For the moment, having our eyelash extensions removed by a professional is a luxury none of us can take advantage of. Unfortunately, our extensions didn’t get the memo and are, of course, growing out just as they usually would! Now, for most of us, ‘home removal’ is one of the most horrifying phrases imaginable when it comes to our delicate eye area. It seems an near on impossible task to complete on our own and there’s always the concern you’ll get it wrong and end up damaging your natural lashes. The truth is, however, it’s totally doable! The removal process really needn’t be the most daunting part of your week and we’re here to walk you through it step by step! You can safely remove those extension like a pro, simply scroll on and let the Anushka Spa teach you how!
Make sure your lashes are gently prepared
We all know by now that removing our make up every night before going to sleep is super important! Not only does it stop the makeup from clogging up our pores and causing a break out, it’s really beneficial for making sure our lash extensions are ready for a pain free removal when the time comes. If your natural lash line clogs up with dirt and makeup as it builds up over time, you will find the process much more dif-ficult!
Understandably, you’ll want to treat your natural lashes and lash extensions with care whilst they’re intact. A gentle micellar water on a cotton pad will do the trick of removing dirt and makeup residue from your lashes each day. Meanwhile, a gentle facial cleanser is great in the case it comes into contact with your lashes! We recommend the Mild Gel Cleanser by Glytone. This lightweight cleanser will gently exfoliate your skin and leave it feeling refreshed on a daily basis. It also removes surface debris and leaves your skin beautifully nourished and moisturized!
Try a gentle steam to loosen the eyelash extension glue
Though steam is great for loosening the hold that eyelash glues have on lash lines, super hot showers aren’t really advisable for the rest of your skin! They may feel great but if you’re washing your hair and body in water that’s way too warm it’ll suck all of the moisture out of your skin (and hair follicles!) leaving you feeling dry all over. No thank you!
So, instead of risking it all just to get your lashes off easier, concentrate on directing the steam around your lashes only. The safest way to do this is to begin by filling your sink half way with water hot enough that it creates a gentle flow of steam. Once this is happening, carefully lean over the steam and rest a clean, dry towel over your head that reaches the outside of the sink. This will trap the steam inside the towel and direct it towards your face and lashes. The result will gently relax the effect of the glue and make the next step much simpler for you!
Always take your time removing eyelash extensions
Once you’ve completed your steam and are ready to remove the lashes themselves, you’ll want to pick a natural oil to assist you. Whether you choose coconut oil or olive oil, this step is one of the most important in the removal process as it breaks down the glue still present on your lashes! (The Organic Liquid Coco-nut Oil by Nutiva is a great choice if you ask us!) Select whichever you’re most familiar with and feel confi-dent using and get ready to aplpy it to your lashes for removal!
Soak a cotton bud in the oil you’ve selected and make sure to avoid getting the oil in your eyes them-selves. Keep them closed and begin gently wiping in a soft downward motion to unstick the glue until the lash extensions begin to fall away. It may take a few moments to begin working but don’t loose heart, it make take a few swipes of the oil before you start to notice them loosening. Additionally, make sure you don’t rub too harshly on your lash line and certainly don’t feel tempted to pinch at them. This may cause damage and result in you removing your natural lashes with the false pieces which, of course, nobody wants!
Remember, you can’t expect your extensions to come out all at once. After all, we’re not using a professional grade lash remover at home so we may need to repeat the process a few times.
Treatment post removal of your eyelash extensions
Once you have safely removed your extensions and you’re back to your natural look, you’ll want to make sure you’re taking proper care of your lashes after they’ve carried all that extra weight the past few weeks! Applying oil to your natural lashes can be a great way to nourish them post removal as well as keeping them clean and going mascara free for a few days. We also recommend leaving your lashed untouched by the curler for at least a week after. The curling action can be damaging to our lashes at the best of times and, naturally, they may be a little sensitive after removing your lash extensions too!