Eyebrow tinting has become a common beauty trend as many prefer dyeing their eyebrows rather than doing makeup every morning or micro-needling. It lasts longer and it’s stress-free.
Your eyebrow tint can last anywhere from two to six weeks however, it can last longer depending on many factors including natural hair growth and aftercare practices such as staying clear of direct sunlight and avoiding strong facial products.
Learn more about eyebrow tinting, factors that affect its longevity, and what more you can do to make the dye last longer, right below.
What Determines how Long Eyebrow Tinting Lasts
We’ve established that a good timeline is between two to six weeks. However, more factors affect longevity starting with where you do your tinting. Home DIY is okay, but it’s not great, hence why experts recommend salon treatments. Professional aestheticians can work on your eyebrows the best way that serves you.
If you want your tint to last even past six weeks to the eight weeks before treatments, here are more factors to consider;
- Type of dye used
- Sun exposure
- Rate of hair growth
- Beauty products used on your face
- Facial care
Type of Eyebrow Dye
There’s a wide variety of eyebrow dyes in the market. Different manufacturers, natural, semi-permanent hair dyes, plus many other options. All these dyes have different stay periods where store-bought chemical dyes take a shorter time while natural solutions such as henna may last longer.
Moreover, the type of shade of eyebrow tint can also influence the time. Most tints will just be in two varieties, mainly brown which stay about a month or so until it’s all faded. Deeper, wider shades such as black and auburn will stay longer as they are harsher than brown and would take more time to fade from your eyebrows.
Lastly, there are vegetable-based dyes and semi-permanent dyes. Both are store-bought but semi-permanent dyes last longer as they’re primarily meant for the hair rather than your eyebrows. Besides the downsides of using hair dye on your eyebrows, using the hair dye can extend treatment gaps to up to eight weeks as opposed to six weeks on eyebrow tints.
In summary, lighter eyebrow shades last shorter than darker shades where chemical dyes will last longer, especially the semi-permanent kind.
The sun can affect eyebrow tinting by causing it to fade faster than usual. UV rays from the sun break up the chemical bonds in your eyebrow tint causing them to weaken and fade faster than normal. With such an effect on your tint, it’s best to stay clear from the sun.
You would have to cover your eyebrows under a hat to avoid direct exposure to the sun. Alternatively, you can put on sunscreen with at least SPF 50 to redirect those harmful UV rays from the sun.
Without these efforts, your tint would be faded in less than a month combined with the many times you cleanse your face.
Rate of Eyebrow Hair Growth
Your eyebrows grow much slower than any other hair region including the scalp and pubic regions such as the armpits. While hair on your scalp flows at a rate of a quarter to half an inch every month, the rate of growth of eyebrows is about 0.14 mm per day. With increasing age, it can go up to 0.16 mm every day.
This means in a month, your hair would have grown about 4mm only which means you’re tint wouldn’t have outgrown itself yet. Hence why your eyebrow tint can last up to six weeks and a maximum of two months.
As for those of you who pluck or wax your eyebrows, your rate of growth is affected in that it will grow faster or much slower. Both techniques cause the hair to regrow again which could take them longer to outgrow the tint, which means an additional two weeks.
On average, according to your eyebrow growth rate, your hair should have outgrown itself in six to eight weeks for a full cycle of growth. However, that’s just in theory and other factors could affect your rate of eyebrow growth.
Beauty Products Used on Your Face
Beauty products have different effects on your skin and facial hair. For example, some toners have cleansing, lightening, and brightening effects on your face and consequently on your eyebrow tint, causing it to fade faster.
Moreover, there are face lotions with strong ingredients that could affect how long or short the tint remains on your face. Those with alcohol will cause dryness and loss of shine in your eyebrows, those with moisturizing ingredients can cause your eyebrows to pop, while those with strong acidic elements can cause the tint to wear off.
Stay clear from products used for acne or have aha and BHA properties. These have strong chemicals that will not only cause sensitivity to your eyebrows but cause them to fade faster than usual.
Luckily, there are recommended beauty products you can use to extend the lifespan of your tint. One, a good sunscreen with high SPF and calming ingredients such as lactic acid and niacinamide. With your facial products, avoid excessive oily products or oil cleansers as they too can easily fade the tint.
How you take care of your tint in terms of keeping the area clean and free from unnecessary products goes a long way. Some facial tips you could use include;
- Wash your face and eyebrow area twice a day to keep dirt and residue away.
- Keep the eyebrows moisturized at all times. Dye is very dehydrating and as long as it’s left on your eyebrows you have to keep it moist.
- Don’t add on additional makeup over the tint as it could be irritating.
Get more of these great tips on aftercare in the next section.
Eyebrow Tint Aftercare to Make It Last Longer
Below are a few tips you can use to keep the tint in longer;
- Keep your eyebrows dry for at least 12 to 24 hours after the tinting treatment. Meaning, don’t wash, cleanse, or treat the face to any beauty product including exfoliators and unnecessary serums.
- Avoid using oil-based skincare products as they can easily fade the tint on your eyebrows compared to water-based products. Instead go for gel, foam, or cream-based cleansers whenever you’re washing off makeup or just cleaning the face.
- Cover your eyebrows with a hat to avoid direct sun exposure. This also means you should put in sunscreen coating the whole eyebrow.
- Avoid rubbing the eye area often as this causes friction and rubbing off of the tint. This also means that you avoid bringing over your eyebrows every so often as you would when you applied makeup every day.
- You could opt for a darker brow tint as it will take longer to fade than lighter brown shades.
- Use a good eyebrow dye and if unsure, go to the salon or to a professional to have it done.
- Don’t over-groom your eyebrows. Meaning, don’t go plucking or waxing all the time.
- Don’t opt for henna. Vegetable dyes will last longer than henna and offer much better results not to mention are safer than henna-based dyes that could burn your skin.
- Protect your eyebrows with a little bit of castor oil and avoid using facial products that have alcohol in them.
- If redness or irritation occurs, apply a cool damp cotton compress to the eye area. If symptoms persist for more than 24 hours, seek medical advice.
- Do not apply makeup or mascara to lashes or receive any other eye treatments for at least 24 hours after the lash or brow tinting treatment.
- Use quality tint kits such as Godefroy pro hair color kit
These are just but basic instructions you will be given by your beautician after the treatment is done.