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Brow Lamination: A Comparable Alternative to Microblading?

It’s the season of the brows and they’re coming in hot. While Gen Z dabbles in reviving early 2000s brows, others are feeling drawn toward a more full and voluminous brow shape. With so many new treatment options on the rise, it’s quite the challenge to pinpoint the latest and greatest in self optimization. Brow lamination is consistently popular, and we know it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. So let’s break down your do’s, don’ts, goals and how to achieve them.


What is brow lamination?

Brow lamination is an opportunity to provide your eyebrow hair with a molded, consistent shape for weeks at a time. Essentially an eyebrow perm, a setting lotion helps keep the brows lifted and brushed out for around six weeks.


How does brow lamination work?

To start, your esthetician will begin your brow lamination session by applying a setting cream that will help lift your eyebrow hairs. Your brow hairs will then be pushed and brushed upward to create an even, full, vertical look. At this point, a brow sealant will be utilized to set your brows in their final place and your esthetician will likely use some type of nourishing mineral oil to address and alleviate irritation on the skin.


Brow lamination vs microblading


While brow lamination and microblading have their upsides, microblading is a more semi-permanent choice when it comes to choosing your own adventure. But its longevity is pretty impressive. Lasting anywhere from 1 to 2 years, microblading offers that full, malleable path that many people are intrigued by.


Brow lamination is incredibly popular due to its more temporary nature and long-term, it is an affordable treatment option. Many people enjoy the fuller, more natural look they receive from brow lamination.


The process of brow lamination

The process of brow lamination is super easy. There’s no bells or whistles and you’ll be in and out of your appointment before you know it. The process will begin with brow cleansing and stenciling the desired brow shape.


After plucking or threading any excess hairs outside of the border, your brows will be fluffed up as the brush draws each of your brow hairs straight upward into a very uniform state. A straightening lotion is used to help maintain the straight brow shape. After the lotion is applied to the brows, they will be flattened with plastic wrap, where you’ll sit for around 30 minutes between the various steps until your brows are straightened and shaped.


The initial solution will then be removed and the setting lotion will take its place for around eight to ten minutes. After cleansing, a hydrating, oil based serum will be applied to help maintain hydration and keep your brow hairs from drying out.


How to prepare for a brow lamination

In order to prepare for a successful brow lamination session, you need to avoid tweezing and exfoliating for at least a week prior to your appointment. You’ll want to avoid all harsh exfoliators, especially ones like retinoids, AHAs or BHAs.


The benefits of brow lamination

Let’s talk in reality for a minute. Whether you’re walking 12 dogs at once or rushing to snag the kids before their sports banquet, getting ready is a luxury of a past life. Having a little support in the brow department can put a little pep in your step without having to apply makeup.


Not only are you set to leave the house at a moment's notice, you’re also investing in and doing something kind for yourself. When you start this journey, know that you already look like your best and most beautiful self. There’s also nothing wrong with taking a little time to enhance your eyes and take your natural features up a notch.


Taking care of your brow lamination

Don’t worry, you can totally wash your face and remove your make up even after brow lamination. Lasting around 5 to 8 weeks, you want to maintain shape and hydration by grooming with a spoolie and nourishing your brow hairs with a hydrating oil.


What to avoid after a brow lamination

To keep the integrity of your brow shape and get the most of your treatment, you want to avoid sitting in the sauna, tanning, harsh sun exposure, swimming pools and excessive sweating for around 48 hours. Keep any type of retinoid or harsh exfoliant away from the brow area for three days. Do your best to sleep on your back or side to avoid sleeping with your head face down in the pillow within that first 24-48 hour window.


How long does brow lamination last?

Brow lamination could last anywhere from 5 to 8 weeks, give. It truly depends on the nature of how often you’re exposed to anything that might accelerate your brows returning to their normal state such scrubbing the brows with a harsh cleanser frequently. If your brows are on the thicker side, your treatment may last a little longer.


Book your brow lamination at LUXE Aesthetics

We’re ready to give you your best brows ever! If you have questions or you’re ready to get started, feel free to book through our website or give us a call today to schedule your brow lamination!


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