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Henna Brows After Care Instructions

Brow Henna is combined with other color pigments and ingredients that help the henna adhere to the skin and brow hairs creating a beautifully tinted brow. You can expect the tint to last on the skin 5-14 days and on the brow hairs 4-6 weeks depending on your skin type and lifestyle. Please note that more frequent washing or scrubbing will cause the color to fade more rapidly. Oily skin types have a higher chance of fading more quickly due to the rapid cell turnover rate of the skin. This is not something that can be corrected and how long it lasts will only be determined after your treatment. Henna brow treatments can only be performed every 5 weeks to avoid the potential development of an allergy.

Although rare, allergic reactions and sensitivities to henna and other dye products can occur even after a patch test is performed.  Please seek medical attention and call AB at 615-913-1495 to inform if a reaction occurs. Some signs of a reaction may include itching, redness, swelling, welts, blistering, and/or a burning/stinging sensation. AB is not performing as a medical professional, although a licensed medical professional, and will not give medical advice over the phone or in person.

  • Do NOT get the brows wet for 24 hours after the treatment. When cleansing the face, try to avoid the brow area.

  • No HOT showers. Please note that the steam from the shower can cause the henna to disappear from the skin much faster. When showering turn away from the shower head to bathe and try to avoid the face.

  • No sweat! If possible, avoid high-intensity exercise or visits to the sauna or steam room, as sweat can affect the overall results for at least 24 hours.

  • Avoid peels or scrubs in the brow area until the stain on the skin has disappeared, in about 2 weeks.

  • If you find the brows are too dark for your taste once you arrive home and look at them again, do NOT attempt to exfoliate the skin to remove the color. This can make the henna look patchy on the skin and look unnatural.

  • Avoid products with a lot of oil as it can cause the henna to fade quicker

  • Do NOT expose yourself to direct sunlight or use a tanning bed for at least 24 hours after treatment. It is best to wear large hats and sunglasses to protect the brows and your skin overall.

  • In intense sunlight, apply sunscreen SPF 30 or greater to the face while the color remains. This will help the color last longer and reduce the risk of an allergic reaction due to the sun exposure

  • Please do NOT ask AB to do you henna brow treatments sooner than 5 weeks after your last treatment. Treatments are spaced 5 weeks or more a part to avoid a potential allergic reaction from occurring. Do not get this confused and think if you continue getting henna brow treatments you will become allergic. That is not how that works. It is at the advisement of the manufacturer of the henna product used to not do so many treatments together to close together to prevent any potential problems from occurring.

  • If you love your results, tell your friends and family.

  • If you have any issues, call AB to discuss, it is respectfully asked that you refrain from going to social media or any other outlets to voice your displeasure or issues. The internet cannot correct your issues. AB wants all of her clients to happy, safe, and confident and will do her best to provide you with alternatives or the best advice within her scope of practice to help resolve any issues.

Permanent Lip Stick Prep Instructions

Days prior to receiving the lip bush/permanent lipstick tattoo procedure, you will want to stay hydrated. You can exfoliate your lips with a mild exfoliant. Keep them moisturized. Vaseline, Aquaphor, or your favorite lip balm is perfectly fine. If possible, use a lip balm that contains SPF to protect the lips from sun damage. If not restricted, drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration which will ultimately dry out the skin. If the lips are dry on the day of your procedure, it will be canceled. Performing the procedure on dehydrated lips could cause damage to the delicate lip skin resulting in unfavorable results.

Cold sores

If you suffer from cold sores, even if once in your lifetime, you must take an antiviral medication, e.g., Valtrex under the supervision of your primary care provider 7 days before and 7 days after the procedure to prevent an outbreak. Which medication to use will have to be decided by your primary care provider. This is VERY important as any stressor to the body could result in an outbreak. Not only is it uncomfortable but will affect your new tattoo as you heal. Please note that lip blush/permanent lipstick tattoos or the procedure to create the tattoo does NOT cause cold sores. If it has been a long time since you have had a cold sore or you experience your first outbreak after the procedure, it is more likely you already have the virus that causes these outbreaks. The virus can lie dormant in the body without ever causing an outbreak until it is triggered. Your artist cannot prescribe this medication to you or give medical advice. Please plan accordingly to prevent an outbreak from occurring and give you enough time to properly take the medication prior to your procedure. Also note that although steps such as these can be taken to prevent an outbreak, there is still a chance an outbreak could still occur and that is beyond the control of all parties involved.

Take a break from certain facial serums

Take a break from vitamin C, retinoids, AHA/BHA treatments, and chemical peels at least 2 weeks prior to your first session and 2 weeks after. Any products that cause skin regeneration can cause the skin to not heal properly and make it more sensitive. You must also avoid using these products on the lips once healed as well.

No caffeine

No caffeine 24-48 hours prior to your procedure. Do NOT drink any alcohol and, if possible and with healthcare provider clearance, temporarily hold any blood thinning medications 24 hours prior to your appointment. Failure to comply to this requirement could result in increased bleeding and bruising during the procedure which will directly impact your healed results and make the procedure more difficult to complete. If severe enough and safety becomes a concern, your artist has the right to stop the procedure all together.

Wait to receive facial fillers

You must wait 4 weeks before and/or 4 weeks after your procedure to receive lip filler. While lip filler gives you volume, lip blush or permanent lipstick gives shape and definition to your lips- your artist will NOT go outside your natural lip line to give the appearance of a larger/fuller lip so do NOT ask. Sometimes after having this procedure done, some people opt to stop receiving lip filler or decide to not have filler injected because the tattoo gives definition to the lips. But please know, the two together can be a beautiful combination if done properly. You just have to time it right. Manipulation of the lips during the procedure before or after filler has had time to settle could lead to unfavorable results and migration of the filler. So be patient. 😊

Accutane

You will be required to wait one year after using Accutane and get medical clearance before being allowed to get this procedure done. Accutane causes a lot of dryness and sensitivity to the skin which can lead to poorly healed results.

Botox

You will need to wait 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your procedure to receive Botox injections or any brand marketed to produce the same or similar results as Botox.

Laser treatments

Laser treatments must be done at least 4 weeks before or 4 weeks after treatment, especially if it involves the lip area.

Prepare for post care now

Plan ahead. You will be sent aftercare instructions and policies upon booking. Please read over all instructions carefully. Following all instructions as directed will help you achieve the results you are wanting. Please note that lip blush procedures could take more than 2 sessions to achieve the look you ar going for as long as it is safe and expectations are realistic and within reason.

Permanent Lipstick After Care Instructions 

It is important to follow instructions as directed after your procedure. Failure to do so could result in poorly healed results. Remember that tattooing the lip skin may take more than 2 sessions to achieve desired results. Please note that you could be charged $300 for each additional visit for any changes that can be made, e.g., a darker color, if results initially discussed have been achieved. If an additional visit is desired or needed, it must be within 2 months of the follow up appointment.  This will be at the discretion of the artist. Final results cannot be determined until after healing is complete. There are NO REFUNDS! You will come in for a touchup in 6-8 weeks after your initial session. Results will last 1-3 years on average depending on skin type and lifestyle.

 

If there is any concern for infection including persistent swelling, purulent drainage, redness, increased tenderness, and/ or fever, please seek medical attention as soon as possible and inform your artist. Please continue your course of antiviral medication if prone to or have a history of cold sores for 7 days after the procedure. You must follow the 7 days before and 7 days after regimen with each lip tattoo session. Although rare, if there are any signs or symptoms of allergic reaction such as raised blisters, swelling, tenderness, and/or itching please seek medical attention as soon as possible and inform your artist. Please call AB Artistry and Aesthetics, LLC at 615-913-1495 for any questions.

 

Day 1: Apply an ice pack to the lips on and off for at least 2 hours after your appointment. The lips will be swollen and tender after the numbing wears off so be sure to not skip this step. It will make the first day a lot easier. It is normal for the lips to feel dry, chapped, tight, and a little tender to touch. Please remember the lip color is going to very bright at first but will fade to a lighter color as the lips heal. Be sure to apply the provided lip balm with a clean Q-tip to the lips as often as possible to keep the lips moist. The lips will get dry and peel as the days go but the lip skin should not be broken as a result of the lips being chapped and dry. For the next 4-6 hours, be sure the lightly remove any lymph fluid on the lips with a clean paper towel.

 

Very gently cleanse the lips with a gentle soap such as Neutrogena or Dial (no fragrance or exfoliating scrubs) 2 more times once at home and apply the supplied lip balm. If you find the balm provided does not moisturize enough, you can purchase and apply Aquaphor to the lips as needed instead.

 

No kissing, rubbing, or friction on the treatment area. Avoid hot, spicy, oily, heavily seasoned foods and drinks. Drink through a straw when consuming liquids. After every meal, gently rinse and clean the lips with water and pat dry, then reapply the lip balm.  

Days 2-3: Continue cleansing the lips with mild soap and water morning and night and apply the lip balm as often as needed to keep the lips moisturized.

 

You likely will no longer need to ice your lips at this point.

 

Days 4-13: Continue cleansing the lips morning and night and applying lip balm as needed. At this point, the lips will begin and end the process of peeling and color will lighten 30-50%. Do NOT pick or rub your lips and let the peeling happen naturally.  You can stop cleansing twice a day after day 7.

 

Weeks 2-5: The lips are done peeling and the color is light. You may return to normal routines. The lips will continue to heal up to 6 weeks. Every week more color will surface, it is important to continue keeping the lips moisturized to get the best color at the end of the healing phase.

 

Weeks 6-8: Your lips are healed and you are ready for your touchup session or your done with session 2. At this point, it is ok to add some lip gloss and go!

 

The following must be avoided during all 14 days post treatment:

  • Increased sweating

  • Practicing sports

  • Swimming

  • Hot sauna, baths, showers, or Jacuzzi

  • Sun tanning or salon tanning

  • Increased sun exposure as it can cause a shift in the color and premature fading

  • Laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or creams containing retinoids, AHA/BHA around the treatment area

  • Touching the treatment area except when applying post care ointment with a clean Q-tip

  • Picking, peeling, scratching of the treatment area in order to avoid scarring of the area or removal of the pigment

  • Performing tasks related to heavy household cleaning such as garage or basement cleaning where there is a lot of airborne debris

  • Drinking alcohol in excess, as it may lead to slow healing of wounds

  • Driving in open air vehicles such as convertibles, boats, bicycles, or motorcycles

 

Lastly: Remember It’s a whole process so be patient as you go through it. 😉

Microblading

(Powder Brows, Combination Brows, Nano Brows, Digital Microblading

  • Do not work out 24 hours before procedure.

  •  NO alcohol or caffeine 48 hours before procedure (Yes, there is caffeine in decaf coffee and tea!).

   •  Avoid sun and tanning one week prior to procedure.

   •  If you can, avoid taking Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Advil/Ibuprofen 48 hours before procedure. I cannot give medical advice or tell you to stop taking any prescribed medications so if it is something you cannot stop please let me know and please get clearance from your healthcare provider before stopping in medication. 

   •  Avoid Fish Oil, Prenatal Vitamins, Nutritional Shakes (Shakeology, etc), “Hair, Skin, Nail” supplements 48 hours prior to procedure.

  • Following current medical guidelines, it is asked that if you choose to get the Covid-19 vaccine that you hold off on getting the vaccine 2 weeks before the procedure or 2 weeks after any injection whether 1 injection or 2 shot series to avoid potential complications as your body’s immune system adjusts to the vaccine. If getting a vaccine that requires 2 injections, you must wait until you receive the second injection and have completed the 2 week requirement before getting the procedure. This is not cause fear but to avoid possible adverse effects since your immune system will be in overdrive after the vaccine is given and the trauma from breaking the skin will also trigger the immune system. I cannot and will not predict outcomes but based on current research it is shown to still be safe to proceed with tattooing as long as you follow this guidance. 

               •             Discontinue Retin-A at least 4 weeks prior (and avoid on eyebrow area after procedure).

               •             Refrain from use of any Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) products close to the eyebrow area 2 weeks prior (and avoid on eyebrow area after procedure).

               •             Botox and filler on the forehead, temple, and eye area should be avoided 1 month prior to procedure for those who do not regularly receive injectables.

               •             No brow waxing, tinting, or threading one week prior (the more natural hair growth you have, the better!

               •             Avoid Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion or facials for 4-weeks prior procedure.

Please Note: You could be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle.

 

Please do not wear any makeup prior to procedure UNLESS it is eyebrow makeup that way I can have an idea on how you normally wear your brows and their shape.

Microblading Aftercare Instructions

(Powder Brows, Combination Brows, Nano Brows, Digital Microblading

Failure to follow post-treatment instructions may result in the loss of pigment, discoloration, or infection. Remember, colors appear brighter and more sharply defined immediately following the procedure. As the eyebrows heal, the color will soften/lighten. The color will not appear as bright and bold as the brows begin to scab and peel which a normal part of the healing process. A second “touch-up” procedure may or may not be necessary. It is encouraged to attend your touch-up session so your artist can assess your brows to see if any touch-ups are needed.  This session will be scheduled 8 weeks after first session. Final results cannot be determined until healing is complete. Remember the first touch-up is included in the price. If a 3rd visit is needed, it must be done within 2 months of the follow up appointment. A fee of $100 may be applied for a 3rd visit unless the artist determines, and only if she determines, it is necessary to achieve the best results safely and effectively. 

 

Instructions

Because the skin has been broken during the microblading procedure, a clear or yellow fluid that assists in fighting off different micro-organisms that can cause infection will ooze from the breaks in the skin. This fluid is called lymph. Oozing will stop in a few hours but it is vital to remove the fluid and not allow it to dry on the skin as this can cause a crusty scab to form and cause issues with wound healing.

Day 1- after the procedure, you are to wash the brows 3 more times to remove the lymph fluids. Wash at DIFFERENT times, NOT all at once. Wash your hands and gently wash the brows with the provided aftercare wash in a circular motion for about 10 seconds and rinse with water. Make sure all the soap is rinsed off. Gently pat the brows dry with a clean, dry paper towel or cotton pad. Always use a new cotton pad or paper towel after each wash. Next apply a very thin layer of the provided after care ointment to the brows with a clean Q-tip. There should not be any visible ointment if applied correctly. The brows should be moisturized and able to breathe to prevent delayed healing and risk of suffocating the brows. Do NOT put the ointment on when brows are wet or damp.

Days 2-7 (or until peeling has stopped)- continue the above mentioned after care but only wash twice a day  and apply ointment 4 times a day, no less than 3 times days,  to the brows.

Remember! It’s a Process

Your new brows are essentially an open wound of individual paper cuts. For the first few days they will be darker and appear thicker than your healed results; your pigment is oxidizing and your strokes are tendered and a bit swollen. This accounts for the darker and thicker look— a few more days and this will be gone! Some clients experience flaking, scabbing and itchiness in the first two weeks, clean the back of your hand and lightly push against your brow to deal with the itching, (it will only last 24 hours or less). Once this phase has completed, it is common to experience what is called The Ghosting Stage which will be a period of time where the microblading hair strokes will seem to have disappeared. In most cases, the microblading reappears within a few days as your skin heals itself. After 30 days of healing it is common to have some spots where the pigment didn’t retain, at this point, you still have your follow-up appointment to reinforce strokes and fill in missing/faded pigment. Microblading is a two-step process!

 

The Day-By-Day of Healing

Days 1-4: The pigment will appear very sharp and dark, your brow may appear to have a clear edge. This is because the pigment is reacting to your skin and in the oxidation phase; and your skin is pursed and tender due to the trauma of having new paper-cut strokes. The color of the pigment will soften gradually, typically day 10. Do not be alarmed if you see some pigment on your Q-tip, paper towel, or cotton pad, as this is excess pigment and/or body fluid is naturally exiting your skin. Your brows may swell some and appear larger, but this will not last!

Days 5-7: Once the healing of the skin starts taking place it will look like dandruff flakes or dry skin. This might give you the impression that the pigment is fading too quickly, however, this is just dry skin being naturally removed from your new brows as new skin heals the area, making the entire brow more natural looking than ever.

Days 8-12: Your brows may look as though the pigment has completely faded – do not panic – take a deep breath and trust the process.

Days 14-28: Your brows may still look a little patchy or uneven, but the pigment will start to “reappear” as the pigment settles and the healing continues.

You may get your touch-up/perfecting procedure done at the 6-8 week point NO SOONER to allow for complete healing of the brows. If color is too light, efforts will be made to darken the color and perfect the brows.

 

DONT’S

  •  It is okay to wash and moisturize your entire face just try to avoid the eyebrows while doing so. Do NOT use any products that contain acids such as glycolic, lactic, salicylic, retin-A, or other BHA/AHA products, or any exfoliating washes or products. Use a gently cleanser and moisturizer at least until the brows have stopped peeling the epithelial crust. Use a clean wash cloth when drying the face. Clean Skin Club has disposable washcloths that are amazing!

  • Do NOT rub or pick at the epithelial crust when peeling begins. Allow it to fall off on its own.

  • Avoid hot, steamy showers. Limit showering to 5 minutes. Keep your face out of the water

  • Avoid heavy sweating, strenuous exercise, swimming, hot saunas, hot tubs/jacuzzis, sun or salon tanning

  • Avoid laser or chemical treatments, peels, facials, and microdermabrasion for 4 weeks. and/or any creams containing Retin-A or glycolic acid on the face. No Botox injections until brows are fully healed in 30 days. Would wait until 4 weeks after second session before getting Botox to ensure brows have settled since Botox causes relaxation of the muscles and could affect the positioning of the brows

  • Avoid picking at the epithelial crust as this can cause loss of pigment and/or scarring

  • Do NOT apply any makeup to the brows

  • Avoid touching the brows. If needed wash hands first

  • Avoid sleeping on your face and change your bed linens frequently

  • Do NOT go to social media for assistance with any issues you may have after the procedure or because you’re mad at the artist. The internet cannot help you… and it’s mean! If you have a problem, contact your artist so you two can have a calm, respectful conversation to address your concerns. Your artist has no intention of harming you physically, emotionally, or mentally and only wants you to be happy and confident and will do what they can to help.

 

DO’s

  • Call artist or studio manager for any issues. You may experience any some mild swelling and tenderness about 12-24 hours or less after procedure. If any persistent swelling, blistering, puss, red streaks from the brows, elevated temperature, intense pain, foul odor, discontinue use of any products given and call a doctor as these are signs and symptoms of infection and or adverse reaction.

  • Wear sunscreen SPF 30 or greater once brows have fully healed. Wear a hat and use screens when driving or outdoors to prevent direct sun light getting to brows. This helps retain pigment and prevents skin damage. 

  • Follow all instructions listed to achieve the best results

  • Be patient and realistic as healing is a process and know that your artist will do all she can to ensure you get as close to perfect results as possible.

  • Do show your artist some love if you are happy with your results. Please tell your friends and family about your artist and your experience. It will be greatly appreciated…you can go to social media for that ;)

 

Thank you for trusting and allowing me to be a part of your journey to enhance your already beautiful self. I will do my very best to provide you with the most up-to-date and safest care and instructions as possible. If you need anything do not hesitate to call or text. I hope to continue to earn your business in the future.

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