What is the difference between Microblading & Natural Hairstroke Brows?
The simple answer is how the tools used to implant pigment.
Microblades are made up of 18 tiny pins in a U formation, these pins are dragged through the skin, depositing a channel of pigment which resembles a strand of hair.
Microblading was a fashionable technique but years on we are seeing undesirable healed results and scar tissue in the brow due to the trauma to the skin. This technique is not suitable for oily, combination, or fragile (older) skin types.
Natural Hairstroke brows is a powered device that uses a single needle to deposit tiny dots of pigment, the needle is bobbing so fast in and out of the skin that it creates the illusion of a strand of hair, when in actual fact they are micro dots.
This is an advanced technique suitable for most skin types, it is a gentle way of pigment implantation and so we see beautiful long term results, no scar tissue and minimal discomfort during treatment.
So why do we prefer Natural Hair Stroke Brows technique?
We love the long term healed results and minimal discomfort for our clients
Our skin naturally produces oils, some skin types are oilier than others, over the course of 6 months - 1 year, these oils will start to break down the channel of pigment created from microblading. This will cause the pigment to migrate (move) out of the channel. If these channels have been placed close together, each channel merges with the next and the results create a solid block & discoloured looking brow.
Natural Hairstroke brows are created with single dots so when the skin produces oils, it will break down the dot of pigment (lighten it) and will have minimal migration because the surface area of each dot is so small, compared to a complete channel.
We are always striving for the best long term results for our clients. Currently we are seeing clients with previous microblading which needs removal prior to being able to proceed with a brow treatment. For these reasons, we prefer natural hairstroke technique over microblading.
Who is not a suitable candidate for Permanent Make-Up?
If you suffer from any of the following Health Conditions you may not be a suitable candidate:
High Blood Pressure
Low Blood Pressure
Certain Prescribed Medication
Auto Immune Disease
Recently Taken Antibiotics
Previous Nickel Allergy
Previous Keloid Scarring
Active Cold Sore / Fever Blister
Undergone Recent Surgery
Chemotherapy in the last 6 months
Used Retin A in the last 6 months
Had Botox in the last 2 weeks
Oily Skin / Acne prone skin
Sun Shower user
Someone who doesn't apply SPF
Used Accutane in the last 12 months
Takes Blood Thinners
Does it hurt?
We are breaking the skin and implanting pigment so there will be some level of discomfort.
Before Lip Blush, we pre-numb for 30 minutes and numb during treatment.
Brows we do not pre-numb because it changes the composition of the skin, it feels like an uncomfortable small scratch. We then apply anaesthetic during treatment, where you will feel minimal discomfort.
Everyone has a different pain threshold, and skin thickness, and sensitivity is different for everyone.
Please note: you will be more sensitive around your menstrual cycle.
How long does it last?
The life of permanent make-up will vary from person to person and depends on many key factors: Medications, Age, Sweat, Diet, Product usage, Exposure to UVA / UVB rays.... to name a few.
It is also worth noting, there is no such thing as semi permanent. All pigments implanted in the skin will leave a long term residue of colour.
This is a guideline to when these treatments will need a colour boost:
Nano Hairstroke Brows 1 - 2 Years
Lip Blush 1 - 3 Years
All permanent makeup techniques require a colour boost within these time frames, to keep the pigments balanced and the shape correct.
What is included in the price?
The treatment price includes a complimentary top up: 6 weeks for brows, 8 weeks for lips.
Consultations are required prior to treatment which are charged at £20
Prices can be found HERE
I'm going on holiday, is that a problem?
While your permanent make-up is healing (within the first 4 weeks) we do not advise you go in the sun, swim in pools, use saunas or sweat. The first 4 weeks are paramount to achieving great healed results. All these elements will fade your permanent makeup down.
Due to your new cell production from treatment, your skin is at high risk of burning . You MUST wear SPF50 on your permanent makeup when going out in the sun. If you don't, the pigment will turn grey and lighten considerably which is undesirable and expensive.
It is advised that you use a SPF30 on your lips when exposed to UVA / UVB rays and DO NOT USE SUNBEDS
I'm getting married and would like permanent for my wedding. When do you recommend I have the treatment?
You've got to plan ahead. I would allow at least 3-4 months. You will have your initial treatment and then it's a 6-8 week wait until the top up, then a further 4 weeks healing after this.
I would then try to allow a further month just to let the colour soften just in case the colour is bolder than you had anticipated.
Plan ahead, leave plenty of time to ride out the healing process and enjoy your honeymoon without the fear of ruining your permanent makeup.
Will I have scabbing?
No, the aftercare has been developed to prevent scabs from forming
You will have strict Aftercare instructions which requires dedication on day 1 & day 2. If you follow every aspect of the Aftercare, you will have any scabbing.
A scab will pull pigment out of your skin so this is the last thing we want. We will go through Aftercare at your consultation so you are aware what is expected of you in the first 4 weeks of healing.
Do my beauty products affect the pigment retention?
Yes, and this is why we discuss what beauty products you use.
You really need to look at what ingredients are in your products. Any AHA's, BHA's or products that claim to be anti-ageing will have a negative effect on your brows. This is because they are encouraging a high skin cell turnover, and pigment sits in these skin cells, if the skin is constantly re-generating it will break the pigment down quicker which makes them look light and faded
Look out for Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA's), Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA's) and Retin A... these are present in all different forms: Creams, Serums, Peels, Cleansers, Toners, Masks etc
If you are unsure, send me your product list and we will check them for you.
Does wearing make-up on my brows fade them?
Foundation contains Titanium Dioxide and will fade the pigment down in your permanent makeup.
Always try to keep a gap between your make-up and your brows. If you are finding yourself applying brow make-up every day on your brows, then we need to go ahead and add in some more pigment.
Applying make-up daily is not an ideal solution, we are trying to eliminate this and save you time.