Eyelash extensions have become a go-to beauty enhancement for many people, providing a longer, fuller, hassle-free addition to the morning lash routine. However, there may come a time when you need to remove your extensions, whether it's for a change in style or to give your natural lashes a break. In this blog, we will address all your questions and concerns about eyelash extension removal, providing insights and tips from experienced eyelash extension artists.

1. Can I Remove Eyelash Extensions At Home? 

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While removing eyelash extensions at home is possible, it's highly recommended to seek professional assistance from an experienced eyelash extension artist. They have the knowledge, tools, and expertise to remove the extensions safely and without causing damage to your natural lashes or injury to the eyes. 

2. How Long Does The Eyelash Extension Removal Process Take?

The duration of the removal process depends on various factors, such as the number of extensions applied and the condition of your natural lashes. On average, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour for a skilled artist to complete the removal procedure. 

3. Is Eyelash Extension Removal Painful?

When performed by a trained professional, eyelash extension removal should be pain-free. The artist will use a specialized adhesive remover that breaks down the adhesive without causing discomfort to their client. 

4. What Happens If I Try To Remove The Extensions Myself? 

While it may be tempting to remove eyelash extensions yourself, it can be risky. Your eyes need to be closed, which is problematic for starters. You must invest in a fit-for-purpose remover. If not applied correctly, it can enter the eye, causing severe stinging, and the temptation to pull at the extensions before they are ready to come off can damage your natural lashes. It's best to leave the removal process to the experts to ensure a safe and successful outcome. Other removal methods, such as picking the extension off the natural lash or pulling the extension off, which takes the natural lash with it, are NEVER recommended. These methods will damage the natural lashes and leave the lash line with bald spots. 

 5. How Do Eyelash Extension Artists Remove The Extensions? 

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When preparing the client's eye for eyelash extension removal, a skilled lash artist prioritizes safe removal, client comfort, and protection of the natural lashes. The process begins by applying under-eye pads or medical tape to safeguard the delicate skin around the eyes. The client's eyes must remain closed throughout the removal process to prevent the remover from entering the eye. 

Next, the lash artist applies a specially formulated adhesive remover using a soft-tipped applicator. This remover needs time to break down the adhesive bond between the extensions and natural lashes. It gradually transforms the glue into a soft, gum-like substance. The artist then gently works the extensions off the natural lashes using a combination of soft-tipped applicators and specialized tweezers. This technique avoids pulling that could potentially damage the natural lashes. 

In some cases, the artist may need to repeat the process to ensure all the extensions, residue, or adhesive are entirely removed. These meticulous preparation steps create a safe and controlled environment for eyelash extension removal.  

 6. What Should I Expect After Eyelash Extension Removal? 

After the extensions are removed, it's important to note that your natural lashes may initially appear shorter or sparser than before. However, there's no need to worry as this is a normal and temporary effect caused by the added length and volume of the extensions. 

One reason your natural lashes can appear much shorter or finer post-removal is simply the comparison to extensions. Sometimes, we get so used to the look of extensions we've forgotten what it's like to have our natural lashes on display. Many lash artists take "before and after" shots when they initially apply extensions. You can ask your lash artist to take an "after" picture of your natural lashes post-removal and compare it to your original "before" shot. You will likely find that your lashes look just as they did before. 

Sometimes the natural lash may appear shorter because the tip may have broken off when wearing extensions or during the removal. NOTE: the tip of an eyelash is delicate and can easily break when using and removing extensions, mascara, using a lash curler, or other lash-enhancing techniques. There is no need to panic. Once the lash ends its growth cycle, it will shed, and a brand new lash will emerge from the hair follicle and grow to its full potential. 

Rest assured that your natural lashes have a growth cycle consisting of three phases: the anagen (growth) phase, catagen (transition) phase, and telogen (resting) phase. These phases dictate the natural growth and shedding of lashes. Over time, as the natural lash growth cycle progresses, your lashes will regain their original appearance. 

7. How Can I Take Care Of My Natural Lashes After Extension Removal?

To care for your natural lashes post-removal, you may consider using a nourishing lash serum or conditioner, which can help promote lash health and stimulate growth. Applying these products can support recovery and help your natural lashes regain their former glory. 

After getting your lashes removed, ensuring that your delicate under eye area remains hydrated is also key to keeping your eye area glowy. The Prolong Lash Hydrating Under Eye Serum is the perfect choice for keeping your eye area moisturized after having your eyelashes removed.

8. Can I Get New Eyelash Extensions Immediately After Removal?

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    This question comes down to two main factors, the state of your natural lashes and an individual's desire to have new extensions applied immediately. This is an important conversation to have with your lash artist who can assess the state of your natural lashes and advise what would work best in protecting your natural lashes and achieving your new desired look. 


    So, when it comes to eyelash extension removal, it's always best to rely on the expertise of a professional eyelash extension artist. They possess the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure a safe and successful removal, protecting the health and beauty of your natural lashes. By following their guidance and post-removal care instructions, you can maintain the integrity of your lashes and be ready for your next eyelash enhancement adventure. 

    Discover more helpful tips for keeping your eyelash extensions and natural lashes healthy with the Prolong Lash blog and learn how to partner with us for your lashing journey now.