How to care and remove eyelash extensions?
Caring for eyelash extensions
As mentioned before, taking care of your eyelash extensions can be quite the undertaking. To ensure the longevity of your lash extensions, it’s best to use the following care practices:
- Use caution when washing your face, especially around the eye area. Any movement of the lashes can cause them to get tangled or fall out.
- Avoid using oil-based cleansers, makeup removers or other facial products. Oil will cause the lash glue to break down.
- Do not use mascara with eyelash extensions, especially waterproof mascara. Removing the product from the lashes will tug on them and cause them to fall out prematurely.
- To clean eyelash extensions, use a gentle foaming eyelash extension cleanser to make sure the eyes and lashes are not holding onto bacteria.
- Brush the lashes several times daily with a spooly brush (similar to a mascara wand that is clean, dry and free of product).
- Avoid letting water from the shower fall directly onto your face, as the water pressure can cause the extensions to loosen.
- Do not rub your eyes with a towel or sleep in a way where your pillow presses on the eyes.
Please be advised that practicing these care techniques does not guarantee your lash extensions will last longer than the average lifespan or protect your natural lashes from breakage. They just increase the likelihood of a long, successful, beautiful wear.
How to remove eyelash extensions
If you have the eyelash extensions and decide — for one reason or another — that you want them removed, what do you do?
While a quick search on YouTube will produce hundreds of DIY videos for eyelash extension removal, the truth is that the safest way to remove the extensions is to let them fall out on their own.
In an interview with Oprah Daily, celebrity lash expert Clementina Richardson says that trying to remove the lashes yourself can pull out the natural lashes and lead to bald spots, which may or may not grow back.
Instead of trying to pluck the extensions off, continue to take care of them by brushing them and keeping them clean. Usually within six to eight weeks, the extensions will naturally fall out on their own. You can also try to speed up the process by using oil-based cleansers or eye creams to help loosen the lash glue, but this is not an immediate solution.
The takeaway from this is that eyelash extensions are an investment and a commitment. Doing thorough research and understanding the pros and cons of lash extensions, will help you make an informed decision before spending the money.