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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is PMU?

 

PMU stands for permanent make up. PMU services include:

 

Ombre Brows

Nano Brows

Combo Brows​

Permanent Eyeliner 

Lip Blush

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)

 

 

Is PMU permanent?

 

Being that PMU services are technically tattoos, for the most part, PMU is considered permanent. Most techniques do require yearly maintenance, but this is only recommended, as some services can go more than a year without follow ups. 

 

What is the maintenance for PMU?

 

Ombre Brows: a technique that requires the artist to utilize a tattoo machine and implant the pigment into the skin. This technique results in powdery, pixelated brows. Ombre brows mimic a brow that has been filled in with a pencil or pomade. Ombre can be done both soft and bold depending on the client’s wishes. An 8 week follow up is recommended after the initial service for SOME clients; however, most clients will only require that their brows are touched up/color boosted once per year. 

 

Nano Brows: a technique in which the artist uses a tattoo machine to draw very fine, hair-like strokes onto the client’s skin. This technique will mimic a freshly waxed brow. Hair strokes will be drawn on in between your natural hair flow; therefore, giving you a very natural healed result. This technique is not suitable for most skin types, as strokes will blur, fade, or become ashy in color over time. Client’s who receive this service will eventually need to have the strokes removed to start over fresh or opt for a powder brow once the brows have aged. How the brows age varies from client to client, so your artist will not be able to give you a specific time frame. An 8 week follow up is recommended after the initial service for SOME clients; however, most clients will only require that their brows are touched up/color boosted once per year. 

 

Combo Brows: a technique that requires the artist to combine the two above techniques. This brow typically has strokes in the front of the brow, and then blends with shading from the body to the tail of the brow. An 8 week follow up is recommended after the initial service for SOME clients; however, most clients will only require that their brows are touched up/color boosted once per year. 

 

Microblading: a manual technique that uses a blade to draw individual hair-like strokes. Very similar to nano, except, nano uses a machine, and microblading uses a hand tool with no motor. This service is not considered a “forever brow”, as stokes will fade, blur, ash out, or completely disappear over time. This technique is very invasive, and not recommended for more than 90% of skin types. An 8 week follow up is recommended after the initial service for MOST clients; however, SOME clients will only require that their brows are touched up/color boosted once per year. 

 

Eyeliner: permanent eyeliner is a technique that requires the artist to use a machine to implant pigment onto the lash lines. This can be done to appear both dramatic and subtle. An 8 week follow up is recommended after the initial service for MOST clients; however, SOME clients will only require that their brows are touched up/color boosted every 12-18 months.

 

Lip blush/neutralization: a technique in which the artist uses a tattoo machine to add a soft tint to the lips, or the artist will use a neutralizing pigment to make darker lips appear more flesh like in color. An 8 week follow up is recommended after the initial service for MOST clients; however, SOME clients will only require that their brows are touched up/color boosted once per year. It is important to note that when receiving this service to neutralize dark lips, multiple sessions may be needed. 

 

Scalp micropigmentation: or SMP, is a technique in which the artist uses a tattoo machine to make “impressions” or small dots on the scalp. This service is most popular with men, or women who experience hair thinning. This technique should mimic a five o’clock shadow on the scalp. For men, it will typically mimic as buzz cut hairstyle. For women, SMP will help to disguise thin areas of hair. Multiple sessions are required to achieve the desired density. Touch ups or new sessions are required every 2-4 weeks until desired density is achieved. Clients would then come back every 18-24 months. 

 

Does PMU hurt?

 

Ombre Brows: a topical numbing agent is used with this technique.

Nano Brows: a topical numbing agent is used with this technique.

Combo Brows: a topical numbing agent is used with this technique.

Microblading: a topical numbing agent is used with this technique.

Permanent Eyeliner: a primary and secondary numbing agent is with this technique

Lip Blush: a primary and secondary numbing agent is used with this technique. 

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP): no numbing is used with this technique.

 

Everyone will have a different discomfort level. Techniques that use no numbing agent are considered comfortable procedures. Techniques that use a primary numbing agent along with a secondary numbing agent, are considered mildly uncomfortable being that the primary numbing agent works before the skin is broken. Techniques that use only a topical anesthetic are considered to be moderately uncomfortable, being that the topical numbing agent only works after the skin has been broken. None of these techniques are unbearably comfortable.