Frequently asked questions
What Is Microblading?
Microblading eyebrows is a form of permanent makeup that creates natural, beautiful eyebrows with a handheld microblade. It’s perfect for people who have overplucked or those who want to define, darken or reshape their eyebrows.
Microblading originated in Asia over 25 years ago and has gone by many names: eyebrow embroidery, feather touch, microstroking and even “the Japanese Method." By 2015, microblading became popular all over the world.
Technically, microblading is a form of eyebrow tattooing. But unlike traditional tattooing, which uses a machine, microblading artists apply each hairstroke with a handheld microblade. This produces a very fine line that resembles real hair. Each individual hairstroke is hand drawn by the artist and blended in with the client’s existing eyebrow hair. With a strong artist at the helm, the results can be gorgeous and very lifelike.
There are many techniques and approaches to microblading. There are classic microblading, combination microblading which is strokes and shading,manual shading which is a block/ombre shaded brow.
Microblading typically takes two appointments to complete. In the first appointment, the client is profiled and the eyebrows are drawn on with a waterproof pencil, so the artist and client can agree on the look. The artist then microblades the eyebrows and the client is ready to go back into the world. There is some mild scabbing and aftercare required, but your microblading should be completely healed in 6 weeks.
The second appointment is a touch up at least 6 weeks after the first session. This allows enough time for the ink in the epidermis to naturally slough off, and the color to settle into your skin. In the touch up appointment, the artist can see how your skin has received the ink and make any necessary corrections.
Sometimes a client’s skin undertones may have unexpected effects on the ink's color, and the artist may need to add color to adjust. These kind of corrections are normal with any microblading artist and an essential part of the process, as everyone’s skin is different and receives ink differently.
Is Microblading painful?
Most of our clients report little or no pain. Often they say it's a 3 on a scale of 1 to 10, at most. Some clients have literally slept through the appointment! We leave a topical anesthetic on the eyebrow area for 20 minutes before we begin the process, so this leaves most clients totally numb during the procedure.
What to expect at your Microblading appointment?
A typical microblading appointment lasts 2 to 3 hours, depending on the artist. A touch up appointment lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the amount of work that needs touching up.
A standard appointment will have the following steps:
Profile the client. First the microblading artist will assess the client’s lifestyle and taste. Do they want something bold or natural?
Draw on the eyebrows. Next the artist will draw the eyebrows directly on the client’s face with a waterproof eyebrow pencil. This will be the artist’s guide for the microblading procedure. This also allows the client to see the final look before any permanent work is performed.
Microblading. Now the artist begins microblading, according to the drawing they’ve agreed upon with the client.
Remove the excess ink. Once the microblading is finished, there is lots of extra ink remaining on the client’s face. The artist wipes it off with a baby wipe and the client can see their new eyebrows! Except for some redness, the client will be ready to go back out in public, no problem.
Photography. Whether or not your artist keeps a fine Instagram like ours, all microblading artists photograph their work for many reasons, not the least of which, to have a record of their own art!
Microblading typically requires a second touch up appointment, because all client’s skin is different and receives the ink differently. It's impossible to accurately predict how a pigment will be affected by a client’s undertones.
After 6 weeks, the client should come in for a touch up which is included in the intial treatment and must be completed within 3 months or an additional fee of £70 will be charged. This appointment can last as little as 30 minutes or as much as two hours, depending on the amount of work needed. In this appointment, the artist will “warm up” or “cool down” the colors, to get it to match perfectly.
They may also reapply any parts of the microbladed brow that may have naturally sloughed off because the artist didn't go deep enough in the skin.
Who should avoid Microblading?
While microblading is great for most people, there are some people who are ineligible for microblading:
Those prone to keloids or post-inflammatory hypopigmentation. Unfortunately, since microblading punctures the skin as we add ink, we cannot work with clients with these conditions.
If you have a transmittable blood disease such as HIV or Hepatitis. Again, microblading artists cut the skin so it is our policy not to work with these conditions.
If you’ve had Juvederm or other fillers in that area. Depending on the timing, we recommend to get microblading first! Otherwise, check with your doctor. Many artists may request a note from your doctor first.
Patients undergoing chemotherapy. Although microblading is great for restoring eyebrows, we would require a doctor’s note in order to perform the procedure for anyone undergoing chemotherapy.
If you have any kind of skin condition on or near your eyebrows. This includes eczema, shingles, rashes, or anything else near eyebrows.
Those with oily skin. Those with very oily skin are unfortunately not good candidates for microblading. Those with less oily or combination skin, may consider a microblading plus shading combo. We have a blog all about microblading solutions for oily skin, if this applies to you.
Those with a dark pre-existing eyebrow tattoo or permanent makeup. The tattoo or permanent makeup must be light enough for us to draw hairstrokes. We ask anyone with a previous eyebrow tattoo to send us an email with a picture of their eyebrows with no makeup on, so we can evaluate.
Those with allergies to alcohol or numbing agents. If you think you might have an allergy to our ink, numbing cream, or alcohol (which is in the ink), then you may have a reaction to our work.
Children. Microblading is for adults only! We do not recommend microblading for anyone under the age of 18. It is our policy at Beelashfull Ltd not to work with children, even with a consent form.
What is the difference between Microblading and Eyebrow Tattoo (Block bows/Machine Work)?
At Beelashfull Ltd, we hear people sometimes refer to microblading as eyebrow tattooing, which is technically true but not 100% accurate.
Technically, microblading is eyebrow tattooing, but microblading is not like any eyebrow tattoo. Microblading is considered a “cosmetic tattoo."
Let’s talk about the key differences between eyebrow tattooing and microblading (cosmetic tattooing).
1. Microblading artists hand draw each line. Eyebrow tattooing uses a machine.
This makes a big difference. Microblading features very fine lines and when applied by a skilled artist, those lines do not “bleed out” over time. Not true of traditional eyebrow tattooing. Eyebrow tattooing is usually done by a machine, with much greater injury to the skin. The lines created are not as fine and over time begin to bleed out. If you’ve ever seen someone tattoo handwriting on their skin, only to see the writing get thicker over the years, then you know the effect. (You can see more microblading photos here.)
2. Microblading has different retention.
The fine lines of microblading often fade over time. For many, they fade over 1 to 3 years. With microblading, there is physically less ink deposited under the skin. In the dermis, where the ink is placed, this ink can move around over time, giving a slighter appearance. When there is a lot of ink, like in traditional tattooing, the tattoo remains very consistent, often expanding. With microblading, the ink will fade or disappear, depending on the skin type and how much ink was inserted.
3. Microblading inks maintain their color.
Microblading does not use traditional tattoo ink. We use a different kind of ink that maintains its original hue over time. Many tattooing clients report that their tattoos turn blue or brown over time. With microblading, however, colors tend to get lighter, rather than changing hue.
4. Microblading is less painful. (And many consider it painless.)
Our artists use a topical anesthetic, which numbs clients of most of the pain. In fact, many microblading clients report little or no pain. Some people fear traditional tattoos on certain parts of their body because of the pain, but this is typically not a inhibiting factor for microblading clients.
5. Results from microblading are more natural than traditional eyebrow tattoos.
Each hairstroke is hand drawn in microblading. To the naked eye, these individual hairstrokes blend right in with a clients' real hair. While eyebrow tattoos may look more like a filled-in brow or a solid line (“sharpie look”), microblading looks more like natural eyebrow hair.
6. Microblading artists are not necessarily tattoo artists and vice versa!
Microblading and tattooing each take specific training and are not linked! Microblading artists do not learn how to tattoo during their training and likewise, tattoo artists do not necessarily learn the skills necessary to become a microblading artist. For the noted differences, tattooing and microblading are each separate artforms that take their own time and training to master. (That said, great tattoo artists, with proper training in the art of microblading, would make excellent microblading artists)
What is the Aftercare procedure for Microblading?
Microblading post-care is very important to the appearance and longevity of your new eyebrows. Do not let water, lotion, soap, or makeup touch your eyebrow area during the first 7 days after your procedure.
The brow should be wiped every hour with sterile water until bed using cotton. The next morning wipe the brow with warm water and from then on the brow should not get wet.
After 5-7 days, make sure your hands are completely clean and gently apply the post-care ointment with clean hands. This can be done once at night time, but be sure to use the ointment sparingly as your skin needs to heal itself. Please continue to apply the ointment for 7 days.
The following must be avoided during all 14 days post-microblading procedure:
Hot sauna, hot bath, or Jacuzzi
Sun tanning or salon tanning
UV/UVA Rays or chemicals as they have been known to cause a shift in color and premature fading
Any laser or chemical treatments or peelings, and/or any creams containing Retin-A or Glycolic acid on the face or neck
Picking, peeling, or scratching of the micro pigmented 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
Touching of the eyebrow area except for when rinsing and applying the post-care cream with a cotton swab
Please wash your face carefully around the eyebrow without getting water on the treated area. During the shower, keep your face away from the showerhead or take a bath.
Itching and flaking may appear during the first seven days post-microblading procedure. However, experience has shown that by following these after-care instructions, these symptoms may quickly disappear.
If you have any unexpected problems with the healing of the skin, please contact Beelashfull Ltd immediately, to discuss further instructions.
Contact a physician if any signs or symptoms develop such as the following: fever, redness at the site, swelling, tenderness of the procedure site, elevated body temperature, red streaks going from the procedure site towards the heart, and/or any green/yellow discharge that is foul in odor.
What to Expect During and After Your Microblading Session
Entire healing process will take from 4-6 weeks depending on your body regeneration and age. Your new eyebrows will go through several phases during the healing cycle.
The pigment will appear very natural looking immediately after the procedure. The color of the pigment will appear much darker the next day.
Note that because of natural skin regeneration, after recovery period (peeling), brows might appear lighter than original. This might give you the impression that color is fading too quickly. Often even with proper care, clients may lose original hairstrokes which make brows look uneven. It is absolutely normal. That’s is the reason why most customers need a touchup after 6 weeks.
Once the healing of the skin starts taking place, it will look like dandruff flakes or dry skin. However, this is just superficial color and dry skin being naturally removed from your eyebrows. The final look of your eyebrows will be apparent approximately 30 days after your procedure.
Never rub the treated area as it will disturb the skin from natural healing.
Once completely healed, always apply a layer of sunscreen SPF 30 up to SPF 50 on your eyebrows when exposed to the sun. Sun exposure might cause the color pigment to fade away more quickly. When using foundation, be aware when applying to avoid your healed eyebrows. If foundation covers healed brows, your eyebrows will appear lighter.
You can now enjoy your beautiful new temporary eyebrows. You will simply love your new gorgeous fresh look!
Pregnancy & Microblading?
A question we hear all the time is, “Can I get microblading while I’m pregnant?"
Our policy at Beelshfull Ltd is we do not perform microblading during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. This is the policy for most permanent makeup artists if you research online. In truth, there is very little scientific medical research on tattoo ink and pregnancy, nor is there any research on the ink we use (the ink in microblading is different from tattoo ink). Until there is clarity on the subject from medical professionals, our policy remains no.
Tell me everything about Semi-Permanent Lashes
Lash extensions are designed to create both a longer and fuller enhancement of your natural eyelashes. Single strands of synthetic fibres made of either Silk or Faux Mink are adhered and cured to your natural lash (one lash at a time) leaving you with luxurious lashes that dare to look natural.
Lash extensions come in a variety of lengths, thickness, curls and colours, creating a bespoke set to suit your natural lash. Lash extensions differ from the ‘clusters and strips’ as one extension is meticulously applied to one natural lash by a trained Eyelash Extension Technician. Each set includes 3-5 different lengths and 1-2 different curl types to ensure a quality design tailored specifically to suit your gorgeous eyes and enhance your natural beauty.
Lashes can be worn for special occasions such as a wedding or holiday; maybe you simply want an everyday wear, our water-resistant lashes can even hold when you shower, swim or exercise, thus at Berry Cole Studios we will cater to your needs leaving you looking your best for any occasion and for any lifestyle.
For a smooth application process, we insist that relaxation is essential as the lash extensions are applied while you rest comfortably on a massage bed with your eyes closed. This is a treatment that is so comfortable we dare you NOT to fall asleep. The process involves carefully selecting one of your natural lash that is then individually isolated for an extension to be attached. The lash extension is applied at least 1mm away from the base of your lash line (applied on to your natural lash) one at a time. At no point does the adhesive come in contact with the skin.
Benefits of lash extensions are that they look natural and feel as light as a feather, there is no need to use mascara thus require minimal manageability. During the course of the growth cycle of your natural lashes, shedding takes place every day with each eye losing between 2-5 per day, with the synthetic lash extension attached to it. Therefore, it is recommended that you get an infill every 2-3 weeks (depending on your choice of treatment) to keep your lashes looking full as if it were a brand new set.
The application of lash extension is purely customised to suit your lashes (WE DO NOT BELIEVE IN ONE STYLE FITS ALL). The health of your natural lash, as well as your eye shape and face shape will be taken into consideration. Our Mink eyelashes can offer a variety of lengths curls and thickness we are confident that there is something just for you.
How do I prepare for my eyelash appointment?
You are advised to come to your appointment with NO make-up or at least NO MASCARA. This will allow for us to get started on application right away thus reducing the time it takes to clean your natural lashes.
Would I need to do a Patch test?
Absolutely! Although the glue does not come in contact with the skin, there are rare occasions a reaction will occur. However if you have worn eyelash extensions before you can sign a waiver at the online booking page.
How long will the lash extensions last?
Eyelash extensions last on average between 4-6 weeks depending on the shedding pattern of your natural lashes. We recommend that you have regular infills every 2-3 weeks to maintain the fullness of your lashes.
What are the risks associated with lash extensions?
Although eyelash extension treatments are not contra-indicated (non invasive as it does not come in contact with the skin) with any application a very small percentage of clients will have an allergic reaction. We do however use the highest grade bonding agents and lashes that those with sensitive eyes can withstand. Prior to your treatment you will get a consultation at which time if you have any allergies specifically relating to ingredients in beauty products you should notify your technician. Furthermore, during post treatment if you experience any discomfort such as any sensation of burning, stinging, itching and irritation as well as visual symptoms like redness swelling bumps and blisters this could indicate an allergic reaction. Please contact your eyelash extension technician for advice
Can I wear my contact lenses during my lash appointment?
Please be advised to bring your contact lens case as your lenses will need to be removed during treatment.
What are infills and why would I need them?
Your lashes are in a constant state of growing and shedding (Eyelash Growth Cycle), as your natural lashes fall out so will the lash extension attached. Therefore an infill is to FILL IN the new lashes once the old ones have fallen off which is required on average every 2-3 weeks in order to keep your lashes looking fuller for longer.
NB: Clients must return with 50% of their extensions to be classed as an infill, If however you return later than the 2-3 weeks recommended time or with slightly less than 50% of your lashes you will be charged an additional fee for the extra time to touch up on your lashes.
Would I need to book in advance if I wanted my lash extensions done for my upcoming Wedding/Holiday?
Absolutely! It is recommended that you book two weeks in advance prior to your upcoming wedding/holiday, especially if you are a first time client. Firstly we will give a full set of lashes two weeks prior to wedding/holiday then we highly recommend an infill a few short days before you walk down the aisle or travel abroad. That way we are confident that you won't get a reaction to the glue on your special day and/or while you are away.
What is the aftercare procedure for eyelash extensions?
The First 24 Hours Post Treatment
It is important to allow the adhesive to fully set and harden during this time, for this to occur properly you must:
Not wet your lashes
Avoid damp environments e.g. sauna, swimming, steam rooms etc
Avoid excessive heat, exercise and other activities likely to cause sweating
Not touch or fiddle with your lashes
Avoid putting pressure on your lashes when sleeping
Use a mascara wand (your technician will provide you a mascara wand on the day of your appointment) to comb daily through your lash extensions to remove any dust or debris and to hold them in place.
Clean your lashes DAILY by gently wetting your lashes with cool water, apply a small amount of baby shampoo, lather gently and rinse; then pat dry. Cleaning your lashes regularly will not only help to reduce the chance of getting an infection but also help to keep your lashes looking fuller for longer. (use your mascara wand if you do not have a clean make-up brush).
Book an appointment for an infill which is recommended every 2-3 weeks to keep your lashes looking full as if you got a brand new set.
Do not use any oily products including oil based makeup/makeup remover, sun-creams as well as other skincare products on your eyelids.
Do not pull or fiddle with the extensions as this could dislodge the lash extension from your natural lash. Furthermore oils from your fingers may weaken the glue.
Do not try to remove the extensions on your own.
Do not use mascara, if necessary you can use water based mascara although it is not recommended *Please refer to your technician for suitable water based mascaras*.
Avoid the use of eyelash curler.
Do not trim your eyelash extensions.
Avoid prolong exposure to heat sources e.g. steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs etc.
Avoid water pressure to beat down on your extensions while in the shower.
Try to avoid rubbing your eyes.
Don’t wear eye mask to sleep.
What is Scalp Micropigmentation?
Scalp Micropigmentation or SMP is a non-surgical hair loss treatment that replicates the appearance of hair follicles by using microneedles that deposit pigment into the scalp. It helps tackle thinning and receding hair by using the pigment to create density and create the look of stubble, respectively.
Does Scalp Micropigmentation look fake?
Scalp Micropigmentation has over the last several years taken the hair loss industry by storm simply because of its undetectable natural results. UniScalp London prides itself of being a highly trained practitioner that only uses the best quality tools and pigment to aid creating seamlessly natural looking hair follicles to blend into each client’s scalp.
Can I book only one treatment session for Scalp Micropigmentation?
Scalp Micropigmentation is a multi-session treatment process and should never be considered as a one-time treatment. Clients are expected to receive anywhere between 2 to 3 treatment sessions depending on the degree of hair loss. Multi treatment sessions which are normally scheduled 10 -20 days apart, has been the proven method in creating a natural seamless finish.
Is Scalp Micropigmentation permanent?
Scalp micropigmentation is a form of cosmetic tattoo that lasts up to 4-6 years. Clients will notice the pigment to lighten (NOT discolour) after this period. When this happens clients are welcome to undergo a brief touch up session to restore any fading.
How long does each Scalp Micropigmentation treatment session take?
Each treatment normally takes 2-4 hours per session depending on the degree of hair loss. Most clients will typically only need 2 sessions however on average 40% of clients will require a 3rd session.
Would I need to take time off work after my Scalp Micropigmentation treatment?
Scalp micropigmentation is a non-surgical treatment and a form of cosmetic tattoo that requires no downtime. For most clients they will not need to extend any time away from work, school or other obligations. Post treatment it is normal to notice a slight redness though that will subside quickly and clients can return to their usual routine either straight away or at the very least within a couple days.
If I have long hair how can Scalp Micropigmentation benefit me?
You can get scalp micropigmentation whilst maintaining long hair depending on the extent of thinning you are experiencing. Scalp micropigmentation can help create density in sparse areas of the scalp. However, in some cases where clients have significant hair loss it is recommended to cut it shorter or shave off completely.
I previously undergone a hair transplant and now I have a visible scar on my scalp can scalp micropigmentation conceal this?
Absolutely! Surgical scars can be concealed with the help of scalp micropigmentation by blending the surrounding areas of the scar with pigment to reduce visibility.
Will this treatment look good if I am lighter or darker toned?
Yes! We use only one pigment and we can manipulate the strength of pigment to help match with a wide range of skin tones. Scalp micropigmentation can work for all skin tones.
Is the scalp micropigmentation procedure painful?
Clients report minimal pain and not as painful as traditional tattoos. There is no lingering pain as once session is over you will not experience further discomfort.
What is the difference between Scalp Micropigmentation and Traditional Tattoos?
1. Pigment is deposited into the skin at a shallower depth compared to traditional tattoo.
2. Procedure only consists of adding small dots onto the scalp using a method called pointillism, whereas tattoos involves shading and drawing lines onto the skin.
3. We only use black pigment that is more diluted than typical tattoo ink, thus as time elapses pigment will only fade and look lighter as opposed to breaking down to different colours.
I heard Scalp Micropigmentation is a form of hair restoration, does this mean my actual hair will grow back?
No, scalp micropigmentation will not grow your natural hair back. Instead the pigment deposited onto the scalp replicates the look of hair follicles so it is a more artistic approach to hair restoration can a medicinal or surgical approach. The procedure is non-invasive and would require no downtime compared to other forms of hair restoration.