The Microblading Alternative, Brow Lamination, Is Taking Over Your Feeds

Brow Lamination

It is said that eyebrows frame the facial features. Fortunately, we don’t have to use our dull tweezers or poor eyesight to transform our hairs into beautiful works of art. Many innovative treatments are available to help trim, tidy and transform eyebrows. The brow lamination treatment is a newer and more popular option.

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You might have noticed that pictures of full brows, slicked up with a high shine finish are taking over your Instagram or TikTok page “For You”. This is brow lamination. Imagine semi-permanent brow soap. When we talk about laminating we don’t mean turning paper sheets into shiny kindergarten posters. It does, however, have a similar effect, as it uses chemicals to set eyebrow hairs semi-permanently in a vertical orientation, making them look brushed up.


This treatment is also known as a brow curl. In this case, straightening hair is more important than adding curls or waves. If your hair is always growing in a haphazard manner, you have gaps or are a victim of the overplucking age, then brow lamination can help.


It sounds pretty epic right? It is. But, (yes, there is a but – sorry!) There are some disadvantages to this treatment, just as there are with many other beauty treatments. Let’s look at the risks, benefits, cost and aftercare.


What is brow Lamination?

Sarah Maxwell, a brow and eyelash expert in Los Angeles, says that brow lamination is basically a “brow-hair texturizing treatment.” She explains that a brow expert “softens” the hair follicle using a chemical and then “re-shapes or sets it into a refined, lifted, smoother form.” The result? The result?


What are the advantages of brow lamination?

The look of the brows are what makes them so attractive. Maxwell says that if the procedure is done correctly, the brows will appear fuller and lifted. You can shape the brows slightly during lamination, in addition to smoothing out the hairs. For example, you could raise the arch or lower the tail.

This treatment is non-invasive, and it is not permanent. It is a good option for people who do not want to commit to other brow treatments.


They look fantastic after lamination and are also easier to maintain. Maxwell explains that the hairs will become more manageable in their new smooth form, even if they were unruly. The hair was arranged in a vertical position, as if they had been expertly brushed and fixed in place.


Lamination can last up to 8 weeks. This means that you don’t have to brush your brows and set gel every morning. It allows for a more low-maintenance daily routine.

How can I prepare my brow for lamination?

Prepare yourself before you attend your appointment. Avoid using retinol and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or other exfoliant products for at least 48 hours prior to your appointment. This can cause an allergic reaction with the chemical solution used in lamination. Brow technicians also advise against waxing, threading or tweezing your eyebrows before your appointment.


It’s best to do a test patch before your appointment if you have been known to have extremely sensitive skin or have reacted previously to hair dye. Lamination is one of the few beauty treatments that does not require a skin test. This means an allergic reaction won’t be detected until after the solution has been applied.


Tell your brow technician if any of these conditions exist (including psoriasis, eczema, and sunburn). Your tech will tell you if the treatment is still possible, taking into account all factors. This is in your best interests and safety.


How does the brow lamination work?

You’re now in the clear and ready to have your eyebrows laminated. What can you expect?


Step 1

You’ll first be seated in a reclined chair, where your brow technician will clean the area, removing any bacteria, makeup or oils. Then, the brow tech will apply a cream that causes a reaction with the disulfide bonding in your eyebrows. This is what holds the protein chains (keratins) in our hair together. The hairs become pliable and can be shaped into the desired shape. To speed up the process, your tech may wrap some plastic over the hairs.


Step 2

The cream is then applied and left to work for about five minutes (depending on your hair thickness). Maxwell says that this cream, which is also called “reform”, “neutralizer” or “setting”, “sets hair into a new shape by reforming hair and its keratin chain,” and “essentially sets the hair in its new form.” The cream is then left on for a few more minutes, and the technician will use a spoolie brush to position the hair.


Step 3

Some techs will tweeze any hairs that are left after the brows have been set. Maxwell does not recommend waxing after the lamination procedure because “the ingredients in the lamination can cause the skin around the eye to rip or tear.”


Maxwell does not recommend shaving the hairs, unless they are very long or out of place. She adds that cutting the hair can make it look like an electric shock, rather than that fluffy appearance that is a great brow lamination.


Step 4

Maxwell says that once all the above is done, “a hydrating serum and keratin conditioning treatment should be used” and sent with the client.


Is there a risk to getting brow laminations?

The treatment can have some negative effects due to the strong chemicals used. brow lamination may have an adverse effect on hair condition over time if it’s a treatment used as part of a beauty routine. You can over-process hairs when laminating, especially if you do it regularly or if the technician is not highly skilled.


Advice can be given to those who are interested in this treatment is to avoid over-processed eyebrows. This is because the hair may become frizzled and even crispy, and it could shed. She adds, “Only recommend brow lamination as a temporary beauty fix.”

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Lamination can help to restore brows that are dry, unruly and frazzled.


It’s best to avoid brow lamination every day. Both brow experts that we spoke with stressed the importance of choosing someone who is well-trained that you should always do research before booking any treatment involving a strong chemical. Also, make sure the artist takes into account the future growth of your eyebrows. If you have considered all of these factors and are confident that brow-lamination is the right treatment for you, then the results will be great.


Shari Marchbein MD, a New York City dermatologist board-certified, has also issued some warnings about the treatment. She is most concerned with the skin of the eyelids, which is the thinnest and most delicate on the body. She says that the eyelid skin requires extra care from the products we use. It is especially sensitive to irritation. Therefore, harsh chemicals in this brow lamination can cause eczema. Eczema is characterized by dry, red, itchy and inflamed rashes.


She also mentions that these chemicals could potentially cause irreversible eye damage. Experts and the Food and Drug Administration are concerned about both of these concerns, which is why brow tinting has been discouraged by them. The FDA and experts in the U.S. do not recommend brow tinting.


Can I do the brow lamination myself?


Professionals perform many beauty treatments, such as brow lamination. The formulations in at-home kits may not be as powerful as those used by professionals, but they can still damage eyebrow hairs over time, especially if applied incorrectly. It’s also not a good idea for you to use chemicals that aren’t familiar to you so close to your face. Friends, you only have one face. Be careful.


What is the cost of brow lamination?


The price of brow lamination can vary dramatically depending on where the brow artist is located, their skill level and service. You may be charged for brow lamination as an extra service, so you will pay more than the perm. The cost of perms in cities is higher than those in smaller towns. Prices can range from $75 to $250.


How do you maintain brow lamination?


It is crucial to take care of your brows after the procedure. Failure to do so can ruin all the work that your brow technician has put in, resulting in a waste of time and money on your part. Maxwell says that it is best to wash the area around the brows for the first 24 hours after the procedure. It is also important to avoid using a sauna or excessive sweating in a fitness class.


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