How Does Brow Lamination Work?
First, the bonds in your brow hairs are broken with a lifting solution applied onto clean eyebrows. This allows the technician to brush and straighten the hairs up into the desired shape using tweezers and a spoolie (a naked mascara wand).
This solution is processed under some glad wrap and how long this takes depends on how thick your brows are to start with.
Then, a setting solution is applied to reset the bonds in your brow hairs into their new, restructured shape.
This is also processed under glad wrap before the technician will clean the brows and do any final shaping and tinting. This whole process takes around an hour.
Brow Lamination Before and After.
Here are my before and after photos showing my freshly laminated brows.
OK, now for the things no one tells you about having your brows laminated...
The end result can be very straight - my brows looked like I'd straightened them with my hair straightener.
Brow lamination will make your brows sit upwards, but it won't fill them in. If you have sparse brows, you'll still need to fill them in using an eyebrow product.
Your brow hairs will fall down as you sleep, so you have to brush them up in the morning using a spoolie. But once you have, they won't move.
Brow lamination makes your brow hairs feel like straw. It doesn't change the way they look, but it feels... weird.
If not done correctly, you may find some of your brow hairs stick out at funny angles like mine are in this lovely photo below.
How Long Does Brow Lamination Last?
How long your brow lamination will last for depends on your hair cycle. Like your eyelashes, your brow hairs have a hair renewal cycle during which old hairs fall out and new hairs come through.
Most people will have a growth cycle of around 30 days, so your brow lamination can last anywhere from three to eight weeks
I had my brows laminated in early November. Through December, the shape continued to hold on its own (after brushing the hairs into place), but by mid-late January, I found I needed a lick of clear brow gel to keep them in shape.
Funnily enough, I actually preferred how they looked about a month or two after having them laminated.
Is Brow Lamination Bad for Your Brows?
If done correctly, a brow lamination isn't bad for your eyebrows. Correctly being the operative word.
Evans added, "If you overtreat or overstretch the brows, you will damage your hairs. You will fry them."
The brow lamination process will dry out your brow hairs either way, so it's important to apply an oil to them regularly.
Brow Lamination Review.
When I first had my brows laminated, everyone told me they looked amazing. In hindsight, I know they were lying.
As I have really long brow hairs, I found the lamination gave me a very thick, bold brow that looks incredible on Instagram or in styled editorials, but kinda ridiculous in real life.
Add on a too-dark brow tint for my skin tone and BAM. It was a lot.