What Service is right for me? What can I expect?
Q: What are Nano Brows?
Nanoblading is a more precise version of microblading. With nano brows, the artist uses a single-needle device, and PMU machine, which works like a tattoo machine, but uses an extremely fine needle to inject pigments into the epidermis. The nano needle is flexible and as thin as a hair. The most common thickness is 0.25-.3 mm. Some artists call it 3D nano brows, because the thin strokes are indistinguishable from the natural hairs. This procedure is phasing out Microblading due to the fact it is less traumatic to the skin, does not cause scar tissue build up, lasts longer and looks more realistic. Shading can be added to this to create even more depth and realism. (Please note that any hair strokes done whether with machine or hand tool will blur over time & need to be converted to a shaded brow)
Q: What is Microblading?
A: Microblading is a permanent makeup treatment for eyebrows done by depositing pigments between eyebrow hairs in thin strokes in order to make the brow arches, fuller, thicker, and symmetrical.
The artist uses a special microblading tool made up of 9 to 18 fine blades of different thickness which are dipped into a liquid pigment solution and dragged through the epidermis. Please note that Microblading is NOT suitable for oily, large pores, sun damaged or mature skin types. (Please note that any hair strokes done whether with machine or hand tool will blur over time & need to be converted to a shaded brow)
Q. What is Microshading/Powder Brows
Microshading is done using a PMU machine and needles. This technique leaves small, pin-point dots. Soft powdery brows to bold Ombre Brows can be created using this method. I recommend Microshading for clients with oily or darker skin because the Microshading technique takes better to their skin type. Sensitive skinned clients can benefit as well, because this technique is less traumatic to the skin than Microblading. Combined with Nano or Microblading Hair strokes (called Combo Brows) your brows will look like you just left the makeup artists chair with perfectly arched brows!! This technique helps to close the bridge between your existing brow hair and Microbladed strokes to help give your brows a more dense, full look, especially those missing their brow tails!
Q: Will it hurt?
A: Everyone has different sensitivities as far as discomfort goes, however I have never had anyone tell me to stop. If a tattoo is 10/10, Microblading would, on average, be a 3 or 4 on the discomfort scale. I pre-numb as well as numb throughout the process, I have even had a several clients fall asleep.
You can expect to feel a scratching sensation and hear a "velcro" sound that may intensify by the end of the procedure. It is uncomfortable, but by no means unbearable. The sound you will hear is actually a good thing, it lets me know I am at the "sweet spot" and not deep in the skin.
Q: What are the risks?
A: As with any invasive esthetic procedure, the biggest risk is infection. Infection will almost always be the result of improper after care in the first 10 days following the procedure. I use one-time, sterile disposable tools and disinfect and wash everything after each session.
Sleeping on dirty pillows, picking at your brows, applying makeup to the area and constantly touching, rubbing or wiping your brows (among other things) can result in an infection, which could lead to scarring and other complications. As long as you follow my after care instructions this risk is nearly eliminated.
Q: How long does it take?
A: You can expect to be with me for around 2 hours. When you first arrive, I will take before pictures, clean your brow area and begin tedious measuring of your face & brow area. Then I will work on a shape best suited for our face while also incorporating our natural brow bone. Once you agree you like the shape, I will then pre numb you which only takes a few minutes and begin the procedure. Once finished I I will take after photos and review after care instructions with you. Touch up appts usually are alot quicker.
Q: What is "Brow Shock"?
A: So you've gone from no brows to wow brows - and you don't look like you anymore! If you've been looking at your brows in the mirror every day for years and are used to seeing yourself a certain way, suddenly having dark, full brows can be a little...shocking. Compare it to having really long hair and cutting it all off, or bleaching your hair. But don't worry. Give it a few days and the shock will wear off - this is a completely normal reaction. And don't forget, your new brows will soften around 30% and shrink within 14 days.
Q: Is one session enough?
A: No. Microblading, Microshading & Nano Brows are a 2-step layering process. Some areas will fade out and that is normal, therefore you must come back to complete the process or risk walking around with unfinished work....and neither of us want that.
Sometimes it is necessary to do a 3rd touch up session - this is entirely at the discretion of the client and is only needed if they would like a few strokes here and there to even things out - we do not go over the whole brow again.
Q: How long will it last?
A: Depending on your skin type, you can expect the look to last anywhere from 6 months to up to 2 years. Remember, this is a semi-permanent procedure. It will fade, but for some of us it will never completely fade away and you may be left with a shadow. It is up to you how long you want to maintain the shape and crispness.
**If you have oily skin, the strokes will fade quicker, and become thick and blurry. For this skin type Microshading is highly recommended! It retains better on oily skin than Microblading. If you have dry skin, the strokes will last longer and heal sharper. Both looks are an improvement on patchiness, unevenness and will reduce the amount of time you spend drawing your brows each day.
Q: What about down time afterwards?
A: You will notice that your brows may feel sunburned or be a little red after the procedure - this is normal and will fade away within 24 hours. You can carry on your normal activities provided you carefully follow the post-procedure aftercare. It takes up to 14 days for your brows to complete the flakey/fading part of the healing process and a minimum of 6 weeks before you can come back for your touch up. I recommend 6-10 weeks for your 2nd appointment.
Q: How much do they fade after the initial session?
A: About 30%.-40% They will shrink, become softer and much lighter - this is normal, and the end result is natural looking brows.
Q: What else can cause them to fade faster?
A: Suntanning, exfoliation, excessive sweating (working out), anti aging skin care products, certain facials, lasers & peels or improper aftercare. All these things can cause the pigment to fade faster, so if you want your treatment to last longer, take care of your brows as if they were tattoos.