Courtney, the face behind Christine Brows, is a St. Louis based artist with 2 years of experience performing microblading procedures (semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing). She has over 750 clinical hours and over 250 client procedures to date. Ensuring you are comfortable and prepared is her number one priority throughout the process (pre-treatment, the procedure, and post-treatment). Consultations are available upon request to map out the brows and discuss a plan of care.
Microblading is a form of semi-permanent tattooing, specifically for the eyebrows. The artist uses a blade made up of needles arranged in a straight line to create hair-like strokes in the skin. The blade is first dipped in pigment, and then it is glided through the skin one stroke at a time.
Just like your hair and nails, the skin grows outwards in a constant cycle. For this reason, the tattoo is considered semi-permanent because the pigment only enters the first 3 layers of the skin. So, with cell turnover, the pigment will fade. Touch-ups are needed every 6 months to a year. There are many external factors that can affect cell turnover. For instance, if you exfoliate the skin regularly with scrubs, chemical peels, Retin A, or receive a lot of sun exposure you may notice the pigment fading more rapidly.
Initial procedures include 2 sessions. First, the initial treatment, where the artist maps out the brows, color matches, and places the first foundation of strokes into the skin. Then, the client is sent off to heal. After about 6-8 weeks the client will come back in for an initial touch-up where any patchiness will be filled in. Annual touch-ups are every 6 months to a year (depending on cell turnover). The initial procedure takes about 2-3 hours to do, and touch-ups take an hour and a half. For each appointment, there are also pre-treatment and post-treatment precautions.
Microblading is a process. There are pre-treatment precautions for every procedure (initial appointments and touch-ups). The precautions include: avoiding anti-inflammatory medications or supplements 10 days prior to appointment, avoid consuming caffeine the day of, and alcohol the night before appointment. Anti-inflammatory medications and supplements include (but are not limited to): Aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Turmeric, Ginseng, Ginko, or Flax Seed. Any waxing or tinting of the brows should be done 5 days prior; however, waxing or tinting is not required before your appointment. No laser or chemical peels for 1 month prior to the procedure. Lastly, no microdermabrasion or dermaplaning for 2 weeks prior. After your microblading appointment comes the aftercare.
Post-treatment care is essential to achieve maximum results. Immediately following the procedure, your artist will apply a thin layer of healing balm in order to protect the freshly microbladed brows from any debris or bacteria. Do not wet the eyebrows for the first 10 days. Be careful when showering and washing the face not to get water in the treated area. On day 3 of the healing process, apply another thin layer of healing balm with a clean cotton swab. No itching, rubbing, picking, or pulling at the scabs on the brows. The scabs, as annoying as they may be, will naturally fall off. If the scabs fall out too soon, the pigment could come out as well.
The microblading process sounds overwhelming, but Courtney (Christine Brows) will make sure you know what to do every step of the way! Text or Call 314-960-7619 or email [email protected] any questions you may have. Or, book now at christinebrows.com.