While the word ‘lamination’ probably triggers thoughts of office supplies, it is actually referring to a new beauty trend worthy of your attention. Trust us; your parched locks will thank you for it.

Hair lamination, not to be confused with brow lamination, is a treatment that coats the hair with a thin layer of gelatin, keratin, or oils. This essentially laminates your hair’s cuticles, creating a protective shield that prevents moisture from escaping.

This is a brilliant solution if your hair is dry or damaged. Not only does it keep your hair moisturized, but it can protect it from other environmental concerns like sunlight or toxins. It also creates a glamorous high shine look, helps with frizzy hair, and keeps ends from splitting.

Since lamination uses proteins like keratin and gelatin that are only working on your hair’s surface, it is safe to use. However, if you have fine or healthy hair, you may want to avoid this process as it can lead to over-proteining your hair. Over-proteining your hair is when the moisture is unbalanced in your hair, leaving it feeling brittle.

If you’re ready to transform your hair, there are three main ways to get your hair laminated. You can head to a salon for the treatment, use an at-home kit, or create your own lamination.

If you’re adventurous and want to try it yourself, many blogs like Family Savvy have DIY recipes and processes to follow along with. Although DIY is more affordable, it may be less efficient. Some companies are rolling out their own at-home products for you to use. But if you are looking for a longer-lasting solution or nervous about doing it on your own, you can stop by your salon for a treatment. Hair lamination can take up to 45 minutes, and the results can last between several weeks to a month.