BY HEATHER CELESTE, RN BSN
WHAT IS COSMETIC TATTOOING?
Cosmetic tattooing (micro pigmentation), is the process of implanting color micro-pigment beneath the surface of the skin by means of a tiny, sterile, disposable needle.
WHAT IS THE HAIR-sTROKE method?
Hair-stroke microblading is a process where a manual tattooing technique is used to deposit mineral based pigments into the skin. Hair-like tattoo strokes mimic natural hairs creating defined and natural brows.
WHY choose microblading?
This advanced technique for brow feathering has many benefits:
Creates full and even brows.
Sweat proof and waterproof.
Camouflage any scars and sparse areas.
CAN I DO THIS IF I AM PREGNANT OR BREAST FEEDING?
NO. We will not perform any cosmetic tattoo procedures while you are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is to ensure safety and peace of mind.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
Consultation and brow design (30 min): All appointments include a 30 minute brow consultation where together we will shape and design a set of brows that enhance your natural facial features.
Numbing (20 min): A topical anesthetic is applied for 20 minutes prior to the procedure to ensure maximum comfort. during the procedure a separate numbing agent is used to enhance numbing effects.
Tattooing (60-90 min): Chosen pigment color(s) are implanted to create hair-like strokes that mimic the appearance of natural brow hair within the designed brow shape.
DOES IT HURTt?
Pain tolerance varies from person to person. Two separate numbing gels are used prior and during the procedure to ensure comfort. It is highly recommended to avoid tattooing during a menstrual cycle because the skin can be hypersensitive. Clients have related the procedure with eyebrow threading, plucking multiple hairs at once, or a light scratching of the skin.
DO YOUR SHAVE THE NATURAL BROWS HAIRS?
We incorporate as much of the natural brow hairs as possible. any stray hairs that lay outside of the brows design will be removed.
WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE AND FEEL LIKE?
Redness is very minimal and there is no visible signs of swelling, clients can return to work immediately after the procedure. any redness will subside within the day. after the numbing wears off there will slight discomfort which is described as a sunburn sensation. immediately after the procedure the brows will appear crisp and dark. As the pigment oxidizes the brows will look darker for the first 3-5 days. after the scabbing starts peeling, lighter and softer feather strokes will be present. the color will continue to soften for the next 6 weeks.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL?
It takes about 2 weeks for the superficial layers of skin to close and heal. Deeper layers of the skin will take up to 4-8 weeks to fully heal. The first 3-5 days will appear dark (especially for light skin and light haired clients). Light peeling will start around day 4 or 5 which will reveal much lighter and softer hair strokes.
WHAT WILL MY HEALED BROW TATTOO LOOK LIKE?
There is absolutely no guarantees with cosmetic tattoo. Results will vary depending on skin type, lifestyle, and the immediate and longterm aftercare by the client. Once the scabbing peels the color will reduce by 30%-50%. The hair-strokes will appear softer and more muted (oily skin types hairstrokes may heal softer and more powdery while drier skin types may heal crisper and more defined). The color will full settle in about 6 weeks. You may experience some patchiness after your first session but do not worry we will perfect them at the second session
HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
last 1-3 years depending on:
lifestyle, sun exposure, and skin type
A majority of clients require 2 sessions to have their brows perfected.
The FIRST TOUCH UP is done 1-2 months after the first session to perfect the brows and add density
DO I NEED A TOUCH UP?
Results will vary from person to person depending on skin type and color used. Individuals may require 2 sessions to perfect their brows. Not all clients need or desire a touchup. It is less likely that a touch up will be required for a client that has fuller brows. Clients with little or no natural brow hairs, or have corrected work may need additional touchups.
HOW OFTEN ARE TOUCHUPS NEEDED?
An annual touchup is highly recommended to maintain brow tattoos. It is ultimately up to the client to decide when it is time for a touchup. There are a few touchup options 6 month, 9 month or 1 year. Oilier skin types will tend to fade quicker than drier skin types. Longterm aftercare is crucial to the longevity of your brow investment.