Eyelash removal is a task many of us would rather leave to the professionals. The thought of putting chemicals on our eyes and potentially messing up our lashes can be worrisome. But if you do not have time or money for professional lash removal, there are other ways you can go about it at home. We'll show you some of the best and safest ways you can remove your eyelash extensions at home!
Should you remove your lash extensions at home?
Suppose you want to, yes! But there are a few things that you should be aware of:
There are many reasons why you should always go for professional eyelash extensions removal. The most obvious is that it's safer than trying to remove them yourself, especially if the adhesive used was surgical grade glue which isn't something an inexperienced person can handle without risking infection in their eye area too!
If you choose to take them off yourself, please be very careful when removing each lash not to damage the natural lashes underneath. It's also very easy for bacteria to get into the eye area, which a lash artist can easily prevent (they have hundreds of hours of education and training, not to mention the appropriate tools). So if you can wait until you see a specialist, it's best to do so. But if not, you can follow these steps to remove your lashes.
How To Remove Eyelash Extensions at Home
Oil + steam
You can use an oil-based makeup remover to remove your lash extensions by saturating a cotton pad and pressing it onto your lash line. Follow these steps:
- Wipe your face as you would during a regular wash. Keep the eye area clear of abrasive washing since it can harm your lashes and induce damage. This phase aims to remove any mascara or eye makeup that may have clung to the eyelash extensions as they dried.
- Fill a large bowl with steaming hot water. Cover your head with a towel to keep the steam in, and place your face over it. Allow it to sit for a few moments to loosen up the glue of the eyelash extensions.
- Get a tiny dish and fill it with oil. However, vegetable oil, olive oil, and castor oil can all remove lash extensions.
- The next stage is to heat the oil gently. Make sure that the oil isn't too hot since you'll be touching the delicate eye region. Check the temperature of the oil by dipping your clean pinky finger. All you need is a little warmth to make things go faster.
- The next step is to soak one or two cotton pads in the heated oil. After that, place the oiled cotton pad over your lashes on one eye. Allow it to stay for five to ten minutes or as long as the cotton pad takes to lose its warmth.
- Gently wipe your upper lash line with the oily pad and let the oil sit on your extensions for a few minutes. When using a cotton pad, softly swipe your lash line once more. You should notice a few lash extensions falling off and staying in the cotton pad.
I can't emphasize enough how important it is to go through this procedure with care to preserve your natural lashes. If your extensions do not fall off, don't try to pull on them. You'll need the assistance of a specialist to get rid of them.
You may have heard that castor oil can help your eyebrows grow back, but did you know it can also aid in the removal of eyelash extensions? Before going to sleep, apply some castor oil lightly over your lashes to dissolve the adhesives in the glue.
After you've washed away all of your eye makeup, use a spoolie or a q-tip with castor oil on it to coat your lashes during your evening skincare routine. "Rub the swab or spoolie along the top of your lash line where the extensions are bonded, taking great care not to get any in your eyes.
Tips When Removing Eyelash Extensions By Yourself
When removing lash extensions on your own, be gentle throughout the procedure. It would be best if you strived to avoid tugging no matter which oil you're using. Instead, after soaking your eyes with oil-soaked cotton pads in a downward motion, slide your fake lashes down with Q tips.
Keep the following in mind: Use a snag-free mascara brush or a lint-free cotton pad to assist with the process. Always make sure to clean your eyes with clean water and a suitable cleanser after finishing the long process of removing it on your own.
Don't Pick or Pull at Your Lash Extensions
Even if you've tried the above recommendations and still can't get rid of one misplaced lash, do not grab for the tweezers; by doing so, you could severely damage your natural lashes. It's the most harmful thing you can do to your lashes if you pick at them.
Pulling and picking can not only cause sparse lashes, but it may also be very harmful. Constantly tugging off your eyelashes might induce severe follicular damage, which might result in irreversible damage.
Be careful when using it. Excess oil applied to your eyelid line can block your pores and cause blackheads, pimples, and even blepharitis.
Risk of infection
Removing your eyelash extensions yourself might be difficult if you keep your eyes closed. If you do not have a steady hand, you may drip solutions into your eye while removing them. This can cause irritation and even infection of the eyes.
Although oils do break down lash adhesives, most natural oils are insufficient to remove lashes in one sitting. It would help if you planned on removing your extensions a few times before they fall out naturally.
Because of the long time it takes to remove lashes at home by yourself, you might end up pulling on your lashes and damaging them. It's common to lose many natural lashes or get weary from the lengthy process of removing eyelash extensions on your own at home.
Whether you're looking for a time-saving or cost-effective way to remove your lashes, there are plenty of DIY eyelash removal methods that can be done at home. However, it is essential to note that some of these techniques may not work well for you if you have sensitive eyes and skin. When in doubt about what will work best for you and your eyes, it's always best to consult your favorite lash tech!