Frequently Asked Questions
What is Microblading?
Also known as 3D Bows, Eyebrow Embroidery and Microstroking, Microblading is a form of permanent makeup performed with a manual handheld tool with a configuration of small needles that resemble a blade. Microblading uses a feather stroke technique to create hair-like strokes that produce the appearance of fuller eyebrows and to enhance the natural features of the face. Microblading is a soft look that is more subtle than old school brow tattoos. It will not look like penciled in or old school tattooed eyebrows.
What is Microshading/Powder Brows?
Also known as Powder Brows or Ombre Brows, Microshading unlike Microblading resembles a more filled in makeup brow. This technique will give the illusion of a brow that is filled in with eyebrow pencil or powder. Ombre powder brows will have a lighter front that gradually gets darker toward the tail. You can get a full microshaded powder brow with even saturation or an ombre powder brow with gradual saturation. You can also get a mix of microblading and microshading which would result in a combo/hybrid brow. All techniques can look as natural or dramatic as you desire. How natural or dramatic your brow will look is all up to the client’s preference.
Does it Remove my Hair and Do I Still Have to Wax, Tweeze, or Thread my Eyebrows?
Microblading and Microshading does not remove eyebrow hair. We do not go that deep into the skin to stop hair growth. We are crafting a brow shape and creating hair-like strokes and for microshading, we are filling in your brow with pigment. You will still need to maintain your brow hair as it will continue to grow as it does normally. I RECOMMEND THREADING OR TWEEZING as wax may take off layers of skin, fading the color more.
How Long Does it Take?
On average, it will take two hours to get the procedure done but it can be as long as 3 hours and as short as 1 hour and 30 minutes. Microshading takes on average 2 hours and 30 min but can go as long as 3 hours. During your appointment, we will consult with you the entire time ensuring we are on the same page. The longest part of the procedure is spent measuring and drawing a symmetrical set of brows through a process we call brow mapping.
Although the cost of your brows is one set fee, the cost is broken up into three. Your deposit to book, your first appointment and your follow-up. This simply means your follow-up is to be paid 6-8 weeks after your initial appointment- not at the same time as your first appointment.
- Booking Deposit: $50
- Initial Appointment: $400
- Follow-up Appointment: $100
How Do You Pick My Shape?
Here’s the thing. All brows are not the same and I do not believe in cookie-cutter or stencil brows. Why? Because everyone’s face and bone structure is different and this is not a one size fit all type of thing. We will not begin any permanent makeup until you are happy and comfortable with the shape.
Why is the Follow-up Appointment Mandatory?
In order to ensure that the brows heal perfectly, a minimum of two treatments are necessary. It takes about a 6-8 weeks for the skin to complete a regeneration cycle. The first touch up is included in total brow cost but should not be paid at first appointment. The touch-up is to be paid after the second service. Touch-ups gives me the ability to add color to any areas that may have faded too much and it allows the client to make suggestions if they want adjustments to shape and/or color.
How Long Does Microblading & Microshading Last?
The Billion Dollar Question!! According to the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP), any change to the skin is considered permanent so microblading and microshading is a form of permanent makeup although many people say it’s semi-permanent. However, although the change to the skin is permanent, microblading is designed to last between 1- 3 years because the ink will fade over time. Microshading lasts 2-4 years as its more saturated than microblading. Some people more and some less. Everyone is SO different. We all have different skin types and different daily routines and lifestyles. Your skin and face will change with age. Just like traditional tattoos fade, so will microblading and microshading That’s why touch-ups are recommended every 1-2 years to maintain shape, color and detail. How often depends on a number of factors, including:
- Skin type (oily skin fades faster)
- Pigment Color Used (Lighter colors fade faster)
- Sun Exposure ( excessive sun exposure may cause fading and discoloration)
- Heavy Sweaters (regular heavy sweating can cause strokes to expand)
- Use of Anti-aging Products (anti-aging products increase the cell turnover rate and will cause pigment to fade faster. I advise avoiding them near the brow area.)
Does it Hurt?
Truthfully, the answer is maybe, maybe not! I do all that I can to ensure your comfort. Some clients report absolutely no discomfort and some report mild discomfort. However, before the microblading procedure begins, an anesthetic is applied to the area to minimize discomfort. For microshading the anesthetic is applied after the brow outline and first pass is complete. But, as far as comfort, it all depends on how well you respond to the anesthetic. The anesthetic does get reapplied frequently throughout the procedure. It’s all worth it for great brows!
(Please note, if you are a frequent smoker, drink heavily or drink coffee 24 hours prior to the procedure or are near or on your menstrual cycle, your discomfort level may be stronger.)
Is it Okay to Exercise After Getting Microblading & Microshading?
You must avoid working out for 10 days following your microblading appointment. The salt in the sweat will fade the pigment and expand the stokes while you are healing, giving poor results.
Can I Get Microblading or Shading If I am Pregnant or Breastfeeding?
As a precaution to avoid any complications, I do not perform cosmetic tattooing on pregnant women or breastfeeding women.
Do You Take Male Clients?
Of course! Guys deserve great brows too! I am confused as to why I wouldn’t.
Are the Products & Equipment Safe?
To ensure the highest quality of safety and sanitation, all our tools are ONE TIME USE ONLY. All blades, wipes, hand tools are disposed of as biohazard waste after each appointment.
How Should I Prepare for the Procedure?
You may fill in your eyebrows as you normally would so I can take into consideration the shape you desire.
- If you regularly have your brows waxed or shaped please do so at least 3 days before your appointment. If not, I will shape them for you with a disposable twinkle razor.
- If you have been on prescription Accutane in the past, you must wait at least one year before considering the procedure.
- You must stop using retinol 2 weeks prior to your appointment and avoid using it near the brow area forever.
- If you get botox done regularly, please get that done no later than 2 weeks before your appointment. This is to ensure we make the brows as symmetrical as possible.
- Avoid chemical peels at least 4 weeks before your procedure.
- Avoid tanning at least 2 weeks before your appointment. Do not come to your appointment with sunburn.
- Avoid Alcohol, caffeine, ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E, green smoothies and any blood-thinning medication 24 hours prior to your appointment.
- If you plan on going on vacation, please plan your trip a minimum of 10 days after your procedure due to your aftercare maintenance.
Is There Any Downtime? Do I Need to Take Off Work?
No! Directly after your procedure, you are free to resume your day with fabulous brows! Just keep up with your aftercare instructions. Be advised they will look darker!
Do I Have to Shave off My Eyebrows?
No, please don’t! Keeping your natural hair intact will only give microblading an even more realistic illusion. Just please be aware if you are requesting a MUCH higher arch or tail, the natural hair will grow back in and you will need to maintain that area. If you are extremely low maintenance, you may want to keep it close to your natural shape.
What if I Don’t Have Any Hair?
Don’t you worry at all! Microblading and or Microshading is still for you. If anything, it was crafted with you in mind. We will tailor a shape to enhance your appearance.
What Should I Expect?
Immediately after your procedure, your brows will look bold and crisp. Between days 2 and 4, your brows will appear darker in color and more sharply defined. This will last between 2 and 4 days, so don’t panic, this is normal! Your brows will begin to scab around day 3 and last up to 10-14 days. Do not pick at scabs and don’t panic if pigment has vanished! This is normal and a part of the healing process.
Swelling and redness are minimal with most clients and will disappear within 1 -2 days. The treated area may or may not feel like sunburn afterward but your discomfort should be minimal. The complete healing process takes 6- 8 weeks at which time the true color of the tattoo is evident. During this process, your tattoo will soften and lighten. Please be patient if you think too much color has been lost, as your skin is still regenerating and natural exfoliating has begun. Wait at least 8 weeks to see the true color. But keep in mind, microbladed brows heal 30 to 50 percent softer than the initial color.
**Please note** Final results cannot be guaranteed as each unique skin type holds pigment differently and breaks down at different rates. Tattooed hair strokes tend to have a more crisp look on dry skin types than oily skin types which may produce more blurry strokes. We will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your touch-up appointment and make any changes if necessary.
How do I Care for My Brows After the Procedure?
Try to avoid touching your brows with your bare hands the first 24 hours following your procedure unless you’re following the aftercare routine. When you do touch your brows please wash your hands thoroughly. You may experience some lymph drainage following the procedure. You will receive sterile water wipes in your after care kit to dab your brows after the procedure..
Microblading is a dry heal. This means do not apply any ointment. I will give you an aftercare kit that has instructions on how to care for your brows along with all the tools to succeed with great aftercare. Although microblading is a dry heal, washing them however, with agent cleanser like cetaphil is very important. This is discussed more thoroughly at your appointment.
Microshading is not a dry heal and requires washing gently with cetaphil as well as applying a cream/ointment twice a day to the brows. All this is provided in your aftercare kit given to you at your appointment.
Please avoid harsh cleansers during your healing process and after. They are detrimental to the bonding process that must take place for the pigment to stabilize in the dermis.
Expect scabbing. Please DO NOT PICK or scratch them off. Let them fall off naturally. Once the flakes have fallen off, a new layer of healing skin will completely cover the strokes. It will appear as the eyebrows are gone. As your skin regenerates, the hair strokes will slowly reappear at a softer shade.
Avoid exercise for 10 days after your procedure. Avoid direct sunlight for 10 days. If you are outside please wear a hat or sunglasses to block the treated area from the sun.
Do NOT apply make-up to the treated area for the first 2 weeks. Chemicals interfere with the healing and color of your microbladed brows.
No swimming pools, jacuzzis or other bodies of water for 2 weeks
Do not soak your face underwater, in the shower, bathtub, or allow water to be sprayed directly into your face for two weeks. I recommend you wash your hair prior to the procedure or get your hair shampooed professionally after, to ensure water or chemicals do not get on your brows.
Great! My Brows are Healed… Now What?
Come back for your follow-up appointment so we can finish the 2 step process.
Avoid excessive exposure to the sun (ie: tanning and tanning beds) as this will cause the brows to fade and discolor at a faster rate than those that don’t. Now that your brows are completely healed, please use a sunscreen with SPF on your brows. Rinse and dry the area thoroughly with a gentle cleanser if you are in chlorine.
Please keep glycolic acid, Retin-A, face peels and exfoliation away from the treated area as continued use may lighten the pigment.
If you decide to have laser resurfacing or laser hair removal after your tattoo has healed, please inform the laser technician of your microblading, Laser procedures may darken, lighten or discolor the tattooed area.
How Do I Make an Appointment?
Please CONTACT me to set an appointment up!
All appointments require a $50 deposit to hold your spot.Follow-up appointments require a $15 deposit. If you don’t show up, or cancel your appointment within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment, your card will be charged 50 percent of the service fee. If you cancel your appointment, your deposit will not be refunded! I will allow one reschedule if done within 48 hours prior to the initial session. There are no refunds. The service total does not include gratuity. It is your responsibility to book touch-ups in advance. If more than 10 weeks have passed and you have not booked your mandatory touch up, you will be charged an additional fee. If more than 3 months have passed you will restart at the current full existing client brow price. All Sales are final! Microblading results are not guaranteed as described why above. You are only allowed a 15 minute grace period for your appointment. If you arrive later, 16 minutes or later, your appointment will be canceled, your deposit will not be refunded and you will have to reschedule. Why? Permanent makeup can’t be rushed. It takes the time it takes. If you are late you are inconveniencing clients behind you. Due to Covid-19, you must come to your appointment alone.