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BROW
MICROBLADING

Microblading is a type of eyebrow architecture with an emphasis on creating the best shape for each person's individual face. Enhance and accentuate your facial identity with custom natural-looking brows guided by Tahnee and Tasha's fine eye for detail.

We welcome you to the collective to experience a completely bespoke approach created uniquely for you.

MEET THE ARTISTS

Tahnee

TAHNEE

(she/her)

Tahnee believes that the most beautiful thing you can possess is your confidence. Her work honors the beauty within each person and helps them reclaim their true essence and the spirit from within.

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TASHA

(she/her)

In her journey as a licensed esthetician, Tasha has seen how transformational microblading has been in inspiring her clients to truly look within and embody the beauty they have always possessed. Affirming self-love and seeing her clients' confidence grow is what drives Tasha's passion for her work. Tasha has been trained and certified under Tahnee's high standards of excellence.

TESTImoniaLS

Thank you so much for your brow magic. It was a subtle change but it made all the difference in the world. My self-confidence has gone up so much. Thank you - brows of my dreams! I've gone out of the house without a spot of makeup every day this week, first time in years!

Rowan

Tahnee is the most wonderful human being and a brow witch. If you can get in with her you will not regret it. She really works with you to find what you want and explains the process as you go.  Super knowledgeable and friendly, I highly recommend her!

Allison

Tahnee is the best eyebrow artist around. Her work is AMAZING. You can tell she's a perfectionist- she really took the time to map out my brows and continued adjusting them until they were symmetrical and exactly how she and I wanted them. Look no further. Her work speaks for itself.

A.D.

 
Microblading in Monterey CA

BEFORE THE SESSION

  • No Accutane for 1 year 

  • No sunbathing for 30 days 

  • No Retin-A, acids for 30 days

  • No chemical peels, Botox or injectables for 21 days 

  • No fish oil, vitamin E, blood thinners, aspirin and other pain killers for 3 days

  • No waxing, threading, eyebrow tint for 3 days 

  • No alcohol the night before and no coffee, alcohol day of

  • Other considerations: We cannot microblade people who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consent from a physician is required if less than 6 months out of treatment for cancer or auto-immune diseases.

Microblading in Monterey CA

THE
SESSION

Initial Session

  • A topical numbing agent is used to reduce any discomfort

  • Brows are drawn on and measured to uniquely complement your face

  • You and your artist will work together to confirm the desired shape before starting the process

  • Feather-like strokes are placed using a hand tool and ink is deposited into the upper layer of the dermis for fuller natural-looking brows

  • Brows will be darker immediately after the session and will settle to the desired color during the healing process

  • Aftercare instructions and a healing agent will be provided

Touchup Session

  • Touchups are normal for microblading and typically at least 2 sessions are needed to complete your brows

  • Once your brows heal from the initial session (~6-12 weeks), you will return for a touchup where we perfect the brows

Maintenance Retouch Sessions

  • Following the initial and touchup sessions, brow maintenance is recommended every 10-18 months

Microblading in Monterey CA

AFTER THE SESSION

  • Wash treated area gently morning and night for 10-14 days. Detailed aftercare process will be provided by the tattoo artist and can be found in the FAQs below.

  • Do not touch brows with your hands, and do not pick, peel or scratch brows

  • Avoid direct water on brows

  • Avoid use of cleansers, soaps and heavy creams

  • Avoid activities that may cause increased sweating such as high intensity exercise, saunas, hot baths, jacuzzi for 14 days

  • Do not apply brow makeup for 14 days

  • Avoid laser and chemical treatments, creams that contain Retin-A or glycol acid, acne products, lightening creams, bleaches, tints, threading and waxing ficials for 30 days

  • Avoid sun exposure for 30 days 

  • Avoid Botox and injectables until brows are fully healed

  • Once healed, apply sunscreen on brows since sun exposure can cause brows to fad

     

Microblading in Monterey CA

HOW BROWS HEAL

  • Healing is unique to each individual and can take anywhere between 6-12 weeks

  • Days 1-7: Your brows will continue to darken and look thicker 

  • Days 7-14Your brows will flake and appear patchy and muted

  • Days 14+Your brows will settle to the desired color

  • Here is an example of how brows heal and color changes after the microblading session

Microblading Healing in Monterey CA
MICROBLADING 101

We've compiled a summary of what to expect, or for more details, go straight to the full FAQ list

Frequently asked questions

How long does microblading last?


Microblading is considered semi-permanent and will fade over time. Retouches every 10-18 months are recommended to maintain brow shape, color, and detail. The frequency of the retouches will depend on a number of factors:

  • Skin type. Pigment will fade faster on oily skin.
  • Pigment color used. Lighter colors fade faster than darker colors.
  • Sun exposure. The sun will result in fading and discoloration of the pigment. Once your brows are healed, sunblock should be used to prolong results.
  • The regeneration of skin cells. The longer your skin takes to regenerate, the longer the pigment will hold.
  • The speed at which the skin metabolizes and absorbs the pigment. The slower the body’s metabolism and absorption, the longer the pigment will hold.
  • The area of treatment. Enhancements to the face, for example, fade more quickly due to constant exposure to elements.
  • Bleeding during the procedure. Any bleeding during the session will reduce the amount of pigment absorption. Alcohol and certain medications act as blood-thinners, may increase bleeding, and should not be taken prior to and following your appointment.
Failure to follow the Aftercare Instructions detailed in the prior section may cause faster loss of pigment and discoloration.




What is microblading?


Microblading is a semi-permanent method of brow tattooing. Fine, featherweight strokes mimicking hair are drawn onto the brows with a precise hand-held tool. Medical grade pigment is then deposited into the shallow top layer of the skin (epidermis), making this a non-permanent method of tattooing. The results are more natural, fuller brows. Here’s what to expect when you invest in microblading:

  • Initial Session. The initial session will be used to create the shape and apply the foundation of pigment and texture.

  • Initial Follow-up Session. We recommend two sessions but retention and results vary client to client, some feel their brows are complete after one session and only return for maintenance retouches, others feel patchy, light, incomplete after the first session and require an additional treatment 6+ weeks after their first appointment. Each individual heals differently and at different rates, this can affect the time between retouch appointments. Once brows are healed, approximately 6-12 weeks later, you will return for a follow-up session. This session will focus on perfecting your brows by analyzing how your brows have healed and adjusting pigment color, brow thickness, and adding additional strokes if needed. This follow-up session is important as we refine and complete your brows to ensure they retain color until your future retouches. Occasionally, clients may need a third session, depending on their skin type or desired result.

  • Retouches. Because microblading is semi-permanent, future annual retouches are required to maintain the brow’s shape and color. While everyone’s unique skin type retains pigment differently and breaks down at different rates, these retouches are recommended every 10-18 months to maintain your brows.




Is microblading painful?


While pain tolerance varies from person to person, we do all that we can to ensure that the process is as comfortable as possible for you. Two strong topical anesthetics are applied to the area to minimize discomfort. Most clients experience little to no pain or have likened it to a light scratch and stay quite relaxed. You may experience some sensitivity immediately after the topical anesthetic wears off, including minimal tenderness, redness, and swelling. This is normal and will dissipate after about 5 days of healing, and you will be provided with a soothing aftercare ointment to apply on the brows in the morning and at night to help alleviate any sensitivity.




What are the aftercare instructions and what should I avoid during the healing process?


Download Aftercare Instructions PDF The results and longevity of your brows will depend greatly on how you take care of your brows during the healing process and beyond. Each client’s skin will respond differently, both in the length of time to heal and the number of sessions needed for your desired results. Results cannot be guaranteed. Brow Aftercare

  • Gently wash your brows with a clean Q-Tip, morning and night, using warm water only, and do not use soap or other cleansers
  • Pat brows completely dry with a paper towel or cotton round
  • Gently apply a thin layer of the provided ointment with a clean Q-Tip
  • Do not touch your brows with your hands
  • Do not use heavy creams or soap on the brows
  • Repeat the aftercare instructions morning and night until brows have fully finished peeling (approximately 10-14 days)
What to avoid during the healing process (not following the aftercare protocol could result in loss of color and premature fading)
  • Do not touch your brows until brows are fully healed
  • Do not scratch or pick at scabs, dry skin, or flakiness until brows are fully healed
  • Do not sleep on your stomach until brows are fully healed (make sure to use clean pillowcases)
  • Do not get Botox or other injectables until brows are fully healed
  • Do not exercise and sweat heavily for 7 days after your appointment
  • Do not apply brow makeup for 14 days after your appointment
  • Avoid direct water on brows and the use of cleansers, soaps, and heavy creams
  • Avoid swimming pools, hot tubs, saunas, and other bodies of water for 14 days after your appointment
  • Avoid UV exposure, including the sun and tanning beds for 30 days after your appointment
  • Avoid exfoliants, products containing Retinols and Acids, acne products, lightening creams, bleaches, tints, threading, and waxing for 30 days after your appointment
  • Avoid laser light therapy, laser resurfacing and chemical peels for 6 weeks after your appointment
  • Avoid massages, facials, and other skin treatments for 6 weeks after your appointment
Healing Process
  • Days 1-7: Immediately after the session, the pigment on the surface of the skin will appear darker and bolder. You may also experience slight redness and swelling which is normal. During this time, keeping the brows clean is paramount and following the aftercare instructions will be crucial for long-lasting brows.
  • Days 7-14: The brow will begin to flake and peel, sometimes creating a patchy appearance until the entire brow has finished exfoliating. Immediately after peeling, the healing epidermis will cause the brow to appear light or muted as your skin is still naturally exfoliating. This is a normal part of the healing process. You may experience some light flaking and itching but do not pick or scratch at the area.
  • Days 14 and beyond: The epidermis will normalize, and the true color of your brows will show. Sunscreen is recommended after brows have fully healed to prolong results. Healed results will vary with each individual and additional sessions may be required to obtain optimal results.




Who is not a good candidate for microblading?


  • People who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • People with serious diseases such as cancer or autoimmune disease (consent from treating physician is required if currently in or less than 6 months out of treatment)
  • People who have had sun exposure (you must limit sun exposure for 30 days before and after microblading as this can result in increased sensitivity, loss of pigment, change in brow color, or scarring)
  • People under 18 years old. You must be at least 18 years to receive a tattoo service per state law. Since microblading is considered a cosmetic tattoo, an ID is required to show proof of age prior to your microblading session.
  • People currently on prescription Accutane (you must wait at least 1 year after treatment ends before you can get microblading). Note: You must not be using Retinols or Acids on the brows for 30 days before appointment
  • People taking blood-thinning medication (must stop medication at least 3 days before appointment)
  • People with rosacea on the forehead or brow area
  • People with raised moles, abrasions, blemishes, eczema, or similar irregularities on the brow area
  • People with hair transplants on the brow area
  • People who have recently had Botox or other injectable treatments (it is recommended to wait 3 weeks after receiving these treatments). You can resume these treatments after the brows are completely healed.




How should I prepare for my microblading session?


Make sure that you are a good candidate for microblading. See question above "Who is not a good candidate" before booking your appointment. If you have any questions regarding if microblading is right for you, book a phone consultation so we can discuss your concerns. Eyebrow Design Preparation
If you have an ideal shape and color in mind, bring reference photos and/or brow makeup with you to your appointment. You can also fill in your eyebrows as you normally would so we can take your desired shape into consideration.

Appointment Preparation If you have previous microblading done, you must send pictures as soon as you book.

  • 4 weeks before your appointment
    • It is highly recommended that you avoid sun exposure and tanning for 4 weeks before your appointment since the pigment will fade as your skin exfoliates from a sunburn. If you show up for your appointment with a new tan or a sunburn, you will need to reschedule and you will forfeit your deposit.
    • You should stop using products that contain Retinol and Acids for 4 weeks before your appointment.
  • 3 weeks before your appointment
    • It is recommended to wait at least 3 weeks after receiving Botox or other injectable treatment to get microblading. You can resume these treatments after the brows are completely healed.
  • 3 days before your appointment
    • If you regularly get your eyebrows shaped, waxed, threaded or tinted, please do so at least 3 days before your appointment. We can remove any stray hairs that fall outside of the final shape as part of your appointment.
    • Avoid using exfoliators 3 days before your appointment since they may inflame the skin. This includes any skincare products containing Retinols and Acids.
    • Avoid any blood-thinning medication for at least 3 days before your appointment. This includes Vitamin E, aspirin, niacin, fish oil supplements, and ibuprofen.
  • The day before and day of your appointment
    • Do not drink any alcohol the night before and day of your appointment.
    • Do not drink caffeine the day of your appointment.
    • Do not wear facial makeup other than filling in your brows (if you choose to do so to show your desired brow shape). You will be asked to remove any other makeup to prevent contamination.
  • Other considerations
    • If you are going on vacation, it is recommended to plan your trip a minimum of 14 days after your appointment.




How are brow shape, color and style determined?


Brow Shape At the time of your appointment, we will perform a comprehensive analysis of your skin type, texture, thickness, undertones, brow and hair color, natural growth patterns and asymmetries, facial shape, and bone structure. We specialize in natural brow styles, and we will design and shape the brow to something that is both flattering and balanced. You are encouraged to bring pictures of desired brows or fill in your brows the way you desire them to look when you come to the appointment. Unwanted brow hair will be removed as part of your appointment, so there is no need to remove any brow hair beforehand.

Color
Color will be selected to closely match the hair color of your natural brows.
Note: The majority of our clients' cosmetic tattoos stay true to color and lighten naturally over time. There are some cases, however, where color may fade to different tones according to the individual's response to the pigments (like lifestyle and iron deficiencies). At your follow-up session, we will analyze how your body has responded to the initial color. Special formula alteration to correct the color and prevent further fading is made at this time. Your brows will eventually look softer and have more of a "blended" look. Results will vary with each client, but a retouch appointment is suggested every 10-18 months to maintain your brows’ hair strokes and color vibrancy.
Style
The style technique used during your appointment (ex. hair strokes, shading, or combination) will depend on your skin type and desired results.

  • Hair strokes: This style works best for clients with dry to normal skin, moderate skin thickness, and moderate brow hair

  • Shading or Combination: This style works best for clients with oily skin, thin or sensitive skin, with little to no brow hair, or those needing major shape correction




I had microblading done by another artist. Can you fix my brows and/or can I book my Retouch session with you?


We accept clients with previous work on a case-by-case basis. Please send photos of your brows (natural lighting, makeup-free) before booking to iwantbrows@gmail.com.




I live out of town. Can I still book an appointment with you?


Out of town clients are welcome but please be advised that brows typically require a minimum of 2 sessions. This means that you will likely need to return within 1-3 months for the follow-up session. There is always a chance you will need more than one follow-up depending on your skin type.
Also consider that your artist is human and susceptible to illness, injury, or other emergencies that, while uncommon, may require any booked appointment to need to be rescheduled, regardless of if you traveled for your appointment. It is not recommended to plan a trip solely around your microblading appointment.




Do you require a deposit and what payment methods do you accept?


  • A $175 non-refundable deposit is required on all initial microblading appointments. The deposit will go towards the cost of the service. The remaining balance is due at the time of your appointment. If you need to reschedule, you can do so one time before your deposit is forfeited.
  • We only accept Cash, Venmo, and major Credit Cards (AMEX/Visa/Mastercard/Discover). We do not accept personal checks.




What is your cancellation policy and other house rules?


  • There is a 48-hour cancellation policy. If you cancel under 48 hours, a cancellation fee of 50% of the total service will be charged to the card on file. If we do not have your card on file, this amount will be added to the cost of the service at your next appointment. Thank you for understanding!
  • There is a 15-minute late policy. A $50 rebooking fee will be added to your next appointment. Please take traffic and parking into consideration to avoid being late.
  • Please review the prior section “ Who is not a good candidate for microblading?” before you book. If you show up and it is determined you cannot get microbladed for any reason, your appointment and deposit will be forfeited.
  • Guests are not allowed in the microblading treatment area, and small children are not allowed at the studio.
  • Shoes are not allowed on the treatment table for sanitation reasons. You will be asked to remove your shoes- bring shoes that are easy to remove and wear your comfy socks!