Important Information About PERMANENT MAKEUP AND MICROBLADING
Ready to Learn About Permanent Makeup vs Microblading?
We are sure you have heard the term Microblading used over and over this year when referring to eyebrows. Over time I have learned that this is not the safest procedure for the skin, so I switched to Machine Hairstrokes. They deliver the same look as Microblading, but with less trauma and more longevity! Ready to learn about the difference between Microblading and Permanent Hairstrokes? Let's go!
Microblading VS Machine Hairstrokes
The eyebrow evolution continues. Microblading eyebrows was the hottest trend a year ago. Now there is something better! Permanent Hairstrokes! Here’s everything you need to know about the new brow procedure taking the beauty world by storm. Also called eyebrow embroidery, feathering, or etching, Hairstrokes are a permanent makeup solution that differs from the eyebrow tattoos we saw in past years.
When etching the hairstrokes I uses a very fine tattoo needle to deposit pigment into the skin using the “hairstroke” technique. In other words: your brows won’t appear too dark or inky and the brows you have will seamlessly blend into your look to give you a natural appearance. This differs from Microblading because we are not cutting into the skin. When the eyebrows are Microbladed, a series of acupuncture needles is used to create cuts in the skin. Over time, this can lead to uneven results, scar tissue and damage to the skin.
Step 1 - Before Care
Once your appointment is scheduled you will receive all of the necessary before care. The day you meet with me, I will do a 20-30 minute consultation which includes discussing your brow goals, measuring and mapping out the shape and choosing the appropriate color.
Step 2 - Hairstrokes
Once the shaping is done you will lie down and I will begin etching in the outline of the brow. This outline is done to both brows. The second pass is then done. This is where I will go back in and add in the detail strokes and finish up the Hairstrokes. The whole procedure takes anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours and a follow up appointment is scheduled for 6 weeks out.
Step 3 - Follow Up Appointment (5 to 6 weeks out)
During your follow up appointment, I will put back in any pigment lost in the healing process, and tweak any imperfections. Once you have had your second appointment, you should be good to go for about 18 to 24 months!
Remember it is permanent! Permanent Makeup is an art and a science and is a fantastic low maintenance option to filling in and shaping your brow everyday!
Hairstrokes have become popular with beauty enthusiasts who want to give their brows some heft, as well as doing wonders for those who suffer from overplucking, alopecia, trigonometrical, or anyone undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
Permanent Makeup Before & After Care
Before Your Appointment
Prior to your permanent cosmetic enhancement think about the look that you would like to achieve. Cosmetic enhancements normally require multiple applications sessions. To achieve the best results you will be required to return for at least one additional enhancement 6 weeks after the initial application.
Be prepared for the color intensity to be significantly sharper and darker immediately after the procedure. This will subside and become softer as the skin heals. This process can take up to 14 days.
If you experience keloids on any part of your body this procedure is not recommended
Skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema can affect the retention of pigment
Tell your technician if you are allergic to any numbing agents such as Lidocaine
Do not take Aspirin or Ibuprofen 2 days prior to or after your procedure. Tylenol is safe to take if needed
Do not discontinue any medication before consulting your doctor
Keep alcohol intake to a minimum 2 days prior to and after your procedure
Do not use Retin A or anti-aging skincare products close to the enhancement site 1 week prior to or after your procedure
Do not use AHA skincare products close to the enhancement area 2 weeks prior to or after your procedure.
You must be off Accutane one year prior to getting the procedure done
As with electrolysis the National Blood Service does not accept donations of blood for 1 year after a cosmetic enhancement
Waxing treatments should be performed no less than 3 days prior to your procedure
IPL Laser hair removal should be performed no less than 2 weeks prior to your enhancement
Electrolysis treatments should be performed no less than 5 days prior to your enhancement
Eyebrow tinting should not be performed for 2 weeks after your enhancement
After Your Procedure
The area treated may show redness and swelling and the color may look darker and more intense than desired – this is very normal. Additional treatments cannot be undertaken until the area has completely healed and that time frame is at the discretion of the technician. A 30-60 day healing time is required before any further work can be done.
In order to let your brows heal well avoid water on the brow area, makeup on the brow area, the gym, a sauna or swimming pool for 14 days. Once the area has completely healed (approximately two weeks) you may consider wearing sunblock on the treated area to reduce color fading due to the sun. Healing takes approximately 10-14 days.
Strong chemicals, Glycolic Acids or peels of any kind may cause lightening of the pigments. Always call and check with your technician if in any doubt prior to usage of these skin products or procedures. DO NOT PICK OR PULL at the treated area as it will result in pigment loss or scarring.
You will go through 3 Healing Phases:
You may notice whiteness or blanching around the area – this is quite normal and will subside with in 12 hours and is due to the Lidocaine.
Aftercare Instructions: (VERY IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW)
Always wash your hands before applying aftercare! Day 1. Gently wipe the brows every two hours with a cotton round and distilled water. In the evening before bed, wash with Dial antibacterial soap and apply a thin layer of aftercare. NEVER PUT AFTERCARE ON A WET TATTOO (If the tattoo is damp, blot dry with a clean tissue) Days 2-10- Wash the tattoo once in the morning and once in the evening with Dial antibacterial soap and apply a thin layer of aftercare. Repeat this treatment up to 3 times daily if the area feels tight - Do not saturate the enhancement with aftercare
Giving Blood – The Red Cross has suggested that you do not give blood for 6 months following your procedure
MRI Scans – This procedure shows up as and artifact on these scans (Some clients may experience a tingling sensation; please notify your radiologist)
Injectables – Dermal fillers and Botox can alter the shape of the eyebrows (The client should be advised that injectables should be carried out after a Permanent Makeup procedure and not prior to)
Laser/Pulsed Light – Laser or pulsed light hair removal or skin rejuvenation can cause color change (It is important to advise the technician that you have had a Permanent Makeup procedure as this cannot be rectified with another Permanent Makeup procedure)