• Elise Louise

Frizzy Brows After Brow Lamination? They Can Be Fixed...

Updated: Mar 14, 2021

Of all the surprises you might want, an unexpected perm is NOT one of them.

When brow laminations go wrong you end up with frizzy caterpillars where your eyebrows once were. So what happened to the full and lush Cara Delevigne-esque brows you were promised?

WTF happened?

Thioglycolic Acid happened. Or to put it another way - your brows were over processed.

Over-processing is when hairs become damaged due to chemical agents being too strong or being left on for too long.

Thioglycolic acid is the chemical agent used in a brow lamination to straighten and ‘lift’ your brows. It’s also SUPER strong. Like it’s used to perm the hairs on your head kinda strong. And it’s often a little too aggressive for your brows.

The LAmination Was Too Aggressive

Thioglycolic acid works by breaking down the structure of your brow hair so that it can be restructured in a different way. We can straighten hairs and change the direction of them to create a fuller looking brow.

To break down brow hairs, Thioglycolic Acid raises the Ph of the hairs almost instantly. Then a neutralising solution is applied to hairs to lower the Ph, which restructures hairs into it’s new position.

The problem is that aggressively raising and lowering the Ph of hairs weakens them. This leads to damaged brow hairs and… you guessed it! Frizzy brows.

The same thing can happen to your lashes! See ‘Lash Lift Gone Wrong? Here’s How To Fix It.

How do I fix it?

The good news? Your frizzy brows won’t last forever! You now have two options…

1. Wait it out.

You can wait until your frizzed brows completely grow out. This can take anywhere from one to three months, depending on your hair growth cycle. Conditioning treatments can help the health of your brow hairs, but unfortunately won’t straighten out the frizz. Only time or option two will really help…

2. Get them fixed.

You need to straighten out the kinks and frizz from your brows right? Which a brow lamination does. But you can’t use Thioglycolic acid on them again as you’ll make the problem worse!

Cysteine is the answer

You need CYSTEINE. This gentle perming agent slowly raises the Ph of your brow hairs to gently restructure them without causing damage. Yaaaasssss!

Cysteine is heat activated, so as soon as heat is removed - processing stops. This means no chance of over-processing! Brows are able to be gently straightened out so the frizz is no more.

The other bonus with Cysteine? Once heat is removed, your hair scales are still slightly lifted because the Ph of them hasn’t been lowered yet. They are no longer processing, but they are still ‘open’. This means that applying a treatment at this stage actually goes in to brow hairs, giving them back MUCH needed strength and hydration. The perfect way to straighten and treat damaged brows.

The right way to laminate brows

Brow lamination can be a game changer for achieving fuller brows. But just make sure your brow lamination uses Cysteine!

And for a lamination and treatment all in one? Get a Keratin Brow Lamination with Cysteine.

Book your Keratin Brow Lamination using Cysteine at Elise Louise here!

Elise Louise is the client certified 'brow wizard'. Seriously, she has the Hogwarts certificate her client made her to prove it.

Find her in her Melbourne salon, specialising in the Soft Powder Brow Tattoo, the Keratin Lash Lift and expert brow services.

Check out more of her blog here or see her on Youtube here.


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