Eyebrows have an incredibly powerful impact on your overall look. So, the ultimate question for ladies who dye their hair is: Should I dye my eyebrows? The answer depends on how dramatic your new color is and your natural eyebrow color.
Your brows and your hair must work together to create one cohesive and natural look. You wouldn’t want to have bleach blonde hair and jet-black eyebrows. Off-matching hair and brow colors is the most obvious sign of faux hair color. So, if you color your hair, you might want to consider tinting your eyebrows too. It MUST be done carefully and we recommend going to a professional. Find a brow specialist that could help you with temporary or permanent brow dyes.
A general rule of thumb you could stick to is if your hair is light then try to keep your brows one shade darker. If your hair is dark then keep them one shade lighter. You don’t want your brows and hair to match exactly because that doesn’t happen naturally either.
Pro Tip: If you don’t want to dye your brows but you want your brows to have a more natural look with your dyed hair, simply grab some eye shadow or a pencil and color them!
The Best Brows for Your Hair Color
Blondes and Eyebrows
People tend to feel better about themselves when they can see their eyebrows. But some natural blondes have very fair eyebrow shades. If you have ultra-light hair then you might want to darken your brows to help frame your face and enhance your eye color. If your brows are too dark for your lighter tresses then opt for a more golden blonde brow color to warm everything up.
Bleached brows are not for every day life. Although they can be bold on supermodels and those with that edgy look who actually choose to have dark eyebrows and blonde hair, they are far from natural. Keep them light but noticeable.
Brunette Hair with Eyebrows
If you’re dying your hair from blonde to brunette then we recommend you darkening your brows too. If your brows are already darker than your hair then skip the brow appointment. It is natural for your brows to be darker than your hair. The cooler your brown hair, the darker your brows can be. If you want to soften angular features or fine lines with your face shape then a slight lighter tone is fine.
If you have a ‘dirty blonde’/light brown color then try to go just one shade darker. If you’re going to use a pencil, you will want to pick up two, a lighter shade and a darker shade. Sweep the lighter shade all over the brows first then go back and draw individual brow strokes in upward motions with the darker shade.
Redhead Hair Color Brows
If you’re a natural redhead, then you probably don’t have to worry about dying your eyebrows. However, when it doubt, go darker. If you have burgundy or pumpkin in your hair then slight hints of copper shades are great but if you have a cool red hue then dark, rich brows are better.
Black Hair Eyebrows
If you are dying your hair black or you were born with the raven color, then your choice is simple: match black with black. Keep warm colors like reddish brown out of the equation because mixing the two will read orange in other people’s perspectives. A slight gray with no brown is a great choice and looks great on Asians and African American women.
How to Darken Your Eyebrows with Hair Dye
Dying your brows might be the best option, especially if you’ve had a dramatic color change or you have very light brows naturally.
Important tips before dying your eyebrows with hair dye:
- Opt for something in the ash family to prevent your brows from turning gold or red.
- Use a non-permanent dye. Permanent dyes often come out too dark and look fake.
- Consider using a beard dye or finding dyes specifically for eyebrows
- Be aware of the risks!
- Hair dye can cause irritation or damage around your eyes because the skin is very sensitive.
- Keep some sterile eye solution nearby incase you get dye in your hair.
- Spot test the dye on your skin
If you’re not very good with this kind of stuff, call a friend or family member to help you dye your brows. Now that you’re ready to dye those brows a shade darker, here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Start with clean eyebrows. Gently scrub your face and eyebrows with soap to remove oil and dirt.
Step 2: Outline your brow using a q-tip with petroleum jelly. Do not get any on the eyebrow. This will help prevent dye from dripping down into your eyes. Safety first!
Step 3: Use a clean mascara wand (washed and dried) or a spoolie is good to comb out your brows.
Step 4: Use the same mascara wand to apply a heavy amount of hair dye to the inside half of the brow. The inside of the brow is thicker and fuller and often needs a few more minutes to process.
Step 5: After 1-2 minutes, go over the rest of your eyebrow with the hair dye. Make sure that you didn’t miss any spots and that the dye is evenly and thoroughly applied.
Step 6: After 3-5 minutes, use a dry cotton swap to remove the hair dye from your eyebrows. Although you can wait the recommended 7-15 minutes (depending on the box), doing this in shorter increments will prevent your brows from being darker than you wanted.
Step 7: Check your brows in the mirror to make sure you didn’t miss any spots. If you did, you can simply go back and spot-dye it. Do not dye your eyebrows more than 3 times in one session.
“You must never underestimate the power of an eyebrow.” – Jack Black