Beautiful brows might not be the first thing you think of when you spot a gorgeously intricate henna tattoo, but you might be surprised to find that the same tattoo process can be applied to brows, offering a rich, bold-but-natural look that tinting simply can’t offer. Read on to find out why we’re loving it, and what makes it so amazing for your brows!
Henna is a natural dye made by crushing the dried leaves of the henna plant into a fine powder, then mixing that powder with liquid until a paintable paste is formed. When that paste is applied to skin – or brow, the active compound in henna, known as lawsome, leaves a natural dark stain. Once it’s applied to skin, henna lasts two to four weeks, depending on the saturation of the original application and how much the area is exfoliated prior to application.
In brow henna, henna is used as a brow tint that dyes the skin in addition to the actual hair follicles. The henna is painted onto the eyebrows and skin beneath, which dyes the skin darker creating the illusion of thicker, fuller brows.
While brow henna dyes both eyebrows and the skin beneath, brow tint only dyes the hairs of your eyebrows, leaving the skin untouched. Both are great options for anyone looking to add color and depth to their eyebrows (yes) or skip a step in their makeup routine (also, yes!), but brow henna has the additional benefit of making brows appear fuller and thicker.
Brow tint can only work with the eyebrows that you already have, but the natural dye from brow henna fills in any empty or sparse spaces to create full and gorgeously shaped brows. Brow tint also utilizes a developer (similar to the process of dying the hair on your head!) while brow henna utilizes a pH balanced water to activate the color.
Brow henna has plenty of benefits! Let us count the ways. First of all, the dye is all-natural and vegan, which means it’s cruelty-free and safe for your skin. It also nourishes and conditions your brows thanks to the vitamins and moisturizers found in henna. Second, it can last up to four weeks, so if your morning routine is monopolized by sculpting and perfecting your brows, henna can streamline your makeup application and save you enough time to stop for coffee before tackling your day.
Unlike a brow tint, henna has the added benefit that it lets you tweak and refine your eyebrow shape. Because it dyes the skin, you’re working with space beyond your natural brow line. If your brows are naturally thin, henna will create the illusion of thicker, fuller brows. Henna is the key to unlocking your Choose Your Own Brows Adventure. If you love the shape of one brow but not the other, you can use brow henna to bring uniformity to your brows. It’s subtle enough to appear as natural as your eyebrows, but the color can make a big difference in brow fullness and shape. It’s natural, convenient, and gives you the exact brows that you want. What’s not to love? The answer is: nothing.
Even though henna is amazing for long-lasting temporary tattoos, its process doesn’t involve needles or penetration of the skin. Its natural compounds are what make it such strong dye, so it’s simply painted onto your brows and the skin beneath. You might feel some light pressure or tugging at your eyebrows, but that’s it! It’s an entirely painless way to shape and deepen the look of your brows.
Do you want bolder brows? If you answered, “yes,” keep reading.
If you’ve tried lash tints before, but are looking for brows beyond, you’ll love brow henna. Brow henna can also help you reshape the look of your brows, beyond the daily struggle of tweezing (but we trust you’ll leave that to your Cerologist®). It’s a great way to take a step – or five – out of your makeup routine giving you the look of filled-in brows, without an ounce of work.
As always with any waxing or skincare appointment, you’ll arrive with clean, exfoliated skin, and let your Cerologist® know about any products you’re using ahead of time. For brow henna, we’ll ask a few questions about your brow goals, hopes and dreams including the shape and shade you’re looking for, and then we’ll get to work! Henna dye gets painted over your eyebrows and the skin beneath, and then we’ll let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it off.
Interested in giving Brow Henna a try? Head to our studio locator to find a Waxing The City near you and you’ll be one step closer to brows that will make your selfies proud.