What Is Brow Lamination? Try This Microblading Alternative!

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Eyebrows are a big deal in the fashion and beauty industry. From thin, arched brows, to Cara Delevingne inspired bushy eyebrows, to the full, feathered brows seen on runway models most recently, brows have undergone a huge transformation in the last two decades. There’s no denying that full, bold brows can add dimension to your face and brighten up your features. If you haven’t yet caught onto the latest brow lamination trend, we’ve got it covered in this article. 

What Is Brow Lamination? 

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Woman doing brow lamination.

In the past couple of years, eyebrow lamination has become hugely popular to achieve fuller, glossy looking brows. Originating in Russia, the treatment employs semi-permanent straightening techniques to straighten the eyebrow hairs in an upward direction (or any other desired direction) to give the illusion of fuller-looking brows. This is usually achieved in under an hour at a beauty salon or at home using a DIY Eyebrow Lamination Kit. 

Eyebrow lamination typically includes the following steps:

  1. The brows are cleansed and then brushed and glued in the desired position (usually in an upward direction to make the eyebrows look fuller). 
  2. A chemical solution is applied to the hairs to straighten the eyebrows. (Usually, a patch test is applied first to ensure that there is no reaction or irritation.) A piece of plastic film is placed over to eyebrows while the solution sets, usually for approximately five minutes. 
  3. A fixing solution is applied to the eyebrows to set them into shape, followed by a lamination cream that nourishes and moisturizes the eyebrows. 
  4. Eyebrow lamination done in the salon is usually followed by a tint. (Most DIY Brow Lamination kits do not include an eyebrow tint.)

The treatment lasts for approximately 4 to 8 weeks, so you can enjoy fuller, thicker eyebrows for up to 2 months! But just how pricey is this treatment?

What Is The Price Of Brow Lamination? 

Eyebrow lamination typically costs between $80-$300 at the salon. You can save dollars by purchasing DIY brow lamination kits starting at just over $20. The salon and DIY at-home treatments both last for approximately 4 to 8 weeks. Brow lamination is steadily overtaking microblading in popularity. This is mostly because it’s a lot cheaper than microblading and it is pain-free! Want to find out how you can get this look for cheaper with your own DIY? Let’s take a closer look. 

DIY Brow Lamination Breakdown

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Woman with laminated eyebrows.

DIY beauty hacks have become hugely popular in recent years, and I’m personally a big fan. Who doesn’t want to know exactly what they’re exposing their skin to? And DIY brow lamination is no exception. There are numerous DIY Eyebrow Lamination Kits available for order on Amazon ranging in prices from approximately $20-$150. If you don’t feel confident to try it with just the instructions to guide you, you can always turn to TikTok or YouTube for some extra assistance. There is no shortage of videos on social media demonstrating at-home brow laminating treatments. Doing-it-yourself saves you travel time and money. Plus, you’d be surprised to discover that the at-home results are often just as good as the salon results! 

You can also achieve short-term eyebrow lamination results by using a translucent soap bar. To use the soap brow technique, dip a clean mascara brush in water and then scrape it against a translucent soap bar. Apply the soap to your eyebrows, brushing the hairs upward and outward with the mascara brush. This delivers fluffy looking eyebrows that stay in place temporarily until you cleanse your face

3 DIY Brow Lamination Kits Reviewed

1. Lash Lift Kit & Brow Lamination Kit

Lash Lift Kit & Brow Lamination Kit.

Lash Lift Kit & Brow Lamination Kit.

Beauty Goodies Brow Lamination Kit includes the bonus of a lash lift kit. The gentle formula is suitable for all skin types and contains keratin to nourish and strengthen your lashes and brows. At $22.45 for the full kit, it saves you dollars by laminating your brows yourself instead of at the salon. The kit includes all the tools and products you need to laminate your brows at home. You get glue, perm, fix, cleanse, and nourish solutions, and mascara brushes, lift tools, apply tools, eye pads, Y-comb separator, and lift pads. The treatment is supposed to last for three months according to the product description which is longer than most DIY and salon brow lamination treatments which typically last for up to 8 weeks.

2. Elevate the Beauty Eyebrow Lamination Kit

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The Elevate the Beauty Eyebrow Lamination Kit includes a cleanser, perm, fixation, and nutrition solutions, brow lift glue, brow brush, and plastic film. The treatment “creates 3D natural and perfect eyebrow” according to the product description. It only takes about 20 minutes to apply and delivers fuller, fluffier looking eyebrows that last for up to 35 days. Follow the instructions to laminate your brows and make sure to keep eyebrows away from moisture for 24 hours after brow lamination. You can purchase the kit for $21.99 on Amazon. 

3. ICONSIGN Lash Lift Kit Eyelash Perm Kit

ICONSIGN Lash Lift Kit Eyelash Perm Kit.

ICONSIGN Lash Lift Kit Eyelash Perm Kit.

Although this is a lash perming kit, you can also use the kit to effectively laminate your brows. (Lash perming kits generally contain similar solutions to the eyebrow lamination kits.) ICONSIGN’s lash kit is popularly used by beauty vloggers in DIY brow lamination tutorials. The kit can be used for 10-13 times within six months of opening. It contains a cleanser agent, perming agent, fixing agent, moisturizing agent, perming glue, Y-shape perming brushes, and 5 silicone perming rod (S,M,M1,M2,L ). Follow the product manual to laminate your brows – results can last for up to three months according to the product description. 

Brow Lamination Before And After

Brow lamination gives the illusion of fuller-looking brows. Before starting the treatment make sure that your face is clean and ready for treatment. The lamination gives brows definition, fills in gaps, and delivers perfectly matching eyebrows. Photos depicting brow lamination before and after results are all over Instagram, and the results are incredible! People show off fuller, glossy, fluffier looking brows without adding any hairs or drawing in the brows. Straightening the eyebrow hairs to stay in the desired position, followed by tinting the brows, saves you having to use eyebrow glue every day or having to draw in your eyebrows with a pencil every morning. Eyebrows make a huge difference to your face, and fuller, defined brows can really give you that facelift. 

Conclusion

Eyebrow lamination is a great alternative to microblading which can be costly and painful. The treatment is an affordable and quick (usually taking under an hour) option to deliver the thick, beautiful eyebrows of your dreams. It works well on all kinds of eyebrows. Brow lamination is a great option for people with thick, curly eyebrows that tend to get messy to neaten and straighten them. It’s also effective at giving thin, sparse brows a fuller-looking appearance. While it is nice to pamper yourself with an in-salon beauty treatment every so often, it’s also good to have the option of doing-it-yourself. The DIY kits could yield results that are so good you might not even feel the need to finish off the treatment with a brow tint. Fluffy brows, here we come!

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