Brow Henna 101: Everything to know about this brow service

by The First Refresh

close up shot of a brown eye and eyebrow

Effortless, fluffy brows are a key staple in every beauty routine - but keeping up with daily brow drawing can be a hassle (think little ones knocking on your door, rushing to early morning meetings... you get the picture). While we love our Brow Bar for it's long-lasting pigments (12-24 months at minimum), some of us may not have cozied up to the idea of semi-permanent makeup just yet - and we've got just the solution *drumroll please*.

Enter Brow Henna - a non-invasive temporary brow fix that lasts up to 2 weeks, utilizing halal-certified henna pigments. The treatment simply involves creating your ideal brow shape by applying henna dyes to dye the skin and hair to give the appearance of thicker, fuller brows - a look more akin to eyebrow embroidery

While henna may be more commonly associated with henna tattoos, henna dyes can also be used to create full brows and greater depth. Depending on your skin type, brow henna typically lasts 10-14 days - a great temporary and non-invasive fix for naturally sparse brows. 

For those who are curious about more permanent brow treatments – brow henna is also a great starter eyebrow tint, if you don’t want to commit to more permanent treatments just yet. Have we piqued your interest? Keep reading for everything you need to know about henna eyebrows.

How does it work?

Henna dye is created from the dried leaves of the henna plant. When crushed to a powder form and mixed in with liquid, the dried leaves turn into a paste consistency. This is what is applied to the skin - staining the skin and leaving a dark, natural, tattoo-like appearance that lasts 10-14 days. 

Containing natural plant-based dyes, these natural solutions give your natural brows a lift without strong and harmful chemicals. (Our solutions here at The First Refresh are Halal-certified!) 

A brow tint or brow henna? 

With so many brow treatments on the market these days - brow henna is often compared to a brow tint. But what’s the difference? While a brow tint uses solutions to perm and dye the hair of your brows, brow henna does that while also staining the skin beneath your brow hairs. This means that brow henna typically leaves a darker appearance to your brows after - with similar aesthetic results as eyebrow embroidery. 

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In terms of retention, brow tints last longer than brow henna treatments: with brow tints lasting 3-4 weeks and brow henna 10-14 days. Brow henna also does not involve any needles or skin penetration, unlike eyebrow embroidery. 

What is the application process like? 

With the whole treatment lasting about an hour, brow henna is considered a quick fix for light and sparse brows. 

First, your brow specialist will clean and dry your natural brows to prepare them for the henna application. She will also consult with you on a suitable brow shape for your face and your original brow structure - refining and tailoring it to your personal preference and feedback. This is the time when you can sound out any concerns and share with them your desired look - the priority is always making sure you are 100% happy with the shape and look of your brows! 

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From here, the brow henna is applied to the area on and around your natural brows. Your brow specialist will use a brush to guide her along the shape so that it frames your face. Close your eyes and let the brow henna work its magic!

How long do they last? 

Henna brows typically last for 10-14 days, making them a great option if you’re in the mood for a bit of a temporary change - without having to commit to touch-up sessions or extensive aftercare regimens. 

Do note that the retention of henna on the skin depends on your skin type - brow henna may fade quicker on oilier skin types. 

Are there any risks with brow henna? 

No – although with any treatment, there is always a small risk of allergic reactions. If you have sensitive skin or have experienced reactions in the past, consider requesting a patch test prior to starting your treatment.

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Here at The First Refresh, our dyes are halal-certified and all-natural - meaning that you can be sure that there are no strong chemicals being used. 

What is aftercare like?

Brow henna is a great option for its no-fuss aftercare. Apart from the first 24 hours, where you would want to avoid steam rooms, saunas, or strong makeup/skincare products in the area. While you’ll probably have to skip on  exfoliating the brow area, there aren’t many things to take into consideration with brow henna aftercare. 

*Remember to exfoliate your skin before your brow henna appointment!

Avoid oil-based makeup removers and skincare products, as these may make the henna fade faster. Prolonged exposure to the sun may also affect the retention of brow henna - so remember to bring your sun hats with you! 

Who should get Brow Henna? 

Brow henna is especially great for those with thin or sparse brows, giving a natural depth and fullness to your natural brow structure. 

Brow henna is a sure way to give yourself just enough of a switch up in your routine - without the big commitment to tattooed-on brows. Ready to book in for your at-home brow henna session? Tap here to book.