First off it is always recommended that you go to a licensed professional to get your lashes removed! We are trained for this and we use a specific lash gel/ cream that will soak and break down the glue in about 10 minutes or so and it’ll help them slide right off very easily with no damage to the natural lashes.
But what if you cant get ahold of any lash techs or maybe we’re in a pandemic and no one is open for business?
Well, first off, here are the DONTS on doing a self lash removal.
DO NOT cut your lashes off with scissors .
-If you cut them off, they will grow back but they will look short and stubby for a while. If you plan on getting extensions again, applying extensions on very short stubby lashes may be challenging for the lash tech, there may not be enough room to attach the extensions on. They will also be too weak to hold a new extension.
DO NOT pull your lashes off
-This one is going to hurt. And if you pull them too much you risk causing bald patches over time. They may not even grow back.
Here are some options you can try.
Lash adhesives biggest enemies are oils. You can try soaking it in coconut oil or olive oil with cotton pads and gently rubbing the lashes off. But, it may take a very long time, maybe even up to an hour or more. It can work but not guaranteed that it will 100% come off.
We tell you to avoid heat or got steam which includes hot showers, excessive sweating, saunas and even hot yoga. If you want a removal then bring on the steam! Once again, just like the oils it is not 100% guaranteed that they will come off but it can contribute. Note: One hot steamy shower will not help remove all of the lashes, it needs to be consistent.
LET YOUR NATURAL LASHES DO THE JOB
On average a person sheds 2-5 lashes per day which is why we require fills every 2-3 weeks for maintenance. Over time, your extensions will have all fallen off if not from outside factors then from shedding.
The faster they grow the faster they will shed. Use lash growing serums or take vitamins that promote hair growth. While they may not come off all at once, this will speed up the natural process.
GET A REMOVER
If you can get your hands on a lash adhesive remover that would be great (please do your research first) . Note: This will ONLY work for eyelash extension adhesive. This remover may not work on other types of adhesives such as hair glue, nail glue or drug store bought glue. Note: There have been people who are unlicensed, and untrained who carelessly used non-eyelash extension glue and have used alternative such as hair glue or nail glue. Those are not safe for the eyes.
Follow these steps:
1) Cover your bottom lashes with tape/ gel pads like how lash techs prep you for your lash appointments.
2) Carefully apply the remover along the lash line with a cotton swab. Avoid the skin as it may cause skin irritation.
3)Do it one eye at a time. You must keep your eyes completely closed. It can burn very badly if it gets in your eye, you also need your eyes to see what your are doing.
4) Wait about 10-15 minutes to let it soak. Thicker sets such as MEGA volumes may take longer since they are much thicker vs classics.
5) Using a tweezer or a cotton swab, gently swipe the extensions off from your lashes. If it is not coming off, let it soak for longer.
6) Use a gentle foam cleanser (lash shampoo) and gently clean your eyes and remove the products.
FINAL THOUGHTS: If you would like to DIY a lash removal then it is the best to go against all the aftercare rules for lash extension care. While it may help, it doesn’t guarantee that they’ll all come off. If they are not coming off, please do not force them to come off, you risk damaging your natural lashes. Just repeat the processes, it may take longer. Once again, it is always recommended to go to a professional but in a situation where you cant reach one then you’ll have to take matters in to your own hands. At least do it safely!
Irritation: “discomfort in a body part caused by a reaction to an irritant substance.”
There are several things that can cause an irritation pre and post appointment
Inflammation: “your body's process of fighting against things that harm it, such as infections, injuries, and toxins, in an attempt to heal itself”
Allergies: “A condition in which the immune system reacts abnormally to a foreign substance.”
Allergic Reaction: “The hypersensitive response of the immune system of an allergic individual to a substance..”
Some of these issues can be easily relieved with eye drops and anti-histamine products. I am by no means a doctor of any kind so please consult a doctor and make sure that using these products are ok for you. Although most of these are minor issues, if you are unsure and the condition becomes exceptionally uncomfortable and unbearable, please do not brush it off and seek medical attention immediately.
ThisFirst off lets talk about why humidity matters when it comes to the lash extension adhesives.
So I did a little science experiment with a Hygrometer aka a "humidity meter". To the left is a photo of 2 hygrometers. The top photo is the meter sitting at room temperature, literally just took it out of the packaging and let it sit there for 10+ minutes. The one at the bottom is after holding it on top of my mask above my nose at eye level and breathing normally for a few minutes. As you can see the humidity level jumped up significantly.
So what does humidity have to do with lash extensions? Well, every brand of glue is different and every type of glue is different. The glue I use specifically is to be used for humidities between 40%-60%
That’s perfect for us in the Daly City area since we have a lot of fog anyway. And our humidity is usually around the 40%-50% indoors. Anything more than 60% can potentially “shock cure” the adhesive or “dry too quick” and anything less will cause the adhesive to cure slower. So again the percentage of the humidity is what determines the best curing rate.
Because with the requirement of masks, all that hot air breath is being redirect towards up to the eye area. If you’ve noticed that some people wearing glasses, their glasses tend to fog up. Just because you’re not wearing glasses and don’t see that fog doesn’t mean it’s not there. For those who have been having retention issues and have been coming to me for years and have just started noticing this retention problem, just keep in mind that this may be the issue: I’ve been using the same adhesive for the past 3 years and have never had this kind of retention problem until now with the requirement of masks. On top of that, the weather has been changing constantly so that will affect it as well.
What to do about it?
Clients: You may need to come in more frequently for fills as you cannot avoid wearing masks when you are out. It is even more unavoidable if you are not working from home and have to wear your mask all day. One way to help prevent this is to try breathing with your nose rather than your mouth. Breathing with your mouth and talking releases more moisture. Breathing with your nose will reduce it and your nose is pointing downwards, redirecting the air downwards. This doesn't entirely prevent it, but it can help.
Lash techs: When working on your client, tape their mask down at the very edge of the mask on to their skin. Attach a piece of tissue to help reduce the amount of moisture from coming up. Avoid talking too much during the appointment. To finish up the appointment, you can use a "super bonder". It is a serum applied at the end of the service at the base of the extensions to cure the lashes quicker. Now, clients can pretty much wet the lashes almost immediately and they don't have to worry about the mask humidity. I have had some clients with retention problems due to the masks and started using a super-bonder, those same clients have reached out telling me that their retention was so much better than previously without the super bonder. But, be careful not to over saturate the product on to the lashes, after all, it is still a type of liquid.
Tired of losing lashes from tossing and turning in your sleep? Even though you may fall asleep on your back, you might be switching sides in your sleep without knowing. When you sleep on your side, you tend to rub your lashes and smash them against the pillow.
Notice that one eye is missing more than the other? Or waking up and tons of lashes are on your pillow? Most likely it’s because you’re sleeping on your side.
✨How to prevent this? There are Eye masks designed specifically for eyelash extensions. Think of it as a bra for your eyes. It’s contoured so it is not resting on your eyes, rather, it’s cupped on to your eyes. You can toss and turn however you want because the cups will not flatten, they’ll stay up and protect the eyelashes. Other than this, there’s really no other way to prevent it since you have no control and are unaware of what you do when you’re asleep.
✨Where to purchase these eye masks? You can easily find one for pretty cheap on amazon. Just look up eyelash extension mask” make sure it has the word “contoured” in the title. You don’t want to accidentally purchase the regular flat one. Make sure your masks looks similar to the example shown below.