What is Brow Lamination?

Written by: Bella Beauty



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What is a Brow Lamination?

Brow Lamination is a three-step perming solution that leaves brows feeling fuller, fluffier, and easier to maintain daily. Think of it like a perm for your brows but with the added bonus of being able to reshape them and correct any asymmetry.

The main perk?

Thanks to minimal post-lamination upkeep, you can bid farewell to the 30-minute morning struggle for symmetrical brows. 

So for 6-8 weeks you can have flawless brows and more time to sleep in the morning! 😴 🛏️

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You may be wondering: but how does lamination work? And what are the three steps of lamination exactly? 

The three steps consist of a permanent solution, neutralising cream and regenerating/nourishing cream. Each step has a slightly different purpose; let me explain…

Three Steps:
  1. Step 1 - First, a hair-softening solution containing chemicals like thioglycolic acid or cysteine is applied to break down the hair's natural structure. This softens the hair, making it more flexible and easier to manipulate into the desired shape.
  2. Step 2 - A brow hair-neutralising solution is applied to lock the hairs into their new position. 🔒🗝️
  3. Step 3 - Lastly, nourishing serums or conditioners are applied to promote hair health and add shine to the brows. This helps to minimise any potential damage caused by the chemical process.
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Our Top Brow Lamination Brands:

It's crucial to mention that various brands offer brow lamination kits that say they are safe for at-home use, but we strongly advise seeking professional assistance. Professionals have the expertise to apply the solutions accurately, tailored to your specific needs. For artists, we recommend the following three Brow Lamination Kits:

Thuya Lamination Kit: 

Thuya Lamination Kit includes three full-size solutions (Permanent Gel, Neutraliser Cream & and Regenerating Cream) enough to perform up to 55 brow and lash lift treatments. Thuya Lamination Kit is known for being the gentlest and most effective on the market. The recommended processing times for steps 1 and 2 are 10-15 minutes, depending on the client's hair type. There is also a Thuya's Vegan Lamination Kit that gives the same results. Overall, the Lamination kit is super reliable, providing gorgeous results every time.

Buff Browz Lamination: 

Buff Brows Lamination includes 30x single-use sachets (1.5ml each), 10x for each step (Lift, Set, Nourish). The completely vegan formulation is gentle but has a slightly quicker processing time of 5-7 minutes, depending on the client's hair type. The Buff Browz Lamination system provides sleek and satisfying results lasting up to 8 weeks.

Brow Code Lamination:

Brow Code's Lamination Kit includes 30x single-use sachets (1ml each), 10x for each step (Restructuring Bond Solution, Neutralising Setting Solution, Leave In Restorative Mask). With its faster processing time, you can achieve the perfect brow look in minimal time. Additionally, their vegan formula includes natural cysteamine to strengthen and restructure brow hair for effortlessly styled and shaped brows that last up to 8 weeks.

Our Top Brow Lamination Tools:

Bella Essentials:

In crafting our Bella Essentials range, our goal was simple: to provide you with quality tools at an affordable price. We understand the importance of achieving flawless brow lamination without overspending, which is why we've meticulously curated a collection of essential tools to help you achieve just that.

Our range includes everything you need to complete a flawless brow lamination. From cling film to interdental brushes, tweezers, to micro-brushes, each tool is designed to work together to achieve stunning results.

With Bella Essentials, you can trust that you're getting top-notch tools that won't break the bank. Our commitment to quality ensures that you have everything you need to create a flawless lamination, every time.


Can I go swimming after a brow lamination?

Short answer:  We wouldn't recommend swimming for at least 24 hours after a brow lamination.

Long answer: We recommend keeping your brows dry for 24 hours so step 3 (hydrating component) can absorb and lock hydration in the brows after a lamination service, ideally for 24 hours. This is why we recommend keeping the brows dry, so step 3 doesn't wash off. So, keeping your brows dry for as long as possible is one of the best ways to make them look better and stick around longer. 

Additionally, if you plan on swimming in a pool, some chemicals could dry out your brows, which is not good after a chemical process like brow lamination. We want to stress trying to avoid pools for AT LEAST 24 hours after brow laminations. 

If you have to go swimming, pack some aftercare to reapply it immediately, brushing your brow hair back into place before applying. 

Do I need to brush/style my brows after lamination?

A common misconception about brow lamination is that they are effectively "glued in place". Although brow laminations break down the bonds in the hair to reshape them, it effectively makes them easier to style; it does not permanently freeze them into place. 

So yes, you will need to brush your brows after lamination. It is up to you if you want to style them using a brow gel or wax!

So, there you have it! Brow lamination isn't about turning your brows into stiff cardboard cutouts. It's about making your life easier and your brows lookin' fab. Just remember to show them a little post-lamination love, and you'll be rocking perfect brows in no time.

Can I fake tan before/after a brow lamination

A few people in the brow world recently have discovered that after brow laminations their brows love clinging to pigment and smells. Bella ambassador Shay (@thenakedbrow) applied fake tan the same night as she did a brow lamination. She discovered that her brows smelt like "burnt popcorn" for a week after application. 

Firstly, we want to preface this by saying we do not recommend using fake tanning products for 48 hours before or after a brow lamination service. But this is likely what would happen if you did: 


Again, we recommend not tanning for 48 hours before brow lamination for a few reasons: 

  • If you have self-tanned and have applied the pigment to your face or eyebrows or gotten a spray tan, the pigment has likely gotten into your eyebrows. If you get them laminated, the first chemical solution can strip some pigment, giving the eyebrows a red hue, and stripping the skin stain underneath, leaving a "racing stripe" across your eyebrows. 

If you are going to tan before getting your eyebrows done, we recommend getting Vaseline and covering your eyebrows to create a barrier between the tan and your skin. 


  • Do not try to put self-tan on top of a brow lamination in place of tint or dye; the colour will likely be too dark or turn red or green depending on the undertone of the tan. Additionally, because the bonds in the brow have been broken down, they cling to smells and pigments (aka, your brows will smell like fake tan for a few days). 

If you do self-tan or spray tan after a lamination, cover the brows so pigment and smells do not cling to them. We recommend Vaseline or Noemi Argan Cream.

My brow hairs look fried after a lamination - What do I do?

Are your brow hairs looking fried after a lamination treatment? There are two possible explanations:

1. Lack of Aftercare: Following a chemical process similar to a perm, your brows require some extra care. Without proper aftercare, they may become dry and appear frizzy. Applying a nourishing aftercare product will help replenish moisture and restore their flawless look.

2. Over-processing: Over-processing can occur, especially if it's your first time undergoing a lamination treatment or if you're doing it yourself. Predicting the processing time for each brow hair can be challenging due to variations in thickness. Signs of over-processing include frizziness or a 'curly' appearance. To address this, prioritise aftercare products like Noemi Argan Cream or Thuya Regenerating Cream. Consistent application will aid in rehydrating and rejuvenating the hair. 

How long does a brow lamination last?

With a proper aftercare routine, brow lamination typically lasts 6-8 weeks.

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