If you were stuck on a desert island and had to pick only one makeup product to take with you, what would it be? For most women, anything brow-related definitely tops the list. In fact, many can easily forego concealers, mascaras, and bronzers, as long as their brows are shaped and shaded to perfection.
With this growing obsession for well-groomed eyebrows, so too we see the rise in beauty products and salon treatments catering to brow enhancements that eliminate the need for daily makeup, maintenance, and effort altogether. The most popular one to date: Eyebrow tinting. After mere minutes in the salon, this treatment will give you fuller, thicker brows that you can enjoy for much longer than a day’s wear.
In this article, we discuss one of the most popular forms – henna brows. If you’ve been thinking about tinting your eyebrows but want a more natural look, then we definitely recommend giving this a try! We’ll talk about how the process works, what to expect, and how long they actually last. But first, let’s start this guide with some frequently asked questions!
What Is Henna Brow Tinting?
Henna brows are the result of an eyebrow tinting procedure that uses a special dye to leave pigments on the skin beneath the brow hair. Henna is a natural type of dye that’s derived from a plant called hina (henna tree), which has origins that go as far back as ancient Egyptian times. Its leaves were dried and crushed into powder form, which was initially used as colour for body art, fabrics, hair, and even makeup. Today, henna is most commonly used as dye for hair colouring and, in the case of today’s topic, eyebrow tinting.
Much like the purpose of eyebrow powders, liners, or gels, henna brow tinting is meant to give off the appearance of effortlessly perfect brows that instantly shape the eyes and enhance your everyday look. The biggest plus is, it’s meant to last you weeks without having to touch them everyday. Now, compared to regular eyebrow tinting, using henna dye poses a few notable differences.
Henna Brow Tinting vs Regular Eyebrow Tinting
Both henna and regular brow tints are semi-permanent, but how they appear on the hair is where they ultimately differ. Brow tints tend to have a softer hue, making them perfect for those who want only a subtle change in their look. Meanwhile, henna brows have a deeper, more defined, and noticeable finish. If you want to create an illusion of fullness on your brows, henna would be the better option. In addition, in terms of longevity, henna brows can last for a week or two longer than a regular tint. If you’re unsure about whether regular tinting or henna is the better option, start by consulting your beauty therapist to determine what will work best with your desired goal.
What Does The Henna Brow Tinting Process Involve?
Applying henna to the eyebrows is very similar to the traditional Indian colouring methods we see up to this day. Henna tints, however, are formulated differently to be appropriate for eyebrow tones and to look as natural as possible. Here’s how our brow technicians do it!
- We start by giving our customers an option to do a patch test. For those with sensitive skin, this will help us determine if your skin has any reactions to the dye, although this rarely happens!
- Our brow technician will then prep and groom your brows by slightly tweezing or waxing any stray hairs. The goal is to clean up your brow area to prepare it for tinting.
- Prior to applying the brow tint, our brow technician will take a white pencil to map out the perfect brow shape that will complement your look. Once you’re good to go, we will begin with the actual tinting process!
- We will choose a suitable henna shade based on your preference and goals. The henna powder is added onto demineralised water to create a mixture, which is what we apply to your pre-shaped brows.
- The henna dye is left on your brows for about 10 to 20 minutes, just enough time to allow the pigment to set on the skin. After developing, the tint mixture is wiped away and your brows are tweezed, threaded, or waxed to give them a well-defined and clean finish.
As you can see, the entire process is quick and easy! On your end, you do not have to worry about experiencing any pain, discomforts, or irritation, especially since our brow technicians are trained with your safety and comfort in mind. Once you leave the salon, you can go straight to flaunting your fresh and flawless brows!
How Long Do Henna Brows Last?
Initially, the stain on your skin will last for about one to two weeks, while your actual henna brows will stay for up to six weeks depending on the intensity of the dye used, your aftercare habits, and your skin type. Those with dryer complexion tend to keep their henna eyebrows on longer than those with oily skin. Because the skin naturally releases oils and renews cells daily, henna pigments on those with hyperactive and oily skin will fade faster. If you have skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis, expect your henna eyebrows to fade more quickly, as well.
That said, you must remember that henna dye is semi-permanent, so its colour will naturally fade with frequent face washes, exposure to makeup removers, and the natural shedding of the skin. Not to worry though, with how easy and hassle-free the procedure is, you can easily come back for touch-ups! With that, we proceed with one of the most commonly asked questions.
How Often Can You Get A Henna Brow Tint?
We’ll be honest: While henna colouring is a generally safe procedure, it still affects the skin in one way or another, just like any other product that is used too often. While it’s far from anything life-threatening or severely damaging, it may cause some skin dryness and hair follicle breakage, moreso when applied incorrectly or one too many times. That is why it is important to get them done by a trained professional, especially one that will give you advice on the right treatment practices (like us!).
We usually encourage our customers to take regular breaks, just long enough for your skin and brows to naturally recover. Ideally, you can give your brows some breathing space for at least a week or two before coming in for another session. While it’s certainly no fun going around with fading eyebrows, you can easily remedy this short break by using brow pencils, gels, powders, or other brow makeup for the time being. On the plus side, fading henna colour means that your skin is healthy and regenerating, so take that as a good sign of brow health!
On that note, we’ll leave you with a few aftercare tips to keep your henna brows for as long as possible – that is, until your next session with us!
Aftercare Tips For Your Henna Brows
- Do not rub your brows as much as possible, especially after your procedure.
- Avoid swimming, sunbathing, perfumed products, and heat treatments for the next 24 hours.
- Avoid using makeup on your brows for at least a full day. This should be easy to do, given that your brows will already look too perfect to touch!
- While removing the rest of your makeup, be careful not to go over your henna brows. This may cause them to fade faster than they should.
- Similarly, oil-based makeup removers can also cause the tint to fade more quickly, so avoid these as well throughout the life of your henna eyebrows.
If all this information is too much to take in, no worries! We’ll provide you a full set of aftercare instructions after your henna brow tinting procedure.
Where To Go For Proper Henna Brow Tinting
Whenever you’re ready to give henna brows try, our brow technicians at Lovoir Skin Body & Beauty are here to get the job done! Achieving the best brow look involves the right tools, experience, and expertise – things that we are trained to do for you. Book a henna brow treatment here, and we’ll recommend the tint and shape suited for you.
For those of you unsure about the best way to enhance your eyes, you can book a consultation first to learn more about our other eye enhancement treatments. If you have sensitive skin, don’t worry, we cover that as well! Our consultation includes a proper assessment of your skin conditions to make sure that this treatment is safe for you.