Whether you are removing Lash Extensions due to an allergy, a poorly applied set, or the client is just ready for a break, there are several ways to properly remove the extensions. When removing them, you need to proceed with caution. If any type of remover is to get in to a client’s eye it can cause serious discomfort. If the client is extremely irritated send them to their Dr. with the MSDS sheets and do not attempt removal.
Once you’ve determined its safe to perform a removal, there are several options to choose from. You can remove them manually by pressing and squeezing them off with your tweezers, “Banana peel” them off, or you can use products. Im going to explain how to remove safely with products.
There is a variety of products to use; liquid, cream, or a gel. Personally, I prefer to use “The Breakup” Gel Remover from Lash Affair, for the easiest, most comfortable removal as possible. I would specifically stay away from liquid removers because they can easily drip into the clients eyes by accident. Cream is also a great option.
To begin adjust your bed so your clients head is raised to prevent product from leaking into their eyes, next place gel pads under the eyes to protect their skin and lower lashes. You want to keep the remover off of their skin to avoid irritation. Next, take 2 micro tips or flocked tip applicators and dispense one or two drops of remover, pressing them together to spread the product and prevent dripping .
Gently apply the remover slightly higher than the base of the lash extension moving the product towards the base. Then allow about five to ten minutes to let the product activate and start to break down the adhesive. As long as the lashes were applied correctly they should easily slide right off! If you are removing a poorly applied set allow yourself at least 45 minutes to take the lashes off. Poorly applied sets can take much more time and patience to remove, especially if there is excess adhesive. Always be careful when removing a set and make sure you are gentle so you don’t pre maturely pull out any natural lashes. If for any reason you get remover in your client’s eye, you should immediately flush the eye with eye wash or saline solution.
Finally, after all of the lashes are removed, make sure you cleanse the client’s entire eye area to remove residue before they open. I use Chrissanthie Lid Cleanser. This is important especially if you’re reapplying a new set. There could be residue and you don’t want this to affect retention.
Best of luck and happy lashing!
by, Kendra Harris