Naturally Dye Your Eyebrows With Henna
Quite often, the question “How do I henna my eyebrows?” arises. As a matter of fact, hennaing eyebrows is quite easy. Following is a very easy recipe on how to henna your eyebrows. Hennaing eyebrows takes some dedication, as eyebrows have a rapid growth/shed cycle. The frequency of applications vary from once every two weeks to once a month. First time hennaed brows can appear orange, however a repeat application can be done to deepen the colour if needed. It is best to henna when one doesn’t need to go out for a couple of days. Do not use harsh cleansers on your brows for 3 days after hennaing and protect and moisturize them with Henna After Care Balm, or shea butter.
What do I Need?
- 2 pieces of kitchen wrap 3″x1.5″
- Shea butter or Sweet Mimosa butter to adhere the kitchen wrap to your face.
- Henna of your choice (50/50 Fresh Moroccan Henna and Organic Amla Powder- Vanessa’s choice, great for cooler toned muted henna). Approximately 1 TBS of henna powder mixed with warm water should be sufficient. Indigo/Katam hair Dye and/or Organic Cassia Obovata Powder can be used to match henna glossed or henndigoed hair.
- Q-Tip or old mascara brush to apply henna.
*Henna Powder, Indigo, Katam and Cassia are all available at Henna Sooq.
Step 1: Prepare The Henna Paste
Since this henna paste is going to be used near the eye, it is recommended to keep the mixture on the thicker side to avoid drips. Use a little water and stir the paste until all the lumps have been smoothed out. If Organic Amla Powder is to be used, mix it in with the henna powder prior to adding the water. Allow the henna to release for the specified time for the henna chosen. If using Organic Cassia Obovata Powder, add it to the henna before dye release. Indigo Powder can be mixed and added to the henna paste to produce browns and burgundies. If you’ve just hennaed your hair and have left overs, proceed with the next step.
Step2: Prepare Your Brows for Hennaing
Wash your brows with a little clear face wash, clear shampoo, or wipe them well with alcohol wipes or witch hazel and allow them to dry. Apply Sweet Mimosa Butter, or shea butter around the brow area, approximately a half-inch strip around the brows, making sure to avoid the brows.
Step 3: Applying Henna Paste To Brows
While looking in the mirror, start off by applying henna to the brows with a q tip in the direction of the brows growth. Use tiny circular motions to spread the henna to the base of the eyebrow hairs. Repeat the process until there is a nice thick coat of henna, henndigo or henna gloss on the brows.
Step 4: Covering Hennaed Brows
Take a piece of kitchen wrap and gently place over the hennaed brow. Smooth the plastic around your brow to make sure it is ‘adhered’ to the skin, then gently press on the brow to remove any air bubbles around the henna. Repeat with the other brow.
Step 5 The Waiting Game.
Hennaing Brows and Timing. If you already henna your hair, use the same times on the brows. Some find that 2 hours is sufficient, while others need 4 hours. For those that henna overnight, it is best to do several shorter sessions until the colour builds up to how you want it.
Step 6: Removing Henna Paste.
To Remove the henna paste, simply peel off the kitchen wrap and wash brows with warm water. Pat dry and apply shea butter, Sweet Mimosa Butter or Henna After Care Balm to the brows before getting the brows wet.
Yemeni on Brows, Courtesy of ‘Rach’ from LHC