If you’re looking for a way to shape your brows that’s kind to both you and the planet, henna eyebrows may be your solution. The dye can tint hairs for up to six weeks, giving you the chance to try out a bold, creative new shape.
There’s no doubt that eyebrows are big business – the industry was worth £20 million in 2016. Traditional treatments can come at an environmental cost from chemicals and plastic wastage. But with henna - a natural, vegan dye – you can enhance your look without it costing the earth.
How does henna eyebrows tint work?
A henna eyebrows tint can achieve results for up to six weeks, while a skin tint lasts for up to 10 days. This combination helps to fill in gaps, giving your brows impressive volume and shape.
The history of henna is fascinating. It was originally used as a skin coolant across India, the Middle East, and North Africa. Later, it was used as a hair dye and, in some cases, a beard dye. Now, it’s used as a creative and effective hair dye worldwide.
By staining both the eyebrow hair and the skin beneath, you can use it to create a tremendous variety of depths and tints.
What is the henna eyebrow dye process?
The henna eyebrow process is similar to the henna for hair process – but colours the skin underneath too.
Firstly, your brows are cleansed, with all oils removed from the skin. Secondly, your brows are measured and shaped – this is where you can direct the shaping and tone of your own brows. A paste is applied around your new shape to create a barrier and allow bold, distinctive lines.
Finally, the henna is applied. It’s a precise process, involving dyeing the eyebrows and pushing the henna onto the skin. By getting between the hairs, a deep, complete shape is formed. Allow the henna to sit for about 20 minutes for best results. The final touches – tweezing, waxing, and threading – complete your look.
As with any henna products, make sure you do a patch test at least 48 hours before your henna eyebrow dye session. This is a very straightforward process and ensures that you won’t be caught out by any expected allergic reaction.
Benefits of henna eyebrows
Australian brow expert Amy Jean describes henna eyebrows as perfect for “low maintenance on-the-go types”. The process has some amazing benefits:
- A 3D effect is achieved by tinting the skin, as well as the brows
- Henna encourages hair growth, exactly where you want it
- Natural, vegan products like henna are great for sensitive skin
- Henna works well with grey hairs
- It’s a fantastic way to try a new shape before committing to semi-permanent make-up.
So, are there any downsides?
Considerations when using henna on eyebrows
There are a few considerations before committing to using henna on your eyebrows.
- Henna is great for sensitive skin, but you should take care if you have eczema, dermatitis, or other skin conditions
- It generally works better for those with more brow hair
- Once applied, you shouldn’t clean your brows directly – the more they’re left alone, the longer the henna will last
- As henna fades, the colour may change, often to a more orangey glow.
The more care you take, the better your results should be.
Get creative with henna
Henna allows you to be creative with your look. And with vegan, cruelty-free products, you can feel great whilst doing it.
Itselixir’s range of products is there to help you make the most of henna throughout your beauty routine. Whether it’s hair, skin, or brows, check out our range and get some more inspiration from our blog.