· By Joseph Maine
We Laminated Our Brows, So You Don't Have To!
Does Brow Lamination Live Up to the Hype?
If you regularly read Cosmopolitan or Elle, then perhaps you’ve heard of the ultra-trending process of brow lamination. And if you’ve somehow missed out, it’s running head-to-head with microblading for helping volumize your brows.
So, what does brow lamination involve? This Russian technique basically lifts brow hair, giving it a more vertical direction and a feathered appearance. It’s said to be ideal for correcting gaps, thinning, or unruliness and directly competes with microblading.
While it is a much faster process than microblading, you might want to get all the facts before you turn to this treatment to salvage subpar brows.
The Process of Brow Lamination
Some call it a perm for your brows. They have a set shape that stays intact, roughly for two months at a time before you’ll need to repeat the process. That’s a lot more maintenance than microblading which has results that last roughly between 18 and 30 months. Brow Laminating doesn’t offer fullness where hair doesn’t exist, the way microblading does though.
Brow lamination starts with the application of a lifting cream which helps reshape the brow hairs. Then, those hairs are brushed into place while a neutralizer is applied to reform the bonds in each of those hairs. Finally, a nourishing oil is applied to add moisture back in after all these chemicals have done their part.
You have options to tint them too, or tweeze and wax additionally though for the basic process of brow lamination, you may pay anywhere from $50 to $130 depending on where you live, perhaps even more. Considering you’ll need to do it every 2 months to keep up the look, you might be better off with microblading.
Brow Lamination: The Downside
NYC Dermatologist Shari Marchbein went on record with her concerns about how brow lamination can affect the eyelid. Since the skin in your eye area is the thinnest and most sensitive, you need to be very careful with it. Putting chemicals so close to the danger zone is hardly ever a good idea.
Plus, there’s the chemicals. While a professional will likely know what they’re doing to keep from getting chemical agents into your eyes, there are brow lamination kits you can do at home. Even if you do everything to the letter, you’re still exposing your delicate eyebrow hairs to harsh chemicals that can also irritate the skin below causing redness, irritation, and flaking. The FDA advises against tinting and dyes for brows because of these chemicals and it stands to reason perming agents aren’t something they’d bless with their approval either.
Our Verdict on Brow Lamination
Curious about brow lamination? We did it for you so you don’t have to. Our viral video of brow lamination shows the process. It leaves brows feeling very stiff and the skin beneath it rough too. If you insist on having this feathered-brow look, we hope you’ll go to a professional, but honestly, we feel it’s a fad you can skip altogether.
xx Joseph Maine and Sabrina Maine
The Brother/Sister Duo behind Trademark