As hair thinning and hair loss have become increasingly prevalent among both men and women, and at a very young age, new treatments are being developed to find a solution to these problems. Scalp micropigmentation is one such treatment; highly innovative and totally unorthodox, but with multiple applications and largely positive results.
What is scalp micropigmentation?
Scalp micropigmentation is a non-surgical procedure that utilizes micro-fine needles to deposit or ‘tattoo’ pigments into the scalp. This cosmetic pigmentation technique, also known as the ‘hair tattoo’, uses highly advanced techniques and tattoo equipment to inject pigments into your scalp in a stippling pattern so as to create the illusion of tiny hair follicles on your scalp.
Scalp micropigmentation is usually carried out in 3 separate sessions. During the treatment, micro-fine needles inject a layer of pigment dots on the scalp and in your skin’s dermal layer. Each time a pigment dot is applied, a tiny wound is created in your skin. The wound is healed by a scab which eventually falls away but not without taking away some of the pigments along with it. This gradual fading of pigments necessitates multiple sessions so that the requisite shade is achieved. Lighter pigments are applied in the initial session while darker shades are usually reserved for the final session.
The most obvious application of scalp micropigmentation is for baldness and hairline recession because the close-knit collection of pigment dots on a completely or partially bald scalp creates the optical illusion of a head full of shaved hair. However, this treatment has a host of other applications beyond that.
Scalp micropigmentation is very effective at hiding scars and burn marks. Also, this treatment could help rectify the deformities arising from a hair transplant gone wrong. Besides, this treatment makes your hair look fuller and adds density to your hair which makes it perfect for people dealing with hair thinning.
• Scalp micropigmentation is the best alternative for people who cannot have a hair transplant or do not wish to have one.
• It is equally beneficial for people of all hair and skin types.
• Unlike most hair treatments, scalp micropigmentation requires no maintenance and has no major side effects.
• The recovery time for this procedure is negligible; you can return to work the very next day.
• It is a multipurpose hair treatment which treats some of the most common hair problems that you may face.
The success of this treatment depends upon 2 major factors – the usage of up-to-date equipment, and the skill and experience of the practitioner. Make sure you verify both these factors before you book an appointment!
Dermaplaning is arguably the hottest buzzword in skincare as of this moment. However, while there is no dearth of excitement around this procedure, there is an evident lack of information pertaining to it. Here’s all that you need to know about this treatment, how it works, its utility and its benefits.
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a treatment that involves exfoliation and removal of vellus facial hair by using a scalpel (surgical blade).
Under this treatment, an oil-based cleanser is used to cleanse your skin. The skin is then dried, after which the practitioner applies gentle strokes of the scalpel along the skin surface to peel off dead skin cells and shave off unwanted facial hair. Finally, a warm towel is placed on your face to remove excess skin and hair. The result is a smooth and clean skin, and a radiant complexion.
While it is normal for you to have reservations about the use of a surgical blade on your face, the treatment is absolutely safe; provided it is performed by a licensed professional.
Dermaplaning and shaving are totally different!
A lot of people confuse dermaplaning with shaving; the use of a blade for hair removal being the primary source of confusion. However, while the treatment does involve shaving as such, there is a lot that separates the two.
The biggest differentiator is that dermaplaning is performed to remove vellus hair while shaving is done to get rid of terminal hair. Another point of difference is that you can shave yourself but you cannot perform dermaplaning at your home by yourself. Also, dermaplaning is a far more aggressive procedure than shaving. The purpose of this treatment too is a lot broader than just rooting out facial hair; dermaplaning is essentially a skin rejuvenation treatment.
Benefits of Dermaplaning
A well performed Dermaplaning treatment provides you with a host of benefits; such as:
• It minimizes wrinkles and fine lines.
• Your skin tone and texture both stand improved.
• Products such as serums, creams or lotions yield better results for your skin.
• The treatment could be used to fight pigmentation, acne scars and sun damage over the course of time.
• Dermaplaning gives immediate results; there is no downtime.
• Cellular proliferation is your best weapon to fight ageing effects and Dermaplaning promotes this process.
• It is safe and equally useful for all skin types; even the sensitive ones.
With its ever-so-apparent benefits and utility for all skin types, it’s not hard to understand why Dermaplaning has become such a raging trend. And for all you know, this skincare trend may just go on to become a norm!
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42% of the men from the age of 30 – 49 are either balding or experiencing the beginning of hair loss. These only increases with age and the receding hairlines are more and more conspicuous.
It’s true that there are many methods of treating the hair loss - from medications to transplants. The increasingly popular solution these days is – scalp micropigmentation. This is also known as hair tattoos!
In this process, micro-needles are used to tattoo the pigment into the scalp. This creates the appearance of tiny hair follicles and creates an illusion of a fuller head of hair. It adds density to the thinning areas.
Each dot that is applied creates a tiny wound. A scab is developed when the wound is healing and eventually falls away.
Sometimes however, the immune system attacks the pigments causing them to shrink. This gradual fading of the dots varies from person to person and sometimes it takes more than a few sessions to get the required shade of color.
The first session typically lasts for more than four to five hours. Additional sessions may be required to achieve the desired darkness of the pigment.
After - effects?
While most of the patients experience mild discomfort during the procedure, it becomes more tolerable as the session progresses. Some of the areas of the scalp have more denser nerve endings than others, but majority of patients focus on the benefits of the treatment rather than any discomfort they may experience.
Is it hurtful?
Scalp micro pigmentation is definitely less hurtful than regular tattoos. It is much less hurtful than hair transplant too. There are anesthetics available to numb the scalp. Some people however prefer to go through with the procedure without any.
What about recovery?
There is no recovery period following scalp micro pigmentation. Slight redness on the skin due to the tattooing may last for 24-48 hours. You can even return to work – next day. Typical time between the treatments is seven days.
There are rarely any side effects observed. Your scalp will look red and with each application the dots look darker. The tiny scabs fall as th wounds heal and you will be good to go and looking great in no time!
Scalp pricing upon consultation. An overall quote will be based on the industry standard (Norwood Scale) for men and the (Ludwig scale) for women. Contact us at email@example.com with well lit photos of your scalp.
We have often heard poets talking about a woman’s beauty. But do we really have an idea as to how patience and time taking it is to get that flawless beauty? Look at it from a woman’s perspective and you shall know how hard it is!
They say beauty lies on the eyes of the beholder. Yes, eyes do talk but there are other elements which play a vital role in beautifying your eyes as a whole. Your brows! Confused?
Well yes, no matter how beautiful your eyes might be but if your brows is not in shape, the beauty of the eyes is absolutely incomplete. And if you are the bride-to-be and you’re getting hitched in or around June or July, oh boy, you need to start working on your brows at least 3 months prior.
Check out the following list of suggestions and start preparing your brows for your big day:
Take Vitamins. They are important
The way our body needs a certain percentage of vitamins and proteins on regular basis to keep itself healthy and glowing, same is with the hair growth. Vitamins B, B-1, B-2, iron, protein, and biotin are basic food for the hair follicle.
Drink lots of water. You need it
Yes, the old age advice to have water at regular intervals comes again. Having sufficient water intake is a must for your overall body to keep yourself hydrated and to flush out toxins.
Oils. The secret ingredient
Castor oil, Jojoba oil, and Coconut oil are the amazing mediums to boost oxidation, cleanse the skin beneath the hair follicle, hydrate the skin and make the hair growth of your eye brows smooth and bold.
Serums need patience. So does your brows
Serums are nothing but a silicone based product covering the skin beneath your hair protecting from getting damaged. It’s effects very slowly to give you the desired results. So why not use it few months prior to have those shiny and soft brows?
Forget your brows for a while
Yes, you heard it right. Let your eye brows grow on its own, it would look bad and odd, agreed. However, when you groom it after a good 4 to 5 weeks, you shall get the desired thick eyes brows the way you want it since you have enough hair by then. Try Spoolie to brush even your brows so they remain in shape from the beginning.
Try these points way before your big day arrives because you, for sure, do not want to have your beauty underestimated.
Maryam Collahi providing on-location bridal make-up services in Vancouver and area for the past 15 years. She has extensive experience with all skin types, ethnicities, ages and styles will ensure you have the look you want for you and your bridal party on your wedding day.
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If for a while we sideline the ‘Game of Thrones’, for a normal human summer are more painful. I mean think about the extra efforts one has to put to keep the skin glowing. I’ll here particularly talk about women, as I don’t find many men being so concerned about ‘how they look.’ No offense.
A famous philosopher once said, “Her skin like the rose petals”. Well, let’s not go deep into the poetic verses and accept that what’s gentle needs special attention. To keep your skin glowing even throughout the summer, we are here to share with you the three ‘awesomest’ tricks that will undoubtedly add to your beauty.
Let’s have a look:
• Water: Water is the most important nourishment that your skin needs. Never ever let your body run low on water. Water extinguishes the thirst as well as flushes out the poisons and wastes that aggregate in the body. Treat yourself to liquids like organic product juices, green tea, coconut water and others to diminish the warmth level and keep the body cool and hydrated.
• Exfoliation: You can’t solely rely on moisturizer to remove/cure your dead skin. You need to exfoliate your skin regularly. Exfoliations help in removing the dead skin from your face and other parts of the body. You can use a sponge or a massager to scrub-off the dead skin. You can also use the homemade scrub, which can be prepared easily by mixing besan, oatmeal, and milk.
• Exercise: Keep this in your ‘not to forget’ list. Simple workouts and yoga can be exactly what you need. This will not only help you lose some extra pounds and keep your fresh but will also release toxins and make you feel energetic. The same will come in form of glowing skin.
Get glowing skin in summer with useful tips by Maryam Collahi, is a Vancouver Makeup Artist based in Yaletown specializing in permanent makeup, eyebrow shaping, threading & bridal makeup.
Trends come and go – year after year, but 2017 will always be remembered as the year of the “BROW”. It was the year that saw maximum trendy brows and enthusiastic bold looks. Well shaped brows are an unbeatable accessory and if done properly, they can transform your daily makeup into something beautiful. These brow trends seem to be a part of 2018 too.
It’s important to remember that no brows are made alike and slight imperfections can make your face look elegantly natural and give you a more believable look.
The most requested brow style these days is “the bushy brows”. Well, if you aren’t naturally blessed with bold, beautiful brows, or have fallen prey to over plucking, using loads of product may not be a good option. Well, taking the hint from the trend, almost every beauty counter of every store if fully loaded with products that could give your eyebrows ‘that’ bushy look. There’s so much clutter that it is difficult to distinguish the products that work and those that don’t.
You can use techniques that could give your brows a more naturally bold and bushy look – microblading. Use techniques that you need not have to pencil in every day. Make the look a little more permanent!
It is a good idea to take advise from an expert brow artist or aesthetician and ensure that you get that trendy bushy brow look that seems to be so cool these days.
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New brow trends are always round the corner. Over the top brow looks has been a trend for quite some time – not really dying soon. 2018 will see this trend on the rise. Well, along with fishtail brows – the latest trend to look out for is “Jewel Brows”!
The artists that have been responsible for popularizing this brow are the glitter geniuses at the Gypsy Shrine. It’s a wearable alternative for those who dare to get the bold and daring look.
Although festive makeup like this is nothing new, it’s a perfect way to get an impressive and bold look. A colorful, bejeweled makeup looks is popular among today’s fashion enthusiasts. Bold eye brows are an interesting way to highlight one of the most celebrated facial features of the last few years.
It’s easy to get these jewels. They are applied with eyelash adhesive and the gems could actually rip out all of your hair when being removed! Now, good luck getting them off.
If you want to try the look out for yourself, it is recommended that you buy a pack of mix and match jewels and glue them to your brows using eyelash adhesive.
While eyelash adhesive is safe for your eyes and your brows it's quite strong and will definitely keep your jewels secured in place for longer than you thought. Apply these multi-colored jewels one-by-one to your brows using the larger gems first towards the front of the arch and gradually getting smaller towards the end. You can select the gems according to the color that you feel good in!
Microblading Eyebrows in Vancouver, Maryam Collahi is a Vancouver Makeup Artist based in Yaletown specializing in permanent makeup, eyebrow shaping, threading & bridal makeup.
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The shape of your brow defines the ‘look’ of your face. It could give you a bold look or a subtle look. You could look plain or glamorous – all by giving the right shape to your brows. But, did you know you could easily shape your brows at home too? If you wish to avoid frequent trips to a salon, it’s best to try out these few brow shaping techniques – at home!
Step 1: Leave them alone
To reach your full brow potential, it’s important to let your eyebrows grow out for over six to eight weeks. The longer the better as it lets you see your natural eyebrow shape.
Step 2: Find a shape
You can easily find the beginning of your eyebrow by holding a brow pencil vertically at the middle of each of the nostrils. Mark the spot for later reference. Pivot the pencil to the outside of your iris. This is the arch – mark that too for later reference. Next, to find the tail end of the arch, swing the pencil until it grazes the outer corner of the eye. Pencil that in too.
Step 3: Trim them a little
Firstly, give your eyebrows a little trim. It’s important to cut down the long hair. Brush your hair up with a spoolie and trim only the very long hairs.
Step 4: Massage
Gently massage your brow with a generous amount of facial oil. This essentially lubricates the skin and hair follicles. This takes the edge off the skin’s sensitivity from tweezing.
Step 5: Clean it up
Always tweeze the hair in the direction of hair growth. Make sure that you hold the skin taut. Step away from the mirror for a while to get a perspective. Then begin tweezing again.
Step 6: How to take care of skin irritation
It is essential that you calm any irritation to your skin after tweezing. Apply a cool gel – it will help tighten the pores too.
Step 7: For a fuller finish, you should..
Use a brow pencil if you have a few sparse spots. Feather-in some false hair in a shade that matches your natural eyebrow color.
Step 8: Keep tweezers off
It’s important that you keep the tweezers off for at least six weeks. After that you can repeat the process from one to seven!
Are you trying to shape your brows at home? Maryam Collahi provides Eyebrow Threading, Eyebrow Feathering & HD Eyebrows Services & more.feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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2017 was a year that saw a number of brow trends come and go. New brow trends emerge and old ones get obsolete – there’s so much going around that it’s difficult to keep pace! Well, we have made it simpler! Here are the top predictions for the brow trends that will rock this year!
The barely brow
These are for those who love subtle brows. Definitely not a trend that a bold brow lover will love! Whether you choose to bleach your brows out, or opt for a hint of color – the barely brow is definitely a trend to watch out for in 2018. It creates a softer and lighter shade and gives your face an elegant look.
The boy brow
For this kind of brow, the flatter, the better – the arches are not given prominence at all. The base line of the brow has absolutely no arch and is completely flat. The top of the brow has a slight incline and it then declines at the tail.
The Undone brow
Towards the end of 2017, this brow trend saw sudden popularity and many people started opting for the undone brows to take on a daring look. It’s textured, brushed up and it isn’t going anywhere in 2018 too. Using brow gel to get a more extreme look is also one of the trends that are catching on.
The color pop brow
This trend is for those who dare! It’s for those who want to make a statement or are feeling a little extra. This trend isn’t much about the brow itself, but works with a variety of different styles to make your overall appearance look bold. The key is to start your eye shadow in the brow and then blend it in the lid. It’s correctly described as an upside down Smokey eye. It will surely make you stand out from the crowd.
Whether you are looking for eyebrow threading, eyebrow embroidery, HD eyebrows, eyebrow tattoos or eyebrow feathering, Contact me for further information or to book your appointment on email@example.com
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Winters are fun – but not for your skin. Cold weather and the low humidity levels make the air dry and all this steals the moisture away from your skin every second of the day. If proper care is not taken, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding. The harsh winter winds can amplify your skin problems. Additionally, the indoor heating systems rob the air of its moisture. Further, hot showers and baths as well as harsh cleansers take a toll on your skin. To combat these effects and keep your skin looking youthful and smooth, you need to do more than mere moisturizing. Here are a few tips to reduce chapping, redness, itching and keep the skin healthy and youthful this winter:
Lukewarm water is the trick: Even though hot showers feel good in winter, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping oil from your skin.
Moisturize immediately: Your skin needs to be moisturized immediately after you wash it. It seals the dampness into the skin.
Choose your moisturizer carefully: Some of the over the counter moisturizers have petroleum based ingredients that can further dry the skin. Choose moisturizers that have natural nourishing ingredients. Go for oil based rather than water based solutions. It will help your skin retain moisture.
Protect: Wear gloves and scarves to protect your skin from cold wind, rain and snow. Don’t forget the sunscreen – winter sun could be as damaging as the summer sun!
Humidify: Consider installing a humidifier in your home. This prevents the dry air from affecting your skin.
Drink: We tend to turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea during winter – but your skin needs its regular hydration that can be achieved only by drinking lots of water.
Overnight moisturize: Especially at night, use a moisturizer and wear cotton gloves and socks to seal the moisturizer till morning.
Exfoliate: An exfoliating mask is good for the winters. Apply it liberally on your face and hands as well as gently on your lips. You must follow immediately with moisture and truly see a smoother difference. Exfoliating body washes could also be useful.
Hydrate from the inside out: It’s a good idea to eat foods that are high in water content. These kinds of food hydrate your skin from the inside out. Watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Along with this, ensure that you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin.
Check your cleanser: After cleansing, make sure that you don’t leave the skin naked for more than 30 seconds, as this can dehydrate it, leading to increased dryness. Apply a hydrating toner and moisturizer that appropriately seals in moisture.
Other than all of the above, homemade hydrating masks can provide you with the much needed moisture in the winter months. Use natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe.
Mix what you like together to create a cream or paste, and leave on skin for 10-30 minutes for lasting hydration.
Winters are fun – If your skin enjoys them too!
Maryam Collahi is a Vancouver makeup artist and eyebrow specialist offering eyebrows threading, permanent makeup, HD eyebrows & bridal makeup services.
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