My worst hair disaster was dying it blonde when I was about 16. I really hated my natural brown colour back then and thought that blonde hair was glamorous and made me look cool. It took me a few years to figure out it didn’t. It actually washed me out. Worse, I never tinted my eyebrows. It is true that eyebrows should never match the exact colour of your hair, as that would look unnatural, but have to be one or two shades darker, but mine were a lot darker. You get it, it was not a good look.
I wish someone had told me that I should have tinted my eyebrows too (they only said that I looked better with my natural hair colour, but silly me didn’t listen), but instead not even the hairdresser that dyed my hair ever mentioned that (I don’t go there anymore). But I’ve learned my lesson and should I change my hair colour again one day, I will tint my brows too. There are also other instances in which eyebrows should be dyed and that’s if you start to see too many white hair in them, or their natural colour is so light as to be practically invisible to the naked eye. However, tinting your eyebrows is not legal everywhere.
The dangers of eyebrow dyes
Because some permanent eyebrows tints and dyes have been known to cause serious eye injuries, the FDA hasn’t approved any colour additives for them, so these products are technically illegal in the USA although many people buy them from the internet and lots of salons still offer this service. The FDA has also warned people against the dangers of using eyebrow dyes containing coal tar colours because, if they get in contact with the eyes they can cause severe irritations and even blindness.
However the FDA only has jurisdiction over the US, so these products can be legally purchased and used in the rest of the world. But why aren’t the European Union and other countries more concerned about these products if they are so dangerous? And what about the millions of people who regularly use them without experiencing any side effects? I believe that the safety of a product depends on the ingredients it contains and the way it is used.
Dyes with tar coal colours should be avoided at all costs. Looking polished isn’t worth losing your sight for. Instead, opt for products especially formulated for eyebrows that use vegetable dies. It may be tempting to use the same dye you use for your hair, but it could contain some ingredient that, although perfectly safe when used on your locks, may be dangerous if used around the eyes or ends up inside it. Vegetable dies are less likely to cause a negative reaction, but you should still use them with caution.
How to use eyebrow dyes
Always be very careful with application so as to avoid the product from getting into your eyes (although some of these products can be used to tint eyelashes too I wouldn’t recommend that because the risk of some of the dye getting into your eyes is greater). Do a patch test before using the product. The area around the eyes is very delicate, and testing the dye on a small area of skin will make sure that no adverse reaction occurs. In addition, it is essential that you carefully follow all the instructions provided by the kit and never leave the product on for longer than indicated.
It is also a good habit to dab some vaseline all around the brows to make sure that if any dye should end up on the skin, it won’t neither stain it nor irritate it. But even if you take all the right precautions, using these kits can be very messy. The dye may end up on, and stain, your sink or your clothes so wear something old, so you won’t care if it gets ruined. Or use tinting gels instead. They don’t work as well as dyes but are safer and less messy.
Do you tint your eyebrows?