Combo Brows

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BROWS YOU WILL LOVE

Combo Brows Technique

Combo brows

Combo Brows is a technique that is the most popular. It is the combination of Microblading hair strokes strategically placed where you desire the hair look plus we add shading to add depth and dimension for the most complete and natural look. This service is for you if you’ve over tweezed or have very minimal eyebrows but don’t want the statement look. Ideal for those with dry to normal skin.

THINGS TO CONSIDER FOR COMBO BROWS

The Process


Step 1

Contraindications

Contraindications: Determine if you’re a good candidate for PMU by reading the candidacy list.


Step 2

Before Booking

Now that you’re the right candidate. Select a technique. If you are unsure of which procedure might suit you best, we can make recommendations through the picture you provided. Or take the quiz!  If you have had  PMU done previously please do mention it in the text 781-808-1650.


Step 3

Getting Ready

Once booked go to Before Care and make sure you follow the before care prior to coming in for your appointment. Also, please read the After Care instructions so that you can plan better for your after care. The results of the procedure will depend on how well you follow the before and after care.

ARE YOU AFFECTED?

Candidacy / Contraindications

  • Those under 18 years of age
  • Women who are pregnant or lactating
  • People with glaucoma
  • People taking blood thinners (must stop 4 weeks prior to procedure, please advise your doctor)
  • People with skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema and undiagnosed rashes or blisters on the site is to be treated
  • People with allergies to makeup or pigments
  • Those easily triggered post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation are not good candidates Those with transmitted low blood conditions like HIV or hepatitis Active skin cancer in the area to be tattooed
  • If you are a hemophiliac
  • Having healing disorders, uncontrolled blood pressure or had mitral valve disorder. Those on any skin medication such as Accutane or steroids- which thin and over sensitize the skin
  • People who are anemic
  • People prone to keloids

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE COMBO BROWS

Before Care

Now that you’re the ideal client, following the before care is crucial. Because we need healthy, healed, and calm skin.

Before Care is crucial for a safe and effective procedure.


Step 1

4 Weeks Before Procedure

  • Stop all acne cream treatment because this thins out and over sensitize the skin.
  • You must stop taking all antibiotics 3 weeks prior to procedure. Please consult with your doctor before doing so.
  • No laser or chemical peels should be done 4 weeks of your procedure.
  • No sunburns on your face.
  • Do not use AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) such as lactic, glycolic, citric, retinoid and tartaric acids or any Over the Counter creams and lotions for tone correcting, anti-aging, or exfoliating which can discolor the permanent makeup

Step 2

2 Weeks – 48 Hours Before Procedure

  • No Botox or microneedling
  • No eyebrow tinting
  • Skin irritation or blemishes on your brows, please reschedule your appointment.
  • If you are feeling sick, having cold or flu like symptoms, sinus/respiratory infection please reschedule your appointment
  • Do not exfoliate 48 hours before session.
  • Do not wax eyebrows, we’ll groom them at the session.
  • No alcohol 48 hours before.
  • Stop taking fish oil or Vitamin E

Step 3

24 Hours Before Procedure

  • No caffeine or alcohol
  • Please consult your doctor. Do not take blood thinning medications. Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Niacin, Coumadin.
  • Avoid garlic, ginger, ginkgo, dong quai, pineapples, turmeric, or cinnamon. These are natural blood thinners.
  • Wear glasses instead of contact lens
  • Avoid working out or strenuous exercises as this increases blood flow.
  • Avoid thermogenic and stimulates that elevates blood pressure and blood flow.
  • During your menstrual cycle, you will be more sensitive.
  • Come in with how you normally do your brows everyday.

RELAX AND ENJOY

Combo Brows Experience


Step 1

Map

Map the brows according to facial features such as the flare of the nostrils, tear ducts, and outer corner of eyes and nose. 

We take into consideration any old tattoo work that can be corrected or covered. If you’ve had prior eyebrow work done, please inform our artists before booking.

Turning the mapping process up a notch, we then perfect the outlines so they are precise with a one time use concealer brush and concealer. Shading requires precision, unlike mimicking hairstrokes (microblading) where it should look random.


Step 2

Color Selection

Once the mapping is complete, we choose a color. We’ll look at your skin undertones, compare your natural hair color on your eyebrows as well as the roots of the hair on your head. Once you sign off on the color selection, we proceed to the next step.


Step 3

Outline

Outlining means that the artist will use the rotary tattoo pen and the selected pigment color to go over the perimeter of the new shape. During this time, we CANNOT numb your eyebrow because the topical numbing cream will blur the outline that we’ve worked hard to achieve. The pain level is very minimal, pain is subjective but the average number of clients would rate the pain a 3 out of 10. The outlining process lasts for less than 5 minutes per eyebrow.


Step 4

Numb

Once the outline is secured, you get numbed with a topical cream for 20 minutes. During this time, we talk about your aftercare and go over any questions you may have. Then, you can make yourself a cup of decaf tea, scroll through your phone, have a snack, or take a quick nap.


Step 5

Shade/Tattoo

After you’re numb, we begin shading (filling in) one brow from the tail to the head of the brows then move on to the next eyebrow. We numb you again. Remap your brows to ensure symmetry. Do a second pass (layer) and add more numbing if needed.

Lastly, we remap your brows again and fill in additional shading if needed. If you have chosen to add microblading strokes in the front head of your brows, this will be the last step. During this time, your brows will be revealed to you.


Step 6

The Reveal

9/10 clients are shocked by the boldness and the new look but trust the process. Keep in mind that this is a fresh tattoo and your eyes are used to one particular look. Your brows fade at minimum by 30% and it will also shrink in size by approximately 10%.

At touch up around 5-8 weeks after the initial procedure, you can choose to add more shading or strokes or both! The goal is to give you what it is that makes you feel put together and more confident. 

The healed result is a clean, soft, filled in makeup look oftentimes looking more natural than microblading alone.

THINGS TO CONSIDER AFTER COMBO BROWS

After Care

Microblading after care is very important to the appearance and longevity of your new brows.

Always wash your hands with a disinfectant soap before touching the tattooed area!

Remember, this is now a wound, taking great care to not introduce bacteria to the area.


Step 1

The Day Of The Treatment: First 12 Hours

  • With slight pressure blot the area with clean tissue to absorb any excess lymph fluid. This fluid is a clear like substance that may slightly build up on the brow area.
  • You may or may not have lymph fluid during this time. If you do, remove it so it does not form into a thick dry crust. If you fail to remove the fluid, when it dries and falls off, it’ll take pigment with it, leaving you with less than optimal retention and results.
  • Do this every few minutes until the lymph fluid stops secreting.

Step 2

Days 1-10: Wash AM/PM With Gentle Foaming Cleanser

  • When you wake up, wash your face and brows gently to remove any bacteria and dead skin.
  • Wash your face again at night before bed. 
  • Only wash your face outside of the shower.
  • Wash in a gentle circular motion following your natural hair growth. Rinse well with warm (not hot) water. 
  • Pat dry with clean paper towel then allow air to also dry the brows.

Step 3

Days 1-10: Moisturize

  • Allow brows to air dry for minimum of 5 minutes. The brows should be completely 100% dry prior to adding on ointment. Never put ointment on damp brows.
  • Apply a very thin layer of ointment with a Q-Tip. Do not use your hands.
  • The ointment should not leave a noticeable shine or film on the brows. You are only applying enough to moisturize.

Step 4

Avoid For 14 Days:

  • Avoid getting eyebrows wet in the shower (wash from neck down or utilize dry shampoo)
  • Do not get the scabs soggy! Dry immediately if the area gets too wet. 
  • Avoid any harsh cleansers or products on the treated areas, use only what is recommended for aftercare. Chemicals and colorants of any kind will irritate the tattoo and may cause an infection or interfere with the pigment.
  • Do not apply makeup to your brows! This will suffocate the treated area, cause scabbing, and may cause infection from bacteria on your used products
  • Do not pick, peel or scratch off the micro pigmented area to avoid scarring of the area or removal of the pigment! Picking can cause scarring, loss of pigment or hair and even an infection, picking is obvious to the trained eye. Let the scabs and flakes fall off naturally. 
  • Showers: Apply a thick layer of A&D ointment on your brows, this seals out the wetness. Keep your face away from the shower head or wash from the neck down. After showering, gently remove all of the ointment. There is no need to apply anymore ointment to the brows. Let your brows dry and if you notice a shiny film, continue to remove more of the ointment. 
  • Avoid strenuous activity or practicing sports; try not to sweat; salt is your worst enemy and can prematurely fade the treated area. 

Step 5

Avoid For 14 Days:

  • Avoid steamy showers, hot sauna, steam room, hot bath or Jacuzzi .
  • No Sun tanning or salon tanning for 3-4 weeks after the procedure.
  • Avoid UV/UVA Rays or chemicals as they have been known to cause a shift in color and premature fading. 
  • Avoid any laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or any creams containing Retin-A or Glycolic acid on the face or neck for 4 weeks.
  • Clip your bangs to avoid touching and irritating the treated area.
  • Try your very best to sleep on your back. Sleeping on either side or on your stomach may cause loss of pigmentation and sleep on a clean pillowcase for the first 10 days.
  • Do not Drink alcohol in excess, as it may lead to slow healing of wounds.
  • Avoid driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles or motorcycles.
  • Remember to try to not touch the eyebrow area except for when rinsing and applying the post-care cream with a cotton swab and clean hands.

Step 6

What To Expect During Healing

  • The entire healing process will take from 4-6 weeks depending on your body regeneration and age. 
  • Your new eyebrows will go through several phases during the healing cycle. Itching and flaking may appear during the first 7 days post microblading procedure. However, experience has shown that by strictly following these after care instructions, these symptoms may quickly disappear. 
  • The pigment will appear very sharp and dark immediately after the procedure. This is because the pigment is still sitting on top of your skin, and has not yet settled in completely. The color of the pigment will soften gradually. Do not be alarmed if you see some pigment on the cotton swab, as this is excess pigment and or lymph fluid that is naturally exiting your skin.
  • Once the healing of the skin starts taking place, it will look like dandruff flakes or dry skin. However, this is just superficial color and dry skin being naturally removed from your eyebrows. The final look of your eyebrows will be apparent approximately 30 days after your procedure.
  • Note that because of natural skin regeneration, after recovery period (peeling), brows might appear lighter than original. This might give you the impression that color is fading too quickly. 
  • Often even the proper care, clients may lose original hair strokes which make brows look uneven. This is normal. That is the reason why most clients need a touchup after 4-6 weeks.  Never rub the treated area as it will disturb the skin from natural healing. 
  • You can enjoy your beautiful new temporary eyebrows. You will simply love your new gorgeous, fresh look! Thank you for trusting us with your eyebrows!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between microblading and shading?

If you look at image below, you will see an example of what microblading looks like. They are individual tiny cuts into the skin that looks like hairstrokes. This art is very beautiful and super natural if you already evenly distributed hair throughout the brows. If you lack eyebrow hairs  in, say the arch or tail of the brow, adding just microblading strokes without any shading will not look natural. “Natural” looking eyebrows have shading and dimensions and the only way to mimic natural eyebrows is to add some shading with a rotary pen (a delicate machine made specifically for cosmetic tattooing).

Shading is using a needle in a cartridge and a machine that inserts pigment with an in and out motion (consistent even poking) which creates less injury to the skin. We can make it look like small dots or pixelation, with a cluster of small dots, this creates shadows. The shadows helps in creating natural looking brows. We can add layers of shading to create various looks from soft shadows, to soft powder or a makeup look for the least maintenance possible. 

Our artists here at Brow Lady Microblading have the shading  technique in our own brows and we like to wear the least amount of makeup possible! So yes, shading can look natural!
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What’s your sterilization process?

We practice universal precautions. Our artists are required to get training annually to ensure our knowledge is up to date to keep the community safe. 

After each client, the treatment room and beds are disinfected with Cavicide killing TB, MRSA, HIV-1, HBV, HCV, basically viruses, bacteria, fungus, and bloodborne pathogens. 

Our artists work with nitrile gloves that are puncture resistant and FDA compliant. You won’t need to worry about latex allergies either since we don’t bother stocking our inventory with it!

Microblading tools and needles are all one time use. Pigments are proudly vegan friendly, FDA approved and are made in the USA.

Does it hurt?

Pain is subjective and varies from person to person. This is a cosmetic tattoo procedure which means that, YES, some parts can be painful. However, numbing cream gets used throughout the entire procedure to keep you as comfortable as possible. Most people say that tweezing hurts more than the tattoo part.

To limit your pain, please refrain from consuming caffeine the day of, avoid alcohol for 48 hours prior to your appointment time, and don’t use cannabis right before as this enhances your sensitivity to pain. Being on your menstrual cycle can also cause sensitivity.

How long does it last?

Powder shading: Lasts 1-5 years, or indefinitely. 
Microblading: Lasts 6 months-3 years
 
The longevity of your brows depend on the technique, skin type, skin care routine (exfoliating, enzyme facials, chemical peels, laser treatments, & products used), lifestyle (open water swimmer, marathon runner, exercise and perspiration vs. someone who is sedentary), how strictly you adhere to before and aftercare, medication, hormones, and sleep position.

All brow technique will fade 10-70% depending on various factors mentioned above.  A touch up is recommended between1-1.5 years after the Perfecting Session (the touch up session after the initial procedure) to keep your brows lasting longer. Microblading isn’t a permanent solution due to the depth of pigment implantation, skin cell regeneration, and exposure to the elements (Rain and Sun!). Touch-ups are necessary to keep them looking fresh, colorful, and beautiful. 

Do you draw the shape before the procedure?

Of course! First we will take measurements according to your bone structure and facial features. We will draw the shape, reshape, review, and reshape again until you are completely satisfied with your shape. Drawing and measuring your brows take the longest. Each brow design will be customized to achieve the most natural look.

How long is the appointment?

It depends on the technique you choose/need.
Microblading: 1.5 hours – 2 hours
Powder Only: 2.5-3 Hours
Combination of Both: 2.5 hours- 3 Hours
Perfecting Sessions & Touch Ups: 45 mins-1.5 hours
 
First time appointment: The entire appointment consists of a consultation, taking before pictures, brow mapping (longest part of appointment), numbing, actual tattoo process, remapping to ensure symmetry, finishing touches, taking after pictures, explaining after care instructions, and scheduling a Perfecting Session. 

Touch Ups: Brow grooming, healed photos are taken, Numbing cream is applied depending on the technique, we remap your brows, make adjustments, begin the tattoo process, remap again, add finishing touches, take after pictures, and say our goodbyes until your next touch up. This is something you will schedule as needed. 

Tattooing is an art that cannot and will not be rushed. Please plan accordingly. Eat and hydrate before your appointment. Unlike lash appointments, we are patient with bathroom breaks!

Is the touch up (Second Appointment) necessary?

For optimal results, a touch up is recommended. Brow tattooing is a two-step, sometimes three-step process. At least two appointments are needed initially. Touch ups are done from no earlier than 4 weeks and no later than 8 weeks. It’s important to have your touch up done no later than 8 weeks, a touch up fee will occur.   

At the touch up, we assess the color retention and make adjustments as necessary. Everyone heals differently and at different rates. It is expected that microblading and shading does not heal perfectly the first time. We can always adjust color, add more density, and correct any irregularities in the brows during the touch up.

To keep your brows looking great, we highly recommend coming back between 12- 18 months for a color boost.

What should I expect after my treatment?

Immediately after the procedure you might notice a white halo around the brow from the numbing cream.
You may experience the following symptoms for about 4 days.
– Minor swelling and redness -You may use an ice pack with a clean barrier between the skin and ice pack.
– Mild tenderness
– Itchiness in the eyebrow area- Witch Hazel helps!
– Dry flaking skin 

These symptoms are a normal part of the healing process.
Remember, your selected color will be much darker and bolder and more sharply defined for the first 4 days after the procedure, but as the healing process occurs the color will soften and lighten (Day 5-14).

In the first few days, you’ll develop a scab. Some people scab in light flakes and some develop a thick scab. Your scabs should naturally flake off in about 14 days. Everybody is different, but whatever you do, do NOT pick at the scabs and make sure you read through and follow the AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS properly to obtain the best results.

If the scabbing phase is not over by 14 days, please continue your Aftercare instructions until scabs are completely gone.

After the scabbing phase is over, you will see that the color of your pigment appears foggy and muted in color because a layer of skin has grown over the pigment to seal it in. Not to worry, over the next several weeks your skin will regenerate and the pigment will be more vibrant in color. The complete healing process takes at least 4 weeks which is when the true orientation of the pigment will show.
For most people, the first 3 days is an “adjustment to your new brows” period. Time off from work is not needed. However, some people may feel uncomfortable with the way the treated area looks depending on the person.

How long does it take to heal?

Your microbladed brows or powder ombre shading brows  will take approximately 10 days to heal. During that week, it is encouraged to let them naturally exfoliate off. This means keeping them out of water, sweat, steam, etc. Once the scabbing phase passes, the brows will appear lighter, and their true color should come out after 4 weeks. As long as you’re good at following aftercare instructions, there shouldn’t be a problem with going to work or being out in public.

How should I prepare for my appointment?

We love that you’re prepared! View everything you need to know about Before Care here.

Can I wear makeup after?

Your new brows are now considered a wound. To prevent infection and proper healing, do not wear any makeup on your brows for 2 weeks. Makeup everywhere else is okay.

What should I avoid after treatment?

The healing process and Microblading aftercare is by far one of the most important phases on your eyebrow tattooing journey.

For the first 24 hours, you must remove the lymph fluid that secretes from your brows. We’ll show you how to do this after your appointment.

You must avoid sun exposure to avoid premature pigment fade.  

Avoid the use of glycolic acid since this acid helps regenerate new skin, this will also cause your brows to fade prematurely.  

Click below to read the complete list of microblading aftercare.
Everything you need to know about After Care can be found here.

Can you Microblade/Shade over an existing tattoo?

Yes, if the old tattoo is faded enough to not show through significantly over the new hair strokes. Please submit a picture of your bare brows to determine if your case can be taken to 781-808-1650.

I had my eyebrows microbladed somewhere else, can you do a touch up?

Unfortunately, we do not touch up other artist’s work. You will be treated as a new client and the full price will be charged if we can accept your case.

Do you offer classes/private classes?

Yes! Small training classes are offered and it is never too late to start! View Training here.

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