Did you know that our eyebrows are more active in the summer? It’s true; the hairs grow faster because of the warmer weather.
Other things that can affect their appearance include stress and skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis.
Don’t worry, though; there are treatments that you can get that’ll make them look thicker and fuller—brow lamination being one of them.
Interested? Want to learn more about the eyebrow treatment? If so, you’re at the right place.
Keep reading for everything that you need to know about the topic!
What Is Eyebrow Lamination?
Eyebrow lamination, also known as an ‘eyebrow perm,’ is a relatively new procedure that involves straightening the brow hairs with a chemical solution. Unlike microblading, there are no needles involved and no downtime.
A semi-permanent procedure, it’s a good option for those who want to keep their brows styled a certain way; you won’t have to rely on eyebrow products for a certain look.
Like most eyebrow treatments, however, it’ll need to be repeated if you want to maintain your results (it’s recommended that you repeat it once every 6-8 weeks).
How Does Brow Lamination Work?
The provider will start by applying a special cream to your eyebrows; it’ll break down the protein bonds in your hair so that they’ll become soft and flexible. That’ll allow them to brush them into a new position.
Once they’ve been styled, the provider will apply a second solution, aka neutralizer. It’ll reform the protein bonds and seal the hairs in place—that’ll allow them to hold their new shape for up to six weeks.
A nourishing oil will then be applied to the brow area to help prevent hair dryness and skin irritation.
Generally speaking, the process will take around one hour. Depending on where you go, there may be optional add-ons (e.g., eyebrow tinting, excess hair removal).
Laminating Your Brows At Home
The great thing about eyebrow lamination is that you can also do it yourself at home—all you need is a brow lamination kit. It’ll come with everything you need, including a brow brush, cleanser, perming solution, bonder, and nourishing lotion.
Start by cleaning your brows. Next, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the skin around the area; it’ll act as a physical barrier so that it won’t be irritated by the various solutions.
Once you’ve done that, brush your brows upward with a spoolie. Apply a thin coat of bonder to the tips of your hairs and carefully straighten them into the desired direction and shape. When you’re finished, apply the perming solution.
Cover the top of your brows with a large sheet of cling film and leave it on for 5-10 minutes before wiping off the product. Next, apply the setting solution. Place a clean sheet of cling film on the area again and wait another 10 minutes.
For the best results, keep your eyebrows dry for 24 hours after treatment. Avoid swimming pools and baths, and be extra careful in the shower. Try not to wash your face if you can.
Also, you want to avoid wearing makeup and other beauty products—it can clog your pores as your hair follicles will remain open for a while after lamination. This is especially true if you’re prone to breakouts.
Potential Side Effects
While the procedure isn’t invasive per se, it can cause side effects in some individuals. For example, it can lead to redness, swelling, itching, or peeling on the skin around the brow area.
Depending on the severity, it can also extend to the eyelids. For this reason, treatment isn’t recommended if you have eczema, rosacea, or sensitive skin in general.
It’s also worth mentioning that it can damage your eyebrows—just like how perming your hair can lead to dryness. Generally speaking, the more often you get your brows done, the higher the chance of damage.
Finally, it can cause eye damage if the solutions run into your eyes during treatment. Fortunately, it’s preventable with proper application.
How Much Does It Cost?
Brow lamination is quite affordable. Assuming that you get it done at a salon, you can expect to pay between $50 to $100 per session. With that said, it can vary between providers, so be sure to do your research beforehand.
As for DIY lamination kits, they’re even cheaper; you can easily get one for less than $50. And remember, they’re not one-use items. It depends on the size of your brows, but you can probably get a few sessions out of them.
Finding a Provider
We highly recommend reaching out to a professional makeup artist or aesthetician if you don’t want to do it yourself. Ideally, you want to choose someone who has experience with this particular procedure.
For example, you can search for ‘brow artists’ or ‘brow studios’ in your area—that should give you a list of places that offer eyebrow lamination treatments.
And no matter who you choose, be sure to ask about their licensing, credentials, and costs.
Enhancing Your Appearance With Eyebrow Treatment
Brow lamination is one of the best eyebrow treatments that you can get. It’ll enhance the appearance of your brows so that you won’t have to use salon products for a neat and tidy look.
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