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Eyelash extension removal: What you need to know so you don't end up losing your natural lashes

Updated: Nov 6, 2018

Eyelash extension is becoming a popular beauty ritual, and we’re not surprised why. The beauty service helps us achieve beautifully curled and full lashes, accentuating our eyes even without having to pile on heaps of mascara that may smudge or putting on falsies that may come off.

While we all look forward to getting our eyelashes extended, most of us dread the removing our eyelash extensions and may leave them on for way too long than we should. If you have any doubt about it, here’s a comprehensive guide that will help you learn everything you need to know about eyelash extension removal.

1. How long do eyelash extensions typically last?

Most places recommend you come back every two to three weeks for a touch up, but if you’re looking to save a bit of money, you can prolong their lifespan and make them last for up to five weeks.

2. What are some ways you shouldn’t remove eyelash extension?

First and foremost, avoid removing eyelash extensions prematurely if you can help it, and never, ever try to remove eyelash extension yourself, because chances are that you’ll cause some serious damage to your natural eyelashes if you do.

Eyelash extensions are bonded to your natural lashes using surgical-grade adhesive – it’s designed to withstand water, soap, and sweat, and require a special type of remover to get them off. So, unless you’re trying to achieve a bald eye, don’t ever DIY the removal process!

3. So… how should you get eyelash extension removed?

The only way you should get rid of your eyelash extensions is to get them professionally removed at the salon, or have them fall out naturally.

Every salon that does eyelash extensions will have removal service available, and the price range can be anywhere between SGD15 and SGD80 depending on the salon you opt for. Some salons offer removal services for free, but those aren’t very common.

However, if you’re not looking to spend any more money, you’ll probably be happy to know that the extensions do fall out with the natural shedding of your lashes. This is a much slower process, but it is free, so there’s that.

4. What’s the removal process like?

Because eyelash extensions are most often affixed with high-grade surgical glues (a.k.a superglue), the removal process is no easy feat. Usually, salons brush a special type of glue remover on the extensions, leaving it there for a a few minutes.

After which, they usually take off the lash extensions one by one by clamping them between two micro brushes and then gently pulling them out. The process is pretty quick and painless, especially if a trained technician does it for you!

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