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How to Remove Lash Extensions? Here Are 5 Effective Removers That You Can Use

There are many reasons why you might want to remove your eyelash extensions. Maybe you want to try a different style, or they just aren't working for your lifestyle. It may seem like the removal process would be difficult to do on your own, but it isn't! You should know how to do so safely at home. However, doing it yourself will always carry some risks (like damaging your natural lashes); if you’re extremely cautious, we highly suggest seeking a professional.

Dig deeper into this article and enjoy tips on how to remove lash extensions by yourself as well as effective removers to get those lashes off quickly and effectively.

5 Types of Lash Removers That You Can Use

The process of how lash extensions are bonded to the natural lash is quite tedious. You need an expert to glue on the extensions to individual lashes. Additionally, you'll need someone else with steady hands to hold your eyelids out of the way while the glue is being applied. The lash extension adhesives are specifically used for lashes because they are formulated to be clear, waterproof, and to stay on for several weeks without losing their stickiness.

Lashes are glued one by one to the natural lashes with an adhesive. You must refrain from touching your eyes during the entire process to prevent the glue from sticking improperly due to oil secretion from your hands.

The extensions aren't just placed directly onto your lash line like regular false eyelashes. Instead, they’re laid down in between two layers of natural lashes, so there's no risk of anything falling off or poking the eye while you blink! 

However, there are reasons why you might want to remove your eyelash extensions. Such reasons can be:

  • The lash extensions are not correctly installed.
  • They have been there for quite a long time, and some lashes have already fallen off.
  • Your natural lashes are growing out in different directions and it looks messy.
  • Your eyes are getting irritated from grown out extensions.

When you want to remove those pesky lash extensions, there are five types of lash removers that you can use; these removers debond the extensions installed on your natural lashes.

Lash extension set

Solvent Remover

This remover is like a nail polish remover and is applied with a cotton ball or swab to debond lash extensions. Most solvent removers are aromatic—a type of solvent that contains harsh and harmful chemicals like glycol ether that can irritate the eyes.

The most popular example of a solvent remover is an alcohol remover. This remover is most commonly found in 99% alcohol form. It comes in a spray bottle or wipes, which work the best for on-the-go removal. Just like the name suggests, it will remove any traces of adhesive from your lash extensions quickly and easily without leaving any residue behind.

Enzyme Lash Remover

This type is probably the gentlest method to remove lash extensions, but it also takes the longest time. It's an effective remover that works by breaking down the adhesive and lashes into a mushy mess of separate parts without damaging your natural eyelashes.

Cream Remover

This type of remover is like a lotion with a very creamy texture. Compared to a solvent remover, it's easier to apply without the danger of irritating and burning the eyes—a quality that makes it a highly recommended remover for all lash professionals. This remover stays on the lashes without the worry that it will run into your eyes or skin as long as you stay still and avoid too many movements. 

Gel Remover

A gel remover is also thicker than solvent, and keep in mind that most gel removers don't have oils which makes them safer to use with strip lashes. Using a gel remover is one of the safest ways to remove lash extensions. Once applied, the gel breaks the adhesive bonds and allows lash extensions to gently slip off.

Oil-Based Remover

This remover is used with a brush and applied to the lash extensions. The oil dissolves the adhesive that holds the extension to your natural lashes. If you have dry skin, oil-based removers are perfect because they are gentle and nourishing to the skin.

Tips on How to Remove Lash Extensions Safely

You might be wondering how to remove lash extensions on your own, but before getting right to it, you should stop for a second! In case you haven't gone on a classic eyelash technician training program, it is vital that you know the basic guidelines of lash removal.

First, you have to wash your face with mild soap or shampoo as it will make it easier for the removal process later on. Try not to rub too hard when washing because you don't want any irritation caused by friction and any other chemicals in the products you are using.

Next, saturate a cotton ball or pad in the remover of your choice and hold it against your lash extensions for about 15 seconds. Rub the extensions off your lashes and repeat until they're all gone. Rinse off any residue and repeat if needed.

Put a cold compress around your eyes if they feel irritated after applying solvent removers like alcohol or acetone. Avoid using oil-based removers if you have sensitive skin because they can irritate your skin and cause breakouts. You can use a hydrating formula instead. If the alcohol and acetone products give you too much of a headache, try using an enzyme lash remover, which takes a long time but is more effective in breaking down the adhesive.

If you want to learn more about the different types of lash extensions, read Volume Lash Training (Online): A Closer Look At The Different Types Of Lash Extensions, written by one of our professional lash artists here at Beauty Boss Academy.

Lash-free eye

Be Careful

There you have the list of lash removers that can help you remove your lash extensions. However, no matter how easy it may sound to remove your false eyelashes, it is still best to let a professional lash artist who has undergone an eyelash technician training program do the job. A professional lash artist will know how to remove your extensions without damaging your eyes and natural lashes, and when it comes to beauty and your health, you never want to risk it.

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