Brow lamination has been a very popular brow treatment lately. It gives the brows that trendy, futuristic look similar to the look of soap brows, but it falls under the semi-permanent category, so it lasts for several weeks.
Brow lamination is so beloved because it’s quick and easy, totally non-invasive, and suitable for everyone. And when we say everyone, we mean it can work equally great for thick, lush brows, as well as those thin and delicate.
Sometimes, thin eyebrows may discourage clients, thinking there’s no way it could work for them. So let’s talk about brow lamination on thin brows and convince them otherwise.
Can I Get Brow Lamination on Thin Brows?
We’re used to seeing naturally really thick eyebrows made even thicker with brow lamination all over social media, so people whose eyebrows are relatively thin discard this treatment as something reserved only for the thick-browed. Which is a shame, because brow lamination actually gives amazing results on thin brows.
Brow lamination will make the best of your brows, no matter how thick or thin they are. It’s one of the easiest ways to provide your brows with volume, apart from eyebrow tattoos.
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What Are the Results of Brow Lamination on Thin Brows?
To explain what brow lamination can do for thin brows, let’s look into the lamination process.
Eyebrow lamination is done by applying several types of chemicals onto the eyebrows, which first relax and straighten them, and then fix them into the desired position.
An eyebrow hair has a natural curl. Some people’s hairs are naturally more curled than others’. The first step in the brow lamination process will straighten the brow hairs, which gives them extra length.
When those now longer hairs are uplifted, the brow arch gains in size. The second step of the process implies brushing the hairs upwards and outwards at a 45° angle, roughly. The hairs are fixed into this position with a setting formula, and they’ll stay in that position for up to 6 weeks.
So, when this process is done on thin eyebrows, the hairs you do have will be manipulated into covering a larger area, and the arches will look about 40% thicker. Their shape can be further modified by trimming the tips of the brow hairs which are sticking out on top.
Any sparse patches will be covered by existing hairs.
You can find even more information on brow lamination here.
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For Best Results, Combine Brow Lamination and Henna
Brow lamination on its own will add volume to your brows, but if you want to take it a step further, you can combine it with a tint. Dying the brows is often combined with brow lamination as darkening the hairs will make the results even more striking.
There are 2 types of dyes you can choose from: a chemical tint, or henna. Both will darken the brow hairs, but henna will give the additional effect of staining the skin underneath the brow hairs for up to 2 weeks (for most, it’s more like 1 week).
Henna brows can thus further thicken the brow arches and make them look more prominent.
Here’s more information on henna brows.
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Is It Safe to Do Brow Lamination on Thin Brows?
If by thin brows you don’t mean thin arches but rather that your actual hairs are thin and delicate, you might be worried that the chemicals used for brow lamination may damage your eyebrows.
We’ll be honest – thin hairs are at a greater risk of damage due to brow lamination than thick ones. It’s more likely for the chemicals to dry out the hairs or leave them frizzy if the hairs are thin.
But if the treatment is done properly, keeping close track of timing when applying the chemicals, there shouldn’t be any issues. You shouldn’t leave the chemicals on for longer than prescribed regardless of how thick or thin your brows are.
How Often Can I Do Brow Lamination on Thin Brows?
Another thing you should pay attention to is how frequently you repeat the treatment.
When brow lamination is done, the hairs stay laminated for the entirety of their growth cycle – about 6 weeks – but the laminated hairs fall out one by one and the results disappear gradually. So, some clients are tempted to repeat the procedure sooner than the 6 weeks mark.
When the results disappear, it’s a good idea to give your brows some time to breathe. So it’s advisable to wait 8 weeks between brow lamination on thin brows, just to let the hairs restore their integrity before you treat them with chemicals again.
How Do I Style My Brows In the Meantime?
If you love the look of brow lamination so much you don’t want to go several weeks without it, you can try using brow soap in the meantime.
Soap brows emerged a couple of years ago as a huge trend. It’s a very simple styling technique which will give you a look similar to that of brow lamination, but without the chemicals, and it’s a super affordable alternative.
They’re done by rubbing a damp spoolie against a bar of transparent soap and brushing your brows into the desired shape. The soap dries and sets the hairs. The downside is that this is a short-lasting solution that moisture can ruin.
Your brows will go back to their natural shape after you wash your face, or even faster if your forehead sweats or you live in a humid climate.
Here’s a more detailed description of soap brows.
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Consider Microblading as a Long-Term Solution
If you’re looking for a more long-lasting solution than brow lamination on thin brows, consider microblading. Microblading is a form of eyebrow tattooing which gives your thicker arches by drawing extra hair strokes into the brow arch. The results look very natural, like your eyebrows are naturally more voluminous.
The effects of microblading last for a year or longer, so you should only get it if you’re sure you love a thicker brow look.
For more information on microblading, head over to our comprehensive guide.
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