For very dark haired people who dye their hair a much lighter color, dark eyebrows can be a dead giveaway. In this situation, tinting the eyebrows one or two shades lighter is an easy and effective way to make the change look more natural. Similarly, blondes and redheads who wish to dye their hair dark may also consider tinting their eyebrows to match. However, you should remember that your eyebrows don’t necessarily have to match your hair color precisely. You are generally advised to keep your eyebrows one or two shades lighter or darker than your hair color.
Greying hair is a natural part of getting older. Whereas some people choose to let nature take its course, others prefer to conceal it. Although plucking the odd stray hair from the scalp is fine, plucking hairs from the relatively sparse eyebrow area is likely to produce unsightly bald patches and leave the brow looking misshapen. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the tweezers and opt instead for an eyebrow tint, which simply dyes the grey to match the surrounding hairs.
Pale, translucent hairs can make the eyebrows look thin and straggly. Tinting these hairs could reveal a neat, shapely brow you never even knew was there. Even though the thickness and denseness of your eyebrow hair can of course not be changed in the tinting session alone, the darker color will make them appear naturally thicker.
It’s amazing what a difference a nice pair of shapely eyebrows can make to the structure of the face. Having neat, defined eyebrows frames the eyes, boosts facial symmetry and creates an attractive high-contrast look.
It’s a nightmare scenario – coming out of the salon with big, horrible unnatural looking brows. How do you make sure you avoid looking like your eyebrows have been drawn on? The trick is to choose a shade of that perfectly suits your skin tone and hair colour.
Luckily, your beauty professional will be able to recommend the most suitable shade, while taking your own preferences into account. If you want to achieve as natural a look as possible, you are advised to only ever lighten or darken your eyebrows by one or two shades. Eyebrow tints are available in a range of colours, including:
Eyebrow tinting is a lot safer than attempting to dye your eyebrows at home with hair-dye, which is something many women do. Putting any sort of chemical near the eyes is extremely hazardous and inadvisable. Visiting a qualified beauty professional minimizes the risk of anything going wrong because they have to comply with certain safety measures. Professional eyebrow tinting safety measures include:
Eyebrow tint is described as semi-permanent dye not because the color fades, but because eyebrow hairs have a very short growth cycle. Eyebrow hairs tend to fall out within 6-8 weeks, taking the tint with them.
Eyebrow tinting sessions generally follow the same procedure; however, your beauty professional should also explain each step of the treatment to you along the way. You can expect to experience something similar to the following:
After your patch test and consultation, your beauty professional will rub the area around your eyebrows with petroleum jelly to prevent the dye from staining the skin. They will then comb the tint from the inside corners of the eyebrows to the out, using a disposable applicator. The tint will then need about 5-10 minutes to develop, after which it will be removed using a cotton wipe.
The tint is likely to stain the skin between the brow hairs initially, making them appear darker in the first day or so than they really are. Don’t panic if your brows look strange to you at first – the difference is bound to feel a little odd initially but you’ll soon get used to it.