NATURAL BROWS MICROBLADING SILVER SPRING, MD

NBM specializes in giving you natural, full brows that highlight the hair strokes. Results last up to 1 year! Want to be notified of calendar changes? Enter your email below to be the first to know!

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Microblading?

Microblading is a semi-permanent makeup procedure whereby hair-like incision strokes are created along the eyebrow to enhance, reshape, fill, cover gaps of lost hair to extend the eyebrows, or fully reconstruct eyebrows with little to no hair.

Is Microblading for Me?

While permanent makeup is great for most people, some individuals are not suitable for these treatments. Please read the following permanent makeup contraindications carefully, to evaluate if you are an eligible candidate. If you have questions about any of these, email us at contact@naturalbrowsmb.com

Ineligible Without Exception

Individuals under 18 years of age

We cannot Microblade anyone under 18 years of age, even with parental consent.

Women who are pregnant or nursing 

As the body is going through hormonal changes, it is more prone to infections. Your skin may change and results can be unpredictable.

Epilepsy

It is unsafe to undergo treatment in case of a seizure.

Individuals with Pacemaker or major heart problems

We use epinephrine, as a numbing agent, that can increase your heart rate possibly causing dysrhythmias.

Individuals with viral infections and/or diseases 

The risk of developing an infection is higher in people with compromised immune systems.

Individuals with Lupus

The risk of developing an infection is higher in people with compromised immune systems.

Individuals who have undergone Organ Transplant

The risk of developing an infection is higher in people with compromised immune systems.

Individuals with any kind of skin condition on or near the treatment area

Eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, psoriasis, or any one of these skin conditions may compromise the surface and texture of the skin. Procedures performed on skin with these types of conditions may have poor results.

Individuals who are allergic to metal and certain inks

We use small needles and pigments that can contain some metals and ink, so allergy can be a show stopper. Contact us to find out more at contact@naturalbrowsmb.com

Individuals prone to EXTREME keloids 

Since permanent makeup punctures the skin, there is always a risk for people that are prone to extreme or frequent keloids to heal with keloids scaring. Contact us with questions at contact@naturalbrowsmb.com

Individuals who used Accutane

Accutane alters the skin and makes it thin, dry, and sensitive. It also weakens your immune system. For those reasons, you’ll need to one year after your Accutane treatment is completed and your skin is back to its normal state.

Eligible With Doctor Clearance and Note

Individuals undergoing chemotherapy

Although permanent makeup is great for enhancing your look, we require a doctor’s note in order to perform the procedure for anyone undergoing chemotherapy. Once you’re cleared from your oncologist we can book your appointment. Permanent makeup is a great solution for cancer survivors.

Individuals with Diabetes

It is important that your condition is stable and under control. Please consult with your physician and provide us with a doctor’s note.

Individuals with Thyroid Condition

The color of your brows can fade faster when taken with certain thyroid medications.

Individuals with Glaucoma

The risk of developing an eye infection is higher.

Individuals with High Blood Pressure

Your blood pressure has to be at a stable condition. You may have slightly greater bleeding than the norm. Excessive bleeding during the procedure can dilute and expel the pigment color and lead to poor results.

For individuals that have any uncertainty regarding their pre-existing conditions, or are under the supervision of a physician, please consult with your doctor before booking an appointment and provide us with a doctor’s note.

How is it done?

The entire appointment takes about 3 hours. This includes creating a mock-up of your brows before the procedure, numbing your brows, microblading, and clean-up.

Microblading entails the use of a microblade which is dipped into a solution of micro-pigments that has been matched to the client’s hair color and skin tone.

The blade used in microblading is so fine that it creates hair strokes that mimic real brow hairs creating a remarkable illusion of fuller, more tapered eyebrows. The blade is glided along a sketched outline of the desired brow pattern that has been measured, designed, and scrutinized beforehand.

Each stroke is applied individually allowing the artist to control the shape, color, and density of the completed eyebrows whilst only penetrating up to one millimeter into the skin. The pigment is deposited simultaneously with the creation of the hairlike stroke creating a feathered outline that will be filled in further in the same manner and according to the approved brow pattern.

How Long Does It Last?

The treatment is not permanent. It is considered semi-permanent and lasts up to 1 year.  Touchups are required every 9-12 months to maintain shape, color, and detail. If you do not come in for touch-ups, the results will simply fade away. Your touch-up frequency often depends on a number of factors including:

  • Skin type (oily skin fade faster)
  • Pigment color used (lighter colors fade faster)
  • Excessive sun exposure (over time can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment)
  • Use of daily anti-aging/acne products. These products increase your cell turnover rate and will shorten the life of your cosmetic tattoo. Also, you cannot be actively taking any of these at the time of getting your tattoo.

Do you do Ombre brows or Powder brows?

We do not do Ombre brows or Powder brows. Our area of focus and expertise is the natural style of microblading and natural style nano-blading.

Do you have to remove my eyebrow hair I already have?

No. Microblading is designed to enhance the eyebrow structure you already have. While there may be minor shaping involved for stray hairs, none of your natural hairs are permanently removed.

Does it Hurt?

The procedure is not painful, however, a minor level of discomfort should be expected. We employ the Double Numbing technique, which includes pre-numbing & in-procedure numbing of your brows. This further ensures our clients do not feel pain. 

Not all microblading salons perform this numbing technique, which is one reason some people experience more pain than others. Further, there are some things that can increase your level of pain though, so please review the Before Care instructions here. To learn more about microblading and pain, check out our blog post on the topic.

Will They Match My Face Shape?

Absolutely. Before the procedure begins, we will draw a temporary mockup of the shape of your brows and let you see it. This shape is based on meticulous measurements we take of your face and bone structure. Further, the color of your finished brows is determined based on your skin tone, undertones, and natural hair color.

This process is called “Brow Mapping” and is a critical part of your appointment.

How Long is the Appointment?

3 hours.

What happens if I am late to my appointment?

We have a strict “on-time” policy. Any arrivals later than 5 minutes will be rescheduled to the next available slot. Your deposit will be rolled over to the new appointment slot. 

How is The Healing Process? What should I expect?

Immediately following your procedure, the tattooed area will appear to be darker and bolder in color and more sharply defined. This will last 3-4 days. Do not panic! It is normal.

Swelling and redness is minimal with most clients, and will disappear within 24-48 hours.  In some cases, it may last around the eyebrow area for up to 3 days, but will not prevent working or socializing. The treated area may feel a bit like a sunburn afterwards but there should only be minimal discomfort.

The complete healing process takes about 6-8 weeks, at which time the true color of the tattoo is evident. During this process, your tattoo will soften and lighten. Be patient, even if you think too much color has been lost, as your skin is still regenerating and naturally exfoliating. Wait at least 6 weeks to see the true color, as it seems to take on new strength, and it is only after 6 weeks that your touch-up/adjustment can be done. Keep in mind that microbladed brows healed up to 30% softer than the initial color.

 

Please note that final results can not be guaranteed as each unique skin type will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates. The tattooed hair strokes tend to have a more crisp look once healed on dry skin compared to more blurry strokes on oily skin. We will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your touch-up appointment and make any changes necessary. 

 

Healed results will vary with each individual client and using a pencil or powder may still be needed. Additional sessions (charged accordingly) may be required to obtain optimal results.

 

AFTERCARE

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before touching the tattooed area.
  • Week 1: Keep the tattooed area 100% dry. If you feel any irritation, you may apply Witch Hazel up to 2 times a day, Apply using a disposable cotton swab. 
  • Week 2: Keep cleaning them with lukewarm water twice a day for the second week, no ointment.
  • You may shower or bathe normally, but avoid using any soaps or cleansers on the treated area for the first week as they can be detrimental to the bonding process that must take place for the pigment to stabilize in the dermis. 
  • Do NOT pick or scratch at the dry skin/flakiness; let the skin fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring and premature loss of pigment. IMPORTANT: Once the flakes have fallen off, a shiny layer of healing skin will completely cover the hair strokes. It will appear as though the eyebrows are gone. Within 1-2 weeks, the hair strokes will slowly reappear at a lighter shade as your skin regenerates. 
  • You must avoid working out for 1 week following your appointment. Light exercising is allowed (minimal sweating), but you MUST clean the tattooed area with lukewarm water as soon as you are done exercising. The salt in the sweat will fade the pigment very quickly and give poor results.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure for the first 14 days. You MUST wear a hat while outside during the healing process.
  • Do NOT apply make-up to the tattooed area for the first 2 weeks. Chemicals of any kind may interfere with the healing and color of your tattoo. 
  • No swimming pools, jacuzzis or other bodies of water for two weeks.
  • Do NOT soak your face underwater in a bathtub or allow the shower to spray directly in your face for two weeks.

ONCE HEALED

  • Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment. Once completely healed, you may apply sunscreen on the treated area. Wear large sunglasses and a hat for further protection. Rinse and dry the area thoroughly when in contact with chlorine.
  • If you are having laser resurfacing or laser hair removal after your tattoo has healed, please inform the laser technician.  Laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolor the tattooed area.