One of the beauty trends I’ve been seeing more and more on my Instagram lately is brow lamination. I’ve had many friends try other popular brow enhancing techniques like microblading and even microshading. But brow lamination is having a moment and it doesn’t require any needles! It’s a great way to get that must have, full and brushed up brows that are model worthy. And yes, spermy eyebrows are out. And Brooke Shields eyebrows circa 1986.
My Brow Lamination Experience, A Before And After
My personal before and after of trying brow lamination. It really blows my mind. I never felt like I had thin eyebrows, but they were definitely dense in color and hair, but not super thick in shape. By doing the brow lamination, it helped to turn my brows into full thick bushy brows.
Before doing this eyebrow treatment, I would really not do much to my brows. With dark hair, and a decent natural shape and thickness, I only would fill them in at the few spots where they’re a bit sparse. You can see my eyebrow tutorial with my IT Cosmetics brow pencil here. This treatment has me not needing to do anything to my brows but brush them and maybe (maybe) put in some brow gel. And quick little trick if you don’t have brow gel because I sure don’t. You can just spray a spoolie with some setting spray and brush your brows with them.
What Is Brow Lamination?
Brow lamination is essentially a perm for your brows. That’s right. If you’ve ever heard of a lash lift, it’s basically the same. It’s a way of relaxing the eyebrow hairs, and then setting the hairs in a more vertical direction to give the illusion of fuller thicker brows.
The process is quite simple and only takes about 30 minutes. It’s a two-step process of relaxing the hair with a treatment and then set them with a neutralizer. Your brow specialist will brush your relaxed brows up and into the shape she wants and apply the neutralizer and a bit of saran wrap to press them into place while they set. After a few minutes in each step, your brows are good to go. You may need to tweeze or trim a bit once you’ve set them.
Common Brow Lamination Questions Answered
How much does brow lamination cost?
In Atlanta, I paid $50 for the brow lamination and a tint. The tint is typically a $10 or $15 service fee separately. But this is roughly the price I’ve seen. It’s a quick process that doesn’t require a ton of products making it a fairly affordable beauty treatment. Depending on where you live though, prices may vary. I saw $70 to $100 in New York City.
How long does brow lamination last for?
Anywhere from 4-6 weeks depending on your hair and skincare routine. Your brows grow, so eventually you’ll grow out the lamination process. And any soap and water will slowly break down the bond.
Will it ruin your natural brows?
If going to a trusted salon, you should be just fine!
How soon after lamination can I shower or wash my face?
You’ll want to wait at least 24 hours before washing your face. Once you’ve hit the 24 hour mark, you’re free to shower and wash your face as normal.
Do your brows move or are they stuck in the shape they’re set in?
This is something I wasn’t sure about either heading into my appointment. I thought they get put in the shape they get put in and that’s it. Which meant I was a little anxious going into my appointment in case I hated how they looked. But no, this just makes the hairs straight and easier to manage. You can very easily brush them in any direction you want really. So I can almost make them look like the before if I really wanted to. So yes, if you find yourself hating the super feathered bushy look, you can totally brush them in the direction you want. You may need a little brow gel to help keep them there.
Pros And Cons Of Brow Lamination
There are definitely a few pros and cons of doing brow lamination. The pros, it helps to make your brows look more full and helps to tame curly brows if you have them. If you’re someone who fills in your eyebrows often this can be a really great way to minimize your makeup routine.
The only con I can really think of is that you DO have to brush your brows every day to put them back into shape. They don’t just stay there. So after a night of sleep (especially with my beloved silk eye mask) my brows are a bit of a mess in the morning as they move more easily now. This is something I wasn’t expecting and not used to at all since I rarely did anything to my brows unless I was doing a full face of makeup.