There’s an ongoing list of eyebrow trends that we’ve seen come and go over the years. From over-plucked, narrow brows to waxed and threaded brows to semi-permanent microblading, our brow preferences are constantly evolving. Brow lamination, in particular, is a recent trend that has garnered a ton of popularity on social media in recent years. It is an innovative treatment that uses chemicals to semi-permanently fix the eyebrow hairs in a vertical direction, giving them a refreshed look.
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If you find that your brow hairs just can’t stay in place all day, have gaps, or haven’t fully recovered from days spent plucking them, brow lamination can help your brows appear fuller . Ramy Gafni from RAMY cosmetics states that brow lamination “sticks” the hair in an upward position to give brows a fuller look and cover sparse areas.
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While this sounds great, as with any beauty treatment, it’s important to understand the benefits, risks, and costs before consulting your favorite esthetician or brow expert.
What is eyebrow lamination?
Brow lamination is essentially a perm for the brows, explains the famous beautician, Caela Bulzing. “It’s an amazing treatment for those with unruly hair that grows back or doesn’t stay in the shape you prefer,” she adds. It temporarily straightens and lifts the brow hairs, similar to how an eyelash lift works, except it focuses on your eyebrow hairs and not your eyelashes.
People typically get this treatment for the look of smooth, brushed brows, and like microblading or coloring, it gives you the look of fuller, fluffier brows. The main benefit is that it lasts longer than any brow gel or pomade you would use to achieve the effect at home.
What Happens During a Brow Lamination Appointment?
A chemical solution is applied to the brows to soften the hair follicle so it can be reshaped in any direction. A second solution is placed to hold this shape. By lifting the hairs on your brows, you create a fuller, more prominent brow and shape. It will also accentuate the arch of your eyebrows and add structure to the entire face.
Your appointment should also include a full service of shaping and cleaning your eyebrows. “My ultimate brow lamination treatment also includes a wax or tweezers and tint for a fuller, timeless look,” shares Bulzing. While it is ideal to have this treatment performed by a licensed, trained professional, you can also laminate your brows yourself at home – just be aware that this can cause damage to the brows if not done properly.
What are the benefits of eyebrow lamination?
Brow lamination is ideal for those who want to put less effort into grooming their brows. “Typically, those who have trouble shaping their brows at home love a good lamination, and those with full, long hair like this lamination to keep their hair in place,” explains Bulzing.
It’s also a great alternative to microblading, a semi-permanent tattoo that creates strokes across your brows to mimic hair. Brow lamination only uses your existing hair follicles and does not stain the brows. The results of the former can last well over a year, while brow lamination only lasts around 4-6 weeks, which can be ideal for those who don’t want such a permanent change.
How much does eyebrow lamination cost?
Of course, this depends on where you choose to have your treatment, but in general you should expect to pay anywhere from $75 to $120. Bulzing says the average is $115 per session.
How long does brow lamination last?
You will find that brow lamination can take anywhere from four to six weeks. In some cases, if you take a very good look at your eyebrows, your lamination can take up to eight weeks. As the weeks go by you will notice that the shape of your brows relaxes a bit and the laminated effect is lost which is a sign that it is the perfect time to have your brows relaminated.
Gafni says that brow lamination can be a good place to start if you’re looking to do something new with your brows that isn’t permanent.
possible side effects
With any treatment of your body, especially your face, there is a risk of a variety of things. Because your brow hairs are so delicate, the brow lamination can cause breakage, and if the shape doesn’t last long, the lamination might look half-done when it fades — which, according to Gafni, doesn’t look great.
While brow lamination is non-invasive, many people may face some side effects such as swelling, redness, peeling, itching, and bumps, all related to skin irritation caused by chemicals present in the solution used to apply to create the lamination effect. These side effects can appear just below and/or above the eyebrows and even extend to your eyelids.
If you have sensitive skin, rosacea, eczema, or a history of contact dermatitis, consider speaking to an esthetician or brow artist beforehand to do a spot test to see if you have a reaction.