How to Remove Eyelash Extensions at Home

Eyelash extensions add volume to your lashes, making you look youthful and party-ready. No wonder women are crazy about these beauties. The lush curly eyelash extensions are stuck on by waterproof glue and can be painful to remove without professional help. This blog will dive into easy hacks for eyelash extension removal at home! 

Things to know before you get eyelash extensions

Each eyelash extension is glued to an individual natural eyelash to make them appear fuller and longer. It can take up to two hours for a complete set. If your lash artist is an expert with good quality products, the extensions should last 4-5 weeks. The best part of eyelash extensions is that you get to customize your look to match your natural lashes. From color to length, you can select the best option for yourself with the guidance of your artist. 


Eyelash extensions are a beauty procedure that costs anywhere between $120 and $500. You may be charged an additional $50 per touch-up. The two major concerns with eyelash extensions are- breakage and allergy. Some people may experience allergic reactions to the medical-grade adhesive that sticks each extension to your lashes. Frequently getting extensions can also damage your natural hair follicles resulting in hair loss. 

Before we get into the do’s, let’s have a look at the don’ts. 

  • Refrain from picking at your extensions. Professional extensions require waterproof glue, which helps your eyelash extensions to last longer. But sometimes, a few strands may fall off on their own. Sometimes you may be tempted to pick at a loose eyelash. Never pick at your eyelash extension or cut them- this can damage your natural lashes. 
  • Do not rub your eyes. Once you have removed your eyelash extensions, do not give in to the temptation of vigorously rubbing your eyes. Treat your natural eyelashes with a good-quality serum or castor oil. 

How to remove eyelash extensions

Most professionals will advise you to be patient and let the eyelash extensions fall out on their own. The glue used to stick extensions to your lashline is very strong and waterproof; without proper know-how, you can severely damage your natural eyelashes. Here are a few things you can try at home to remove your eyelash extensions without any pain or damage. 

Before you start removing your eyelash extensions- wash your face and remove any makeup or mascara. Do not scrub your face or pull on your lashes. A normal facewash should suffice.

  • Hot steamy shower. Have a hot and steamy shower to loosen the eyelash extension glue. Your salon professional must have advised you to stay away from hot water and steam to extend the life of your extensions. It makes sense to do the opposite when you want to actually remove them. Alternatively, you can opt for a steam-facial- add hot water to a bucket and hover your face over the steam. Cover your head with a towel to allow maximum moisture to reach your face. 
  • Coconut oil. Coconut oil is so versatile. If you have not used it before- apply a small dab on your arm to check for any reactions. Follow these easy steps to use coconut oil to remove eyelash extensions. 
  1. Slightly heat the oil a little if you think it has solidified. 
  2. Add a few drops to a clean cotton pad.
  3. Rub your eyes gently.
  4. Wait for a few minutes for the glue to dissolve.
  5. Apply slight pressure to check if the extension is loose.
  6. Remove carefully and slowly. 
  • Professional-grade eyelash glue dissolver. If you regularly get your eyelashes done, consider investing in a professional-grade eyelash glue dissolver to use at home. Add a few drops to a clean cotton pad and wipe away the glue. Do not let the dissolver get into your eye. 
  • Layer it with mascara. You can layer your eyelash with mascara to hide minimal damage or cover the few strands that have fallen off. It is preferable to wait till the eyelash extensions come off naturally. 

You can always return to your eyelash artist for the removal process, which is advisable for thicker extensions. They may charge an additional $35 for the removal.

How to extend the life of your eyelash extensions

Eyelash extensions done by professionals look perfect but can be expensive. You can take measures to ensure the maximum life for your eyelash extensions. Ask your beauty technician for a detailed care procedure. 

  • Avoid Oil-based serums and night creams around the eyes. The glue used for eyelash extensions is waterproof but can wear off when it comes in contact with oil. 
  • Acrylic and hyaluronic serum. Eyelash sealers can help you extend the life of your eyelash extensions. Apply gently every morning. 
  • Avoid waterproof mascara. Waterproof mascara is thicker and does not wash off easily. 
  • Be gentle. Be gentle with your eyelash extensions. Use a soft eyelash brush to gently brush down your extensions every night. 


Once you have removed your eyelash extensions, be gentle with your natural lashes. Use an eyelash serum to nourish and smoothen your eyelashes. Alternatively, you can use coconut or castor oil to heal your real lashes. 

Signs of poor eyelash extensions

get extensions by professional lash artist

Always get your eyelash extensions done by a professional. Bad-quality eyelash extensions can harm your natural lashes. You may experience excessive and heavy glue application, lashes sticking together, and improper lash length- if you get your extensions done by a non-professional. Here are a few signs that indicate you have got a bad eyelash extension-

  • You experienced a burning sensation before and after the eyelash extension application.
  • You cannot brush through your extensions, which does not feel natural.
  • You are experiencing poking and irritation in your eyes.
  • Your lash artist took less than two hours to apply for the extensions.
  • You can see the glue on your eyelash extensions.

A professional aesthetician has years of practice and expertise which cannot be matched by an amateur. Always opt for a professional eyelash technician with good reviews and good quality products. Ask for a patch test to check if you are allergic to the glue they are using. Your eyes are delicate, and you must be careful with your natural lashes. Remember, beauty at the cost of health isn’t worth it.