Eyelash extensions have become a regular part of many people’s beauty routine. However, some women don’t really know how to remove them at home with olive oil and cotton pads.

It might seem easy, but the truth is that it can be quite difficult without the proper tools. I think you should be careful before trying it out yourself. You might end up damaging your own lashes, and if you’re not experienced enough, you could even cause damage to your eyes.

That’s why I recommend professional removal services. Not only will they help you get rid of your lash extensions safely, but they also offer other great services like eyelash tinting and threading. So if you want to keep your natural lashes, consider going to a professional.

How to remove eyelash extensions without damaging your natural lashes at home with olive oil

Removing eyelash extensions can be a delicate process, but it is important to do so in order to avoid damaging your natural lashes. Here are a few tips for how to remove them without hurting yourself:

  • Make sure that you have the right tools before you start. You’ll need tweezers, a gentle eye
    makeup remover, and a bowl of warm water.
  • Separate your lash extensions from each other before removing them. This will help keep them
    from being torn or sticking to your natural lashes.
  • Use a gentle eye makeup remover to dissolve the adhesive that holds the extensions in place.
    Be careful not to get any of the removers in your eyes.
  • Soak a cotton ball in warm water and hold it against your eyelashes for a few seconds. The heat will help loosen the adhesive and make removal easier.
  • Use the tweezers to gently pull on an extension until it comes loose. Avoid tugging on your
    lashes too hard, as this can cause pain and damage them.
    If you are unable to remove your eyelash extensions at home, it is recommended that you see a professional who is knowledgeable about removal products. They will be able to help you
    remove them properly and without any damage or irritation.
  • Always book an eyelash extension removal with a professional before attempting to do it
    yourself at home. This is the safest way to go about it since professionals know how to avoid any potential problems.

Why You Shouldn’t Remove Eyelash Extensions at Home

We have covered a step-by-step method for removing lash extensions at home. But I think you should be aware of the risks before attempting the operation in the first place. I normally strongly advise against removing eyelash extensions at home by yourself.

Whenever possible, I recommend getting them taken off professionally. As a matter of fact, the cost to remove lash extensions professionally is quite low when compared to the price of a new lash set or a refill.

Why You Shouldn't Remove Eyelash Extensions at Home

So if you want to save money, you shouldn’t try to remove them at home. It would be better to just buy a new set instead. The main reason why you shouldn’t attempt to remove lash extensions at home is that there is always a risk involved.

You could end up pulling out your natural lashes, which could result in painful redness around your eyes.

Damaging Natural Lashes

I have seen several horror stories of clients damaging their natural lashes during removal. A common mistake is to pull or rub on extensions harshly when removing them. As this detaches the lash extensions by force, it might break the natural lashes too.

I have also seen girls lose their natural lashes entirely after removing them at home. Once your natural eyelashes are damaged, they may take several months to grow back to their original length and thickness.

In such cases, it can be worth investing in a lash serum to grow the natural lashes faster. Here are a few more reasons why you should reconsider doing it yourself:

Painful Removal Process

Another reason why you shouldn’t attempt to remove lash extensions at home is that it’s painful. It takes some time to master the technique, especially if you haven’t done it before.

It’s easy to accidentally tear or pull out your own lashes while trying to remove lash extensions. If this happens, you could end up having to replace your entire lash set.

Natural Oils Not Being Strong Enough

Although oils do break down the lash adhesive, most natural oils aren’t strong enough to remove lashes in one session. You should expect a couple of sessions to completely remove your extensions. Because of the long time it takes to remove lashes at home by yourself, you might end up pulling on your lashes and damaging them.

It’s common to lose many natural lashes or get weary from the lengthy process of removing eyelash extensions on your own at home. If you want to save money and avoid these problems, then it’s best to leave the task to a professional. Always remember that if you don’t follow the instructions carefully, you could end up losing more than just your extensions. 

Excess Oil on Skin

Excessive amounts of oil applied to your lash line can clog your pores. This, in turn, can lead to blackheads, pimples, and even breakouts around the eyes.

You shouldn’t apply the oil directly onto your skin while trying to remove lash extensions at home. Instead, use baby oil or another mild moisturizer. This way, you won’t irritate your skin and risk causing more problems.

Risk of Infection or Irritation

Keeping your eyes closed while removing your eyelash extensions by yourself can be a challenging task. If you don’t have a steady hand, you might drip products into your eye during removal. This could result in infection or irritation.

If you’re going to attempt to remove lash extensions at your home, make sure that you follow these steps:

  • Use gloves and clean hands whenever necessary.
  • Wear safety goggles.
  • Apply the right amount of oil.
  • Keep your eyes open throughout the entire process.
  • Do not apply more than three drops of oil per eye.

Will extension removal damage my natural lashes?

You shouldn’t have to worry about your natural eyelashes getting ruined when removing the extensions. The only exception is if you use harsh products to remove the extensions.

Also, your natural lashes may fall off together with the extensions if they were glued together.

This is why I recommend having your lash extensions applied by a professional to avoid such mishaps.

What do you do if your eyelash extensions won’t come off?

Try the suggested removers or seek professional help. If the eyelash extensions fail to come off, that’s a sign your remover isn’t strong enough to break down the glue molecules. Soap and water alone aren’t enough to loosen the strong adhesive used to secure the lashes.

Slip between the adhesive and your eyelash may be created by using Vaseline, baby oil, or coconut oil, but this could lead to infection and damage of the lashes. Keep your head over the steaming bowl for 15 minutes.

The steam will loosen the glue on your extensions, so it comes off more easily. Soak a cotton swab in olive or coconut oil.

What do you do if your eyelash extensions won't come off?

Pour olive oil or coconut oil onto a cotton swab. Using Vaseline to soften the glue will make removing false eyelashes easier. Instead, take a hot shower to loosen the glue on the lash line.

Coconut oil will give the best results in removing lash extensions, but vegetable oil, olive oil, and castor oil can also be used.

Unlike other types of oils, castor oil doesn’t break the bond made by the lash adhesive quickly. Dip a cotton swab into the petroleum jelly and use it as a brush. This makes it easier for you to see where your real lashes end and the extensions begin. Use your normal makeup remover to clean your eyes.

Removal might be even more difficult to pull off if you can’t wait till the false lashes are shed with natural lashes patiently.

There are two types of professional lash extension remover commonly used on the market: gel remover and cream remover. The gel remover is typically clear with a high viscosity.

While hitting the showers (or even a steam room) might not be as effective as it would be when the lash adhesive is still setting, a long, steamy shower can help loosen the eyelash extension glue.

“Two known enemies of lash adhesives are heat and moisture,” Marin says. “Alone, and especially together, these elements can dissolve cyanoacrylate [the lash adhesive] when applied in large enough and intense enough quantities.”

Just like using an oil-based cleanser, you shouldn’t expect to see all of your lashes fall off after one hot shower.

“If a good quality adhesive is used, it will take a lot of steam and hot water to affect the lifespan of the eyelash extensions,” says Marin.


Removing lash extensions at home without any proper guidance can cause damage to your
natural lashes. The best thing to do is invest in an expert to perform the job properly.
I hope this helped.