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How to Do a Brow Lamination: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Do a Brow Lamination: A Step-by-Step Guide

Perfect brows are everywhere, from social media mavens to print models to movie stars. You and your professional brow lamination kit can be your client’s secret weapon when achieving the brows they’ve obsessed over.

Adding brow lamination to your repertoire is a no-brainer. This straightforward treatment offers a revolutionary solution for those who want fuller, well-defined, and perfectly shaped eyebrows. A semi-permanent treatment, it can transform even the unruliest brows into sleek, stylish arches that last for weeks.

Are you intimidated to take it on? Don’t be. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the entire process from start to finish. Whether you're an aspiring brow artist or looking to up your eyebrow game, get ready to discover all the secrets behind laminating your first brows.

Introduction to Brow Lamination

The process involves straightening and setting the brow hairs in the desired direction, allowing for more control and versatility in shaping and styling. People often compare the results of a brow lamination to a brow lift since the treatment holds the hairs in a lifted position, giving the appearance of a more youthful and polished look. 

One of the critical benefits of brow lamination is its longevity. Regarding brow lamination versus microblading or other traditional brow treatments, which may require frequent touch-ups, brow lamination can last up to 8 weeks. This makes it a convenient and low-maintenance option for those who want to wake up to perfectly styled brows every day.

Pre-Treatment Considerations & Consultation

Before starting, setting aside just a few minutes for a consultation with your client is essential. Here are some of the things you’ll want to go over with them:

  • Skin sensitivities: Ask your client if they have any known allergies to the ingredients in your brow lamination products, such as lotions, primers, or tints. This will help you avoid any adverse reactions during the treatment.
  • Expectations: Ask your client about their preferred brow shape, thickness, and style. Show them reference images or examples to ensure you understand the final result they hope to achieve.
  • Natural eyebrow characteristics: Analyze your client's natural eyebrows. Consider factors such as their brow density, hair growth direction, symmetry, and specific areas of concern.
  • Performance of a patch test: Apply a small amount of the lamination products to the inside of the client's wrist and leave it for the recommended time. Monitor the client's skin for adverse reactions, such as redness, itching, or irritation. If any signs of a reaction occur, choose alternative products or consider alternative treatments.
  • Client education: Explain the brow lamination process, the expected results, and the aftercare routine. Discuss any potential side effects or risks involved. This will help your client feel more comfortable and informed about the treatment.

Step-by-Step Brow Lamination Process

Now, let's dive into the step-by-step process of brow lamination to ensure you clearly understand the procedure.

1. Clean the Eyebrows

Start by thoroughly cleansing your client's eyebrows to remove any traces of makeup, oils, or dirt. This step is essential to ensure the lamination products adhere correctly. Use a gentle cleanser or micellar water to cleanse their brow area, removing any residue.

2. Lock in the Shape

Groom the brow hairs into the desired shape and use adhesive to isolate the brows. This will help you work with precision throughout the rest of the treatment.

3. Apply the Lifting/Curling Lotion

Apply the lifting or curling lotion to your client’s eyebrows using a small brush or applicator. The lifting lotion breaks down the hair structure, making it more pliable and accessible to manipulate during the shaping process. Be very careful to leave the lifting lotion on for only the recommended time, typically 4-7 minutes, depending on the density of the brow hair; otherwise, you risk over-processing the brows and having to fix it.

4. Apply the Setting Solution 

After you’ve left the lifting lotion on for the recommended time, remove it by gently wiping your client’s brows with a cotton pad. Once you’ve completely removed the lifting lotion, apply the setting solution to their brows using a clean brush or applicator. This helps to set the hair in its new shape. Leave the setting solution on for the recommended time, usually around 4-7 minutes.

5. Perform Tinting (Optional)

If your client desires a more defined look or wants to darken their brow hair, this is the time to apply a tint or henna coloring. Choose a tint shade that complements their natural hair color and skin tone. Apply the tint carefully to their brows, covering all the hairs evenly. 

Leave the tint on for the recommended time, usually around 3-5 minutes, depending on the color the client wants to achieve, before removing it with a cotton pad. Remember, brow hairs will take a tint much more quickly when you pair it with a brow lamination than when performing a brow tint alone. 

6. Apply Moisturizing Serum

After removing the tint, applying a moisturizing product to your client’s brows is essential. This step helps to nourish and condition their hair, leaving it with a healthy and glossy appearance. Apply it to their brows using a spoolie brush or your fingertips.

7. Perform Waxing/Threading/Plucking

The final step is to further shape your client’s brows by waxing, threading, or plucking stray hairs outside their desired brow shape. This step helps to achieve clean and well-defined brows, enhancing the overall effect of the brow lamination. Use your preferred method of hair removal to tidy up their brow area.

Brow Lamination FAQs

Do you need qualifications to do brow lamination?

Most states require a professional license to perform a brow lamination on a client. If you receive additional training beyond what’s necessary to acquire your license, it could help set you apart from others in the beauty industry. You should not only be familiar with the specialized products the process requires but also be able to ensure your client’s safety and achieve good results.

How long does brow lamination last?

Brow lamination can last up to 8 weeks, depending on your client’s hair growth cycle, aftercare routine, and lifestyle. It is essential to educate your clients about the proper maintenance and aftercare to help prolong the lifespan of their treatment. They may need regular touch-ups to maintain their desired look.

Is brow lamination suitable for everyone?

Brow lamination is generally suitable for most people. However, it’s not a good option for people with susceptible skin, skin conditions, or recent skin treatments around the eyebrow area. Pregnant or breastfeeding individuals should consult with their healthcare provider before undergoing brow lamination. 

Keep in mind specific clients may experience better results than others. For example, suppose you’re performing a brow lamination on a person with thick brows. In that case, they may see a better outcome than a person with very thin or sparse eyebrows since there’s more hair to work with.

Can you still use brow makeup after the lamination?

Yes, you can still use brow makeup after the lamination process. Brow makeup can help enhance the final result and fill in any sparse areas if desired. However, your clients should wait at least 24 hours post-treatment before applying makeup to allow the product time to set fully.

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