How to remove eyelash extensions by yourself

How to remove eyelash extensions by yourselfHow to remove eyelash extensions by yourself.

By Engracia Ang.

Unhappy with your eyelash extensions but can’t get to a salon to get them removed? Here’s how to do it yourself, safely.

The first two weeks after getting a fresh set of eyelash extensions are always the best—your lashes are flutter and light, and everything looks great. However, things often start to get gnarly and messy once you’ve passed the three-week mark. That’s ideally when you should pay another visit to the salon for a touch-up or to get them removed. However, if you’re unable to do so for some reason or another, don’t despair. It’s actually possible to remove your eyelash extensions safely without ripping your own natural lashes off!

First, make sure that your immediate eye area is clean and free of makeup. Then, lean over a bowl of hot water and drape a towel over the back of your head. Let the hot steam from the water loosen your eyelash extensions. Steam your face for at least 10 minutes. When the time is up, moisten a cotton ball with plenty of olive oil, then wipe it across your lashes. Oil breaks down the glue used to attach the extensions to your natural lashes, which is why eyelash technicians often advise clients not to use oil-based makeup removers and products. Continue to wipe your lashes (gently!) until the extensions fall off. Be careful not to get any oil into your eyes. Then, cleanse the area to get rid of any oil residue.

If your eyelash extensions still refuse to budge, you should definitely get a professional to remove them. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry—you don’t want your natural lashes to fall out and not grow back!