Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it last?

It usually lasts approximately 12 months (microblading) and 18 months (machine brows), but this is very dependant of the client's skin type, lifestyle and how you look after your brows. Please read through the aftercare instructions thoroughly as this is key to achieving good long term results!


What is a patch test?

A patch test should be carried out at least 48 hours before your treatment to make sure there are no allergic reactions to the products used. This is a very rare occurrence, but it is necessary to make sure. A patch test will be sent out via post or can be done by making an appointment to attend the studio. Please read the pre-treatment information to make sure you are a viable candidate for the treatment and have no contraindications. Please get in touch to discuss these if you are unsure.


Does it hurt?

The question I get asked the most! As this is a cosmetic tattoo you will feel it, but most people say it is more uncomfortable than it is painful, and some people are shocked at how little they feel. A little advice I would give is don't book your appointment around that time of the month as you can be more sensitive during this time. All I can say is - if I can have the treatment done, so can you! 


Is it really permanent?

Some artists say "permanent", some say "semi-permanent" with regards to cosmetic tattooing. Although we do not implant the pigment as deep into the skin as a traditional tattoo, there is no guarantee that some pigment will not remain permanently in the skin. It should gradually fade overtime and require an annual(ish) top-up, but whether it will fully fade depends on how you retain pigment and this is very individual.


What is the difference between Microblading and Machine Brows?

Both are forms of cosmetic tattooing. They are just different ways of implanting pigment into the skin. Microblading is done manually with a hand tool (which has needles that are soldered together to form a 'microblade'). Machine brows are created by using a machine similar to a traditional tattoo machine. The main difference is that machine brows can work best for a wider range of skin types and microblading usually suits normal to dry skin types. A more oily skin may make the 'hairstrokes' blur and fade out quickly.


How long does it take to heal?

The initial healing period is approximately 2 weeks to resume normal daily activities (usual cleansing products, exercising, full make-up), but I usually say until all flakes have gone and skin is looking back to normal. After this time though and even if skin looks healed, there is still a lot of healing to be done under the surface. This can take 4-6 weeks depending upon a client's individual skin type and why I would advise initial top-up appointments would need to be done 6-8 weeks after the first appointment.


How do I know which treatment is for me?

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you are unsure. You can send photos of the brows you like and we can discuss what technique will work best for your own individual needs.