Looking to Tint Your Brows? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you’ve ever had your brows tinted, we can probably all agree that the service is nothing short of life-changing. In 10 to 15 minutes, sparse, patchy eyebrows are transformed into brows that would challenge even Brooke Shields’s iconic set. However, in recent years, eyebrow tinting has received a lot of criticism, and has even been banned in a few states.

What Does Eyebrow Tinting Do?

Eyebrow tinting is pretty self-explanatory: the treatment involves applying a gentle dye to your arches for about 10 to 15 minutes to make them a shade or two darker. For sparse brows, in particular, tinting works wonders at grabbing the lighter hairs to result in a fuller, more dramatic shape.

First the tint color is mixed to match the undertones of the client’s hair, then it’s applied to the brow area, sits for 10 minutes, and then it’s removed, and we wax after we tint to make sure we have the most hair to work with before shaping.”

Tinting will color teeny tiny hairs, so your brow hair is darker and more noticeable. “The service is especially impactful for blondes and redheads, but brunettes get amazing results too because it picks up all the baby hairs to give a fuller look, it’s really natural-looking so you don’t have to use brow enhancing products as much, if at all.”

Your fill-in method will be pretty low-key for a four to six week life span, during which time the tint will naturally fade to your original hue.

Is It Safe?

Technically, yes, but it really depends on what dye is used. The FDA currently has an Import Alert in effect for eyelash and eyebrow dyes containing coal tar colors, with studies indicating that such products can cause a severe health hazard with the possibility of permanent eye injury, including impaired sight and blindness. 

Most professional places use a professional vegetable-based dye, because it’s the safest thing to put close to the eyes. ​​Do not use store-bought hair color box kits to tint your brows — these dyes have ammonia in them and can be super dangerous, not only if they get into your eyes, but also if they get on the fragile, sensitive skin around the eye area.” 

Coal and tar and other chemicals are not safe around the eye orbital.  Anything you put on your eyes goes into your skin, it’s best to be extra safe with anything you put on the eye area. The cleaner, the better.”

Where Is the Service Currently Allowed?

If you live in California or Massachusetts, you’re out of luck; the service has officially been banned in those two states. Everywhere else, it’s a salon by salon basis. But regardless of where you get your eyebrows done, make sure to ask what ingredients the salon uses, get informed, and only go to salons that have very high standards.

That said, it’s always important to do your research before committing to the service, and if a salon seems shady or the prices appear too good to be true, go with your gut.

What’s the Best Way To Care For Your Eyebrows After Tinting?

According to professionals, it’s best to avoid applying facial serums and oils to the brow area as they remove the tint quicker. “Also, if you self-tan, coat your eyebrows with Aquaphor or Vaseline as it tends to get stuck in brows, and the tint can pick up warm tones.” 

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Everything You Need to Know About Microblading Your Eyebrows

Whether tweezers hit you hard in the ‘90s and the brow grow-back never happened, or you just don’t feel like filling in your eyebrows every morning, microblading can be an easy solution for full, perfectly groomed, natural-looking eyebrows.

But while the term “microblading” is fairly colloquial these days, the in-salon procedure (and what happens to your eyebrows after the fact) can still strike up a ton of confusion. What is eyebrow microblading, exactly? Does eyebrow microblading last forever? Will you end up with Instagram brows? The questions are endless.

What Is Eyebrow Microblading?

Unlike an eyebrow pencil that you wipe off at night before you go to sleep, eyebrow microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo procedure where a special handheld microblading eyebrow pen is used to draw on strokes that mimic the appearance of real brow hairs, Aava explains. While it’s a similar process to getting a tattoo, the ink that is used is far less concentrated than that of a regular tattoo and is specifically formulated for the microblading process.

Who Should Consider Microblading?

While there are thousands of eyebrow products on the market, those that tend to opt for microblading want fuller, natural-looking eyebrows but don’t want the hassle of filling them in every single morning, or the worry that the pigment won’t last all day. “If you benefit from a brow pencil, then you will benefit from microblading,” explains Aava.

However, if you are pregnant or have any medical contraindications, Aava says you should not microblade your eyebrows.

How Long Does Microblading Last?

Not forever, but way longer than your waterproof eyebrow gel, that’s for sure! In fact, according to Aava, microblading can last anywhere from one to three years, depending on your skin type, lifestyle, sun exposure, and the products that you use. However, touch-ups are commonly needed about once a year, especially for those with oily skin, as the ink tends to fade and blur faster.

What Happens During a Microblading Appointment? 

After the area is sanitized and numbed, Aava consults with the client on the eyebrow shape that will be drawn on. While you can bring in pictures like a haircut, Aava says that in order to create a true natural-looking brow, she likes to follow the direction of the natural brow hairs and takes into consideration the client’s face symmetry and age. She also consults with the client on the pigment of the ink, which she explains is chosen based off of the natural color of the brow hairs and the skin’s undertone.

Then, she moves onto drawing the strokes in using the microblading pen, which can take anywhere from 30-40 minutes, depending on the eyebrow area. After the eyebrows are finished, she applies an aftercare ointment to help healing and a follow-up appointment is scheduled for four to six weeks later. At this appointment, she is able to tweak the final result if needed.

What’s the After-Care Like When Microblading Your Eyebrows?

This isn’t a suggestion to take lightly, as it can have a direct impact on the brow look you end up with. To prevent blurring or fading, Aava suggests keeping them dry from water and sweat for a week or longer, and to refrain from wiping. She also recommends applying her ointment once a day to speed up healing.

Right after the treatment is done, the brows will be darker and slightly red, but the redness and the pigment will slightly fade in color as the brows heal. “Besides them being darker while healing there isn’t any major side effects,” says Aava. “Infection is always possible if you don’t take care of them and don’t follow proper aftercare. All the instruments are disposable in our office, so chances of infection happening is slim to none. Just choose your artist wisely.”

Do You Still Have to Use an Eyebrow Pencil After?

That’s up to your personal preference. “If you wish to add more to match more dramatic makeup, you are more than welcome to add more pencil,” says Aava. However, you should wait the recommended one week (or longer) before applying product.

Who Can Perform Microblading?

There’s not much regulation when it comes to microblading, so you truly have to use your best judgment, do very thorough research, read views, and check out photos of the salon and the artist’s work. You’ll also want to actually go into the salon to check out the facilities sanitation, as Aava says that’s where the chances of infection can increase.

It’s commonly offered at salons or specialty eyebrow boutiques, and microblading artists usually have to undergo some sort of training. For example, Aava is a cosmetic tattoo specialist, and many other microblading experts are also estheticians.

How Much Is Microblading Your Eyebrows?

Your geographical location, the artist’s skill level, and how much microblading actually needs to be done to your eyebrows can all impact the final cost of your procedure. It can range anywhere from $250 to $1,500. 

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