Brow lamination and microblading are two of the most popular eyebrow treatments available, so as a salon owner or stylist, you’re smart to offer these brow services. Both treatments fulfill a similar purpose: to create fuller, more natural-looking eyebrows. But both treatments are also likely to elicit a whole host of questions from your clients, including this one: Which treatment is better?
Keep reading to learn more about brow lamination and microblading, including how each treatment works, what’s involved in the post-treatment care, and who benefits the most from each service.
WHAT IS BROW LAMINATION?
Brow lamination is a perm for your eyebrows — except instead of having bouncing curls, eyebrow hair is semi-permanently straightened and put in place. It enhances the natural eyebrow hairs that your clients currently have.
Using a multistep process, the eyebrow’s hair follicle is softened enough to allow for realignment and styling. After the brows have been combed or styled into the desired position, you add a perming solution to hold the eyebrows' shape.
Brow lamination can last up to two months with proper care
HOW BROW LAMINATION WORKS
Understanding the step-by-step process of brow lamination is important if you want to achieve the right results for your client.
You begin the treatment by donning personal protective equipment (PPE) and then applying a specialized lifting solution. This softens the brow hairs to make them more pliable. Then you’ll shape and comb the brows into the desired position — customizing the look for the client, of course.
Following the shaping phase, you then apply a setting solution to lock the brow hairs into shape. If the client wants, you can also incorporate brow tinting to enhance the hair’s color and definition.
The treatment process is pretty straightforward once you know how to do it. Through practice, you’ll develop the right technique to create the full look customers want.
POST-TREATMENT CARE FOR BROW LAMINATION
There isn’t a long recovery or intense aftercare needed with brow lamination. Emphasize to your client the importance of avoiding excess moisture and refraining from applying eyebrow makeup for a specified period. Schedule a follow-up appointment to assess results, address any concerns, and discuss potential touch-ups or adjustments for future sessions.
WHO IS BROW LAMINATION RIGHT FOR?
Brow lamination is a popular treatment for those who want low-maintenance but nice-looking brows since it’s non-invasive and takes only around 30 minutes on average. It can work for all types of eyebrows, even those with gaps in their brows — which creates greater potential for a wide loyal customer base.
Brow lamination tends to be the more affordable treatment, but it doesn’t last as long compared to microblading. This can be frustrating for the customer but profitable for you. You’ll create a following for your laminations by creating consistently good results.
WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
Microblading gives the illusion of thicker eyebrows when someone has fine to no eyebrows. Using microneedles, you inject pigment into the skin (though not as deeply as tattoo ink) and create fuller-looking eyebrows through drawn hair strokes.
There can be minor pain with this procedure, though most people describe it as simply uncomfortable.
Microblading can last up to three years with proper care and regular touch-ups.
HOW MICROBLADING WORKS
Microblading involves using a specialized hand tool with fine needles to deposit pigment into the upper layers of the skin, creating realistic and defined eyebrow strokes.
After putting on your PPE, you’ll carefully outline the client’s eyebrows, ensuring symmetry, and then apply numbing cream to minimize their discomfort during the procedure.
Using the microblading tool, you make tiny incisions into the skin and implant pigment into these incisions. Your strokes should follow the natural growth pattern of the eyebrow hair to provide a realistic appearance.
POST-TREATMENT CARE FOR MICROBLADING
Due to the invasive nature of microblading, it has a longer recovery period and requires more detailed aftercare. You’ll have to thoroughly explain to customers how the recovery process will work and how to upkeep their new brows. If you don’t, they may be shocked once scabbing comes after the treatment, get upset with you, and possibly leave bad reviews.
It’s crucial clients avoid excessive moisture and sun exposure to heal properly and keep their results looking great.
WHO IS MICROBLADING RIGHT FOR?
Microblading really shows its best results for those with little to no eyebrows.
Due to using a tattoo-styled technique, the treatment is slightly invasive. You or the client may be uncomfortable with the process since bleeding can happen. So if you’re the type of person who faints at the sight of blood, this may not be the right technique for you.
Depending on the customer’s needs, this treatment can take anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours. Depending on your schedule, these may be harder to book between other appointments.
To make a customer’s brows look realistic and keep them coming back for more, you’ll also need more training and practice compared to brow lamination. But customers with limited natural eyebrows will thank you!
BROW LAMINATION VS. MICROBLADING: WHICH IS BETTER?
There isn’t really a “better” brow technique; it’s all about the needs of your customers.
Before both treatments, you should ask about allergies or bad reactions to the tools you will be using. Also, explain aftercare to ensure your customers’ brows look their best for the longest possible amount of time.
Always treat your clients with respect and focus on providing the best experience possible, and no doubt they will keep booking appointments with you for months to come.