How To Remove Eyelash Extensions At Home
First, eyelash expert do not recommend removing eyelashes at home. Even the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) says these things are best left to licensed estheticians.
“Professional trained lash technicians buy lash extensions (cream, gel and liquid) from the company they buy from,” explains eyelash expert, a licensed esthetician also trained with Guerlainlashes.
If you plan to do this alone, follow Clark’s tips below to remove lashes at home.
1. Resist the urge to pick
You get lash extensions because you like fluffy, thick lashes, right? Picking or pulling falsehoods will only wreak havoc on your natural edges.
Bottom line: Even if you’re very careful to only pull in extensions, the pulling action can weaken the natural lashes underneath.
2. Choose oil-based or glycerin-based products
Remember how your lash tech advised against using oil-based cleansers to keep your extensions fresh for as long as possible? That’s because oils, glycols, and glycerin break down lash glue and cause lashes to fall out, Clark said.
Some of the products she said might work in your favor:
johnson baby oil
Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer
3. Use a new sol product daily
“Nothing works like a professional eyelash remover,” says Clark.
Beauty products that contain ingredients that dissolve adhesives can take a few days to slide between extended and natural lashes. Be patient, grasshopper.
A few suggestions:
Start removing eye makeup with baby oil, coconut oil, or an oil-based cleanser.
Prefer to avoid oil? Dab the skin around your eyes with a glycerin-rich moisturizer.
Dip a cotton swab in Vaseline and dab it on your lashes before bed.
4. Delicate your natural lashes as the graft falls off
Even with the help of glue-dissolving ingredients, your extension may last for days. Be patient and shift your focus from removing mascara to nourishing your lashes.
Experts recommend using eyelash serum or moisturizing oil to keep your natural eyelashes healthy. “Castor oil is known to help strengthen lashes,” she says.
Note: Your lashes will look a little spidery or uneven at this point. Some people use mascara or magnetic false lashes during the transition to keep their fringes looking fly.
5. Decide what to do next
Postponing naturally makes you feel a little naked. If you miss fluff, you have options!
Try DIY falsies
Nourishes Eyelashes with Castor Oil
Grow Your Eyelashes With Serum
Contact a licensed beautician for another set of eyelash extensions
It’s never too late to embrace what you have. Give it a little time and you might fall back in love with the natural look.