How To Remove Eyelash Extensions At Home

In our current times, fake eyelashes are out and eyelash extensions are in. One of the best things about having eyelash extensions is that you don’t need to go through the everyday hassle of applying false lashes. They tend to look more natural for those of us who weren’t blessed with perfect long eyelashes.

Whether it be the current pandemic, busy schedules, or any other reason, some people can’t find the time to get their eyelash extensions professionally removed. If you’re ready to say goodbye to your lash extensions, here’s how to safely remove them at home!

How To Remove Eyelash Extensions At Home

If you want to remove your eyelash extensions as safely as possible, you should definitely get it done by your lash technician. But, for whatever reason, if you can’t make it to an appointment, there are some ways to remove them at home with minimal damage.

Use An Oil-Based Makeup Remover

When you first get your eyelash extensions put on, one of the rules you’re supposed to follow is to never use an oil-based makeup remover. This is because they are known for loosening the glue that the extensions were applied with.

Oil-based makeup removers are some of the strongest makeup removers. They break down tough-to-remove waterproof makeup, so it makes sense that they would also be able to remove eyelash extension glue.

There is Vitamins C and E in most oil-based makeup removers. This is great because it’s going to give you some extra nourishment and protection while removing the lash extensions. This is really important because removing eyelash extensions at home can badly irritate your eyes.

When using an oil-based makeup remover to remove eyelash extensions, make sure you are very gentle. You want to avoid any tugging or pulling. Move in circular motions in an attempt to loosen the glue a little bit. This may not remove everything all at once. In most cases, you’ll need to do this every day for a few days to completely remove the lash extensions without irritating your eyes too badly.

Use Castor Oil

Castor oil has a ton of benefits in terms of beauty. For example, it brings moisture to your skin, it prevents acne and acne scarring, and it actually helps to remove eyelash extensions!

When using castor oil to remove eyelash extensions, you’re going to want to use it as an overnight treatment. Make sure all of your makeup is removed, as it will irritate your eyes when you sleep. Then, use a q-tip to gently apply a good amount of castor oil onto your lash line.

Be careful not to get any castor oil in your eyes, as it can be extremely irritating for some people. If you accidentally do, immediately rinse them out with cold water and you should be fine.

If you do this for a few nights in a row, the castor oil should gently loosen the glue. This will just make sure eyelash extensions fall out naturally.

Use Coconut Oil

The idea of using coconut oil is the same as using castor oil. You want to use it as an overnight treatment. The qualities in coconut oil are super moisturizing, so they will loosen up the glue as time goes on.

If you get any coconut oil in your eyes, immediately rinse them out with water.

Using coconut oil multiple times throughout the week should loosen up the lash glue. This will allow your eyelash extensions to fall out naturally.

Take A Steamy Hot Shower

Once getting your eyelash extensions applied, you want to avoid super hot showers. Since you’re wanting to remove them, taking a hot shower may do just the trick.

Hot showers will help loosen the glue faster. By taking a hot shower every day for one week, it’ll loosen the glue and the eyelash extensions are more likely to fall out on their own quicker.

Be sure that you don’t touch your lashes in the shower. It is so important that you don’t pull, tug, or rub your eyelashes, as it can be very irritating and damaging. The hot shower is only meant to loosen the lash glue.

Do not expect for the eyelash extensions to fall out after only one shower. The hot showers are only meant to speed up the process of the extensions naturally falling out.

Use Lots of Eye Cream

Eye cream is packed with different oils and healthy ingredients to moisturize and nourish the skin around your eyes. Generally speaking, you should avoid any type of moisture if you have eyelash extensions.

But, if you want to remove your eyelash extensions, applying an eye cream daily can be a great way to slowly loosen up the glue.

Again, don’t think that the eyelash extensions will fall out only after applying eye cream once. It’s a process that will just loosen up the glue faster.

Avoid Using An Eyelash Curler

Avoiding using an eyelash curler doesn’t make your eyelash extensions come out faster. But, we thought it was important to include because using an eyelash curler is another way that you can seriously damage your natural lashes.

If you think about it, eyelash curlers do the same thing as you pulling or tugging at your lashes. If you use an eyelash curler, there’s a huge chance that you’ll accidentally rip out your natural lashes.

Final Thoughts

Although it is always best to go to a professional, we understand if you need to remove your eyelash extensions at home for whatever reason. If you’re going to remove them at home, it is so important that you don’t tug or pull at them in an attempt to remove them! Instead, follow one of the methods we’ve listed above to increase the chances of the lash extensions coming out naturally.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I just pull the eyelash extensions off?

You never want to pull or tug at your eyelash extensions! This is the number one mistake people make when they try to remove their eyelash extensions at home. By pulling, tugging, or rubbing your eyelash extensions, it can be super damaging to your natural lashes. You can even lose most of your natural lashes by doing this which you don’t want! It is important that you resist touching your eyelash extensions as much as possible and just wait for them to naturally fall out.

How long do eyelash extensions take to fall out?

If you don’t do anything to speed up the removal process, eyelash extensions usually take around 6 to 8 weeks to naturally fall out. However, if you use one of the methods listed above, you can loosen the glue and the lashes will fall out sooner.

Do eyelash extensions damage your natural lashes?

If done correctly, eyelash extensions generally do very little damage to your natural lashes. However, there are lots of things you can do that could potentially cause more damage. For example, tugging on your lashes can also break out a lot of your natural lashes. This a huge no-no when having eyelash extensions. Also, if you constantly have eyelash extensions, it can cause more damage. You may want to take breaks in between getting a new set of eyelash extensions so your natural lashes can breathe.