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About Henna Brows
What are henna brows??

Henna brow tinting is a type of eyebrow tinting in which the skin beneath the eyebrow is stained. Versus having the brow hair dyed, the skin, in this case, gets tinted, thus creating the effect of a darker, more luxurious eyebrow look.

Henna brow tinting is an excellent option for filling in sparse spots, making light eyebrows more dynamic looking, and helping to give anyone longer, fuller eyebrows in the process.

The henna dye used in this treatment is a natural product that originates from the Henna plant, also known as henna. Henna has been around for centuries, used as far back as Egyptian times when the dye from the henna plant was utilized in such applications as fabric dyeing, coloring cloth, and makeup tinting.

Traditional cultures still widely use henna in these sorts of applications. Many people have, of course, heard of henna tattoos. The process involved with henna brow tinting is very similar in that the skin is dyed to a specific tone suited to your eyebrows to get the optimal look you're after.

How does henna brow tinting work?

Before applying the actual dye to your eyebrows, the brow technician will first work the eyebrow into an ideal shape. This could involve either waxing or tweezing or a combination of both. You will then select the henna shade that you desire.

In creating the dye that is to be applied to the eyebrow area and effectively dyes the skin beneath, the henna powder gets mixed with water; this, in turn, creates a type of paste that the technician will use to achieve the brow look you're after. The dye will need to stay on the area to be tinted for approximately ten to fifteen minutes to absorb the skin adequately. The key here is to ensure you work with an experienced eyebrow tech. Staying within that sculpted brow shape is essential to get you the most natural-looking brows possible.

Depending on the type of effect you are going for with your tinted brows, the tech may opt to use the dye a little more intensely as far as color saturation, with greater intensity of color seen in the eyebrow's tail. This could create something of an ombre effect.

Why henna brow tinting over other types?

The great thing about using a henna dye on your eyebrows is that this is a natural product and is thus considered highly safe to use around the eyebrow area. Versus more conventional types of stains, henna does not contain peroxide activators, which, if such activators come in contact with the eye, can cause several problems. So even if you have sensitive skin, because henna is all-natural, this is still an excellent option for you.

Another benefit of using henna dye over other tinting materials is that henna does tend to be longer-lasting. If you are thinking about a more permanent eyebrow solution, starting with long-lasting henna brows can help you better determine if permanent eyebrow applications might be in your future.

For example, you may be thinking about cosmetic tattooing or microblading but aren't quite ready to commit to these. Start with henna brow tinting as the results are genuinely dynamic; they last for some time, yet the results are not permanent. This way, you can see how you feel regarding eyebrow treatments of this nature before you commit to something more permanent.

Other forms of eyebrow tinting also don't stain the skin beneath the brow as effectively as henna does. The look you get here is thus lusher and more glamorous overall. Many have said that eyebrows tinted with the henna process end up looking fluffier and more realistic than other results you get with another type of eyebrow tinting.

How long do henna brows last?

Typically, henna-tinted eyebrows can last from about two to four weeks. That said, it's essential to keep in mind that skin type and the way you maintain your brows will also factor into how long the results last. So, for example, if you tend to have oily skin, your henna brows might not last as long as they will when someone has drier skin. And also, if you wash your face a lot, this can hasten the fading process. Some experts suggest purchasing specialized conditioners that will condition the brows and the skin underneath and therefore help you to maintain the overall effect longer.

Before your henna brow tinting appointment, it's essential to avoid exfoliating your skin, as freshly exfoliated skin isn't ideal for the dye. Also, if you do have psoriasis, eczema, or some other skin condition, the henna dye might not absorb into the skin as well, and therefore, it could fade faster than it usually would.

Another thing to think about…if you have more eyebrow hair, the results of your henna tinting will likely be better than if you have fewer eyebrow hairs.

Who benefits from henna brows?

Essentially anyone is a potential candidate for henna brows. They make your brows look fuller and fluffier in some instances. Those who are good candidates for henna brow tinting include:

  • People with lighter colored eyebrows
  • Those who want their eyebrows to appear more contoured and more defined
  • People looking to get a more glamorous effect from their brows
  • Those who are going for some eyebrow "drama."
  • People toying with the idea of a more permanent eyebrow solution who would like first to see what effects henna provides

If you are considering henna brow tinting, you first want to see where you might get your brows done. Various salons and spas do perform this treatment. Read the reviews. See what other people's experiences have been. Again, you want someone working on your brows which has experience with this treatment type!