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    Coloring your hair? What about eyebrow coloring?

    Jennifer Anniston with shorter hair

    Eyebrow Tinting, In comment #31 of my Chart of Haircolors article, Hannah asks this great question:

    I have really dark brown eyebrows but would really like to dye my hair blonde. would it look odd? and could i pluck my eyebrows in a certain way to make it look a little more natural with the blonde (would they have to be thinner?) please email me and let me know what you think. thanks ~ Hannah ps: what shade of blonde would go best with my eyebrow coloring? it’s really worrying me as i don’t want to end up looking fake, or awful.,,

    My answer Hanna, is simple — Don’t do eyebrow tinting! It’s a messy procedure and requires a gentle touch to keep you from looking like Groucho Marks’ sister! Take a look at Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson, Mariah Carey, Keira Knightley, they all have eyebrow coloring darker than their hairA better way to go is to have high lights foiled into your brown hair. Foiling a couple or more colors, one or two shades lighter than your natural hair coloring, into your hair will not only create depth and interest, but will be easier to maintain. It will look more natural and you should be able to easily go a couple months between hair coloring jobs. Now, the eyebrow coloring will look natural.

    Take a look at Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson, Mariah Carey, Keira Knightley, they all have darker eyebrow coloring than their lightened hair. Most natural blondes eyebrow coloring are a shade or two darker than their hair. When the eyebrow coloring is too light, they need to use the lightest brown eyeshadow to accent their eyebrow coloring and frame their eyes! (The same goes for you women who are struggling with gray eyebrows you would like to look darker – blend light brown or gray eye shadows. You may be able to use eyebrow pencils, but use lightly.)

    So, my opinion is Don’t color your hair totally blonde, nor your eyebrows, if you don’t want to end up looking fake! Rather, book a consultation with a hair colorist and get it right. Bring in pictures of high lighted hair you admire so you are both on the same page. If cost is a problem, go to a local, reputable cosmetology school. I’ve had many women in my classes that have been happy with results at the schools.


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    1. Hi Maxine,

      I recommend keeping your eyebrows just the way that they are! Eyebrow tinting can become very messy and unnatural looking. Have you ever thought about highlights? It’s a great way to lighten your hair while maintaining a natural look. Check out the fantastic blog 4 Gorgeous Highlights for Brown Hair for some wonderful ideas.

      Good luck!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — July 12, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    2. I have dark brown hair, brown eyes, and black eyebrows and beige skin tone and I want my hair reddish brownish and i don’t know if my eyebrows would look okay with the color D:
      if they should be lighter or dark as they are ?
      Please help, thank you so so much

      Comment by Maxine — June 29, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

    3. Hi Ren,

      I don’t recommend coloring your eyebrows. One day, I was coloring a client’s hair at work. The moment that I turned around she started putting the color all over eyebrows with her fingertips. When I saw what she had done, I tried to remove the color from her brows, but she insisted that the color stay on regardless on the consequences. A few minutes later, I heard her start yelling for me. The color was running down her face and started burning her eyes. We washed it off immediately. Thankfully she was fine.

      Needless to say, I will never recommend coloring eyebrows. Hair color in your eye can lead to blindness. What’s the point of having beautiful brows if you are unable to see them? Try using a eyebrow pencil instead!

      Good luck!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — March 26, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    4. Hi,

      so i have a really cool black hair and a really dark almost black eyes. i have a fairly light skin. i just dyed my hair with an light ash blonde hair dye. so now my hair looks really warm, light brown. i like it. but my eyebrows are a super cool black which contrasts my hair. You probably answered this question already but i’ll just ask to make sure. should i color it a shade lighter my eyebrows?

      Comment by Ren — March 25, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    5. Your eyebrows will look the most natural if you stay within two levels of your natural level. You should try low lights. They will give you the dark brown hair color that your looking for, and keep your eyebrows looking their best.

      Whatever you do, do not color your eyebrows. One day when I was coloring a client’s hair at work, she decided to put some of the color from her hair onto her eyebrows. Before I even realized what she had done, it started dripping down her face. The moral of the story is that hair color can not only make your eyebrows look unnatural, but it can also pose a unnecessary risk especially when it is applied close to your eyes.

      Comment by Michelle Skye — February 10, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

    6. i have light brown eyebrows will it look fine if i dye my hair dark brown?

      Comment by rebeca — January 18, 2012 @ 4:34 am

    7. Hi Denisse:

      You should get by with it; Mother Nature does it all the time. Start noticing natural redheads and I think you’ll find that most of them have a differnt colored eybrows from their natural hair. But after the process ask your hairdresser for an opinion. A good hairdresser should always be your final authority. They make their living knowing what looks good on people.

      Comment by Barb Quinn — July 24, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    8. hi:)
      i have really dark brown hair and eyebrows almost black. I have like a beige skin tone and ive been thinking about going red maybe a natural red and i was wondering if i had to color my eyebrows too. Would it look weird if i had red hair and black eyebrows?

      Comment by Denisse — July 23, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    9. Lizzy,
      I don’t suggest the drastic change . . . but if that’s what you do, try using wet eyeshadow or a pencil for your eyebrows

      Comment by Hairstyle Blog — August 2, 2010 @ 10:45 am

    10. i have blonde hair. and my eyebrows are blah blonde too. i likke my blonde hair, but i wanna die it blck. but with my blah blonde eyebrows, thats a problem! i already know that imma get the black hair but what do i do with my eyebrowsss??? PLEASE HELLLPPP?

      Comment by Lizzy(= — July 30, 2010 @ 12:36 am

    11. hiya, im naturaly brown haird with slightly darker eyebrows i really want to go blonde, but a nice elegant blonde with a chestnut colour in it with chestnut eyebrows would this work? kim kardashian has done it and it looks fab plz helpx

      Comment by stacey — January 3, 2010 @ 12:40 am

    12. I have dyed dark brown long hair, but i want a change of colour hair! I look so unfashionable, not to mention babyish. Please help me! Highlights? Short hair? ANYTHING!

      Comment by Lola — October 3, 2009 @ 9:49 am

    13. well i dyed my hair black, and my natural color is blonde, so my eyebrows are blonde and it looks like i have no eye brows at all. so i started penciling them in with black eye liner and i thought it looked fine, but my mom and sister said it looked too fake? so what should i do dye them black?

      Comment by sarahh — July 27, 2009 @ 10:38 pm

    14. i have really dark brown eyebrows and quite dark rbrown hair, i’m thinking about going a fiery red hair colour but dont know if i need to lighten my eyebrows or go a redish tinge as well!!! dont want to look weird 1:)

      Comment by jacqueline — May 13, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

    15. I was just looking for some tips on hair color matching to the type of eye-brow color and well all I can find is about women with dark eyebrows. Mine are more blonde than my hair but have maybe a hint of brown. I often wonder if I dyed my hair dark if it would look odd to have strickingly light eyebrows. I dyed my hair a dark shade of red once and it looked strickingly nice, I’m still considering something new, what looks good with light eyebrows?

      Comment by Angel — January 22, 2009 @ 4:04 pm

    16. Caroline,
      It’s not certain that your eyebrows are the same shade as your natural haircolor. They may be darker, but are probably pretty close.
      If a colorist was to determine your natural hair color, they would need your roots to grow out about 1/2 to one inch. Try something like,”Tween time” to hide your roots as they grow out.
      Search my site for “Tween time” to learn more about it.!

      Hope this helps!

      Comment by Barb Quinn — January 3, 2009 @ 12:37 pm

    17. I`m 39 and color my hair ,but I was wondering my eyebrows are dark brown almost black ,is this my natural color I`d be if I didn`t color my hair?

      Comment by caroline — December 26, 2008 @ 5:38 pm

    18. i used to have dishwater blonde that turns to a goldish blonde color in the summer i went platinum blonde once then dyed it brown i want my natural color back how can i do that without too much damage

      Comment by kelly — June 15, 2008 @ 1:02 pm

    19. Gabriellle,
      My suggestion would be to darken your eyebrows with eyebrow pencil or eye shadow. It doesn’t take long each day to do it and it’s not as risky as coloring them!

      Comment by Barb — December 21, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

    20. Alan,
      Can’t say without seeing you. You could always ask some well respected friends.

      Comment by Barb — December 21, 2007 @ 2:55 pm

    21. hey, i have naturally blonde hair and i just recently dyed it a very dark brown. My blonde eyebrows look pretty weird can and should i dye them brown? Please write back i need help lol!=]

      Comment by gabrielle — December 19, 2007 @ 6:09 pm

    22. I have brownish red tinted hair, i’ve colored my hair so many times and this time i want to take a chance and i was thinking about bleaching my hair you know so its blond. Like platium blonde. haha. But my only worry is it won’t look right on me. My eyebrows are my other worry, somedays they look like a fair brown color other days they look like a strawberry red. I refuse to stay with coloring my hair brown and having it turn into a brownish red tint. i hate it. Please understand, i also will be putting different colors if i do color my hair blonde. like baby blue, a light brown underneath,pink and purple. but im afraid if i should do it. I’ve colored my hair so many times. Im pretty sure my naturnal hair color was Strawberry blonde. I hated it. Help me out please.

      Comment by Sarah — December 12, 2007 @ 11:04 pm

    23. How unattractive is it for a man to have red hair and black eyebrows?

      Comment by Alan Phil — November 17, 2007 @ 2:03 am

    24. my hair is naturally REALLLLLLY dark brown, close to black and so are my eyebrows and eyelashes and im going to dye my hair a light golden brown, and i dunno if i should lighten my eyebrows some too…. i dont wanna look like a freak lol

      Comment by heather — October 24, 2007 @ 6:08 pm

    25. I have:
      -Brown skin [Indian] which was classed as “cool”
      -Black hair with like VERY FEW natural dark brown strands in it..
      -I have black/darkest brown eyebrows

      I’m thinking of getting dark brown highlights.. not thick… Would my eyebrows look weird?

      Comment by Maria — October 1, 2007 @ 5:05 pm

    26. hiya
      i have dark brown hair with dark brown eyes and blackish brown eyebrows and slightly tanned skin i’m thinking of going blond but is it possible to get golden coloured hair and how do you do it???

      – i need some advice plz – jenna

      Comment by jenna — August 19, 2007 @ 4:05 pm

    27. hey
      i have really blonde hair but my natural color is medium shade of brown… the problem is that my eyebrows are really really light blonde…
      i don’t know how to make my hair look good and my eyebrow look good… also i have very fair skin with freckles…
      can u please send me some pictures of nice hair styles and/or hair colors that will make my face look better?! =]
      thank u

      -bethany aka the bad -hair- chic-

      Comment by bethany — August 8, 2007 @ 8:02 pm

    28. Hi, I have strawberry blonde hair to light blond in the summer, and I am planning on dying the back part of my hair, where I teas it, a few shades darker than my naturale hair color. will this make me look washed out, or make my face look even pailer than it already is?

      Comment by Christina — August 6, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

    29. Why can’t you just get your eyebrows tinted to match your hair?? Most beauty salons do this for a reasonable price.

      Comment by Nycki — July 31, 2007 @ 1:49 pm

    30. i have hazel eyes and a pikish yellowish skin and i wanna dye my hair red … would it suit me ?

      Comment by Nina — November 11, 2006 @ 3:20 pm

    31. Hey…i’m planning on dye my hair blonde….would it look weird if i had blonde hair and dark brown eyebrows???

      Comment by Brie — November 10, 2006 @ 8:14 am

    32. I have medium brown hair and blue eyes and fair skin…should I dye my hair black? What about my eyebrows? Would the black look ok?

      Comment by Chelsea — October 28, 2006 @ 1:15 pm

    33. No worries Sara, don’t even worry about your black eyebrows. I have golden brown har, dark brown eyes, and black eyebrows. I Get comments every day about my ” beautiful” eyebrows. It’ll look great!

      Comment by Sofia — October 10, 2006 @ 8:48 pm

    34. Hey, I have black hiar, and I want to dye my hair brown. I also am thinking about adding blonde highlights. But, there’s only one problem… what do I do about my black eyebrows?! It’s going to look retarded if I have black eyebrows and brown hair! Plz tell me what to do!

      I have meduim skin, and deep drwon eyes, should I have cool brown or warm brown???

      Comment by Sara — September 23, 2006 @ 12:55 pm

    35. Simply use a brow pencil:) lol good luck:)

      Comment by Ashley — September 3, 2006 @ 10:16 pm

    36. Maureen,
      My suggestion is just what I wrote in this post,
      Don’t dye, use a eye shadow or eye liner pencil to fill in.

      Comment by Barb — August 3, 2006 @ 1:22 pm

    37. I have naturally blonde hair which I lighten every few months. My eyebrows are so light that in the summer, they disappear! I would like to make them darker–think of Sharon Stone in ‘Basic Instinct;’ the contrast between the dark brows and the blonde hair was striking. Regular hair dye says not to use on eyebrows because it could cause blindness. So what’s a girl to do? I’m tempted to try it anyway. Dark brows accentuate the eyes; very light brows are oh-so-blah. Can you help? Thanks!

      Comment by Maureen — July 27, 2006 @ 9:25 pm

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