Recently, henna brows have risen in popularity. Beauty fans from around the globe love this plant-based dye for its eco-friendliness and its beautiful, natural-looking, and long-lasting results. As a salon owner, you might be wondering if you should take advantage of the henna craze and add this service to your salon. Henna brows: should your beauty salon offer them? Read on to find out.
Henna is a natural dye derived from the henna tree, also known as the mignonette tree, or the Egyptian privet. The leaves of the henna plant contain an active compound called lawsone, which is a red pigment that binds with keratin, a protein in our skin, nails, and hair, to stain the area it's applied to. To make henna dye, the henna leaves are dried, crushed, and mixed with liquid—like water, coffee, or lemon juice—to form a paste. You can use this pigmented paste to color skin, hair, nails, silk, wool, leather, and more.
Humans have been using henna to dye their bodies for centuries. There's evidence that henna dates as far back as Ancient Egypt; we've unearthed mummies (ex. Ahmose-Henuttamehu) sporting preserved henna dyed hair! Today, we use henna the same way our ancient ancestors did: to color our skin, nails, and hair in beautiful, vibrant shades.
How Do Henna Brows Work?
Henna used to be cumbersome to use. The dye would take up to 10 hours to set, and then it would have to sit on the skin, nails, or hair for 4-10 hours, so the lawsone could bind to the keratin. Fortunately, modern innovation has made henna treatments much more convenient! With Elleebana Brow Henna, you can dye brows in less than half an hour. Here's a quick overview of how to use this signature Elleebana product:
- Perform a patch test prior to treatment
- Remove makeup using Elleebana Makeup Remover
- Use brow shampoo and a damp cloth to exfoliate the brows and remove any dead skin cells
- Mix a scoop of powder with 6-8 drops of the pH activator
- Mix the dye until it reaches a smooth consistency
- Use white eyeliner to outline the desired brow shape
- Using the angled Elleebana brush, apply the henna mix evenly to the brows
- Let the henna sit for 10-25 minutes
- Remove henna with a damp cotton pad
Elleebana Brow Henna is a cruelty-free, natural, and vegan dye made from henna. It contains antioxidants, a vitamin complex, and hydrolyzed proteins that nourish the hair and promote growth. Keep in mind that this product is for brow use only.
Henna Brows vs. Normal Tint
What's the difference between henna brows and a normal tint? While both have a similar result, there are a few things that set them apart. See some of their key differences below.
Normal tints often contain man-made chemicals. These chemicals open up the hair follicle so the dye can penetrate the brow hair cortex through a process called oxidation. Henna dye, on the other hand, is all-natural and only coats the hair shaft and the top layer of the hair cuticle.
Normal tints tend not to last as long as henna. Most last between 3-5 weeks. Henna tints can last up to 2 weeks on the skin and up to 6 weeks on the brow hairs.
You can't use normal tints to restructure the brow. For this reason, it's best used on people who are happy with the shape of the brows and just want them to look fuller and darker. Because henna tints tint the skin as well as the hairs, you can use them to alter the perceived shape of the brows and fill in sparse areas.
Normal tints are more flexible in the color department. Henna is naturally a red-orange color. While you can add natural herbs like indigo and amla to it to create other colors, most will have a warm red undertone.
Both kinds of tints have their perks. Normal tints are better if your client wants a temporary tint with a stronger, bolder color. Henna is better if your client is conscious about the products they use on their body, if they want to reshape their brows, or if they want something that's longer-lasting.
The Benefits of Henna Brows
Henna brows: should your beauty salon offer them? Yes! You're sure to find plenty of clients who are interested in this trendy treatment. Henna brows have several perks that make them enticing as a tint option, including the following properties.
Some people want to be environmentally responsible with the products they use. Others have sensitivities to man-made chemicals that make most treatments an impossibility. Henna brows are a great option for these kinds of clients because henna dye is all-natural, cruelty-free, vegan, and devoid of ammonia and lead. It's ethically sourced and gentle on the hair and skin. This makes it safe to use on eco-conscious clients and most clients with allergies or other sensitivities.
Henna brows are one of the longest-lasting brow treatments. The dye remains on the skin for up to 2 weeks on the skin and up to 6 weeks on the hair, providing an enduring, natural-looking tint for minimal care.
A Quick and Effective Treatment
With Elleebana Brow Henna, you can get spectacular results in 10-25 minutes. Clients will be in and out of your salon in no time.
Try Out Different Brow Shapes
Unlike normal tints, you can use henna tints to experiment with new brow shapes. This will attract clients who want a natural way to fill in their sparse brows or want to tinker with how their brows frame their face.
It Protects the Hair
Elleebana Brow Henna doesn't harm the hair as some dyes do. Rather, it treats and nourishes the hair, leaving it healthier and more lustrous than before.
If you want to add henna brow treatments to your salon, you'll need to stock up on professional henna brow products. Elleebana Store USA has all the top-quality beauty products you need to create stunning results for your clients. Pick up one of our professional henna brow kits for all that you need to perform treatments, or shop our henna brow tints and tools separately.