Even as a beauty writer with approximately seven billion products at my disposal, there are still some "issues" I can't fix. I'm talking about my eyebrows. Much to my disappointment, I was not blessed with Cara-esque arches that are bold, fluffy, and satisfyingly full. At the risk of sounding vain, I would describe my brows as thick until about half way, where they taper off as sparse, and gap-filled. To support my story, a former eyebrow technician I used to visit insisted my "bald patch" was due to scarring (it's not).
Of course, I fill them in meticulously with powders and pencils on a daily basis, but boy does it get tiresome. I'm too scared to commit to tattooing, so I decided to seek out further options.
Enter Amy Jean (or AJ, as the in-the-know refer to her). If you're slightly interested in eyebrows, you might already follow her incredible transformation pictures on Instagram. If not, I'll give it to you fast: AJ is one of Australia's best. About a fortnight ago, I visited Jean's beautiful Sydney salon for a "Henna Brow" sculpting treatment. And for those wondering if it resembles the reddish-brown henna dye-job you gave yourself when you were 15, it doesn't.
Keep scrolling for my honest review.
The Henna Sculpt appointment includes shaping with either wax or tweezers, and the tint. The henna comes in a range of colours, and is a vegan alternative to regular tint. Jean explained to me that while traditional tinting stains the actual hair, henna has the ability to gently stain the skin beneath—perfect for those suffering from bald patches (me).
It's applied like any tint, and while I looked like a cartoon character during the treatment, afterwards revealed a groomed brow shape I never knew I had. On dry skin, the tint supposedly lasts around four to five weeks, whereas on oily skin, like mine, two weeks is more accurate. I'm extremely oily, and I can confidently say it lasted the full 14 days. And get this—I didn't use any brow product for the first ten days. I swear it's true.
Would you like to see my magical henna-tinted brows straight after the fact? Keep scrolling.
Yep, you'd never guess I wasn't blessed with the best (eyebrows), would you? Jean really is magic.