The Initial and Perfecting Session
The initial procedure
It is important to make sure your client is sitting in an upright position when you are creating his/her eyebrow stencil and measuring the face using the string method. When the client is laying down your client’s skin will be in a different position (pushed back), therefore not giving you an accurate measurement.
Again, after your first tattooing pass, move the client to an upright position and re-measure the brows using the string method and other measuring tools, making sure your arches, tails, and base of the brow are even. Commence your second pass, going over any strokes that do not have the correct depth, paying particular attention to create the perfect depth with your blade/needle. Remember to not overwork the skin. The incision should look like a paper cut for correct depth.
At the end of the procedure, hold a hand mirror up for your client to view their new brows, and run through the aftercare and healing stages again with them. It is advised to use an app on your phone or iPad (such as diptic) to create a before and after image to show your client at the end of their procedure. Not only will you be using this image to save in their files for future reference, but it will show the client the actual visual transformation of their brows, and by giving them a copy of this image, they can have a visual aid to refer to at home.
We advise to take a before and after photo of your client when they are lying down, allowing you to use your mag lamp for good lighting, and to take images of the front of the face, and side views of the left and right brow.
At the end of the procedure your client may want to tweak certain areas of the brow, if this is the case and it’s a small adjustment, lay the client down and do so.
If, however they want larger changes, let the client know that the first session is a template to create the base of the brow, and just phase one of the processes. The second “perfecting” session is to create a more 3-dimensional look,creating more hair strokes in between the strokes created in the first session, and is performed after the initial strokes have condensed and healed, thus creating more depth. It is also where you will assess your clients’ tattoo shrinkage and the healed colour result, where you can then create a thicker brow based on how much the initial tattoo has shrunk on your clients skin, and tweak the pigment colour if required.
You must not overwork the brow in the first session.
Remember that your strokes will also expand as they heal and you do not want your clients coming back with blurred out blocked brows, so make sure that there is a small gap in between each hair stroke. Explain that the brows will shrink in size between 20 – 50% and the colour will lighten and soften after they have washed their brows on the 5th day.
Let them know that you are there to answer any questions or concerns they may have in the following week. Remind your client that all aftercare information is in their after-kit bag, and to strictly follow all instructions.
Give your client a follow-up call 1 week after the procedure to touch base and see how they are feeling. By this time your client would have washed their brows the brows will have settled, and some strokes may have dropped underneath the surface of the skin. Reassure your client that this is all part of the healing process, and to refer to the pictures in their aftercare kit showing every stage of healing.
After you have completed your procedure, you may use disposable tweezers to pluck any sparse hairs if there are any or use your disposable shaver to clean up the area.
You can now take after photos of your client.
Always take before and after photos of your client and put these photos in their file so that you have a reference of the work that you have done. This is also important if there are any concerns from your client in the future as you will have notes and photos to refer back to.
These named and dated photos are private and confidential and always filed away in a locked secure filing system or password-protected computer database. Unless your client circles “Yes” on their consent form, you cannot use their photos for social media use, or to show other clients in consultations.
Save these photos in a client folder (named and dated) on your computer. Timely is a fantastic booking software, where you can also store all your notes and photos, as well as bookings for your clients. At Mien Brows we also use google drive to store all our clients files and photos as a double back up, and is easily accessed if needed from any device to refer to if your client calls you if you are outside of the salon.
Book your client in for their perfecting session / or refresh session, no earlier than 4 weeks, and no later than 8 weeks. If your client cannot come within this time frame i.e. if they need to book their appointment after 8 weeks, you will need to explain to the client that they may need a third session. It is important to retain a deposit and to remind your client that they will lose this deposit if they do not give you 3 days’ notice due to the amount of time the service requires.
Of course, there will be times where illness or unforeseen circumstances where your client will need to cancel their appointment before the 3 days’ notice required. It is recommended that in those circumstances you allow your client to re-book their next session without them having to re-pay a deposit. It will be up to your discretion as to when you will void this fee.
At Mien Brows we make sure that our clients receive an email and text message that is automated on our Timely system, allowing our clients to have ample time to change their appointments.
Tip: When cleaning your client’s brow after pigment has been settling on the skin, press wet wipe or saline pad firmly onto the brow allowing it to dampen the pigment, then gently wipe away the pigment. The area will be fragile so do not over wipe the area, and always be gentle when wiping the skin.
Practise, Practise, Practise on your practice pads and apples, and ripe bananas until you feel confident in your stroke pattern and pressure.
The perfecting process
The perfecting session is done 4-6 weeks after the initial first session, no longer than 8 weeks after. This is because we want the skin to go through all stages of healing from deep within the skin. Only then can we see the true healed results and all the pigment that was implanted in the first session will have risen to the surface of the skin.
Make sure your client fills out another client form every time they are having any type of procedure. Ask your client if there have been any changes to their health or medications, or if they have had, or plan to have any skin injectables or skin treatments 2 weeks before / or 2 weeks after their procedure.
The purpose of the perfecting session is to make slight adjustments and to create more depth to the brow. You will also create more hair strokes in between the strokes you created in the first session, giving the brow more definition and a 3-dimensional effect. Based on how much the tattoo has shrunk on your client, you will need to adjust the thickness of the brow.
Now that you are familiar with the client’s skin and their tattoo shrinkage, you will know how far to take your strokes so that the healed result will be the correct sized brow once healed.
Pay attention to any areas where pigment has not held, and focus on your depth in those areas, keeping in mind that you may need to adjust the pigment colour. All client’s tattoos will shrink differently, their retention may be brilliant with only slight shrinkage, one brow may have retained pigment better than the other, whilst some may have shrunk by up to 50%.
If your client’s brows have poor retention it may be due to various reasons, oily skin type, excessive bleeding during the procedure, not following their aftercare properly, choosing a pigment that is too light for their skin type, or your depth may not have been sufficient.
You may need to change the technique method (ie discuss with your client the digital machine technique or the combination technique) if your client has poor retention and an oily skin type. Treat the perfecting session just as you would the first procedure. The client will fill out another medical history form, and you will follow all the steps that you went through in the first procedure.
This will include a perfecting consultation, measurement of the brows, and creation of a new brow stencil. You will also be assessing how the pigment has healed, if you need to adjust the pigment colour, as well as if you need to create a thicker brow due to shrinkage of the tattoo.