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Lamination is no longer just a reference to that shiny finish you need to go to a photocopy shop for to protect an important piece of document.

The concept has now made a comeback… in the form of brow lamination.

You would have probably seen advertisements on this when window-shopping in malls. Keep reading to find out what this brow-grooming technique is all about.

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What is brow lamination?

what is brow lamination

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Brow lamination is an innovative technique that originated in Russia and wasted no time in making its way west to the US and UK over the last couple of years quickly.

You may have noticed pictures of full, slicked-up brows with a high-shine finish taking over your Instagram Explore page. Well, that’s brow lamination – and now, you can start to see the treatment getting more popular here in Singapore too.

Brow lamination takes your unruly or thinning brow hair and smoothes it out while also lifting the hair in a more vertical direction. The end result is super smooth brows that look like you have brow gel on them.

No matter what your brow concern is – gaps, thinning, overplucking, unruliness, brow lamination is an amazing solution and a great alternative to brow embroidery. It can give people the brows they have always wanted in less than an hour, all without the need for needles or semi-permanent makeup.

Want a raised arch? Brow lamination can do that. Extend your brow tail? It can do that too.

Want a fuller brow by lifting the brow hair? Consider it done. Or prefer a set of messy, fluffy arches? That can be arranged as well.

By hiding small gaps to give the illusion of major hair growth, brow lamination is a non-invasive, temporary, but impactful way to fix your brows in an affordable way.

What is the brow lamination process like?

Brow lamination is basically a perm for your brows, as it gives them a set, uniform shape for an extended period of time.

Instead of curls, a setting lotion helps brow hair stay brushed up and lifted upward for about six weeks. If you’re lucky, you can wake up every morning with bolder, fuller brows in a beautiful shape for up to two months.

The actual process starts off by painting a lifting cream onto the brow, which creates a chemical process that breaks down bonds in each hair, allowing them to be moved into a new shape.

Next, the brow hairs are brushed up into place and a neutralizer is applied to reform the bonds into their new shape.

From there, the brows may be tweezed, waxed, or tinted, depending on the look you’re going for.

Then, a nourishing oil or cream may be added to the brows to replenish their moisture after the chemical treatment process. Although you can expect your laminated brows to last up to two months, you can prolong the look with a clear brow wax.

​​Who is suitable for brow lamination?

who is suitable for brow lamination

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Have bushy brows? You’re in luck. This treatment is suitable for those who have small gaps in their brows and want to achieve a fuller, thicker appearance for a short period of time.

If your brows are on the sparser side, you might not be suitable for brow lamination.

Those with naturally curly brows, ultra-sensitive skin, eczema, or psoriasis, as well as those who recently got permanent makeup done (there needs to be a healing period of at least six weeks), may also be unsuitable for brow lamination.

To err on the safe side, it’s always recommended to speak to your service provider for a consultation first prior to the treatment.

Does brow lamination hurt?

does brow lamination hurt

As it’s a non-invasive procedure, you’ll be happy to know that there’s no discomfort at all when you do laminate your brows.

What’s the cost of brow lamination?

cost of brow lamination

Currently, there are only a couple of service providers in Singapore that offers brow lamination and you can expect to shell out at least S$160 for a session.

In comparison, a brow embroidery service typically cost upwards of S$300.

Are there any downsides of brow lamination?

downsides of brow lamination

As amazing as brow lamination may sound, do take note that the eyelid skin itself is the thinnest, most delicate of the body. Therefore, it requires special care and attention from the skin-care products that we use.

It is especially prone to irritation, so harsh chemicals from this brow lamination could cause eczema, which is characterised by red, dry, itchy, and inflamed skin.

If not done properly by a trained professional, you may face the possibility of getting these caustic chemicals in contact with the eye itself, which could cause potentially irreversible damage.

The best advice? Do your research on the service providers you’re eyeing and proceed with caution.

Another potential downside is that brow lamination could harm your brow hairs themselves. Just as overprocessing the hair on your scalp with chemicals and bleach can cause breakage, dryness, and even loss of hairs, the same holds true for eyebrow hairs

Perms (at least those for the scalp) use a chemical called ammonium thioglycolate to break bonds in the hair, thereby changing the structure and texture of the hair. This is unnecessarily damaging to the delicate hairs.

With this in mind, conditioning and nourishing the brows afterwards with an oil and moisturising cream in the same way we do so with our hair after chemically treating it is essential.

Although the overall results give you a low-maintenance look, just be sure not to sacrifice the health of your brows – and eyes.

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