Frequently asked question
WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
Microblading (also known as 3D, 6D, HD or hyper realistic brows) is a permanent eyebrow makeup, ideal for those seeking the most natural effect. During the procedure, eyebrow hair is drawn into the top layer of the skin (the epidermis). Depending on the skills of a master, a very realistic eyebrow look can be created.
WHAT IS PHIBROWS?
PhiBrows is an exemplary Microblading technique, enabling a PhiBrows Artist to achieve the most natural looking eyebrow effect. The PhiBrows Artist certificate is granted after graduation of the international prestigious beauty academy – PhiAcademy.
During the procedure, a brow shape is created following an individual’s face morphology, and the Phi (1.618) golden ratio. The PhiBrows App is used for the brow symmetry. Brows are professionally created one hair at a time, following the natural hair growth and links.
PhiBrows stands for a perfect brow shape, symmetry, and the most impressive natural brow effect.
WHAT IS SHADING?
Shading (also known as Ombre, Sombre, Powder, Pixel, Dust, etc.) is an eyebrow micropigmentation – a long-lasting eyebrow makeup, usually performed by a device, applying the principle of colouring. Depending on the master’s hand movements and the chosen shading method, various results are obtained – from a gentle touch like powder to a bright make-up effect.
WHAT IS MICROSHADING?
Microshading is a combination of two techniques – Microblading and Shading. A shadow is simulated between the created hairs to obtain the effect of denser and fuller looking eyebrows. This technique is especially suitable for those with very little or no natural hair.
HOW LONG DOES PERMANENT MAKEUP LAST?
Usually it lasts for about 1-2 years. However, depending on the skin type, age and everyday habits, the pigment can last up to 3 years and beyond.
- Mature skin retains pigment longer due to a slower skin regeneration process.
- Dry skin retains pigment well. Several touch-ups might be needed for oily or problematic skin.
- Colour fades faster from the sun exposure; therefore, sunscreen with SPF 50 or more is recommended.
- Retention is usually poor in breast feeding women due to their hormonal imbalance.
- Hormonal therapy, antibiotics and other medication can cause poor pigment retention or faster fading.
To maintain the desired brow colour, touch-ups are recommended once a year.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE LAST?
The procedure lasts about 2.5 hours including consultation, skin preparation, symmetry mapping, brow shaping, and pigment application. After 1-2 months, a touch-up session is required for perfect results, as after the first procedure the pigment is not fully absorbed. A touch-up session can last from 15 min. to 1.5 hours.
IS IT PAINFUL?
The pain level is rather low, but very individually perceived. Most often it is compared to brow hair plucking pain.
HOW DO BROWS LOOK AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
After the procedure brows are up to 40% darker and about 15% thicker, comparing to the healed result. The redness and little swelling is normal, and usually goes away within few hours or one day depending on the skin type.
WHAT IS THE HEALING TIME?
Usually brows heal in 10-14 days, slightly flaking. If shading was performed, small scabs might appear. The pigment lights up greatly during the second week. Brows fully heal, and the result is visible only a month after the procedure, when the pigment sets in.
WHAT IS THE POST-TREATMENT CARE?
Post-treatment care makes 70% of the total procedure success. Therefore, it is very important to follow the instructions provided for the individual skin type and condition. Usually it is recommended:
- First day – wipe brows gently with lukewarm water (best with distilled or boiled water).
- First week starting from the second day – apply a very thin layer of the healing cream, 2-3 times a day. No more wiping with water is needed.
- At least for one week – do not use any moisturisers or make-up on the brow area, except the healing cream. Avoid excessive sweating, pool, sauna, sunbathing, face massages, etc.
- During healing – do not scratch the scabs, as this will result in the loss of pigment.
- Always – avoid laser procedures in the treated area. Protect eyebrows from the sun’s exposure with a sunblock cream SPF 50 or more, except for the first 7 days after the procedure (when healing cream has to be applied).
CAN EYEBROWS GET WET AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
It is advisable to keep eyebrows dry during the first week after the procedure. Pat dry immediately if brows get wet. Limit your shower time to avoid excessive steam.
WHY IS TOUCH-UP NEEDED?
After the first 1-2 months a touch-up session is required as some pigment is lost during the healing period; therefore, lighter brow areas need to be replenished and colour intensified. Several touch-ups might be needed for oily or problematic skin.
CAN MICROBLADING BE DONE ON THE PERMANENT MAKE-UP?
Yes, if previous pigment has almost faded; otherwise, Microblading will not be visible. Even in such cases the microbladed strokes can turn out blurry when healed. Pigment retention is often shorter.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE TREATMENT?
- A month before the procedure, it is recommended to avoid skin regeneration treatments, Botox or other fillers, and sun tanning.
- Two weeks prior to the treatment, it is not recommended to tint eyebrows to correctly determine the natural brow hair colour for the most realistic treatment result.
- A day before, the treatment it is advisable to avoid taking Aspirin, Ibuprofen, strong hormonal medicine, alcohol or other stimulants.
ARE THE NATURAL BROW HAIRS SHAVED BEFORE THE PROCEDURE?
Absolutely NOT! The most realistic result is achieved, when permanent makeup complements the natural brow hair.
WHEN IS THE PROCEDURE NOT PERFORMED?
The procedure is not performed, or doctor’s permission is required in the following cases:
- Heart disease and/or under heart medication;
- Under blood thinning medication;
- Infections, immunodeficiency virus;
- Skin disease, keloid scarring;
- Less than 6 months after chemotherapy;
- Minors (only with parent/guardian permission);
- Pregnant women.