Brow lamination is a big trend right now, and - as often becomes the case with popular salon beauty treatments - people are now looking for ways to do DIY brow lamination at home. But if your clients are looking for professional results from their eyebrow lamination, they are best turning to professional brow artists. Performing the treatment on yourself brings potential risks and is likely to yield unsatisfactory results.
In this article, we’ll take you through the step by step process for how to laminate eyebrows professionally - and the reasons why pro is the way to go!
What is brow lamination?
Brow lamination is a beauty treatment that shapes and adds definition to your brows, providing a fluffier, fuller, more even look, hiding gaps and giving the illusion of major hair growth.
It involves the application of different solutions - one to break down the protein bonds in the hair, making eyebrow hairs more malleable, and another to set them into their new on-trend shape.
It’s also a popular treatment for men as it’s the ideal way to groom long, messy, curly brow hair into a smart and stylish shape.
Brow tints and nourishing treatments may be included or added to the service to give gorgeous color and ensure brow hairs are nourished, glossy and healthy. Technicians may also tidy up the brow area with lash tweezers etc for as polished a finish as possible.
Sometimes referred to as a brow lift, brow lamination lasts around 4 to 6 weeks.
How to laminate your brows
We’re experts at lash and brow treatments here at Flawless Lashes, so we’ve broken the brow lift process down into ten easy steps. Stick with our advice and you can’t go wrong.
Step 1 - Have a chat with your client
The most important step of eyebrow lamination doesn’t even involve any product! Before you even THINK about laminating your client’s eyebrows, sit down and have a chat with them. You need to learn about what brow styling they want, what their skin type is, what allergies they may have.
Always make sure to do a patch test a minimum of 24 hours before the treatment to find out if the client is sensitive to any products involved in the treatment.
Step 2 - Clean the brow area
Before you apply any product, you need to make sure that you clean the area using foam cleanser. It’s always best to start with a blank canvas before you get started on a work of art!
Step 3 - Apply Lash and Brow Lift Lotion No 1
Now you’re prepped and ready to go, we can get started! First, we apply the Lash and Brow Lift Lotion No 1. This serum cleverly opens the brow hair cuticles, making them more malleable and much easier to brush into the position you want.
How long to leave it on for depends on the client as each person's brow hair is different and it’s vital to get it right for optimal results. Lotion 1 timings are explained and taught at our online brow lamination training courses.
Step 4 - Let it do its thing
Make sure to cover with Brow Film Wrap and let the lotion work its magic. Leave on for 9-14 minutes depending on the thickness of the hairs, and then remove with a dry cotton bud or sponge applicator.
Step 5 - Shape the brow
Next, shape the eyebrow with a mascara brush or spoolie into whatever style your client would like. Read our blog post about laminated brows for some pro styling advice. The ‘brushed-up’ look is currently the most sought after shaping.
Step 6 - Apply Lash and Brow Lift Lotion No 2
You know the drill! Apply the Lash and Brow Lift Lotion No 2, wrap it up, let it process and wipe off with dry cotton bud or sponge applicators when done. This lotion allows you to fix the eyebrow hair into the desired position and shape.
Step 7 (Optional) - Tint!
If your client is seeking darker brows too, now it’s time to do a tint. Oxidant and different tint shades are available from the Flawless tint collection.
Alternatively, use Flawless Keratin Tint Treatment, a time saving new treatment that includes tint, oxidant and nourishing keratin treatment in one. If you use this, you can skip the next step - clever you!
Step 8 - Nourish the brow hair
Not every lash artist will include this step but the Flawless experts recommend a nourishing keratin treatment as part of the brow lamination process, for healthier, glossier brows. Flawless Lash Plump is our conditioning blend of keratin, proteins, vitamins and natural oils. Leave on brows 2-4 minutes then remove as per instructions.
Step 9 - Apply Lash and Brow Lift Lotion No 3
Finish our trio of lotions with Lash and Brow Lift Lotion No 3 which seals the treatment and ensures you remove any remaining glue, lotion, and unwanted residue.
Step 10 - Final Sculpting
To make sure everything is perfect, have a final clean and tidy. Style the brows back into place and remove any stray hairs using gentle brow wax or tweezers. Now it’s time to stand back and admire your work!
Here are a few more handy hints to ensure you get the most professional results.
- Get the timings right. During your initial chat and assessment, take the opportunity to assess brow hair thickness as this will affect how long you leave the lotions on to get the best results
- Styling to suit. The shape of the eyebrows should be determined by the unique shape of the client’s face and eyes.
- Upsell aftercare items. Brow sculpt is a must for helping to keep brows beautifully styled without any crispiness. We also recommend our Eyebrow Wax Pen for home removal of stray eyebrow hairs in between treatments.
What solution is used for brow lamination?
A series of lotions are used in brow lamination that each perform a different job. For optimal results, we recommend using brow lift lotions. Step by step they make lashes more malleable set them in shape and cleanse/ nourish.
Is lash lift solution the same used for brow lamination?
While with some brands you will need to invest in twice the amount of products if you wish to offer both lash lift and brow lamination services, at Flawless Lashes the solutions have been cleverly developed to be suitable for both, saving you money.
Can I do eyebrow lamination at home?
Because of the use of chemicals and the risk of over-processing and damaging your brows with chemicals (or the chance of getting no results at all) we do not recommend at-home brow lamination, unless you are a trained professional. For gorgeous brows every time, advise your clients to leave it to the professionals who have years of experience.