Tinting Eyelashes and Eyebrows
Tinting lashes and brows should be done by a licensed professional only. Hair tint can cause blindness. It is not something to play with. The FDA and cosmetologists warn against aniline dyes (that’s the kind you use for your hair) for tinting eyelashes and eyebrows.
The product that I saw in use, Roux Lash and Brow Tint, is not an aniline derived dye.
- The skin around the brows and lashes was protected by applying white petroleum jelly. The hairdresser was careful not to touch any of the hairs. The hair will not accept the tint if there is any petroleum jelly on it.
- Eyes closed, small cardboard protectors were placed under the eyelashes. A small amount of petroleum jelly was applied to the under side of the protectors to keep them in place.
- The kit included tiny applicators. An applicator was wrapped with a small amount of cotton and then was dipped into a solution marked #1 and applied to the hairs of the brows and lashes without touching the skin.
- It was allowed to dry about 3 minutes.
- A new applicator, wrapped in the same way, was dipped into a solution, marked #2, and applied to the eyebrows and lashes – keeping off the skin.
- The hair was allowed to dry about 1 minute.
- The eyelashes and eyebrows were washed with bland soap and water and rinsed well.
- I was informed that if the color was not deep enough, the process could be repeated.
- The kit included a stain remover to use in the event that any of the tint accidentally got on the skin.
The effect of the tinting was attractive although I thought it was most effective on the eyebrows. They were defined nicely and only needed a slight touch up with an eyebrow pencil to fill in areas where the hair was thin.
The eyelash hairs were dark instead of blond – a nice benefit for waking up in the morning or for swimming. What the tint did not do was make the lashes longer or thicker, something only mascara can do.
Overall, the procedure was fast and painless and did exactly what the advertising said it would do. It turned blond eyelashes and eyebrows dark. Let me remind you that, should you decide this is something that is right for you, visit a hairdresser or esthetician to have the best and safest application.
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