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Lash Lifts faq

What kind of wax do you use?

For most of our services, we use a high quality cream wax that uses strips. We also use hard wax depending on your hair type and the service being performed. It is not just the wax that makes a service great though! There are many brands with differing qualities that fall under the categories of hard and soft wax. Experience, technique, before and after care, education, and quality of products all play a huge part in the waxing process. Your esthetician will determine the best wax to use for the service. We wax first timers all the time, so don’t be afraid to try something new!

Do you offer sugaring?

Currently we do not offer sugaring. Waxing should give you the same result as sugaring though! The hair is being pulled from the root with both services so how long your wax lasts and the pain factor are similar.

Do you double dip?

Absolutely not! We adhere to all State Board of Cosmetology health regulations which include disposing of single use implements. This means our wax sticks go into the wax pot one time, get used on just you, and then get immediately disposed of.

Does waxing hurt?

Everyone has different pain tolerances, hair thickness, amount of hair, etc. This all plays a part in how you will react when waxed. Of course pulling the hair from the follicle isn’t going to be the most pleasant thing in the world, but most people handle it quite well. Most people finish and say, “That wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be!” And since it’s so quick, any pain goes away fast, almost like a big band-aid. The first time is always the worst, but if you stay consistent, it gets much easier! You can feel free to purchase numbing cream before coming in by clicking HERE.

Can I wax if I am pregnant?

Yes, but because of increased blood flow and hormones you will be more sensitive. There is also a chance that your hair will start to grow in thicker (because of your pregnancy) and you will have more of it. For these reasons, we recommend starting to get waxed early on in the pregnancy. This way your hair regrowth will already be in a pattern by the time these issues arise and it will be less painful to get removed.

Can I wax at that time of the month?

Yes. You might experience more sensitivity and discomfort. This is true for the week before your period as well. You must also wear a clean tampon or cup during bikini/brazilian services. Also, make sure to take an anti-inflammatory beforehand to help reduce pain and swelling.

Why did only some hair grow back/in patches?

This is because of the hair growth cycle. The hair growth cycle consists of three different stages: anagen, catagen, and telogen. All three stages occur simultaneously. Any one hair can be in any stage at the same time! The anagen stage is the stage we want to wax the hair in. The hair is still attached to the papilla and it will take much longer to grow back after removal. The catagen stage is when the hair is still in the follicle but isn’t attached to the papilla and is getting ready to shed. The final stage, telogen, is the resting stage where the hair is neither growing nor developing. Because of this crazy growth cycle, hair grows in when it pleases!

Do I really have to wait 3-4 weeks for my hair to grow?

Yes. This ensures your hair is long enough to get waxed. It also makes sure you don’t waste your time coming in and then having to leave because your hair is too short to be waxed! Also, if you shave, your hair grows back uneven. When you wait, you reduce the chance for stubble appearing after waxing. This happens because hairs are too short to get waxed so they don’t get pulled from the root. So absolutely NO SHAVING in between appointments for the best results!

Are there any age restrictions?

We will wax guests of any age, as long as the guest is comfortable. Guests under the age of 18 need parental consent and no bikini/brazilian under the age of 16. If the guest is overly apprehensive, we believe it will be best to wait until a later date.

Will I get an erection?

Possibly, and it is completely normal but it should be short lived. Once the first strip of wax gets pulled off, things should calm down and return to normal.

How often should I get waxed?

Anywhere from every 2-6 weeks depending on your hair growth and the area you are getting waxed. We will work with you to figure out the best timing for your individual hair. Guests that wax consistently have the best results as hair grows back finer, softer, less dense, and more slowly. Stick with it!

Should I trim before my appointment?

There is no need to trim or buzz any hair before coming in to see me. In fact, we prefer if you don’t. Sometimes guests underestimate the amount of hair the wax needs to grab and end up trimming their hair too short. As a result, their waxing outcome isn’t as smooth as it could be because the hair was too short to pull. So as we always say, the longer the hair the better! If anything needs trimmed we will take care of it.

I have an event I am planning for. How do I prepare?

Start waxing at least 2 months ahead of the event. This allows you time to get over the first waxing experience (and any stubble that could be left behind) and into your hair growth pattern. It also prepares you for any reactions that your skin may have. If you’re getting your face waxed, come at least 4 days before! If you wait until the day of, you could possibly still be red for your event.

How long does waxing last?

It depends on the person and sometimes their ethnic background. It will usually last anywhere from 2-6 weeks (depending upon what areas are waxed). Shaved hair does not grow back in one cycle. Sometimes shaved hair will appear days after being waxed and this is usually because the hair was not grown to the proper length. After a few waxes the hair will grow back much finer and slower. So much better than shaving everyday right?!

Why is there a difference between male and female brazilian wax prices?

It is based solely on anatomy due to the extra time and wax used for male genitalia. (For trans: They choose whatever service applies best to them and can still use their preferred gender pronouns on consultation forms).

What is an ingrown hair?

This is when a hair grows back into the skin and not up to the surface. Sometimes small, round, red, pus-filled bumps occur because the body responds to the hair as if it were an invading or foreign object . In some cases, the skin around the ingrown hair may become darker. This is known as hyperpigmentation. Exfoliation and bacteria killing ingredients help to treat these issues and keep them at bay.

What is exfoliation?

Exfoliation is an artificial way to help remove dead skin cells. Our body does this naturally but slows down as we age. An exfoliant is any medium that removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. There are two different kinds of exfoliation: Physical and Chemical. Physical is when you use a scrub or brush. Some scrubs have granules with rough edges which can damage the skin, so make sure to choose one with gentle ingredients. These also just remove what is on the surface of skin. Chemical exfoliants penetrate deeper and are more effective. There are many types but the most popular are Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs- glycolic, lactic, and phytic acid) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs-salicylic acid and isodecyl salicylate). These dissolve the cellular cohesion between skin cells and then allows those cells to shed. Exfoliating a few times a week will help prevent ingrown hairs and keep the skin looking healthy, young, and glowing.

Will waxing make my hair grow back darker/thicker?

This is actually just a huge myth! Neither waxing or shaving will make your hair grow back darker or thicker. There is no biological purpose for this. Shaving blunts the edge of the hair at the base (thickest part) of the hair, which can indeed make the hair look both thicker and darker. Waxing won’t do any of that though. Since the hair is being removed from the root, it actually will grow back in much more fine and soft. This is why being consistent with your waxing is key. If you go longer than recommended between waxes, your hair roots have time to thicken back up and your hair growth will return to normal. If you stay consistent, your roots don’t have time to thicken up, thus producing a much finer hair.

Tints faq

Is tinting safe?

Yes! We use semi-permanent plant-based dyes that are all eye and skin safe.

Is it painful?

Not at all! When tinting the brows or lashes just be sure to keep your eyes closed throughout the service.

Will tinting damage my eyelashes/brows?

No, not if you follow all of the pre and post care advice in the What to Expect Section.

How long does lash/brow tinting last?

Tinting results typically last between 3-4 weeks. The dye is semi permanent but won’t fade fast. However, your lashes and brows will naturally fall out during the shedding process. When this happens new hairs grow in their place. This can cause the lashes and brows to look lighter in color. For the best result, we suggest using oil-free creams and makeup removers around your eye area as well as keeping any tinted areas dry for at least 24 hours after the service.

I have very short lashes, can I still tint them?

Of course! This could even make them look longer and thicker since we coat the lashes from root to tip! Sometimes you don’t even realize how much lash is even there until you get them tinted!

How much brow hair should I have to tint?

As long as you have some hair for the tint to grab you should be good to go! If you have no hair, the tint may stain the skin but that look will not last more than a day or two.

Is tinting a good substitute for microblading?

No. Microblading and ombre brows are a type of permanent makeup that involves tattooing. While tinting may be a good way to see what your brows could look like with more color, it does not replicate the effects of permanent makeup. If you have no hair for the tint to hold on to, permanent makeup will be the route you would want to take.

Can I still wear mascara?

Yes! Tinting just adds color to your natural lashes but doesn’t curl them. If you don’t do a lash lift, you can still wear mascara to add curl and even more drama to the lashes.

What if I have dark lashes/brows?

If you have naturally dark lashes, you may not see a huge color difference after tinting. Because we coat the entire hair shaft from root to tip, your lashes/brows will appear slightly darker and fuller. This is because the tips of your hairs are often lighter. There are also small, thinner hairs that are often much more light that the other hairs that get tinted which adds to the appearance of fullness.

Can I tint my grey brow/lash hairs?

If you’re trying to tint grey or white hair, the process is a little trickier. These hairs are thicker and tend to be more resilient than other hairs. We have a few tricks up our sleeves that we can try though! You might not get full coverage on those hairs but even a slight tinting makes a big difference!

Can I shower or wash my face after lash/brow tinting?

We recommend not getting the lashes/brow wet for 24 hours after tinting to be on the safe side. After that, you’re good to go! You should also avoid excessive touching or rubbing for 24 hours to avoid irritation. Chlorine can also shorten the wear of your tint, so be wary if you’re a regular swimmer.

Is it good to brush my eyebrows?

Too much brushing can lift your tint and contribute to hairs falling out quicker than they should. It’s best to brush them into place and then apply a brow gel to set them all day long. You can find our favorites here! Opting for a tinted brow gel also helps to add a bit of color to hold you over when you’re due for your next tint appointment.

What skincare can I use after brow tinting?

As part of your brow tint aftercare, we recommend that you avoid anything that contains a tan or gradual tanning agents. The tan can react with the tint, leaving your brows a greenish shade. Just avoid fake tan for three days before and after your service. Also try to avoid exfoliators and anti-aging skincare on the brows and lashes, this will cause them to fade more quickly.

How do I keep my tint from fading?

If you want seriously long-lasting results, it’s always best to go to a professional. At home dyes just aren’t the same, plus you don’t get the benefit of professional application or a color match. Your appointment includes a custom-blended tint, mixed specifically to your requirements. Also, be sure to avoid exfoliating ingredients on the hairs that are tinted and follow all of the pre and post care advice in the What to Expect Section.

Lamination faq

Are brow laminations safe?

Yes! Brow laminations are completely safe. There is always the possibility of stinging or an allergic reaction. We work carefully to ensure that the brow lamination solution is not placed anywhere it shouldn’t be. During the application process, we take care to minimize the chance of reaction and work with you to make sure you are comfortable throughout the entire service. There is also a chance that brow lamination can damage your brow hairs but only if they are over-processed. This is easily avoided by getting your brow laminations at the recommended time frame (6-8 weeks) and only leaving the lamination solution on for the proper amount of time (determined by your esthetician). By getting the service performed by experienced and skilled estheticians, it ensures you will have the best experience!

Will this damage my brows?

No, not if you follow all of the pre and post-care advice in the What to Expect Section. The lamination solution is only applied to new brow growth and if your brows haven’t grown out enough, we will have you come back at a later date to ensure the best results. We also fully assess the brows to make sure they are healthy before we start the service.

Is it painful?

Not at all! Brow lamination is a non-invasive treatment, so it’s meant to be a painless process. There is a chance for slight stinging due to the chemical makeup of the brow lamination solution. For the majority of the service though, it’s very relaxing! Just be sure to communicate with us about any problems that you may have with skin sensitivity or any medications that might interfere with the brow lamination treatment.

How often can I get a brow lamination?

Brow laminations will last for the full natural brow shedding cycle which is typically 6-8 weeks. When the lamination is fully grown out, you can get another treatment. You don’t want to get them too often at risk of overprocessing the brows.

Can I still use my brow growth serum?

You should stop the use of your brow growth serum 48 hours before and after your brow lamination service. Serums can cause a few complications for brow laminations. They work by extending the growth phase of the brow hairs, which can change the result of your lamination and lead to over-processing if we aren’t careful. Just be sure to let us know that you are using a growth serum so we can ensure you get great results!

Can I use castor oil for my brows to grow?

We do not recommend using castor oil (or any oil) for brow growth. Brow laminations can cause dryness for the hairs in your brows and the brows need to be able to absorb moisture to thrive. Castor oil doesn’t provide any nourishing properties for the brows. It is a heavy oil which can cause the brow lamination to drop prematurely. It is also thick and waterproof. It coats the brow hairs and stops nutrients from penetrating the hair. This can then cause further damage by suffocating the hair and causing the hair to break off. Good aftercare will contain vitamins, proteins, & biotin to help nourish and feed the brows to keep them strong and healthy.

What aftercare is good to use on my brows?

Quality aftercare is essential in maintaining the results of your lash lift. When receiving a lash lift, you are chemically altering the hairs. Any time you do this, there’s going to be some aftercare required to boost hydration, condition, and nourish the hairs. Think of getting your hair colored. The hair will slightly change texture due to the chemical process and you will need to use a good conditioner to keep the hair healthy. That’s exactly what aftercare for lashes is, a daily conditioner. We love Elleeplex Advanced Aftercare Serum! It has amino acids, keratin proteins, collagen, and vitamins to keep lashes as healthy as possible while providing shine. It also has sunflower extracts to help maintain color after tinting. These are superior ingredients that can make a huge difference in the quality of your lashes long-term. It can also be used on lashes! You can purchase it here.

How long does it last? Is a brow lamination permanent?

Brow lamination is not permanent and usually lasts anywhere from 4-8 weeks, depending on your individual brow growth rate and how well you maintain your brows. To prolong your new brows, you will need to repeat the process every couple of weeks. Following the proper aftercare will help extend your results.

Is this similar to microblading?

Brow lamination and microblading are completely different services. Microblading involves using “semi-permanent” dye strokes with a blade or tattoo machine to fill in your brows, while brow lamination straightens and lifts your natural hairs to achieve a full and feathered look, with no tattooing involved.

What's the difference between soap brows and laminated brows?

Both soap brows and laminated brows produce a feathery, full brow look, but the process of lamination lasts longer than soap brows. Creating soap brows involves wetting a spoolie with a product, like soap, brow gel, or pomade, and brushing your brows upward to produce a sculpted brow. Soap brows are basically a makeup technique and are temporary.

Is brow lamination the same as lash lift?

Brow lamination is almost like a perm for your eyebrows. It is very similar to the lash lift treatment. Both treatments enhance your natural hairs by manipulating the hairs with chemicals. Both treatments are paired with a tint for a bolder, more satisfying finish. It’s quite common for clients to get the lash lift and brow lamination treatments at once as they’re both great for enhancing your natural look.

Who is brow lamination good for?

Brow lamination is great for those who love a ‘brushed-up’ look and want to cut down on their getting-ready routine. This treatment makes the brow look thicker and fuller so anyone that has thinning hair, gaps in your brows from over tweezing or waxing, unruly hairs that tend to go different directions despite brushing them, or a lack of shape will benefit from this service. If you’re looking for longer-lasting results to keep your brow hairs in place, brow lamination is for you. If you’re on the fence, consult us before you count yourself out! The beauty of this service is that it can be customized to each person’s face shape, eye shape, and desired brow shape. Although the brushed-up, bold, fluffy brow is very in style, brows can be laminated in a variety of different ways.

Can I laminate my brows at home?

It’s not advised that you try this treatment on yourself at home, or on anyone else without undertaking professional training first. Due to the professional-grade chemicals involved, it’s a treatment only a trained professional should perform. The chemicals used in the brow lamination treatment are pretty minimal, but if it gets in the eye or is left on too long it could be damaging. There are also some contraindications that dismiss certain clients from getting the service. As with any professional treatment, it’s important to work with a licensed and experienced provider that has gone through training.

Can I get brow lamination if I have sparse brows?

Of course! This is why we always include the brow tint in the brow lamination service. If you naturally have sparse areas in your brows, then brushing brow hairs upwards can sometimes expose these areas. It just depends on your particular eyebrows, but a tint helps blend those areas together for a more uniform brow.

Why is it called brow lamination?

Remember those laminator machines from elementary school? Brow lamination is a lot like that! It’s the technique of covering a flat surface with a layer of plastic or some other protective material in an effort to keep it in place. After applying the lamination solution to the hairs, the brows are covered with plastic wrap to boost the chemical reaction and achieve the groomed end result. Since the hairs are relaxed into such a uniform position, they appear set in place, or ‘laminated’, once the service is finished!

Why are some brows resistant to brow lamination?

Sometimes brows that have a strong cowlick or wild growth pattern are more resistant to the lamination process. This is also true of very thick brow hairs. Every individual will be different, but it is still definitely worth a try to do the service once and see how your brows retain the treatment!