Henna (botanical name: lawsonia inermis) is a plant that grows in high-temperature surroundings of 35 degrees and up. Its leaves are crushed into powder, which is then used for cosmetic staining and dyeing. Henna has been a fashion and beauty statement since ancient Egyptian times, when noblewomen used it as makeup, hair dye, and clothing dye.
At ARDOUR Brows & Lashes, we use a plant-based henna to colour your brow hairs and skin, giving the impression of fullness and depth and hiding any sparseness in the brow area. It lasts longer than regular eyebrow tinting and leaves your brows looking bold, thick, and beautiful.
Although the application process is similar to traditional Indian henna colouring, body henna is not used for brows. The shades that we use are specially formulated for your brows.
Because it is 100% natural, with no added chemicals, henna brow treatments are completely safe for most people.
But that’s not all…
Henna comes in a range of stain options to suit your individual look!
Regular brow tint and henna brow colour are both semi-permanent. Having said that…
Brow henna has the ability to last much longer than regular brow tint. The skin staining from regular brow tint (if any at all) will fade within 1-3 days, with the tint on the hairs lasting up to 2-3 weeks.
With henna brows, you’re looking at up to 1 week for the skin stain, and up to 6 weeks for the staining on the hairs.
I highly recommend regular brow tint for anybody seeking a subtler change, or just something more natural (this is assuming you opt for a colour matched perfectly to your brows). A difference can still be noticed, and there’s more flexibility to create as much or as little difference as you would like. Regardless of your hair and skin tone, regular brow tint is stunning on everybody!
For something more defined and noticeable, I recommend henna brows. The staining on the skin is going to create the illusion of fullness, and your shape is going to be enhanced and defined.
Henna colours tend to provide extra depth, so it’s perfect for enhancing your brows and taking them to the next step.
Ultimately, it really comes down to what you want. I also recommend trying everything at least once.
This way you can make your own decision and work out which is best for you.
Not only that, you can let your friends and family know about your experiences and give them guidance if they ask you. They’ll certainly thank you for it!
If you’re looking for some help deciding what’s best, here’s what I recommend for most people:
For blondes: blonde hair with ashy tones look incredible with regular brow tint.
Tint shades can be mixed to achieve as much or as little depth to the colour as you would like. Henna often gives you warmer tones (particularly on those of us with lighter hair), so if you have ashy tones to your hair you might just want to stick with regular brow tint.
If you have warmer blonde hair, we have a wide range of colours to suit you and your needs.
Given the extra depth henna provides, I would recommend starting with regular brow tint first if you’re uncertain. From there we can work up to a soft henna brow colour and make any changes required for your future appointments.
For brunettes: brunettes have a lot of freedom when it comes to colour choices.
If you want a fuller look, I highly recommend henna as it will fill in any sparser areas. If a stain isn’t needed, brow tint is a great option too. Give them both a try and see how you find them.
For redheads: henna is a great choice for those with a bit of warmth to your hair.
The warmth henna can have really enhances the colour if you have auburn hair without making it ‘red’. You also have the freedom to create a more caramel colour if you don’t want to take that ‘red’ too far.
Regular brow tint often throws a slightly cooler and ashy tone. Having said that, if you want to stick with regular tint we can absolutely find something that works if you’re looking for something a little more natural.
It should be noted that our skin type and skin routine may affect the type of tints we would recommend. For these reasons, I’ll discuss this in more detail below.
Please read on…
Oily skin types: will find that both regular brow tint and henna brow colour may fade more quickly, as the natural oils moves the colour away from your skin.
For this reason, henna brow colour might be a better option as the henna lasts long than regular brow tint would.
If you have very dry or dehydrated skin, regular brow tint may be a better option as we can avoid creating dark patches on the skin. Regular brow tint will not adhere to dry or flaky patches as noticeably as henna would.
If you have normal, combination or dry skin, either would suit you.
In general, your hair colour will have more impact on your decision than your skin will.
If you’re still seeking some more direction and guidance, just pop in and ask us!
We’d love to have a little chat to see where you’re at with your brows and give you our recommendations.
That way you can get results you’ve always wanted. Wouldn’t that be great?