My lashes are grown out and all studios are closed! What do I do?
Updated: Mar 25, 2020
We often recommend for you to wait until your eyelashes shed naturally or have a technician remove them professionally for you. However, because of the nature of the situation we are in with COVID-19, should you want to remove your current eyelash extensions for the interim, there are some DIY home remedies. This is only recommended for 2 or 3 stragglers.
You can loosen your eyelash extensions and you will not need any harsh solvents or removers. It can work for straggling or near-mature lash extensions that are nearing or at the end of their life cycle. For recently-installed lashes that need to come out, this is not recommended.
Step by step
Wash your face as usual, making sure not to scrub at the eye area.
Fill a mixing bowl with steaming-hot water, place your face over it, and drape a large towel over your head. Remain this way for 10 to 15 minutes. This steam treatment will help loosen the bonds of the eyelash extension glue.
Dip a cotton ball, cosmetic pad, or makeup sponge in olive oil and gently swipe your upper and lower lash lines, making sure not to get any of the oil in your eyes. This will give the extensions "slip" and help them slide right off your eye.
You should see the false lashes come off on the sponge or cotton ball, or notice them falling onto your counter top.
Disclaimer: This method of removal is subjective for each client. Results may vary. Should be concerned about the removal, it is recommended for you to wait for them to shed naturally.