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How to Remove Eyelash Extensions Without Damaging Natural Lashes

by Sandy Taylor

The easiest way to to remove eyelash extensions without damaging natural lashes is to use castor oil, olive oil and coconut oil. In this post, I go over the techniques needed to remove eyelash extensions using these oils and other oil-based products. I have also included other information you should know when removing eyelash extensions.


How to Remove Eyelash Extensions with Vaseline, Castor Oil, Olive Oil and other Natural Oil-Based Products

With just a bit of vaseline and a cotton swab, you can remove eyelash extensions easily without any pain. Start by adding a decent amount of vaseline to the glue in a swiping motion.

Simultaneously, try taking your eyelash extensions off one at a time.

Rinse and repeat as often as necessary until your eyelash extensions fully come off. When you’re finished, wash your face to remove any excess glue and vaseline.

The trick to following this method is gently working away at the glue to avoid ripping your extensions off and damaging your eyes.

You can also try removing eyelash extensions with these products:

  • Coconut Oil: Dip your cosmetic pad or cotton ball into coconut oil and gently rub your upper and lower eye lines. Without getting the coconut oil into your eyes, this solution will allow the extensions to slip right off.
  • Olive Oil: After soaking your cotton ball in olive oil, close your eyes, apply the solution to your lash extensions for at least three minutes. Finally, soak a cotton swab into the olive oil solution and gently remove.
  • Baby Oil: First, place your eyelashes over a bowl of steaming water or take a hot shower. Next, rub baby oil over your eyelashes and wait at least three minutes for the glue to dissolve. Finally, remove the lashes gently and repeat.
  • Castor Oil: Before and after removal, apply castor oil to your eyelashes. Follow this solution before bed and wait for castor oil to slowly break the bond of the glue during your sleep. When you wake up, your lashes should fall off on their own.
  • Gel Remover: Gently administer the gel remover to your eyelashes and use a cotton swab to guide them off. Rinse and repeat until you can fully get them off.

It’s important to note that you can apply as many of these solutions as you want onto a cotton ball or cosmetic pad.

These are natural products and shouldn’t damage your skin and eyes in any way.

How to Take off Eyelash Extensions at Home Without Oil or Lash Removers?

Don’t fear — if you don’t have any oils or lash removers at home, there are several alternative methods you can try to remove your lashes.

One of my favorite ways to remove eyelash extensions is trying the “steam method”. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. First, place hot water in a pot over the stove until it steams.
  2. Next, fill a medium to large size mixing bowl with hot, steaming water.
  3. Finally, place a face towel in the boil and drape it over your face for at least 10-15 minutes.

Like the oil treatments listed above, the hot steam will loosen the bonds of the glue and allow your lashes to fall off.

If you’re interested in trying another method, you can simply wash your face for five minutes during the morning and night until your lashes are ready to fall off.

How Can I Remove Eyelash Extensions at Home Without Damage?

Regardless of the method you choose, there is the risk that you could experience pain and discomfort when removing your eyelash extensions if you remove them improperly.

If removed improperly, you could cause severe damage to your eyes, leading them to swell and form blisters.

You could also tear the skin on your eyes and cause further damage.

Removing eyelash extensions should never hurt if the removal process is done properly. If you want to avoid these outcomes, make sure to follow these tips:

  • Make sure you have at least a cotton ball, a cotton swab, and a cosmetic pad before starting.
  • Don’t rip your eyelashes off to “get it over it”. This can cause immense swelling and pain.
  • If you’re comfortable with manually removing your eye lash extensions, use the castor oil method and wait for them to slowly fall off while you sleep.
  • You can use tweezers to remove your eyelash extensions safely. Make sure to separate your extensions vertically from each other to ensure your natural lashes aren’t torn.
  • Never use professional eyelash removal on yourself. This product is only for professionals. Professional eyelash removal contains hazardous chemicals that should never get in contact with your eyes.

When to Remove Eyelash Extensions?

There are only three scenarios where you’ll need to remove your eyelash extensions.

The first scenario happens when your natural lashes begin to outgrow the synthetic ones.

Typically, eyelash extensions have to be removed between two and three weeks.

Soon, your natural lashes will begin to overlap your extensions and result in an unnatural eye pattern. Removing your extensions before this happens will prevent this effect.

The second scenario is if your extensions were improperly applied. For example, if multiple lashes are glued together and begin to irritate your eyes, it’s better to remove them to avoid any more discomfort.

The last scenario is simple.  If you don’t like the way your eyelashes look, you’re free to remove them yourself.

Using the methods above, gently remove your extensions and buy a conditioning treatment to care for your eyelashes afterward. Fortunately, you can follow all of the techniques above to remove your eyelash extensions from the comfort of your own home, instead of paying a professional.

How to Remove Russian Lashes at Home?

Russian lashes are extremely broad and cosmetologists use very strong glue to add them to their eyes.

The good news is that you can remove Russian lashes at home with a home kit. You can purchase an eyelash removal kit at your local drug store or supermarket.

After your purchase, follow these steps to make sure your eyelash removal is a simple and painless process:

  • Follow the directions found in your home removal kit.
  • Gently remove your eyelashes one step at a time.
  • Use a conditioning treatment to care for your eyelashes after removal.

It’s highly recommended to purchase a home kit when removing Russian eyelashes at home. With Russian lashes, it’s not possible to use oils and steam for removal.

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