What is the difference between DIY and professional microneedling?

Microneedling is fast becoming one of the most popular treatments in the cosmetic industry. This collagen-boosting therapy uses a device called a microneedling machine that punctures the skin with controlled wounding. The microscopic injuries stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin and the formation of new tissue. This can reduce the appearance of old scars, […]

Is Microblading Your Eyebrows Safe?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that full eyebrows have been in vogue for quite a while. This is great news for millennials who have grown up in the haze of Instagram and YouTube tutorials that teach you how to lovingly tend those brows. But if you came up through the 90s […]

Semi-Permanent Eyeliner

Strategically applied eyeliner can really lift the eyes and make them pop, but some people  may lack the steadiness, expertise and time to apply it properly. Some clients complain that they simply don’t have the ability to do their eyeliner well, or that their eyes are sensitive or allergic to makeup.  Semi-permanent top eyeliner is […]

Natural Permanent Lip Color

Big lips are in, and though the current trend might be responsible for the explosion in people who want to perk up their pout, many will be surprised to learn that natural permanent lip color has been doing the rounds in the beauty world for a few decades now. However, the modern advances in pigments […]

Scar Camouflage

Say Hello to Confidence Having a noticeable mark on your skin can be extremely debilitating to one’s self-esteem and confidence. Clients can have a wide range of various scarring and pigmentation issues, and thankfully, with the help of scar camouflage tattooing, insecurities can be erased and the skin restored to its full glory. What Is […]

Eyebrow Tattoo Correction

Eyebrow disasters happen. Regardless of the cause, it’s important to acknowledge that sometimes people are less than happy with the microblading procedure that they had been so enamored with on Instagram now that it’s on their face. Due to the lack of reliable information available, it’s hard to find solid answers. So, we’re here to […]

The Difference Between Permanent and Semi-Permanent Makeup

What’s the Difference Between Permanent and Semi-Permanent Makeup? It’s one of the most common questions cosmetic tattoo artists hear from their clients. At a basic level, permanent and semi-permanent makeup work on the same principle- pigment is inserted into the papillary layer of the dermis, which sits directly under the epidermal surface. However, permanent makeup […]

Do your microbladed eyebrow tattoos last longer than places that are less-expensive?

Another very good question. Whether you want to call it an eyebrow tattoo or microblading, how long the work lasts depends mostly on your skin and lifestyle. What you pay for is an investment in how transformative yet natural-looking the work is for your face. Touchups on my work are priced starting at just $250 […]

How Long Will Eyebrows Last With Microblading?

Microblading has taken the world by storm by making the eyebrows look sculpted and defined with fine, precisely tattooed hairstrokes. While the effects of microblading does gradually fade over time just as with any cosmetic tattoo, how long it lasts varies depending upon a multitude of factors. Here are a few questions that you may […]

I’ve already tried everything for my vitiligo. Can melanocyte repigmentation help?

Vitiligo is generally felt to be an autoimmune disorder whose symptoms are characterized by a loss of skin pigmentation that can affect any part of the body. Because its causes are complex and multifactorial, it doesn’t always respond effectively or predictably to treatment. Non-surgical medical options for vitiligo typically include topical corticosteroids, topical calcineurin inhibitors, controlled […]

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Can a tattoo removal be done for just part of the eyebrow or does it have to be for the whole brow?

That depends on your brows and what needs to be removed. Whether it’s the whole eyebrow or just part of the brow, I can’t weigh in with an opinion until I see the situation. So while yes, it is possible to perform the removal on some parts of the brow and not others, as fine […]

What will my skin look like right after a tattoo removal session?

Just like with a typical a cosmetic tattoo procedure, a cosmetic tattoo removal procedure should not negatively impact your skin in any way when done properly, much less require any significant recovery. Some mild redness and swelling should be expected over the next few hours and should greatly subside after the first 24 hours (applying […]

I use Retin-A around 3 times a week right now; is this something I should stop doing, and if so how long before the procedure?

Long-term, daily retinoid users are advised to discontinue using the product for at least a month especially near the areas where the work will be done because it stimulates the skin to shed at a much faster rate which in some skin can impede the pigment from taking. This is not as much an issue for those who use […]

I’ve heard after the 1-3 years of getting your eyebrows microbladed the color can fade into a brassy orange or dull bluish-gray color. Is this true, or is that only with cheap pigments?

Good question. I have also seen first hand the brassy orange and dull bluish gray color of faded old tattoos so I know exactly what you’re talking about. However it think it might be too simplistic to write off the funky faded colors to “cheap pigment.” Cosmetic tattoo pigment is typically formulated with less than […]

Will I look okay the day after getting my brows done?

Eyebrows typically look stronger and more “done” while they are healing, usually over the first 5 days give or take a day or two. (Added bonus: darker and more strongly defined brows tend to look better in photos even if that’s not often the case up close and in person.) Usually this should not a problem […]

Should I wear sunscreen over my tattooed (or microbladed) eyebrows?

Whether your eyebrows are tattooed or “microbladed” (which means that your eyebrows are still tattooed), either way you’ve made an investment that you want to protect by prolonging its longevity. If you have ever seen body art tattoos on an older person who had clearly gotten those tattoos when they were much younger, you will […]

Can I use LED light therapy on tattooed skin?

LED light therapy (especially blue, red, purple, and yellow) has been shown to be effective for a variety of skin conditions, anti-aging, healing, and pain relief with proper and regular use. Even though it does not share the same wavelengths of light with UV rays that are known to fade tattoo color, the long term effect […]

How do eyebrow extensions compare to eyebrow tattoos?

Given the popularity of eyelash extensions, it was only a matter of time until eyebrow extensions became a reality. And as with any type of extension involving hair, they look fantastic immediately after getting them. But then like a delicate cut flower out of water shedding its petals (because you can’t get your eyelash and […]

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How deep do you go in the skin layers with a cosmetic tattoo?

Assuming we all understand that skin thickness varies depending on different areas on the body and also from person to person (e.g., men usually have thicker skin than women, older skin is typically thicker than children’s skin), pigment for cosmetic tattoo is deposited right below the epidermis (usually anywhere from 50 to 100 cell layers […]

Is there any chance of scarring with tattoo removal?

While all clients need to be informed that there is no guarantee of any certain outcome because of the unpredictability of human skin when it comes to any invasive cosmetic procedure, it’s highly unlikely that tattoo removal will generate scarring if performed properly and the client has been screened as a suitable candidate for the procedure. […]

Reopening on September 14th, 2020

So happy to announce that JuvEssentials can finally reopen as of September 14th. Thank you so much for your patience and please bear with us as we navigate under strict new safety and limited capacity protocols. Masks are now mandatory at all times for the technician and whenever possible for the client. Rest assured that […]

How body art establishments and other personal service businesses are affected by the Coronavirus

On March 20, 2020, San Francisco’s Department of Public Health, which oversees body art establishments and practitioners who perform any kind of cosmetic tattooing – including permanent makeup, semi-permanent makeup and microblading, sent out an email informing us that “the Health Order from San Francisco’s Health Officer . . . . states that all SF […]

Understanding the key differences between microblading and eyebrow tattooing

Understanding the key differences between microblading and eyebrow tattooing The growing popularity of microblading has lent to some confusion about the difference between that and eyebrow tattooing. Although the process may look similar from the outside, there are key differences between microblading and eyebrow tattooing. In recent years, eyebrow tattooing has all but pushed aside […]