How To Remove Ombre Brows – Easy Guide

Reviewed by: Isabella Sylvester - Beauty Therapist

Ombre brows, also known as powder brows, is a semi-permanent eyebrow treatment that looks natural and defined. But what if you’re not happy with the outcome? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we explain what you can do to remove ombre powder brows – both professionally as well as at home.

How To Remove Ombre Brows

The best way to remove ombre brows is either through laser therapy or by using a saline solution or glycolic acid. However, it’s worth knowing that ombre brows do go away on their own over time.

What Are Ombre Brows?

Ombre brows are a semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing technique that leaves the brows looking fuller and more defined.

The treatment is different from microblading, as ombre brows have a more powdered-in appearance that is more natural for those with sparse eyebrow hairs. The technique is therefore also referred to as powder brows.

Most often, eyebrow artists use iron oxide-based pigments. These are considered to be the safest permanent makeup pigments, and they absorb into the skin over time. For people with allergies, a lot of artists also carry non-iron oxide pigments.

If you have a known allergy, it is recommended that you inform your brow artist during the consultation.

How To Remove Ombre Brows

The most popular ways to remove ombre brows are:

  • Laser Removal
  • Saline Removal
  • Glycolic Acid Removal

If you have given your ombre brows enough time to heal, have gone to your touch-up appointment, and have let them fade and you’re still not pleased with them, ombre brow removal may be your only option.

Before doing this, it is recommended that you always consult with your eyebrow artist as you may be able to correct them.

Let’s go through each removal method in detail:

Laser Removal

woman getting laser treatment on her eyebrows

Laser removal is by far the most effective technique used to remove ombre brows.

One thing to note is that you are more than likely to need more than one session to fully remove them.

This is completely dependent on the darkness and shade used on your brows. On average, most people need 4 to 6 sessions.

To do this, the technician will use a device that delivers small pulses of light energy into the ombre brows.

This will break up the ink particles and cause them to dissolve into the skin. In each session, more and more ink particles are dissolved until they are completely gone.

One major concern people have about laser tattoo removal is the pain level.

The amount of pain varies from person to person, but most people say it is a pretty uncomfortable experience.

For this reason, technicians will apply an anesthetic cream to the area to numb some of the discomforts.

After the treatment is completed, the anesthetic will wear off and you may begin to feel some pain.

It is okay to take a pain reliever to ease some of this discomfort as well.

One of the biggest drawbacks to laser removal is that it may burn some of the hairs off. It will likely burn some hair off, but it eventually will grow back.

This is more of a concern for those with very sparse eyebrow hairs. For those with thicker eyebrows, this may not be as big of a concern.

The healing period for laser removal is also pretty extensive.

It’s about 2 weeks after each session, and it’s recommended to wait 6 weeks between each session.

Some side effects you may experience a few days after getting the procedure done are swelling, redness, and itchiness.

Saline Removal

Saline removal is a method that extracts pigment from the skin. It is done with either a handheld tool or machine similar to the one used to apply the ombre brows.

The technician will go over the eyebrow areas with pigment with them and slightly open up the skin.

Then, they will insert a saline solution that dries the pigment out and extracts it from the skin.

The saline removal method also has a healing process.

Much like the ombre brows healing process, a scab will form over the eyebrow in the week after getting this done.

This scab will have all of the extracted pigments in it, so it is important not to mess with it and let it fall off on its own. If properly taken care of, this will cause zero scarring.

Since the technique is similar to the actual ombre brow technique, the pain is pretty similar. Most technicians will use a numbing cream to lessen the discomfort.

One positive to doing the saline removal is that it does not burn off any hairs as the laser removal treatment does.

Also, if you absolutely need the eyebrows removed instantly after getting them done, saline removal can be done.

However, an emergency saline removal appointment only works in the first 48 hours of getting tattooed.

Saline removal is better than laser removal for these conditions:

  • For people with sensitive skin
  • For people with very sparse eyebrow hairs
  • Emergency removal within 48 hours

Glycolic Acid Removal

Instead of using a saline solution, some technicians opt for using glycolic acid to remove ombre brows.

Much like the saline removal method, this technique extracts the pigment from the skin.

People often choose the glycolic acid removal method because it is usually the least expensive.

However, a lot of technicians say that it is a bit more aggressive and painful compared to the saline solution removal method.

Another solution similar to glycolic acid that technicians use is an enzyme solution.

How To Remove Ombre Powder Brows At Home

How To Remove Ombre Brows At Home

It is not recommended to remove ombre powder brows by yourself at home. But there are some things you can do to make them fade quicker.

In general, most of these tips are going to be the opposite of what the aftercare tips suggest:

  • Take warm, steamy showers every day for a long period of time
  • Use a sea salt water solution every day (Apply using a cotton pad)
  • Use a skincare product with Retinol in it
  • Expose your ombre brows to sunlight
  • Working out/excessive sweating
  • Exfoliate the eyebrow area

How Long Do Ombre Powder Brows Last?

The amount of time that ombre brows last varies from person to person. On average, they typically last anywhere from 2-5 years.

This is another reason why ombre brows are chosen over microblading, as they tend to last a little bit longer.

This estimated longevity includes getting the recommended touch-ups 5 weeks after the initial appointment and once a year after that.

Without getting the touch-ups, ombre brows will last up to a year and a half on average.

Of course, the longevity of your ombre brows all depends on different factors such as your lifestyle, skin type, skin conditions, sun exposure, fitness level, etc.

Why Remove Ombre Brows?

The two main reasons why women want to remove their ombre brows are:

They Don’t Suit You

An inexperienced or incompatible eyebrow artist does your ombre powder brows and you don’t like how they look on your face.

An experienced eyebrow artist will tailor your ombre brows to best suit your face in all aspects including shape, color, and darkness.

This is why you should always do your research and find an eyebrow artist who does brows the way you like.

They Look Too Dark

You might have had old ombre brows in the past and you’re going in to get them touched up too early.

This may make the pigment appear too dark which can come across as very unnatural.

If you want to get your ombre brows touched up sooner rather than later, you may need to remove them first.

Things To Consider Before Removing Ombre Brows

Before removing your ombre brows, there are a few things that you may want to consider:

Ombre Brows Appear Dark Straight After The Procedure

if you have just had ombre brows done and hate the way they look, wait until your first touch-up appointment.

When you first get them done, they tend to look darker than they’re intended to.

After the healing process finishes, they should lighten up.

Also, during the healing process, scabbing and swelling are likely to occur which will make the brows look more intense.

It’s possible To Let Ombre Brows Fade

If you just don’t like the way your ombre brows look, you may want to consider just letting them fade.

how to fade ombre brows More Quickly:

Simply do all the things the aftercare rules tell you not to do. For example:

  • Wet the brows after treatment
  • Go to the gym – the sweat can help fade the brows
  • Wear make-up and use makeup remover

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