Eyebrow tint is a form of semi-permanent hair-dye formulated specifically for use on the eyebrows. You can buy DIY eyebrow tinting kits from most pharmacies and supermarkets, or alternatively you can choose a beauty professional to administer the treatment for you. Professional eyebrow tinting is available in most beauty salons and spas across the UK.
Why would I want to tint my eyebrows?
Eyebrow tinting is a great option in the following circumstances:
1. You have radically changed your hair colour
For very dark haired people who dye their hair a much lighter colour, 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 colour precisely. You are generally advised to keep your eyebrows one or two shades lighter or darker than your hair colour.
2. You have noticed grey hairs in your eyebrows
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.
3. You want thicker looking eyebrows
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 colour will make them appear naturally thicker.
4. You want to add definition to your face
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.
Choosing the right shade of eyebrow tint
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:
- Black - recommended for use with black hair only.
- Taupe - a lighter brown shade with a hint of grey.
- Chestnut - a brown/red colour great for redheads and brunettes who want their brows to look 'browner' than taupe (which is more of a grey/brown).
- Blonde - for people with fair hair or skin who want their eyebrows lightening.
- Grey - for people with white or grey hair who want their eyebrows darkening or lightening.
Is eyebrow tinting safe?
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 minimises the risk of anything going wrong because they have to comply with certain safety measures. Professional eyebrow tinting safety measures include:
- carrying out a patch test at least 24 hours prior to treatment
- using a vegetable-based stain to minimise the risk of irritation
- using Vaseline or some kind of blocking solution to keep the tint off the skin
- using a disposable applicator to prevent the spread of infection between clients.
What happens during the treatment?
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. He or she 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.
How long should eyebrow tinting treatment take?
Depending on who administers your treatment, an eyebrow tint should take no longer than 20-25 minutes.
How long should an eyebrow tint last?
Eyebrow tint is described as semi-permanent dye not because the colour 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.
How much will an eyebrow tint cost?
Eyebrow tinting costs vary according to the location and reputation of the salon; however, you can expect to pay an average of £8-£10 at a time. Most of the beauty professionals listed on our site include their own personal rates on their profiles. To browse beauty professionals in your area, please use our search tool.
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