Brow Tinting: What Is It and What Are the Costs?

Emily LaCroix

If you aren't familiar with brow tinting, don't worry; it’s fairly new to the eyebrow world. Eyebrow tinting started picking up popularity in 2012 and has been growing exponentially ever since. The main purpose of eyebrow tint is to provide an alternative for anyone who doesn't like filling their brows daily. Of course, microblading is an option, but not everyone feels comfortable with it.

Here at TatBrow, we know life is hard enough; you shouldn't have to deal with your brows too! For many, filling in their eyebrows can feel like an impossible art to master, and they often come out looking different from each other. 

If you're tired of dealing with your brows daily and want a more permanent (pain-free) way to get them looking on point for all your life's endeavors, then maybe brow tint is just what you need! 

What Exactly Is Eyebrow Tint?

There are tons of misconceptions as to what eyebrow tint is made out of. Most eyebrow tints are made out of a semi-permanent vegetable dye or henna. The dye is formulated to match your existing hair color. 

While the golden standard of eyebrow tints is that they should be made of either semi-permanent vegetable dye or henna, that doesn't mean there aren't salons that aren't using different dyes. 

You should always talk with the technician about what exactly is in the dye before your appointment. Certain ingredients and dyes can harm your hair and skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. 

The tint is not used to dye or change your eyebrow color, but rather just to enhance your existing shade. People have tried to dye grey or white hairs with an eyebrow tint, but the results aren't always optimal.

Eyebrow tint is best used as a way to enhance the natural state of your eyebrow and to fill in small gaps or sparse areas. 

Should You Try Eyebrow Tinting?

Eyebrow tint is a great option if you want a semi-permanent eyebrow dye without dealing with a microblading procedure. But, how do you know if it's the best option for you? Well, that's why we're here — we are going to break down all the pros and cons of eyebrow tinting. It'll make your decision much easier!

Eyebrow tint works on all hair and skin types and colors. However, covering up white or greys can get tricky. It may call for a bit of tinkering with the process, but definitely don't give up after the first try. Persistence is key when dealing with stubborn greys.

Not only does eyebrow tint offer a cost-effective way to have semi-permanent perfect lashes, but you'll also see the results immediately after your session (yay!).  

While they may be few and far between, we know some ladies really appreciate their at-home DIY brow routine, and that’s fine. Don't fix what isn’t broken, are we right? 

You probably have your brow application products and brands you love and can always trust to pull through. Plus, sometimes doing your brows can feel totally therapeutic. 

Is Eyebrow Tinting Safe?

One of the first questions you should ask when trying a new hair or skin trend is if it's safe. Your hair and skin are fragile and should be treated accordingly. Luckily, since eyebrow tint is made of either semi-permanent vegetable dye or henna, it shouldn't harm your eyebrows or skin. 

However, not every salon uses these products. Before booking your appointment, you should ask what kind of dye the salon uses. The FDA hasn't approved any eyebrow tinting formulas as there is a potential risk of "eye injury." Yes, if the formula gets in your eyes, it can be harmful. Still, as long as your technician is a trained professional, you should have nothing to worry about. 

When speaking with the salon about the dye used, make sure you ask for the specific ingredients in the formula. If anything sounds off, maybe rethink your appointment and rebook with a different salon. 

Eyebrow Tinting Isn’t Microblading

There is a common confusion that microblading and eyebrow tinting are the same things, but they are, in fact, not. The difference is quite simple: microblading is a procedure where very thin hair-like strokes are tattooed into your skin. Eyebrow tinting is simply just dye that is put over the eyebrow hairs. 

If you're experiencing hair loss and are looking for a way to fill in large gaps and sparse areas, then microblading may be a better option for you. It may seem intimidating, but it's a very common procedure where many people see great results. 

Eyebrow tinting is better if you like your natural brows but are just looking for a way to elevate their boldness. It's a great way to cut your morning routine in half. Filling in your brows can take time. Wouldn't it be nice to wake up with on-point brows every morning?

How Long Will Eyebrow Tint Last 

The standard time for eyebrow tint lasting is three to eight weeks; however, a few variables can make it last longer or fade quicker. These variables include:

  • The type of dye used
  • Your makeup remover or facial cleanser
  • Amount of sun exposure
  • Use of sunscreen
  • Hair growth
  • How hard you scrub your face

You should plan for your tint to last around one month. If you feel like your tint is fading extra fast, talk with your technician about things you can do to preserve your tint. They can recommend a different face wash or try a different dye for your next session. 

The best way to preserve your tint as long as possible is by following these simple tips:

  1. Keep face completely dry 12 hours post-session (do not wash your face at all).
  2. Avoid oil-based makeup, cleanser, or oils. 

Keeping your face and eyebrows dry for the first 12 hours will ensure the dye dries completely, which will make it last longer. Oil-based products can eat away or wash away the product quicker, so it's best to avoid these completely while you have your eyebrows tinted. 

How Soon Will You See Results?

Your eyebrows are going to look fuller and bolder right after your session! You'll walk out of the salon feeling like a million bucks. Don't be scared if it seems super noticeable at first. After your first shower and face wash, the tint will fade slightly, and your brows will look more natural. 

How Long Does It Take? 

The tinting process is pretty quick and to the point. On average, it should take about 15-20 minutes. 

Before the dye is applied, you'll want to discuss what you'd like done with the technician and how full or natural you'd like them to look. The technician will then prep the area and begin the application process. The dye will sit for a few minutes to properly dye the hair and then be removed with a damp paper towel. 

Don't be startled if the skin behind the hair is dyed as well. It will wash away in the shower or while you're washing your face. 

How Much Does It Cost? 

The cost of eyebrow tint can vary. It's all dependent on the salon you're going to or the area you live in. The standard is over $10 and under $100. Of course, if you go to a well-known salon, you will probably pay top-dollar for your tint session. However, that's not to say you can’t get it done on a budget. The average cost at most salons is between $20 and $25. 

Some might find that too expensive, especially if you have to go back for touch-ups every four to six weeks. At first, It's definitely cheaper than microblading, but the payments will add up pretty quickly. 

Caring for Your Tint 

If, after learning everything you need to know about eyebrow tinting, and you've decided it's the right decision for you, you'll have to know how to care for your brows post-session. 

There isn't a long list of do's and don'ts when caring for your tinted brows. They're pretty easy to maintain and will probably make your life easier. However, there are a few things you can do to preserve the dye for longer. 

Try to stay out of the sun for an extended period, but if the sun is unavoidable, try to wear a protective hat. Also, when you apply sunscreen, don't skip your brow hairs. Apply it all over your face and include your eyebrows in the application. 

If you follow those two easy tips, your eyebrow tint should last significantly longer than if you don't. 

Tinting Alternatives: If Eyebrow Tinting Isn’t for You 

If you've decided eyebrow tint isn't for you, don't worry, there are still tons of ways you can get your eyebrows looking great!

Here at TatBrow, we offer the best eyebrow products in the game. We know doing your brows can get frustrating, so all of our products are easy to use and offer optimal results. Yes, even for those who are less experienced when filling in their brows.

Microblade Pen 

If you want to have microblade results but don't want to pay the price or the risk of having your brows in one permanent shade or shape, then our microblade pen is perfect for you. 

It's constructed with three thin felt tips that give the illusion of thin hairs, making the finished look appear very natural. 

Precision Pen 

If the microblade pen doesn't sound right for you or seems a bit advance, then our precision pen might be a better fit. It has one thin tip, which gives you a bit more control. You'll want to apply this product by doing small and frequent strokes throughout your eyebrows. This will give you the most natural look!

Ultra Defining Brow Gel 

Our Ultra Hold Brow Gel is best if you already love the shape and fullness of your natural brows but are looking to draw some extra attention. It can be easy to go overboard, so be careful with your application. 

In Conclusion 

Brow tinting is a cost-effective way to get on-point brows every day. It’s perfect for all you ladies that don't want to deal with filling in your brows and don't want to commit to something as permanent as microblading. 

Yes, some places can get costly, but as long as you steer clear of the more bougie salons, you can easily get the treatment done for under $30. While the cheapest option may be doing your brows at home, that’s not to say it’s bad to try something new. 


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It’s a good idea to treat yourself from time to time. If you’re someone that sticks to their budget religiously then you can swap out a different activity that month for an eyebrow tinting session. We think you’ll enjoy trying it (even if it’s just a one-time thing.)

If you've decided after doing your research that brow tinting isn't for you, that's totally fine. There are so many alternatives you can try. Doing your brows at home might feel like a hassle sometimes, but the money you save can feel totally worth it. You might take a few tries to find something that sticks or works perfectly for you, but don't give up! We know your brows will be looking perfect in no time. 



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