Tips on Removing Eyelash Extensions

While you should not do your own lash extensions, it is also generally recommended that you do not remove them yourself. But if you’re in quarantine or a situation where you can’t get them removed professionally, you might be tempted to do so (as many no-doubt already have). Although it is not recommended, there are some safe ways to do it. 

If you attempt to remove them incorrectly, you could cause entire lash removal and even permanent damage to the eyelid. So it’s essential to follow all of the DIY instructions carefully. Doing so will help ensure a safe removal process and help ensure your lashes remain healthy.

Seek a Professional if at all Possible

When applied correctly, with the right lengths and thicknesses, lash extensions don’t affect your natural lashes at all. If the lashes are applied correctly, the removal will be a smooth process. This makes it extremely important to go to a salon that you trust to do the best job possible.

Professionals will use a specialized lash remover to remove your lashes safely. It’s a quick, painless process that is safe and doesn’t result in any potential damage. Clients lie comfortably with their eyes closed during the process. The whole process only takes 15-20 minutes. 

You can mimic this process at home by following a few simple instructions. 


For safe, at-home removal, you should focus on dissolving the glue. The critical ingredient for this is a quality eyelash extension remover. These products increase hydration, nourish the skin around your eyes, and soothe your skin. Here’s how to remove the extensions:

  1. If you’re wearing makeup, you can use a gentle makeup remover or a two-in-one makeup cleanser and remover to make sure your face is clean. Wash thoroughly. 
  2. Fill a bowl with hot water, and then place your face over the bowl. Cover your head with a towel and hold it there for 10 to 15 minutes to soften the glue and release the extensions.
  3. Apply the extension remover to a pad or cotton ball. Carefully swipe the pad along your lash line. This process helps your extensions slide off. You can repeat this step until you have dissolved the glue completely.
  4. After the extensions come off, you need to rinse your face in warm water to remove excess product. Apply a hydrating face oil or moisturizer to your skin. This process helps lashes return to their natural state.

Remember not to pluck the false lashes, as this unsafe method can damage your natural lash. You should see the false lashes remove and stick to the cotton ball or pad, or they will drop off. If you have trouble removing them, go to the lash professional who applied them to remove them. 

Again, it is always recommended to have your lash artist remove your lashes to avoid the risk of damage to your lashes and — more importantly — to your eye.

Caring for Your Lashes

Eyelash extensions can help you achieve the desired look on your lashes and appear as if they are natural. They follow your lashes’ natural cycle of growth — between 30 and 45 days. 

The extensions will typically shed along with your natural lashes. To make sure they last as long as possible, there are some aftercare recommendations you should follow. 

  • Don’t wet your lashes for at least 24 hours once your eyelash extensions are applied.
  • Do not wear mascara. The extensions should take away the temptation to do so. If you want an extra volume boost, use oil-free mascara just on the ends as they grow.
  • Don’t use any oil-based products — including hydrators, cleansers, or makeup removers. These products will deteriorate your lash adhesive quicker.
  • If possible, you should sleep on your back so your face isn’t touching the pillow. Do not sleep in an eye mask. If something presses against your lashes, it can cause them to point in the wrong direction or irritate them.
  • Don’t twist, pull, fuss, or pluck your extensions.
  • Do not use an eyelash curler.
  • To ensure your lashes remain healthy after removal, lash professionals recommend using a lash conditioner.

If you want to continue to sport your extended lash look, it’s best to continue getting the procedure done than to remove all of your lashes. Removing them all will make you have to start from scratch, and it may not be necessary. 

We Can Help

For the past 14 years, Lashia Eyelash Design has focused exclusively on creating the finest lashes and, since 2010, training lash artists of every level with one-on-one mentorship, customised eyelash extension courses, and hands-on experience with the latest and greatest techniques, so you’re equipped you with everything we know and practice on a daily basis. 

We boast a global presence, beginning first in Stockholm, Sweden, and now serving the Gold Coast of Australia. 

If you’re ready to receive your training certification and become a skilled, responsible, and profitable business owner in a limitless field, contact Lashia Eyelash Design. Let’s see how far your career can take you!

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