If you have ever had eyelash extensions, you know the beauty they can add to your eyes. But just like any other beauty treatment, the extensions need to be removed after a certain time. At times, the extensions may start to look weird or cause irritation and infection. Whatever the reason for wanting to remove the extensions, this article will guide you on how to do it safely at home. Never attempt to forcefully remove the extensions as this may damage your natural lashes.


Before we dive into the actual act of removing the extensions, you’ll need to do a little prep work. Start by removing any eye makeup, eye shadow, or eyeliner using micellar water or any eye makeup remover such as olive oil, coconut oil or coconut milk. Using cotton pads soaked in the substances, gently wipe the eyelashes to clean them. Ensure that you don’t tug or pull at the lashes.

Put a towel around your shoulders to prevent any bits of lashes or glue from getting on your clothes. Identify a comfortable position to sit or stand, where you can look at yourself in the mirror.

Steam Your Face

Steaming your face helps to soften the extensions making them easier to remove. Boil a pot of water and pour it into a large bowl, then let it cool down to just above room temperature. Cover your head with a towel to maintain the steam around your face while ensuring that the water isn’t too hot. Hold your face over the steaming bowl for about ten minutes to loosen the glue. The steam will also help to open up the pores, making removal easy and pain-free.

Use Oil-Based Product

Next, apply a small amount of oil-based product, such as coconut oil or olive oil, to your eyelashes using a clean mascara wand or cotton swab. Gently wiggle the wand or cotton swab on top of the lash extensions and ensure it soaks in. The oil works by breaking down the glue that holds the extensions to your natural lashes. Leave the oil to work in for a minimum of 15 minutes. The longer you leave it, the softer the extensions become, making them easier to remove.

Gently Remove Extensions

After giving the oil enough time to break down the glue, it’s time to gently remove the extensions. Use a tweezer to hold onto the outer edge of your lash extension close to the eyelid. Gently wiggle it back and forth, then pull it gently and slowly. Alternatively, use your thumb and index fingernails to squeeze your natural lash and the extension gently. This separates the glue bond, and the extension falls off easily.

It’s essential that you don’t forcefully pull or yank on the extensions as this may cause harm to your natural lashes. Repeat this process, working your way across all the eyelash extensions.

Cleanse Your Lashes

After removing the extensions, cleanse your lashes with water to remove any remaining oil residue or lash glue. Ensure that the water isn’t too hot or too cold. Dry the lashes using a clean towel or gently dabbing it with a cotton pad. Use a lash serum or a growth enhancer to speed up the growth of your natural lashes, which may have been affected during extensions.


Removing eyelash extensions isn’t a challenging process if done the right way. It’s essential to use caution to ensure that you don’t hurt your natural eyelashes or cause infection. Follow the steps above, and you will be able to remove the extensions easily and safely at home.

Keep in mind that removing your eyelash extensions isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. If you have concerns regarding lash removal, seek help from a professional or an experienced friend. And remember, the key thing is to be gentle and patient during the process!

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