Nope, we’re not talking about sticking an actual piece of plastic over our brows, but, yes – we do mean a treatment that gives us brows with a “laminated” pressed-down and shiny finish.
An alternative to eyebrow embroidery, brow lamination is a semi-permanent treatment that brushes up the eyebrow hairs and “laminates” them for a slicked-back, “soap brows” style.
Unlike embroidery, which cuts into the surface of the skin to deposit dye pigments, this trending treatment isn’t invasive at all: brow lamination uses chemicals to set your hairs in an upwards direction, leaving your skin cut-free.
So, if you’re tired of shimmying a soap-coated spoolie over your brows each morning – not to mention, feeling the brush’s rough bristles scrape against your skin, a brow lamination might just be the treatment you need to add to your “spa day” bucket list.
We share everything you need to know about brow lamination, including the best places to visit in Singapore to get your eyebrows brushed up and on fleek!
What does eyebrow lamination do?
Brow lamination takes unruly brow hairs and smoothes them out as well as lifts the tiny strands in a vertical direction. The end result is a pair of super-smooth brows that look like they’ve been brushed through with soap or wax – the perfect slicked-back soap brows.
Since no needles are involved in the treatment process, brow lamination is often touted as the non-invasive, pain-free alternative to eyebrow embroidery.
Instead, the esthetician softens the hair using chemicals and sets them into place. It’s similar to getting a perm on your mane, only no heat is involved in the process.
Besides brushing up the hairs for a “clean” look, brow lamination can also help to hide the gaps in your natural eyebrows, lift your arch, or adjust the angle of the tails slightly.
And, as the treatment sets the brows in a vertical direction, it also gives more height and volume to your natural brows – even without drawing extra hair-like strokes on your skin.
The brow lamination process
During your brow lamination session, the esthetician will start off by coating your brows with a lifting cream, which breaks the bonds within each strand so that they can be moulded into a new shape.
Your eyebrow hairs are then brushed upwards into place before the esthetician applies a neutraliser to fix the strands to their new shape. Your brows will be covered with plastic wrap and left to set.
Once your eyebrow hairs are in their brushed-up positions, the esthetician will trim the hairs and shape the lower arch of your brows. This can be done by waxing and plucking any of your stray hairs.
Typically, a brow lamination treatment wraps up with the application of a nourishing oil or cream, which helps to soothe your skin and replenish moisture.
After all, brow lamination is a chemical treatment that will be a little harsh on your skin and slightly damaging to your hair.
How long does a brow lamination last?
If you’re flawless-looking soap brows go back to becoming regular, messy eyebrows by the time you’re in the shower, you’ll be happy to know that the results of a brow lamination treatment can last for about six to 10 weeks with the proper care.
Right after your brow lamination appointment, you should avoid wetting your brows for 24 hours.
You should also ditch makeup for 24 hours after, as the hair follicles are still open and your makeup products can easily clog your pores, causing breakouts.
Can I do brow lamination?
Since brow lamination emphasises a tall, textured look, it’s just the right treatment for those with bushy brows, as it allows them to flaunt their eyebrows’ full volume. As thicker brows tend to be more unruly too, a brow lamination treatment is also good for taming the messy strands.
Now, if you’ve got gaps in your brows or are still regretting your days of over-plucking, don’t shy away from this treatment as brow lamination is also an ideal treatment to cover up the naked patches! For those with really sparse brows, however, brow embroidery might be the better option.
As chemicals are used to “laminate” the hair, brow lamination may not be suitable for those with sensitive skin, eczema, or psoriasis. Your esthetician can perform a patch test prior to your appointment to make sure.
Those who’ve done semi-permanent makeup in the past six weeks should also wait for their skin to heal fully before they arrange for a brow lamination appointment.
To err on the safe side, it’s always best to speak to your esthetician prior to the treatment.
Does brow lamination destroy brows?
Unfortunately, as brow lamination makes use of chemicals to break the bonds in your hair, getting this treatment too often can cause your strands to become damaged, dry, and unrulier than before.
The key is to book a brow lamination appointment only from time to time, rather than rely on it completely to give you the “soap brows” of your dreams.
Another thing to consider is this: the skin at the brows is thin and delicate, which means that brow lamination could also potentially irritate it, causing redness, dryness, itchiness, or inflammation.
It’s, therefore, important to consult a trained esthetician to make sure that the products used are suitable for your skin and brows before going ahead with the treatment.
How much does brow lamination cost in Singapore?
On average, you can expect to pay about S$120 and above for a brow lamination treatment. In comparison, brow embroidery typically costs upwards of S$300.
Where to get brow lamination in Singapore
Jo Artysan takes accentuating the beauty of your natural brows seriously.
When you look at the results of the salon’s brow embroidery services, you’ll notice that customers’ eyebrows are always natural-looking and never look too dark or “pasted” on.
The estheticians at the salon make sure to design each pair of brows according to each individual’s unique face shape and features, and they also create every slim, hair-like stroke with effortless detail.
The same goes for the salon’s brow lamination, where the estheticians will make sure to design your eyebrows so that they accentuate your features. You’ll leave with beautiful clean, textured, slicked-back soap brows – just the way you like it.
Brow Lamination (60 min) is priced at S$228.
Lash Inc SG
Lash Inc SG might be the pros when it comes to giving you perky and lifted lashes, but don’t underestimate its ability to transform your brows from unruly to dark and full!
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The salon’s Brow Lamination treatment is priced at S$75 and you can add on a Brow Tinting service for S$38 too.
Gergert Beauty Academy
Gergert Beauty Academy is helmed by Ola Gergert, a certified Phibrows Artist who is trained in creating impeccable brow symmetry according to the golden ratio.
At Gergert Beauty Academy, Ola and Zara are the professional artists who’ll help you achieve full, brushed-up supermodel-worthy brows with absolute ease.
They’ve both received high praise from reviewers on Google, noting that the brow artists take time to understand their customers’ desired results and pay extra attention to detail when working on their customers’ brows.
The Brow Lamination treatment at this salon will give you full and glossy brows that’ll last for about six to seven weeks.
Brow Lamination (60 minutes) is priced at S$108. See the salon’s full menu here.
Dreamlash Korea, a leading Korean premium eyelash extension studio renowned for their expertise in creating custom lash designs tailored to suit each customer’s eye shape, also offers an exceptional brow lamination service.
Bringing years of experience and mastery in brow design, Dreamlash’s skilled brow artists are equipped to redefine your brows with precision and artistry. Partnered with Inlei Italy, they exclusively utilise the highest quality brow lamination products, ensuring top-notch results and customer satisfaction.
Moreover, this brow lamination treatment ensures long-lasting results. Your brows will stay in perfect shape for up to six weeks, eliminating worries about them losing their definition or becoming unruly over time.
The Lash Chapter
The Lash Chapter don’t just provide the most natural-looking, high-quality lash lifts and extensions, the estheticians here are also really great at sprucing up your brows and getting them on fleek.
The TLC Brow Lamination uses a keratin solution, rather than harsh chemicals, to lift the hairs for a fuller-looking arch. Made in France, the salon’s brow products are also hypoallergenic, non-toxic, as well as free of formaldehyde and ammonia so that they’re gentler on your skin.
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With stellar ratings on Google, The Lash Chapter has worked with local personalities like Annette Lee, Sonia Chew, and Aimee Bradshaw. You know you’ll flaunt the perfect “soap brows” when you walk out of the salon.
Brow Lamination & Trim is priced at S$100, and Brow Lamination & Wax is priced at S$120. See the salon’s full menu here.
With a rich history spanning over two decades, Carragheen has been committed to helping you achieve beauty from within. Recognising the evolving needs of today’s women, Carragheen has become a trusted one-stop beauty boutique, offering a range of personalised services.
The Brow Lamination service is one of their standout offerings, aimed at enhancing your natural brows and giving them the appearance of fullness and volume that you desire.
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The comprehensive service includes a range of treatments designed to enhance your brows. Firstly, the Brow Architecture technique, customised to suit your unique facial features, ensures that the shape and design of your brows perfectly complement your face.
That is followed by a meticulous brow waxing session to remove any unwanted hair, giving your brows a clean and neat look.
Carragheen understands the importance of aftercare and provides guidance on how to maintain and care for your newly laminated brows, ensuring their longevity.
Carragheen’s Brow Lamination is priced at S$88. First trial is priced at S$68.
Think of brow treatments and Browhaus easily comes to mind. The experts in everything “brows”, Browhaus also offers a brow lamination – or what they also call their Brow Perm – service, to give you full and voluminous brushed-up eyebrows that last.
If you really want to accentuate your brows, you can even opt for the upgraded Colour Tweak (Brow Tint) + Tweezing service. The esthetician will darken your brow strands using a tint, for a truly sculpted look!
Brow Lamination is priced at S$120, and Brow Lamination + Colour Tweak (Brow Tint) + Tweezing is priced at S$160.
The First Refresh
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If you’re on a tight schedule and have no time to head down to the salon, you can still sneak in a quick brow lamination session with The First Refresh, which provides home-based beauty services – at your home, not theirs.
The First Refresh offers everything from lash lifts and manicures to brow lamination, and many of its services also use “mom-safe” products. The Brow Lamination, a.k.a Brow Lift + Tint, styles the strands upwards to give clean, runway-style “soap brows”.
The Brow Lamination is priced at S$95. You can also add on with other services such as Brow Tweezing (S$18), Lash Lift (S$70), and popular Lash Lift + Tint (S$90). Book an appointment here.
An expert in brows, Lebellbrow Studio provides a range of eyebrow embroidery styles that include Realistic Hairstroke, Misty/Ombré, and Nano 6D Brows. And, when it comes to brow lamination, you can trust that the results match up too.
Lebellbrow Studio’s Brow Lamination treatment uses a keratin lifting solution from US brand Elleebana to soften the strands and mould them into a new shape. The esthetician will apply the solution over the brow strands and brush them upwards, so you’ll enjoy beautiful slicked-back results after.
Brow Lamination (60 to 80 minutes) is priced at S$78 instead of S$108.
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