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WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OILY SKIN AND MICROBLADING?

Posted on October 22, 2017 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (2)


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WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OILY SKIN AND MICROBLADING?


I have seen hundreds of eyebrow clients and I need to address an issue with Microblading. Don’t get me wrong, Microblading improves ALL eyebrows but maybe not the same way.

Is Microblading great? YES. Is it great choice for EVERYONE? THAT DEPENDS! Microblading is a semi -permanent form of manual tattooing. This technique is performed with a manual hand tool with a disposable one-time use need configuration attached at the end of the tool. The needles get slowly dragged in a strategic manner over the skin to create small hair like “incisions”. The needles are dipped into a pigment as this is done. After each pass across, pigment is applied to the incisions so it can soak into them, leaving realistic looking beautiful small hair like slits.

Oily skin does not respond to microblading the same way as dryer skin does. With dry skin you may get nice crisp defined healed strokes. Much like the pictures below.


With oily skin the result will very due to the oil level in the skin and the aftercare that is administered after the procedure. The stroke results for oily skin can “powder out slightly” leaving more of a makeup powdered look. (Or like your brows would look if you used a brow powder to fill them in.) This is still a BEAUTIFUL RESULT. I just think being informed will help guests to have a realistic expectation of what they can expect to see after the brows heal. Here is a great example of how this looks.


COMBATING THE ISSUE, I’ve been trying a few different things with aftercare that tend to help slightly. By using witch hazel to “dry” the skin out slightly during the healing process and blotting the oil off the skin often we can help this issue. Although the result is still not as crisp as dryer skin it does leave a beautiful result. Below is another great result with an oilier skinned guest. This guest did a combination of microblading plus shading to get a little more “makeup” like appearance.


I guess the end goal of this article is to explain that result of microblading does vary based on the skin type that is being worked on as well as the aftercare followed following the procedure. My final thoughts are that for most guests with oily skin or not the results of microblading far out way the before for the guests.For some guest a 3rd session may even be needed. As said best by one of my clients “It’s better to have something there for eyebrows, then nothing at all” I hope this helps if you are researching the idea of Microblading!


Permanent Makeup and Microblading Healing Questions Answered!

Posted on January 26, 2017 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I am always in close contact with my guest during their healing process. YES, this is a process. Since I receive so many questions on healing, I thought it would be a great topic to touch on, also letting you know what to expect before you come in for a procedure. I will answer my most frequently asked questions for the main procedures of Permanent Makeup. I will touch on 3D Hair Stroke Eyebrows, Microblade Eyebrows, Eyeliner and the Lips. First let me hit on the things to AVOID for any of the procedures you may be considering.

 

• Tanning, swimming, applying makeup to area – 2 WEEKS

• Compressing your face into the pillow while sleeping- 48 hours

• Workouts or strenuous activity- 2-7 days (depending on procedure)

• Exposing the area to full water pressure in the shower- 3days

NO WATER FOR MICROBLADE EYEBROWS -7 DAYS


 

1. 3D Hair Stroke Eyebrows

With the Hair Stroke Eyebrow procedure, you will expect the pigment to fade around 20 - 30% and soften a bit after healing of the 1st session. You will be able to ice your brows the 1st few days after the procedure to reduce any swelling or discomfort you may have. I advise you to use a thin layer of Aquafor on your brows 2-3 x’s per day for around 5-7 days. Scabs that dry out or are rubbed, picked, scratched or pulled off will take longer to heal and could result in pigment loss. For the most part this eyebrow healing really is very simple for guests. Here is a Before, Immediately After and Healed Photo of the 3D brows.


 

 

2. Microblade Eyebrows

With Micro blading, it is important to follow aftercare instructions carefully. Microblade Eyebrow pigment will fade around 40 -50%. You CANNOT get the brow area wet for 7 days, post procedure. Water may expand your lines resulting in thicker lines than desired. I advise not doing anything to them for 48-72 hours. After 72 hours, you may use a VERY THIN layer of Aquafor on the brows 1-2 times a day. You want the brows to breathe but NOT dry out. (If you have oily skin or feel the need than you may want to use a dab of alcohol or witch hazel to cleanse the eyebrows and remove excess oil.) Oily skinned guests need not do anything else with them for 7 days. After the 7 day, healing you may use grapeseed or jojoba oil on them sparingly. Here is a diagram I found online that documents the healing process well. You will start by thinking “Uh oh, maybe too dark?” than day 5-8 “WHOA WAY TOO DARK” on day 8ish you’ll think “I think it all fell off?” Around 2-4 weeks the color will finalize and you will feel Happy! Due to natural skin regeneration healing differs in everyone. You will need a 2nd and possibly a 3rd session to perfect your microblade eyebrows.


 

 

 

3. Eyeliner

Eyeliner healing is a little trickier one. Due to the sensitive eyeline skin and swelling the lines will shrink, settle and look softer than immediately after your procedure. Usually if you want a nice thick liner line you will need to look thicker the day of your procedure. You may select to build them up with starting basic at your 1st session and building it up at the touch up session, or elect to go all in right away. You can expect to ice your eyeline the first few days after your procedure. (being careful not to overdue icing on the fragile eye area) I like to tell guests it will feel like you had a real good cry for the 1st and possibly 2nd day. I recommend using a thin layer of Aquafor on the eyeliner 1-3X a day for 3-5 days. Scabs that dry out may pull off pigment. Here’s a photo of immediately after the procedure and after healing.


 

 

 

 

4. Lips

Lip healing is also one of the more complex procedures. 1st and very important thing to know with any lip procedure you should be pretreating with a fever blister/cold sore medicine before your procedure. Even clients that do not typically get cold sores (if the virus lives in your body), you will expect to see it come out with a little lip trauma. I recommend ALL my clients to pretreat. Lip healing is different for everyone. You can expect to lose 50-60% of your color after healing. Icing your lips the first few days will feel amazing as you will feel swollen and DARK (you may like the way the swollen Botox look, looks!) :D Day 3-4 the peeling process will begin, color can appear orangey or pinkish. Day 5-6 Lips dry out and feel chapped. Day 7-14 Color will look as if it is totally gone.(THIS IS NORMAL) Day 15-21 Pigment will return and settle to final result. Lips may feel dry for some time after your procedure. Use of a good lip balm will help. I recommend using Aquafor on lips for the first 10 days. Here's a before, after and healed picture of lips.

I hope this helps with knowing what to expect during your healing process. Just remember everyone heals differently and healing times vary. It important to follow the aftercare your technician recommends carefully! Happy Healing!

 

 


 

 

What is the difference between Microblading and Permanent Makeup?

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

This is a question I am hearing often as of lately with the craze of  Microblading on the rise. Microblading is the newer semi- permanent makeup option used for eyebrows. Microblading is a hand tool techinique used to give you or enhance your non-existing or existing eyebrows. Permanent Makeup on the other hand is also used to give you similar results but may be administered many different ways. When receiving PMUP your technician may use a hand tap method, rotory or digital permanent makeup machine. 


Micro blading tool        

Digital Permanent Makeup Machine

 

The biggest differences that I see with these techniques-

Micro blading     Permanent Makeup

• Lasts 8 months- 2 years * Touchup may not be needed until 3-5 years

• Smaller skinnier lines * Slightly thicker lines

• Scratching/slicing surface of skin * Digital tool method accuracy

• Ability to change shape later * Ability to alter shape later

• Organic Pigments- higher risk of allergy * Iron oxide pigments- low risk of alleregy


Either way you “Slice” it Semi-Permanent Micro Blading or 3D Hair Stroke Permanent Makeup is a great way to enhance your natural beauty and give you a HUGE confidence boost. The effect of permanent makeup is a huge decision and should not be taken lightly, I suggest researching the technician that you choose. Read reviews and ask plenty of questions to make sure your experience is a pleasant one! Happy Eyebrows!

 


Collagen Induction Therapy

Posted on November 4, 2016 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (3)

Collagen Induction Therapy ­ Micro needling or Derma Rolling

Collagen Induction Therapy — A Safe, Cost–Effective Treatment for Stretch Marks, Acne Scars, and Wrinkles

What do wrinkles, stretch marks, and acne scarring have in common? These are all conditions which have been frustrating physicians and patients in their inability to be effectively treated. Now, at last, a new non–invasive and effective treatment is available.

Not a laser or a deep chemical peel, this exciting option is called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). CIT is a simple procedure that requires minimal down time (no more than four to seven days) and significant, measurable, and sustainable results.

Why and How the Procedure Works

The principle behind Collagen Induction Therapy is simple: to stimulate the body's own production of collagen and elastin, thereby reducing wrinkles and improving skin texture. Collagen Induction Therapy is performed with a MTS roller (using 540 very fine titanium needles) or a tattoo machine with micro-needles. The very fine needles are used to create many microscopic channels deep into the dermis of the skin, which stimulate your body to produce new collagen and elastin. The channels that are created increase penetration of vitamins A and C creams about 1000 times. Vitamins A and C stimulate skin renewal, thereby making the skin appear fresher and younger. I can recommend a few products I love. Studies have also shown CIT is more consistent in increasing the thickness of the skin, thereby erasing wrinkles, stretch marks and smoothing acne scars. CIT eliminates all common negative side affects you may encounter with other treatments. While collagen induction therapy is suitable for almost all patients, it is not recommended for those with active infections such as active acne, chronic skin disorders, poor healing, keloids, or blood clotting problems.


 

How long is the procedure and how many treatments are needed?

Treatment sessions range from 10 minutes to one hour, depending on the area being treated. This will depend on the degree of the problem and the patient's expectations (number of treatments usually range from three to six). Sessions are often spaced three to six weeks apart.

Collagen Induction Therapy can typically cause the following results in your skin:

• Soften fine lines and wrinkles

• Contribute towards skin thickening

• Reduce the appearance of acne scars and other depressed scars on the body

• Help improve stretch marks

• Aid in the healing of burns

• Reduce large pores

 

Mechanism of Action in Acne Scar Treatment 

Collagen Induction Therapy is a new and effective alternative treatment for scars and stretch marks. Fine microneedles perforate the scar tissue. After sufficient perforation, very fine petechial (blood spots, but no bleeding) will be visible on the skin. Only a few days after the treatment NEW fibroblasts and capillaries will migrate through the punctured scar tissue. This results in new tissue formation to "fill" the former scar. New capillaries result in a significant better blood supply that in return results in an improved regimentation. Collagen Induction Therapy will in general result in a significant improvement of the treated area.

 

Advantages of Collagen Induction Therapy:

• The process stimulates physiological responses

• The treatment is not painful

• A very short healing period — you may be back in public in 3-5 days

• The treatment is cost effective

• It can be used on thin skin

• There is no permanent damage to the skin

• It can safely be repeated for better results

• It can be used on laser–resurfaced skin

• It can be used on all areas of the face

Results

Results can take three to nine months to fully appear as the body takes time to generate new collagen. The patient, however, sees continual improvement. The procedure takes from ten minutes to over an hour, depending on the area to be treated. Results last as long as 5–10 years or more. For improved results topical vitamins A and C products may be used for at least six months post procedure to ensure the production of healthy collagen and elastin. This procedure has been successfully used to treat wrinkles, the appearance of stretch marks, abdominal laxity, facial and acne scarring, burns and rejuvenation of sun damaged skin on the chest as well as other areas. Pictured below is my Gold Collagen Face Mask that is a wonderful way to end your needling session and get maximum results with the boosted Vitamins in the mask! 

 


 

 BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS COMING SOON!!

 

 

10 Quick Tips about Hair Loss

Posted on October 4, 2016 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)
Help I'm losing my hair. What should I do?


Hair loss is a very sensitive subject. I deal with many people with hair loss issues at my shop and at the salon. Some people have thinning issues due to medical problems such as alopecia, thyroid disease, lupus, diabetes, iron deficiency, eating disorders, anemia, and trichotillomania. Others have thin hair or loss issues due to poor genetics or simply they were born that way. Here are a few things to try if you have feel doomed with hair loss issues. I've connected some direct links to a few sites with some great information on some of my points.
  1. Go see your doctor. If you can determine what is causing the loss issue it will be easier to address. 
  2. Scalp massage- This can increase blood circulation to the hair follicles, increase relaxation and boost the strength of the hair root. 
  3. Biotin- Biotin or vitamin B7 contributes to the strength in hair and nails. Read more about this here.
  4. Oils- I personally do a hot oil treatment at least once a month and prescribe it to my hair clients often. My own mixture consists of olive or avacodo oil mixed with a dab of conditioner to help it spread a little less messy. I warm oil in the microwave before mixing in my conditioner. Always test temperature to avoid burns. Next I apply to scalp and comb down the strands with a wide tooth comb. I than bag or towel my hair to keep in heat from the scalp allowing for maximum results. Leave on for 30 minutes to 1 hour and shampoo off followed with conditioner. Be careful your tub or shower can get a little slippery. 
  5. Never brush wet hair, this can cause breakage, use a wide tooth comb or a wet brush. 
  6. No tight pony tails or tight braiding. This will also cause hair breakage. Instead if you must put up your hair try doing so with looser styles. Loose braids or side buns. Both are very trendy if done correctly. 
  7. Rosemary oil is said to help with hair growth also. You may use a carrier oil such as jojoba or grapeseed oil to dilute the oil. Massage directly on the alopecia spots. This can be done even daily if desired. 
  8. Kelp- Kelp helps regulate thyroid gland, healthy skin and hair. Find more great information here. I have hashimoto's thyroiditis and I definitely feel a difference myself when I take a kelp supplement.
  9. Avoid wigs and hats if possible. Wigs and hats can cause your scalp to sweat and sweat can cause your hair follicles to clog, damaging and possibly killing them all together. 
  10. Diet/ Vitamins, eat a diet high in protein and iron. Here are 10 Food for Healthy Hair. 
If you are frustrated during the process of trying to get healthier thicker fuller hair. Here are a few thing to ask your hair stylist about. First of all cutting off your hair and adding layers will HELP, also coloring it the right way by adding dimension will make it look fuller and thicker. Come and see the Hair coaches at Etica Salon if you are near Maple Grove MN or ask your stylist how she can make your hair look the best it can. And know that physical appearance doesn't define who you are "No amount of physical beauty will ever be as valuable as a beautiful heart." unknown.

What's the process for getting Permanent Makeup?

Posted on September 14, 2016 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

What is the process for getting Permanent makeup?


First things first. It’s a little scary, it’s a tattoo on your face, right?



Yes it is, so research and find the best artist for you. Check reviews and photos of their work carefully. Having a detailed consultation is the way any good artist will start. Being on the same page with your artist will make the experience way more comfortable for you. This is how I begin. At the consultation appointment I will sit down with you and assess your face and area of your specific procedure. I then will ask you to explain how you would like to see your enhancement. After a clear picture is painted we will start actually “painting” or drawing the design on the face. This could take as short or as long of time as it needs to make you feel comfortable with the process and going forward. After the consultation you can book an appointment with your artist or continue your research and meeting artists until you find one you are comfortable with.


2nd Part of the process.

This could be the same day or a different day depending on appointment type. You will fill out some medical forms, show proof or ID (18 years or older.) and have and before picture taken for records or otherwise as determined with artist. Now the real fun starts. (If this is a “same day procedure appointment” as consultation your artist started with disinfection and you will skip the next step) First your artist will cleanse your skin, dry and draw on a design for your enhancement (in some cases such as eyeliner or lash enhancement this may have been discussed and skipped). Once this is perfected to your standards and the color choice is made. It’s SHOW TIME!


You will then get comfy on the table/bed. Looking around to make sure everything is clean and sanitized packages are being used in your procedure. ASK questions to make sure proper sanitizing procedures are in place to protect you. The procedure will likely begin with your artist washing their hands and setting up their machine. A quick pass over the area will be done and a numbing cream/gel will most likely be applied. Did it hurt? YOWZERS!! More than likely with the first pass you will feel some discomfort (as previously discussed this is a TATTOO!) There will likely be 1 to 3 passes over the areas. Each pass getting a little more comfortable as the numbing is starting to kick in. Once your technician is comfortable finishing their artwork you will be shown the mirror for any type of perfecting techniques that will be discussed. After the perfection process you will get to see the result of your enhancement. At this point I give my guests icepacks to hold over the area to reduce swelling and let’s face it they feel amazing.


Next and final steps to finish up the 1st section of the process is to go over the aftercare instructions carefully with your artist and ask any questions that you may have for them about your healing. Your artist will then take an after photo for their records. (And anything else that was previously discussed with a photo release form.) Well that's it (for now) easy peasy, right? I try to check in with my clients in around 1 week to see how things are healing. When approaching the 4 weeks post procedure time comes I will be in contact to schedule a touchup appointment if needed. This appointment is done ideally 30 -60 days after initial procedure. You can expect the touchup appointment to be a breeze now that your a pro!! 



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