Eyelash extensions have become all the rage. They offer an instant glam look and perfectly embody the high-to-low maintenance mindset. But, after a few weeks, your perfect extensions may begin looking a little sparse…
Normally, you’d probably head back to the salon for an eyelash fill, however, sometimes your natural eyelashes need a bit of a break. You should opt to go to the salon for your lash extension removal, but popping out to your beautician isn’t always possible. So, you may need to remove your extensions by yourself.
With this guide, you can do it safely, without fear of damaging your natural lashes.
What you need to remove eyelash extensions at home
When it comes time to remove your lash extensions, you can finally indulge in a few things your beautician told you to avoid, like extra steamy showers.
There are a few methods you can use to remove your extensions, but most involve using oil-based makeup removers or serums and steaming your face. This combination helps weaken the adhesive of the eyelash extensions, so they fall out more easily.
You can take extra hot showers and swap out the oil-based makeup remover for coconut oil or castor oil. You’ll also need to arm yourself with a sparkly clean mascara wand or eyelash comb.
How to remove eyelash extensions at home
1. Clean your face, removing any makeup and debris.
2. Soak a cotton pad or bud with your chosen oil-based product and gently wipe your eyes. Focus on your eyelashes, allowing the oil to soak into the eyelash extension adhesive. Leave it for a few minutes.
3. Now, you should steam your face for about 10 minutes. This helps to further loosen the adhesive.
4. Once steamed, you’ll need to gently comb your lashes with the eyelash comb or mascara wand. By combing your eyelashes, you’ll help separate your real lashes from the extensions, and with some luck, several may well be loose enough to fall out!
5. You can repeat the oiling step now if you wish. Or you can go ahead and clean your face again, removing any oily debris.
The most important aspect of DIY eyelash extension removal is patience. You won’t manage to remove all extensions at once by yourself. You should never pull or force your extensions off your eyelashes, or else you run the risk of pulling out your natural lashes.
This process takes time and should be handled with care. Done right, you can head back to your salon with your head held high and without fear of patchy eyelashes!
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