How to Remove Eyelash Extensions (Without Ruining Your Lashes)

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Last Updated: August 24, 2021

Eyelash extensions can slim your makeup routine down by a lot, eliminating the need to worry about clumpy mascara or applying falsies. But, as time passes, your lashes can start to fall out and leave your lash line looking like a hot mess. 

If you can’t make it to your lash tech or simply just want to get rid of your extensions, you can follow these simple steps on how to remove eyelash extensions at home. Be warned, it is a time-consuming process

If you can see a professional instead, please do so. The glue used for extensions is surgical grade—you cannot expect that some tweezers will do the job well. 

If you do decide to do this at home, handle your lashes with care and keep in mind that the bacteria from your hands can easily spread to your eye. You’ll want to keep the process simple, slow, and steady. 

Is It Safe to Remove Eyelash Extensions at Home?

The truth of the matter is: it’s not ideal to remove your eyelash extensions at home. If you do, you’ll need to be extremely careful and understand the damage you can do to your natural lashes.

You are not a trained professional, and you need to know that this process won’t happen in one sitting. Plus, the lashes will most likely fall out over the course of a week, so you may just want to wait until your extensions naturally shed.

If you are determined to remove your eyelash extensions at home, follow these steps and be very gentle!

How to Remove Eyelash Extensions

1. Start with an Oil-Based Cleanser 

If you don’t want to buy a new product or want to try other methods first, keep reading.

First, before doing anything, make sure to wash your hands. 

Then, move on to removing the oils and dirt from your face with an oil-based cleanser. This will help weaken the strength of the glue used on your eyelash extensions.

One of my favorites is the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. 

2. Take a Hot Shower or Steam Your Face 

To further the process, you’ll want to take a hot shower or steam your face. Lash techs will always tell you to avoid humidity, but we are trying to do the opposite of good here. 

To steam your face, fill a mixing bowl with boiling hot water and drape your head over it (or use a face steamer). 

Make sure that you use a towel to lay over your head, that way it will trap the heat inside and loosen the glue bond. Stay in the shower or steam your face for about 15 minutes. 

3. Apply Castor Oil or Coconut Oil

Take a spoolie or a cotton pad with your oil of choice and apply to the lashes. If you don’t have castor oil or coconut oil, olive oil can work too. 

Brush through your lashes with the spoolie and some might just come out. Be careful not to overdo it, you don’t want to brush out your natural lashes. 

Rub the cotton pad over your eyes gently and leave the oil on overnight. The oils will do their job as best as they can at dissolving the glue while you’re asleep. 

If you have never used coconut oil, castor oil, or olive oil on your skin, be sure to do a spot test just in case you’re allergic. 

5. Avoid Picking or Pulling Lashes

I know it might be hard, but I have made this mistake before. After I tried to remove my lashes at home, I’d run them down so hard I ended up pulling out many of my own natural lashes. 

So, try the best you can to not use tweezers to pull them off. Yes, your natural lashes will grow back, but don’t you want lashes that are naturally as thick and full as possible?

6. Be Patient

The process of removing your eyelash extensions at home can take more than a few tries. With dedication and patience, you’ll be able to eventually get all of them off. 

Final Thoughts

If all else fails, a professional remover for eyelash glue will be your best bet (if you’re willing to purchase a product especially to remove your lash extensions).

The BL Remover is a highly recommended option as is the LASHVIEW Remover, but there are a large variety of other products on the market for removing eyelash extensions.

Be sure to follow these steps for how to remove eyelash extensions carefully and tediously; you wouldn’t want to lose your lashes and look bare as ever!

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