Brow Lamination vs The Natural Look
The big, beautiful brow trend doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.
Full, natural-looking brows are so hot right now, and if we’re honest, we’ve always been a big fan. This is classic French beauty at its best!
If you take your eyebrow game as seriously as we do, chances are you’ll have heard of eyebrow lamination. This is the latest eyebrow trend, and plenty of actors, models, and influencers are hopping on it without a second thought.
But what is eyebrow lamination? What does the process involve? Are there any potential side effects? How much does brow lamination cost? And what’s better—laminated brows or a natural brow approach?
We’ve got all the answers to your burning questions and more in this article.
What is eyebrow lamination?
Although it seems to be incredibly popular with Insta influencers, eyebrow lamination is a relatively new beauty procedure.
You can think of it as a perm for your brows. The aim is to create fuller, smoother, shinier-looking brows and reduce the need for applying eyebrow makeup.
Here’s what the brow lamination process looks like:
- Your beautician applies cream to your brows to “lift” your hairs.
- Your brow hairs are brushed upwards to get them into a uniform vertical direction.
- A neutralizer is applied to help seal your brows in place.
- A nourishing oil is added to prevent irritation and dryness caused by the chemicals in the process.
The process usually takes around an hour to complete. You may also want to add additional treatments like tweezing excess hairs, waxing to create your desired shape, or color tinting.
You will also need to apply a nourishing brow oil or cream every night after the procedure to prevent your brows from drying out. So although you may be able to wake up with beautiful brows that don’t need any eyebrow makeup, there’s still eyebrow maintenance involved!
How much does eyebrow lamination cost?
As you’d expect, the cost of an eyebrow lamination session varies depending on where you go. But you can expect one session to set you back anywhere between $50 and $100.
Don’t forget—brow lamination is a semi-permanent procedure. That means you’ll have to repeat the process to keep your brows looking the way you want them to. On average, one session lasts about eight weeks.
Brow lamination vs microblading
What’s the difference between brown lamination and microblading?
Microblading is an invasive eyebrow procedure that involves needles and coloring. The process is similar to tattooing. Small cuts are made into the skin beneath your brows, and pigments are inserted into these cuts to create a fuller eyebrow look.
One microblading session can last anywhere between 12 and 18 months before the color starts to fade.
The main difference is that brow lamination is a non-invasive, semi-permanent procedure.
Potential risks of eyebrow lamination
Although eyebrow lamination is non-invasive and doesn’t use needles, there are still side effects and potential risks to be aware of. This is because the chemicals involved in the procedure are quite harsh and can irritate the skin.
Some of the common side effects include:
These effects can show up beneath and above your eyebrows, as well as extending to your eyelids.
There’s also the potentially serious risk of eye damage if the chemicals accidentally run into your eyes during the process. So if you’re set on getting your brows laminated, it’s important you get them done by someone who is properly trained and knows what they are doing.
Because of the risks, brow lamination is not recommended for people who suffer from:
- Sensitive skin
- Have a history of contact dermatitis
The chances of you experiencing side effects increase if you repeat the brow lamination process more frequently than recommended (no more than every six weeks).
Like with dying your hair, it’s recommended you do a patch test before going ahead with the full procedure. A patch test will show whether you have any allergic reactions or if your skin is too sensitive.
Should you go for laminated brows or the natural look?
Laminated brows might be the hottest eyebrow trend right now, but all trends come and go. Why risk damaging your eyebrows when you can achieve the same look with makeup in a matter of minutes?
And in our humble opinion, there’s nothing more beautiful than embracing your natural beauty.
Here’s why we recommend avoiding harsh brow treatments and opting for the natural brow look:
- It’s safer and better for your health.
- It’s cheaper (more money to spend on whatever else you like!)
- We’re big fans of embracing your natural beauty.
- There are makeup products for your brows that will safely help you yield the same results as lamination.
The secret to natural, fuller brows
Step 1: Follow your natural brow line
Whether you choose to pluck, wax or thread, be sure to follow the natural shape and arch of your brow line. This is the secret to brows that perfectly suit your bone structure.
Remember—don’t overdo it! You’re going for the natural look.
Step 2: Find an eyebrow pencil to match your brows
The secret to selecting the right eyebrow pencil is to go one shade lighter than your hair color.
We cannot get enough of the Brow Arcade eyebrow pencil. You can create a natural or bold look depending on the occasion. The thin tip makes the application process super simple and precise without the need for a brow stencil.
The Brow Arcade eyebrow pencil comes in four gorgeous shades:
- Soft brown
Step 3: Brush your brows
Did we mention that the Brow Arcade also has a fabulous spoolie brush attached so you can brush your brows?
The secret is to brush your eyebrow hairs in a downward direction with the spoolie to help you spot any patchy areas and fill them in. This will give your brows that added definition you’re searching for.
Once you’re done, remember to brush your brows back upward!
Conclusion: Beautiful brows don’t have to be risky!
We hope we’ve shown you that everyone can enjoy natural, beautiful brows without the need for risky or invasive procedures like eyebrow lamination.
Plus, we believe that putting makeup on is part of the joy. It’s therapeutic and magical as you watch yourself at work. And you get to go shopping for new eyebrow makeup—who doesn’t love that?!