When you think of laminating something, you might picture days gone by in your elementary school classroom.
While the term may conjure up memories of pencil cases, chalkboards, and construction paper – we’re talking about the newest and hottest eyebrow treatment on the aesthetics marketplace.
Keep reading to find out more about the process of eyebrow lamination, the risk factors, and the average price point!
What is eyebrow lamination?
In early 2019, eyebrow lamination stepped onto the scene. Also called brow lifting or brow sculpting, the offbeat procedure has splashed its way across Instagram and TikTok.
Loosely originating in Eastern Europe, eyebrow lamination has quickly become the answer to the trendy 90s eyebrow craze, with many salons and beauty bars across North America now offering the procedure.
Eyebrow lamination is a chemical procedure where a trained technician laminates the eyebrows by applying a hair relaxer product to your brows.
This chemical allows the brow hair to soften and to lose its natural shape. Often while this product sets into your brows, your practitioner will place plastic wrap over them to retain heat and further the chemical process.
The chemicals in the relaxing product are similar to what happens when hair is chemically curled or straightened. Hair in this condition is easily manipulated.
Once this first step is complete, the eyebrows are brushed and arranged to look full and lush. Once satisfied with the look, the technician will apply a neutralizing solution that encourages your brows to stay in their new form.
The final step is a nourishing treatment that also provides the trademark shiny finish. You may also choose to have waxing, tinting, and tweezing added to the procedure.
The process can take as little as 30 minutes to an hour and is relatively painless and completely non-invasive.
The result? Fabulous-looking eyebrows that require little maintenance, with a shelf life of about two months.
Eyebrow lamination is for everyone, but you may benefit if you experience thinning eyebrows, unruly eyebrows, or lack of shape or definition in your arches.
Bear in mind that while a convenient and trendy procedure – eyebrow lamination isn’t without risk. When hair goes through processing – whether by bleaching, straightening, or perming – there is always the risk of hair breakage and hair loss.
If you have conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, if you have experienced contact dermatitis, or have overall sensitive skin – this procedure may not be for you.
Additionally, the relaxing chemicals that are essential to the procedure are dangerous if they come into contact with your eyes.
When searching for a brow technician, be scrupulous. Of course, eyebrow lamination is a new procedure with very high demand. Because the procedure has serious income potential for salons and independent aestheticians – many less than reputable practitioners won’t undergo any professional training.
Many salons will display credentials or licensing on their website or social media pages, but if it’s an independent practitioner be sure to ask for credentials and a portfolio of recent work.
If they hesitate to provide this most basic information about a new procedure – run the other way!
As with any other salon treatment – prices vary but will have a baseline.
Depending on the practitioner’s skill level and salon price range, you can expect to pay between $100 to $200 for eyebrow lamination. Certainly, more if you decide to add tinting or waxing to the procedure.
Eyebrow lamination as a whole can be intimidating, especially for those who don’t often indulge in aesthetic procedures.
Yet, you may still be interested in the appearance of fuller brows, a colour change, or a simple cleanup. Check out these eyebrow lamination alternatives:
Waxing: Tried and true, eyebrow waxing has been around for decades. Waxing removes unwanted hair from the eyebrow. Waxing improves eyebrow shape and often will add subtle definition to the facial structure.
Regrowth after waxing typically takes 4-6 weeks.
Tinting: Brow tinting is useful for those who wish to lighten or darken their brows. There are some risk factors with tinting, as the dye used can be very harmful if it comes into contact with the eyes. Additionally, the dye can be an irritant to sensitive skin.
Tinting usually lasts about 6-8 weeks.
Microblading: Another rather advanced procedure, yet one that has been around for years and that lasts the longest out of most brow procedures.
Microblading is done by a professional. It’s the process of making small incisions in the eyebrow line, which is then filled with pigment to create the appearance of fuller brows. This is very similar to tattooing, but not as permanent.
Microblading lasts about 12 to 18 months.
Interested in another method of face sculpting? Check out the professionals at Urban Beauty Bar. They offer everything from body contouring to micro-needling!