Brow lamination is a relatively new cosmetic treatment that helps you achieve that slick and elegant yet bushy brow look often seen on models nowadays.
It’s sometimes referred to as a “perm for your brows” because of the harsh chemical solution it uses to keep hairs stay exactly where you want them. But, are those chemicals safe enough to be applied to your skin during pregnancy?
Here’s what you need to know about brow lamination while pregnant.
Is Getting a Brow Lamination While Pregnant Safe?
Brow lamination is mostly not recommended for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
The reason why it’s not recommended is that during pregnancy, there is a higher level of hormones present in the body. That can elevate the level of sensitivity, making adverse reactions to chemicals used in this treatment more likely. There is a greater chance of getting inconsistent results, as well.
Eyebrow technicians are required to be safe and not risk any complications. Because these treatments are relatively new, there hasn’t been a lot of research done yet. It’s best if you stay cautious and avoid this treatment during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Why You Shouldn’t Get Brow Lamination While Pregnant
During pregnancy, you shouldn’t be using any harsh chemicals that your body will absorb into the bloodstream. Everything that enters the bloodstream will be transferred to the fetus, and that makes brow lamination a cosmetic procedure to avoid.
Unlike lash lift, a treatment that also uses a chemical solution to reshape the hairs but doesn’t have any contact with the skin surface, brow lamination is applied directly to the skin. So even though both these treatments use harsh chemicals, what makes lash lift safe is that the chemicals have no contact with the skin.
In other words, the difference between a safe and an unsafe treatment is in the possible risk that can occur if the chemicals get absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream.
Besides that, the chemicals mess with your pH levels. On top of that, your pH levels are imbalanced as is because of pregnancy. That can make the chemicals become denatured or react differently when they come in contact with the skin.
Plus, you really shouldn’t be inhaling any of these chemicals as they can be harmful to the fetus.
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Allergic Reactions To Brow Lamination While Pregnant
During pregnancy, hormones are heightened and changed in comparison to how they are normally. So even if you’ve never had any allergic reactions to this treatment before, now there is a possibility of a reaction occurring.
Due to the reasons already mentioned, brow lamination while pregnant should be avoided. But if you do decide to go for it, here’s how to minimize the risks.
Always Do a Patch Test First!
A patch test is always advised, but during pregnancy and breastfeeding, it is crucial. It must be done 48 hours before the service, as that ensures enough time for the body to react.
The patch test determines whether there will be an allergic reaction to the solution. It also shows if you have heightened irritability. Signs like excessive redness, swelling, irritation, and itching are indicators that you shouldn’t be getting your brows laminated.
If you don’t get any of these symptoms, you should be okay to go through with the procedure.
Can You Get a Brow Lamination While Breastfeeding?
If you are breastfeeding, disclose this information to your brow technician during your consultation. They will have to do a patch test before booking your appointment.
It’s recommended that you wait at least 12 weeks after you’ve started nursing before getting your brows laminated. Just make sure you get approval from your physician first.
Not being able to get your brows laminated for months may be annoying but there is an alternative! Have you heard of soap brows? This trend is a makeup version of brow lamination. It achieves the same result but just doesn’t last nearly as long. We know it’s not the perfect solution but at least you can still have that brushed and slicked-up shape and texture you get with brow lamination.
Even if they get taken off every night, at least they don’t require a lot of work to create. All you need is five minutes and our guide on how to do them!
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