Read this first . . .

 

We have a great track record!  However, YOUR comprehension and cooperation also plays a large role  in your overall happiness.  To help you along, I designed this website to help maximize your experience, and to try avoid circumstances that could sabotage it as well . . . 

JUST IN CASE YOU HAVEN'T READ THIS ENTIRE SITE, At least read the following pages.

 

TAKE NOTES AS YOU READ OF THE THINGS THAT PERTAIN TO YOU...

REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS are paramount!     
PERFECT does not exist!   
Artistic talent is subject to interpretation!
 
And the levels of application are as varied as the numbers of people who want it... what appears to be "just enough" for one person, may be barely noticeable by another.  The same principle applies to flaws.  Artistic abilities are as unique as there are artists... and we carry a HUGE RESPONSIBILITY to identify the particular needs of every client and relay and merge our vision, then execute our  grand performance!
So then . . .  we execute that Grand Performance, but the art in now - in your SKIN!
Skin that is moving and churning on a microscopic scale and is going to be fighting to remove what we just put in.  Add to that, all the various levels of self care going on. Some people follow all the rules while others will break out the peroxide to scrub out thier new color. DO DO THAT! Most likely, what you're seeing is inflammation more than color!
 
So... If you move into freak out mode, just remember how it looked when it was first done. Take a breath... calm down... let it heal... and we will take the next steps at your followup session.
 
IF YOU CANNOT CALM DOWN, CALL US .  : ) 
Thank you! 

WHY YOU SHOULD READ - BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT!

When a client books an appointment at PERMETIKA, it is with the understanding that you have READ, YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE  with the information that I have shared throughout this website. This information is meant to help you in forming  realistic expectations, foster a great relationship and to avoid  any potential misunderstandings in the future.  ​By the time you are seated in my chair, we will have shared this information with you , in advance and on multiple levels. WHY is this so important?

For starters, learn if you're a good CANDIDATE or not.
  • Make sure your idea of pretty is the same as mine. 

  • So let's PLAN OUT YOUR SESSION -  TIMING GUIDELINES.

  • Know what to do to CARE FOR YOUR NEW PROCEDURE.

  • Understand that potential (not common)  RISKS that are inherent with any procedure, performed by ANY artist, even me!  

  • Why? There is a possibility that your skin may not respond favorably to the art placed in it.

  • Therefore, we cannot entirely predict an exact outcome, nor do we have ultimate control over your skin's reactions, should there be any reaction at all. 

  • EACH PROCEDURE IS AN EXPERIMENT! Therefore we vow to proceed cautiously.

  • IN TURN, WE EXPECT . . . that you consider yourself a well informed client who understands that your procedure will NOT stay as it was initially implanted and agree with a conservative approach and are willing and ABLE to commit to more sessions as needed  TO BUILD TOWARD YOUR ULTIMATE GOALS, instead of risking too much color retention.

  • REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS are paramount! PERFECT does not exist ! Artistic preferences are subject to interpretation, but we will do our best to be on the same page with you! 

  • Because the more you know, the better prepared you'll be. 

  • People often ask if they really need to plan...  Some just assume that it's not that important.  We feel it's best to do everything you can, to achieve optimal results. People who have had body art know that some tattoos heal well while others need followups.

  • This is even more true with Permanent Cosmetics. Our pigment is not applied as deep in the skin as a body tattoo, so we need to fight to keep what color we can!  

  • So we hope you will take the time to learn about our process and spend a couple of weeks preparing for your procedure by starting & stopping certain products, eat well and start taking the Arnica Montana as recommended, if able.  

  • We feel that these steps will HELP secure a MORE successful procedure than if you don't prepare at all.  However, because all skin is different, we cannot guarantee a perfect outcome, as the art we apply is in YOUR SKIN, and skin is UNPREDICTABLE.  

  • The worst case scenario would be that most of your color doesn't take.  If this happens, you must be mentally prepared to get back up in the saddle - and DO IT AGAIN!  Most people require 2-3 sessions with my technique. However, some people may need more. Some less!

  • IN EXTREMELY RARE CASES, the color could go too dark, even though we do perform conservatively. If this happens, we will need to assess the situation in person. 

Session  #1:  

This is where I lay the foundation. This first pass is done deliberately on the conservative side so that NO ONE ends up with color that is too dark.   Please remember, we are putting art work into your SKIN, so when color is applied lightly, some people will end up with color that is patchy and much too light.  If your first session looses a lot of color, it may appear patchy, uneven, or with unnatural looking hues. Please consider this normal and just be sure to book your followup appointment, as this is not a mistake on our part as we cannot control what your skin retains. We will catch it up on your followup visit. Until then, please apply makeup to balance out the color. 

 

Please remember, that missing color stems from the fact that I am putting art into your SKIN. And skin is a living, breathing, moving organ that is designed to protect you when a wound is created. SO IT FIGHTS... by trying to push what it perceives as a threat,  (this foreign body called:  Pigment) back out of your system. AND WE MUST FIGHT BACK... to retain as much of the color, as possible and we do this with proper application & proper aftercare. 

Sessions  #2 and 3+ : 

Followup sessions are required to balance the color and add more strokes to the missing spots....

Followup visits are not included in the price of the procedure.  

Follow up sessions range from $200 -$500, depending on the procedure and artist chosen.

The more you know, the more prepared you'll be.  I'm a seasoned artist . . . This means that I know, that in spite of experience, things can sometimes can still go sideways on occasion.  HOWEVER, YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT A DISASTER HAPPENING IF YOU CHOOSE US TO DO YOUR WORK!  The trick is knowing what adjustments are necessary to get things back on track... and I do! 

 

In most cases, the worst case scenario is that the color didn't hold well. If this happens, you must be mentally prepared to get back up in the saddle - and DO IT AGAIN!  Most people require 2-3 sessions with my technique. However, some people may need more. Some less! In a few cases, the color held too much. For this reason, I work very conservatively!

Please remember, that we re placing art into a BIOLOGICAL SYSTEM WHERE NOTHING IS EVER CERTAIN!  Your skin is a living, breathing, moving organ that is designed to protect you when a wound is created. SO IT FIGHTS THE PROCESS... by trying to push out - what it perceives as a threat,  (ie: the pigment).  SO WE MUST FIGHT BACK... to retain as much of the color, as possible and we do this with proper application & proper aftercare. 
 

MY GOAL, FOR YOUR FACE . . .  is for your permanent makeup to enhance your look - while remaining UNDETECTABLE as a tattoo!  This requires a conservative start, so you should "expect" the initial outcome to be too light, but with more definition than before.  All initial "brow" procedures are applied with a LESS IS MORE APPROACH.  
 

EVERY  TIME, the battle ends up with partial color retention, for everyone. Only a few lucky clients heal with near perfect results. The others heal with various stages of patchiness, and the only remedy is a followup to catch the color up in the areas that didn't take well on round one. Also, since it is impossible to prove or disprove how well it was cared for... For example: 

  • Did you fall asleep on one brow?

  • Did you rub or pick it too much? 

  • Did you ice them well enough? 

  • Did you wiped them enough?

  • Did you shower too long?

  • Did they get too hot?

  • Did you sufficiently protect them from sun?

  • Are you on meds?

  • Did you remember to take Arnica Montana?

 

This list can go on and on. And for this reason, I do hope this helps you to better understand why I require followup visits. Just a reminder to all...  This information is posted on my website in various places to make sure, that most people see it:

  • I also send a reminder (upon booking) to refresh your memory about planning and caring for your procedure. 

  • I send another reminder when your appointment is near.   

  • Our consent form, also recaps much of this information, prior to your procedure. 

  • During your procedure, I continue to verbally explain that you will need a minimum of at least one followup session.

  • Your aftercare paperwork is another reminder that followup sessions are needed. 

I use a few colors to start and do so sparingly. Once healed, we assess and adjust according to your personal preferences and how well the color healed in your skin. I start light, because there are few things more hideous that brows that are too thick or too dark.  

  • People often ask if they really need to plan...  Some just assume that it's not that important.  We feel it's best to do everything you can to achieve optimal results.

  • People who have had body art know that some tattoos heal well while others need followups. This is even more true with Permanent Cosmetics. Our pigment is not applied as deep in the skin as a body tattoo, so we need to fight to keep what color we can!  

  • So we hope you will take the time to learn about our process and spend a couple of weeks preparing for your procedure by starting & stopping certain products, eat well and eliminate blood thinners (unless prescribed, then consult with your physician). 

  • Start taking the Arnica Montana as recommended, if able.  

  • We feel that these steps will HELP secure a MORE successful procedure than if you don't prepare at all.  However, because all skin is different, we cannot guarantee a perfect outcome, as the art we apply is in YOUR SKIN, and skin is UNPREDICTABLE.   The worst case scenario would be that most of your color doesn't take.  If this happens, you must be mentally prepared to get back up in the saddle - and DO IT AGAIN!  Most people require 2-3 sessions with my technique. However, some people may need more. Some less!

  • IN EXTREMELY RARE CASES, the color could go too dark, even though we do perform conservatively. If this happens, we will need to assess the situation in person. 

So when you schedule an appointment at PERMETIKA, it is with the understanding that you have READ , UNDERSTAND AND AGREE  with they way I perform the application. The information that I have shared throughout this website is meant to help you  form realistic expectations, foster a great relationship and to avoid misunderstandings in the future.  ​By the time you arrive for your appointment, we will have shared this information with you , in advance and on multiple levels. 

The success of each procedure, depends on a variety of factors such as the natural talent and skill level of the artist, the client's health, what medications they are taking, lifestyle & personal habits, and if the client fully cooperated by following the guidelines such as taking ARNICA MONTANA for two weeks prior to the appointment and by following proper care following each procedure. 

 

How fast one heals also plays a huge roll. The faster you heal, the better the color retention. The longer it takes to heal, the more time there is to lose the color.   So please be patient with the process and schedule your followup visit for best results!

The information on this page is an abbreviated form of this entire website. This page gives you the bird's eye view at a glance. Please continue reading for more detail and thank you in advance, for understanding and for taking the time to read, learn and apply the principals found on this site. We want the best for you!  

2. DO YOU NEED A RECOMMENDATION FOR AN ARTIST IN YOUR AREA?

My BEST answer is - that I honestly do not know of anyone who freestyles the way I do.  So when you're looking for an artist in your area, here are some questions to ask:

  • IS THE PERSON A TRUE ARTIST?  If they can't draw on paper or canvas - HOW will they do in your SKIN?

  • ARE THEY WORKING IN A LICENSED FACITILY? 

  • DO THEY TRAVEL TO YOUR HOME? IF THEY DO - THEY ARE WORKING ILLEGALLY AND IN AN UNSAFE MANNER. 

  • CAN THEY SHOW YOU MANY PHOTOS OF THEIR "HEALED" WORK?

  • ARE THEY PRACTICING USING SAFE TECHNIQUES? What good are great brows, if you now have hepatitis?  or worse?

  • Look at A LOT of  pictures online and on Instagram of work that you like. When you find work that you like, request a list of 10-20 clients that are happy. Anyone can provide a few...

  • Then request a consultation with the artist. 

  • Ask to see more pictures IN PERSON.   You have to be very careful and not just trust what you see on line. People need to show you REAL photographs (in their camera), just  to make sure that they didn't borrow (steal)  them from the Internet...  Unfortunately that happens a lot...  

  • One major pitfall is... people normally only post their best work. Sounds normal, right?  The problem with this is SOME clients are super easier to work on, while others are extremely difficult.  DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU FIT INTO THAT EQUATION?

  • Find an artist that does great work on clients with no eyebrows, CONSISTENTLY! Then that might a person you can trust!

  • Remember, anyone who is ONLY doing microblading has probably only been in practice for a few years, or less. PRACTICE being the key word here. So be careful! 

MY BROW DESIGNS ARE UNIQUE, BECAUSE: 

When I first became involved in cosmetic tattooing, (2002) we had to rely on our own artistic skills. The internet was alive, however social media didn't exist yet and permanent makeup was NOT AMAZING.   "Natural hair stroke" classes were still very primitive because the hair strokes didn't resemble realistic brows at all... they looked more like a picked fence that had fallen down.  

 

I inherently, knew, that PERFECT does NOT look REAL - and the MOST perfect set of brows, are the ones with the right amount of imperfection is left, or built in - so the observers eyes are not drawn directly to a perfect set of brows.  Instead, I like to create beautiful brows that support the face - where the woman gets the compliment - not her brows.

So I made a personal pledge, that if I couldn't create something amazing, then I just wouldn't do it at all.

Since I couldn't find the support I was looking for I turned to the TATTOO WORLD thinking they would welcome me any talent with open arms.  Haha. NOPE!  DOORS be like SLAM SLAM SLAM!!  I suddenly realized that I was on my own.  So the next best thing was to admire the work from afar. THANK GOD for the internet.  I dove into world of on line portrait tattoos to observe JUST HOW the brows on tattooed portraits looked.  I studied portraits of ELVIS's brows, MADONNA's brows, even JACK NICHOLSON's brows.  Know what?  NONE of them (the GOOD ones)  looked like solid, filled in brows of one color.  Here, I found the dimension of reality that I was seeking and then I relied on my own artistic training to capture this realism in my own personal work. I had finally found a way to make brows look like either real hair or beautifully applied dimensional makeup. 

IN THE BEGINNING - I WAS INSTRUCTED TO WORK ON CLIENTS WHILE THEY ARE LAYING DOWN.

However, I soon realized - that when a client's face is at rest, the normal signs of facial tension will relax.  This makes it difficult to construct "living brows" that flow naturally with the face.  Have you ever wondered "why" brows are so difficult?  The answer is found in ANATOMY!  Under your brows, live a complex group of muscles that react with every emotion -  and pull your brows in every direction. Even a slight bit of difference in muscle tension, will make a huge difference in express.  This challenge is even further intensified to various degrees, depending on client's age, expression, animation, muscle tension and skin laxity - AND ADD THE USE OF TOXINS SUCH AS BOTOX, XEOMIN & DYSPORT. Bottom line - brows are HARD! 

 

 

TRADITIONAL BROW MAPPING RELIES ON THE GOLDEN RATIO CALCULATIONS.

These equations are good starting points. However, I find that when measured too perfectly, the brows take on a rigid, unnatural look. You can tell right away when someone has undergone over mapping. I want my clients to look great, not done. So I opt for a softer look by using the ratio as "a guide" without making the brows look like mirror images.

NOW, I START ALL OF MY BROW WORK WITH CLIENTS FACING ME

SITTING IN AN UPRIGHT POSITION, FILLING ONE STROKE AT A TIME!  WHY?  FACES ARE ALIVE... They MOVE! 

  • An artist uses an easel because there is no better way to create a masterpiece than to paint it in the same way it will be viewed.  

  • Makeup artists don't even draw brows with clients laying down.  Why shouldn't this also apply to brow design?

  • I want my work to look BELIEVABLE, so I start building the brow by first filling in missing spots, starting from the middle spine - and work my way out, with the final shape occurring within the last few strokes. This is when the puzzle is complete. 
     

OUR normal MO is:  CONSERVATIVE!

I've always felt that it is better to add layers, once the last session has healed, rather than try to apply too much color in on one session. The skin becomes too traumatized, and causes a delay in healing . . . which in turn, causes more color loss.  It's a catch 22. We can alway add more color later. So please try to be patient with this process. Any first session could turn out a little darker than expected, but will most likely will turn out far lighter than preferred. In SOME rare cases, its JUST RIGHT!  In other cases there is barely any color left.  ALL People are different, needs are different. SKIN is different. 

THERE ARE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP GAIN OPTIMAL RESULTS!

I'm not saying you will obtain PERFECT results, by following all the rules. I am saying that I feel, that there are things that you can do to HELP you receive better results than if you didn't prepare at all.  It does mean that YOU will do better if you at least try to do some of the things recommended. Even a marginally better result makes a difference and may even reduce the number of followup appointments that will be required.

AND THIS IS HOW I DEVELOPED MY OWN MICROBLADING STYLE: 

One day, I was shopping for supplies at a tattoo shop and I noticed something a little "different" sitting in the display case.  It was a row of 12 hot pink handles that resembled Xacto blades. I asked the owner about them and he told me that he thought they were called Tattoo Knives, but he didn't know how they were used.  I thought that was strange, but I kept wondering WHY THEY WERE HOT PINK? The words Hot Pink and Tattoo Knife, just don't belong in the same sentence.  So I asked to take a closer look at the blades. I remember thinking the blades sort of reminded me of a calligraphy pen.  As I thought about it... it dawned on me that since I was trained in calligraphy, I might be able to create some really fine strokes with these tools, so I bought all 12!  

 

IT WAS A NATURAL AND EASY TRANSITION FOR ME: 

I had three things going for me. I knew calligraphy. I'm an artist who understands color AND at that point, I'd already had 13 years in the skin!  I instantly knew what to do. And I felt the freedom to work on my clients as if I were applying brow makeup, not tattooing laying down. THE PROCESS, STUCK!  (no pun intended...). This all happened a couple of years before the world caught on fire with Microblading, and I suddenly realized that I didn't invent it. LOL But I do believe that I was the first in my area to use the Microblading tools.  And this explains why I never took a class.