Have you ever considered henna eyebrow tinting?
Here’s everything you need to know
Henna has been an increasing trend in the brow grooming industry, with huge interest from clients and beauty therapists alike. However, like many of you, I found that so many brow artists avoid using henna due to the often unpredictable results on the skin and hair that left them feeling insecure about providing henna treatments for their clients.
What is henna eyebrow tinting?
Henna tinting is basically a treatment that involves staining the skin and brow hair, but it is different from the usual eyebrow dye you'd use during eyebrow tinting. It doesn't contain peroxide and it is completely derived from plants. Some of the ingredients are aloe vera leaf powder, jojoba oil, argan oil and rosemary oil. Because it is all natural, it is safe to use on the majority of skin types.
Some people are anxious over the permanency of brow tattooing, which is why henna tinting is a wonderful option to test the waters! It is a nice way to trial a shape and colour, and then make up your mind if you want to work up to something more permanent. It also saves the time spent applying makeup in the mornings.
Performed by a qualified brow artist, henna tinting is a great no-fuss option for natural, polished-looking brows. Just take a look at this before and after photo for an insight into the results you can expect.
What does the process look like?
We simply mix the henna powder with distilled water to a desired depth of colour and soak the skin and hair in the predetermined shape. We apply the mixture in even layers with the angled brush. The processing time is longer than with regular tinting. Usually it takes 15 to 20 minutes per treatment.
How long does henna brow tinting last?
Depending on your skin type and lifestyle, henna tinting usually lasts about two weeks on the skin and up to six weeks on the eyebrow hair. If you have oily skin or apply skincare products with very active ingredients, the colour will fade away faster. Clients should follow the after-care instructions to help their henna eyebrows last longer.
How much does it cost?
So, how much will a henna eyebrow tint set you back? The service usually includes shaping (waxing or tweezing) and henna tinting and in London it has a price range from £60 to £90, depending on the area.
If you're considering the DIY route and purchasing a henna kit online, we would advise against it. The accuracy of the tint is vital to achieving the right shape. The tint itself has the consistency of powdery water, which makes it challenging to apply. Only someone who is quite artistic may be able to achieve a good result.
What to look out for
As with any cosmetic treatment, it's crucial to do your own research before undergoing a henna brow tint procedure. Be aware that henna often comes in warm tone shades, so undertones of reds and oranges are very common. There are some people who can do ashy tone colours, but not many technicians can achieve this. This is because it's still new to the industry and people are still learning how to use it.
With an inexperienced brow technician you may end up with blocky or intense brows that look unnatural. Some technicians attempt to make it look like there is hair in places where there isn't any. This ultimately won't look natural, simply because without hair, the texture is missing and it can look odd. Don't try to recreate a whole new brow, but rather work with what you have. It's okay to have some gaps in your brow - letting the skin underneath shine through is okay, it's how brows naturally are.
In order to avoid a bad experience, make sure the person working on you is qualified and reputable before you let them near your brows. We also recommend looking at samples of their clients' before and after photos.
Eyebrow henna instructions
Depending on skin type and natural hair colour:
Step 1 : Pretreatment
Remove make up with gentle oil free foaming cleanser, gently exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells and sebum. This ensures better colour penetration and longer-lasting results. Remove the cleanser with water.
Step 2 : Mix the henna
Mix the henna powder with 3-5 drops of distilled water at room temperature with ratio of 1:1 in a nonmetallic container and mix thoroughly until the powder has completely dissolved to an even mixture with a syrupy consistency.
Step 3 : Product application
Apply mixture evenly with the angled brush in layers. For an ombré look, start application from the end of the eyebrow, working up toward the front of eyebrow. Use thinner consistency of the product in the inner part of the eyebrow for lighter staining effect.
For thicker eyebrows, ensure that product reaches the skin under the eyebrow hairs evenly by carefully dabbing the henna mixture on eyebrow.
Step 4 : keep the product on for 8-20 minutes depending on the desired intensity of colour on the skin. Longer exposure time results in more intense staining of the skin.
Remove the product from the eyebrows with a cotton pad moistened with distilled water.
Step 5 : After-care
Apply brow oil to moisturise, strengthen and stimulate healthy growth of eyebrow hairs. Avoid contact with water for 24 hours after treatment. The frequency of application for the product is estimated to be once every 3 to 4 weeks.
Precaution: Patches test 48 hours before use.
Mix henna eyebrow tint. Using cotton bud apply a small amount behind the ear, allowing it to dry. Safe to use if no rashes or redness appeared.
If you are interested about training for Henna brows or more information about this technique you can contact us on www.mlbeautyeducation.com