Henna Brows + Lashes

Have you seen the new beauty trend Henna Brows and lashes? It’s likely you have, even if you didn’t realise. Plenty of celebrities and influencers these days are getting this beauty treatment for many reasons. 

V for Hair and Beauty - Brow-Henna-Merivale Christchurch

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. It was originally used in hot 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. As Henna tint is a natural plant pigment from the Henna tree making it perfect for sensitive skin types. It also makes your brows and lashes just as defined as normal tint and eyebrow makeup and if you don’t like them, have no fear, they are only semi-permanent!

According to our beauty therapists in store, Henna tint lasts between 2-3 weeks for your eyebrows and between 5-7 weeks for your eyelashes. Of course, these generalizations can sometimes be different from person to person. Factors that can alter the amount of time your Henna tint lasts include; how much you wash your face, your skincare routine and personal skin type, and how much makeup you wear on top of your tint. Of course, when using Henna tint there is ultimately no need for eyebrow makeup or mascara as Henna looks very beautiful and gives off the impression that you are wearing makeup without the extra cost or hassle. It saves so much time getting ready in the morning.

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.

In the 90’s celebrities like Madonna, Gwen Stefani and Liv Tyler adopted the ancient tradition of body decoration using the Henna technique and the world quickly paid attention. Soon the Henna tattoo, hand and foot decorations became a popular method of self-expression for the western world and soon the adaptation of skin staining for the brow area was developed.

Traditional wedding body art henna

How is Henna different to regular tinting?

Henna is the perfect way to go for anyone looking for more natural beauty treatments as it is chemical free and it’s completely plant based. Regular eyelash and eyebrow tinting involves chemicals, but if you opt for Henna you massively reduce the risk of any side effects due to exposure from these chemicals. Often people with skin conditions and problems find Henna tint a lot more accommodating to their skin over regular chemical tint. 

Another advantage of using a Henna plant-based tint is that it lasts longer than regular tint. Similar to other plant products such as turmeric and beetroot, Henna almost leaves a similar permanent stain on your skin. This is because Henna dye contains the molecule “lawsone.” Lawsone binds to your skin’s keratin proteins, meaning that the Henna is now in a way semi-permanently bonded to your skin. The dye will remain on your skin until that layer of skin has been shed. This way your brows and lashes are looking on point and fuller for longer.

V for Hair and Beauty - Henna brows before and after
Before and after using light brown & natural brown henna blend.

Face shape & Brow shape

Determining our clients face shape is the first step to creating the most beautiful eyebrows. Not all faces are the same and correcting a brow shape can completely alter the appearance of a client, offering symmetry and style.


Oval Face Shape

An Oval face shape is identified by a face that gracefully tapers towards the chin with a wider forehead and prominent cheekbones. Our goal here is to complement this face shape and this is generally with a soft angled eyebrow shape. Nothing too hard or angular.


Round Face Shape

A Round face shape is evident when the face width and length is almost the same from forehead to chin area with a slight increase in width at the cheek areas. Your beauty stylist’s goal here is to make the face shape appear less round and the face shape longer. A high arched brow accomplishes this look, staying away from a rounded brow shape. 


Heart shape face

A Heart face strongly tapers towards the chin with the forehead sometimes being a prominent feature. Ideally, you would want to soften your clients look with curves and create a beautiful heart shape using the point of the chin as the heart bottom and the brows as the top of the heart. Ideally, your therapist will aim to create a low, arched, round shaped brow as it adds a natural look, however if the length of the face shape is short, you might like to heighten the arch a little.


Long Face Shape

A Long face shape has an elongated definition from forehead to chin. Our ideal goal is to aid in making the face appear shorter, and you can create this by using straight or horizontal shaped brows, and reducing the attention brought to the forehead region.


Square Face shape

The Square face is defined as having your forehead, cheekbones and jawline almost the same width and a square or boney jawline as the prominent feature. Generally, a thicker stronger colour and shape balances the heavier jawline. A defined sharp peak at the top of the brow makes the brow appear stronger. 

Aftercare Advice:

  • Do not use strong eye make-up removers on the treated areas for at least 48 hours as they may strip the colour – Please note that oil based makeup 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 on the brows for the first 24 hours.
  • 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.
Henna Eyebrow Tinting before and after
After henna using natural brown

Points to consider:

With the tint, we use a traditional dye and peroxide mixture which 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, regular tint lasts up to 4 weeks on the hair, Henna can last 6-7 weeks on the hair.

Henna Brows
At V For Hair and Beauty we take great care to get your eyebrow shape to suit your face shape. Clients are always welcome to have a complementary consultation to discuss your individual needs.

How do I know if I want to book regular tint or Henna?

If you are someone who does not normally wear any brow/lash cosmetics (or very little) and prefers a subtler look, 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 Henna.

If I want Henna, does it matter whether I book regular tint or Henna?

Yes!! It does matter. In terms of length of service, these are not interchangeable as the Henna service takes our therapists longer. Please be sure to select the correct service when booking. If unsure, we recommend coming in-store for a consultation on what would be best for you.