Methods of Removing Extensions
This will be the most common method of removing a single lash. Start by slowing pulling the extension forward towards yourself until you see the natural lash flicker usually somewhere above half of the extension. Grab the natural lash with the other tweezer while you have the extension in the other tweezer, you will then pull apart typically the extensions forward and you pull the natural lash back. Always pull up and down this will never hurt the client. Do not pull side to side ever.
Reverse Banana Peel
This is done the same way as above, however in the reverse way, meaning you will do this in situations where the base is lifted and you can not find the natural lash. Grab the natural lash close to the base, with the other tweezer grab on to the base of the extension, and lift up to remove.
This method is used when you can not locate the natural flicker. You will grab the tip of the extensions and then with the other tweezer parallel to the waterline or pointed slightly
upwards place the tweezer just under the other, you will then gently and steady squeeze and guide the tweezer down to the base, you should hear a pop and the lash will be off.
Crack & Peel:
This method is not commonly used but may be beneficial to use when removing, you will take your tweezers and with on holding the extension and the other will squeeze around the base, cracking the adhesive for easy removal.
Here is a picture of an outgrown extension, outgrown must always be removed at all fills to ensure safety of the natural lashes. As you learned in growth cycles lashes will continue to grow until they reach their resting phase. Outgrown are actually a great sign of lash health!
Many places do not removal lashes that were done elsewhere. This is because there is a liability in the result of touching another lash techs work. Also the client who needs the removal, may be horrified to see their lashes after you have removed them.
Do you want to be held responsible for someone messy lash work that has resulted in lash damage, lash loss, or no lashes left at all, and possibly be involved in a legal predicament?
If they are complaining of discomfort especially swelling or pus filled sores on the eyes or really any irritation it is best that you suggest they seek medical attention and advice first, this goes for your clientele too.
Howver ensure you explain all of this to the client before you proceed so there are no surprises.
Removal of Lash Extensions
- Place down your eye-pads
- Use your prep brushes and place a small drop onto one of the prep brushes.
- Gently use a cleaning motion, working it through the lashes, remember it should never touch the skin.
- You will have to let the remover sit for 3-5 mins, so do the other eye while you wait.
- Do not use too much. It’s very painful if gets into the eyes!
- Go back and use the same motion you do as your prime the lashes, you should see some lashes coming off, keep doing that until they are all off, you can use more remover, just use it sparingly so it doesn’t burn the skin or get into the clients eyes. You will likely have to use your tweezers and use the peel method to get the rest of the lashes off.
- Once removed always shampoo and rinse the clients eyes.
have client open eyes and ask if there is any stinging, if so re wash and rinse. Also check the natural lashes for any white residue. This is glue and will need more remover to remove. Glue is clear/white to begin with.
Here is a video of what a removal looks like once the remover has activated and softened the glue. Remember to always go slow and be gentle. THE REMOVER MUST NEVER GET INTO EYES. Do not try to pull of the lash extensions, they should just slide off. If they do not slide off to the gentle of touch than you need to wait a few more minutes until the remover processes more. Also REMEMBER glue remover must never be used on a client who is having an allergic reaction as it will make the reaction worse. You must banana peel off every extension for clients who are in an intense situation. However if you are trying to remove a botch job on someone who is having an allergic reaction banana peel method will not work as it will need to be chemically removed, in that instance you MUST send them to seek medical attention as more chemicals will only make the reaction worse.