During the healing process, there are some steps for your clients to follow. Aftercare by the client is very crucial in achieving desired results so please go over these instructions with your clients thoroughly.
- Keep the area clean: The most important thing during the healing process is to keep the area clean. Avoid touching the treatment area and absolutely avoid picking or pulling on the brows during the healing process. Itchiness is normal and expected. Please allow the brows to naturally fall off. No makeup or skincare products should be applied on the brows or near the brows until the healing process has completed.
- No water contact: Strictly avoid any water contact on the brows for 7 days. This includes sweat and recreational bodies of water. Please avoid working out for a week.
- Ointment: Apply a thin layer of aftercare ointment twice a day starting on the 3rd day. Avoid oversaturating the brows and continue to apply a rice grain amount of amount until the brows have completely peeled and scabbed off. Please use a clean applicator or wash your hands prior to application.
- Direct Sunlight: Avoid excessive sunlight for at least 2 weeks. This includes sunbathing, tanning, etc.
- Long-term care: For better retention and results, please avoid excessive sunlight and apply sunscreen on the healed treatment area. Please avoid applying any active skincare products that contain anti-aging properties and exfoliants around the treatment area. This includes skincare products that contain retinol, vitamin A, AHA, glycolic acids, salicylic acid, etc. After a year, it is expected for brows to lose their color freshness and begin to slightly look dull. Annual touch ups are recommended to freshen up the color of the brows and to maintain the shape.
The following are some aftercare tips and tricks you can provide your clients:
- After every appointment, I provide my clients with an aftercare goodie bag to take home. This aftercare bag includes a handout with information on what to expect, aftercare instructions, instructions on how to book a touch up appointment, as well as contact information. This aftercare bag also includes A&D ointment, some applicators (lip applicators or sterile cotton tip applicators), and some brow shields and/or disposable shower caps. The brow shields and disposable shower cap is useful for avoiding contact with water in the shower.
- If the client has excessively oily skin, large pores and/or minimal brow hair, you can advise your client to begin their ointment on the 4th day instead of the 3rd day. This will aid with possible retention issues.
- A frequently asked question clients usually have is how do they wash their face/hair. I advise my clients to avoid washing their face in the shower and to wash their face in the sink. Use a mild cleanser and wash their face from the eyes down, then use a wash cloth or a wipe with oil-free micellar water to wipe the forehead area. Avoid getting too close to the brow area. If the client will not be washing their hair, I advise using the shower cap to cover their hair and pulling the front down past their eyebrows or using a brow shield to cover the brows in the shower. The brow shields can also be useful if your client will be washing their hair sometime during the first 7 days. Please have your clients avoid soaking the brow shield in the shower, they are usually water-resistant not water-proof.