Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo in which a small, sterile blade is used to create strokes which mimic the look of natural brow hair. It is meant to flow naturally against the natural brow hairs. Ideal for normal-dry skin.
Combination brows is a mix of microblading and shading all in one (see pic above).
It is a combination of opaque or ombre brows with hair strokes added to create a more complete brow look.
Frequently asked questions
Does it hurt?
Numbing cream is applied before starting the procedure. Stronger numbing gel is applied in between stroke
applications - most clients don't feel a thing but we can't guarantee that you won't feel the slightest discomfort.
Feel free to take Tylenol before the procedure if you tend to be sensitive.
How long does it take?
The whole appointment can take 2-2.5 hours. The first hour consists of filling paperwork, numbing, colour selection, brow measuring
and shaping. The last hour is when the actual microblading takes place. Colour boost touch ups usually take 1.5 hours.
How long does it last?
After the 4-6 week touch up, results can last 1-3 years. A third touch up may be required, depending on the clients healing process. This all depends on lifestyle, skin texture, previous tattoo, aftercare. The average microblading client comes for a touch up once a year - year and a half. If you have oily skin and are a smoker you may need touch ups for frequently.
What is the healing process like?
The first few days the eyebrow colour gets real dark. It is important to remember that the colour fades about 20-40% and
the strokes shrink/blur 20%. Brows will be very dark for the first few days before scabbing. After the scabs come off,
the brows will look too light because the skin is still repairing itself. Final colour will show up by 4 weeks.
Healing times vary per person.
What if I don't like it?
Luckily this isn't a totally permanent solution. It is important to do enough research before getting the service done.
Make sure you know the ins and outs of what microblading (or semi-permanent makeup) consists of AND WHAT A HEALED RESULT LOOKS LIKE. Although we measure and try to be as accurate as possible, it is important to know that the face isn't symmetrical - one side of the face is actually sightly flatter than the other. It is important for clients to have realistic expectations.
How do I know the work area is clean and sterile?
A face mask and gloves are used during the entire appointment. Tools are completely disposable for one time use only.
The blades are sterile and come in individually sealed packages. All contact areas are wiped with disinfecting
wipes. Blades are disposed of after every single client. Bella Babe Beauty Bar is Licensed, Insured, and Inspected by Toronto Public Health.
If I got my initial session elsewhere, can I retouch with you?
Yes. Pictures may be required for accurate pricing and scheduling of touch up.
Who shouldn't get microblading or semi-permanent makeup done?
Uses Accutane (Or has used it in the last year)
Has heart conditions, a pacemaker, or is using heart medications
Has diabetes (will require a physician's note)
Has skin disease or irritations (current breakouts, rashes, eczema around brow area)
Have HIV or Hepatitis or any other viral infections and/or diseases
Undergoing Chemotherapy (consult your doctor)
Gets Keloid scarring
Has had Botox, Retin - A, Retinol in the last 2 weeks
Has gotten a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks
Is 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
Currently sick with a cold, flu, etc.
Has very oily skin with large pores. Microblading is not ideal for you. Stick to ombre/Powder methods.
What are the pre and post care procedures?
PRIOR TO PROCEDURE
Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins (omega/fish oils; vitamin E,St.Johns Wort) that may thin your blood for 72 hours.
Feel free to take Tylenol 30 min before appointment
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 pictures of shapes and colours of brows. We will then work together to create
the perfect brows!
Please follow these instructions for 10-14 days after the procedure (or after scabs are off) to improve and prolong the results of your new micro pigmented brows. If you don’t follow these instructions, it can greatly affect your brows results!
I have applied a liquid barrier (either coconut oil or Zensa healing cream) that will stay on and protect your brows. Avoid getting anything on the brows, including water, except for cleansing as directed. You may blot for the first few hours with sterile gauze or paper towel to remove any excess fluids, if necessary.
Cleansing: In 2-3 hours, wash brows with antibacterial soap to remove excess lymph, blood, ink, etc. Do not attempt to remove the barrier film if it was applied. Allow it to come off naturally it is own time. Please avoid saturating brows with water.
DRY TO NORMAL SKIN ONLY: During the first 7-10 days, you may very sparingly apply balm (No double dipping or cross contamination) to hydrate your brow area for dryness relief. Do not pick or rub the brows. The flakes must fall off on their own or you will risk removing the colour and possibly scarring.
OILY SKIN: Dry heal. Do not apply ointment. (Unless brows feel extremely flaky and uncomfortable)
• Do not soak the treated area in the bath, pool or hot tub. For 30 days, refrain from swimming in salt water or chlorinated pools, saunas, hot yoga, steam rooms or sun beds. This also includes long showers, as the extra steam can soften the scab and cause premature fall out
• No exercise during the scabbing process; Sweat will draw out the colour
• Do not expose treated area to direct sunlight. After healed (30 days), use a sunscreen to avoid fading from the sun.
• No makeup, creams, or products should be applied directly on the brows during the healing process.
• Do not touch, rub, pick or scratch your brows following treatment or during healing process. You may find that your eyebrows will scab or become slightly dry following the treatment. If they itch, DO NO SCRATCH them. You may tap them to alleviate the itch.
• If your eyebrows get wet during the healing process, pat them dry with a towel, DO NOT RUB.
• If you are planning a chemical peel, or any other medical/spa procedure, please inform therapist of the procedure you have had. Procedure should only be done once the healing process is complete.