How To Remove Lash Extensions The RIGHT Way

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As dedicated lash technicians, we want our clients to leave feeling beautiful. But most importantly, we prioritize the health of their natural lashes. 

It’s really important that you know how to safely remove eyelash extensions. Removing them in the correct way will protect the natural eyelashes and prevent damage. Whether you're a seasoned lash artist or newer to the game, there's always room to refine your technique.

Here’s your go-to guide on how to remove lash extensions the right way, keeping those natural lashes healthy, strong, and ready for their next set.

Why Lashes Should Be Removed Professionally

You may have clients who are tempted to remove their extensions at home using various DIY methods. It's essential to stress the importance of having their lashes removed by a professional. Attempting to remove extensions at home can damage natural eyelashes and even cause infection or injury.

Professional lash extension removers are specifically formulated to safely dissolve adhesive bonds without causing harm to natural lashes. And as lash techs, we are trained in proper removal techniques so that the process is done correctly and with minimal discomfort to our client.

Reasons for Removing Eyelash Extensions

There are a few reasons why a client may want or need their lash extensions removed:

  1. Improper application: If lash extensions have been improperly applied, they can damage the natural lashes, so they should be removed to prevent further issues.
  2. Client’s request: Sometimes, a client may change their mind about lash extensions or wish to take a break.
  3. Allergic reaction: On rare occasions, clients may be allergic to the lash glue used during the application. In such instances, removing the extensions will alleviate discomfort.
  4. Changing styles: Clients looking to update their look or switch to a different style or volume will require the existing ones to be safely removed before applying a new set.

Products You Need for Eyelash Extension Removal

Before you begin the lash removal process, make sure you have all the necessary tools and supplies:

At Lashin' Out, we offer two different types of eyelash extension removers:

  • Cherry Jelly Lash Remover: A gel remover that quickly dissolves eyelash glue for easy and painless removal. It has a gentle cherry scent and a jelly-like consistency that stays put on the lashes without entering the eyes. 🍒
  • Cream Lash Extension Remover: A fast-acting cream remover specially formulated to gently break down adhesive, making it easy and pain-free to remove lash extensions. The remover has a mild odour and stays on the lashes without entering your client's eyes.

Step-by-Step Guide for Safe Lash Extension Removal

Follow these steps to ensure a safe and effective lash extension removal process:

  1. Have your client lie down comfortably with their eyes closed—place gel pads over their lower lashes to protect them during removal.
  2. Use a microbrush or flocked applicator to apply a small amount of eyelash extension remover onto the base of the lash extensions. Allow the product to sit on the extensions for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Once the product has dissolved the glue, gently slide the extensions off with a microbrush or flocked applicator. Repeat until you have removed all the extensions and lash adhesive from the natural lashes.
  4. Cleanse the lashes with Lash Suds to remove any remaining residue from the remover and adhesive.

Pro Tip 🌟

Use an additional eye pad to layer on top of your Cherry Jelly Remover to make the removal process easy and clean up a breeze. Watch here to see what we mean! 🍒

Post Eyelash Extension Removal

Encourage your clients to care for their lashes to promote natural growth and prevent potential damage. Offering a lash serum can earn you some extra revenue and help support your client's lash health. Win-win!

ADOREYES Plus Lashes Serum is formulated with a triple peptide formula that works on all three phases of lash growth. It helps to revive, thicken, and fortify natural lashes.

Educate Your Clients

Talk to your clients about lash health, how to identify good lash work, and how to look after their eyelashes, with and without extensions. Even if you are just doing a removal!

Not only will you develop a good reputation as a lash artist, but it will also help out the industry. There are so many horror stories and myths surrounding lash extensions! By educating your lash clients, you can help dispel any misinformation.

Lash extensions don't wreck your natural lashes; bad application does!

Lashin' Out's Lash Course in Calgary

Are you interested in elevating your career as a lash artist?

Join us at Lashin' Out Academy in Calgary! Our comprehensive courses are designed to enhance your skills, whether you're just starting or looking to refine specific techniques. 

Plus, we offer exclusive 1:1 mentoring sessions tailored to your unique needs. Whether you want to master a particular style or overcome challenges in your technique, our experienced instructors are here to guide you every step of the way.

Take the next step in your lash artist career with Lashin' Out Academy. Contact us today to learn more!


Does it hurt to remove eyelash extensions?

No, it should not hurt or cause discomfort if the lash extensions are safely removed following the proper steps and using a professional lash extension remover.

How do you remove eyelash extensions at home?

We highly recommend getting your lash extensions professionally removed by a lash tech to avoid any potential damage to your natural lashes. However, if you have no other option, use a professional remover and follow the proper removal steps.