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Frequently Asked Questions 

Are you certified and licensed to operate?

Yes, Esscessories Beauty, LLC. is licensed and insured to operate cosmetology services including microblading and permanent makeup services in the state of VA. Essie Davis, Owner & Cosmetologist of Esscessories Beauty LLC., has over 30 years experience in cosmetology and has taken hands on training for Microblading with Celebrity Beauty Advisor Marie Hall of Beauty Boss Microblading & PMU Clinic in Washington D.C.


Do I need to shave or wax before my brow service?

No! We will shape your eyebrows as needed and choose a color pigment that blends seamlessly with your natural brows. If you have a lot of brow hair, it may be useful to have your brows waxed several days before your appointment, but this is optional. 

How are Microblading, shading and Ombre Powder Brows different than a traditional eyebrow tattoo?

The most common type of traditional eyebrow tattoo involves the use of a lot of pigment and a block style brow, which leaves the client with a dark outlined eyebrow and no depth. These often fade to really unflattering colors. Our services leave the client with natural looking eyebrows that look like real hair strokes or real filled in brows! Careful selection of pigment is chosen to give depth and shape so that the natural brow hairs and permanent makeup blend seamlessly. Note permanent make is still a tattoo, however, what we do is natural. There are dozens of permanent makeup techniques. 

What is Microblading?

This technique involves making tiny little lines in the skin with a hand tool and pigment, resulting in an eyebrow tattoo that looks like hair strokes. This option shows a lot more skin than the other techniques like Ombre or Powder Brows, and for this reasons, most people think it's more subtle. Microblading is best for people with tight skin and small pores. Not the best technique for those with extremely oily skin or those people who are easy bleeders.


 What are Ombre/Powder Brows?

This technique is done with a small machine that gently inserts pigment into the skin that looks very soft and misty. No hair strokes  are placed, so the brow is fully covered with a light color, and little pigment is placed at the start of the brow for a soft look. This does not look like old traditional block brows! It's soft, pretty and face flattering, like a lightly made brow with brow powder.

 Advantages  of Ombre/Powder Brows:

  • No hair strokes 

  • Last longer than other techniques (18months - 2 years with proper care & touch-up)

  • Minimal trauma to the skin

  • Less touch-up required

  • Great for all skin types

  • Best option for people who bleed and who desire the most coverage possible


Combo Brows (Microblading & Shading)

This technique combines both hair strokes and shading into one blended outcome. First microblading is done, then another tool is used to provide a soft diluted version of color to fill the space between strokes. This makes the brow look fuller and slightly more pigmented than can be achieved with just microblading alone. 

  • Looks like hair stokes but with a lot more coverage

  • Last longer than microblading alone

  • Still some microblading, however, less is needed than with microblading alone therefore less touch-ups needed, thus less trauma to the skin

  • Best option for those with little to no hair, or large holes in their natural brows

  • Better option for people with oily skin

  • Not the best technique for people who bleed


Does it hurt?

Every client is different and pain tolerance varies by client. Most clients describe the pain level as minimal and find tweezing and threading more uncomfortable. We use the best topical lidocaine cream available to minimize discomfort. That being said, this is a still a tattoo. You will typically feel some discomfort and some clients experience more discomfort when they are on their menstrual cycle. Based on experience, we would describe the feeling a slight burning, astringent like sensation. Very tolerable and well worth it!


How long does it take?

The process take 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.

What is the healing process?

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 make-up may find they done 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. It's important to follow all after care instructions and attend the required follow-up appointment to make the finishing touches to your new brows!

Your healing is only about 50% in our control. Once you leave it's up to you to be diligent about following the care instructions you're given to get the best result! And no matter how great they look, it's important to come for your touch-up appointment to get the final result. This is a 2 step process, so even if you have some things you want to tweak after the first appointment, no worries! We will continue to work on your brows at your touch-up. 


What if my brows are fading faster than expected?

We will revisit aftercare and lifestyle to make sure that is not the issue. If not, it's likely that you need to go darker and fuller at your touch up, and/or you are ready for a more full coverage, longer-lasting technique like powder brows. 

What if I have concerns about my brows after they heal?

Complete customer satisfaction is our goal! If you have concerns about your brows after they've healed please call us right away so we can discuss! We are here to help, don't be shy!


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