When it comes to fashion, style, and self-expression, eyebrows are the windows to the trend. Eyebrow styles are always changing, and it’s easy to determine what era a look is from just by the shape, thickness, or even color of a person’s brows.
One of the newest trends in eyebrow styling and management is lamination, a practice of enhancing your existing brows with chemical treatments to give them definition and to help them really stand out from the surface of the skin.
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What Is Brow Lamination?
Before determining if you can do your brows in this style in your own bathroom, it’s useful to understand exactly what brow lamination is. For context, brow lamination is similar to getting a perm on your hair or even to getting lash lift treatments. You can typically schedule a lamination appointment at the same salon where you get your lashes done.
The point of brow lamination is to get a uniform, set, and defined brow look, which all starts with the chemical process. Essentially, a cream solution is applied to your brows, making it easier to manipulate their position and get that defined appearance. Then, your technician will set the hairs on your brows into the right position.
Once they’re in the right place, a second cream is applied to help them set and to keep the final look sharp and elegant. Your technician will also remove stray hairs that don’t fit into the new shape.
Brow laminations are a long-lasting and stylish way to make your brows look chic. Typically, lamination will last four to six weeks or even up to eight weeks with proper care. One of the benefits of this technique is that you can grow your brows in a new shape or direction, which means lamination will be easier and more natural every time.
Can You Do Brow Lamination at Home?
We totally get it! Between the mani and pedi, the facials, the blowouts, and the waxes, the costs of beauty appointments add up. But since we’ve skipped the tanning bed and learned how to get the perfect hue right at home, we’re all about the DIY. So can you laminate your own brows without the professional touch?
The answer is, yes! Of course, there are certainly some things you’ll want to keep in mind when it comes to achieving the perfect at-home lamination, but with a good lamination kit and a steady hand, you can get that elegant look you love without breaking the bank.
Here’s a closer look at the steps you’ll want to take and what you’ll want to keep in mind when practicing brow lamination yourself.
Pick Your Lamination Look
There are many different lamination looks that you can try out, and it can be overwhelming to decide which style you like best. Of course, you want to work within the limitations of your specific brows.
For instance, a feathery, fluffier looks require thicker eyebrows, and the shape of your brow bone can affect the shape of the lamination final look. All that said, consider the options available to you and the styles you like best and keep that in mind when picking out the best lamination kit for your DIY salon style.
Find the Right Kit
The good news is, you have lots of options when it comes to at-home lamination kits. DIY kits will save you a lot of money, even if you purchase one of the higher-quality ones since a salon lamination can run anywhere from $100 to $300, depending on your location and the looks you like best.
When picking out the kit you’re going to use, read the reviews and look at what people are saying. You may find that some kits are better for beginners and that others are designed for people with a little more practice. And, of course, you want to consider the kind of final look you’re going for to ensure the kit you pick is the best one for the job.
Do Your Research
Brow laminations are a lot like at-home dye jobs. You can do them — but maybe not everyone should. After all, some things are best left to the professionals. If you are set on doing it at home, make sure to do your research. Watch the videos, read the manuals, and check out how the professionals are doing it, so you get a good sense of the process and can get any questions answered before you start.
If you’re really on your stuff, you may even want to call your brow girl to see what they have to recommend about the process. You also want to patch-test the kit to make sure you don’t have any kind of reaction to the product before use.
Apply a Barrier
One of the best ways to protect your skin during the lamination process, and to ensure that the process is smooth and effective, is to apply a barrier. Use a product you know agrees with your skin, like Vaseline or Aquaphor. This will help to protect your skin and to keep your product in the right place.
Follow the Kit Instructions
The steps are fairly easy to follow once you begin the kit lamination process. You’ll start by shaping your brows using the brow glue that comes in the kit. This is why it’s so useful to know the style you like before you get started. Reference the photos and inspo pics you saved to try to get the look that speaks to your style sense.
Once your eyebrows are in the right position, use the perming solution. Be careful not to leave it on too long, as overprocessing can happen very quickly. You’ll plastic wrap the coated brows for just a few minutes before removing the product and then applying your neutralizing product.
This product helps to keep the brows from processing after the product has been rinsed out, so it’s super important to apply the neutralizer correctly, according to the directions on the kit.
Lastly, you’ll nourish and forget your brows. A soothing serum helps to keep your skin feeling soft and protects you from any irritation or inflammation that might develop after use. Remember that Elle Woods would tell you not to get your perm wet for the first 24 hours; the same goes for your brow lamination.
Keep it dry for at least 24 hours after application, and wait at least six weeks after you’ve used your kit before you begin the at-home lamination process again. Your brows need to grow back into place completely for the process to be successful.
Enjoy Your New Style
There are so many reasons to consider a brow lamination when it comes to your next look, and it’s little wonder why this is the trend beauty bloggers like best. You’ll likely want to mess around with your new makeup look once your lamination is set, but you have many different styles and makeup options to try that will highlight new brows.
Keeping up with the latest trends can be a lot of fun and can provide plenty of opportunities to try new makeup tricks and embrace styles and designs that really stand out. One of the trends is brow lamination, which is the latest new way to set and fluff your brows so they stand out.
While you typically want to go to a professional to get your brows laminated, this is one beauty style you can achieve at home, and all you need is your brow lamination kit.
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