Frequently Asked Questions
How long does Microblading last?
8 months to 2 years depending on skin type, lifestyle and aftercare. Colour duration primarily depends on how oily the skin is. The oilier the skin, the shorter the colour lasts which can result in more frequent touch ups being needed. Sweating and sun exposure also reduces colour faster. A great option for oilier skin types is to add manual shading with Microblading to boost longevity. Also it is recommended to wear SPF on brows to help prevent fading.
How often do I need to refresh my Microblading?
On average, between 10 and 12 months. With oily skin, it can be at 6 months. If your unsure if your in need of a Colour Boost for your Microblading, please book in for a Brow Check Appointment before booking a full Colour Boost Application.
Is it painful?
Microblading is more uncomfortable than painful, although this does depend on your pain threshold. Scared clients and clients who have their period usually feel stronger pain, while the other clients compare the pain to the one they feel when tweezing eyebrow hairs. To help eliminate pain during treatment, a topical liquid anesthetic is used.
What kind of pigments are used?
PhiBrows! All pigments are exclusively made for Microblading. This allows for easy application with excellent colour retention, no possible development of reddish shadows and will not migrate under skin. This high quality formulation is Tartrazine free and vegan friendly. Tartrazine is a highly allergic artificial colouring additive. Therefore, risk of experiencing a allergic reaction is very low. The greatest advantage of the PhiBrows pigments is that there is no exposure to heavy and toxic metals, that usually can be found in 98% of semi permanent pigment brands.
Is there blood?
This treatment is in your skin so yes, there is a small amount blood. To reach the right depth into the skin for good stroke retention there should be pin point bleeding. It is important to note that every Microblading Artist that comes into contact with blood should have a Bloodborne Pathogens Health and Safety certificate as well as take every possible precaution to prevent cross contamination. Your health and well being should be top priority.
how is the treatment room and tools sterilized?
The treatment room is sanitized before and after all appointments. A new, disposable blade will be used during your treatment and is disposed of afterwards in a Medical Sharps Container. Gloves used during treatment are latex free and any work surfaced that is touched during service is wrapped in plastic beforehand and is sanitized afterwards. All other products used are disposed of after procedure is complete.
How can I extend the life of my procedure?
Your microblading can last longer if you strictly follow the aftercare instructions that are provided.
Different factors can alter the look of Microblading as the time is passing. However, nothing is more damaging then UV rays. UV rays are absorbed and break up the pigment particles in your skin. If you haven't applied sunblock specially intended for tattoos which means much more powerful than regular ones, than the sun might be causing the pigment to lose its primary shape, colour or vibrancy. There are different factors that can affect the pigment but some can easily be controlled. The most important one is smart sun exposure. Ashley does have a Sun Protection Cream SPF 50 available for purchase that helps protect Microblading from the harmful effects of sun rays. One other factor to be aware of is that using Glycolic Acid, Retin A, Salicylic Acid, and any exfoliating acids found in skin care lines can cause the pigment to fade faster over time. Avoid putting this types of products over top of microblading to help prevent fading.
What should I look for when researching a Brow Artist?
Research!!!!! Knowledge is power so research the microblading artists (checking website, Facebook, Instagram, etc) thoroughly in your area, see what style you like and compare their work. Check their portfolio by looking at artistic skill and healed results. Never go to an artist that doesn't have a portfolio.
Some key aspects your looking for when looking at microblading are:
The microblading strokes should always go in the direction of natural hair growth.
The microblading strokes should never cross with another stroke.
They should be twice the thickness and darkness as a natural hair.
The microblading should never be 100% straight up or in one direction throughout the whole brow.
Make sure your artist is "Certified" and experienced. This isn't a skill that can be self taught or picked up. Working with the skin without any training can result in scarring because the artist hasn't been properly trained on how much pressure to use when microblading. Do some research on the company that the artist is certified with and see what the work looks like that their other artists produce. If the majority of their artists' work are low quality then it is recommended to find an artist from a more reputable company.
Go for a consultation. They are extremely important for both you and your artist. This is your chance to get to know your artist before the procedure and to ensure that your both on the same page as far as what your wanting for your brows.
Make sure the treatment room is clean. Your artist should always use gloves (there's blood) and they should open a new needle in front of you. Also no pets in the immediate vicinity.
Never get your brows done by someone who doesn't show you the brow shape they've drawn before they start Microblading application. If your artist tells you their about to start the blading and you have not seen the shape or felt them draw the shape then stop the treatment immediately!
Ignore the price! Microblading is expensive because it's expensive to do. High quality products, pigments and training are expensive which results in a more expensive service. There will always be artists that charge less but ask yourself, why is this so cheap? It's either because their new or trying to get new business, haven't had any training or completed any courses so they charge less, or they use cheap products so their costs are minimal. Cheap pigments are filled with harmful metals which can result in MRI complications, allergic reactions and colour migration. Your brows can also develop a 'pink' hue as the pigment fades over time. The last and worst case scenario for cheap brows would be that they cut corners and reuse products that come in to contact with other peoples' blood. If someone is charging for cheap microblading then you need to be wary.
What if I've had Microblading done by another Artist?
Consultations are mandatory before coming for an application. Work depends on if previous microblading needs to be fixed but there are no guarantees on final results. It also depends on the previous pigment used, the density of the colour, any previous scarring and the shape of the brows. The final results may not completely hide the previous work but it can be improve in most cases.
What if I don't like my microblading?
Keep in mind that your brows will appear darker for the first couple of weeks than they will once they have healed. By no means should you try to force them lighter while their healing. Once they have healed any minor imperfections can be addressed at your 4-6 week touch up appointment. The goal for your microblading it that you love your new brows once the process is complete but if at any point you wish to no longer have microblading, PhiBrows' pigments do naturally fade out of the skin over time. If you had your brows microblading by another artist and felt that you want a complete removal, some pigments will not fade out completely which would require PhiRemoval or laser to remove.
Are results guaranteed?
Microblading is an art form not an exact science therefor healed results can vary with each person. Various factors affect healed results so there are no guarantees in this industry about how your brows will retain the pigment. With a few cases, some clients do need additional sessions for the best results (at an additional charge). Please have realistic expectations and read all information provided to make sure microblading or semi permanent makeup is a good fit for you.