June 15, 2023

Can You Remove Your Lash Extensions at Home?

Discover the dangers of DIY lash extension removal and protect your natural lashes from damage.

Lash extensions have grown increasingly popular over the past few years, and it isn’t difficult to see why. Lash extensions come in various lengths, thicknesses, and curls to suit your unique eye shape and preferences, providing a handy addition to anyone’s beauty regime. Whether you want full glam or a more toned-down option, lash extensions are the best way to achieve a long-lasting and reliable look.

However, anyone who has tried eyelash extensions knows that after a few weeks the beautiful lashes start to deteriorate. You may be wondering whether you can remove your extensions yourself at home, however, this can be a challenging and sometimes risky venture for the health of your natural lashes. This article will explore the risks associated with DIY lash removal, and outline safer methods to ensure your natural lashes are always protected.

What Are Lash Extensions?

Eyelash extensions are a type of cosmetic enhancement that involves adding synthetic hair-like fibres to your existing lashes, giving the illusion that they are thicker, fuller, and more defined. With a wide range of different lash extensions types and styles to try, they’re a great way to enhance your natural beauty.

The Risks of Removing Lash Extensions at Home

According to BELO Lash founder, Bethany Pilling: “Removing your lash extensions outside of a professional lash extension appointment is absolutely not recommended. Not only is it dangerous, but it can damage your lashes, and cause issues with lash regrowth if you persistently remove lashes in this way.”

Indeed, there are plenty of risks associated with removing eyelash extensions at home, and this should never be attempted without the help of a professional. Some of the most common risks of DIY lash removal include:

Loss of natural eyelashes

Lash techs use super-strong adhesive to stick each extension or fan to your natural eyelashes. Because of this, when removing extensions at home, there is a chance of accidentally pulling at your natural lashes, causing them to fall out altogether or become weak or brittle so that they fall out in the future.

Damage to eyelashes

A strong bond is formed when lash adhesive is applied, making it especially difficult to separate the extensions from your natural lashes. When handled incorrectly, residual glue left behind can sometimes lead to clumped or damaged lashes, especially if they are not removed by a trained technician.

Risk of infection or irritation

The adhesive used to attach lash extensions to your natural lashes can cause irritation to the eyes, especially if they come into direct contact with the adhesive. This can result in redness, swelling, and itching, which can be uncomfortable and even painful when handled incorrectly.

Damage to lash regrowth

Forcefully pulling at eyelashes can disrupt their natural growth cycle, which can, in turn, lead to sparse regrowth or irreparable damage to your natural lashes.

Why professional lash extension removal is always recommended

If you are looking to have your own lash extensions removed, always return to your licensed lash technician to avoid the risk of damage. This way, you can ensure that your lash removal process is both a damage-free and successful one.

During a professional lash removal, an experienced technician will carefully apply an adhesive remover to the base of your lashes, allowing it to fully penetrate and dissolve the lash glue. Once the adhesive has loosened, the technician will then use tweezers or their fingers, working slowly and delicately to avoid pulling or tugging on any of your natural lashes. This process is always done using the appropriate tools and experience of professionals, meaning the risk of damage or harm to your natural lashes is minimised.

Never remove lash extensions at home, but you can still look after them

While DIY lash removal is not advised, there are plenty of aftercare procedures that can be practised at home to ensure your extensions are well-maintained. Some of these include:

– Brushing lashes daily

– Washing lashes with a well-formulated cleanser

– Avoiding oil-based products around the eyes as these can weaken the adhesive


Overall, it’s best to leave lash extension removal to the professionals, as they have the experience, know-how, and proper tools to do the job safely and effectively. If you’re experiencing discomfort or need your extensions removed for any reason, contact your lash artist or a licensed professional immediately to get the job done safely.

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Hi and welcome to The Willow Tree. I’m Michelle, also known as Shel and I am a mama to three beautiful crazy kids – I have two handsome boys and a wild and wonderful girl.

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