How to care for your new brows
Congratulations on you new brows!
For the best results, follow these simple instructions.
Your brows may feel wet upon leaving the studio. It is important to gently pat the area with a clean tissue to absorb any excess lymph fluid that may seep out of the fresh hair strokes. Repeat every 20 minutes, or until they are no longer wet. Less lymph, less scabbing.
Wash your brows gently with water morning and night. Pat to dry. After washing, apply a paper thin layer of the ointment provided. Do this for the first 3 days. After day 3, switch to washing once a day. The brows will be vulnerable during this time. It's important to touch them as little as possible to avoid knocking the scabs off prematurely. Ointment should be used sparingly, and only for the first 5 days.
Brows should be kept out of the sun throughout the healing process.
Avoid getting any cosmetics, serums, or skincare on the brow area for the first 10-14 days, or until the brow area is no longer flaky.
Sweating can have a severe impact on pigment retention. Please abstain from any activity that will make you sweat. Working out, Hot baths, saunas, etc should be avoided for the first week
What To Expect
Day 2-5 of your new brows can be....shocking
Your brows will be much darker and bolder than they were when you left the studio. FEAR NOT! remember, each hair stroke is a tiny scratch. Its normal for the brows to feel a bit tender. This stage typically lasts about a week. Your new brows will be MUCH lighter once healed.
Day 5-10 is the flaky stage. The teeny-tiny hair strokes have teeny-tiny scabs. As the scabs shed, brows can appear dry and flaky. DO NOT PICK! picking, pealing, or scratching the scabs can result in pigment loss.
Day 10-14 You've entered the invisible stage. Your new hair strokes are now covered with fresh new skin. The new skin isn't quite healed and therefore, won't be totally transparent. It takes a few weeks for the skin to sheer up, and for the colour to truly show.
Day 14 + As the skin heals the hair strokes begin to look more crisp and defined. Don't worry if they come back a little patchy, this is totally normal. We will address any colour retention issues at the second session.
What Not To Do
You want to keep your new brows clean, but avoid getting them too wet. When you shower, place a towel next to the shower and use it periodically to pat your brows dry. More water means more scabbing.
Avoid sweating. This means avoiding working out, and all other strenuous activities that cause
Avoid getting your brows too wet for the first week. You can gently wash them with water twice a day.
You may shower or bathe normally, but avoid getting any soaps, shampoos or other cleansers on the treated area for the first 10 days as they can be detrimental to the bonding process that must take place for the pigment to stabilise in the dermis.
DO NOT pick or scratch at the dry skin/flakiness; let the skin fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring and premature loss of pigment.
IMPORTANT: Once the flakes have fallen off, a shiny layer of healing skin will completely cover the hair strokes. It may appear as though the tattooed area has completely disappeared. Within 1-2 weeks, the hair strokes will slowly reappear at a lighter shade as your skin regenerates.
DO NOT apply make-up to the tattooed area for the first 2 weeks. Cosmetics of any kind may interfere with the healing and colour of your tattoo.
DO NOT bleach, tint or dye the tattooed area for one month following the procedure.
DO NOT apply any anti-acne products (e.g. Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, Proactiv, etc.) or lightening creams (skin bleaching creams) such as hydroquinone to the treated area while healing.
No anti-aging products or facial products containing Alpha Hydroxyls (AHAs), Retin-A, Lactic or Glycolic Acids
Do not thread, wax, or use hair removal products on the treated area while healing.
NO swimming pools, jacuzzis or other bodies of water for two weeks.
Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and discolouration of the pigment. Once completely healed, you may apply sunscreen on the treated area.
Wear large sunglasses and a hat for further protection.
Rinse and dry the area thoroughly when in contact with chlorine.
Glycolic acid, microdermabrasion, and chemical face peel products must be kept away from the tattooed area as continued use could lighten the pigment.
If you are having laser resurfacing or laser hair removal after your tattoo has healed, please inform the laser technician. Continue at your own discretion. Laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolour the tattooed area.
Once the treated area is completely healed, any changes or additions that need to be made can be done at your follow-up appointment no sooner than 8-12 weeks later.