Elleebana Brow Henna: The Next Generation in Eyebrow Tinting

I am super pleased to announce that Brow Henna is now available at Studio Femme! Your destination for all things LASH + BROW.

Eyebrows have always been the highlight of the face – the most expressive feature that allows us to drastically improve our appearance. Both men and women know the benefits of a professionally groomed and complimentary eyebrow.

What is Henna?

Henna is not a new product to the world. The art of henna or known to the Hindu people as Mehndi has been a method of body design for over 5,000 years. Originally used in hot or desert countries such as the Middle East, India and Africa as a method of cooling down their bodies as the Henna plant contains natural cooling properties. Henna was also a well-known method of dying fabrics such as silks, wool and leather.

The Henna plant (Lawsonia Inermis), also referred to as the Henna Tree, Mignonette Tree, the Hina or the Egyptian Privet, is a flowering plant that grows near 15 feet high. Henna grown in hot climates contains more dye pigment and produces the best quality henna when grown in a 45-degree Celsius + environment. The stain that is achievable from a good quality henna sourced from hot and dry climates will stain the skin the darkest and last the longest.

Henna Tradition

Henna is traditionally used for special occasions like weddings in Africa, Pakistan, India, and the Middle East. The most popular of the traditions is the Mehndi Night where the bride, her family, relatives and friends get together to celebrate the impending wedding. During these celebrations, the bride has extensive henna patterns painted on her feet and hands. The bridal patterns can take hours and are often done by multiple artists.

Tradition holds that for as long as the henna stain appears on the bride, she doesn’t have to do any housework! Also, the darker the stain the better the marriage and the better the mother-in-law will be! So, you can imagine why the bride would want the stain to come out dark and last as long as possible!

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How is henna different to tinting?

Aside from being a naturally derived product Henna does not require an oxidizing agent to penetrate the cortex and deposit colour into the hair.

Instead Henna acts to coat the hair with the colour, smoothing the outer layers of the brow hairs giving the appearance of thicker and darker hair.

Before and after using light brown & natural brown henna blend.

Before and after using light brown & natural brown henna blend.

Studio Femme uses only the best products. Our Henna of choice is Elleebana Eyebrow Henna and is a natural based product that has not been tested on animals and is classed as vegan as it does not contain animal bi-products.

The product is mixed without the need for a hydrogen peroxide and contains no ammonia making this a wonderful natural alternative to regular eyebrow tinting.
Elleebana Brow Henna has the following ingredients that help to nourish your brows.

• D PANTHENOL (Pro-vitamin B5) is a moisture booster and encourages hydration deeper into the hair.
• VITAMIN E & ANTIOXIDANT properties to support healthy skin.
• ALOE VERA Aloe Vera has high protein, vitamins and mineral content which helps to nourish skin and hair and offers a smoothing and shiny result.

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What is the difference between Eyebrow Henna and Eyebrow Tint on your menu?
With the Tint, I use a traditional dye and peroxide mixture and it is designed to only tint the hairs, not the skin. Henna will not only dye the hairs but will leave a stain (for approx. up to 2 weeks) on the skin behind the brow, giving the brow a fuller and filled in look. In terms of longevity, Tint lasts up to 4 weeks on the hair, Henna can last 6-7 weeks on the hair.

How do I know which one I might want to book?
If you are someone who does not normally wear any brow cosmetics (or very little) and prefers a subtler look to your brows, then start with the Eyebrow Tint.
If you are accustomed to a very defined and filled in eyebrow and like a richer colour, go with the Eyebrow Henna.

A Patch Test is recommended for the first time using Henna.

Can Henna be used on the lashes as well?
No, Henna is not safe or suitable for lashes. But fret not, we have awesome lash tint for that!

If I want Henna, does it matter whether I book Eyebrow Tint or Eyebrow Henna?
YES!!!! It DOES matter. In terms of length of service, these are not interchangeable. The Henna service takes longer. So please be sure to select the correct service when booking.

Aftercare Advice

  • Do not use strong eye make-up removers for 48 hours as they may strip the colour – Please note that oil based make up remover can cause the henna stain to fade faster

  • Do not rub, pull or pick at the area treated.

  • Do not allow shampoo or conditioner to on the brows for the first 24 hours.

  • You will want to go easy with your eyebrows when cleansing to extend the life of the stain on the skin. Obviously, if you scrub, peel etc at that area, the stain behind the brow is going to disappear much faster. Also exercise caution when applying any type of skin care products containing exfoliators (topical acne medications, retinol, lightening products, alpha hydroxy acids, etc) Keep all these away from the brows as they will strip them of their colour.

  • Avoid heat treatments/facials that involve steaming for 24 hours.

  • Avoid sunbathing for 24 hours, as this can cause the henna to fade or lighten

  • Avoid swimming/saunas for at least 24 hours after your treatment.

  • Exposure to the sun/UV lights for long periods can cause the henna stain to fade quicker.

  • If any irritation occurs, apply a clean cold wet pad to the eye area or contact a doctor.