Let's Talk About Elleebana Brow Henna
Saturday, August 11, 2018
By Laura Trejo and Ex-Import Niche Products, Elleebana Australia
Owners of Elleebana, Otto and Zoe Mitter, have worked tirelessly on the formulation, testing, and launch of Elleenana Brow Henna and we are thrilled with their efforts. As we are observing the rollout of brow henna in the United States, we have seen questions arise along the way; common to most new products. Today, I would like to address some of the most common questions we have encountered and offer some insight and support. We are encouraging stylists to test the products on themselves. Be creative with color mixing (a drop of black is really assisting in the skin tint staying power) and work together with other professionals to navigate and implement the best processes. Elleebana Direct is here to help!
Here are some basic facts about Elleebana Brow Henna
- derived from the henna plant and tree
- please DO mix colors and customize shades for your clients.
- coats the brow hairs vs. penetrating the brow hair cortex and oxidizing the dye; leaving a fuller and deeply colored brow without the stress that comes with traditional dying.
- containing hydrolysed proteins, vitamin complex and anti-oxidants, help to strengthen and restore hair growth
- improves the natural condition of the eyebrow hair
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I get a longer lasting skin stain with Henna Brows?
Your skin regenerates daily, so it is always difficult to say how long a henna skin stain is going to last on a certain skin type in the brow area as our skin varies from individual.
Some clients have oily skin and some clients have dry skin and these conditions can affect the longevity of the skin stain.
We say anywhere from 2 – 14 days on the skin, using darker colours will give a more powerful and long lasting skin stain.
Leaving henna on for the full 20 – 30 mins and allowing it to dry completely can help give the best skin stain results. Always ensure the skin is thoroughly cleansed before hand
Lotions, sweat, hair products and anything else on the skin will be a barrier between the skin cells and henna causing a lighter henna stain. Make sure the skin is completely clean before applying henna. Wash the area with cleanser and Elleebana shampoo and please note: Self-tanning products, body butters, sunscreens and other really deep moisturizers can take a couple days to clear the skin cells. This will affect your henna stain.
Henna on the hair should last for many weeks and there is a good market of clients that say they feel henna lasts longer on the hair than some permanent brow tints. Elleebana Henna also contains nutrients to help restore hair growth and natural shape of the eyebrows.
What are the most popular mixing ratios?
There are many ratios that you can use with Elleebana Henna, that is what we love about it, you can come up with nearly any colour combination and customise for your clients’ needs.
Here’s some simple examples to create more of an ash tone:
Ash blonde – 10% black and 90% blonde
Ash light brown – 10% black and 90% light brown
Ash natural brown – 10% black and 90% natural brown
Adding Black or Dark Brown to your mix will really help achieve a longer lasting result and help to neutralize warmth. It is always going to depend on the base hair colour of your clients. Elleebana offers some really light colours for those clients that only want a subtle tint.
If my client doesn’t want any warmth how long can I leave a darker colour on without it going too dark?
This is always going to come down to the base hair color you are working on, the best thing to do is do as many different variations of skin tests on yourself as you can so you become familiar with the colour ratios and how dark they will get on the skin and hair. Generally, when henna is warm on some clients it cools shortly after the application anyway. You can apply some brow powder to tone the warmth in the meantime if required. Some clients do not have the problem of warmth with henna.
How long does it take for the true colour to come through?
On many clients the colour is perfect straight after the application, however, if there is some warmth it can cool down as quick as 10 minutes and on some clients, it can take an hour or two. It does depend on the colours used and the base hair colour of the client.
Can I tint lashes with henna?
NO – do not tint lashes with Elleebana Brow Henna. Please use professional lash tinting products for this procedure.
Does Elleebana Henna contain PPD?
Yes – most henna for eyebrows does contain a very small amount of P-Aminophenol, Phenylenediamine or Diamino-phenoxyethanol, and some people can have sensitivities to these ingredients. Their purpose is to give the henna a faster processing time, neutralize the warmth and give a longer lasting result. Without these ingredients they will not process fast enough and there would be no point in having this as a beauty treatment in a salon. The service would take too long and the results would not be sufficient.
How soon after an application can I tint over the top of a client’s brow with a darker henna colour?
You can apply a darker colour over the top straight away. Elleebana Brow henna is customisable and has a wide spectrum of colours going from Black to a very light Blonde, so you can mix a lot of the colours together, but you can also apply another layer over the top if you feel like you want a darker result.