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Ask a Redhead: Can I Tint My Redhead Brows with Beard Dye?

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Every week, we put out a call for your redhead questions. This gives you a chance to get advice or input from our team of redheads. From beauty and fashion to lifestyle, redheads are in a unique boat, and we want to help make this community a place where you can turn to for all your redhead needs.

This week, we’re answering a question from Instagram that reads: “Can beard dye work to dye our eyebrows red?” This is a great question, and something we know a lot of redheads might not be aware of! Most redheads have light reddish blonde brows (and eyelashes) and often want them to be darker in color. For many redheads, using a redhead brow product is adequate, but others want something more permanent. Here’s everything you need to know about tinting your brows, and how to do it with beard dye. 

How can redheads tint their brows? 

First off, to answer this question: YES! Beard dye is the best at-home way for redheads to tint their brows. It’s relatively mess-free, easy to get the hang of, and super cost-effective. Many redheads opt to use the brand Just for Men Beard Dye . It’s a common brand you can find in the drugstore, or buy online.  Redheads usually use the shade blonde or the shade light red-brown.

To go about tinting your brows you need 5 things: beard dye, a small angled brush, Vaseline and/or Q-tips, and makeup wipes. Wash and dry your face, removing any skincare, SPF, or makeup. If you’re new to dyeing your brows, we suggest applying Vaseline to the skin surrounding the brow. This acts as a barrier and helps prevent any skin staining. 

Step 1: Mix a pea-sized amount of beard dye and developer according to the package.

Step 2: Apply to your brows with a small angled brush. The box will come with a brush, and you can use that but for the sake of precision, we like a small brush. Make sure all your brow hairs are fully saturated with the product. You can also comb through them with a clean spoolie to distribute the product more evenly. 

Step 3: Once you’ve applied the product, clean up around the brow with a Q-tip if you did not apply Vaseline. If you did you can leave it, or clean it up, it’s your choice. The box will say to leave the product on for 5 minutes. For first-time tinters, we recommend no more than 1 minute. Wipe off the beard dye with a makeup wipe until the wipe comes away clean. Your brows should look darker and will continue to darken over the next few hours. 

The frequency with which you re-dye your brows is up to you. Some redheads choose to do so every week or two, while others may go several weeks to months. Your brows will begin to fade over time, and that’s how you know when to reapply the beard dye. 

Always patch test

You might be nervous at the prospect of combing a foreign substance into the brows. That is why we highly recommend a patch test. After mixing the dye according to the instructions, brush a tiny bit onto the tail end of your right or left brow to see how it will turn out. And, if you’re not sure about your color, go one shade lighter. You can always leave it on longer, but the biggest issue is that people’s brows get tinted too dark and they’re unhappy with how dark they are.

How do you style your new brows? 

Having tinted brows is a game changer. You’ll wake up with darker brows every single day and it won’t wash off when you shower, sweat, or swim. To style your new brows, we love the Finally Have Brows® Clear Brow Gel for shaping and taming. You can also use the Finally Have Brows® Ultra Fine Pencil to define and fill sparse areas. When you need a full glam look, Finally Have Brows® Tinted Brow Gels are the perfect addition and will blend seamlessly with your brow color.

Shop Finally Have Brows: $26.99

Want your redhead question answered? Find us @howtobearedhead on Instagram and Facebook and look for the Ask a Redhead question box. Rock it like a Redhead! 

Disclaimer: Make sure to always patch test and use with caution.


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