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How to remove eyelash extensions at home?

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If you are part of the eyelash lovers community then you will have at one time or the other wondered if you can remove your eyelash extensions by yourself or just go ahead with the removal appointment. You might even have tried removing them yourself but regretted it because you couldn’t do it well and it affected your natural lashes. This article has details on how you can remove eyelash extensions and this will benefit both you as a client and you as a potential eyelash technician.

When Should You Remove Eyelash Extensions?

The number one question that is expected to cross an eyelash extensions lover after an application appointment is ‘When should I remove my eyelash extensions’. It has been a piece of common knowledge for eyelash extension lovers that your eyelash application lifespan depends on its type. This means that your extension can be expected to stay for 6 weeks. After this time frame, you can start thinking of an eyelash extension removal appointment. Other times when you need to get your eyelash extensions removed include:

  • When the lash extensions are poorly done:

Unlike other beauty procedures that can be managed when done poorly, eyelashes can not fit into this category. Poorly applied lash extensions can look really irritating and unmanageable. You may as well get it removed as soon as possible.

  • When your natural lashes are growing out in different directions:

If you have short natural lashes shedding duration then your extensions are expected to get worked out before the estimated time. Therefore, when you notice your lashes growing out, especially when it has started giving your extensions a distorted look then it is time to get it out.

  • When you experience any form of allergy:

Some people react to some ingredients in an extension glue or bond. If you experience any form of allergy remove the eyelash extensions immediately after you notice and see your doctor.

How safe is removing your lash extensions at home?

Most write-ups will tell you how great and money-saving removing your lash extensions at home is but we’d rather not give you that advice and this is just for the reason that it might be dangerous to do so. More so, there are different removal products for different forms of glue or bond which only your professional eyelash extensions technician will know better about. Using them with putting your eye health at risk

There are two major risks of DIY removal:

  • Eye damage:

If lash removal chemicals run into your eyes when used at home, it can lead to serious eye damage.

  • Natural eyelash damage:

Since the DIY methods do not work as easily as the professionals’, you could end up tugging at your extensions during the process of removal. This will result in thinned or spidery lashes.

Eyelash Extension Removal Essential Tools:

Cotton pads


Under-eye gel pad

Professional eyelash extension glue remover


Types of Professional Eyelash Glue Removers

  • Cream Remover:

Cream remover has proven to be the safest eyelash glue remover. It weakens the glue bond and removes lash extensions totally without running into your eyes or skin. This is because of its thickness which makes it sit well on the lashes.

We recommend ___ type of lash remover to all levels of lash professionals.

  • Gel Remover:

The gel eyelash glue remover is used to remove the partial or entire set of eyelash extensions. You’ll have to shake the bottle well before use.  Apply the gel and allow it to sit for about 2-5 minutes then remove the extension from the natural lash gently.

Just like the cream remover, the gel remover’s consistency is also thick enough to sit on the lashes, but if it is allowed to stay too long on the lashes the texture can turn waterly and run into the eye thereby irritating it.  This is best handled by professionals

DIY Steps to Removing  Lash Extension

To get  your lash extensions removed at home especially if you still have them in shape but need to get them out yourselves, the following is what you should do :

Although it is always advised to have your lashes removed by a professional, a time might arise for different reasons that require you to do it yourself.  Here we give you methods to safely remove them at home.

Take a Steamy Shower

Eyelash extensions do not do well with steam because heat from the hot water can break down the bond between your natural eyelash and the extension. So if you can take a hot shower, it will help loosen the glue adhesive.

Try Oil-based Make-up Remover

Using an oil-based makeup remover will naturally loosen the glue, but sometimes it wouldn’t work on some sets of glue. Dampen a cotton pad with the oil-based make-up remover and hold it over your eye for some minutes. After this, try combing the glue through your lashes with a clean spoolie.

Try Oil-based Mascara

Most mascaras are known to contain oil as part of their ingredient so if you’re trying to get your lash extensions out then try applying mascara. Note that your extension is not supposed to drop off immediately by a single use but continuous application over a short period of time, mostly a week, will make the lash extensions fall out by themselves.

The question is; how long will you feel comfortable walking around with falling and scattered eyelash extensions?

Things to Avoid When Attempting to Remove Your Lash Extension at Home

1.      Don’t tug at your lashes. Whether your eyelashes are fixed or not, it is unhealthy to tug or pull at them. Pulling your extensions will inevitably be painful and your natural lashes will pull out along with the extensions.

2.      Be careful with your mascara application. Mascara will help remove the extensions definitely but applying too much to the extent the lashes get clumped up will make your natural lashes pull out with your extensions.

3.      Avoid harsh solvents. For any remover you plan on using, make sure they don’t contain harsh ingredients like alcohol.

These are methods that will get your lash extensions off but it is best to seek out professional help.

The following are the steps a professional eyelash extension technician/stylist will get the lash extensions off

10 Professional Ways to Remove Eyelash Extensions with Lash Glue Remover

1. Get a  good professional eyelash extension glue remover. You can check out ____ for one of the best glue removers out there

2. Tape the under-eye with under-eye pads and tape cotton pads on top of the eye pads so the sensitive skin around the eye area is protected from the strong remover product in case it runs.

Note: a good lash remover doesn’t run into your eyes. Check out ___

3. Set a drop of lash glue remover on a surface.

4. With the use of a micro swab, apply the lash glue remover on eyelash extensions.

5. Let it sit for about 3 minutes.

6. Use a swab or tweezers to remove the extensions.

7. Clean up any lash glue remover residue on the natural lashes with a lint-free swab

8. Soak a cotton pad in water and rinse the natural lashes thoroughly.

9. Dry the wet lashes with a mini fan and brush the lashes.

10. Moisturize with lash serum or moisturizing oil


Will removing your eyelash extensions hurt?

If you are getting eyelash extensions removed professionally it should not hurt.

Can you remove eyelash extensions quickly?

Your lash extension removal timing depends on the number of lashes and the type of extensions but generally,  eyelash extension removal appointments last 30+ minutes.

Do eyelash extensions damage your eyelashes?

Eyelash extensions applied by a professional should not cause damage although a few people experience redness or swollen eyes which go down with little time. If yours is persistent with pain then you might be allergic to the lashes or glue please visit a licensed aesthetician

Can I remove my eyelash extensions with coconut oil or olive oil?

Using olive oil, coconut oil, or any other kind of oil may work with patience but it is not recommended. Natural oils can break down the adhesion of lash glue but these oils are not strong enough to remove the lash extensions effectively. Its ineffectiveness is why many people end up tugging at or forcefully pulling the lash extensions which results in natural lashes pulling off. Some others even get their lashes irritated or inflected from long-term use.

What if eyelash extensions won’t come off?

Contact your local professional lash stylist. They’ve got the experience and materials needed to gently dissolve extension adhesive without damaging your natural lashes or your eyes.


No one said a DIY lash removal is impossible as long as you are ready to do it patiently and okay with the possible side effects but it is ideal to schedule an appointment with a professional lash technician to give yourself a  faster, safer outcome.

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