Let's talk about removing eyelashes!
Yes, ladies, the sad truth is that we must remove those fabulous lashes for the following reasons:
- Firstly, the most important is if your client has an allergic reaction to the eyelash extensions glue. Yes it can happen at any point even after a successful patch test.
- If your client would like to take a break from the lashes. I mean, let's be honest, most of us never want to have a break from those beauties, do we?
- If your client has seen a different curl from your portfolio and she would like to try it (i.e M or L curl)
- Or if your client would like to go back to natural and have a go with Lash Filler/Lift.
- Maybe your client needs to have eye surgery - then you must remove the lashes.
- When someone decides to have a PMU tattoo eyeliner, its essential to remove the lashes before.
- One of the most common is also if you have a new client that has come with lashes from another artist.
- This should be first knowledge for us all but we should never work on top of another therapists lashes!
Now, for best practice on how to remove lashes, here are my top tips:
𝘎𝘦𝘭 𝘰𝘳 𝘊𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮: which one should you choose?
My personal choice is the cream because it’s easy to work with and shouldn't cause any irritation while removing the lashes. I only use the peel technique when the client comes back for infills and I just need to take off a few overgrown lashes.
When I do the full set removal with the cream, I always make sure that I place a gel eye patch underneath each eye because the cream removal is a stronger chemical and it’s better to be safe than sorry always protect the client.
The removal cream should never touch any skin on the client. It will not feel nice and can cause a tingling sensation. In some cases if the client has sensitive skin it can cause some mild redness.
Place the cream or gel removal only to the lashes where it's attached with the glue, there is no need to cover the rest of the natural lashes.
Wait a few minutes - depending on the brand times may vary on how long you should wait till you start removing the lashes.
When the times up gently try to remove the extensions with either a tweezer or micro-brush, don't pull the extensions. If the cream / gel needs a bit more time, just let your client know that and wait a bit longer.
Never ever pull the lashes!
When you removed all the extensions off and all the glue residue is removed wipe the removal cream off with dry embossing cotton pads - NEVER wash it off with water.
Then clean the lashes with a nice smelling lash shampoo (my favourite lash shampoo is InLei Mousse Rose) and rinse it with saline solution.
Remove the eye patch gently and place a tissue in your client's hands and let them know they can open their eyes.