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Removing Eyelash Extensions at Home: A Step-by-Step Tutorial


Eyelash extensions are a popular procedure that involves adding fake lashes to natural ones. There are cases when we need these extensions removed but don’t have an opportunity to go to a professional lash artist. Can we remove eyelash extensions ourselves? Is it safe to do at home? Let’s find out.

How to Remove Eyelash Extensions At Home

If these are your first eyelash extensions, first of all, you should know why it is important to remove them in time.

  • With time, fake lashes start falling out as they get worn out. Soon your eyelashes will become patchy. This is why it’s recommended to get a touch-up or remove all fake lashes altogether and get new extensions.
  • The effect may not be as you expected. You may not like the thickness or curve or the extensions may cause discomfort. In this case, the extensions should be removed and redone.
  • Wearing thick and long eyelashes for a  long time makes your eyelids heavier, which also causes discomfort.
  • Fake lashes are attached with the help of special glue, which can lead to inflammation if you wear them for a long time. This is also a sign that you need to remove the extensions urgently.

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Read about volume, length, and effect of eyelash extensions here.

Myths about Removing Eyelash Extensions at Home

Some sources give arguable pieces of advice as to how to remove lash extensions at home. Let’s look at some of them that can be harmful to your eyes.

Myth 1. There’s no need to buy expensive professional products, a homemade recipe will do.

This is the most common myth, listening to which can lead to eyelash loss and eyelid injuries. Professional products are your best choice when it comes to removing extensions yourself. These products are designed to make the removal procedure quick and safe.

Myth 2. You can remove eyelashes with steam, holding your face over a bowl with hot water.

This procedure can have an effect 3-4 hours after you get your eyelash extensions done. After that, steam won’t do anything to the hardened glue.

Myth 3. Vegetable oil or oily cream can help to remove lash extensions.

They can, to an extent. Sure, you can apply these products to the eyelash line, but:

  • if the cream gets in your eyes, it will cause discomfort or may even provoke an allergic reaction
  • you’ll have to leave it on for 30-40 minutes
  • and even this time may not be enough to dissolve the glue and then you risk losing your natural eyelashes as well.

Myth 4. You can use debonder.

This is a very toxic and aggressive product that is used to:

  • make corrections during the procedure
  • and clean glue from the tools.

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Professional Lash Extension Removal Products

There are special products — removers — for this purpose. Remover, same as debonder, dissolves the glue but does it much more gently. Thanks to its thick texture, it stays in place after application, which reduces the risk of the product getting in your eyes.

Lash extensions remover can come in the form of

  • cream
  • gel
  • mousse
  • gelatin
  • paste.

Important! Gel remover is liquid and can get in the eyes. We recommend using it only if you already have previous experience removing eyelash extensions at home.

How to Avoid Complications

Here are some dos and don’ts you need to know before removing eyelash extensions yourself at home:

  • Before you start, wash your hands and disinfect or sterilize your tools.
  • Before applying any product, perform an allergy test. Apply some product to the back of your hand and wait 15-20 minutes. If you don’t see any allergic reaction, you’re good to go.
  • Be careful with professional products. They are strong and if they get in your eyes they can cause a chemical burn, inflammation, or irritation.
  • Do not open your eyes or do jerking movements during the procedure.
  • Do not use force to pull out fake lashes, because they are glued to your natural lashes. Those will be gone too if you ignore this warning. The restoration process will take a lot of time and effort.
  • Do not use aggressive products to remove your extensions. They may damage the mucous membrane and cause complications.
  • If you have inflammation, an allergic reaction, itching, or discomfort right now, postpone removing the extensions till these symptoms go away.
  • Consider not doing this procedure during your period, because you’re more sensitive to pain during this time.

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Removing Eyelash Extensions at Home Step by Step

Let’s go over the steps to remove lash extensions at home.

  1. Preparation. To make the procedure as comfortable and safe as possible, do a compress for your eyelids. Wet cotton pads in warm, previously boiled water or better in chamomile or marigold decoction. Place the pads on your eyelids and wait 10-15 minutes.
  2. Protection. Take eye patches or clean cotton pads cut in half. Place them under the eyes to protect the sensitive skin there.
  3. Softening. Apply remover along the eyelash line with a dry cotton swab and leave it there for 5 minutes. The remover will weaken the bond between the natural and fake lashes, allowing you to move to the next step.
  4. Removing the extensions. Carefully pick fake lashes with tweezers and try separating them from your natural lashes. Do it carefully, with smooth and slow moves. Your main focus should be not to damage your lashes. Leave the removed lashes on a cotton pad.
  5. Getting rid of remaining glue. Carefully run through your lashes with a special brush or wash your face with warm water and your usual cleanser. Make sure that no glue remains on your lashes, or else you may get inflammation.

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Strengthening Eyelashes after Extensions

After you remove the extensions, you should take care of your natural lashes. You can use professional products or other substances to strengthen them, for example,

  • burdock or castor oil bought in a pharmacy
  • eyelash tonic
  • serums
  • marigold, thyme, chamomile, or sage decoction.

These substances strengthen the shafts and follicles of your lashes and stimulate the growth of new ones. Use them following the instructions or twice a day for a month after the removal while your eyes are resting before new extensions.

Summing Up

It’s possible to remove eyelash extensions at home if you perform this procedure carefully and follow all the rules to make it safe, painless, and effective. Do not use suspicious methods and products, stick to professional removers and use them with care in a sterile environment. After the procedure, don’t forget to strengthen your eyelashes to preserve their health and beauty.

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