, this remover is much safer to use, as liquids are much more likely to potentially run into the client's eye causing unwanted complications (like infections - yikes!). So using a cream is much safer.

This remover works from 5-10 minutes, which gives you time to fit more clients into your schedule and - you guessed it - make more money, too! However, the more glue used in the lash application, the longer you will need to leave it on. Badly applied lashes with excess adhesive may take up to 20 minutes.

The extensions will release and lift from the natural lash, but if this doesn’t happen so easily, leave the product on a little longer, and gently use some tweezers or two micro brushes to remove any stubborn extensions. Never pull or apply force.

Step 3 - Castor Oil as an Option

Many people believe that castor oil can assist in removing extensions, but this method can take a considerable amount of time for lash adhesive to soften, potentially causing harm to natural lashes.

Though, castor oil has a few benefits. It possesses multiple benefits, specifically as a natural moisturiser. Applying a small quantity of castor oil to your eyelashes every night will dissolve the bond of the lash adhesive as you sleep.

After a few nights, the treatment should sufficiently weaken the extensions, causing them to naturally detach. To ensure precise application of the oil to the eyelash adhesive without any risk of it entering your eyes, it is recommended to use a q-tip instead of your fingers. In the event that oil comes into contact with your eye, promptly rinse it out with cold water.

Step 4 - Cleanse the area

Once the extensions are all removed, remove the residue of the Cream Glue Remover by using a dry sponge applicator or micro brush. Next, we want to cleanse the eye area. Clean the eyelid and natural lashes with our refreshing Foam Cleanser and rinse thoroughly.

Our Foam Cleanser has an improved and balanced PH formula to specifically suit eyelash extensions. It is a natural and gentle formulation, vegan-friendly and diminishes the risk of eye irritation, making it the perfect product to use on your client’s lashes.

Foam cleanser

Is it safe to remove eyelash extensions at home?

No - it is not safe to remove eyelash extensions at home. It is better to have your lashes removed by a professional to avoid any damage to your natural lashes. This is because professionally trained lash artists not only have the correct tools but the right skillset too, ensuring that the procedure is done properly and safely.

We have knowledge of which remover to use, how long to leave the product on for, and we make sure to use only the best products for ultimate care for the client’s lashes. To enhance your understanding and knowledge as a lash artist, take a look at the professional courses we have to offer. .

In summary…

Do not attempt eyelash extension removal at home by yourself if you have no previous professional experience in doing so. We don’t want clients to end up damaging their beautiful natural lashes, do we?

Always recommend to your client that they get lash extensions removed professionally as it is the safest and most efficient option. As a lash artist, you have the correct tools, experience and knowledge in order to perform this procedure as safely as possible without damaging the natural lashes.

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