CHECK OUT SOME DOCUMENTED MICROBLADING EXPERIENCES FROM PUBLIC FIGURES IN THE YOUTUBE COMMUNITY
QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU SCHEDULE
No alcohol, CAFFEINE (that means your coffee/tea the morning of!), or anti-anxiety/depression medication 24 hours prior to your appointment. No fish oil, anticoagulants or blood thinning drugs/supplements/vitamins 4 days prior to your appointment. This includes (but is not limited to): warfarin (Coumadin), aspirin, and clopidogrel bisulfate (Plavix), ibuprofen/Advil, rivaroxaban (Xarelto), dabigatran (Pradaxa), apixaban (Eliquis), heparin, etc. Arnica is a great supplement to take prior to the procedure to reduce any swelling. Your appointment will be rescheduled, and you will lose your deposit for failure to follow the pre-appointment preparation protocol.
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.
Q: Why choose Boulder Brows?
A: Our master artist, Jessica Tiel, not only has the minimum state requirements to legally perform this service, but also has extensive training and experience specifically in the art of Microblading. At a minimum, she is a licensed esthetician, and has completed the 132-hour Permanent Makeup Certification training with a state recognized school - Beauty Mark Skincare & Permanent Makeup by Erla Trujillo. In addition, the experience and training she has that supersedes the minimum requirements includes two additional Microblading Certifications from Everlasting Brows and the Irina Chen Microblading Academy. Jess also has a background in art, which translates into her beautiful Brow Shaping abilities, mastery of Color Theory, and proper Microblading technique. She is an incredibly well-rounded and highly skilled Microblading artist.
Reiley Harris, our other talented Microblading artist, has the same minimum state requirements as our master artist. She is a licensed esthetician and also completed her 132-hour Permanent Makeup Certification training with Erla Trujillo at Beauty Mark Skincare & Permanent Makeup in Arvada. Her apprenticeship here at Boulder Brows allowed her to learn and work directly under our master artist, who is meticulous when it comes to teaching proper Microblading technique and fundamentals. Reiley has mastered Color Theory, Brow Shaping, and within this encouraging and nourishing environment she has developed her own unique stylized brows. While her style is similar to that of Jess's, she has taken these fundamentals and run with them, by establishing her own signature style that sets her apart and that clients love!
Boulder Brows has also been inspected and opened by Boulder County Public Health. Our location meets all zoning codes/regulations for the services we provide. And Jess & Reiley each both have active Aesthetic & Permanent Makeup Liability Insurance to make sure our technicians and clients are safe and covered.
We are professionals and take our job seriously. We have built a beautiful & safe space to perform these life-changing services for our clients. Our policies & protocols are in place for numerous reasons: 1) To make sure our clients can make an educated decision when booking a service, 2) to ensure our clients arrive to their appointment in an optimal state to receive this service, and 3) to make sure Boulder Brows is the right fit for you. We understand that our policies & protocols are strict - they are there to protect our artists and our clients, as well as to ensure that everyone's time is valued and respected. We may not be the right fit for everyone. So please consider this when deciding on the right provider for you.
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: Who is not a good candidate for Microblading?
- If you are pregnant, or plan on getting pregnant in the near future (we can perform this service if you are nursing)
- If you are unable or do not intend to come back for any touchups
- If you have any condition that compromises your immune system, and are not able to take antibiotics in the event of an infection
- If your skin is highly compromised (i.e. very thin/fragile & irritated, recently sunburned, or displaying symptoms of some kind of reaction/irritation/outbreak)
- If you are unable to or do not intend to read/follow the Pre/Post Procedures & Care
Q: I just scheduled! Why does it look like I was charged twice?
A: Please note that at the time of submitting your appointment request, there will be a HOLD for the deposit amount on your credit card statement. In addition, there will be a separate CHARGE for the deposit amount. You will not be charged twice for the deposit amount - one is just a temporary hold that will shortly be removed.
QUESTIONS THE DAY OF
Q: What should I do before my appointment? PLEASE READ!
- 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 your deposit.
Q: How long is the procedure?
A: The appointment is 2 and half hours. When you arrive, we immediately numb the area for 20 minutes and discuss any questions or concerns, as well as any preferences you have regarding the final outcome. Then, I will draw an outline that will be my guide during the procedure to stay within - you will also have the opportunity to request any changes to the stencil to meet your preferences. The color we will use is intended to heal to match the color of any existing brow hair, so there's a seamless blend between the tattooed strokes and your existing brows. The tattooing itself usually takes around an hour and half, but we recommend allowing for a full 3 hours to complete the procedure.
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.
Q: Can I wear makeup to the appointment?
A: Please do not wear any foundation, heavy eye makeup, or lipstick to your appointment. While we allow for brow makeup if there's a specific shape you're looking for, we do remove it prior to the procedure. Our technicians often gently rest their hands on various parts of the face while they work, so it's inevitable the rest of your makeup will be smeared during the process. We want to ensure that your face is clean and bacteria free to minimize the risk of infection. Arriving to your appointment with a full face of makeup only increases that risk.
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: 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: 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: What type of pigments are used?
A: We use Li Pigments. Li eyebrow pigment colors are formulated from the FDA, FD&C, and D&C colorant listings. These safe, concentrated formulas provide consistent and superior coverage that a technician can depend on. They are highly concentrated so the color retention is superb, they are easy to use and they remain true to color so they age beautifully. Li Pigments is the pigment line the artist can depend on and that is why top artists from all over the world choose Li.
QUESTIONS AFTER THE APPOINTMENT
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 you've lost all scabbing and flaking, and all visible openings in the skin have closed, 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 wear a hat and 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 have more intense looking brows for the first two weeks of healing.
What to Expect During the Healing
Q: Can I work out/sweat?
A: If possible, I would refrain from any physical activity that causes heavy sweating for the first week and half. That means no hot yoga, long showers, baths, steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs, or heavy cardio. Remove the Aquaphor immediately after working out and reapply a new thin layer.
Q: Can I wear makeup immediately after the procedure?
A: For the first 2 weeks no brow makeup, but everywhere else is fine. Please use caution when applying other makeup, and refrain from getting it close to the brows. Treat your brows like an open wound. Would you put foundation right up to the edge of an open wound? No!
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 pigment is still slightly visible up to 3 years with no touchups. Touchups are necessary roughly 9 months to a year after your last session with us. However, if you decide to no longer continue maintaining your brow PMU, it will take roughly 3 years to fade completely.
Q: Do I have to book a second appointment?
A: If you want beautiful end results, then yes. We 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 properly. If you want the final result to be perfect then trust us, book the second appointment!
Q: How soon should I schedule my second appointment?
A: Your touchup appointment should be scheduled at least a month prior to your initial session, due to the popularity of this service and limited availability. Touchups must be scheduled within 5-8 weeks of the initial/previous session. If you wait to schedule your touchup after coming to your first session, 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 least 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. You must give your brows 4 weeks to fully heal before making any final opinions about them. Once they are healed, if you wish to remove any part of the tattoo, saline tattoo removal is an option.
Q: Can Microblading be removed once it's completely healed?
A: Yes! We offer Saline Tattoo Removal, which can be incredibly effective at lightening existing work significantly. It typically takes at least 3 sessions to see significant lightening, and leaves the skin healthy for possibly Microblading in the future.
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 a little swollen, and the line may appear slightly thicker and darker 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 having your touchup scheduled before you arrive to 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 touchup 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.
What to Expect During the Healing
SALINE TATTOO REMOVAL
Q: Why choose Saline Tattoo Removal over just tattooing a coverup over old brow PMU?
A: There are lots of reasons! If your old brow PMU is not in the correct place, and you wish to alter the shape of your brows, removal is a great option so that any new PMU isn't restricted by old incorrectly placed pigment. It also isn't often that we're able to completely hide pre-existing work. So if you want the hyper-realistic, Microbladed brow look, you're likely going to need a few sessions of removal for optimal results.
Q: Can't you just tattoo a flesh-toned color over old PMU?
A: No, this is almost never successful at covering old PMU. You will have far better results by removing the existing pigment prior to re-tattooing the area. Attempting to cover old PMU with a flesh tone, and then deciding to do Saline Tattoo Removal is a less than ideal situation. Darker colors are much easier to remove (less sessions) than lighter, flesh-toned colors. So you will likely be left with the lighter pigment far longer than if you had just committed to removing the darker pigment.
Q: What's the difference between Saline Tattoo Removal vs. Laser Tattoo Removal?
A: There's really one main difference that matters to you as the client. If you are likely wanting to remove this existing pigment in the hopes to tattoo something beautiful in it's place, then Saline Tattoo Removal is the appropriate choice. In order to not compromise the skin so that it will actually accept new PMU in the future, Saline Tattoo Removal is the better option. Often after several sessions of Laser Tattoo Removal, new PMU won't stick in that treated skin. So while it can be successful at removing unwanted pigment, Laser Tattoo Removal is not the best option if you wish to have the area tattooed again in the future. Laser Tattoo Removal can also turn titanium-based pigment black - so trying to remove lighter-colored existing pigment can actually make the existing work look much darker and more noticeable. Imagine trying to remove an unwanted pink lip-liner tattoo with laser, only to be left with a thick black line around your lips instead... yikes!
Q: Does this Tattoo Removal method work on any tattoo?
A: Yes! It can be extremely effective at removing small unwanted tattoos, including eyebrow/eyeliner PMU, as well as small tattoos that are no more than a few square-inches like small wrist or finger tattoos.
Q: Who is a good candidate for Saline Tattoo Removal?
A: Client's who are patient and who will commit to thoroughly following the aftercare. Especially if we are removing existing brow PMU, clients can expect serious downtime where their brows aren't looking ideal for roughly 2 weeks. If you have a lifestyle/job that makes it difficult to diligently stick to the aftercare (i.e. not covering the area with makeup), then we would not recommend this procedure. Clients need to be prepared for the days immediately after the procedure where they aren't looking their best. If that doesn't work for you, then you aren't a good candidate.
Clients also need to have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of this procedure. This procedure is not a guarantee that we will successfully remove ALL of the unwanted pigment. We also do not guarantee results from 1 session. Clients need to have a clear understanding that this is a multi-session process with the goal of lightening existing pigment, not a total removal.
Q: What will I look like after the procedure?
A: Immediately after the procedure, the area will look extremely raw and red. This excessive redness typically subsides within 2-3 days. After which point you will likely start to have scabbing. The scabbing usually takes 10-12 days to fall off naturally for clients with healthy, un-compromised skin. Click here to see photos of Saline Tattoo Removal cases.
Q: What is the aftercare?
A: You need to let your brows breathe after the procedure. Do not wet/wash the treated area, or apply any ointments or creams. Blot the area three times a day with a saline-dampened paper towel until scabs start to form. Once the area has scabbed over, allow the scabs to fall off naturally. Once all of the scabs have fallen off, apply Vitamin E oil to the area 3-4 times a day for a minimum of 4 weeks.
Q: How many sessions will it take to remove the tattoo completely?
A: This method isn't a guarantee of total removal. But in most cases, it can significantly lighten the tattoo either to the point that we can successfully cover it, or to the point that it's barely noticeable. It typically requires at least 3+ sessions to reach the desired lightness, though there are several cases of obtaining these results after just 1-2. Results can vary in each case.
Q: Can I wear makeup?
A: Preferably only a tinted sunscreen or foundation with SPF. Eye makeup is fine.
Q: How long between consecutive exfoliation services?
A: Wait 2-3 weeks before booking your next advanced exfoliation appointment.
Q: What if I have an active/outdoor lifestyle? Can I still get an exfoliation service?
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.