Is Microblading Right for Me?

The Microblading Process

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Step 1: Brow Mapping

During your session, we'll discuss your ideal brow shape, look, and color. Then, we'll begin by mapping out the brow shape. This portion of the session is actually the lengthiest as it's incredibly important to get the perfect outline before beginning to microblade.

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Step 2: Numbing

Once we outline the desired brow shape and choose the pigment color, the next step is to apply numbing gel to the skin and let it "marinate" under cling wrap for 10 minutes.  


By the time we begin the actual microblading, you'll be comfortably numb! 


Most clients report little to no discomfort after the numbing step.

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Step 3: Creating the Perfect Brow

Now it's time for the fun part...creating a picture-perfect brow! Tiny, hairlike strokes are "drawn" on using a microblading tool within the brow shape outline we made in Step 1. The entire process for Step 3 only takes around 45 minutes total... and is nearly pain free thanks to the use of our top-notch numbing anesthetic. 


The result:  Natural-looking, picture-perfect, no-fuss brows you'll absolutely love!

About Us

Microblading

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Microblading works well with normal to dry skin types that have invisible to small pore sizes.


 

  • Looks most like natural brows since it replicates hair strokes 

 

  • Best results are achieved on people with  invisible to small pore sizes


  • Better for people with normal to dry skin

 

  • Microblading typically fades the fastest out of all permanent brow enhancements
     
  • This technique creates more trauma to the skin, so colorboost touch ups will need to be spaced with more time in between sessions
     

 NOT FOR:


  • People prone to bleeding
  • People with very oily skin or with large pores
  • Someone wanting a filled in or heavy coverage


TOUCHUP NEEDED:


  • 12 to 18 months
     

 

"Combo" Brows

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"Combo" brows are created using a mixture of microblading--which creates hair-like strokes- and powder brows which use a small permanent makeup machine that gently inserts pigment into the skin for a soft, powdery look. 


  • The bulb of the brow is light and soft and contain "hair strokes" from microblading, while the arch through tail has a soft, misty shading.


  • Best results are achieved on people with normal pore size


  • Better for people with normal to combination skin 


  • The microblading portion of this technique creates some trauma to the skin, so it may not be the best choice for some sensitive skin types


 NOT FOR:


  • Someone only wanting hair strokes
  • Someone with dense brow hair


 TOUCH UP NEEDED:

  • Every 18 to 24 months  

Powder Brows

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Powder brows are creating using  a small permanent makeup machine that gently inserts pigment into the skin for a soft, powdery look.   A small amount of pigment is  placed at the bulb of the brow in order to create a soft look. This does NOT look like  old traditional block (tattooed) brows!  This has gives the appearance of a light makeup powder fill that's still full coverage but soft. 


  •  Powder Brows are best suited for all skin types including oily skin and larger pore sizes


  • This is the most gentle technique of all brow enhancements, so it's also a great option for sensitive or mature skin


  • Lasts longer than other brow enhancement techniques


  • Is a great choice for someone who regularly fills their  brows with makeup or  prefers the look of a bolder brow


  • No hair strokes are placed


  • The least traumatic to the skin of all of the brow enhancement techniques


  NOT FOR:

  • Someone only wanting hair strokes
  • Someone with dense brow hair


  TOUCH UP NEEDED: 


  • Every 24 months



What Our clients are saying

I Love My Brows!

"Shannon does an amazing job She runs an extremely clean shop, very attentive to your desired outcome, very detailed oriented and EXTREMELY TALENTED at what she does! I 100% recommend her! She took her time deciding the shape and making sure they were even and fit my face well and made sure I was comfortable during the procedure."
- Molly F.

I Highly Recommend!

"I am beyond pleased with my new brows. They look phenomenal! Shannon did an absolutely amazing job explaining the process step by step. She addressed my concerns about pain and I was elated that the entire process was pain free."   -Kristen W. 

No Pain...It Was Relaxing!

"I am definitely a nervous Nelly when it comes to pain. Had my brows done 2 weeks ago. Numbed with gel, NO PAIN!!!!! It was very relaxing actually, and I could have fallen asleep during the procedure. Shannon explained every step.  I love, love, love my brows! "
-Karen S.

No More Drawing Them On!

"Shannon really knows her brows and was conscientious to listen to what I wanted. She spent a lot of time getting the details right and made sure I was comfortable. Minimal pain but maximum results. I am loving my brows and am so excited that I no longer have to draw them on!"
-Gwen K.

I'm No Longer Self Conscious!

"Shannon did such a fantastic job. Highly recommend her! Most people who used to compliment my eyebrows had no idea the amount of time I spent on them every day to pencil them in. This is a huge timesaver and I’m no longer self conscious about how they look."
-Lisa D.

I Look Younger Now!

"Shannon made this experience very pleasant! My eyebrows are perfect because she’s very particular about the shape and very concerned about how I was feeling about them. I love them! I feel like it makes me look younger! And I do not miss penciling in my eyebrows every day one bit!"
-Amy C.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does it hurt?

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 This is probably the most frequent question we're asked!  Pain and pain tolerance varies by client. Most clients describe their discomfort level as minimal and find tweezing or waxing and more uncomfortable.   

We use the best topical lidocaine gel available to minimize discomfort. However, this is a still a tattoo. You will feel some discomfort, but you are close to completely numb when the microblading part begins. Based on experience, we would describe the feeling a slight burning, astringent like sensation. Very tolerable and totally worth it!

How long does it last?

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 This will vary by  due to certain factors such as sun exposure, getting chemical peels, oily skin type, etc.  However, if  you follow the aftercare instructions  diligently, your new brows will last approximately 18 months before they're mostly faded. 

For some people, their brows will last even longer.  Most commonly, your brows will last on the higher or lower end of the expected 12-18 months.  Most clients prefer a fresh, bright look and opt to come in for Color Boosts every 12 months instead of waiting for their brows to fade completely. 

Will it look natural?

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 Absolutely! The technique used at Housley Institute creates realistic, simulated hair strokes  that looks just like a real eyebrow! Your brows can be as big and bold or as soft and subtle as you like! 

If you want to bring pictures to show your artist the kind of brows you love, that's a great! It's also necessary to give your honest feedback during the design process. This is where you'll achieve the shape, length, width, and arch that you want. So it's important you voice your opinion and be active during this process.

How long does it take?

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 The process takes approximately two hours from the moment you walk in the door to completion of your beautiful new brows. 


The first hour or so is spent designing your new brows and numbing the area. There is no downtime! 


Occasionally, some clients will have some slight redness and swelling around the area which is very normal and will subside within a couple of hours. Most clients go on about their normal day when they leave their appointment.

 

Are you certified/licensed?

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  Yes! Housley Institute for Restorative Ink is a licensed tattoo studio dealing exclusively with permanent makeup. All working artists are certified. The salon and staff are all insured. 


All artists completed a hands-on apprenticeship and received certification from recognized

training academies. All artists have received extensive training and certification in Blood Borne Pathogens as deemed necessary for tattoo artists by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


 It’s crucial that you choose not only a certified Microblading artist, but also a licensed one to ensure your health is protected.

What is the healing process?

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 Some swelling and tenderness after the procedure is normal and may last a day or so, depending on the client. Your new brows will appear DARKER, WIDER, AND SHARPER than the way they will heal. This is especially true for days 2-5. 


This is harder for some clients than others. Clients who rarely wear makeup may find that they don't like how their brows look on these days because they are too intense. That's normal! The pigment is sitting on top of the skin and has not yet settled into your face. As your skin heals over the tattoo, your brows with lighten and soften. This process takes about 7 days or so on average.