What Is Baby Lamination? A How-To + Brow Expert Tips

First, let’s go over the normal eyebrow lamination process. Think of this treatment as a chemical straightener or perm for your eyebrows: “[It’s] “an eyebrow styling technique that involves the process of using a permanent and setting solution to chemically straighten the eyebrow hairs and achieve a perfectly set shape with a gel-like finish,” says the celebrity eyebrow stylist. Melanie Marris, founder of eyebrow code.

Once the hairs are more pliable, the artist can move them to cover gaps or scars, fluff them to make them wider, or, in my case, brush them to add volume and highlight. Basically, it’s like using an extra-strength brow gel that doesn’t go away with a face wash.

However, just like getting a perm or relaxer, that chemical process can affect your hair over time: Eyebrow hairs are especially vulnerable to brittleness and breakage, since they tend to be much finer and sensitive.

Enter “baby” lamination, a process that only treats the first inch at the beginning of the brow. “The area that normally grows upward is laminated and the rest of the eyebrow is left natural,” explains Marris. “This lamination method results in a subtle, more discreet effect for everyday use, while achieving a clean, polished look.” And since only part of the eyebrow is treated, the process doesn’t damage as many precious hairs.

She compares the treatment to babylights, which involves super soft, tiny, finely woven highlights for a very natural hair color. She refers to the width of the strands, similar to how baby lamination refers to the placement of the perm solution.

That said, you could generally think of “baby” lamination as any softer, smaller procedure. For example, famous eyebrow artist Kristie Streicher, founder of KS&CO, offers a “brow lift” service that involves a gentle keratin solution to relax the hairs and lift them upward (essentially, a lamination). However, when I received the treatment, she noticed my thin, tender arches and decided to only leave the solution in for a fraction of the allotted time, so as not to cause breakage. I also consider this a “baby” lamination as it involves modifying the process with the health of your brows in mind.

I still got the benefits of a regular brow “lift” or lamination – the treatment suits my own sensitive hairs better. And let me tell you: My eyebrows have never looked fuller.

While regular lamination has been popular for years, “We’re finding that there’s a big trend in baby lamination right now,” Marris adds, perhaps because people prefer more flexible, softer brows rather than straight, flattened arches. Baby lamination gives you a little more freedom with your brows and keeps them healthy, which, in turn, makes them look even fluffier.

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