What are henna brows?
Henna brows have undeniably become one of the biggest trends in the beauty industry over the last few years. This semi-permanent eyebrow beauty treatment is perfect for today’s client – it’s a natural, painless and long-lasting alternative to traditional tinting.
Henna eyebrow tint uses natural dye from the henna plant to stain the skin under the brow hairs to create an illusion of depth and fullness, visually filling any sparseness. It also coats brow hairs with colour, rather than changing the natural brow hair colour from within like regular tints do. This gentle process makes henna brows well suited to sensitive skin, while the easy-to-control dye can match almost any skin tone and brow shape.
How Long Does So Henna Last?
So Henna eyebrows can last from 2 - 4 weeks, though this does depend on skin type and how well the aftercare process is followed. Brow shades can be personalised by mixing dyes together and adjusting how long the henna is left on the brows for.
Why So Henna?
So Henna has been formulated to be 100% vegan and free from ammonia, lead and oxidants. More importantly, So Henna also contains Lawsone dye (henna), which stimulates hair to grow.
So Henna ingredients follow import regulations and contain a low PPD percentage.
Step 1 PRE-TREATMENT: CLEANSING & SCRUBBING
Step 2 COLOUR SELECTION AND MIXING
Choose the ideal shade to suit your client - remember that you can mix shades to personalise the colour for each individual client. Once you have both agreed on a suitable shade, mix distilled water and So Henna powder in a 1:1 ratio. The amount of the powder depends on the shade you want to achieve - the more powder, the more intense the colour will be.
Mix it thoroughly to create an even consistency - the perfect ready-to-use henna brow consistency ranges from honey-like in texture to whipped cream.
A thicker consistency creates a darker look and longer lasting colour, whereas a thinner consistency looks lighter and may fade more quickly depending on the client’s skin type.
Using So Henna angled brush number 3, apply a thick, even layer across the brows. Press/tap the henna tint into the eyebrow until all skin is covered, starting from the tale of the eyebrow. To achieve straight even lines, or correct small mistakes, use a cotton swab/correction stick.
Step 4 DRYING
Fixing time is between 10-20 minutes from application depending on the desired staining results.
A light stain can be achieved within minutes, but the longer the paste is left on the skin, the darker and longer lasting the stain will be, therefore ensure you know exactly the look your client wishes to achieve and leave the tint to develop accordingly.
Step 5 REMOVAL
Once the waiting time is up, remove the henna starting from the head of the eyebrow. You can remove henna eyebrow tint with a cotton pad soaked in water or So Henna oil. Remember to do it gently without rubbing the skin too much.
Now that the treatment is complete, give your client the following instructions to help maintain their beautiful new eyebrow look. For 24hrs after treatment, clients should be advised to avoid:
- Touching the area (as the pores are open and it may lead to infection)
- Using saunas, hot tubs or steam rooms
- Swimming, perfumed products, and sun beds
- Applying makeup to the area, as this may cause infection - to cover any redness as a result of hair removal, suggest mineral powder rather than heavy liquid concealers.
Being a brow artist is much more than just tinting and waxing eyebrows - providing a professional quality treatment is the key to a happy and returning client. We hope that with this quick “how to So Henna” guide you can create gorgeous long lasting brows.
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Post prepared by So Henna expert, Katerina Novikova