The Art of Lash Extension Removal: Why Professional Care is Essential
Eyelash extensions have become a cornerstone of beauty routines worldwide, offering a hassle-free way to achieve fuller, longer lashes. However, what goes on must eventually come off, and this is where the expertise of a professional Lash Technician becomes invaluable. In this guide, we'll explore the various methods of lash extension removal, discuss why DIY removal is a risky venture, and explain why professional removal is always the best choice.
Understanding Lash Extension Removal
Lash extensions are attached to natural lashes using semi-permanent adhesive, which after several weeks of wear, requires careful and precise removal to avoid damage to the natural lashes. There are several methods professionals use which we will discuss in this blog, but we first need to discuss why DIY lash extension removal is a no-go.
The Risks of At-Home Lash Extension Removal
Many clients might be tempted to remove their lash extensions at home, but this is a path fraught with risks. DIY methods often involve untested techniques or inappropriate products, leading to potential issues such as:
Damage to Natural Lashes: Incorrect removal can lead to pulling out or breaking natural lashes. Not only this, but clients may even damage the hair follicle, which can mean the natural lashes may be permanently compromised, this means that the future growth of lashes may be subpar or, in worst cases, no re-growth at all.
Eye Irritation or Infection: Using non-specialized products near the sensitive eye area can cause irritation or infection. Untested removal products such as serums, oils, or homemade concoctions can cause natural lash damage too. Using products that are not suited alongside extensions and lash glue can cause an unwanted reaction and potentially affect the hair follicle. Needless to say, using these DIY methods around sensitive areas such as the eyes can be dangerous and compromise eye health.
Uneven Lash Loss: Without proper technique, lashes can come off unevenly, leading to an unattractive appearance. It is natural for some natural lashes to shed during the wear of lash extensions, this is because all of our eyelashes are at different stages of their growth cycle, meaning that seeing some lashes shed (along with the extension) is normal. This is why Lash Techs offer infill treatments to fill out any sparse areas. Prematurely plucking or removing extensions can create further loss to the desired lash style, creating a very uneven and unappealing lash line.
Why Professional Removal is Paramount
Professional removal is so important because as Lash Technicians, we are trained in safe and effective removal methods. As a professional, you can also assess the condition of your client’s extensions and natural lashes, choosing the most suitable removal method. As well as this, lash salons will adhere to strict hygiene standards, minimizing the risk of infection. Whilst it may be tempting for your clients to remove lash extensions at home and save money, they simply don’t have the training or knowledge to do so, and with such a delicate area of the face, it’s not worth the risk.
How to Remove Lash Extensions with Lash Extension Remover
As a Lash Technician, there are a few different removal techniques you can opt for. The one you choose will depend on the individual situation and client, so it’s good to be confident with all of them. The first technique would be to use a lash remover solution, and there are a couple to choose from:
Gel-Based Removers: These are specially formulated to dissolve lash adhesive without harming the natural lashes or the skin around the eyes and are usually the strongest, quickest option. It’s important to remember that our London Lash Gel Remover formula is a liquid, which can be harmful to clients with sensitive eyes, especially if they cannot close their eyes fully.
Cream-Based Removers: Ideal for clients with sensitive eyes, the Cream Remover gently breaks down the adhesive whilst being kind to the skin. You will likely need to leave a cream-based remover to work for longer before attempting to slide the lashes off. The cream remover is particularly great not only for clients with sensitivities but also beginner Lash Techs, as the formula means that the product will stay put wherever you have placed it, without seeping around the eyes.
The Banana Peel Method
The final method of lash extension removal is the banana peel method which doesn’t require any lash solution. This technique is, quite literally, just peeling the lash extension away from the natural lash using two pairs of tweezers. You simply hold the natural lash down with one pair of tweezers and gently peel away the extension with the other pair. This should not be done for an entire lash set removal, it’s best for removing grown-out lashes during an infill, or removing lash extensions that are not correctly applied or are causing discomfort during the initial application treatment.
Each method has its own set of benefits, and as a skilled Lash Technician, you can determine the best approach based on the client's lash type, extension type, and sensitivity.
London Lash Australia: Your Trusted Partner in Lash Care
At London Lash, we pride ourselves on providing top-tier lash products that help you achieve the results you need. Lash extension removal is a delicate process that should always be taken very seriously and with great care. It’s worth having a range of lash extension removal products in your lash kit to make sure you’re covered in a range of circumstances. During your client consultation, always discuss the dangers of DIY lash removal, giving you the perfect opportunity to promote your removal services. We’re always here if you need any help, so click the chat icon below to speak to a member of our team to receive the support you need.