Achieving the perfectly plumped, shaped eyebrows that flatter your face requires precision and time. But if you're dealing with thin eyebrows (perhaps due to overplucking or natural sparsity) or have experienced the unfortunate side effects of permanent eyebrow hair removal, your daily brow routine can feel like an endless battle. Thankfully, there's a treatment that can help. It's called brow lamination and it works by straightening, repositioning, and resetting the little strands of brow hairs to give them a fuller, denser appearance.
Similar to a hair perm used on lashes and hair, brow lamination is "an effective way to create fluffier brows and it can be very beneficial for those with thin brows," explains Nurian Brow Experts founder Sarah Maxwell. It also allows clients to create a new look with less maintenance.
While the process is painless and noninvasive, it's important to note that brow lamination is only safe if done by a licensed esthetician who is trained in the procedure. It's also a good idea to avoid the treatment if you have sensitive skin or are on certain skincare medications, such as retinoids.
And, of course, if you're dealing with extremely thin or sparse brows, lamination isn't the right solution for you. "At-home brow lamination products can be too harsh and strip the brows of their natural texture, causing gaps and brittle hairs," explains De la Garza. In addition, it's a beauty treatment that shouldn't be attempted on your own because the chemicals used can damage the delicate hair and skin surrounding the eyes.