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How To Remove Eyelash Extensions

Eyelash extensions are one of the most popular beauty treatments around, giving you that effortless glam look without spending precious time applying mascara or false lashes. Although lash extensions are here to stay, there may come a time when you need to take them off.

Wondering how to safely remove eyelash extensions at home? We’ve pulled together our list of expert tips and advice on removing your lash extensions, as well as pro tips on how to care for your natural lashes in preparation for your next appointment.

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Should you remove lash extensions at home?

Lash extensions can be removed from home but they must must be removed carefully so they do not cause damage to your natural lashes. You can have your lash extensions removed professionally in the salon, but for this you’ll need to book an appointment with your lash artist. Although the appointment is usually quick, you may find it easier and more convenient to remove your lash extensions yourself at home.. With the right products, you can safely and effectively remove your lash extensions at home exactly how your lash artist would in the salon – the only difference is you’re the one doing it!

The most crucial rule is this: never pull eyelash extensions off. Pulling at each lash extension will prematurely remove the natural lash, which is especially detrimental if the lash is still in the ‘anagen’ phase. It could take up to 8 weeks for your regrowth. Read our helpful guide on the natural lash cycle.

What you'll need

Lash Extension Remover

Eye Make-Up Remover Gel

Cotton pads

Conditioning Lash Serum (recommended)

Eyelash extension removal process

Before you make a start, make sure you have all the products you need around you, and a clean space to work with. You need to allow around 15 minutes to remove your lash extensions, but we recommend cleansing your eye area first to start the process.

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Remove any makeup

We know cleansing your lash extensions might seem scary but using a gel makeup-remover will glide over your lashes without any uncomfortable tugging on the adhesive bonds. We recommend using our Prebiotic Eye Make-Up Remover Gel which glides over your lash extensions and gently removes non-waterproof eye make-up.

Loosen your lash extensions

Steam from a hot shower is a great way to loosen your lash extensions prior to removing them. The steam will help loosen the adhesive bonds, which in turn will help your lash extensions slide off easily when you remove them using our Lash Extension Remover.

How to get eyelash glue off

The best way to remove eyelash extension glue is with a professionally formulated Lash Extension Remover. Using home remedies like castor oil or Vaseline can be dangerous as they have not been formulated for safe use around your eyes and can take hours to have any effect. Our Eyelash Extension Remover uses a kind-to-skin formula to carefully soften the bonds used to apply the individual lashes. This gently removes the lash extensions exactly like a salon removal, without damaging or pulling out your own eyelashes. This can be used to remove individual lash extensions, lash fillers, hybrid lashes, SVS and Russian volume lashes – all in the comfort of your own home.

Lash removal

  1. Brush Eyelash Extensions Remover from the root to the tip of your lashes using the applicator
  2. Leave for 3-5 minutes
  3. Brush again. You will notice some lashes start to slide off already
  4. Repeat the process and leave for a further 5-10 minutes
  5. Repeat until all the lash extensions have been removed
  6. We recommend cleansing the eye area afterwards using our Prebiotic Eye Make-Up Remover Gel to remove any remaining residue
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Aftercare

It might be a shock going from long fluttery lash extensions to seeing your natural lashes but take this as your opportunity to really care for your lash and eye area. After removing your lash extensions, you need the right aftercare to give your natural lashes a boost of conditioning nourishment. The right eyelash aftercare will help maintain lash health and vitality, ready for your next appointment.

Caring for natural lashes

Using a conditioning lash serum can help restore any moisture loss that may have occurred during your lash extension removal. Our Lash & Brow Conditioning Serum provides an intense boost of nourishment and improves the structure of hair fibres, for stronger, healthier lashes. If you’re considering having a break from eyelash extensions, try using a lash growth serum consistently to improve your natural lash length and volume.

Preparations for your next eyelash extensions

If you follow the right aftercare, your lashes will be more than ready for their next appointment – and your lash artist will love you for it! In-between all the lash serums, we recommend using a Lash & Lid Cleanser Set to maintain optimum lash hygiene. The different length bristles on our cleansing brush provides a deep clean between lashes to the prevent the build up of dirt and bacteria, while our Foaming Cleanser is great for cleansing and hydrating lashes with care, without stripping them of essential nutrients.

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