Eyelash extensions use a stronger adhesive than traditional temporary lash clusters or strips. The adhesive is designed to stay adhered to the natural lash until that lash grows out. Because of this, removing eyelash extensions before the natural lashes have shed requires a special remover and professional training in order to prevent damaging the natural lashes.
You’ll find numerous suggestions on the internet for home remedies to remove semi-permanent eyelash extensions but the only truly safe method is to seek the assistance of a professional. There is no “home remedy” product that we are aware of that will loosen eyelash extension adhesive enough to facilitate safe removal and leave all your natural lashes intact. Never pluck, pick or attempt to pull off semi-permanent eyelash extensions!
Here are a few removal scenarios along with our advice on what you should do:
You have a few remaining eyelash extensions and do not plan to get them filled so you want the “stragglers” removed:
Return to the professional who applied your lash extensions for quick removal of the remaining extensions.
You are experiencing a slight pinpricking sensation, indicating one or a couple of your natural lashes may have been adhered together during your initial application:
Return to the professional who applied your extensions and have them check through your lashes for any that may be stuck together (sometimes it’s simply a tiny “peach fuzz” hair that was caught in with an extension). Chances are you will not have to have any removed – your lash professional can safely separate the few lashes that are adhered together and send you quickly on your way.
You are experiencing significant pain from your eyelash extensions and want them all removed:
Take a close look at your lash line and note whether you can see separation between the individual lashes (see our article on eyelash extension pain for more info). Experiencing significant pain from your eyelash extensions is typically caused by improper isolation of the lashes during the application and the use of too much adhesive, resulting in a thick, visible line of black, clumped lashes near the base. If you cannot see and separate each individual lash, you have an improper eyelash extension application. In these instances, we recommend you find a different eyelash extension professional for removal. A really poor application is typically a sign of no training or very bad technique and safe removal is better left in the hands of someone else. The Xtreme Lashes Directory listed Lash Stylists have all passed our required training course AND demonstrated additional proficiency in technique and application quality through samples of their work in order to be approved for a listing on our site.
Choosing a good eyelash extension professional, one who uses the proper techniques and quality products, is the key to a great eyelash extension application and safe removal, when it’s necessary. You’ll find a listing of Trained and Certified Xtreme Lashes Stylists on our website!