Congratulations! You have new beautiful eyebrows! We know how excited you must be to wake up every morning and have your brows there staring back at you and we’re here to guide you through the healing process. Taking good care of your brows and following our healing protocol is the best way to ensure they heal with optimum results and long-lasting color. These instructions were written and developed by Teryn Darling after many years of testing different healing agendas.
Blotting Your Brows
Permanent Makeup, like all tattooing, creates a wound, and all wounds weep body fluids. The weeping fluids that will come to the surface are lymph, oil, excess pigment and maybe even a little blood…all of which are totally normal. Some clients may weep a little more for a longer period of time and some may weep a little less for a shorter period of time…everyone is different. Blotting off these fluids and excess pigment is critical to a good result and optimum color retention.
If these fluids remain on the tattooed area and accumulate, you will get heavier scabbing. Heavy scabbing can pull out the pigment which will result in light spots and/or unevenness of color. The more consistent you are in blotting off these fluids and minimizing build up the better.
- Dampen a paper towel with cold water. If you live in Las Vegas, cold tap water is fine. If you are visiting from another state, please check that states recommendations as some states require sterile water be used.
- Day 1: Blot your new procedure every 15 minutes upon leaving the Girlz Ink Studio.
- Continue blotting every couple of hours on that first day.
- Days 2 & 3: Continue to blot the area periodically throughout the day and evening. Usually by day 2 the weeping has started to subside and blotting will not be needed as much as it was on the first day. Everyone is different so please monitor and blot as needed.
Washing Your Brows
The most important thing to remember about the healing process is to wash your hands before and after touching any treated area.
To cleanse your brows:
- Use a very light touch and cleanse on and around the procedure area with a mild cleanser (Dial Soap, Cataphyll, and Neutrogena are good choices!) DO NOT use any cleansing products containing acids (glycolic, lactic, or AHA), or any exfoliates. Make sure you rinse off all of the cleanser. Pat dry. Wait 15 minutes before applying ointment after getting the procedure wet. Never put ointment on a wet or damp tattoo. Never cover the area with a band-aid or any other covering. They need to breath and receive oxygen for optimum healing.
- Avoid exceptionally hot showers and keep the bathroom doors open to not cause steam. Do NOT allow steam to be created. Steam can affect pigment retention.
- Keep your face and brow area out of the water until the very end of the shower. Do not let the shower spray hit you directly in the face. When you wash your hair, rinse shampoo/conditioner back away from your face.
- Wash your face and brow area following the instruction above.
Applying Ointment to Your Brows
When you leave your appointment, keep the area clean and blot any excess fluids with the damp paper as explained above. Do not apply any ointment for the first 24 hours. After the first 24 hours have passed, please use the ointment we provide you with. Do not apply any other ointment other than the one we provide you with.
- After the 24 hours, apply a thin, light coat of the ointment 3 or 4 times a day for the remainder of the healing process (6-7 days). If after 24 hours your brows are still weeping quite a bit then please wait an additional 24 hours before applying ointment and continue to blot.
- A little goes a long way. Only apply a small amount patting it in to the area for absorption.
- Always blot off any of the prior balm and the surrounding area before applying a new layer of ointment.
* Allergic reactions are extremely rare but are possible. If you notice any bumps, rash, or think you may be having a reaction: stop using the ointment immediately, cleanse the area and call the Studio. *
TLC For Your New Brows
We’ve listed the most important things to do and avoid to ensure your brows heal as beautifully as we know they can
Most importantly: Keep it protected and keep it clean!
- Avoid any activities that cause dust, dirt or dander for a minimum of 72 hours. Waiting 5 full days is best.
- Do not do any activities that cause sweat in the area of the procedure or your face to heat up and turn red. No exercising for 10 days. No Exception.
- No horseback riding, camping or riding ATVs.
- During your healing process and for a totally of 2 Weeks at a minimum, DO NOT expose your new procedure to chemicals, hot tubs, saunas, direct shower spray, hot water, salt water, chlorinated pools, lakes, ponds or beaches.
- Stay out of the sun for the first 2 weeks! Direct sun exposure and tanning beds should be avoided indefinitely as both are counter-productive to the cosmetic procedure. If you enjoy the sun wait 2 weeks minimum then apply a good quality high Sunblock that protects against both UVA and UVB rays SPF 40 or higher.
- Absolutely NO topical makeup on the healing procedure(s) for a minimum of 7 days. Topical makeup is bacterial and your new procedures(s) need adequate time to heal to avoid irritation and/or infection. You may apply your makeup around the new procedure area but avoid applying ON the healing areas.
- No tweezing or waxing the eyebrows for 10 full days. No facials or peels for two full weeks!
- Some tenderness, puffiness (even bruising), redness, and itching is quite normal for the tattoo healing process. DO NOT PICK, PEEL, or SCRATCH the treated area as this could result in your color healing unevenly, as well as the risk of scarring and infection.
Lastly…relax! We know looking in the mirror and seeing thick, dark eyebrows staring back at you can be scary. Remember, you chose the best…we know our stuff. It’s just a tattoo that will lighten, soften and heal in about a week and you will absolutely love them. Follow these protocols and tips and all will heal well! Complications are extremely rare. Enjoy your new Brows!
Please note that on average 60% of clients will heal with all color in place and will not require a second session while 40% of clients will heal with some weak spots or overall, too light and will require a second session. Please give the area 4 full weeks to fully heal and bloom for accurate assessment. There must be a full 6 to 8 weeks of healing before the second session can be done.