Frequently asked questions

What is Microblading?


THIS IS THE PROCESS OF INFUSING PIGMENT INTO THE SKIN TO SIMULATE THE APPEARANCE OF NATURAL HAIR. IT IS CONSIDERED A TATTOO. ALTHOUGH IT IS CONSIDERED PERMANENT MAKEUP, IT FADES OVER TIME. TOUCHUPS ARE SUGGESTED ONCE A YEAR IN ORDER TO KEEP THE COLOR FRESH AND SHAPE PRECISE. MICROBLADING IS MEANT TO BE A SUBTLE NATURAL ENHANCEMENT, AND TO CREATE THE LOOK OF FULLER, MORE BEAUTIFUL BROWS. IT LOOKS MOST NATURAL ON CLIENTS WHO ALREADY HAVE SEMI FULL BROW HAIR, AND ARE WANTING TO PERFECT THEIR SHAPE. THE MORE HAIR YOU HAVE, THE MORE NATURAL IT WILL APPEAR.




How long will my semi-permanent cosmetics last?


COSMETIC TATTOOING IS DESIGNED TO FADE OVER TIME. FACTORS SUCH AS SKIN TYPE, LIFESTYLE, AGE, METABOLISM, MEDICATIONS, AND PIGMENT COLOR AFFECT THE LONGEVITY OF THE TATTOO. THE SUN AND SOME KINDS OF LIGHTING (TANNING BEDS) CAN AFFECT THE RATE AT WHICH THESE PIGMENTS ARE BROKEN DOWN. TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR BROWS FOLLOW THE AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS AND TOUCH-UP YOUR BROWS EVERY 12-18 MONTHS (AS NEEDED). TOUCH-UPS ARE NORMAL AND EXPECTED FOR PERMANENT COSMETICS. *PLEASE NOTE THAT FINAL RESULTS VARY AND CANNOT BE GUARANTEED DUE TO THE NATURE OF SKIN AS IT HEALS. A FOLLOW-UP APPOINTMENT IS RECOMMENDED AT 4-8 WEEKS WHERE WE CAN ASSESS YOUR PIGMENT RETENTION AND MAKE ANY CHANGES NECESSARY.*




What factors will affect my semi-permanent cosmetics?


-OILY SKIN: INCREASED OIL PRODUCTION CAN CAUSE HAIRSTROKES TO BLUR AND HEAL LIGHTER AND POWDERY. FOR THIS REASON, IT'S IMPORTANT TO BLOT YOUR BROWS THROUGHOUT THE HEALING PROCESS WITH TISSUE IF YOUR SKIN IS VERY OILY. -SMOKING: SMOKERS MAY NOTICE THAT THEIR SEMI-PERMANENT COSMETICS WILL FADE FASTER. -ANEMIA AND IRON DEFICIENCY: YOUR BODY WILL ABSORB THESE IRON BASED PIGMENTS MORE QUICKLY. -SUN EXPOSURE: INCREASED EXPOSURE TO THE SUN WILL CAUSE PREMATURE FADING. YOU WILL WANT TO USE A SPECIAL SUNSCREEN FOR YOUR SEMI-PERMANENT COSMETICS; I RECOMMEND COLOR GUARD. YOU CAN FIND IT ON AMAZON. -AGE AND METABOLISM. THE FASTER YOUR METABOLISM THE FASTER THE PIGMENT WILL FADE. -BLEEDING DURING THE PROCEDURE: EXCESSIVE BLEEDING DURING YOUR PROCEDURE WILL GREATLY AFFECT HOW YOUR BODY RETAINS PIGMENT. WHILE THIS IS NOT ENTIRELY IN OUR CONTROL, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU FOLLOW THE PRE-CARE INSTRUCTIONS TO HELP MINIMIZE BLEEDING. THIS INCLUDES AVOIDING BLOOD THINNING MEDICATIONS, ALCOHOL, AND CAFFEINE 24 HOURS BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE.




Does permanent makeup hurt?


TOPICAL 5% LIDOCAINE IS USED TO MAKE YOU COMFORTABLE DURING YOUR SEMI-PERMANENT COSMETIC PROCEDURE, HOWEVER PAIN TOLERANCE VARIES FROM CLIENT TO CLIENT. HAVING THE PROCEDURE DURING YOUR MENSTRUAL CYCLE MAY INCREASE YOUR SENSITIVITY.




You cannot receive semi-permanent cosmetics if you:


-PREGNANT/BREASTFEEDING -ARE CURRENTLY USING ACCUTANE OR HAVE USED ACCUTANE WITHIN THE PAST YEAR -HAVE A FRESHLY TANNED/SUNBURNED FACE -ARE ON BLOOD THINNING MEDICATIONS OR ANTIBIOTICS -HAVE ROSACEA -ARE CURRENTLY UNDERGOING CANCER TREATMENT -MUST BE OFF CHEMO OR RADIATION FOR 6 MONTHS




How do I prepare for my appointment?


- YOU MAY BRING ALONG THE PENCIL OR POWDER YOU ARE CURRENTLY USING IF YOU'D LIKE. IF YOU USUALLY WEAR MAKEUP, FEEL FREE TO WEAR IT SO I CAN GET AN IDEA HOW YOU USUALLY FILL IN YOUR BROWS. -IF YOU TINT YOUR BROWS YOU WILL WANT TO DO SO 72 HOURS BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT. -YOU MUST NOT USE RETIN-A NEAR THE BROW AREA 2 WEEKS BEFORE OR AFTER THE PROCEDURE. -YOU WILL NEED TO AVOID WATER FOR 10-14 DAYS AFTER! THIS INCLUDES SWEATING, POOLS, LAKES, SALT WATER, AND EXTREME SUN EXPOSURE, SO PLAN YOUR VACATIONS ACCORDINGLY! ALSO, NO WORKING OUT FOR THIS TIME PERIOD. -NO BOTOX, FILLERS, MICRODERMABRASION, CHEMICAL PEELS OR ANYTHING OF THE LIKE FOR AT LEAST 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO YOUR PROCEDURE, AND ALSO TWO WEEKS AFTER.




Avoid doing any of these before your procedure!


DOING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING WILL CAUSE EXCESSIVE BLEEDING DURING YOUR PROCEDURE AND WILL HINDER YOUR FINAL RESULT!! -DO NOT WORK OUT THE DAY OF YOUR APPOINTMENT. -YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE ANY MEDICATIONS THAT MAY THIN YOUR BLOOD (I.E. ASPIRIN, IBPROFEREN) 72 HOURS BEFORE OR IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE. -DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL WITHIN 24 HOURS OF YOUR PROCEDURE. -AVOID CAFFEINE FOR 12 HOURS BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE. (CAFFEINE INCREASES BLOOD FLOW AND WILL EFFECT YOUR HEALED RESULTS).




What can I expect after my appointment?


-IN THE HOURS FOLLOWING YOUR PROCEDURE YOUR BROWS WILL APPEAR MUCH DARKER AND BOLDER THAN IT WILL HEAL DUE TO OXIDATION IN THE SURFACE LAYER OF YOUR SKIN. YOUR BROWS COULD ALSO APPEAR WARMER IN COLOR. YOU MAY EXPERIENCE SOME REDNESS OR SWELLING AROUND THE TREATED AREA, THIS TYPICALLY DISAPPEARS WITHIN 48 HOURS. -AROUND DAY 3 YOU MAY NOTICE SOME FLAKING OR LIGHT SCABBING ON THE TREATED AREA, DO NOT PICK AT IT, DOING SO CAN RESULT IN LOSS OF PIGMENT IN THOSE AREAS. BROWS MAY APPEAR SPOTTY OR PATCHY UNTIL THE ENTIRE BROW HAS FINISHED HEALING. YOU MAY NOTICE THAT SOME AREAS MAY APPEAR VERY LIGHT OR EVEN TO HAVE LOST PIGMENT ENTIRELY AFTER THEY HAVE PEELED, THE EPIDERMIS WILL BE THICKER CAUSING MUTING, HIDING OR DIFFUSING OF PIGMENT UNDERNEATH. THE EPIDERMIS WILL NORMALIZE OVER THE NEXT 4-6 WEEKS AND SOFTENED PIGMENT SHOULD APPEAR MORE CLEARLY ON SURFACE OF THE SKIN. -AT 4-6 WEEKS YOUR BROWS WILL BE FULLY HEALED. WHATEVER PIGMENT THAT DOES NOT RETURN WILL BE ADDRESSED AT YOUR TOUCH UP APPOINTMENT OR IF YOU’D PREFER DARKER, BOLDER BROWS WE CAN ALWAYS ADD MORE COLOR OR DIMENSION DURING THAT APPOINTMENT! -AFTER CARE INCLUDES NO SWEATING OR WORKING OUT FOR 10-14 DAYS, NO MAKEUP ON THE EYEBROWS, NO DIRECT SUN EXPOSURE AND NO WATER SUBMERSION. YOU MUST BE CAREFUL TO KEEP THEM DRY AT ALL TIMES EXCEPT WHILE YOU ARE CLEANING THEM OR DOING WHAT IS LAYED OUT IN YOUR AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS.




Do I need a touch-up/follow up apppointment?


YES! ALL PERMANENT COSMETIC PROCEDURES REQUIRE 2 SESSIONS. DURING YOUR 6-8 WEEK FOLLOW-UP WE CAN ASSESS YOUR PIGMENT RETENTION AND MAKE ANY ADJUSTMENTS NEEDED. THIS FOLLOW-UP ALSO INCREASES THE LONGEVITY OF YOUR SEMI-PERMANENT COSMETICS. ALL TOUCH UPS SHOULD BE SCHEDULED WITHIN 6-8 WEEKS OF INITIAL SESSION IF YOU WOULD LIKE THE $75 PRICE. IF THEY ARE SCHEDULED OUTSIDE OF THIS WINDOW, THE PRICE WILL INCREASE TO $150. (AS LONG AS YOU SCHEDULE THE TOUCH UP WITHIN THE 6-8 WEEK WINDOW, EVEN IF I DON'T HAVE ANY AVAILABILITY UNTIL AFTER THAT TIME FRAME, THE $75 WILL BE LOCKED IN)




How long does the procedure take?


INITIAL APPOINTMENTS TAKE APPROXIMATELY 2 to 3 HOURS. THIS INCLUDES THE DESIGNING PROCESS, NUMBING THE AREA, AND SEMI-PERMANENT COSMETICS PROCEDURE. FOLLOW-UP SESSIONS TAKE APPROXIMATELY 1 HOUR.





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