Frequently asked questions
Do I need to prep before my appointment?
Prior to your appointment, try your best to arrive without any eye makeup, do not curl your lashes or wear mascara the day before and the day of your appointment. It will help minimize the cleanup time and more time for lashing.
Will it ruin or cause my natural lashes to fall out?
Based on the growth cycle of eyelashes, when applying lashes, lash stylist are trained to look for adult lashes to attach the individual synthetic lashes. Young (baby) lashes are left to allow them to fully develop and when it comes times to re-lash, we have new strong lashes to bond to. Lash extensions will not cause your natural eyelashes to fall out. Remember that your natural lashes have their own life cycle of falling and growing – like the hair found elsewhere on your body. It's hard to notice small lashes falling out, but when attached to a thicker, longer lash they become much more noticeable!
How long will my new lashes last?
Your new lashes will last between 2 to 4 weeks depending on your skincare routine and your own natural lash life cycle. To maintain the full look of your lashes, it will require you to maintain refills every 2-3 weeks.
How often should I be coming in for lash refills?
We recommend getting refills every 2 to 4 weeks. If you wait too long your extensions will fall out and you will require a full set. Factors such as exposure to humidity, steam or touching your eyes a lot may cause the extensions to fall quicker. Refills can take from 45 - 60 minutes, depending on the state of your remaining lashes. A good sign of when you need a refill is when your extensions are 50%-60% gone.
Can I apply mascara to my lash extensions?
Yes, however you must only apply water based mascara. DO NOT USE OIL-BASED OR WATER-PROOF MASCARA. Waterproof mascara and any type of oil based mascara dissolves the bonding agent of the extensions and causes them to fall out sooner. Also, take care in washing off all eye makeup. Only use a water based eye makeup remover.
Can I swim, shower or exercise while wearing lash extensions?
Yes. The bonding agent we use is waterproof and allows you to shower, swim, exercise. However we recommend that you DO NOT WASH your eye area for at least 24 hours after the initial eyelash extension application. This allows the bonding agent to fully dry and prolong the life of your extensions.
How do I take care of my new lash extensions?
- Do not get your lashes wet for at least 24 hours after application
- Do not go tanning for 24 hours after application
- Use an oil-free eye makeup remover
- Try not to run water directly on your lashes
- Do not rub, pick or pull your eyes
- If using mascara, use water based formulas
- When applying mascara avoiding the root area.
- Avoid using an eyelash curler
- Try to avoid exposure to heat, steam, sauna and friction
- Receiving chemical treatments, such as eyelash tinting or perming
- Receiving irritating eye area treatments, such as strong chemical peels, skin re-surfacing procedures, eyebrow waxing or laser treatments
Who are facials good for?
Facials are great option for anyone that wants a clear, balanced complexion. They provide deep cleansing with the mixture of professional grade products, technology, and the knowledge of a professional esthetician who understands skin conditions and anatomy. Facials can maintain the health of skin, address and correct certain skin conditions, and improve the overall appearance and texture of your skin. Facials are available to both men and women of any age and those that need to combat specific skin issues. However, there are some conditions that can prevent the performance of some or all facial services.
- Contagious diseases such as HIV, herpes or hepatitis, pinkeye, or ringworm
- Skin disorders or diseases
- Pregnancy (unless cleared by your physician)
- Skin Irritation
- Allergies to products and ingredients
- Severe, uncontrolled hypertension
- Limited services can be performed (sometimes with medical clearance):
- Electrical contraindications like pacemakers and implants
- Medical Conditions
How often do I need a facial?
It is recommended to have a deep cleansing facial at least one a month. Greater frequency may be required for facials that target a specific skin concern or are corrective in nature
What are the benefits of a facial?
Regular facial treatments:
- Deep Cleanse
- Professional exfoliation
- Increase Circulation and Detoxifies
- Relaxes the senses, nerves, and muscles
- Stimulates skin functions and metabolism
- Slows premature aging
- Treats conditions such as dryness, oiliness, or redness
- Softens wrinkles and aging lines
- Helps clear up minor blemishes and acne
- Professional extractions
What are extractions?
Extractions are the removal of impurities and impacted pores – specifically, blackheads, whiteheads, milia (hardened “sesame seed” like whiteheads), and sebaceous filaments (pores blocked by oil produced in the skin). Removal of these impactions allow reduces pore size while allowing them to “breathe”.
How do I prepare for a facial?
We will remove any makeup you are wearing prior to your facial. However, if you arrive with no makeup we will have more time to focus on other, more results-driven elements of your facial.
How do I know what type of facial I need?
Our estheticians are trained and licensed to properly identify various skin types, conditions, and the proper approach to each. Based on your intake form, consultation, and a thorough skin analysis she will be able to suggest the best approach to reaching your skin care goals.
What is a chemical peel?
Chemical peels are a type of exfoliation treatment.
What are the benefits of a chemical peel?
Chemical peels remove dead skin cells resulting in:
- Improved skin texture
- Increased skin cell turnover
- Reduced fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduction or removal of dark spots (sun damage and hyperpigmentation)
- Stimulation of elastin and collagen (substances that make your skin firm and toned)
- Smoother softer skin
What are the side effects of a chemical peel?
Chemical peels remove layers of skin which will temporarily make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure. As a result, it is necessary to wear at least an SPF 30 for protection and avoid the sun while receiving chemical peel treatments.
Because chemical peels exfoliate it is not unusual to experience actual flaking and peeling. This will subside within a few days.
How do I prepare for a chemical peel?
- Avoid exfoliation treatments at least 24 hours prior to your treatment.
- If you are taking Accutane or using Retinol based products you should refrain from use for 48 hours and/or consult with your physician before receiving a treatment.
- You should also limit your sun exposure and avoid tanning beds
- Do not wax or have any hair removal treatments
- Avoid skin brightening products
- Be aware of any allergies you may have
How often can I have a chemical peel treatment?
Chemical peels can be performed in individual treatment or in a series of treatments to see more significant results. Some chemical peels are gentle enough to receive treatments every 2 to three weeks while others are safer to receive every 4 to 6 weeks. Your esthetician can discuss a treatment planned designed specifically for you and your skin care goals.
Is there any down time with a chemical peel treatment?
The type of chemical peels performed at Haute Beauty Bar do not result in any down time.
Who should avoid chemical peels?
- Recent cosmetic surgeries, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, or dermabrasion
- Recent injectables, fillers, or Botox
- Allergies or sensitivities to products or ingredients
- Pregnancy (unless medically cleared by your physician)
- Herpes Simplex
- Hyperpigmentation tendencies
- Inflamed rosacea or acne
- Open sores or suspicious lesions
- Sunburned or irritated skin
- Photosensitizing medications (makes skin very sensitive to sun)
- Those taking antibiotics
- Other contraindicated drugs or medication
What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a mechanical form of exfoliation. We use a diamond tip (metal attachment with an abrasive surface) and soft vacuum to gently remove and suction dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. The benefits are diminished:
- Sun Damage
- Open and Closed Comedones (blackheads and whiteheads)
- Fine Lines
- Enlarged Pores
- Coarsely Textured Skin
Is there any down time for a microdermabrasion treatment?
There is no down time with a microdermabrasion treatment.
How often can I have microdermabrasion treatments?
Microdermabrasion treatments can be performed individually or in a series for more dramatic results. Clients often begin with a series of three weekly visits and then maintain the results with monthly treatments.
What is the difference between the two?
Microblading adds a natural look to the brows by creating hair strokes.
Powder brows are meant to create powder look much like applying powder makeup.
What exactly is microblading?
Microblading, is a procedure categorized under permanent makeup, but unlike traditional cosmetic tattooing, it is less invasive and is considered semi-permanent. The procedure is done by using a hand tool with ultra fine needles and each 'hair' is gently etched into the skin, giving an incredibly natural and realistic look. Microblading can dramatically correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrow and is excellent for those wanting to enhance their brows or who have little to no eyebrows, thinning brows from age or over tweezed brows. Pigments used are chosen to match the natural or desired brow color and skin tone will also be taken into consideration.
How long does it last?
Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on skin type (normal, oily, dry), age (youthful/mature). Skincare routine will also affect the lasting effect of the pigment: patients who tan, uses products with AHA or Glycolic Acid with fade faster as your skin will resurface faster. Each individual's color retention within the skin will vary. To maintain the brows looking fresh, a touch up is suggested every 12-18 months. Clients can let the microbladed area fade over time, but please note a slight shadow may remain.
How long does it take to heal?
The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and color will appear very dark. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The color will fade by up to 40% as it heals. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark and you will notice slight scabbing. Do not pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the microbladed area. The eyebrows will lighten up in color as it heals. No down time is required after microblading procedure. It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You'll notice the color is very light right after the two weeks after healing; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. This is known as the milk skin and is common in tattooing. This is due to the the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True color will reveal itself once healed.
Does it hurt?
There is minimal pain involved. A numbing cream will be applied before the procedure.
Is a 4 week touch up necessary?
Yes! A touch up session after 4-6 weeks is necessary as everyone heals differently and outcome will vary. Certain areas may not pick up during first session and will need to be refilled. Pigment color may need to be adjusted, brow thickness and more strokes can be added. Individuals with oily skin often require a deeper shade during the touch up session as the oils tend to lighten the pigment. Most importantly, your touch up session is when we refine your brows to ensure it looks perfect and retains the color for the whole year!
What are the pre and post care procedures?
In order to achieve the best results, it is best to follow the pre and post care instructions.
Prior to your procedure, clients are advised of the following:
* Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 72 hours.
* Avoid tanning so we can assess your natural skin tone.
* No face scrubs or chemical peels at least two weeks prior.
* Feel free to come in with their brow makeup on so our technician can see your every day look you prefer. Reference pictures of shapes and colors of brows are always welcomed. We will then work together to create the perfect brows!
After your procedure, clients MUST follow these instructions:
* Within 2 hours after the procedure, clean brows using a q-tip and lightly moisten with distilled or cooled downed boiling water. Gently wipe away the old healing balm and any lymphatic liquid (clear yellowish liquid) that may have built up. Lightly pat dry with tissue and using a new q-tip, re-apply healing balm to the brows.
* Make sure to apply a light layer of healing balm morning and night to brows for at least 5-7 days.
* Do not over apply healing balm.
* Gently clean brows with antibacterial dual soap or cetaphil for 7 days.
* Do not put makeup on the brow area for a minimum of 10 days. Microbladed area is an open wound, using makeup may cause infections.
* Avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen and any vitamins that may thin your blood for 24 hours.
* Brow area will feel slightly itchy as it heals and will start to lightly scab over. Do not peel or pick at the scabs as this can affect the outcome and pigmentation.
* Do not go swimming, tanning or into saunas for at least 14 days.
* No face scrubs or chemical peels at least 2 weeks after.
Who is NOT able to get microblading/shading?
Microblading is not suitable for the following candidates:
* Using Accutane
* Have heart conditions or using heart medications
* Have diabetes
* Have skin disease or irritations
* Have had Botox in the last 2 weeks
* Have gotten a deep tan or chemical peels in the last 2 weeks
* Allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine
* Anyone who has any serious medical conditions may require a physician's note.
* Pregnant or nursing clients
*Prone to keloids
How do I make an appointment?
-Your first appointment will be a consultation. A consultation includes a patch test, color matching, brow shaping (waxing/tweezing), and a discussion about desired looks. **THIS APPOINTMENT IS OPTIONAL BUT RECOMMENDED**
-Your second appointment will be no less than 3 days later and will include your full microblading/shading service. We will measure out your perfect brows and outline them. Once the desired look is achieved, a numbing cream will be placed on your brows for 25-30 minutes. Once your brows are numb we will begin the procedure.
-Your third and final appointment will be 4-6 weeks later. This is your touch up appointment. After this I will see you again in 1-3 years!