If there’s one thing I never fail to do before I leave my house, it’s my brows. Even if I go totally make-up free for the day, I can’t help but feel undone, and unkempt, if I haven’t at least run a spoolie brush and some clear brow gel through my eyebrows. And not to toot my own horn, but when I do take the time to bring a full, fluffy brow into being, I do get quizzed on my methods quite often, an explanation that takes at least five minutes, six steps explained and typically includes at least a few explanatory gestures. So when the words ‘brow lamination’ first entered my consciousness, you could say my interest was already well and truly piqued. According to my pre-treatment research, brow lamination was more or less a perm for your brows, in that the treatment set them in a desired shape. And not only that, but it is also said to be a godsend for those with coarse or wiry brows, as the treatment calms the hair’s natural structure and smooths it so it sits flush against your skin. So, as an avid fan of lash lifts given their ability to cut an entire step out of my daily beauty routine, trialling its brow equivalent was all too tempting. Visiting the Sydney CBD salon of Amy Jean Brow Agency to undergo my brow lamination treatment—or as the salon refers to it, Keratin Brow Lamination—I was led straight into the Parisian pied-à-terre-like Privée salon and invited to lay on its treatment bed to ensure my optimum comfort for a brow treatment that takes a little longer than your average. Once the brow area is cleansed, the brow laminating magic begins. First, a bonding agent is combed through your eyebrows to stretch and straighten the hairs into your desired shape, and/or ideal level of fluffiness. I would recommend going as fluffy as possible as not only does this finish give the illusion of a fuller, thicker brow, you can also slightly disguise sparse or overplucked areas. Plus, once you’re allowed to play around with your brows following 24 hours, you can make your brows as sky high, or as sleek, as you’d like, so you might as well leave yourself with as many potential brow options as possible and opt for brushed up brows at the time of treatment. Once you’ve chosen your desired look, a perming solution, followed by a settling solution, is applied to your brows to set the hairs in their new shape. And if you choose to do so, you can also have your brows shaped and tinted for a slightly bolder finish (obviously, I quickly took up the offer). To condition your brows post-lamination, the treatment is concluded with the application of nourishing oil to seal moisture back into the hair and the skin around it, the glossy finish it leaves behind enhancing the lamination. My brows before and after my Keratin Brow Lamination treatment. As I left the Privée salon, I was advised not to get my brows wet at all for 24 hours following my treatment, taking this information on board as I skipped off with the fluffiest brows of my life. And once I’d washed my face for the first time, I was left with brows that, when brushed up with a spoolie brush, stayed in shape without the aid of any brow products. As someone who personally enjoys the almost therapeutic process of doing their brows, I could probably live without getting regularly scheduled brow lamination treatments. However, not everyone experiences the same delight while shaping their arches—so for those who would rather a brow expert take the wheel, brow lamination is for you. And although I’m a self-obsessed brow-holic, I wouldn’t turn down the occasional opportunity to have my brows full, fluffed and decrease in maintenance. For more specific information around the brow lamination process, including pre- and post- treatment care, from Amy Jean herself, scroll on and start locking in your appointment. How should you prepare your eyebrows before a brow lamination treatment? “Avoid using active ingredients in and around the brow area for 24 hours prior to the treatment.” How long does a brow lamination treatment typically take? “Roughly one hour.” Is there anything you should avoid doing to your brows both immediately after, and in the days after, a brow lamination treatment? “Avoid steam, swimming and excessive sweating for 48 hours. Long term, if your skincare contains active ingredients then avoid the brow area.” What post-treatment care do you recommend to your brow lamination clients to prolong the life of their treatment? “Keratin strengthening solution can be applied daily that sets like a clear brow gel. Alternatively, almond oil applied with a disposable mascara wand daily to nourish the hair and skin.” Can you still tint your eyebrows once they’ve been laminated? “Yes, absolutely.” How long can someone expect their brow lamination results to last? “Four to eight weeks depending on exposure to the elements and skincare.” How much does a brow lamination treatment cost? If you’re receiving Keratin Brow Lamination at any Amy Jean Brow Agencies across Australia, the treatment costs $130. This is an independently written road test which was not commissioned or paid for by the brand. However, the treatment was provided to the writer at the brand’s discretion.
Original article published by @VogueAustralia >