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  • Waxing F.A.Q.

    What is a Brazilian Wax?

    Brazilian wax refers to hair removal from the entire pubic region, front and back. This is a very effective procedure because it removes hair completely from the root.
    It’s getting more popular to attain clean and sexy skin. In this process the entire pubic area can be waxed or some women prefer to leave small area above the Pubic area.

    Before your Brazilian Wax

    RELAX and TRUST us! We do this all the time.
    Let the hair grow ¼ to ½ an inch. The wax needs something to hold onto!
    DO make a date to exfoliate… prep the area with a sugar scrub exfoliating (but be very gentle!) up until the day before your wax to help prevent ingrown hairs.
    Make sure you shower the day of your wax to help prevent infection.
    DO NOT apply any creams or lotions beforehand; you’ll get better results if your skin is dry.

    What’s the difference between hard and soft wax?

    (Read: which hurts less?) Well, hard wax is amazing on coarse hair and in sensitive areas because as it cools and hardens it grabs the hair and lifts up off of the skin, so when it is removed it only grabs the hair and doesn’t pull on the skin. Most people find it to be far less painful. It can only be applied in small sections or it will break, so it is not efficient to use on larger areas of the body (like legs). Soft wax is applied and removed with some form of cloth. It is great at grabbing finer hairs and works much better on large areas of the body. It cannot be reapplied to the same spot more than once because it removes more layers of dead skin than hard wax. Also, hard wax leaves no sticky residue, so it is easier to clean up than soft wax.

    What’s the longest amount of time you recommend people go between waxes?

    I recommend coming in every three to six weeks for regular waxing appointments. A person can wait longer than six weeks, but they run the risk that the waxing experience will be more uncomfortable for them.

    Will it make my hair grow back darker?

    Let me ask you this… does your hair grow back darker when you cut it? No, and neither will your waxed hair! Waxing will not change the pigment of your hair.

    Will waxing change the pigmentation of my skin?

    No, it will not cause hyperpigmentation (dark spots) on your skin, however, if you spend time in the sun after waxing, you can burn, which can result in sun damage and dark spots later on. If your skin is tan or you’ve applied sunless tanner, it will strip your tan. Remember, waxing will exfoliate your skin. The wax sticks to your skin and removes the topmost layer so you may experience some lightening if you have a dark tan from sun or sunless tanning products.

    Will I get ingrown hairs?

    It’s possible. Waxing removes the entire hair, root and all, from the follicle. Your skin naturally hardens and thickens over the area it was waxed so it is important to keep that area gently exfoliated. Use a gentle scrub in that area about 3 days after waxing and continue to exfoliate 1 to 2 times a week thereafter. Remember, I said gentle! Also, use a mixture of tea tree and lavender oil. Both are antimicrobial and antibacterial and will prevent irritation. Try to wear loose fitting clothes for a few days after to give your skin a chance to breathe and reduce moisture. The bikini, lip and underarms are where we tend to perspire. Perspiration and moisture cause bacteria to grow. Once that area has been waxed, the follicle is wide open to this bacteria creeping in.

    Can I go tanning before or after my appointment?

    It’s best not to be in the sun or use a tanning bed for 24-48 hours before AND after your service. However, airbrush tanning is fine after waxing and sugaring.

    What should I do to prepare for my Brazilian?

    Bacteria around your anal area can be spread to open pores resulting in an infection. For your safety and for sanitary reasons it is important to be impeccably clean in your rectal and genital areas before a brazilian. Do not tan or spend time out in the sun up to 72 hours prior to waxing.  Tanning draws blood up to the surface and the skin is sensitive so lifting, peeling and bleeding can occur. Please do not apply any creams or lotions to your genitals the day of service as wax will not adhere to lotions, oils or creams.

    Where did the term Brazilian waxing come from?

    As the name suggests, brazilian waxing originated from Brazil for women who wanted to wear the new thong bikinis. Brazilian wax became famous when it was introduced into the US when a hair removal salon called J. Sisters International Salon was opened in 1987. J. Sisters International Salon was opened in Manhattan, New York by seven Brazilian sisters Jocely, Jonice, Joyce, Janea, Jussara, Juracy and Judseia Padilha. However, the waxing of the genital areas is not new. Waxing of the genital areas has been prevalent for centuries in Ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, Arabia, Turkey and Persia. Historically, the waxes were sugar-based and made with lemon.

    Should I expect it to be a painful experience?

    This truly depends on your pain threshold. Any pain felt is temporary and some feel it more than others. It is a momentary pain when the hair is pulled but subsides right after. When the hairs are pulled, the pain is quick, temporary and generally does not linger. We are not medical doctors so we cannot recommend taking anything but most people will take their favorite pain reliever. It is advised not to take aspirin as it thins the blood.

  • Sugaring F.A.Q.

    What are the benefits of Sugaring?

    PURE AND NATURAL INGREDIENTS
    Completely natural; made from organic ingredients, sugar, lemon and water. So natural you could eat it! Safe for even the most sensitive skin.

    MORE SANITARY
    Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic
    sugar paste is applied with a gloved hand.
    A fresh ball of sugar paste is used
    on each client, meaning no risk of cross contamination.

    LESS PAINFUL
    Sugar will not stick to live skin cells, so only
    dead skin cells are removed. There is no
    risk of abrasion or tearing.

    NOT SO HOT
    Sugar paste is lukewarm when it is applied,
    so there is no risk of burning the skin.

    BETTER TECHNIQUE
    Sugar paste is applied against the direction
    of hair growth then removing the hair in
    the natural direction of growth … resulting
    in less painful hair removal and reducing
    hair breakage.

    EXTRACT VERY SHORT HAIRS
    Hair growth only needs to be 1/8 inch after shaving or 1/16 inch after sugaring! (May vary depending on individual and hair type)

    SUGARING IS GENTLE
    Sugaring is so gentle it can remove the
    vellus hair on some woman’s faces and is
    safe for clients with sensitivities, eczema,
    and psoriasis.

    Can I be burned?

    The sugar is NEVER hot. The paste is applied at a lukewarm temperature.

    Does sugaring hurt as much as waxing?

    Many clients describe their sugaring experiences as less painful than waxing. Also, they have found that any residual redness, if any, post treatment diminishes much more quickly. Keep in mind that hair is being removed from the follicle at the root so the extraction is not completely sensation-free. However, with regular sugaring the skin will become desensitized.

    How long does my hair need to be?

    We suggest hair growth length of 1/8”, but not longer than 1/4”.

    What should I do to prepare for my appointment?

    24 hours prior to your appointment, gently exfoliate and re-hydrate your skin. It is recommended that you arrive at your appointment with clean skin without lotions, deodorants or oils.
    The very best results begin with skin care at home. Between treatments keep your skin exfoliated and well-hydrated. Also, never use a razor, depilatory creams or tweezers. This will interfere with the refinement and diminishment of your hair growth and your goal to have smooth and healthy skin.

    How often will I need a treatment?

    The general rule of thumb is 3-4 weeks. Treatments scheduled closer together result in faster hair refinement. Appointments will be scheduled based on your individual hair growth patterns and body part(s) treated.

    Can you remove soft downy facial hair?

    We can safely remove the vellus (peach fuzz) hair on the face. The face is one of the most delicate areas for hair extraction, because of the dense amount of vellus hair. With one flick, we could remove about five hundred hairs. Since this type of hair sits on the nerve endings, it can set off the alarm in the nervous system. A patch test at your consultation can be performed if you have had a previous experience that gives you any hesitation.

    Does sugaring hurt more when you have your menstrual cycle?

    Some women are more sensitive at their time of the month so it is suggested you do not schedule your appointments to coincide with your menstrual cycle. Other women do not experience any increase in sensitivity. Do what you think is right for your body.

    Can I go tanning before or after my appointment?

    It’s best not to be in the sun or use a tanning bed for 24-48 hours before AND after your service. However, airbrush tanning is fine after waxing and sugaring.

  • Microblading F.A.Q.

    What is Microblading?

    Microblading, also known as Eyebrow Embroidery is a procedure categorized under permanent makeup, but unlike traditional cosmetic tattooing, it is less invasive and is considered semi-permanent. Microblading typically lasts 1-2 years, depending on skin type and skincare routine. The procedure is done by using a hand tool with ultra fine needles and each ‘hair’ is gently etched into the skin, giving an incredibly natural and realistic look. Microblading can dramatically correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrow and is excellent for those wanting to enhance their brows or who have little to no eyebrows, thinning brows from age or over tweezed brows. Pigments used are chosen to match the natural or desired brow color and skin tone will also be taken into consideration.

    How long does it take?

    For the first Microblading session, the entire procedure should take about 2.5-3 hours. During this session, the brow technician will shape and style the client’s brows for client approval. We then follow with pigment color selection. Once the client is satisfied with the choices, we begin the procedure.

    The client is to come in for a follow up visit in order to have any minor necessary touch ups. The second Microblading session takes place after 4-6 weeks after the initial session. This session will take approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete.

    Is it painful?

    The pain level for the procedure is considered mild to none. Prior to the procedure your brow technician will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area, and also reapplied during the procedure. Everyone responds differently to anesthetic; depending on the client, the feeling of the procedure has been described as light cat scratches to not feeling anything. Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine.

    After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal. Clients describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn. Clients can take Tylenol but not aspirin or ibuprofen.

    Who is not suitable for the procedure?

    Microblading is not suitable for the following candidates:

    • Using Accutane
    • Have heart conditions or using heart medications
    • Have diabetes (will require a physician’s note)
    • Have skin disease or irritations 
    • Have had Botox in the last 2 weeks
    • Have gotten a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks
    • Allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine
    • Anyone who has any serious medical conditions may require a physician’s note. 
    • Pregnant or nursing clients who want to microblade can be done at your own discretion. We suggest discussing with your doctor first. Microblading is still considered a tattoo, and just like with wine or sushi consumption, it is a personal choice to do so during this period.

    * We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who we deem not suitable for this procedure or for any other reason. Our brow technicians make the decision to microblade an individual based on their own discretion. *

    Can I get my touch up session sooner than 4 weeks?

    Touch up sessions should not be done earlier than 4 weeks after initial microblading session as pigment color has not fully settled into the skin. Most importantly, this is to prevent scar damage as the tissue requires time to completely heal.

    What if I do not like it?

    As with all cosmetic procedures, individuals should not make their choices lightly. We always recommend clients do their research, understand the procedure and compare different artists’ work and portfolio when making their decisions. Our brow technicians will do their utmost to shape and style the eyebrows to the clients satisfaction prior to the procedure. Every effort will be made to achieve an even appearance, but please realize our faces are never perfectly symmetrical. Uneven appearance can be fixed during the touch up session. Pigment discoloration and color correction can also be fixed during the the touch up session. Microbladed brows will eventually fade away if no additional touch ups are done

    Risks and complications?

    We take all proper precautions for a safe session by using sterilized equipment, new needles and in a sanitized environment.  Should clients follow our pre and post care instructions, there should be minimal risks or complications .  Although allergic reactions to the pigments are rare, it could be possible for certain individuals. We suggest a pigment patch test for individuals who have high skin sensitivities or are sensitive to:

    • Topical makeup products
    • Gold, silver and nickel
    • Hair dyes

    Patch tests should be performed 5-7 days prior. 

    Is the touch up session necessary?

    Yes! A touch up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcome will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment color may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, your touch up session is when we refine your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color for the whole year!

    How long does it take to heal?

    The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and color will appear very dark. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The color will fade by up to 40% as it heals. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark and you will notice slight scabbing. Do not pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the microbladed area. The eyebrows will lighten up in color as it heals. No down time is required after microblading procedure. It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You’ll notice the color is very light right after the two weeks after healing; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. This is known as the milk skin and is common in tattooing. This is due to the the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True color will reveal itself once healed.

    What are the pre and post care procedures?

    In order to achieve the best results, it is best to follow the pre and post care instructions. 

    Prior to your procedure, clients are advised of the following:

    • Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 72 hours.  
    • Avoid tanning so we can assess your natural skin tone.
    • No face scrubs or chemical peels at least two weeks prior.
    • Feel free to come in with their brow makeup on so our technician can see your every day look you prefer. Reference pictures of shapes and colors of brows are always welcomed. We will then work together to create the perfect brows! 

    After your procedure, clients MUST follow these instructions:

    • Within 2 hours after the procedure, clean brows using a q-tip and lightly moisten with distilled or cooled downed boiling water. Gently wipe away the old healing balm and any lymphatic liquid (clear yellowish liquid) that may have built up. Lightly pat dry with tissue and using a new q-tip, re-apply healing balm to the brows.
    • Make sure to apply a light layer of healing balm morning and night to brows for at least 5-7 days.
    • Do not over apply healing balm. 
    • Do not immerse brow area in water for 14 days. When showering, make sure to avoid face area. When cleaning or washing face, make sure to avoid brows and clean around it.      
    • Do not put makeup on the brow area for a minimum of 10 days. Microbladed area is an open wound, using makeup may cause infections.
    • Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 24 hours.    
    • Brow area will feel slightly itchy as it heals and will start to lightly scab over. Do not peel or pick at the scabs as this can affect the outcome and pigmentation. 
    • Do not go swimming, tanning or into saunas for at least 14 days.     
    • No face scrubs or chemical peels at least 2 weeks after. 
    How long does it last?

    Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. Microblading typically lasts 1-2 years, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age (youthful/mature). Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan, uses products with AHA or Glycolic Acid with fade faster as your skin will resurface faster. Each individual’s color retention within the skin will vary. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months. Clients can let the microbladed area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.

    What are your cancellation or missed appointment policies?

    Clients are able to cancel or reschedule appointments at anytime with a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to the appointment time, otherwise a fee will be charged. To book a reservation, you must provide a valid credit card that is in your name. No charges will be made at time of booking. To cancel or reschedule, please email or call us. Confirmation of cancellation will be done by email or phone.

    Still have more questions?

    Should you still have more questions or inquiries, feel free to give us a shout at 770-693-0299 or email us at EyeXpression2017@gmail.com

  • Chocolate Wax F.A.Q.

    What the benefits of chocolate wax?

    Waxing is a very well-known method to remove excess hair from the body. But chocolate wax is different from the normal wax. In fact, the benefits tend to make chocolate wax much sought-after and even though it is available in the high-end spas, a rising number of women do not hesitate to shell out extra money to soak in the benefits of chocolate wax. Numerous benefits are associated with chocolate wax. Here are the top ones:

    • It contains components like cocoa beans, soya bean oils, almond oil, sunflower oils, glycerine, vitamins and minerals
    • The aroma of chocolate wax is delicious and thus, it induces relaxation and doubles up the ‘feel-good factor’
    • It causes little or no redness and rashes after waxing
    • It doesn’t feel hot after the wax is applied on the skin
    • Experts say that chocolate wax retards the growth of hair for a longer period as compared to normal wax
    • It makes the skin look smooth and glowing
    • It helps in cleaning hair in-growth
    • It aids in removing even the tiniest of hair
    • It may sound a little pricey but the way it takes care of your skin while removing unwanted hair is commendable and also, the number of times you wax is curtailed. Therefore, in the long run, it is not as pricey as it is known to be.

    Why is chocolate wax popular?

    The reason of the chocolate wax being popular lies in the fact that it is soothing and less painful as compared to the regular wax. Chocolate wax has anti-inflammatory properties and is made out of ingredients which are friendly to your skin.