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Page 10 of 15 11 Brow lamination is a minimally invasive treatment and is great for the majority of people. You've probably noticed the current trend of full, perfect eyebrows, not to mention the myriad products and procedures available to create and maintain them. The most recent professional treatment to get those beautiful brows is to "laminate" them. Check out this quick Q&A that explains what brow lamination is all about and decide if it's right for you. If you have more questions, ask your esthetician! WHAT IS BROW LAMINATION? Brow lamination is a professional treatment that takes your unruly or thinning eyebrow hair and smooths it out while also lifting the hair in a more vertical direction. The end result is super-smooth brows that give you a thicker, more uniform look. You'll have the ultimate groomed, brushed-up eyebrows. WHY IT'S A COOL THING TO DO Right now, big, fluffy, extravagant brows are in! But this is just the current trend—as with all trends, the desired brow look will continue to change over time. This treatment gives you the opportunity to achieve just that look without doing something permanent. You get the look without the commitment! WHO SHOULD DO IT—AND WHO SHOULDN'T Brow lamination is a minimally invasive treatment and is great for the majority of people. It works with what you have versus adding hair via eyebrow extensions (yes, eyebrow hair extensions are a thing), microblading, permanent shading, or henna tint. However, I do always love to combine brow lamination with henna tinting to create a full, even, and defined brow. Really, this treatment is great for anyone with a decent amount of brow hair. If you have very thin and/or fragile eyebrows, then I would not recommend this treatment. The only contraindications for the treatment are a known allergy to the solutions used or open wounds around the brow area. THE PROCEDURE As always, we will first review your medical history form and ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure. Then, we'll discuss the look you want to achieve—a more relaxed look or as big as your brows can possibly go! The technician will start by cleansing the skin. Next, waxing and trimming may be performed. (Many places include waxing and trimming in the service; some may charge an additional fee.) A brow gel is then adhered to the brow hair, forcing and holding the hair into the desired position. Once all the hairs are perfectly positioned, the perming solution/lifting cream is applied and left on for 5–10 minutes (depending on the brand) and a piece of plastic wrap is placed over the brows to help the solution process and keep the hairs in place. Next, a neutralizing cream is applied to the brow to stop the perming process. This solution is left on for another 5–10 minutes, on average. Then, a conditioner is applied to hydrate and nourish the brow hair. Finally, your technician may go back in to do last-minute touches to perfect the look, such as additional trimming and/or tweezing. If you decide to add henna tinting, that will be done before the conditioner is applied. I highly recommend combining the two treatments to get the best overall look. WHAT IT COSTS On average, brow lamination can cost anywhere from $65 to $150. With henna, it can range from $115 to $175. Prices can vary greatly depending on where you have the service done. MAINTANENCE A. On average, your brows will need to be touched up every 4–6 weeks. Results vary and many clients feel it lasts even longer, up to 8 weeks, but this varies based on your lifestyle, hair type, skin type, aftercare, etc. ▪

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