Brow lamination doesn’t require a ton of aftercare compared to other eyebrow services, but can you wash your face afterward? This is a question many clients have after they get their brows laminated.
As a general rule, you should avoid washing your face at least 24 to 48 hours after getting brow lamination. Moisture poses a greater risk for altering the appearance of the brows and shortening the brows’ longevity. Once 48 hours have passed, you’re free to wash your face as you normally would.
What Is Brow Lamination?
Brow lamination is a technique used to smooth the eyebrows in an upward, vertical direction creating a fuller, more defined-looking brow.
Since it doesn’t involve the use of any needles or pigment, a lot of people choose this as a less invasive alternative compared to microblading.
Essentially, brow lamination is a perm for your eyebrows, as it uses a solution to keep them in place.
To create laminated brows, the eyebrow artist will apply a solution onto the brows 2 to 3 times, brushing the eyebrow hairs upward and outward.
This creates the ‘fluffy effect’ that is trending in today’s brow beauty culture.
On average, brow lamination lasts around 6 to 8 weeks before needing to be touched up.
Benefits of Brow Lamination
Brow lamination is one of the most popular services in the beauty industry right now.
There are so many reasons why you may want to choose brow lamination over more invasive and more expensive services.
Let’s talk about some of the reasons why it’s so popular:
For one, brow lamination results in very natural-looking brows.
The procedure does not require any needles or pigment, so it works with the eyebrow hairs you already have.
Instead of adding more pigment to the brows, it shapes and enhances the natural brows for a fluffier look that is much more defined.
For people who do not do their eyebrows a lot, services like microblading can result in a bit of a shock.
Oftentimes, people who want a more natural-looking brow do not like the way they look with a completely new brow shape and color put on. For these people, brow lamination is the perfect option.
Also, if you’re new to brow services and don’t know where to start, brow lamination can be a great way to test the waters and see what you like about your brows and what you don’t.
Fills In Uneven or Patchy Brows
Even though the brow lamination process does not involve any pigment, it still is able to fill in any patchiness or uneven parts in the brow.
This is because the eyebrow artist is brushing the hair all in one uniform direction.
When the hairs are strategically placed like this, it gives the illusion of fluffier, fuller brows.
Brow lamination lasts 6 to 8 weeks on average depending on skin type, lifestyle, and other factors.
This means that if you happen to not like the look of them, they won’t last any longer than 2 months.
This is a much smaller commitment than more invasive procedures like microblading which tend to last over a year at least.
This is another amazing benefit for people who aren’t sure if they will like the look of their brows.
Since they are easy to remove, you won’t have to worry about keeping brows you don’t love for a significant period of time.
Compared to semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing which utilizes needles and pigment, brow lamination works with the brow hairs you already have.
It’s a painless, non-invasive procedure that doesn’t do any trauma to the skin, so it also doesn’t have an extensive healing process.
For people worried about pain, brow lamination is completely painless and causes minimal to no discomfort.
Can You Wash Your Face With Brow Lamination?
Yes, you can wash your face with brow lamination. But it is required that you wait at least 2 days after getting them done before doing so. Getting the brows wet right away will affect how the eyebrows are set in place, altering the final appearance and shortening their longevity.
While it’s best to avoid washing your face after getting your brows laminated altogether, there are ways to carefully cleanse the skin if you need to.
If you absolutely have to wash your face right after getting a brow lamination procedure done, be careful to avoid the brow area and not splash water on your face.
Simply use a damp cloth to clean the skin around the brow area.
How To Wash Your Face After Brow Lamination
Generally, you should avoid washing your face directly after getting your brows laminated.
Waiting 48 hours is best, but you should be safe to carefully wash your face after 24 hours.
Once the 48-hour mark has passed, you’re free to wash your face as you normally would and it will not affect the look or longevity of your laminated brows.
However, if you feel the need to wash your face within the first 24 to 48 hours, it is possible if you’re super careful about how you do it.
- You should avoid completely submerging your face and/or brows in water or splashing water in your face.
- Instead, take a clean, damp cloth to clean the area without getting near the eyebrows.
- Avoid getting any skincare products like cleansers, exfoliants, etc. near the brow area as well.
How To Properly Care For Laminated Brows
Aftercare for laminated brows is not as extensive as other brow services, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t as important!
Taking care of your brows, especially right after the procedure is completed, is crucial for keeping the brows looking the best they can for the longest they can.
No Washing for 24-48 hours
The number one aftercare rule is to not get the brows wet 24 to 48 hours after your service is completed.
This means no washing your face right away, no steaming showers or saunas, and definitely no swimming.
Moisture will affect the outcome of your brows and leave them looking not as great as you hoped they would. In addition, moisture affects how long laminated brows will last.
Avoid Makeup for 24 hours
Another thing you want to avoid is applying makeup for 24 hours after getting them done.
Brow makeup will also alter the final appearance of the brows, leaving them looking not as your eyebrow artist intended them to look.
Don’t touch your brows for 24-48 hours
Something else to keep in mind is not touching your brows for the first 24 to 48 hours. It can be difficult to resist this urge, but touching your brows has a greater possibility of messing up how they are set in place.
If you are considering aftercare products for your laminated brows, castor oil is a great one.
Castor oil not only nourishes and protects the skin after getting your brows laminated, but it can even also stimulate more hair growth.
It promotes healthy growth at the root of the eyebrow hair so that they grow back fuller and more evenly.
How Long Does Brow Lamination Last?
On average, brow lamination lasts 4 to 6 weeks for most people.
This varies from person to person and is dependent on a variety of different factors such as brow type, skin type, and lifestyle.
For example, for someone who sweats a lot or has oily skin, laminated brows probably won’t last as long.
In that case, try ombre brows as these work better for oily skin.
However, as long as you properly care for them, 4 to 6 weeks is the average longevity of brow lamination.
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