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MICROBLADING

Q: What are the regulations for this service?

A: The state of Colorado requires that only a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist be permitted to perform this service.  In addition, the technician must have completed a 132-hour Permanent Makeup Certification course through a state recognized school.  This training covers the fundamentals of cosmetic tattooing for brows, eyes, and lips.  The art of Microblading typically isn't covered (extensively, or at all) in this state training.  So additional intensive Microblading training is needed to be able to perform this service.  There are many 3-day intensive Microblading Certification courses offered, however there are no state requirements regulating/approving these national and international trainers.  So it's imperative to complete this training with a highly reputable trainer in the PMU community.  

Our artist, Jessica Tiel, is a licensed esthetician.  She has completed her 132-hour PMU Certification training with a state recognized school - Beauty Mark Skincare & Permanent Makeup by Erla Trujillo.  She has two additional Microblading Certifications from Everlasting Brows and the Irina Chen Microblading Academy.  In addition, Boulder Brows has been inspected and opened by Boulder County Public Health.  Our location meets all zoning codes/regulations for the services we provide.  And we have Permanent Makeup Liability Insurance to make sure our clients are safe and covered.

Q: What should I look for in a Microblading technician?

A: You as a consumer should be asking the following questions: 1) Is this technician a licensed esthetician/cosmetologist?  2) Has this shop been inspected and opened by their county Public Health Office?  3) Is this location zoned appropriately for a Body Art Establishment/for Commercial-Business "Personal Services"?  4) Have they completed the state required 132-hour PMU Certification training?  5) Does this technician have Permanent Makeup Liability Insurance?  **If the business has not been inspected and/or is in a zoning violation, you as the client are not protected should something happen  6) Has this technician taken additional necessary training specifically in the art of Microblading?  

Q: Will it hurt?

A: Everyone is different, with varying degrees of pain tolerance.  But it would be misleading to say that you won't experience any pain.  It's a cosmetic tattoo, and I'm cutting/scratching the ink into your skin.  However, I will be using a topical local anesthetic before the procedure.  After the first pass I add additional numbing agents that can then more easily absorb into your skin and take full effect.  After this point you should feel nothing except for pressure (similar to the dentist).  Is it worth the pain?  ABSOLUTELY.  If I can do it, you can do it.

Q: How long is the procedure?

A: The appointment is 2 and half hours.  I allow an hour for deciding the shape and color, and the procedure itself will take about 60 minutes altogether. 

Q: Do we decide the shape together?

A: YES!  I'm not going to give you pencil thin, super arched brows if you don't want them.  Or big bushy brows either.  My goal is to achieve the most natural looking shape for when you have no makeup on.  But at the same time, a shape that you can easily add a little brow makeup to pump up the volume.  I try to work with the direction and shape of any existing hairs as this keeps your brows looking natural and also makes for easier maintenance year-round. 

Q: Do I need to come in with them tinted and waxed?

A: That depends.  If you come in with them tinted, you will likely have to keep tinting them year-round as I'll be working with and around the existing hairs.  Once the tint wears off, it could leave you with some patchiness where there's no pigment.  I'd prefer to tweeze them myself, based on the shape we decide together.  But if you regularly get your eyebrows shaped and tinted and wish to do so before your appointment, please do so at least 3 days prior. 

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Q: What should I do before my appointment?  PLEASE READ!

A:  READ THE FOLLOWING THOROUGHLY!

  • If you normally fill in your eyebrows, please come to your appointment with them filled in.  I want to take your preferences into consideration when deciding on a shape that you will be comfortable with.
  • Avoid any blood thinning medications at least 72 hours prior to your appointment.  This includes Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Vitamin E, Niacin, and fish oil supplements.  
  • DO NOT DRINK ANY ALCOHOL OR CAFFEINE WITHIN 24 HOURS OF YOUR APPOINTMENT!
  • If you've been on the prescription drug Accutane (or similar, please do your research!) in the past, you must wait 1 year after stopping the drug before getting this procedure.  
  • Avoid sun and tanning bed exposure 30 days prior and after your procedure.  When your skin heals and sluffs off after a sunburn, your pigment will be lost with it.  If you come to your appointment with a fresh tan or sunburn, you will be forced to forfeit your appointment and will be charged 75% the service cost. 

Q: Can I bring in reference photos?

A: YES!  If you have a shape or color in mind, please bring in a few photos so I know that we're on the same page.  However, I want to give you the most flattering brows for your face.  So please keep in mind that the results may not match the photo.  

Q: Can I drive to and from the appointment?

A: Yes.  You should have no visibility issues driving home from the appointment.

Q: How long do they take to heal?

A: They will take 4 weeks to be completely healed.  The first 2 weeks - no makeup, apply Aquaphor regularly, and do not wet your brows.  After 2 weeks you can wear brow makeup if desired.  After 3 weeks you can wash them gently with soap and water.  No swimming for 4 weeks, and limit sun exposure if possible even after they are healed (always use sunscreen!). 

Q: What do they look like while they are healing?  

A: Immediately after the procedure is how you can anticipate the healed result to look.  In the hours following the appointment, your brows will darken noticeably and the hair strokes will appear much thicker than initially due to swelling.  This will cause the brows to look incredibly dark, much larger, and misshapen 1-2 weeks after the procedure.  The appearance of much darker brows is due to the pigment oxidizing as each hair stoke is essentially an open wound.  They will lighten by 40-60% and the strokes will appear thinner 1-2 weeks after, and they will continue to lighten through the 4 weeks following the appointment.  Please consider the timing of your appointment in relation to any upcoming events.  You are likely going to look tragic for the first two weeks of healing.

Q: Can I work out/sweat?

A: If possible, I would refrain from any physical activity that causes heavy sweating.  However, I would advise wearing a sweatband directly on your forehead to catch any sweat that might drip onto your brows.  Remove the Aquaphor immediately after working out and reapply a new thin layer.  

Q: Can I wear makeup?

A: Again, for the first 2 weeks no brow makeup but everywhere else is fine.  If possible, try to wait 3 weeks before wearing any brow makeup. 

Q: How long will they last?

A: Again, everyone is different.  Some people retain the pigment better than others.  Duration is dependent on a number of factors (i.e. lifestyle, hygiene, sun exposure, etc).  Some people decide to freshen their brows after just 6 months, however they can last up to 3 years with no touchups. 

Q: Do I have to book a second appointment?

A: No, but I highly recommend it as we won't know exactly how you're going to heal.  Some people end up with small patches where the pigment didn't take.  If you want the final result to be perfect then trust me, book the second appointment!

Q: How soon should I schedule my second appointment?

A: I highly recommend booking your touchup appointment at the same time as booking the initial appointment, due to the popularity of this service and limited availability.  If you do not schedule your touchup prior to coming to your first Microblading session, I HIGHLY recommend booking your touchup appointment no later than that same day.  Touchups must be scheduled within 4-8 weeks of the initial/previous session.  If you wait to schedule your touchup, and are then unable to get in within this 8-week window, you will be subject to an increase in price.  This information is also very clearly communicated at your first Microblading session.  I do not guarantee availability or any touchup pricing discussed in the first session if you fail to book your touchup in a timely manner as instructed.  

Q: How soon after can I tint my brows again?

A: Do not tint your brows for 4 weeks post appointment! They are healing!

Q: What options do I have if I do not like my brows after the procedure?

A: Please wait at lease 4 weeks before forming any final opinions about your brows.  Please see the healing chart below.  Your brows are going to go through a series of stages where you may not like them.  That is the nature of the healing process.  They can look huge, misshapen,  completely uneven/asymmetrical, too dark or too light, patchy, etc.  So drawing any conclusions about your brows before they have had a chance to fully heal is only going to cause you unnecessary grief.  You as the client need to trust the process as well as what the artist has explained to you regarding what to expect.  

Q: After the procedure, can we remove any unwanted pigment before it sets in?

A: NO. This is a tattoo.  Once the pigment is there, it's there.  There's no "before it sets in" phase.  We do not offer any kind of saline or laser tattoo removal.  Please remember to give your brows 4 weeks to fully heal before making any final opinions about them.  

MICROBLADING HEALING PROCESS: What to Expect

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PERMANENT EYELINER

Q: What is the aftercare?

A: No eye-makeup for 6 days.  Do not wet your eyes for 6 days.  Apply Aquaphor to the treatment site at least twice a day for 6 days.  You can return to your regular makeup/cleansing routine on day seven. 

Q: What will I look like after the procedure?

A: Your eyes will likely be swollen, and the line may appear slightly thicker than how it will look once healed.  You may also have some visible blood-redness along the liner, as well as some bruising.  The swelling typically goes down after 1-2 days.

Q: Is there a chance for infection?

A: Yes.  The eyes are extremely sensitive, so even minor irritation can cause an adverse reaction.  The treatment room is clean, all the tools used are sterile, and the needle is single-use only.  We take every precaution to ensure that the chance of infection is extremely low.  But that's not to say infection is impossible.  If you do experience any signs of infection, please see a physician immediately.

Q: Will I need a touchup?

A: It is possible you'll need a touchup to perfect any spots that didn't stick or saturate completely. But it's not necessary if you're happy with the results from one session.  I recommend booking the touchup at the time of booking your first session, or immediately after your first session.  If you decide you do not need a touchup, you can always cancel the appointment.  Please note that prices increase as more time has elapsed after your first session.  

Q: Can I drive to and from the appointment?

A: Yes.  You should have no visibility issues driving home from the appointment.

EYELINER HEALING PROCESS: What to Expect

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DERMAPLANING

Q: Can I wear makeup?

A: Preferably only a tinted sunscreen or foundation with SPF.  Eye makeup is fine.

Q: How long between consecutive dermaplanes?

A: Wait 2-3 weeks before booking your next dermaplane appointment.

Q: What if I have an active/outdoor lifestyle?  Can I still get a dermaplane?

A:  Dermaplanes could be FANTASTIC for your skin!  They're perfect for the typical Coloradan....... however, you will need to commit to the aftercare instructions for the best results.  If you get a dermaplane, then the next day go run a marathon, you're not going to see desirable results.  If you know you won't follow the aftercare instructions, you're essentially throwing money away.  So be aware that I can give you a treatment that has the potential to do wonders for your skin.  But the aftercare is 50% of the treatment, and that is your responsibility.  

Q:  Do I need to change my daily routine after?

A: Yes!  Avoid excessive sun exposure.  ALWAYS wear sunscreen when leaving your home.  Refrain from using harsh/strong chemicals/products for 1 week post treatment.  Keep your skin moisturized!  Do not let the shower spray your face; only cleanse with room temperature water.  And no exfoliation for 1 week post treatment.  Exfoliants can damage your hypersensitive skin, and can damage the newly-exposed skin.