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I don't know about you, but the condition of my eyebrows is a little scary right now. The last time I waxed my brow it seems like a lifetime ago. (It was February.) Tried to keep up with maintenance without causing damage and cleaned up a little here and there. For the most part, however, I didn't actually touch them for fear of really going too far when plucking or trimming.
It seems silly to stress about a lack of beauty services at the moment, but thinking about how my brows have overgrown and why I need a haircut is a much-needed distraction from the other serious stressors in the world. Strange Coping Mechanism? You bet, but that's saved for another story and probably best for our sister site THE / THIRTY.
Anyway, back to the brows. Not sure when I'll ever get my brows done again, I did further research on how to manage them at home. I've spoken to real eyebrow experts for their tips on how to fill in and shape my brows without completely ruining them. I still do the very least as I'm not entirely sure of my abilities yet. But hey, it helps do all of your research, doesn't it?
One thing I started looking into was tinting the eyebrows. I have a few friends who swear by it and I can totally understand why. Your brows are enviable. Since you don't really have to fill in your brows after tinting, it saves another step in prep. This is an asset to me lazy.
I turned to two eyebrow experts for more advice everything from your thoughts on eyebrow tinting, from what exactly happens during the treatment, to whether you can really do it yourself at home. Here's what I learned:
"Brow coloring is a process of mixing dye and applying it to the brow," explains Azi Sacks, Hawthorne Studio brow specialist. "This process does a couple of things. It increases density and increases the appearance of thicker brows by trapping fine hairs on the edge of the forehead or fine hairs in the body of the forehead that are weaker in texture and less noticeable. This helps the tail It can make holes or gaps less visible. Tinting adds depth and fullness to the forehead, which in turn creates a nicer forehead that frames the eyes. "
Different types of dyes can be used during the process. It just depends on your technician, but you can expect semi-permanent dye, pure henna, or herbal dye. Treatment can last anywhere from two to four weeks.
And the service isn't just for people with specific hair colors. "Brows are the most important and most underrated feature of the face. The advantage of brow coloring is that it is versatile," says Damone Roberts, an expert in brow, whose clients include Tracee Ellis Ross, Oprah and Beyoncé. "Some people have browbones that fade on their face, and when they are tinted deeper, they stand out better without a product. Others have brows that are that strong and a slight lightening takes the edge off."
Disclaimer: Both experts recommend that you have your brows tinted by a professional. "I personally don't recommend doing this at home," says Sacks. "A professional needs to mix and apply in a salon or spa. This requires experience as it is a chemical that is applied around the eye area and on a delicate hair patch. Tinting the brow is a very difficult experience and the knowledge how to phrase it is imperative. "
But if you're not into a salon just now and want to try it out at home, Roberts and Sacks should keep a few things in mind.
Choose your shade wisely: "The most common mistake people make is making their brows look orange. Many over-the-counter products remove the natural color of your brows, but the trick is to actually tint them a complementary color," says Roberts.
Do not mix colors: Sacks recommends sticking close to the tone of your forehead or a lighter shade. "Brown tint just deposits color, so opting for a lighter shade helps keep depth under control – if you use a vegetable dye that I recommend," she adds.
Follow the instructions: "If you do this at home, just leave it on for five to seven minutes," says Sacks. "Be sure to use petroleum jelly around the circumference of your forehead so the paint doesn't stain or drip."
Do a patch test: Sacks recommends doing a patch test first if you have highly sensitive skin. Reactions are very rare, but it doesn't hurt to be careful.
Use a tinted brow gel instead: "I always recommend our Tinted Brow Gels ($ 22) to people who can't reach a pro," says Roberts. "They come in five different tones. With a simple stroke of your browbones, you can instantly lighten or darken your brows without using chemicals near your eyes."
If you can make it to the salon, the average price of eyebrow tinting can range from $ 20 to $ 40. When talking to your esthetician, Sacks recommends asking them what they think can be improved by looking at your forehead.
In general, when your hair is really dark, you want to get a shade or two lighter, "says Roberts." If your hair is really light, you'll want to go a shade or two deeper. "And don't freak out too much if your brows look too dark after the treatment. According to Sacks, it usually takes a few days for the color to soften.
Once you've tinted your browbones, you'll want to get your money's worth and make sure the treatment lasts. In general, you should avoid getting any products on your forehead that will fade the dye. Roberts recommends not washing your face with acidic cleansers as they can remove the color faster. If you use lightening skin care products, try to keep them away from your brows whenever possible.
"I also recommend using organic castor oil on your hair at night to nourish your forehead," adds Sacks. "Brows, like any other type of hair in our body, shed. If we moisturize and care for this area, it will promote rapid development and help new hair grow. So when you tint again, the effect is even more breathtaking. "