Brow tinting is a common beauty service that many have probably heard of and tried themselves. Brow tinting can temporarily shape brows with results lasting upwards of four weeks. Whether you are trying to manage thick brows, fill in patchy spots, define the shape, enhance brow arch to lift the face or fill in thin brows, brow tinting may be the perfect solution for you.
You may be thinking "What's the harm there?".
Many common brow tints are formulated using harsh chemicals or oxidants to achieve results. The majority are formulated with para-phenylenedaimine (PPD) a petroleum derivative, which has been suggested to be a possible carcinogen or mutagen. When it ends up in our water systems, it is extremely toxic to aquatic life. It is a known endocrine disrupter, tinkering our hormones and harming human health.
When PPD is mixed with hydrogen peroxide, an oxidant that develops the color in the dye, it can form a mutagenic, or DNA-altering, substance called Bandrowski's base. Bandrowski's base has been shown to be strongly mutagenic and possibly carcinogenic.
Endocrine disruptors are substances that can alter hormones and hormone production in the body, this can result in harmful health effects. In one lab study, rats exposed to levels of PPD congruent with those in hair dye exhibited sexual health impacts associated with reproductive toxicity. This outcome is troublesome. While more investigation by researchers is needed to understand just how much PPD can negatively impact hormones, those trying to reduce their exposure to endocrine disruptors in their every day lives may want to eliminate products with PPD.
So what's the alternative?
Organic henna brow tint is made from the plant laswonia and is activated with water instead of harmful oxidizers. The henna tree is commonly found in Asia, as well as some regions of Africa and Australia. It is made from the leaves of the plant, ground into a fine powder. Because it is 100% natural it is safe for most people. It has even been suggested to last longer than traditional tints. So why not make the switch to get the brows of your dreams?