Eyebrow lamination – everything you need to know

Before and after eyebrow lamination

Last Updated on October 12, 2023

In the ’90s and early ’00s, eyebrows were more of an afterthought, often plucked thin so dramatic brown lips and shimmering eyes could take center stage. Things have changed since then, thanks in no small part to the rise of YouTube beauty bloggers who made it known that eyebrows are meant to frame the face and elevate even the simplest makeup looks.

Now that eyebrows have become an essential part of beauty routines across the globe, countless different treatments and procedures have surfaced to help shape them to perfection. One of the most popular procedures in recent times is eyebrow lamination. Though this treatment isn’t exactly new, it’s gaining popularity as fluffy, fuller brows have become the trend.

If you’re curious about eyebrow lamination or are considering trying it yourself, here’s everything you need to know!

What is Eyebrow Lamination?

Eyebrow lamination is a two-step process that includes the use of chemicals. As such, it makes the brows look more relaxed and lifted, instantly providing a different look to the face. The results of eyebrow lamination come close to the look of feathered brows that are brushed up instead of styled to the sides. The lamination process makes the brows soft, manageable, and easy to style. It is a painless treatment and a great alternative to microblading, but the results are not permanent. However, this is an option if you like the look of soap brows. The lamination process uses ammonium thioglycolate, the same ingredient used in perm treatments. Those with sensitive skin should check with a brow expert before treatment.

make up artist makes markings with white pencil for eyebrow and paints eyebrows. professional makeup and facial care.
Make-up artist makes markings with white pencil for eyebrow and paints eyebrows. professional makeup and facial care.

The process of Brow Lamination

The process of eyebrow lamination starts with applying a priming solution to the brows that breaks down the cuticle in the hair. After that, plastic wrap is placed over the brows for two minutes to seal the solution. The wrap is necessary to keep the brows flat, making them straighter. After two minutes, the process of applying the priming solution and wrapping the brows is repeated, but this time, the wrap stays on for about seven minutes. After the wrap comes off, the technician applies a neutralizing agent that will give the brows a new, laminated look. The last step of the process is using a keratin-based solution, which adds protein back to the brows. 

Though it is recommended to have a professional perform eyebrow lamination, many DIY kits are available for at-home use.

How long does the brow lamination last?

Since it is not a permanent solution, brow lamination lasts around one month. This is not a precise time since it can be longer or shorter, depending on your skin type. One essential tip to extend the look of the brows is to avoid getting them wet, especially in the first 24 hours after treatment. So, do not wash them, and save your workouts for another day to avoid excessive sweating.


The entire process of eyebrow lamination takes somewhere between 30 to 40 minutes. It’s easy, pain-free, and an excellent solution for all those who want to enhance the look of their brows naturally. This treatment requires no downtime and no prep work beforehand. 

Overall, eyebrow lamination is an easy and practical solution to enhance the look of your brows and save time in your daily makeup and beauty routine. 

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