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Henna brow tinting has become a popular treatment in the professional eyebrow shaping market, thanks to its perception as a natural, safe and long-lasting option to traditional tinting. But does it live up to all the hype?

Henna has been used to dye hair and skin for hundreds of years, particularly in the East. In fact, when I was a child I would see relatives using henna not only for patterns on the hands but also to dye their hair and eyebrows.

During my time in the beauty industry, I have seen people toy with the idea of using it as a ‘natural’ alternative to hair dye, especially for those who were allergic to dyes. Back then henna only came in one colour and turned orange over time, so it didn’t really take off and black henna contained PPD which is the ingredient found in hair dye which people generally have the reaction to. I came across it in a big way when I was working in Russia, around five years ago.

I saw that henna was a popular eyebrow treatment there with an array of colour choices from light blonde to black. It was being sold as a treatment that dyed the hair and stained the skin to look like brow shadow and lasted up to two weeks. However, when I started trialling it myself I found that it really wasn’t living up to these claims.

How Long Does A Henna Brow Treatment Last?

Henna brow treatments often claim to stain the skin for up to two weeks and dye the hair up to six weeks. Personally I have not seen this longevity of the result. The henna brow treatments I tried all stayed on the skin for approximately four days max as the stained skin exfoliates away. Clients would really have to not wash or cleanse the area to make it last longer. It also didn’t really do the job of looking like brow makeup, such as brow pencils or powder. It looked great on some but awful if clients had porous or dry skin. I did find that henna dye lasted on the actual hairs for around the same time as eyebrow dye. However, this can vary depending on the products you use because some tint dyes are more permanent, rather than semi-permanent.

What Are Other Problems With Henna Tinting? I find henna a difficult product to use and perfect, so there is little room for error. The application has to be the perfect shape the client is looking for as you can not remove any stains easily from the skin.

The result is reliant on skin texture as it doesn’t even out any imperfections so often comes out looking uneven. This is particularly a problem for anyone with sparse hairs, dry, oily or porous skin. Because of this, it is really hard to make it look like an eyebrow pencil or shadow which would sit on top of the skin and cover all these imperfections. Even the new generation of Henna brow dyes tend to change colour a little as they fade, becoming a bit orangey – and I’ve found this to be the case regardless of the brand or colour that I use. The only time this doesn’t seem to happen is with black henna dyes which don’t seem to warm up as it fades.

However, clients need to be aware black henna dyes contain a chemical called PPD (paraphenylenediamine) an ingredient contained in hair dyes, which can be dangerous and requires a patch test.

The Benefits Of Henna Brows While henna may not be the right brow treatment for everyone, it can give you a nice shape and definition to the right skin and hair type. It is a good solution for people who struggle to design and fill in their brows as it gives them a base shape to follow. It is especially good for clients with little or no hair on their brows. I actually used it when I had clients considering microblading as they could live with a ‘brow shadow’ for a few days to see if they like the shape. I find henna suits clients with fine fluffy hairs the best. And the lighter colours contain no PPD. Henna can be a good choice for people with old permanent makeup or tattooed eyebrows that have changed colour. Henna can temporarily ‘freshen’ the brow colour up for a little bit longer.

Alternatives To Henna Brows Makeup is the perfect temporary alternative to Henna. If you’re looking for an easy way to enhance your brows, the products in the Lavoomsalon shop can give you the brow shape and definition you desire, without the commitment of henna tinting. Check out our video tutorials for step-by-step instructions on how to get the thicker, fluffier brow look, without any long-term treatments. Brow pencils, pomades and powders are perfect for filling in the shape.

Brow Pro Create different looks, from hair strokes to shading, with the long-lasting Brow Pro. For budge-proof makeup dab, some Brow Fix over the makeup to make it waterproof and smudge-proof. Coloured brow mascaras are perfect for temporarily coating hairs with colour. Coat each hair with waterproof colour and set it into place with the Brow Colour Boost. Hair-like fibres add volume for a fuller brow. A more permanent alternative is to have microblading or semi-permanent make up which are both forms of brow tattooing.


  • Make sure you paint the henna on perfectly and protect any surrounding skin with a Vaseline based barrier

  • Choose the correct colour

  • Perform a patch test as a colour containing PPD may have to be mixed into your lighter colour for tone

  • Remove henna from the bulb area sooner to avoid a blocky hard look

  • Use brow fix after the treatment daily to seal in colour and make the result last longer

  • Use your henna as a template to practice your makeup application over the top. The more you practice the quicker you will familiarise yourself with the shape and designing your brow makeup will be easier.


  • Fake tan a week before or directly after

  • Have it done the day before an important event

  • Use harsh cleaning products or products with retinol in it around the brow area. These products exfoliate the skin and will remove the henna faster.



EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BRAZILIAN WAXING People have different stands when it comes to hair on their bodies. Things like “No Shave November” is there for those who love facial hair. However, some people get irritated by any hair that grows below their eyes. In particular, Brazilian Waxing is the removal of hair (mostly around the pubic area) with special wax which ensures that no hair is left behind. After a Brazilian Waxing session you will be bald as a newborn baby. Or rather like a plucked chicken. But it’s all good, who wants hair on her most intimate part anyway? Brazilian waxing is mostly famous among women than men. But this doesn’t mean that men should shy off from getting waxed. Nothing can go wrong with smooth and silky skin. Basic things you need to know about Brazilian waxing: IT GETS BETTER WITH TIME Waxing is all about plucking hair from its hair follicles. Well, whoever said that beauty is pain, there was a high chance he/she was about to get a bikini wax. The procedure is painful but all for a worthy course and, it gets better with time. If you get a bikini wax regularly your hair follicle becomes weak and this means that it won’t hurt that much when the hair is plucked. It is recommended that you get a bikini wax at least once every 3 weeks. HAVE IT GROW TO THE RIGHT SIZE For your hair to be waxed effectively it has to be no less than ¼ of an inch and no more than ½ of an inch. If your hair is then than ¼ of an inch you will be asked to go back home and have the hair grow to the right size. To most people especially if it is the first time it can get pretty awkward. I mean, you will have to get naked spread out your legs good to have the area around the labia waxed as well as the butt cheeks. As weird and awkward as it might get, always have in mind that the person attending to you is a professional and most probably have seen way a lot more. TAKE A SHOWER This is obvious, but worth being reminded of anyway. Before going for a bikini wax see to it that you take a shower. For reasons known best by all of us on this particular day thoroughly clean the area to be waxed. AVOID SEX OR ANY WORKOUT The skin around the waxed area gets very sensitive after the procedure. For this reason, it is recommended that one should abstain from sex for at least 36 hours to allow time for the skin to heal. You should also not engage in any vigorous activities that will make you sweaty down there. Also, wear loose clothes a skirt will do the trick and some not so tight underwear. THE TIME OF THE MONTHMATTERS Don’t book an appointment for a bikini wax when you are just a week to your periods. During this time, the skin is very sensitive and will make the whole procedure uncomfortable and very painful. WHY ASTRA MEDISPA IS THE BEST PLACE TO GET A BRAZILIAN WAX? At Lavoom, we offer the best Brazilian Waxing in Calgary. Our staffs have years of experience and we find pride in giving our clients what they want. Book an appointment with us and you won’t be disappointed

A lash lift and tint provide amazing and absolutely stunning results. The lash lift and tint really help for your eyelashes to be put to their full potential and shown off as they should be. An eyelash lift is like a perm for your eyelashes and it brings out the real beauty in your eyes and shows off the long luscious eyelashes that you have naturally!! These services are extremely relaxing and pampering. An eyelash lift is most commonly paired with an eyelash tint to enhance the defining effect and colour your lashes to make them darker providing a deeper pop. Overall this service’s results are amazing and make your eyelashes look longer, fuller and more defined. It also makes your eyes look larger and makes your whole face look uplifted!

Eyelash lifts and tints typically take about 60 minutes to complete and you will be left with beautiful lashes for 6-8 weeks. No more having to accidentally rip your eyelashes out with an eyelash curler or having mascara fallout on your face by the end of the day. You wake up and you are beautiful and ready for the day with your new and improved eyelashes with an eyelash lift and tint! These services will make a wonderful gift for your loved one as anyone can have it done. There is no downtime and it looks so natural.

The eyelash lift and tint is such an amazing and affordable service. The lash lift and tint will make you feel like a brand new woman and feel more beautiful. You will look more alive and your eyes will look larger. Book your Eyelash Lift and Tint here or visit Lavoom Salon Calgary, Alberta. We look forward to seeing you and providing you with your dream lashes while keeping it all natural!!

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Some Simple Tips for makeup and cosmetics

Great eyebrows can make an individual’s confidence soar. While a handful of clients walk through a spa’s doors with a clear idea of how they want their eyebrows to look, most clients are expecting the professional to provide direction on shape and shade, which makes perfect sense if you think about it. After all, we’re the experts, right? But, what if eyebrows are an add-on to the services you offer and not your primary focus? It can be intimidating to know clients are literally placing their eyebrows in your hands. 


With the following three-step best eyebrows blueprint, allow me to make the process of selecting the perfect shape and shade for your clients infinitely easier. 



This is the first step in landing on a great eyebrow look, so take your time with this. There are five core face shapes, each with their own characteristics:

  • Heart: The chin is pointed and the forehead is the widest part of the face.

  • Oval: The face is balanced, with very little width difference between the forehead and chin.

  • Rectangle or Oblong: The face is longer than it is wide.

  • Square: The face is basically as wide as it is long and the jaw is slightly angled.

  • Round: The cheekbones are the widest part of the face and the chin is curved.


While this is not written in stone, you and your client may want to tweak and customize based on how lush or sparse their existing eyebrows are and the image they want to project. These are what I generally consider to be the most flattering eyebrow shapes for each type of face:

Heart: A slightly rounded arch.

A low arch will create a more natural look and a higher arch will elongate a shorter face.
Oval: A soft, angled arch that shoots straight up at 45 degrees, then gently curves down.
Rectangle or Oblong: A soft arch, with a wide distance between the eyebrows. Ideally, eyebrows will not exceed the inner corner of the eye.
Angular, with a lifted arch and lengthened tail, which will help balance the face.

Go with more of an arched look, rather than rounded. Adding a defined arch instantly gives a lifted, more elongated look, which can be really beautiful.



Subtle shading enhances every eyebrow, even the most full and lush. But, since it isn’t always easy to know which eyebrow colour will be the most flattering for a client, I’ll share this incredibly easy insider tip: match it to the client’s hair roots. This will all but guarantee a flattering effect, lending just the right amount of definition and polish. Another insider tip is to shade with a dark brown and not a black pencil if the client’s eyebrows are black. The black on black will most likely be too dark. If a client is a blonde, however, you’ll most likely want to go a shade darker than their roots. This will avoid the washed-out effect that no client wants and add some visual pop and impact. This is, however, the preference of the client, so it’s important to ask.


See how easy it is to select the right shape and shade for your clients? Now get out there and create some serious eyebrow magic.

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