Removing Eyelash Extensions: When and How to Do That?
Removing eyelash extensions should be done by a professional if you want to avoid damaging your natural lashes. Here’s how it is done and how to remove them at home.
Eyelash extensions are so great – they make your eyes more prominent, open, noticeable. No mascara can make your eyes look so good and it seems like a full makeup look is incomplete without false lashes, and in this case, lash extensions.
False strip lashes are becoming a thing of the past. Eyelash extensions can last up to 8 weeks, they look more natural and you don’t have to take them off every night.
But sometimes, you do need to take them off. Whatever the reason for removing eyelash extensions is, keep reading to learn to find out how to do that properly.
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Reasons for Removing Eyelash Extensions
The first and the most common reason for removing eyelash extensions is because you get tired of them. They are not really low-maintenance – you need to wash them regularly and book regular infills to make them look good.
Lash extension infills appointments should be booked every 3-4 weeks. If you skip the fill-in appointments, your lash extensions will fall off completely after 6-8 weeks.
So, the best option is to wait for the lash extensions to fall off on their own. But if you have an important event or you just don’t want to go around with sparse lash extensions, removing eyelash extensions is also possible.
Other reasons may include: having them done by another lash tech and wanting them removed before getting the treatment with another lash tech; feeling they are too heavy for your natural lashes, and being afraid you will damage your natural lashes or getting an allergy from a lash glue which means you need to remove lash extensions immediately.
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So, How to Do That?
Removing eyelash extensions, whether it is removing individual lashes or fans, such as volume or hybrid lashes, can be tricky. The glue that keeps them attached to your natural lashes is strong and if you pull and rub the extensions, you can damage your natural lashes.
So, the answer is: let the professional do that! Lash techs are trained and experienced, they will know how to preserve your natural lashes. They also have tried and trusted products for removing eyelash extensions safely.
How Does a Lash Tech Remove Eyelash Extensions?
A lash technician uses a professional gel or a cream for removing eyelash extensions. Gels are usually a little bit stronger and they will remove all the extensions and the remaining glue. The lash tech needs to be careful not to let the gel end up in the client’s eye, because it can cause irritation.
Lash extensions removal creams are suitable for clients with sensitive skin.
The lash tech will apply undereye pads to protect the area and lower lashes. The gel or the removal cream should not be applied on the actual skin (it can cause irritation), but as close as possible to the lash line, to break the glue.
They let it sit for about 5 minutes (or more, depending on the products they use) and then use a lip wand for removing lash extensions. If the lashes are too thick, if there is still a lot of them, they repeat the process.
After all the lashes are removed, a lash bath is recommended. The lash tech will wash your lashes to make sure there is no more removal cream or gel left.
This is the safest way of removing eyelash extensions, because the products are specially designed and the lash techs are experienced and will not damage their natural lashes.
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Should I Remove Eyelash Extensions at Home?
It is always a better solution to choose a professional for removing lash extensions. But, if, for some reason, you are unable to do that, yes, you can remove eyelash extensions at home. However, you need to do that extremely carefully, patiently and with appropriate ingredients. Here is how to do that.
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What Do I Need for Removing Eyelash Extensions at Home?
You can use some of the natural ingredients you have at home. Olive oil, coconut oil, and vaseline are very effective. Castor oil is also fine because it will also help your lashes recover faster. Baby oil will also do.
You will also need under-eye pads to protect the area under your eyes and a small brush or a clean lip wand.
How to Remove Lash Extensions at Home?
Removing eyelash extensions at home should start by steaming them. Boil some water and put it in a bowl, then place your face over it. Cover your head with a towel to make the best of the steam. Stay like that for 10 minutes. The lash glue will loosen.
Dry the lashes, and apply preferable oil on them. Wait 10 minutes and then very gently drag the lip wand from the root to the top of the lashes to get them removed. Repeat the process if necessary.
Read this article to find out how to remove lash extensions at home: Removing Lash Extensions at Home: Is It Safe to Do It on Your Own?
You will also need to wash your lashes afterward. Give them a proper lash bath and apply a little bit of castor oil to help them stay healthy.
Removing Eyelash Extensions – Main Takeaways
Removing eyelash extensions should be done by a professional. That way, your natural lashes will not be damaged and your eyes will not get irritated. Removing lash extensions at home is also possible, with natural ingredients, but requires a lot of patients and you need to be really careful.