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What is eyebrow lamination?  Benefits, costs, what to expect

Nowadays, there are plenty of things you can do to transform your naturally thin eyebrows into big, bold eyebrows. We have pencils, powders, gel products and professional treatments like microblading and at-home tints to take things to the next level. But if you want to achieve the bushy brow look that’s been all over social media (and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere), there’s no better way to do it than with brow lamination.

Ahead, we spoke to eyebrow experts Autumn Estellea national brow and beauty artist at Benefit Cosmetics, Joey Healy, a New York City-based celebrity brow artist, and Jos Beelereyelash and eyebrow specialist Shen beautyon everything you need to know about eyebrow lamination, from what to expect during the service to how to care for your eyebrows afterwards.


Experts in this article

  • Autumn Estellea national brow and beauty artist at Benefit Cosmetics
  • Joey Healyrenowned eyebrow artist based in New York City and founder of the Joey Healy Eyebrow Collection
  • Jos Beeleran eyelash and eyebrow specialist at Shen Beauty

What is eyebrow lamination?

Brow lamination, often called a brow lift, makes your brows look fuller and flatter by perming the brow hairs. “It’s a professional service that relaxes and straightens brow hairs so they can be easily repositioned into a full, lifted shape,” Estelle explains. “Because brow lamination removes the natural bend or roundness of the hair, the hairs can be easily moved and fanned out, which helps give the appearance of fullness.”

What are the benefits of eyebrow lamination?

By straightening and lifting the hair, eyebrow lamination makes your arches appear fuller and take up more space on the face. “It comes down to guiding the hair into the desired direction and shape,” Beeler explains. “We often use it to redirect the eyebrows so they appear thicker, fuller or flatter.”

Who is the best candidate for eyebrow lamination?

Anyone can get eyebrow lamination. “Eyebrow lamination is ideal for almost all types of eyebrows, from fine, thin hairs to thicker hairs. It creates the illusion of full and fluffy eyebrows and gives the face a natural lifted effect,” says Estelle. “Once you laminate your brows, results will last for up to eight weeks, so if you want low maintenance on your brows, brow lamination is perfect for your daily routine.”

Is eyebrow lamination safe?

Generally, this treatment is safe when performed by a professional (that said, professionals do not recommend trying the treatment at home). However, there are a few things to keep in mind before trying it out for yourself. “Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, some people may experience some redness, swelling, or itching after eyebrow lamination,” says Estelle. With that in mind, she notes that it’s important to do a patch test before your appointment to make sure your skin isn’t too sensitive to treat. The process should generally be completely painless, and the patch test can help rule out possible irritation.

Healy also warns against doing this too often, as the chemicals used in the lamination process can lead to breakage in your eyebrows. “You wouldn’t bleach your hair every few weeks – if you did, your hair would be seriously damaged – and the same goes for eyebrows,” he says. “If you have thicker hair, it can probably tolerate a lot more lamination, but if your hair is finer, it really can’t. So I don’t think you want to roll the dice there.”

And of course there is always the risk that you will not like the end result. “Often I find that there is a sweet spot three or four weeks after the treatment, but at first a lot of people are quite shocked because their eyebrows look strange,” says Healy, who notes that laminated eyebrows can look unnaturally shiny in the first few weeks you have them. “If you don’t like eyebrow powder or eyebrow pencil, you can just peel it off, but with lamination, that’s not the case.”

What is the difference between eyebrow lamination and other eyebrow treatments?

While other brow treatments transform your brows by adding pigment (for example, brow tinting tints the hair, while microblading adds pigment to the skin around the arch), brow lamination targets the texture of your brow hair.

Microblading vs. Lamination

These two treatments couldn’t be more different from each other. Microblading is a semi-permanent form of cosmetic tattooing that uses a blade-shaped tool to draw on hairs and give the eyebrows a fuller appearance. “Microblading uses a tool to deposit pigment in the skin behind the eyebrow, mimicking the appearance of hair, with lamination changing the texture of your existing hairs by flattening them,” says Healy. While lamination only takes a few weeks, microblading can take a year or more, but it won’t make your brows look any more “fluffy” than they already are.

Eyebrow tinting versus laminating

“Brow tinting is a great way to define and, in some cases, thicken the appearance of your brows,” says Estelle. She explains that many people have fine hairs on their eyebrows that don’t contain as much pigment as the thicker hairs, and adding a tint will make those hairs more noticeable, making the entire brow look fuller.

“Unlike eyebrow lamination, eyebrows do not perm your brow hairs for that fluffy brow look,” says Estelle. “However, Tinting the eyebrows can be done after lamination to create a fluffy, thicker brow.”

How does eyebrow lamination work?

A professional eyebrow lamination treatment involves a repeated process of infusing the eyebrows with a white chemical gel that looks and smells like hair gel. The solution is combed through the eyebrows until they reach the desired shape and then covered with a piece of tape for six minutes to allow the chemicals to fully penetrate. This process can be repeated several times over a period of 30 to 40 minutes.

Steps for eyebrow lamination

1. Consultation: Each eyebrow lamination appointment begins with a consultation, during which you and your eyebrow artist discuss what you want your eyebrows to look like so that there are no surprises at the end of the treatment.

2. Relaxer: After cleaning your brow area of ​​dirt and debris, your brow artist will brush a relaxer cream (which typically contains chemicals such as thioglycolic acid or ammonium thioglycolate, which you may recognize from perms for your hair) through your brows, using a spoolie to shape them while they are going. They then cover them with tape so that the relaxer can work optimally. This step may need to be repeated several times or done just once, depending on your natural brow texture and desired results.

3. Neutralization: Once the eyebrows are relaxed, the artist will apply a “setting” cream to neutralize the initial solution and restore the keratin bonds in your eyebrow hairs to their new form. Again, this is brushed in with a spoolie and left on for a few minutes.

4. Further design: Now that the new shape is set, your brow artist can trim and tweeze the loose hairs to perfect the look.

4. Hydration: The final step of the process involves applying a moisturizing essence and brow conditioner, which will help combat some of the hair-damaging effects of the chemicals used.

Aftercare for eyebrow lamination

The most important part of the aftercare process for eyebrow lamination takes place within the first 24 hours of your appointment. On that first day, you want to avoid getting your eyebrows wet; no sweaty workouts, washing your face, showering, or doing anything else that could disrupt the placement of your eyebrow hairs. Other than that, the rest is quite simple. “It comes with minimal at-home maintenance,” says Estelle.

“Since your hair has been chemically treated, we encourage clients to use a conditioning oil on their brow hairs every night in conjunction with their nightly skin care routine to keep them healthy and hydrated.” She recommends Benefit Cosmetics’ Woah so gentle conditioning brow oil ($22), which contains argan oil, castor oil, and fatty acids that nourish your brows.

How much does eyebrow lamination cost?

The price of this service varies depending on your salon and where you are located, but can generally range from about $90 to a maximum of $200.

Is lamination good for your eyebrows?

While the treatment can be great for the appearance of your eyebrows, it can cause dryness and breakage of the strands. “The texture afterwards is very bizarre: they’re a bit squeaky and dry and desperate for hydration,” says Healy. Like Estelle, he recommends using a conditioning oil on the eyebrows and sells it regularly Serum for eyebrow renewal ($125) from his namesake line to customers looking to groom laminated brows.

Want to laminate your eyebrows at home?

Although there are plenty Eyebrow lamination kits for home use You can buy it online, since this treatment involves precise application and quite intense chemicals, it is best left to the professionals. If you’re looking for a quick fix that you can get without leaving your bathroom, give it a try one of these eyebrow gels that will temporarily mimic the results of lamination until the next time you wash your face.

Last takeaway

If you’re looking for fluffier brows (or a lower-maintenance brow routine), laminating your brows will give you a lot of lift and fullness with very little work. If you’re not too excited about the results, they’ll go away pretty quickly as the results last for almost eight weeks (but maybe don’t try it for the first time right before your wedding or something, just to be safe). And if it all works out? Think of all the money you save on eyebrow gel.

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