Henna Brows - A Great Brow Alternative
Updated: Feb 8, 2019
Are you slightly apprehensive of microblading? Or you are not a candidate for microblading? I have the perfect solution for you...HENNA BROWS. Henna brows are the perfect test run if you are considering microblading brows down the line. Similar to the henna that you see for weddings and at summertime festivals, henna stains the skin for a temporary tattoo effect. The difference in the henna that I use for the brows, is that it comes in a range of color options for all skin and hair color types.
What is HENNA?
Henna is a dye prepared from the plant Lawsonia inermis, also known as hina, the henna tree, the mignonette tree, and the Egyptian privet, the sole species of the genus Lawsonia. Henna can also refer to the temporary body art resulting from the staining of the skin from the dyes.
Benefits of Henna Brows:
I love offering henna brows to my clients as a great alternative to microblading and ombre permanent cosmetic brows. Many of my clients are nervous about getting microblading because of it is more permanent. Henna last a short period and is a great to test the effects of a fuller brow.
In addition, I had a lot of clients that were either diabetic or had skin that was prone to keloid. These individuals are not candidates for microblading but have henna as an option. I was determined to find an option for those individuals that would give them the option to have a great set of brows in a very safe alternative.
Here are some benefits that might spark your interest further:
1) Henna is a natural product that does not contain lead and ammonia, unlike other dye alternatives.
2) A great option to test run your future microbladed brows. If you have little to no hair, it would be a great idea to test out color to your brow area. Eliminate the shock factor of having a darkened brow area before you commit to the more permanent alternative.
3) Even if microblading is not an option for you, tinted brows are a great way to add color and fill in sparse areas on your brows
4) If you are not a microblading candidate due to medical reasons (example uncontrolled Type II Diabetes), tinting is a great alternative.
5) Tinting will help to cover gray hairs. Who doesn't want that?
6) The products that I use could help stimulate brow hair growth.
Henna is also not limited to darker stains. The henna products that I use come in a range of stain options from lighter to dark brown. There are options for the lightest blonde to red head to the darkest brown. Any skin tone and hair color can get the stain.
How does it work?
Staining henna gives you the opportunity to get those expressive eyebrows and camouflage gaps in over plucked or sparse brow hairs. The henna stain is applied to your brows and is allowed to sit for 45 minutes to an hour. Once the stain has reached the desired color and depth, the top layer of the mixture is removed to reveal a stain very similar to makeup powder or ombre effect for the brows. Each appointment can range from one hour to 1.5 hours.
How long does it last?
Results will vary from person to person. Skin type and aftercare can yield different results across the board. For example, a person with dryer skin can stain faster. However, as dryer skin regenerates and sheds more regularly, this will effect the lasting effects of the henna stain. Oily skin is another factor as it tends to take longer to process oily skin. The skin needs to be completely dry and free from oils to allow the henna to adhere. I use a few methods to clean the skin prior to applying the henna.
With the proper aftercare, results can last up to 2 weeks on the skin and 6 weeks on the brow hair.
Here are some things that I suggest to my clients to prolong the effects of the henna stain:
1) For the first 24 hours, avoid washing the brows and submerging them in water.
2) Avoid working out or steam rooms for at least 24 hours as perspiration can break down the henna quickly.
3) When washing your face, wash around the brows to avoid scrubbing the stain. Face wash soaps contain exfoliants and can breakdown the stain.
4) Tanning products will effect the color of the henna stain. (It is best to wait at least 1 wee after getting a tan to get henna brows. The tanning spray will effect the colors of the henna stain.)
5) OPTIONAL: Use a light layer of coconut cream on the brows at night and morning.
Just as in getting any other beauty treatment, henna can last as long as you take care of it. Follow the above instructions for the best, long-lasting results.
Am I a candidate for henna?
Henna is not for everyone. Several factors could prevent you from being a candidate for henna.
1) If you are allergic to the henna plant.
2) If you are allergic to hair coloring products. The product I use contains a small amount of chemical that is found in hair coloring. This helps speed up the staining process. Otherwise, the product would take much longer to process and stain.
A patch test is recommended if you would like to be sure if you are a candidate for henna. The patch test is done using the darkest stain and placed on your inner wrist area. The stain will need to sit on the skin at least 48-72 hours to determine if there might be an allergic reaction to the product. If the results are negative, you can return and proceed with the henna process.
If you are a fellow microblading artist or any other beauty specialist, henna would be a great option to offer your clients. Find out more information regarding the class HERE.
The course includes all of the materials needed to get started. I teach my method of henna application and an introduction to threading. Please contact me either via phone or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. The class would need to be booked at least two weeks prior to the date that you plan to take the course. I am available for training during the week and some Sundays.
Overall, henna yields some amazing results! I have customers that refresh their henna brows every two to three weeks. I recommend this option as the shaping maintenance process is much easier with each appointment. To book your appointment, please click HERE.
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