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WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OILY SKIN AND MICROBLADING?

Posted on October 22, 2017 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (3)


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WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OILY SKIN AND MICROBLADING?


I have seen hundreds of eyebrow clients and I need to address an issue with Microblading. Don’t get me wrong, Microblading improves ALL eyebrows but maybe not the same way.

Is Microblading great? YES. Is it great choice for EVERYONE? THAT DEPENDS! Microblading is a semi -permanent form of manual tattooing. This technique is performed with a manual hand tool with a disposable one-time use need configuration attached at the end of the tool. The needles get slowly dragged in a strategic manner over the skin to create small hair like “incisions”. The needles are dipped into a pigment as this is done. After each pass across, pigment is applied to the incisions so it can soak into them, leaving realistic looking beautiful small hair like slits.

Oily skin does not respond to microblading the same way as dryer skin does. With dry skin you may get nice crisp defined healed strokes. Much like the pictures below.


With oily skin the result will very due to the oil level in the skin and the aftercare that is administered after the procedure. The stroke results for oily skin can “powder out slightly” leaving more of a makeup powdered look. (Or like your brows would look if you used a brow powder to fill them in.) This is still a BEAUTIFUL RESULT. I just think being informed will help guests to have a realistic expectation of what they can expect to see after the brows heal. Here is a great example of how this looks.


COMBATING THE ISSUE, I’ve been trying a few different things with aftercare that tend to help slightly. By using witch hazel to “dry” the skin out slightly during the healing process and blotting the oil off the skin often we can help this issue. Although the result is still not as crisp as dryer skin it does leave a beautiful result. Below is another great result with an oilier skinned guest. This guest did a combination of microblading plus shading to get a little more “makeup” like appearance.


I guess the end goal of this article is to explain that result of microblading does vary based on the skin type that is being worked on as well as the aftercare followed following the procedure. My final thoughts are that for most guests with oily skin or not the results of microblading far out way the before for the guests.For some guest a 3rd session may even be needed. As said best by one of my clients “It’s better to have something there for eyebrows, then nothing at all” I hope this helps if you are researching the idea of Microblading!


Permanent Makeup and Microblading Healing Questions Answered!

Posted on January 26, 2017 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I am always in close contact with my guest during their healing process. YES, this is a process. Since I receive so many questions on healing, I thought it would be a great topic to touch on, also letting you know what to expect before you come in for a procedure. I will answer my most frequently asked questions for the main procedures of Permanent Makeup. I will touch on 3D Hair Stroke Eyebrows, Microblade Eyebrows, Eyeliner and the Lips. First let me hit on the things to AVOID for any of the procedures you may be considering.

 

• Tanning, swimming, applying makeup to area – 2 WEEKS

• Compressing your face into the pillow while sleeping- 48 hours

• Workouts or strenuous activity- 2-7 days (depending on procedure)

• Exposing the area to full water pressure in the shower- 3days

NO WATER FOR MICROBLADE EYEBROWS -7 DAYS


 

1. 3D Hair Stroke Eyebrows

With the Hair Stroke Eyebrow procedure, you will expect the pigment to fade around 20 - 30% and soften a bit after healing of the 1st session. You will be able to ice your brows the 1st few days after the procedure to reduce any swelling or discomfort you may have. I advise you to use a thin layer of Aquafor on your brows 2-3 x’s per day for around 5-7 days. Scabs that dry out or are rubbed, picked, scratched or pulled off will take longer to heal and could result in pigment loss. For the most part this eyebrow healing really is very simple for guests. Here is a Before, Immediately After and Healed Photo of the 3D brows.


 

 

2. Microblade Eyebrows

With Micro blading, it is important to follow aftercare instructions carefully. Microblade Eyebrow pigment will fade around 40 -50%. You CANNOT get the brow area wet for 7 days, post procedure. Water may expand your lines resulting in thicker lines than desired. I advise not doing anything to them for 48-72 hours. After 72 hours, you may use a VERY THIN layer of Aquafor on the brows 1-2 times a day. You want the brows to breathe but NOT dry out. (If you have oily skin or feel the need than you may want to use a dab of alcohol or witch hazel to cleanse the eyebrows and remove excess oil.) Oily skinned guests need not do anything else with them for 7 days. After the 7 day, healing you may use grapeseed or jojoba oil on them sparingly. Here is a diagram I found online that documents the healing process well. You will start by thinking “Uh oh, maybe too dark?” than day 5-8 “WHOA WAY TOO DARK” on day 8ish you’ll think “I think it all fell off?” Around 2-4 weeks the color will finalize and you will feel Happy! Due to natural skin regeneration healing differs in everyone. You will need a 2nd and possibly a 3rd session to perfect your microblade eyebrows.


 

 

 

3. Eyeliner

Eyeliner healing is a little trickier one. Due to the sensitive eyeline skin and swelling the lines will shrink, settle and look softer than immediately after your procedure. Usually if you want a nice thick liner line you will need to look thicker the day of your procedure. You may select to build them up with starting basic at your 1st session and building it up at the touch up session, or elect to go all in right away. You can expect to ice your eyeline the first few days after your procedure. (being careful not to overdue icing on the fragile eye area) I like to tell guests it will feel like you had a real good cry for the 1st and possibly 2nd day. I recommend using a thin layer of Aquafor on the eyeliner 1-3X a day for 3-5 days. Scabs that dry out may pull off pigment. Here’s a photo of immediately after the procedure and after healing.


 

 

 

 

4. Lips

Lip healing is also one of the more complex procedures. 1st and very important thing to know with any lip procedure you should be pretreating with a fever blister/cold sore medicine before your procedure. Even clients that do not typically get cold sores (if the virus lives in your body), you will expect to see it come out with a little lip trauma. I recommend ALL my clients to pretreat. Lip healing is different for everyone. You can expect to lose 50-60% of your color after healing. Icing your lips the first few days will feel amazing as you will feel swollen and DARK (you may like the way the swollen Botox look, looks!) :D Day 3-4 the peeling process will begin, color can appear orangey or pinkish. Day 5-6 Lips dry out and feel chapped. Day 7-14 Color will look as if it is totally gone.(THIS IS NORMAL) Day 15-21 Pigment will return and settle to final result. Lips may feel dry for some time after your procedure. Use of a good lip balm will help. I recommend using Aquafor on lips for the first 10 days. Here's a before, after and healed picture of lips.

I hope this helps with knowing what to expect during your healing process. Just remember everyone heals differently and healing times vary. It important to follow the aftercare your technician recommends carefully! Happy Healing!

 

 


 

 

What is the difference between Microblading and Permanent Makeup?

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

This is a question I am hearing often as of lately with the craze of  Microblading on the rise. Microblading is the newer semi- permanent makeup option used for eyebrows. Microblading is a hand tool techinique used to give you or enhance your non-existing or existing eyebrows. Permanent Makeup on the other hand is also used to give you similar results but may be administered many different ways. When receiving PMUP your technician may use a hand tap method, rotory or digital permanent makeup machine. 


Micro blading tool        

Digital Permanent Makeup Machine

 

The biggest differences that I see with these techniques-

Micro blading     Permanent Makeup

• Lasts 8 months- 2 years * Touchup may not be needed until 3-5 years

• Smaller skinnier lines * Slightly thicker lines

• Scratching/slicing surface of skin * Digital tool method accuracy

• Ability to change shape later * Ability to alter shape later

• Organic Pigments- higher risk of allergy * Iron oxide pigments- low risk of alleregy


Either way you “Slice” it Semi-Permanent Micro Blading or 3D Hair Stroke Permanent Makeup is a great way to enhance your natural beauty and give you a HUGE confidence boost. The effect of permanent makeup is a huge decision and should not be taken lightly, I suggest researching the technician that you choose. Read reviews and ask plenty of questions to make sure your experience is a pleasant one! Happy Eyebrows!

 


What's the process for getting Permanent Makeup?

Posted on September 14, 2016 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

What is the process for getting Permanent makeup?


First things first. It’s a little scary, it’s a tattoo on your face, right?



Yes it is, so research and find the best artist for you. Check reviews and photos of their work carefully. Having a detailed consultation is the way any good artist will start. Being on the same page with your artist will make the experience way more comfortable for you. This is how I begin. At the consultation appointment I will sit down with you and assess your face and area of your specific procedure. I then will ask you to explain how you would like to see your enhancement. After a clear picture is painted we will start actually “painting” or drawing the design on the face. This could take as short or as long of time as it needs to make you feel comfortable with the process and going forward. After the consultation you can book an appointment with your artist or continue your research and meeting artists until you find one you are comfortable with.


2nd Part of the process.

This could be the same day or a different day depending on appointment type. You will fill out some medical forms, show proof or ID (18 years or older.) and have and before picture taken for records or otherwise as determined with artist. Now the real fun starts. (If this is a “same day procedure appointment” as consultation your artist started with disinfection and you will skip the next step) First your artist will cleanse your skin, dry and draw on a design for your enhancement (in some cases such as eyeliner or lash enhancement this may have been discussed and skipped). Once this is perfected to your standards and the color choice is made. It’s SHOW TIME!


You will then get comfy on the table/bed. Looking around to make sure everything is clean and sanitized packages are being used in your procedure. ASK questions to make sure proper sanitizing procedures are in place to protect you. The procedure will likely begin with your artist washing their hands and setting up their machine. A quick pass over the area will be done and a numbing cream/gel will most likely be applied. Did it hurt? YOWZERS!! More than likely with the first pass you will feel some discomfort (as previously discussed this is a TATTOO!) There will likely be 1 to 3 passes over the areas. Each pass getting a little more comfortable as the numbing is starting to kick in. Once your technician is comfortable finishing their artwork you will be shown the mirror for any type of perfecting techniques that will be discussed. After the perfection process you will get to see the result of your enhancement. At this point I give my guests icepacks to hold over the area to reduce swelling and let’s face it they feel amazing.


Next and final steps to finish up the 1st section of the process is to go over the aftercare instructions carefully with your artist and ask any questions that you may have for them about your healing. Your artist will then take an after photo for their records. (And anything else that was previously discussed with a photo release form.) Well that's it (for now) easy peasy, right? I try to check in with my clients in around 1 week to see how things are healing. When approaching the 4 weeks post procedure time comes I will be in contact to schedule a touchup appointment if needed. This appointment is done ideally 30 -60 days after initial procedure. You can expect the touchup appointment to be a breeze now that your a pro!!