I may or may not have a corona-brow right now. But allow me to explain. My brows can be rather unruly. One day, the new growth can be too fine to grip and the very next day coarse and curly, making it difficult to tweeze without feeling unnecessary pain or losing my place. That's why I'm #TeamThread, hunny. But, unfortunately, that's not gonna happen anytime soon. Not during this pandemic. However, it's a good time to look at some other options.
Early last year, I grew fascinated with microblading but not with those microblading prices! Or the actual process, for that matter. I just liked the end result. What would've been ideal is a procedure that didn't involve cutting and bleeding but still left my brows looking tame, fierce and effortless at the same time. That's where brow lamination comes in.
Brow lamination is an innovative technique that's said to have originated in Russia, has grown popular in England and is now gaining traction here in the United States with a few brow artists actually offering online lamination courses. Curious to know a bit more about the brow lamination process? I've done some research for you.
What You Should Know About Brow Lamination
What is brow lamination?
The short answer is that brow lamination is a relaxer, like the creamy crack, for your eyebrows. It's similar to the "soap brow" look where you comb your brows upward with the help of bar soap, only brow lamination just lasts longer.
Brow lamination is also a less expensive, less invasive alternative for both barely-there and bushy brows than microblading and ombre. The major difference between brow lamination and the other processes is that it's temporary and there are no needles or other sharp tools involved to fill and design the brow.
With ombre powder, a small tattoo machine is used to insert pigment into the upper layers of the skin. It lasts an average of 24 months. Microblading uses a tool with tiny needles to make small cuts in the brow area that mimic strands of hair. Microblading lasts about 18 months.
Brow lamination uses a chemical lifting cream to "relax" the hair enough to change its shape and direction, a neutralizer, and then some oil, again just like a relaxer. It gets its name maybe partially by the plastic used to secure the brows vertically in place and partially for the glossy look the brows have afterward. The process takes less than an hour and lasts 6 to 12 weeks.
What should I do for brow lamination pre-care?
For brow lamination pre-care, you definitely don't want to use any exfoliants, retinoids, AHAs or anything like that before your brow lamination appointment. You also don't want to wax, thread or tweeze at least a week before your appointment.
What are the cons of eyebrow lamination?
Let's be honest here. We're talking about applying harsh chemicals and an adhesive to our eye area, that paper-thin skin we're instructed to avoid when we use facial scrubs or minimize tugging when we apply eye shadow. The same experts who frown upon eyebrow tints and dyes rightfully warn against brow lamination. For one, if the chemical somehow gets in our eyes, it can cause blindness or other serious, irreversible eye injuries. Additionally, since that skin is so delicate, it increases the risk of irritation and inflammation, especially for those who already have sensitive skin. And finally, just as we can over-process our kinks and coils with a relaxer, we can experience dryness and even breakage of our eyebrow hairs with lamination.
What do I do for brow lamination aftercare?
As a part of brow lamination aftercare, you should maintain your new brows with extreme care, at least the first few days. You'll need to exercise caution when washing your face because your fresh brows will need to remain dry. Afterward, you'll need to keep your brows regularly oiled and moisturized just as you would a freshly relaxed 'do.
You may resume makeup and exfoliating products about 72 hours after your treatment. Also note, you may need to tweeze a bit before your next treatment.
How much does brow lamination cost?
The price can range from $60 to $150.
Where can I get brow lamination done?
Ideally, you'd get your brows laminated at your local salon, provided they do facial services and have added brow lamination to their list of offerings. But currently, most salons just offer microblading. In fact, I did a quick Google search near me in Atlanta and found only one brow artist who does brow lamination. Bonus:She's a Black artist, though! But as with any new service that affects any part of our bodies, inside or out, we should always do our due diligence and schedule a consultation first.
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Our teeth are connected to so many things - our nutrition, our confidence, and our overall mood. We often take for granted how important healthy teeth are, until issues like tooth sensitivity or gum recession come to remind us. Like most things related to our bodies, prevention is the best medicine. Here are five things you can do immediately to improve your oral hygiene, prevent tooth sensitivity, and avoid dental issues down the road.
1) Go Easy On the Rough Brushing: Brushing your teeth is and always will be priority number one in the oral hygiene department. No surprises there! However, there is such a thing as applying too much pressure when brushing…and that can lead to problems over time. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush in smooth, circular motions. It may seem counterintuitive, but a gentle approach to brushing is the most effective way to clean those pearly whites without wearing away enamel and exposing sensitive areas of the teeth.
2) Use A Desensitizing Toothpaste: As everyone knows, mouth pain can be highly uncomfortable; but tooth sensitivity is a whole different beast. Hot weather favorites like ice cream and popsicles have the ability to trigger tooth sensitivity, which might make you want to stay away from icy foods altogether. But as always, prevention is the best medicine here. Switching to a toothpaste like Sensodyne’s Sensitivity & Gum toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth will help build a protective layer over sensitive areas of the tooth. Over time, those sharp sensations that occur with extremely cold foods will subside, and you’ll be back to treating yourself to your icy faves like this one!
3) Floss, Rinse, Brush. (And In That Order!): Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s not what you do, but how you do it”? Well, the same thing applies to taking care of your teeth. Even if you are flossing and brushing religiously, you could be missing out on some of the benefits simply because you aren’t doing so in the right order. Flossing is best to do before brushing because it removes food particles and plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. After a proper flossing sesh, it is important to rinse out your mouth with water after. Finally, you can whip out your toothbrush and get to brushing. Though many of us commonly rinse with water after brushing to remove excess toothpaste, it may not be the best thing for our teeth. That’s because fluoride, the active ingredient in toothpaste that protects your enamel, works best when it gets to sit on the teeth and continue working its magic. Rinsing with water after brushing doesn’t let the toothpaste go to work like it really can. Changing up your order may take some getting used to, but over time, you’ll see the difference.
4) Stay Hydrated: Upping your water supply is a no-fail way to level up your health overall, and your teeth are no exception to this rule. Drinking water not only helps maintain a healthy pH balance in your mouth, but it also washes away residue and acids that can cause enamel erosion. It also helps you steer clear of dry mouth, which is a gateway to bad breath. And who needs that?
5) Show Your Gums Some Love: When it comes to improving your smile, you may be laser-focused on getting your teeth whiter, straighter, and overall healthier. Rightfully so, as these are all attributes of a megawatt smile; but you certainly don’t want to leave gum health out of the equation. If you neglect your gums, you’ll start to notice the effects of plaque buildup, which can irritate the gums and cause gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Seeing blood while brushing and flossing is a tell-tale sign that your gums are suffering. You may also experience gum recession — a condition where the gum tissue surrounding your teeth pulls back, exposing more of your tooth. Brushing at least twice a day with a gum-protecting toothpaste like Sensodyne Sensitivity and Gum, coupled with regular dentist visits, will keep your gums shining as bright as those pearly whites.
There’s nothing quite as humbling as navigating adulthood with no instruction manual. Since the turn of the decade, it seems like everything in our society that could go wrong has, inevitably, gone wrong. From the global pandemic, our crippling student debt problem, the loneliness crisis, layoffs, global warming, recession, and not to mention figuring out what to eat for dinner every night. This constant state of uncertainty has many of us wondering, when are the grown-ups coming to fix all of this?
But the catch is, we are the new grown-ups.
As if it happened without our permission, we became the new adults. We are the members of society who are paying taxes, having children, getting married, and keeping our communities afloat, one iced latte at a time. Still, there’s something about doing all these grown-up duties that feel unnaturally grown-up. Enter the #teenagegirlinher20s.
If there’s one hashtag to give you the state of the next cohort of adults, it’s this one. Of the videos that have garnered over 3.9M views, you’ll find a collection of users who are overwhelmed by life’s pressing existential responsibilities, clung to nostalgia, and reminiscent of the days when their mom and dad took care of their insurance plans.
no like i cant explain to her why i had to buy multiple tank air dupes from aritzia #teenagegirlinher20s #fyp
The concept of being a 20-something or 30-something teenager is linked to the sentiment of not feeling “grown up enough” to do grown-up things while feeling underprepared and even nihilistic about whether that preparation even matters.
It’s our generation’s version of when we ask our grandmothers how old they are and they simply reply with, “I still feel 45,” all while being every bit of 76 years old. In this, we share a warped concept of time while clinging to a desire for infantilization.
Granted, the pandemic did a number on our concept of time. Many of us who started the pandemic in our early or mid-20s missed out on three fundamental years of socialization, career development, and personal milestones that traditionally help to mark our growth.
Our time to figure out and plan our next steps through fumbling yet active participation was put on pause indefinitely and then resumed provisionally. This in turn has left many of us hanging in the balance of uncertainty as we try to make sense of the disconnect between our minds and bodies in this missing gap of time.
Because we’re all still figuring out what the ramifications of being locked away and frozen in time by a global pandemic will have on us as a society, there really is no “right” way of making up for lost time. Feeling unprepared for any new chapter of life is a natural rite of passage, pandemic or not. However, it’s important to not stay stuck in the last age or period of life that made sense to us because self-growth is the truest evidence of personal progress.
So whether you’re leaning on your inner child, teenager, or 20-something for guidance as you fill the gap between your real age and pandemic age, know that it’s okay to grieve the person you thought you would be and the milestones you thought you’d hit before you ever knew what a pandemic was. If there’s anything that the pandemic taught us, it’s that we have the power to reimagine a better world and life for ourselves. And if we tap into our inner teenager as a compass, we can piece together our next chapter with a fresh outlook.
Sure, we’ve lost a couple of years, but there are still some really amazing ones ahead.
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