We know that you know that it’s best to return to your lash technician to remove extensions. Eyelash techs use professional glue remover, know what they are doing and will cause the least damage to your lashes. We also know that it’s not always possible to get to that appointment. The next best thing is to let them grow out naturally. If either of those aren’t viable options, then we still don’t advise to try and remove your own extensions.
And while we reallyyyy don’t think it’s a good idea, we know that some of you are going to try and take them off yourself anyway. Please note (this is our final warning), that we actually strongly suggest AGAINST removing your own eyelash extensions. Read this before you go plucking out your eyelashes one by one in frustration as a few lash extensions hang on for dear life.
What you’ll need:
- Access to steam (whether it’s a hot steamy shower, or a bowl of steamy water with a towel over your head)
- Cotton pads
- Coconut oil or Olive oil
Start with a clean face and spend 15 minutes getting some steam on your lashes to soften the glue. Obviously be careful not to burn your face. Be warned that excess heat may result in broken capillaries and sensitive skin.
There’s a reason why your eyelash tech told you to avoid oil based makeup. Oils will weaken the bond that attaches your extensions. Put a good amount of coconut or olive oil on a cotton pad, hold the cotton pad to your eye for 20-30 seconds. Gently (VERY gently), wipe along your lash line and hopefully a few will fall out at a time. Every time you wipe, wipe in the same direction rather than back and forth.
This is so important, I’m saying it again. I repeat, do not RUB your eyes, just press in the oil and gently wipe.
Repeat the process, alternating between steam and oil, if necessary.
If all else fails, stick it out for a little while and try again in a couple of days. The main thing to know is that the eye area is such a sensitive area. Also if you do rip out your natural eyelashes in the process, it may take them a long time to recover. Some people report that their eyelashes NEVER recovered from being pulled out. In addition, you spend too long rubbing and aggravating the area, the soft skin around your eyes will be easily irritated.
It’s always best to return to your lash tech to have your eyelash extensions removed. That said, we know not everyone is going to do that. The second best option is to just wait and let the extensions fall out naturally. And then, only then, as a last resort, if you must, try the above suggestions. And remember to never ever ever try to pluck your lash extensions off one by one in frustration.