Powder Henna Brows
What are Henna brows?
Henna brows are a form of eyebrow tinting that is used to stain the skin beneath the brow hairs. The purpose of this is to cast a shadow or create an illusion of depth and fullness in the area, visually filling in any sparseness.
Henna is a natural dye made from a plant known as hina or the henna tree. Henna has been around since ancient Egyptian times when it was used for many purposes such as dyeing hair, clothes, fabrics and as make up.
The process for henna brows is very similar to henna colouring methods you may see in traditional Indian culture, however the shades have been formulated to cater for eyebrow tones.
Your brows will be cleansed an oil-free eye make up remover. Even if you are not wearing any make up, it is absolutely necessary to remove skin oil from your eyebrows, followed by alcohol to remove oil from your skin and from your brow hairs. A brow shampoo is applied, then a gentle scrub to eliminate any dead skin cells.
Eyebrow mapping involves using inked string to pinpoint key locations on the face and around the eyebrows, creating an outline of where the brows should sit. Using the natural features of your face to build the framework for shaping and creating the perfect, aesthetically pleasing brows. The general rule of thumb is that the front of your eyebrows should start above the dimples in your nose, the arch should sit above the outermost edge of your iris, and you should be able to connect a straight line from the outer edge of your nostril, to the outermost corner of your eye, to the tail end of your brow. This ensures natural brows which are symmetric and complement your face. Eyebrow mapping can lift, intensify, and elongate the look of the eye.
Contour pastes is applied around the area that you want to tint. This will prevent any unintentional stains on your skin. Do NOT apply any cream on your eyebrows as this will prevent the dye from sticking to the skin.
Preparing the Henna Paste
Henna powder is emptied into a dish and mixed with a few drops of water to achieve a thick paste.
Henna Paste Application
The paste is applied using an angled brow brush to achieve perfect results. The angled brow brush allows you to work very precisely and create straight lines. 2 to 3 layers are applied depending on how deep you wish the end result to be. This takes approximately 15 to 25 minutes on your eyebrows before removing it.
Removal of Henna Paste
The paste is removed from the brow with a damp cotton wool pad and then brush microbrush or spooly.
A brow oil is applied to make the colour of the brows 'pop'. It is also an eyebrow growth serum, resulting in full, thick and strong eyebrows.
For the next 24 – 48 hours avoid any waters, steams and heats from going near your brows. Just like lash lifts and lash extensions. What they will do, is cause that henna to come off earlier than it should and that’s totally not what we want to happen with those gorgeous brows.
The henna itself, will stain your skin for the next 4 – 7 days and then start to fade off of the skin, however, it will stay in the brow hairs for the next 4 – 6 weeks. You do need to be careful with any creams or moisturizers that you use near your brows. If they are an anti-aging style cream or moisturizer, it will penetrate the skin at the same level as the Henna product. The anti-aging products are designed to increase the skin cell turn over and because the Henna is in the same cell level, this will cause the Henna to be pushed out. This will usually happen within about 2 days.