What Are Eyelash Extensions?
Eyelash Extensions are individual strand(s) of synthetic fibers placed on one natural eyelash. When applied, eyelash extensions lengthen and thicken your own natural eyelashes. The single strands are applied to each individual eyelash, one by one. Lash extensions look and feel completely natural.
How long will a set of Eyelash Extensions last?
Eyelash extensions will last the length of the natural growth cycle of your own eyelashes. Depending on your activity and day-to-day routine, refills should be scheduled every 2 – 3 weeks.
Are Lashes safe?
I use professional grade adhesive which never comes in contact with your skin. Synthetic eyelashes adhere about 1mm away from your skin. It is possible to have an allergy to the adhesive. I will discuss at length what to do should you have a reaction to lash extensions.
Can I apply mascara to Eyelash Extensions?
No, lashes are designed to take the place of mascara. Mascara will clump and collect at the base of your extensions creating added weight and stress on your natural lash. This weight will cause your natural lashes to break & fall out at a faster rate.
Can I swim, shower, exercise, or visit a spa while wearing eyelash extensions?
You will leave your appointment with a secure bond that will allow you to get right back to your routine. However, keep away from extensive contact with hot steam such as saunas, hot yoga, BBQ grills, etc.
How soon can I wash my face after the extensions are applied?
The suggested time frame is 12 hours. Do not touch or rub your lashes with your fingers. Use an extension safe soft bristle brush. Stay away from any facial or makeup product that is oil based.
How do I dry my eyelash extensions?
Gently pat your lashes from underneath with a soft towel. Do not use cotton for any reason on your lashes.
How do I take care of my new eyelash extensions?
- Avoid getting lashes wet for the first 12 hours
- Avoid hot steam or sauna
- Use Extension safe cleanser and brush to clean you lashes daily
- Do not perm eyelashes or manually curl
- Brush with a clean mascara wand daily
- Do not sleep on your face. You’ll wake up with your lashes on your pillow
How long will it take to apply eyelash extensions and how is it done?
The application process for lash extensions normally takes about 90-120 minutes for a full set of lashes and 45-60 minutes for a refill. You will lay comfortably on a massage table with your eyes closed. During application, your lower lashes will be covered and the extensions will be applied only to your upper lashes one at a time.
How do I choose the look I want?
I will consult with you to understand what type of style you are interested in and what look will work best with your natural lashes. The overall look of the lashes can range from very natural to very voluminous. With your requests in mind please note that your natural lash health is my number one priority. I will never apply lash extensions that I feel might cause damage to your lashes.
Do I have to do anything to prepare for the service?
Arrive to your lash appointment with clean, makeup free lashes. This means absolutely no mascara, eyeliner, or eye shadow should be worn to your appointment.
What happens if I choose to have my eyelash extensions removed?
Should you miss your mascara please have your extensions professionally removed. A lash removal is quick and pain free. A gel or cream is used to degrade the bond between your lashes and the extensions. The extensions will glide right off with zero damage to your natural lashes.
What is Microblading?
Microblading, is a procedure categorized under permanent makeup, but unlike traditional cosmetic tattooing, it is less invasive and is considered semi-permanent. Microblading typically lasts 12 – 18 months, depending on skin type and skincare routine. The procedure is done by using a hand tool with ultra fine needles and each ‘hair’ is gently etched into the skin, giving an incredibly natural and realistic look. Microblading can dramatically correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrows and is excellent for those wanting to enhance their brows or who have little to no eyebrows, thinning brows from age or over tweezed brows. Pigments used are chosen to match the natural or desired brow color and skin tone will also be taken into consideration.
How long does it take?
For the first Microblading session, the entire procedure should take about 2.5-3 hours. During this session, I will shape and style your brows you’re your approval. We then follow with pigment color selection. Once you are satisfied with the choices we begin the procedure.
A follow up visit takes place 4-6 weeks after the initial session. This session will take approximately 1.5-2.5 hours to complete. This session is to make minor adjustments and perfect your brows.
How long does it take to heal?
The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and color will appear very dark. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The color will fade by up to 40% as it heals. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark and you will notice slight scabbing. Do not pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the microbladed area. The eyebrows will lighten up in color as it heals. No down time is required after microblading procedure. It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You’ll notice the color is very light right after the two weeks post healing; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. This is known as the milk skin and is common in tattooing. This is due to the skin tissue still healing from the inside out. True color will reveal itself once healed.
Is the touch up session necessary?
Yes! A touch up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcome will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment color may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, your touch up session is when we refine your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color for the whole year!
Can I get my touch up session sooner than 4 weeks?
Touch up sessions should not be done earlier than 4 weeks after initial microblading session as pigment color has not fully settled into the skin. Most importantly, this is to prevent scar damage as the tissue requires time to completely heal.
Is it painful?
The pain level for the procedure is considered mild to none. Prior to the procedure a topical anesthetic will be applied to numb the area. Additional applications can be applied if necessary during the procedure. Everyone responds differently to anesthetic; depending on the client, the feeling of the procedure has been described as light cat scratches to not feeling anything. Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine.
After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal. Clients describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn. Clients can take Tylenol but not aspirin or ibuprofen.
How long does it last?
Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. Microblading typically lasts 12 – 24 months, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age (youthful/mature). Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment. If you tan, use products with AHA or Glycolic Acid will fade faster as your skin will resurface faster. Each individual’s color retention within the skin will vary. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months. Clients can let the microbladed area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.
What are the pre and post care procedures?
In order to achieve the best results, it is best to follow the pre and post care instructions.
Prior to your procedure, clients are advised of the following:
- Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 72 hours.
- Avoid tanning so we can assess your natural skin tone.
- No face scrubs or chemical peels at least two weeks prior.
- Feel free to come in with their brow makeup on so I can see the every day look you prefer. Reference pictures of shapes and colors of brows are always welcomed. We will then work together to create the perfect brows for you.
After your procedure, you MUST follow these instructions:
- A liquid band-aid will be applied to the brow area at the end of your procedure. This is not to be washed off.
- You will be provided with a post care kit complete with a healing balm. This is to be applied morning and night on day 3 following your procedure. Continue to apply the healing balm for at least 3 -7 days.
- Do not over apply healing balm.
- Do not immerse brow area in water for 14 days. When showering, make sure to avoid face area. When cleaning or washing face, make sure to avoid brows and clean around it.
- Do not put makeup on the brow area for a minimum of 10 days. Microbladed area is an open wound, using makeup may cause infections.
- Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 24 hours.
- Brow area will feel slightly itchy as it heals and will start to lightly scab over. Do not peel or pick at the scabs as this can affect the outcome and pigmentation.
- Do not go swimming, tanning or into saunas for at least 14 days.
- No face scrubs or chemical peels at least 2 weeks after.
Who is not suitable for the procedure?
Microblading is not suitable for the following candidates:
- Using Accutane
- Have heart conditions or using heart medications
- Have diabetes (will require a physician’s note)
- Have skin disease or irritations
- Have had Botox in the last 2 weeks
- Have gotten a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks
- Allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine
- Anyone who has any serious medical conditions may require a physician’s note.
- Pregnant or nursing clients who want to microblade can be done at your own discretion. I suggest discussing with your doctor first. Microblading is still considered a tattoo, and just like with wine or sushi consumption, it is a personal choice to do so during this period.
* I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who I deem not suitable for this procedure or for any other reason. I make the decision to microblade an individual based on my own discretion.
Risks and complications?
I take all proper precautions for a safe session by using sterilized equipment, new needles and in a sanitized environment. Should clients follow my pre and post care instruction, there should be minimal risks or complications. Although allergic reactions to the pigments are rare, it could be possible for certain individuals. I suggest a pigment patch test for individuals who have high skin sensitivities or are sensitive to:
- Topical numbing products
- Gold, silver and nickel
- Hair dyes
Patch tests should be performed 5-7 days prior.
What if I do not like it?
As with all cosmetic procedures, individuals should not make their choices lightly. I always recommend clients do their research, understand the procedure and compare different artists’ work when making their decisions. I will do my absolute best to shape and style the eyebrows to the clients satisfaction prior to the procedure. Every effort will be made to achieve an even appearance, but please realize our faces are never perfectly symmetrical. Uneven appearance can be fixed during the touch up session. Pigment discoloration and color correction can also be fixed during the touch up session. Microbladed brows will eventually fade away if no additional touch ups are done.
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6671 E. Baseline Rd Suite 121, Mesa, AZ 85206
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