A brow code tint is a semi-permanent eyebrow dye that can last between 4-6 weeks on average. The pigments are deposited into the hair follicle to change the color of your brows. It provides a natural looking, subtle color that defines the shape of the brows. Brow code tints gradually fade over time as the tinted hairs grow out. Factors like your hair type, skincare regimen, and exposure to elements impacts longevity. With proper aftercare, brow code tints can last up to 6 weeks.
How Long Does it Last?
On average, a brow code tint can last 4-6 weeks. However, there is some variation based on individual factors:
|Fine or sparse brows||3-4 weeks|
|Normal or thick brows||4-6 weeks|
|Coarse or dense brows||5-6 weeks|
As you can see, the finer and sparser the brows, the shorter time a brow tint will last. Those with thicker, denser brows will retain the color for longer. The dye has more hair to absorb into with a fuller brow shape.
Your skincare regimen also impacts longevity. Exfoliating the skin around the brows or using products with acids, retinols, or vitamin C can cause the tint to fade more quickly. Avoiding these types of products around the brows will help the tint last longer.
Sun exposure, swimming, sweating, and other environmental factors may cause the tint to fade faster as well. Being cautious about sun exposure and minimizing activities that cause a lot of sweating can extend the life of your brow tint.
Application technique also plays a role. When the tint is applied evenly and left on for the full development time, it will take longer to fade. A more concentrated application on the sparser areas of the brows helps too.
With proper aftercare and ideal application, even fine and sparse brows can retain a tint for 4-6 weeks. For best results, get your brows tinted by a professional technician.
What to Expect
When you first get your brows tinted, the results will look defined with a crisp, sharp color. Within 7-10 days, you’ll notice the boldness starting to soften as the tint oxidizes and blends with your natural brow color.
At the 2 week mark, the color will appear softer and more natural. You may start noticing some fading at the tail end of the brows as new hairs grow in.
Weeks 3-4, fading becomes more noticeable but the brows still retain some tint. Touch-ups can be done at this point if desired. By weeks 5-6, most of the tint will be gone and your natural brow color starts to show through.
This gradual fading prevents an obvious “regrowth” line. The tint slowly wears off over time for seamless results. Timing your appointments every 4-6 weeks will maintain your desired shade.
To get the most out of your brow tint and extend longevity:
– Exfoliate eyebrows the night before to remove any buildup. Do not exfoliate for 1 week after.
– Avoid sun exposure, swimming, sweating for first 48 hours.
– Do not wet brows for 24 hours post-tint.
– Avoid skincare products around brows for 1 week.
– No makeup or brow grooming for 24 hours.
– Use a sunscreen if going outside to protect from fading.
– Get touch ups every 4-6 weeks.
Following proper aftercare allows the tint to fully develop in the brows for maximize longevity. Being gentle with the skin and avoiding abrasive products is key. Over-grooming or picking at the brows can also shorten longevity. Let any dryness and flaking naturally exfoliate away.
Does Tinting Damage Brows?
When done correctly by a professional, tinting does not damage the brows. However, at-home kits can be risky if the wrong ingredients are used.
Here’s what to look for in a safe, effective brow tint:
|Vegetable dyes||Gentler alternative to PPD dyes|
|Glycerin||Keeps skin hydrated|
|Isopropyl alcohol||Helps dye penetrate|
Avoid kits with harsh ingredients like ammonia, parabens, peroxide or toluene. This can dry out and damage brow hairs. Opt for an organic vegetable dye like henna which is safer for brows. Always do a patch test before a full application.
Let a professional evaluate your brows first to determine if tinting is suitable. Those with infections, open wounds, recent microblading or sparse brows may not be good candidates. Tinting too often can dry out the hairs. But when done correctly every 4-6 weeks, tinting should not harm the brows.
Other Browing Enhancing Options
If you want to enhance your brows but aren’t sure about tinting, consider these alternatives:
|Microblading||Semi-permanent tattoo to fill and define brows|
|Microshading||Powder brow technique to mimic hair strokes|
|Eyebrow extensions||Individual synthetic hairs glued to brow hairs|
|Brow lamination||Chemical perm to set hairs in place|
These options create fuller, defined brows but require more maintenance than a simple tint. Take time to research the right technique for your brow goals. For a low-commitment option, start with brow tinting to enhance your natural shape.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to some common brow tinting questions:
How long before I can get them wet?
Avoid getting brows wet for 24 hours after your brow tint. No swimming, showering or washing your face during this time.
Does it damage or stain skin?
Quality vegetable dyes are formulated to only temporarily stain the brow hairs. They should wash away from the skin easily with no staining. Always do a patch test first.
Does it work on gray or blonde brows?
Yes, tinting can add subtle color to light or graying brows. But don’t expect dramatic results. Go 2 shades lighter than your natural hair color for best results.
Can I exercise after?
Avoid sweating excessively for 24-48 hours. Perspiration can cause the tint to run onto your skin. After 2 days, you can resume your normal activities.
When will I need a touch up?
Plan for touch ups every 4-6 weeks as the tint gradually fades. Time it so your next appointment is booked right as the color starts to noticeably fade.
With proper application and aftercare, a brow tint can last 4-6 weeks on average. Those with thicker, fuller brows will retain the color a bit longer. Avoiding sun, sweating, and exfoliating the brows extends longevity. For best results, keep brows tinted regularly every 4-6 weeks. When done correctly, semi-permanent tinting safely enhances brows for a completely natural look.