BROW LAMINATION FAQ
WHAT IS BROW LAMINATION?
Brow Lamination is a noninvasive procedure and a semi-permanent solution for eyebrows that lack shape, do not have symmetry, where the hairs follow a different pattern or have sparse areas. With lamination, we manipulate the hair follicle so that we can help to shape them to allow the hair to flow in upward direction, soften and smooth over the eyebrow hair, and also visually lift the eyebrow arch. This realigns the direction of the natural brow pattern in such a way to give you the desired shape. Brow lamination is like a brazilian blowout for the brows. The treatment helps to coax your brow hairs, so they start to grow in the desired direction.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BROW LAMINATION?
Anyone who is looking to improve his or her natural brows is a great candidate. It's perfect for those looking to add volume and a more defined arch, as it makes the brow area appear larger and fuller. Brow laminations are great for filling gaps, adding definition, and giving the illusion of more hair to sparse brows.
WHO IS NOT A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BROW LAMINATION?
- Too many bald spots in the brow
- Extremely sparse brows
- Skin Disease, Skin Trauma, Cuts, Abrasions, Burns, and Swelling in the immediate area.
- Recent surgeries around the eyes, head, or face
- Hypersensitive Skin/Eyes
- On any blood thinners
- Scar tissue in the treatment area
- Cancer or those undergoing Chemotherapy
- Brow growth serums
- Brow henna within the last 10 weeks (standard brow tint okay)
- With previous allergic reactions to eyelash lift / relaxing products
- Within 6 weeks after a PMU treatment or chemical peels
- Cysts (A dust is a lump of the upper or lower eyelid caused by obstruction and inflammation of an oil gland of the eyelid.)
- Skin Disorders in the general eye area. (Dermatitis, Xanthelasma, Syringoma)
- Alopecia or T richotillimania
- Cataract (a clouding of the natural lens in one or both eyes leading to decreased vision)
- Herpes Simplex
- Blepharitis (An ocular condition characterized by chronic inflammation of the eyelid)
- Hordeola/Stye/Styes (A small collection of puss/abscess on the eyelid)
- Keratitis (Inflammation of the cornea of the eye)
- Eye Infections (Impetigo, Conjunctivitis)
- Eye Inflammation (Uveitis)
- Diabetic Retinopathy (A medical condition in which damage occurs to the retina due to diabetes)
- Bells Palsy or any condition that makes closing or opening the eye(s) difficult
- Any disease/disorder that causes shaking twitching or erratic movements
WHAT IS THE PRE / POST CARE FOR BROW LAMINATION?
Pre 24-48 hours:
- Do not apply Retin-A, AHA or exfoliate the brow area for 72 hour before
- Do not exfoliate the brow area 72 hours before the service.
- Arrive to your appointment completely free of eye makeup
Post 24-48 hours:
- Do not wet your brows (48 hours, if possible)
- Avoid touching the brow area at the risk of transferring oils
- Do not apply make up to the brow
- Do not apply Retin-A, AHA or exfoliate the brow area after the treatment
- No self-tanner products should be used on the face for at least 48 hours post treatment
- Comb hairs into place daily
- MOST IMPORTANT : Apply aftercare brow serum given daily (we suggest before bed)
BROW TINTING FAQ
HOW LONG DOES BROW TINTING LAST?
Depending on the porosity of your eyebrow hair, tinting can last between 3-8 weeks on the hair, The stain on the skin lasts 2-5 days (or washes) depending on your skin type. We advise clients to cleanse their brows several times to remove staining, or to avoid excessive cleansing to maintain the temporary stain, depending on preference.
WHAT IS THE BROW TINTING AFTERCARE?
- Do not touch or rub your eyebrows immediately after the treatment.
- Strong sunlight/UV light can make the tint color fade faster.
- Avoid washing your eyebrows, or swimming for 24 hours, as these activities can cause the tint results to fade.
- Avoid exfoliating facial cleansers. Those containing AHA’s or other chemical exfoliates may decrease the life of your tint. A gentle facial cleanser or eye makeup remover is recommended.
- Do not apply makeup or receive any other eyebrow treatments for at least 24 hours after the brow tinting treatment.
- Try to use oil-free facial products around the eye area to prolong the tint color.
BROW HENNA FAQ
WHAT IS BROW HENNA TINT?
Henna is a 99.5% natural product that has the power to stain the skin as well as the hair. Unlike regular tints, it contains no ammonia or peroxide’s. It conditions the brow hairs as well as encourages new hair growth. It is also excellent for those resistant grey & white hairs.
WHAT IS BROW HENNA TINTING AFTERCARE?
- Do not rub the area treated
- Avoid heat treatments for 24 hours
- Do not apply brow make-up for at least 24 hours after your treatment
- Avoid sunbathing for 24 hours, as this can cause the tint to fade
- Avoid swimming/saunas for at least 24 hours after your treatment
- Avoid perfumed products for at least 24 hours after your treatment
- Please note that oil based make up remover can cause the tint to fade quicker
- Exposure to the sun/UV lights for long periods can cause the tint to fade quicker
HOW LONG DOES BROW HENNA LAST?
Like anything, results do VARY, however, most of the time you can expect the skin stain to gradually fade over 7-14 days and the hair tint 4-6 weeks.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BROW TINTING AND HENNA TINTING?
Regular brow tinting lightly stains the skin for 2-5 days, lasts around 3-8 weeks on the hair depending on depth of color achieved, has a quicker to processing time, is customizable with warm and cool tones of varied depth, and can be included in brow lamination services. While henna brows can stain the skin for 7-14 days, lasts 4-8 weeks on the hair, has a longer time to process but uses no chemical developers, harder to achieve a cool toned brow. Henna is great for sparse, very blonde invisible brows and even white/grey hair as the colour molecule attaches in a different way to tint. Henna brows is not suitable to be combined with brow lamination (like regular brow tinting) as the two treatments are quite active and can damage the brow hair if combined together.
PERMANENT MAKEUP FAQ
WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
Microblading is a manual method of implanting pigment in hair-like strokes in the epidermis to create the look of fuller brows. The natural-looking results are achieved with a sharp, hand-held manual blade made up of micro needles. Because the pigment sits so superficially in the skin the strokes are sharp, crisp, and they mimic the look of real hair!
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MICROBLADING AND BLADE & SHADE?
Microblading involves creating short, hair-like strokes on the brow—the goal is to mimic the look of brow hair. Powder brow (or microshading), on the other hand, gives a more solid, bold appearance. Blade X Shade is a combination of the two. Microblading is best good dry skin, while powder brow and blade x shade are good for combination and oily skin. Powder brow and blade x shade tend to have a better longevity in color retention than microblading alone.
IS THE SERVICE PAINFUL?
Pain threshold levels vary from person to person, but most clients find the procedure to be pain manageable. A topical anesthetic gel is used during the procedure.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE RECEIVING MY PMU SERVICE?
- If you use retinols and active acids (AHAs, BHAs) on your skin, please discontinue use ON the forehead or NEAR future treated area 2 weeks before.
- No sun or UV beds for 4 weeks before.
- NO plastic surgery, lasers of peels within 3 months before/after your service.
- No botox less than 2 weeks before/after your service.
- Please discontinue use of brow/eye serums 8-12 weeks before.
- No working out the day of your appointment.
- Please no alcohol 24 hours before
- Do not take any blood thinners 48 hours before, unless instructed by a doctor.
- Avoid Vitamin E or Omega 3 supplements 2-3 days before.
- If you're ill, have a cold/fever, or on steroids/antibiotics, we MUST reschedule- no exceptions! The pigment will not take.
- Please limit caffeine the day of.
- If you regularly get your brows tinted or laminated, I highly recommend you do so 7 days before your appointment and 14 days after your appointment.
- If you will be on or around your cycle, you will be a little more sensitive.
WHAT IS THE PMU AFTERCARE?
Immediately after a cosmetic tattooing procedure the area treated will look about 20% darker than the final results. This is temporary, the color will lighten and soften over 3 to 14 days. It is normal for the area to feel slightly tender or dry. Here are some instructions and tips to follow to care for your cosmetic tattoo.
DAY OF TREATMENT
For the next 24 hours (especially during the first 4 hours) continue to gently blot the area to remove fluid with a clean tissue. Removing this fluid prevents hardening of any lymph fluids.
You can take anything you want for inflammation or swelling.
You can ice them as well as long as they stay dry.
Please use a clean pillowcase to avoid dust, dirt, oil, or debris.
DAY 1-10 FOLLOWING TREATMENT
Cleanse with an antibacterial soap, with a soft gentle touch on each brow for about 10 seconds. Blot with water and cotton to make sure all the soap is removed, then use dry tissue or pad to remove moisture
Once dry, itchy, and flakey, after you cleanse, apply a THIN layer of aftercare cream given. It is very important that the brows are DRY, before applying any aftercare, and that you’re only using a very sheer amount of aftercare cream, so you don’t suffocate the treated area, and delay healing process. If you have an oily skin type, do not use any cream, and just dry heal.
FOR THE FIRST 2 WEEKS:
NO SOAP, CLEANSERS, SUN, TANNING, SWIMMING, SAUNAS, MAKEUP, EXCESSIVE SWEATING, WORKING OUT
Do not scratch or pick as this can cause color loss/scarring. Tap the area if itchy. No botox, facials, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion.
Avoid long hot showers, and sleeping on your face.
Avoid exercise for 10 days.
Avoid Retin-A, vitamin c, glycolic acids, exfoliants and anti-aging products.
Do not resume any method of eyebrow hair removal or coloration.
Once the shedding process is complete, it is okay to do everything as normally
IF I CAN'T GET THEM WET FOR 10 DAYS, HOW DO I WASH MY HAIR?
Limit your showers to 5 minutes so that you do not create too much steam. Keep your face/treatment area out of the water while you wash your body, then, at the end of your shower, wash your hair. Use face shield provided to protect brow area. Avoid excessive rinsing and hot water on the treated area.
WHAT IS THE LONG TERM CARE?
Apply SPF/Sunscreen daily. Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and color change.
Avoid Glycolic Acid or Peels on brow area. Anything with active ingredients will lighten the colour with continuous use. Check moisturisers and cleansers as they can also fade tattoo colour if they contain Vitamins or AHA’s.
If you are a frequent sweater, and use active skincare, your pigment WILL fade quicker.
Pigments will slowly fade over time according to one’s metabolism, skin type, skin health, sun exposure, medications, facial surgery etc. I DO NOT and will not guarantee any time frames about longevity in regard to permanent makeup services as it’s unique to the individual.
Schedule maintenance visits as needed to maintain the look all year around. Depending on technique, will require maintenance every 24-36 months to maintain the look. I have full discretion on when I can see returning clients as my goal is to keep the skin healthy. If the pigment has not faded by 30- 50%, DO NOT BOOK. If it’s a couple of spots, PUT MAKEUP IN IT. Save your maintenance sessions for when you really need them. It’s necessity for the pigment to fade and skin to heal between sessions.
Follow up sessions to your first appointment are done 3-6 months after the first session. Maintenance/ color boost touch ups will not be scheduled less than 24 months from your last session. I’m very strict on this policy. If you go elsewhere to have someone service your brows, we will not touch the area moving forward. Recommended timeframe is once every 24-48 months depending on how your body retains the pigment.
WHAT IS THE HEALING SCHEDULE?
The biggest piece of advice we have for all our clients is to don’t over obsess, trust the process, and please be patient. They will go through quite the transformation process over the next 4-8 weeks. It takes this much time for the skin to heal completely, and for the color to stabilize in the skin. While every person is different, and some heal more quickly or slowly than others, here’s generally what to expect.
The eyebrows will appear significantly darker in color, and bolder in shape. Expect light to moderate swelling, redness, and tenderness, almost like a sunburn. The skin’s redness causes the color of the pigment to appear darker. Pigment might appear warmer, or with a reddish tint because of the skin. Do not worry, this will subside. Don’t freak out, this is normal.
Eyebrows start to itch and will appear a bit thicker in texture. Exfoliation sometimes begins. The skin begins to flake, peel or scab from the outside edges first. DO NOT PICK! USE CREAM ONLY WHEN SKIN NEEDS IT. Listen to your skin.
Color finishes flaking off and appears softer, grayer, patchy, and not as crisp and defined, this is normal. Please expect them to be in a very dull phase for awhile.
2 TO 6 WEEKS AFTER
·The color has lightened from its initial overly-dark appearance. Expect for the strokes or color to appear dull, and not as defined. Some might experience a patchy, and almost barely there phase. Please do not worry, this is also normal, and as skin continues to heal, the color will look richer and more defined and bloom in the skin. It’s normal to have some flaking for a couple of weeks after your treatment.
6 TO 8 WEEKS AFTER
The final color begins to stabilize and show through.