WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
This is the process of implanting pigment into the skin to create he appearance of natural hair. It is considered a tattoo, and permanent makeup. Although it is considered permanent makeup, it does fade over time. Touch ups are suggested once every 12-24 months in order to keep the color fresh and shape precise. Please go into this with the expectation that it is meant to fade. The longer out you have your touch-ups the better your skin is and the better your outcome will be for years to come.
Microblading is meant to be a natural enhancement, and to create the appearance of full, beautiful brows. It looks most natural on clients who already have semi full brow hair, and are wanting to perfect their shape. The more hair you have, the more natural it will appear.
Microblading heals best on young, healthy skin that is normal-dry.
Oily skin and aging/thin skin is not recommended for microblading. Results will not heal as well, or look as natural. If you have aging or oily skin, you are better suited for a combination or powder brow!
WHAT IS SHADED/POWDER BROW?
Powder brows, unlike microblading is a more saturated brow. This is done with a manual pen and peppered into your skin. The look is more filled in (like make-up) with less trauma to the skin than microblading. Powder brows have no hairstrokes present.
Powder brows can be done in combination with microblading to add density and blend hairs and hairstrokes placed.
IS IT PAINFUL?
Pain tolerance levels vary depending on which area we are working on and can differ person to person. For all services, a highly-effective topical anesthetic cream is used for numbing during your procedure.
**Please read ALL pre-procedure information to see what you can avoid to make your experience more comfortable with optimal results!
**Please note, having services performed during your menstrual cycle may increase discomfort during your procedure. If you are a frequent smoker, the topical anesthetics used during the treatment will not last as long. Certain medical conditions or medications may affect your sensitivity tolerance to the procedure.
HOW LONG WILL MY PERMANENT COSMETICS LAST?
Cosmetic tattooing is designed to fade over time. Factors such as skin type, lifestyle, age, metabolism, medications, and pigment color affect the longevity of the tattoo. The sun and some kinds of lighting (tanning beds) can affect the rate at which these pigments are broken down. To take care of your brows follow the aftercare instructions and touch-up your brows every 18-24 months (as needed). Touch-ups are normal and expected for Permanent Cosmetics.
*Please note that final results vary and CANNOT be guaranteed due to the nature of skin as it heals. A follow-up appointment is recommended at 8 weeks where we can assess your pigment retention and make any changes necessary.
WHAT FACTORS COULD AFFECT MY PERMANENT COSMETICS?
Oily Skin: the more oil in your skin the less crisp heal strokes will look. I might recommend powder effect for these clients.
Smoking: Smokers may notice that their permanent cosmetics fade faster
Anemia and iron deficency: You body will absord iron based pigments more quickly which will result in the fading of pigment.
Sun exposure: Sun damaged skin will caused premature fading. Any sunburn or tan skin will need to reschedule when skin is back to normal. Any sun exposure after getting permant cosmetics will need to apply sun block and or wear a large hat to cover.
*CVS: Sun bum mineral chapstick SPF is great
*Amazon: Color guard
Age and metabolism: The faster your metabolism, the faster your pigment will fade.
Excessive Bleeding: Excessive bleeding during your appointment will greatly affect how your body absorbs pigment. While this is not entirely in our control, please follow pre-procedure guideline to help minimize as much as we can. This includes avoiding blood thinning medications, alcohol, and caffiene 24 hours prior to your appointment.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY APPOINTMENT?
No Botox, fillers, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, facials of any sort for 2 weeks before and after your appointment
If you regularly get your treatment area shaped, waxed, threaded or tinted, please do so at least 10 days before your appointment. We will shape the treatment area to give you a natural look and feel. Any stray hairs, or hairs outside of shape will be taken during appointment.
Plan your vacations accordingly, it is recommended to plan your trip a minimum of 14 days BEFORE and AFTER the procedure.
Avoid any blood thinners 5 days prior to appointment and 24 hours after
Avoid caffiene for 12 hours prior to appointment
Avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior to appointment
If you have been on prescription Accutane in the past, you MUST wait at least one year before considering this procedure.
Chemotherapy/Radiation must be done a minimum of 8 months before getting permanent cosmetics done.
It is required that you avoid SUN and artificial tanning exposure for 14 days prior and after your procedure. If you come to your appointment with a tan or a sunburn, you will need to reschedule and will forfeit your deposit. As your skin exfoliates from sun damage, it will take the pigment with it.
Client only in procedure room. This is a very artistic, focus based, personal, experience any distractions can result in poor communication between artist and client. Please have cell phones on silent as well.
WILL COSMETIC TATTOOING WORK FOR ME?
If you have extremely oily skin, the hairstroke eyebrow technique will NOT work well for you, regardless of tools used (microblading, digital pen, microshading, etc). The constant production of oil will cause the hairstrokes to heal with a diffused, softer look. Your end result will look more powdered than you would expect.
If you have little to no existing hair, your tattoo will appear more 2-dimensional than those clients who have more hair naturally.
If you are a frequent smoker, your pigment may fade sooner.
If you are iron deficient or Anemic, your pigment may fade sooner and bleeding/bruising may occur during and after the procedure.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have had your treatment area previously tattooed, we cannot predict what the results will be. We won't know what types of pigments, or tools were used. In some cases where the previous work is too dark, dense, discolored, or large, tattoo removal may be recommended before we can offer our services. Previously tattooed areas will almost always require additional sessions and will be charged accordingly.
** You must send pictures at email@example.com if you've had previously done work by another artist outside of MOKO.
If you have questions about these, please reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
IS THE EQUIPMENT SAFE AND STERILE?
Of course! I pride myself on having an immaculate and sterile work space. I only use single use, disposable needles and supplies. This means that each set-up for each new client is discarded safely afterwards. The room is thoroughly disinfected before opening, and after each procedure, and at the end of each day.
Always feel free to ask me bedore, during or after your procedure!
DOING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING WILL HINDER RESULTS AND MAY RESULT IN EXCESSIVE BLEEDING:
Do not work out day of appointment
No Caffiene 12 hours prior to appointment (Caffiene increases blood flow and will alter your healed results)
No alcohol 24-48 hours prior to appointment
You should avoid all blood thinning medications (NSAIDS, Asprin, fish oil, ie) 72 hours prior to appointment and 24 hours after appointment (Please consult with doctor first)
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IMMEDIATELY AFTER MY APPOINTMENT?
Immediately after getting your brows done you may experience redness and swelling in and around the brow area. This can last anywhere from 24-72 hours after the appointment. In the hours and days following your appointment your brows still start to darken and look bold. At first your brows will look warm and dark as the pigment on the surface of your skin starts to oxidize. The color will go back to normal and will ash out slightly as the pigment heals into your skin. You can expect your brows to be about 20% lighter than what they were immediately after your appointment.
You will proceed with your aftercare for 10-14 days following your appointment. Your brows might flake and get itchy around days 7-14 and they can look spotty and patchy as this is happening (very normal). Refrain from itching or picking at them
Your brows are fully healed at 6 weeks and I recommend you come back 12-16 weeks later for a touch-up. This is to perfect your brows, touch up any spots that may not flaked off, go darker and thicker if we need to, change techniques if we need to! After this appointment your brows are fully done and you can expect beautiful brows for 12-24 months.
Aftercare is crutial for your healed results! We cannot make any promise or guarenteed if any of these are not done. You will recieve your aftercare bag with instructions and all products needed:
Avoid getting brows wet for 14 days. This means keeping them dry in the shower and not submerging them in water (swimming, sauna).
No working out the first 3-5 days after getting them done. After that you may stay low impact until you reach day 10-14. Any type of excessive sweating will fade out your brows. Once you are past the 2 week mark you may resume high impact and sweating.
Cleanse your brows morning and evening with soap to keep them clean and bacteria free.
Apply a small amount of balm to both brows 2x a day for 10-14 days. You do not need a lot of balm on them. Apply a small amount.
You may wear make-up around your brows but not on your eye brows for 10-14 days. be cautious when removing foundation, bronzere, eyeshawdow, eyeliner, mascera, etc.
Avoid direct sun exposure for 10-14 days. If extended sun exposure is happening you must cover your brows completely with an oversized hat and apply MINERAL sunscreen on them every hour. Dirfect sun exposure will fade your brows out.
Do not pick at, rub, scratch or touch the brows. Do not pick the scabs or flakes as they come off, this will remove the pigment in that area and will result is patchiness.
No anti-aging or acne products on your brows ever. Get in the habit of avoiding them when putting on your skincare products.
Retinol use may effect your results long term and can give your brows a more ashy tone. Be aware of this and avoid your forehead when using.
DO I REALLY NEED A TOUCH-UP APPOINTMENT?
Yes! All permanent cosmetics require 2 sessions. The touch-up appointment allows us to adjust, darken and asses your pigment retention. The touch-up will increase the longevity of your permanent cosmetics.
DO I NEED A CONSULTATION PRIOR TO MY APPOINTMENT?
We do not offer consultations before booking an appointment. We are happy to answer any and all questions through email or by phone. Your initial appointment has enough time to go over all of your concerns and questions, and the artist will draw on a rough shape giving you the opportunity to provide feedback.
Shape and color will also be discussed in your initial appointment.
** If you have had your eyebrows previously done by another artist, YOU MUST reach out via email to email@example.com. Please include clear up-close pictures taken in natural light.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY INITIAL APPOINTMENT?
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment to find parking and fill out paperwork any missing paperwork.
Consultation. We will discuss your "brow goals", expectations, techniques, concerns, questions and devise a plan together.
Procedure. This includes the design outline, numbing and and the actual cosmetic tattooing.
Conclusion. We will go over aftecare instructions, show you how to care for them, schedule your 12-16 week follow-up if you haven't already and send you on your way with beautiful brows!
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Every initial appointment is booked for 2.5 hours. This includes consultation, designing process, numbing, and procedure.
Every 12-16 week follow-up appointment is 1.5 hours.
YOU CANNOT RECEIVE PERMANENT COSMETICS IF YOU ARE:
Pregnant or breastfeeding
Currently using accutane, must be off accutane for 1 year
Have freshly tan or sunburned skin
Any breakouts in eyebrow area
Are on blood thinning medications and antibiotics
Are currently undergoing cancer treatment, must be off chemo or radiation for 8 months
WILL PERMANENT COSMETICS TAKE PLACE OF MY MAKE-UP?
The answer is no! Please do not get this done with the expectation of never having to wear make-up again. Permanent cosmetics is to move your base line up from what you have into a fuller more defined eyebrow, eyeliner or lip.
My goal is to have you not reaching for the make-up as often as you normally would but depending on natural hair growth and make-up preference you might still need to fill in your brows. That being said the shape is much more defined and easier to fill in.
Permanent cosmetics heal into the skin which can result in an ashier appearence. Make-up goes ontop of the skin which has a much more vibrant, bolder and warmer color.
PERMANENT COSMETICS AND PREGNANCY
We cannot perform any permanent cosmetics on clients who are pregnant or breastfeeding. You may resume permanent cosmetics 3 months after breastfeeding is done. This is to protect you and your baby from infections and any other unknowns that may occur.
DO YOU REQUIRE A DEPOSIT TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?
Although we don't typically require a deposit, we have to have an active card on file to hold your appointment. This helps keep us both accountable. Our artists' time is valuable and the appointments are long and late cancellations and no shows are unfair to them and to other clients who could have taken the time slot.
If you fail to give proper cancelation notice of at least 48-hours, or don't show up for your appointment **ON TIME**, we will charge you for the full service amount.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
We have a strict 48-hour cancelation policy.
No shows, late shows, and late canellations will result in a fee of the full service amount. This is non-negotiable and we do not make any exceptions for any reason.
CAN I BRING SOMEONE WITH ME TO MY APPOINTMENT?
We understand that this process can make you nervous and you might want a friend or family member with you for support. Unfortunately you cannot bring anyone in the treatment room with you. It can be extremely distracting and can take away from the client- artist relationship that we are tring to build. To ensure best results please come alone to your appointment.
CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN WITH ME?
I know the appointment times are long but children are not allowed in the studio. I need to ensure that you are relaxed and that I am able to give you the best results possible. There is alot of equipment around the studio that can be very dangerous for children to be around.
WHAT IS MICROPIGMENTATION VS. MICROBLADING?
Micropigmentation is the art of cosmetic tattooing. Microblading is a tehcnique that falls under micropigmentation. When selecting an appointment we have it labeled as "Micropigmentation" due to the different techniques that can be done so we can choose together, which is best for you.
WHY ARE THE COSTS OF BOTH SESSIONS SPLIT UP?
We at MOKO believe that splitting up the cost not only helps financially but also helps for clients to understand that 2 appointments are 100% neccesary to achieve all results. Paying a lump sum up front can sometimes feel like your brows are not fully done and can be dissapointing. Paying the fee in two seperate appointments helps you to know that you are getting exactly what you have paid for.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT SHAPE IS BEST?
For the shape we break it down by:
1. how much natural hair you have
2. where your brows should sit on your face
3. The natural fram of your face, taking into consideration your muscles and bones
4. The thickness that will enhance your face an not take away from it
This is different for every client that comes to us. We will make sure you haev the most natural results that still make you look like you, only better!
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT COLOR TO USE?
When we choose the color we match it to your eyebrow haircolor, not the hair on your head. We want the cosmetic tattoo to blend with your eyebrow hairs to create the most natural outcome. If you do not have hairs, don't worry we always go with what will look best on you.
Keep in mind that going too dark will over power your face and look bold and going too light will look fake. We mix custom colors to create a color customized for you. Every client has undertones and ovetones that we take into consideration as well.
You can also bring whatever products you use daily with you to your appointment so we can see!