Call them feathered, spiky, rolled, or soapy brows: I was desperate to try the latest iteration of the bushy brow trend for several reasons. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, rolled brows can be described as brow hairs flattened and smooth against the skin in an upward direction.
Part of what makes this effect so appealing is that it creates the illusion of fuller brows without needing to pencil in way above or below your natural brow line, a method that can seem really obvious and overdone. . It basically uses your own eyebrows and brow bone to create a custom, “naturally unruly” brow while filling in bare spots even with sparser brows. It can even create a more lifted or awakened facial appearance.
When I tried this technique using the traditional brow gels, waxes and soaps marketed to hold even the most stubborn brows in place, they just didn’t work. After a few hours, my thick Latin brow hairs were back to their original state: sadly growing down, exposing bare post-scar patches that I had long been unsure of.
I knew there were professional semi-permanent lamination sessions, however, when I saw this $30 at-home kit with positive reviews, I was tempted to try it – and honestly, I’m glad to have done it.
Not only did it lift the hairs and hold them long term, but it used my existing hairs to cover up a bald spot on my left eyebrow and created the same shape I normally do when using an eyebrow pencil.
This at-home brow lamination system works the same way a permanent treatment you would get at a salon, except instead of curling the hair, it semi-permanently fixes the brow hairs in the laminated position. desired.
The whole process, which took about 45 minutes, involved sticking the brows in the desired shape upwards, applying the perm solution, waiting for it to dry, then finishing with a fixative solution to help lamination last longer. The instruction booklet was extremely thorough and clear, so I never felt unsure of what to do next.
The manufacturer claims that this treatment can last up to eight weeks, depending on the texture of your eyebrows. I started to notice a slight return to my original downward growth around the three week mark, however, if you have thinner brow hairs, you may be able to lengthen them. Another benefit of this kit is that it contains enough product for multiple treatments, so you can always repeat the process as needed as long as your brows aren’t brittle or in bad shape.
One thing I found helpful was to wait a day to get them wet, like you would with a regular permanent treatment. I think this allowed the product to harden better and helped the effect last longer. I also conditioned my brows regularly with facial oil to make sure they were in the best possible state of health.
Another important note is that although the kit claims to be herbal, some active ingredients can still cause potential irritation, so you may want to do a skin test before use. The company also recommends applying petroleum jelly to the skin around your eyebrows to protect it from the solution.
If you have stubborn coarse brows that don’t hold up or thinner, thinner brows that you want to appear fuller, this at-home kit might be worth a try.