The look of laminated eyebrows isn’t going out of style anytime soon. Full, slicked-up brows are easily achieved with treatments like brow lamination, which is a relatively safe and straightforward way of brow enhancement.
Still, there are several scenarios in which a brow lamination can go wrong. Read this article to find out everything about brow lamination gone wrong, why it happens, and the best ways to fix it.
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What Is Considered a Brow Lamination Gone Wrong?
Eyebrow lamination gone wrong can most commonly happen as a result of poor technique and lack of experience of the technician performing the treatment.
The list of possible gone wrong scenarios includes allergic reactions, damaged and over processed eyebrows, as well as overtinted eyebrows as a result of a badly done brow tint.
In order to minimize the risk of developing an allergic reaction and damaging your eyebrows, it is important to do your research and book an appointment with an experienced technician.
Brow Lamination Risks & Side Effects
Although brow lamination is a relatively safe procedure, there are still several side effects that can occur. The list of possible side effects includes:
- Redness and inflammation.
- Swelling of the treated area.
- Itchiness and flaking of skin beneath the eyebrows.
None of these are serious as long as they’re not severe and they go away within a short time.
When performed by an untrained technician, brow lamination like other brow enhancement procedures can come with several risks. Here are some of the risks associated with getting eyebrow lamination:
- Allergic reactions.
- Dry and frizzy eyebrows.
- Brow weakness and breakage.
- Skin irritation and dryness.
- Eyebrows that are too dark as a result of overtinting.
While brow lamination gone wrong scenarios that result in a look you don’t like or dry brows are a nuisance, they don’t endanger your health. But allergies and skin reactions can be serious.
Brow Lamination Allergic Reaction
Allergic reactions to the chemicals used during brow lamination and brow tint procedures are a rare occurrence. Still, to minimize the possibility of an allergic reaction, it is important to do a patch test beforehand.
Let’s take a look at some of the signs of an allergic reaction from brow lamination:
- Swelling around the eye area.
- Itching and irritation.
- Redness and discoloration.
- Peeling and dry, flaky skin.
- Bumps and inflammation.
Allergies reactions vary in severity, and most of them will be mild.
But it’s important for you to know that severe cases can happen, and if you feel like you’re having a reaction that’s more than just a common side effect, contact your GP as soon as possible – you might need antihistamines.
Brow Lamination Allergic Reaction Remedy
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, there are several steps that you can take to reduce the discomfort you may be experiencing. Here’s what to do:
- Avoid touching and scratching the irritated area.
- Apply a cold press to help lessen the swelling.
- Take an oral antihistamine to help reduce skin inflammation (it’s best to see a GP and have them prescribe one).
- Seek medical help and advice if your symptoms are worsening.
You’ll find a bunch of DIY remedies online, but the course of action we’ll always advise is seeing a medical professional.
Eczema as a Result of Brow Lamination
The chemical solutions used during brow lamination can potentially cause eczema if too much of the surrounding skin is exposed to them. This is why it is extremely important not to get the perming solution too close to the eyelids.
Let’s take a look at some of the signs of eczema caused by brow lamination:
- Redness and discoloration.
- An itchy sensation around the brow area.
- Dryness and inflammation.
If you’re generally prone to eczema flare ups, make sure to let your brow tech know before the procedure.
How to Treat and Prevent Eczema from Brow Lamination
The first step in minimizing the possibility of developing eczema from being exposed to too much perming solution is to book an appointment with an experienced and certified technician.
If you already developed eczema, here are some things that you can do to relieve the symptoms:
- Use a corticosteroid cream as prescribed by your doctor.
- Moisturize the affected area at least twice a day.
- Don’t scratch or rub the area where you have developed eczema.
Obviously, if you’re not already versed in handling eczema flare ups, see a dermatologist.
Overprocessed Eyebrows After Brow Lamination
Curling and frizzing of eyebrow hairs after lamination is a sign of overprocessing with perming solutions.
Thioglycolic Acid is the main ingredient in perming products and it allows the hair to be modeled into the desired shape.
After the perming solution has broken down the bonds in the brow hair, they will continue to be processed by a fixing solution that enables them to stay in an uplifted position. Rapidly rising and then lowering the pH level of brow hairs can cause them to weaken, frizz and curl.
Dryness and frizziness can also happen if your brow hairs are left under the chemical solutions for too long.
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How to Treat Overprocessed Brow Hairs After Lamination
To bring back your eyebrows’ natural hydration and strength, you should apply an eyebrow growth serum regularly for at least 4 weeks after the procedure.
Most eyebrow growth serums contain peptides, biotin, and other nourishing ingredients that will condition your brow hairs from within and act as a relaxing solution.
Plus, they can even speed up the growth process of new eyebrow hairs and fill in any sparseness you might be experiencing.
Here’s a couple of our picks:
Can a DIY Brow Lamination Go Wrong?
Although there are numerous DIY brow lamination kits on the market today, doing the treatment yourself instead of booking an appointment with a certified professional may also result in irritation after brow lamination and allergy.
Several brow lamination kits on the market today contain perming solutions with varying pH levels. Keep in mind that agents like Cysteine will work more slowly when relaxing your brows, while Thioglycolic Acid will work faster.
Putting more product on your brows without knowing how quickly these agents will take effect can cause your brow hair to frizz, or even worse, break.
Pros know the importance of doing a patch test beforehand and understands the strength of the chemicals used during the procedure so your brow hair will look perfectly lifted while remaining healthy, so it’s always a better option.
How To Fix an Eyebrow Lamination Gone Wrong?
There are several ways to fix a badly done eyebrow lamination:
Wash Your Eyebrows
If you’re not having a reaction but simply dislike the results of your lamination, washing your eyebrows in the first 24 hours of your procedure might help to reverse the effect.
You can gently clean them with soap and water a couple of times during the day, but make sure not to rub the soap in or pull on your eyebrows.
However, if products containing Thioglycolic Acid were used during your procedure, you won’t be able to see a big change in your eyebrows, as Thioglycolic Acid works very fast in raising the pH of your eyebrows.
Use Castor Oil on Your Eyebrows
Natural oils like castor oil are beneficial for dry and damaged eyebrows and eyelashes, but also in reversing the effects of a brow lift or lamination.
However, this is not a quick fix, it will take some time and patience to see changes in eyebrow structure.
By brushing your eyebrows regularly with a spoolie dipped in organic castor oil, you will be able to soften the lamination results in a few weeks. Just stay consistent and brush your brows back down to loosen the perm.
Get a Keratin Brow Lift
A Keratin brow lift is a quicker way to fix laminated eyebrows gone wrong.
During this version of lamination, the lifting agent Cysteine is used instead of Thioglycolic Acid, which acts more slowly and allows eyebrows to be brushed up or down without additional frizzing or curling.
This acts as sort of an opposite treatment to a badly done lift, aiming to give your eyebrows their original shape back.
Once the Cysteine lifting treatment is done, Keratin is applied in order to hydrate and strengthen your brows, making sure they don’t get damaged in the process.
Grow Your Brows Out
Waiting for your eyebrows to grow out is the safest way of dealing with a brow lamination gone wrong.
In about 5-8 weeks’ time, your lifted brow hairs will be replaced with new, untreated ones. It’s not ideal if you’re looking for a quick fix, but it’s the most natural route you can take.
You can speed up their growth with a brow growth serum.
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Brow Lamination Gone Wrong – Main Takeaways
Eyebrow lamination is a quick and effective way of enhancing your brows that doesn’t require complicated stages of healing or a complex aftercare routine like semi-permanent brow procedures.
Although generally safe, brow lamination does come with some risks and side effects to look out for.
If you want to avoid overprocessing your brow hairs or developing skin conditions like eczema, you should do your research beforehand and book your procedure with an experienced technician.