HENNA BROWS • Aug 25, 2023

When Should You Opt For An Alternative To Henna Brows?

It is one of the most popular treatments on the menu of eyebrow salons. When should Henna Brows be discouraged, regardless of the client's preference? Learn about the distinctions between Henna Brows and Hybrid Brows, two coveted treatments in eyebrow salons.

By Desi van Dijk

As a professional, your priority is delivering top-notch service to your clients. Nonetheless, there may be instances when you need to steer clients away from Henna Brows, regardless of their preference. 

Luckily, there are fantastic alternatives like Hybrid Dye or Regular Dye. As the expert, it's essential not to let the client decide. Here, we present contraindications and three compelling reasons to recommend an alternative to Henna Brows.

1. Contraindications Henna Brows

  • Too Young: By law, a client must be at least 16 years old for Henna Brows. Although not much can go wrong, it is wise to adhere to this.

  • Oily Skin: Henna unfortunately disappears quite quickly from oily skin. You can recognize oily skin by its shine and coarse pores. You can feel free to use Brow Henna, but tell the client honestly that the print will not be very visible, or will come off within 2 days. The hair will indeed be able to be colored beautifully. The choice is then up to her whether or not to go for Henna Brows.

  • During pregnancy: Although it has not been proven to be harmful to the baby, as with regular hair dye, we do not recommend doing Henna Brows during pregnancy. The hormones make the skin extra sensitive and an allergic reaction during this time is extra annoying.

  • During Chemotherapy: Even though there is no evidence that Henna Brows can be harmful during this period, we still advise against it. Does a client really want it? If so, have her seek advice from her specialist.

  • Just before a sun vacation: We recommend avoiding direct sun exposure for the first 24 to 48 hours after eyebrow tinting. To reduce the risk of allergy, it is also better not to go into the sun at all while the henna is on the skin. Unless a high protection factor is used.

  • Allergic to henna or eyebrow dye: If there has been a previous allergy after applying eyebrow paint or a henna tattoo, brow henna should not be used.

In all of these scenarios, it is advisable to discourage clients from opting for Henna Brows. However, you have the opportunity to achieve flawless brows by shaping and enhancing them with top-notch brow pencils like the Pro Powder Brow Pencil or Micro Liner.

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2. Too Little Hair

For individuals with very thin or short eyebrows, using Brow Henna is not recommended. Henna requires existing hair for proper adherence to the skin. 

Moreover, it's critical to understand that Brow Henna does not lengthen or widen eyebrows. Suggest eyebrow makeup or PMU (permanent makeup) to create the illusion of fuller brows and achieve the desired outcome.

3. Too Blonde

Henna Brows are not ideal for women with very blond eyebrows or light skin. In such scenarios, henna brows can create an excessively harsh appearance. 

Moreover, light-colored hairs tend to be porous, resulting in undue absorption of the henna. Even the lightest shade, Honey, may appear excessively dark. Hybrid Dye is a suitable alternative in such cases, with the lightest shade, Oat, as an excellent option.

4. Too Full Brows

Henna Brows don't add significant value for a person already boasting naturally dark and full brows. The presence of numerous natural hair follicles may pose a challenge when applying henna onto the skin. 

In such cases, Mrs.Highbrow Hybrid Dye is a better alternative for tinting the hairs and providing slightly more intensity. Opt for shades like Choco, Espresso, or Midnight to accentuate the brows.

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5. The Customer Also Wants Brow Lamination

While both Brow Lamination and Henna Brows offer fantastic benefits separately, they work best as individual treatments. Here's why it's not recommended to combine the two:

  1. Different focal points: Brow Lamination is a treatment that focuses on lifting brow hairs to create a full, natural look. Henna Brows, on the other hand, emphasize the imprint on the skin, creating a sleek and defined brow shape. Because of the imprint, you can see less of the individual hairs, making it one. This can lead to an unnatural effect. Choose either treatment to achieve the most stunning and harmonious result. Both treatments have their own unique benefits.

  2. Different processes: Both Henna Brows and Brow Lamination are treatments that use chemical processes to achieve the desired result. Combining these two treatments can cause your eyebrows to become over-treated. This means the hairs get too much to endure, which does not benefit the health of your eyebrows. means that the hairs get too much to endure, which does not benefit the health of the eyebrows.

Henna Brows vs. Hybrid Brows

Hybrid Brows are similar to Henna Brows, but there are a few key differences. Want to read more about Hybrid Dye? Then read this blog post!

The biggest differences are in the following:

  • The effect. Hybrid Dye generally lasts 7 days on the skin and Brow Henna slightly longer.
  • The texture. Brow Henna is a powder that you mix with water or Treatment Enhancer. Hybrid Dye, unlike brow henna, has a gel texture and you mix it with Developer.
  • The colors. Hybrid Dye is generally perceived as slightly warmer, Brow Henna slightly cooler.

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