What Is Eyebrow Lamination and Is It Safe?

Emily LaCroix

Laminating your brows is the newest trend that celebrities and influences are trying out. It leaves your brows smooth and shiny and creates volume and fullness. People that have thinning or unruly brows may benefit from this procedure.  

Eyebrow lamination doesn't involve needles or color—it’s more of a perm for your brows. It's for the people that aren't ready for microblading but want their eyebrows to look great, no matter what. The results are not permanent but do last for a while. There are several pros and cons to brow lamination. 

We are going to go over everything you need to know about brow lamination and how TatBrow can help you achieve your perfect look!

Brow Lamination 101

Brow lamination is essentially a perming procedure that addresses any concerns you may have. It can help brows that are overplucked, thinning, unruly, or have gaps. 

The lamination process gives the illusion of more brow hairs than there actually are, so it's a noninvasive way to create fullness if you want to fix your thinning brows. The effects stay in place after washing your face and applying makeup multiple times.

Here are the steps to the brow lamination procedure

  1. The brow technician applies cream to your brows that will lift the hairs up. 
  2. The technician brushes your brow hairs upward until they are in a uniform direction. 
  3. Next, they apply a neutralizer to ensure the perm is set in place.
  4. Finally, nourishing oil is applied to prevent skin irritation and hair dryness from the chemicals in the perming cream. You may also benefit from applying a nourishing oil after your procedure to keep your brow hairs healthy.

The whole procedure usually takes less than an hour from start to finish depending on what add-ons you ask for. The brow specialist can also tweeze, wax, and tint your brows to complete the look. The process is painless, and the results can last up to two months. 

If you have extra thin brows and want to add in a few extra hairs on the days when you're doing your makeup, reach for TatBrow’s Microblade Pen. The tip of the pen mimics brow hairs and effortlessly blends in with your new feathery brows.

Brow Lamination Risks and Benefits

While eyebrow lamination can be a great option for many and has numerous benefits, there are some side effects. Let's go over the good and the bad when it comes to brow lamination. 

The Benefits of Brow Lamination

Eyebrow lamination is a great option for people suffering from thinning brows. It can address many different concerns you may have about your brows. 

Perhaps your hair is thinning with age, or you’re experiencing gaps in your brows after overplucking. Maybe you have eyebrow hairs that go in different directions, and you can't seem to tame them.

 Other people struggle with brows that are uneven or lack shape. Lamination can help disguise these issues. The brow lamination process also makes your brows appear thicker or fuller. 

Brow Lamination Risks

There are some possible side effects you could experience from brow lamination. Most of the risks have to do with possible skin irritation from the chemicals in the cream used to slick the brow hairs upward. 

You may experience swelling, redness, peeling, itching, or develop bumps after the procedure. Most of these side effects happen around your eyebrows, but sometimes they can also affect your eyelids. If you have extremely sensitive skin or have rosacea, eczema, or a history of contact dermatitis, you may want to stay away from brow lamination. 

Whenever a perm cream is involved, your hair is going to experience dryness and damage. You don't want to do it too many times close together. You should wait at least six weeks in between procedures. 

In severe and rare cases, brow lamination can cause eye damage if the chemicals get into your eyes. If you want to avoid eye damage, having an experienced professional laminate your brows is the best option.

Brow Lamination Q&A’s

When considering getting brow lamination, you’ll probably have a question or two. Here are some commonly asked questions and answers to help you make an educated decision on whether this procedure is right for you!

How Long Do Brow Lamination Results Last?

Just like when you perm your hair, brow lamination results don't last forever. It’s a semi-permanent option that only lasts a couple of months. So if you wish to maintain your brow lamination results, you will have to go back to have it done about every two months. 

How Much Does Brow Lamination Cost?

The cost of brow lamination varies from place to place. The average cost is between $50 to $100 per procedure. If you compare brow lamination to microblading, it is significantly cheaper. You can always ask for the price before making an appointment, so you know exactly what to expect.

Where Do I Go to Find a Brow Lamination Professional?

You can search for brow lamination online and look for brow artists near you. You can also ask an aesthetician or a professional makeup artist if they have experience in the procedure or a recommendation for where to go. 

You want to make sure whoever is doing it has a license or the proper credentials. Ask for a portfolio of work to ensure they have enough experience. 

How to Laminate Your Brows at Home

While we recommend you go to a brow lamination specialist, there are DIY lamination options you can do at home. The process isn't too tricky, but it's important to be very careful with the perming solutions because of the very active ingredients. Make sure you follow the directions carefully.

First, remove any makeup or buildup from your brows. Next, apply the lift solution that will make your brow hairs pliable. Once the solution is on, cover them with plastic wrap and allow the chemicals to activate and get the job done. After about eight to 13 minutes, clean off your brows. 

Next, you repeat these steps with a fixation solution instead of the lift solution. Brush your brow hairs up or into the position that you want them to be in. Some people like to brush straight up in the inner-brow area and at a slight diagonal near the arch. Next, apply the plastic wrap again and let them sit for another eight to 13 minutes. 

Finally, wipe off the fixation solution and apply a nutritional oil to help hydrate your brow hairs. The lamination process damages and dries out your hair, so adding nourishment back is essential. 

The results from at-home lamination usually don't last as long. You can expect them to stay in place for four to six weeks. If you try to do it again before six weeks, you will risk severe brow hair damage. As the lamination wears off, you can go in with a colored or clear brow gel to help keep them in place. TatBrow Ultra Hold Brow Gel is perfect. It dries quickly and gives you the appearance of fuller and hydrated brows. 

Brow Lamination Alternatives

If you don't think brow lamination is for you, you can do several other things to get fuller brows. Let's go over some of the other options you have to consider. 


The most expensive option is microblading. It's several hundred dollars, and it’s essentially a procedure that implants color through tiny cuts, similar to tattooing. It's a more invasive procedure, but the results can last 12 to 18 months before the results begin to fade. 

Brow Tinting

If you want to add color, but you don't want to tattoo your brows, consider brow tinting. This service just involves color being added to the brows and the results last for several weeks. Brow tinting can be done at home or by a professional at a salon. 

Brow Pen​ 

A brow pen can add fullness and color. Pens are an upgrade from the good old-fashioned brow pencil because they're more effective. TatBrow makes an excellent waterproof brow pen, which can give you perfect brows in seconds. For best results, choose a shade that matches your natural brow color. 

Brow Gel​

If you still want a laminated effect without the harsh chemicals, a brow gel can help you achieve this look. TatBrow’s Ultra Hold Gel will lock your brows in place. The applicator allows you to brush your brows upward and outward. You can also use TatBrow's Ultra Defining Brow Gel to add color. 


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Brow Lamination Takeaways

Brow lamination can help you create the perfect feathery brows. The results last up to two months and can help thinner brows look fuller. The process does involve solutions with active ingredients, so if you have sensitive skin, you may want to consider an alternative. The perfect solution? TatBrow makes products that can give you the lamination effect without irritating your skin. 



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