What is henna?
Brow henna is a natural plant pigment which has been used for body art since Ancient Egyptian times. Normally, you will buy it in powder form, and apply to the desired area after you have mixed it into a paste. Henna is a completely natural product which is rising in popularity in Australia as more people look for a natural alternative.
How long does henna last on eyebrows?
Henna brows can last anywhere from four days to three weeks. The length of time henna tinting lasts differs from person to person, and is dependent on how your skin reacts to the ink. Best results are on dryer complexions, henna stains the skin as well as dying the eyebrow hairs.
How much does it cost?
As with any brow treatment the cost will vary depending on your location and the salon you choose. Below are some options to check out.
Amy Jean Eye Couture (Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane) - Brow sculpts (including henna tint) start from about $80.
Beauty & Bronze (Camberwell, Melbourne) - Brow Henna & Sculpt- $79
Brazilian Beauty (Queensland) - from $79
Simply Brows and Lashes (3 Melbourne salons - Camberwell, South Yarra, Northcote) - Henna Brow Tattoo (sculpting extra) - from $39
Beauty and Brow Co (Melbourne) - Henna Tinting (including Sculpt) - $75
How to DIY?
Henna only lasts for a few weeks and regular tinting is required. If you can't afford to go to the salon for a brow tint every few weeks, doing your own henna tint is an option
Henna is easy and cheap to buy. If you have sensitive skin types I would recommend doing a patch test at least 48 hours before you do your brow tint. Try and choose a colour that is close to your natural hair colour.
Make sure you mix up your henna well in advance so the lawsome has time to activate. Ideally it should be left overnight, but you can get away with one hour.
Below are some basic guidelines for DIY henna brows.
Before you start, this is what you need:
- About 1 tablespoon of henna powder
- 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice
- Plastic wrap
- Alcohol wipes
- Mascara Brush or cotton swab
- Petroleum jelly/shea butter
- Small glass bowl & lid.
Guide to DIY Henna application:
Mix up your Henna
In your small glass bowl, mix henna powder and lemon juice to form a paste with a thick consistency, no air bubbles and no lumps. Cover and leave overnight. If you are in a hurry you can rest for a minimum of one hour, but the stain may not have the desired depth of colour.
Prepare your brows
Remove makeup and dirt from brows by wiping with an alcohol wipe. Wait a couple of minutes, then apply petroleum jelly/shea butter around your brows to avoid staining unwanted areas.
Apply henna mixture to your eyebrows using cotton swap/mascara brush. Cover the area with plastic wrap and sit for 20 minutes or till it starts to flake. The longer you wait, the deeper the stain will be.
How to make your henna brow tint last longer
Once your paste has dried, apply a mixture of sugar and lemon juice to release more dye for a more intense colour
After your brow tint try to avoid going outside for a couple of days. Avoiding the sun and free radicals protects the colour and stain.
Do not wash the area for at least 12 hours, do not use any harsh cleaners/exfoliators after henna applications. Protect and moisturise the area with coconut or shea butter.
Lady Henna (Henna Colouring Kit, Dye for eyebrows)
Mina Henna (Eyebrow Henna for Eyebrow Color and Tinting Kit)
The Henna Guys (100g, 100% pure & natural henna powder for hair dye/color - 13 colours to choose from)
Godefroy Tint Kit
You can find a great range of DIY Henna supplies online at Discount Beauty Supplies, or you visit your local pharmacy or beauty supplies shop.