I tried henna brows - these are the before and afters
You know when you buy a new car and then all you seem to see for the next month is that exact type of car, everywhere you go? That’s how I felt about henna brows after first hearing that they were a thing a few weeks ago. All of a sudden, they were everywhere! But I still didn’t know too much about exactly what henna brows even were. So I went and got some henna brows of my own, and now I’m here to tell the tale…
What is henna?
Henna is a form of dye which is made from the powdered leaves of a tropical shrub and it’s typically a reddish brown colour. It’s been used for centuries to create temporary body art and dye hair naturally – so it’s actually quite surprising it’s taken this long for henna brow colour to infiltrate the mainstream.
While it is naturally on the reddish side, when it comes to brows, the colour can be customised using added pigments to make it work for a wide range of different hair and skin tones. Henna doesn’t contain lead or ammonia and doesn’t require hydrogen peroxide to develop the colour either, so it’s a great natural alternative.
Why is it so good on brows?
For starters, it lasts much longer! Traditional brow dye is formulated to penetrate the cuticle of the hair and infuse it with colour, whereas henna actually coats the outer layer of the hair to add a further protective layer to the outside of the cuticle. This means it’s likely to last up to twice as long as a traditional chemical colour / tint.
What is involved in the colour process?
The process of using henna to dye your brows is essentially the same for the client as getting your brows tinted with a chemical formula – it’s just that the process takes longer. Because of the fact that the henna dyes your skin at the same time, your brow technician needs to be extra careful about only applying it to the area they want to dye, which can mean making a few tweaks to the colour throughout the process.
Once the henna has hardened to your brows (kind of like clay) the brow technician can use wax and tweezers to shape your brows, further ensuring that the henna has only been applied to the necessary hair and skin, and give you a beautiful brow shape at the same time.
What are the results like?
See for yourself, below!
Before and after: Lucy had her henna brow treatment at On Brow House in Newmarket, Auckland.
In the first pic, I have nothing on my brows (or lashes). The second pic was taken immediately after the henna brow treatment was finished. (I had a lash tint, too – but there’s no such thing as henna lashes so it was done using traditional chemical dye). As you might be able to tell from the first pic, my brows are really fine and actually quite gappy in places. The best thing about the henna brow colour for me is that the dye filled in some of those gaps and created a really beautiful shape. The dye on the skin lasts for up to one week, so this would be the perfect treatment to get pre-event as chemical dye doesn’t last on skin in the same way. Obviously, the colour on the hair lasts far longer!
What’s the aftercare situation?
Because of the reddish tint that is naturally associated with henna, the colour can look a little warm for 2 – 12 hours post treatment, but for me they were cool-toned straight away (which was the tone of brown we went with as it suited my hair colour best). It’s important that you don’t apply your active skincare directly onto brows as it can cause the colour to fade faster, but a hydrating moisturiser can help the colour last longer. It’s also advised that you leave the fake tanning for a couple of days after your treatment too, as the DHA in the tan can alter the colour of the henna if they come into contact.
How much does it cost?
I had my treatment at On Brow House in Newmarket, Auckland and it costs $17 extra to upgrade any brow service to henna colour. So the total cost for a brow shape and colour with henna is $66.
Have you tried a henna brow treatment? What did you think?