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Is the Charcoal Trend Here to Stay?

Castor oil, turmeric, the fermentation craze… beauty trends tend to take some unexpected turns.

And you never know which ones will stick around and which ones will speed by, never to be heard from again.

One trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere?

Many claims it makes your teeth whiter, has powerful effects in smoothies and face masks alike, and sometimes saves lives.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…

Charcoal! so what is Charcoal?

Articles calling charcoal the “latest beauty trend” started popping up a few years ago.

The New York Times featured charcoal in its “Beauty Spot” section as far back as 2013, and it seems this trend was built to last!

Check out Amazon’s Best Sellers in Skincare list at any given time, and you’re bound to find at least one charcoal product there.

(Today a charcoal blackhead removing mask sits at #21.)

What’s behind all this popularity?

And is there any science to its effectiveness, or does it just make for attention-grabbing product pics on Insta?

Let’s dive into the science behind it, the difference between charcoal and activated charcoal, and the true effects it can have on your skin.

What Is Charcoal and What Does It Do?

Charcoal of the everyday grilling-out variety has been made by humans for somewhere around 30,000 years.

Fun fact: The name “Collier” refers back to early craftsmen who perfected the art of charcoal production by burying the wood in underground pits.

They were called “colliers.”

Charcoal is made by burning wood in a low oxygen environment until you end up with lumps of mostly pure carbon.

It can also be made from other materials such as coconut shells, petroleum products, and peat moss.

Weird fact: Chef Dan Barber of Hudson Valley restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, famously makes charcoal from animals bones, which he then cooks with.

Activated charcoal of the well-known hangover-curing, skin-clearing, teeth-whitening variety, is made differently from standard charcoal.

Activated charcoal is processed differently, at higher temps, which makes it more porous than regular charcoal.

From what I understand, the “activation” part of the process involves either steam or phosphoric acid, very high temps, and results in a char that’s more porous and therefore has a much greater surface area than regular charcoal.

This all should remove impurities and enhance its capacity to adsorb (not a typo…adsorbmeans compounds adhere to the surface of rather than being broken down and taken into another substance).

While the important quality of regular charcoal is its ability to burn for a long time at a high temp, the important quality of activated charcoal is its ability to absorb toxins.

History tells us that the ancient Egyptians used charcoal back in 1500 BC for digestive troubles, and back in 400 BC the Phoenicians used activated charcoal to purify water.

That means activated charcoal’s reputation as a detox material goes back a very long time.

And it’s that reputation that makes it so popular today.

Plus the fact that it swept the Instagram world when shops like Little Damage in L.A. started mixing it into ice cream (we’re easily entertained, aren’t we!), a practice that’s now banned in New York City, btw. More on that later.

Why Now?

We know part of the reason for its popularity for sure, the fact that it makes for some photogenic and attention-grabbing social media posts.

The other reason that it’s caught on, though, is that built-in ability to absorb and carry toxins out of the body or away from the skin.

Activated charcoal has a unique ability to detoxify at a time when we are more aware than ever of the damaging potential of all the chemicals and toxic compounds were now exposed to on a daily basis, especially in urban areas.

In this age when clean eating and clean living has become our mantra, charcoal has stepped onto the stage promising to carry away impurities and cleanse us from the toxic byproducts of our busy lives.

Add to that the growing acceptance of alternative and ancient medicinal and wellness practices, which are now fully entrenched in the mainstream, and you can see why charcoal caught on the way it did.

Now, in addition to charcoal ice cream, you can get everything from a charcoal toothbrush to charcoal-infused sponges to charcoal-activated lemonade.

And of course, there are the skincare products!

Bar soap, sheet masks, mud masks, oil cleansers, hand soap, to name a few.

Now that charcoal has caught hold in the public imagination, it seems to sell itself…

It’s generally described as this magical nature-made magnet that attracts oil and dirt and then carries it away.

Who wouldn’t want that?!

And why would New York want to ban it from our smoothies and ice cream?

Charcoal’s Health Benefits

So, it seems like a good question: is charcoal healthy or not?

Detox is a good thing certainly, and charcoal’s ability to bind unwanted substances to its surface and then carry them away sounds amazing.

It’s that very ability, in fact, that accounts for the use of activated charcoal in emergency room settings to treat cases of poisoning or drug overdose.

If it can absorb poisonous substances from your stomach before they’re absorbed into the blood, it must be good for you?

It stands to reason, but it’s more complicated than that.

Like vitamins and other supplements, the FDA doesn’t regulate activated charcoal as a drug, and this means it doesn’t have to meet up to any standards of effectiveness before ending up in your food or products.

The FDA does impose manufacturing standards on supplements, however, and it’s unclear if those apply to charcoal or not, but probably not.

It seems that the reason New York City banned the substance in foods comes down to the fact that the FDA has not approved activated charcoal as either a food additive or a food coloring agent.

The city’s Department of Health has gone so far as to say that the FDA has “prohibited” the use of it in foods, but that claim doesn’t seem to hold water as far as I can tell.

Sooo, we seem to be in a “use your best judgment” grey area when it comes to adding it to our foods or using it for health purposes.

What we do know is that it’s particularly good at absorbing things and carrying them out of your body.

And medical experts say it doesn’t pose any great risk in small amounts.

But… it’s not selective. Charcoal doesn’t seek out and find toxins to carry away, it binds to lots of things.

Like nutrients and other beneficial particles.

When you consume charcoal-tinted dairy products then, it’s probably carrying away the calcium in the milk along with it.

What about your prescription meds or other dietary supplements? Another unknown.

Meanwhile, I’m not a nutritionist, so I’ll leave it for you to decide.

Just know that actual benefits may have been slightly exaggerated.

The Skin Benefits of Charcoal

And now, what we’ve all been waiting for…can charcoal really help clear up skin?

Anecdotally speaking, yes.

More studies will be needed before we have the science to back up claims about its effectiveness in skincare, though.

For now, its benefits will have to remain more of a belief that a fact, but keep in mind that many natural treatments fall into that same category.

We may know how a substance acts and responds in most settings, but it would take clinical trials to prove definitively that a substance has consistent effects across lots of conditions and on lots of people.

Those studies haven’t been done with activated charcoal, yet obviously many people love the way their skin looks and feels after a cleanse with charcoal soap or after removing a charcoal mask.

Many swear by its ability to reduce the appearance of blackheads, for instance.

If it makes you love the way your skin looks and feels, then I say go for it!

But I also recommend you don’t use large amounts of it on your skin too often…daily would be too much in my opinion.

Why? Because as I mentioned, the charcoal won’t discriminate when it comes to adsorption.

That means it could strip your skin of its natural protective barrier over time if you overdo it.

One study did show that activated charcoal combined with silver, “may help remove fluids and toxins that impair the healing process” in wounds, so that bodes well for its use for normal skin flare-ups.

The principle behind its use on healthy skin is the same: unwanted bacteria, oils, dirt, and other harmful substances are thought to bind to the activated charcoal rather than staying in pores or on the surface where it will eventually cause trouble.

Once you wash the cleanser or mask off, those pollutants should wash away as well, leaving purer, cleaner skin behind.

And that sounds like a great time to follow up with a restoring nutrient-packed serum for maximum impact.

You’ll Find Charcoal In a Variety of Foods

If you want to try charcoal for whole body detox, you’re in luck.

You can now consume it in the form of smoothies, lemonades, desserts, pizza crusts, and more.

Just for fun, here’s a quick sample of some of the charcoal-infused food products you’ll now find on the market.

Project Juice (online and around California) 

This company sells a super-food drink called “cold-pressed Black Magic.”

It contains purified water, lemon, raw agave, cayenne, and activated coconut charcoal.

The benefits include vitamin C for immunity and capsaicin, which boosts metabolism.

It makes you wonder, though, does the activated charcoal adsorb those too?

Juice Supply (online and Dallas) 

Like many juice bars, Juice Supply has an activated charcoal “fix” that can be added to any of its juices or smoothies.

In addition, their Advanced Cleanse includes Charcoal Lemonade that you’re directed to drink “upon awakening.”

The lemonade contains activated charcoal, lemon, pink peppercorn, coconut palm sugar, and alkaline water.

Final Thoughts

Remember, beauties, we don’t know much about the effects of this crazy-popular trend over the long term if you’re adding it to food or drink, and you definitely don’t want to overdo it.

In the short term, it doesn’t pose any great risk, though the benefits when mixed with vitamins and super-food substances seems questionable.

On your skin, though, it most likely does what it’s known for – adsorbs substances trapped in pores and on the surface, giving you a clean slate and cleaner skin.

Its beneficial effect on occasional flare-ups and breakouts are a good bet, too.

If you love it and see good results on your skin, that’s great, but probably still best if you don’t use it as often as daily.

Keep in mind, this is my opinion as the science isn’t there yet to back up the popular claims.

I think we can all agree, though, that adding a hangover remedy to your cocktail is genius!

 

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The Essential Eyebrow Guide & Everything You Need to Know About Microblading (Part 4)

Semi-permanent Brow Solutions

Tinting

Tinting is great if your eyebrows are fair, need a boost, or if you just want to cut down on your get-ready time.

This is a service which involves applying a semi-permanent dye to your brows to add thickness, shading, and definition.

It’s also definitely the way to go if you change your hair color and want your brows to match.

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This isn’t an end-all eyebrow solution.

There is some upkeep, as the color fades after about four weeks.

And, you might still have to supplement tinting with makeup in some spots.

I wouldn’t recommend attempting a tint job on your own.

Leave this technique to the professionals!

Most specialists use a vegetable-based dye on eyebrows rather than a regular hair dye.

They’re also experienced at color matching, so they’ll make sure your eyebrows look more natural and less Mommy Dearest.

Microblading

If your eyebrows are thin or nonexistent, a few years ago tattooing might have been your only hope for creating brows without drawing them on every day.

Today, the trending technique is Microblading, AKA “eyebrow embroidery”, for natural-looking, semi-permanent arches.

It’s a great option to reconstruct missing brows or fill in/reshape existing ones.

In this process, a specialist uses a small tool equipped with tiny blades or needles which are dipped into pigment and then deposited into the top layers of skin in strokes.

The result looks like realistic individual hairs and appears more natural than the filled in look of traditional tattooed makeup.

Celebrities are jumping on this trend too.

Actress, Bella Thorne recently Snapchatted her microblading process and posted the awesome results on Instagram.

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The whole procedure takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

A specialist will pre-draw on your eyebrows with a pencil until you both agree on a shape.

And, though a numbing gel is applied before, it’s not a completely painless process.

Most reviewers put the pain level on par with a threading or tweezing job, but say it’s worth it for the incredible results!

You might be instructed to avoid getting your new brows wet for anywhere from a couple days to a week afterward, and to apply a healing ointment regularly.

Microblading artists warn clients not to freak out if their brows appear darker right after the procedure.

Color usually fades over two weeks to a more natural shade.

It’s also a two-step process.

You’ll have to go back for touch ups after 4-6 weeks to fill in spots and make adjustments.

This is a great time to address any concerns or point out spots you’d like fixed with your specialist.

Downsides?

It’s not permanent, lasting an average of 1-3 years, and can be on the pricey side but not on our salon.

However, the results are pretty impressive, and they really alleviate that no-one-sees-me-without-my-brows anxiety.

 

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Fill Them In

But how to draw eyebrows, you ask?

Let’s find out!

Full eyebrows not only frame your eyes, but they also add a bit of youth to your overall look.

Start by using a pencil to define the bottom line of your eyebrows and lengthen the outer ends.

Next, use an angled brush and some brow powder to fill in sparse areas.

Finally, brush brows with a spooly brush to soften and blend color.

Brow-Shaping-Tips

To add definition and brightness, use a small brush to outline brows with a bit of concealer and blend outward.

You can also brush a little highlighter on your brow bone to lighten up eyes.

Keep Them In Place

Let’s avoid that moment when you look in the mirror only to realize your eyebrows disappeared at the first sign of sweat.

Finish up your brows by setting them in place with a brow wax or gel.

You can also go over them with a light dusting of translucent setting powder.

If you really need some budge-proof assurance, go with an eyebrow sealer to put those ladies on lockdown for all day wear.

You’re good to go!

Is it possible to grow back my eyebrows?

If you’ve gone tweezer crazy, are trying to recoup your losses from the thin-brow trend, or just want fuller-looking eyebrows, there is hope.

The first step is to stop tweezing and start regrowing hairs.

Some will never grow back due to dead hair follicles.

But, it also takes a cycle of 28 days for the hair to regenerate, so be patient while you wait for each of those little hairs to spring up.

You can also try a growth serum which includes peptides and biotin to enhance eyebrows by encouraging hair growth and thickening hairs.

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Build Perfect Arches

Ladies, we’re hardly pioneers when it comes to the quest for perfect brows.

Dating back to as early as 3500 B.C., ancient Egyptians used carbon to draw on and define their brows.

Have you seen Cleopatra?

Eyebrow game on point!

Luckily, today’s methods for achieving bold, beautiful brows are more doable than ever!

Shape Them

Shaping up your eyebrows is easier than you think.

You can seek the help of a professional, or you can do it at home with these easy steps.

Step 1: Find Your Starting Point

Grab a makeup brush (or chopstick, Tweezers, etc.) and hold it vertically next to the outer edge of your nostril so it makes a straight line up to your eyebrow.

Wherever it lands is your starting point.

Use a makeup pencil to mark that spot on both eyebrows and tweeze anything in between in the unibrow zone above the bridge of your nose.

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Step 2: Find Your Arch

Look straight ahead in a mirror.

Hold your brush so it goes from the corner of your nose and makes a line through the center of your iris up to your brow bone.

This is the peak of your arch.

Mark this point and taper the outer end of your eyebrow so it’s slightly thinner.

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Step 3: Find Your End Point

Finally, hold your brush at an angle so it creates a straight line from your nose to the outer corner of your eye.

This is the spot where your eyebrow should end and/or where your pencil line will stop when filling in your brows.

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Pro Tip:

This might go without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway: don’t over-tweeze!

It can be really tempting to go pluck-crazy and wind up with bare spots or brows that are too thin.

Remove a couple hairs at a time and stand back to assess your work.

If you’re attempting to even out your brows to make them match, the answer might be makeup rather than tweezing.

 

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Did you also know that eyebrows have a purpose?

They help keep your eyes free of dust and dirt, and their shape deflects rain and sweat so it runs down the sides of your face rather than in your eyes!

Who knew?

Today, I’m excited to bring you the essential guide for all things eyebrows.

We’ll look at some tips and tricks so you can emerge victorious in the Battle of the Brows!

Get Your Groom On

If you’re one of the chosen that have naturally shaped eyebrows that require little to no maintenance, you’re a lucky ducky!

For the rest of us, keeping our brows cleaned up can be anywhere from a minor inconvenience to a painful experience.

When it comes to grooming, we have a few options:

Tweezing

“Ladies tweeze, plucking is for chickens.”

We’ve been well acquainted with this method of pulling out individual hairs since the first time we grabbed a pair of Tweezers embarked on a journey of eye-watering brow-shaping.

Pros: Great for quick, regular maintenance. It’s also inexpensive and doesn’t require a trip to the salon.

Cons: Can cause skin irritation and ingrown hairs. It may not last as long as other hair removal methods. And, you run the risk of over-tweezing resulting in too-skinny brows or hair that never grows back.

Waxing

We’re probably all familiar with this process in which heated wax is applied to the area of unwanted hair and then quickly removed to pull hairs out at the root.

Although at-home waxing kits are available, I’d strongly recommend you seek out an expert so you don’t risk burns or removing skin.

Pros: Temporarily removes hair for anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks, and many people report smoother skin and fewer ingrown hairs as a result.

Cons: It hurts (obviously). It can cause skin irritation, redness and, in some cases, residual or permanent hyperpigmentation. It also requires some growth to be effective, so keep that in mind if you don’t want walk around with unkempt brows leading up to your wax sesh.

Threading

This is an ancient practice that originated in India or Central Asia (depending on who you ask).

In this technique, a practitioner uses a twisted piece of thread to pull unwanted hair from the follicle.

Pros: It’s gentler on skin than waxing and allows for more precision and definition, especially for shaping brows.

Cons: I’m not gonna lie, it hurts. And it takes a little longer, so it’s not one quick pain like waxing. It can also cause some redness and skin irritation, so you may want to avoid getting threaded just before you go out.

 

 

  

 

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The Best Lashes For Your Eye Shape 

 

Ever think false eyelashes look extra false on some people? And yet others seem to pull them off with ease? According to some of the eyelash artists, certain styles complement particular eye shapes better than others. To help you find the perfect lashes for your eye shape (whether they’re pharmacy-bought or professional mink extensions) we search six experts for their advice.

 

“I always take my client’s eye shape into consideration before I apply a single lash. Everyone’s eyes are unique and their lashes should be too! For example, hooded eyelids have an extra layer of skin that sits over the crease, making the lids appear smaller. For this eye shape, we recommend a style that has longer lashes in the centre of the eyes to open them.

Close-set eyes, on the other hand, don’t have a lot of space between them. To make them appear wider, it’s best to use natural looking lashes that are shorter at the inner corners of the eyes and longer lashes toward the outer corners. Round eyes have the same width and height. This eye shape looks best when longer lash extensions are applied to the outer corners of the eyes, creating a natural cat eye effect.”
– Jennifer Mahon, The Brow Artist

Photo credit: Instagram @lashesbyjennifermahon

 

“Your eye shape is definitely a big factor in finding a lash look that will complement you. Every set of lashes I complete are tailored to that specific client. Bigger is not always best! A lot of aspects come into play when deciding what look will work and more importantly, what will last. This is why a good consultation is essential! Make sure your technician knows what look you are hoping to achieve and together you can decide what will be the best option!”
– Olivia Fitzsimons, Olivia Fitzsimons Beauty

Photo credit: Instagram @oliviafitzsimonsbeauty

 

“Lash extensions are not a ‘one size fits all’. Your eye shape should definitely be taken into consideration by your lash artist. Round eyes and almond shape eyes will need accentuating at different points, as will downward or upward sloping eyes. This should be thoroughly discussed in your consultation, as should the health of your natural lashes and your overall desired effect.”
– Rachel Bryan, Claudine King

Photo credit: Instagram @claudinekingbrows

 

“I always take my clients eye shape and lifestyle into consideration when applying lashes. If a client does not wear a lot of make-up and has short, natural eyelashes she will look ridiculous with very long, thick extensions. My pet hate are lashes that overpower the face. Extensions should enhance your eyes and face – I do not like ‘over done’ extensions where, when you meet someone, all you see are their lashes.
Almond shaped eyes suit most lashes, however other eye shapes can require a little more thought. For hooded eyes, I like a tapered look – curled at the outside edge and lengthening towards the middle, then tapering down again. This creates the illusion of depth. Round eyes suit a long, wispy lash that is slightly winged at the edges to elongate the shape. For deep set eyes, longer, thicker lashes will add balance to the face and ‘open’ the eye.”
– Susan Fox, Eden Beauty Group

Photo credit: Instagram @edenbeautygroup

 

“Eye shape definitely matters. If you have deep set eyes or small eyes we would use different lash lengths, curls and thicknesses. On consultation, I’ll recommend lashes to suit each eye shape and clients expectations.”
– Zanda Wait, Burgundy Beauty (no Image available)

 

“Here at the Blink Bar, we advise different shapes and styles to suit each client’s eye. Some lash extensions, if applied wrong, can make the eyes appear more tired and down-turned. Our goal is to make the client look awake and lifted.”
– Harriet Mackey, The Blink Bar

Photo credit: Instagram @the.blink.bar

 

Harriet Mackey, Jennifer Mahon, Olivia Fitzsimons, Rachel Bryan, Susan Fox, and Zanda Wait are nominated for Best Eyelash Artist in this year’s IMAGE Business of Beauty Awards.

 

 

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Fibroblasting! All you need to know! | Flash Your Style

DID YOU KNOW… FIBROBLASTS ARE THE MOST COMMON CELLS IN CONNECTIVE TISSUE?

 
According to the Collins Dictionary the definition for fibroblast is “a cell in connective tissue that synthesizes collagen”.

Fibroblasts are tiny cells found in the lower levels of the dermis. As you get older the number of fibroblasts begin to decrease, meaning your collagen and elastin and more begins to reduce leading to wrinkles. They’re very important in keeping our skins structure elastic and healthy. Fibroblasts create the extracellular matrix which gives your skin its structure.

Fibroblast is the only cosmetic treatment to use plasma to reduce the volume of excess skin. Low risk, minimal downtime and more affordable than surgery. Fibroblast Treatment is known for its success with Non Surgical Eye Lifts, Tummy Tightening, Neck Tightening and so much more.  

The term “Soft Surgery” is used to describe the treatment because it delivers results similar to surgery, with no scalpel, stitches or bandages and minimal downtime.  A minimally invasive procedure with much lower risk and at a more affordable price than actual surgery.

HOW DOES FIBROBLAST TREATMENT WORK?

 
Fibroblast is a relatively new innovation in the beauty industry in North America but has been used for a number of years in Europe. The extremely accurate hand held device works by utilizing the voltage in the air between its tip and the natural gasses emitted from our skin, to form a plasma charge. A small electrical arc is created and instantly shrinks the targeted skin.  The tissues retract and tighten giving you more youthful looking skin.

A specialized device is used to deliver an ionized gas (the plasma), which charges the air just above the skin. This process generates a tiny lightning bolt that damages existing skin cells and causes them to contract. And that’s when the magic happens – the skin’s natural healing processes go into overdrive, encouraging fresh new cells to be produced. These include collagen and elastin, which help to maintain the skin’s elasticity and minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Depending on the intensity of the plasma treatment, the therapy can be used to treat superficial issues such as hyper-pigmentation and fine lines, as well as more extensive ones such as deep wrinkles and sagging skin.

WHAT IS IT USED TO TREAT?

 

  • Fibroblast is able to treat a number of imperfections without any actual cutting of the skin. It can be used for:
  • Eyelid Tightening, including under eyes and excess upper eyelid skin.
  • Skin imperfections, including skin tags and sunspots.
  • Improvement in the appearance of acne scars  
  • Tightening loose stomach skin after pregnancy.
  • Lines and wrinkles around the mouth.
  • Jowls and Neck Tightening.
  • Knee Caps and Under Arms

WHAT IS IT USED TO TREAT?

 

  • Crow’s Feet
  • Eyelid Tightening
  • Pigmentation/ Age Spots
  • Tattoo Fading
  • Skin Tags
  • Perioral Lines
  • Acne Scarring
  • Neck lines
  • Glabella Lines (Between Eyebrows)
  • Smokers/ Lip Lines
  • Cheek Wrinkles

WHAT IS IT USED TO TREAT?

 
To minimize any discomfort numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area. It will take 30 minutes for anesthetic to take effect. The procedure itself takes between 15-30 minutes depending on the size of treated area. Your appointment shouldn’t last longer than 1 hour.\

HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE REQUIRED?

 
The number of treatments required will vary according to the area being treated, skin laxity, the desired degree of correction and the individual’s response to the treatment. Most clients see results instantly and this continues to improve over the course of the following 8 weeks. Further treatments can be carried out to get better results, although it is uncommon to require more than two treatments. Appointments must be spaced out by 8 weeks.

WHAT TO EXPECT-SIDE EFFECTS AND RISKS?

 
Fibroblast is very safe and side-effects are rare but infection, scarring and temporary change of skin pigmentation may occur. Still the majority of clients are likely to experience some minor side effects in the 7-10 days following treatment.

There will be small carbon crusts (little polka dots) in the treated area that will last 7-10 days before naturally lifting, revealing new pink skin beneath. Swelling in the eye area is to be expected for a few days following an upper eyelid treatment. To avoid any more serious side effects such as hyperpigmentation, follow the aftercare recommendations given to you by your technician.

Majority of our patients do not report any of those after a week.

WHO IS AN IDEAL CANDIDATE?

 

  • The client should be in good health at the time of the appointment, with no preexisting health conditions. If the client displays signs of cold or flu the treatment should be rescheduled.
  •  Clients skin should not be inflamed in the area we are treating prior to the procedure.
  •  Clients prone to keloid scars are not ideal candidates.
  •  Clients with diabetes, healing disorders or lymphatic draining issues should not undergo treatment.
  •  Clients with a sunburn/suntan should postpone treatment.
  •  Clients who have a history of Hyperpigmentation / Hypopigmentation are not ideal candidates.
  •  The client must not display any tanning at the time of the treatment.  
  •  The client must not display herpes simplex (cold sores when working in the lip area) It is recommended they consult with their medical Doctor and begin taking the prescription Valtrex 3 days prior to treatment and 4 days following treatment.
  •  If the client wears a pacemaker avoid treatment with electrical arcing.
  •  Clients who are pregnant or breastfeeding are not ideal candidates.
  •  Clients should have eyelash extensions REMOVED prior to treatment.
  •  This treatment is only recommended on Fitzpatrick Scales 1-3

Fibroblast Treatment is not advised for those with very dark skin. This is because there is a higher risk of hyperpigmentation (dark spots) or hypopigmentation (light spots) following treatment.

DAY OF TREATMENT

 
On the treatment day, it is recommended that no make-up is worn on the treatment area. You may take an anti-histamine 60 minutes prior to your appointment to help with swelling and continue to take anti-histamines for 2-3 days following your appointment.

A numbing agent is applied and left to take effect for up to 45 minutes. When the treatment area is sufficiently numb, the session begins with multiple connections of the fibroblast tip, spaced closely together. You may feel some heat in the treatment area, which may be uncomfortable and slightly irritating. Treatment time is usually between 10-40 minutes, depending on the size of the area.

Immediately after treatment the area may be red and mildly swollen with small carbon crusts (spots).  You may experience a sensation similar to a sunburn which will likely last a few hours. Swelling may intensify over the following few hours and more so when eyes are treated and may last 2-3 days. The carbon crusts will lift within 5 -12 days depending on the individual and area treated. Results gradually improve over the course of the following 8 weeks.  

Following treatment you will be given thorough aftercare instructions to ensure that you see the best results. . In the week following treatment (or until the treatment area has fully healed) an exfoliating wash or cleanser should not be used. Instead opt for a pH balanced soap (dove), and avoid rubbing the area.

COST OF TREATMENT

 
Fibroblast Treatment is certainly more affordable than cosmetic surgery and the prices of treatment depends on the area treated. When comparing a treatment to the cost of surgery.  For exact pricing click on the ‘pricing’ tab above.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

 

  • Clients should be in good health at the time of the appointment, with no preexisting health conditions. If the client displays signs of cold or flu the treatment should be rescheduled.
  • Clients skin should not be inflamed in the area we are treating prior to procedure.
  • Clients prone to keloid scars are not ideal candidates.
  • Clients with diabetes, healing disorders or lymphatic draining issues should not undergo treatment.
  • Clients with a sunburn/sun tan should postpone treatment.
  • Clients who have a history of Hyperpigmentation are not ideal candidates.
  • Clients must not display any tanning at the time of the treatment.
  • Clients must not display Herpes Simplex Virus (Cold sores/Fever blisters). You will need to reschedule your appointment if you are experiencing an outbreak.  If you have experienced Herpes Simplex Virus (Cold sores/Fever blisters) in the past you must see your Medical Doctor and obtain a prescription for Valtrex and begin taking it 3 days before treatment and for 4 days following treatment. (This applies for treatments surrounding the lip area only)
  • Not for clients with pacemakers.
  • Not for clients who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Clients with Eyelash extensions receiving upper or lower eyelid treatment must have lashes removed prior to treatment and reapplied after 8 weeks.
  • This treatment is only recommended on light-medium skin tones . Anyone with a darker complexions is at risk for Hyperpigmentation.

IS A CONSULTATION REQUIRED?

 
Yes. Anyone interested in Fibroblast procedure is required to have face-to-face consultation. Careful assessment by a specialist will ensure right treatment plan. Multiple factors affect the aging process. Each person and treated area is different and needs to be determined individually. Our goal is to keep clients informed and meet their expectations.

IS FIBROBLAST SAFE?

 
Yes, it is. Fibroblast is an innovative state of the are product made in Germany. It is certified by European CE. This means product meets high safety, health and environmental protection requirements. Fibroblast treatment is already extremely popular across Europe. It quickly becomes choice for those looking into a non-surgical skin lift.

IS FIBROBLAST TREATMENT IS RIGHT FOR ME?

 
Fibroblast can be used for many different skin conditions. Eyelid tightening, body lifting, acne treatment, scar correction, tattoo removal and stretch marks. If you suffer from any of the above conditions but hesitated with traditional surgical procedures, non-invasive Fibroblast treatment may be the right solution for you.
 

 
If you’re interested in Fibroblast Plasma Skin Tightening, schedule a complimentary consultation today. You can email us at flashyourstylebeauty@outlook.com, you can also book online at http://www.flashyourstyle.net/book-online/ or Call us at (509) 572-2777

Microblading, perfect eyebrows at all times! | Flash Your Style

Bold brows are in.

 
In case you haven’t noticed the deluge of online eyebrow tutorials, famous full arches like Cara Delevingne’s, and the mercifully short-lived “#eyebrowsonfleek” trend when it comes to makeup, it’s all about brows.
 

In fact, according to a study by the market research group, NPD, eyebrow makeup sales jumped 34% in just one year in 2014.

Full, natural eyebrows are becoming more and more achievable, and those of us who lived through the barely-there, over-tweezed eyebrow trend of the 90’s (see: daisy-era Drew Barrymore) are happy to regain our lost arches.

Fun Fact: Your eyebrows aren’t just another step in your morning makeup routine, they’re actually a critical part of facial recognition!

What is exactly microblading?

 
It is actually semi-permanent makeup (lasts about a year or more, depending on your skin type). It’s basically a tattoo for your eyebrows. The hairs are traced by many tiny needles that are reunited in one single line forming a blade. The result is very natural since it perfectly imitates hair.

Microblading, how to get through?

 
The first step is to talk with the person who will perform microblading : what you expect as a result, the shape, the color.

Next, the longest step in the procedure is to take measure and to draw the shape of the eyebrows.

Then, the beautician applies a numbing cream on the region.

After a few hours, the extra vaseline is removed and you let the eyebrows dry for 48 hours. After that, you have to put unscented cream around 2 or 3 times a day to keep them hydrated. The most important part is to not removed the scabs, even if it’s really scratchy. Otherwise, the pigment could come off!

After 6 weeks, you get the touch-up and you can even out the eyebrows if there is some spots missing pigments!

Here are some results of our previous Microblading work

 

You shouldn’t be worried if you have scabs after a few days! You’ll see, they will be gone pretty quickly. Also, the pigment can look a bit pale at first but it will get darker after a while.

To get perfect eyebrows you can call at 509-572-2777 or book online http://www.flashyourstyle.net/book-online/ to schedule your appointment.

Microblading Training Certification Kennewick Wa (2 live models)

 

Microblading Training Certification WorldWide.

 
Kits include enough supplies for at least 25 clients, 6 clients and you will more than pay for this training.

  • 20 disposable Microblading pens
  •  3 Permanent makeup pigments
  • Practice ink
  • Sharps container
  • Alcohol wipes
  • 1x Anesthesia
  • Microblading ruler stickers (25)
  • Carrying bag
  • 1 gown
  • Cosmetic art pen
  • Fake skin
  • Ring applicators
  • Fitzpatrick chart
  • Training Manual & Certification upon completion!

Everything to get you started

Continuous education support

2 day training class, 2nd day hands-on work on two live models!

REGISTER HERE

https://www.flashyourstyleofficial.com/microblading

Order Page

www.flashyourstyle.net

Total tuition is $2100

Date: November 5 and 6

SPACE IS LIMITED!!!!

More questions? Email us at flashyourstylebeauty@outlook.com

Waxing Tips for The First Timers | Flash Your Style Best Tips

Waxing Tips for The First Timers | Flash Your Style Best Tips

 
So you’re sitting down sipping on a cup of tea when the thought suddenly hits you: it’s about time I need to book for a wax. Whilst the idea of an intimate wax seems like the solution to any shaving trials and tribulations, you just can’t banish the thought of hot wax being poured onto your nether regions to strip out that troublesome hair. Although the notion may seem daunting at first, we here at Flash Your Style can assure you that it isn’t all bad. We’re here to clear any doubts and thoughts that may cross your mind when this beauty treatment comes to mind.

Firstly, Why You Should Wax?

 
Girls, we’ve all done it before—wrestled with a razor in front of our bathroom mirror as we fervently removed those stubborn stubbles, usually in an early morning frenzy or right before an important date. No matter how hard we try, the hairs just kept coming back, each time quicker than the last and more determined to reclaim their turf. I used to believe shaving every day was just part of life, a nuisance, but tolerable. I thought that once you entered the nightmare cycle of shaving, there was no way out. Well, I’m telling you now, there’s a way out — waxing!

Sounds painful? It is. I’m not going to lie. Waxing is not for the faint-hearted; it is a deliriously painful experience for “waxing virgins”—one that makes you shed a tear or two, or downright sob like a baby in a dirty diaper. I suggest you find yourself a professional who knows what she’s doing and if you happen to find a well-trained Esthetician whose skills greatly reduce your discomfort, cling onto her!

Waxing not only leaves you fuzz free for up to 3-5 weeks, but it can also distort the hair follicles (if you have been waxing for years), to a point where hair will never grow back in those follicles again.

Waxing reduces ingrown hairs, bumps and eradicates razor burn, unlike shaving and leaves you feeling fresh, exfoliated and smooth.

What You Should Wax

 
You can have pretty much any part of your body waxed such as arms, legs, tummy, face, back, chest, toes, fingers, bottom, bikini…and so on.  With the exception of extreme intimate waxing (surprisingly unpopular so you can breathe a sigh of relief!), Flash Your Style has you covered!

The most popular areas to be waxed are:

 

  • Brow Tint
  • Lash Tint
  • Brow Wax
  • Lip Wax
  • Chin Wax
  • Nose Wax
  • Full Face
  • Full Leg
  • Half Leg
  • Chest
  • Full Arm
  • Half Arm
  • Under Arm
  • Add on Special Wax
  • Brazilian
  • Mini Dermaplaning
  • Back
  • Stomach
  • Bikini

Do you need to grow your hair?

 
If you have been shaving, then yes.  But 3 weeks growth is the perfect length.  For bikini area, I recommend shaving all over 3 weeks beforehand for the easiest, most comfortable wax as hair will be around 0.5cm long. Any longer than 1cm and the hair will have more torque so it will hurt more; so you can trim instead if you don’t have that much time before your wax. Please don’t grow your hair out as long as possible, it’s completely unnecessary.

How Often do you need to Wax?

 
It is recommended you book your next appointment in 3-5 weeks, though first-timers may find they will need 3 to start with, and those that have been waxing for longer may be fine with 4 or 5 weeks. For facial waxing, 3 weeks is recommended, as hair does not need to be long, no need to grow a caterpillar while you wait for the next one.

Have you ever felt a little leftover stubble after getting waxed?

 
You will notice that after your first few waxes, you will have some regrowth following, as your body is reacting to waxing by resetting the anagen (active) phase of dormant papilla cells.   These hairs appearing are those that were in the early Anagen Stage and were not long enough (or above skin) to be removed. With regular waxing every 3 to 4 weeks, you are more than likely to get your hair on the same growth cycle, allowing for optimal waxing results.

Hair grows in the above 3 stages and it can take up to 4 waxing treatments before all of the hair is on the same growth cycle, so they all come out together. Your first wax likely won’t remove all the hair, it may last only one week, it may last up to three – it just depends on your own genetics, how recently and often you’ve shaved, and how well you do at preparing the skin before the wax and taking care of the skin between your treatments.

What You Should Wear?

 

  • Comfortable, loose clothes – no jeans or leggings.
  • Old pants you don’t mind getting wax residue on when you get dressed after..no thongs or they will rub. You may even want to go commando after.
  • A vest for underarm waxing (or remove your top)
  • You will be provided with disposable underwear for bikini waxing, which I recommend you use.
  • Wearing your own underwear will just get messy and be difficult for the technician to get to where they need. You are also welcome to go without any underwear.

How do I book my First Wax?

 
Click this link to book your first wax https://www.flashyourstyle.net/book-online/

Don’t forget – in order to maintain the most fabulous body, you’ll need to get wax on a regular basis. Ask your Flash Your Style when you’ll need to have yours filled and be sure to book regular appointments with our online form or by calling: (509) 572-2777

More questions? Email us at flashyourstylebeauty@outlook.com and don’t forget to join our Social Media Lash Tips on Facebook for more Hair Waxing Tips!

Taking Care of Your EyeLash Extension | Flash Your Style Best Tip

I guess you’ve got brand new eyelash extensions? After purchasing our EyeLash Extension you might be wondering on how to take care of your EyeLash Extension. Now it’s time to learn how to keep them looking perfect for as long as possible! After all, you don’t want to have them fall out too quickly, wasting the time and money that you spent having them applied – and you definitely don’t want to worry about them falling off unevenly, leaving you with lush lashes on one eye and naturals on the other, right?

Here are a few tips to keep your lashes lush:

1. Avoid rubbing your eyes


This is one has got to be the toughest tip of them all, we often rub their eyes without thinking about it. However, doing so can break the bond between your natural lashes and your extensions, causing them to fall out prematurely.

2. No oil free? Don’t use it


Don’t use makeup and other face products that aren’t oil-free. The oils in makeup, moisturizers, cleansers and other products can interfere with your eyelash extensions, severing the bond that keeps them attached to your natural lashes. If your regular moisturizer contains oil, and you just cannot live without it, we understand. Just make sure that it doesn’t get anywhere near your fabulous new eyelashes!

3. Comb your eyelashes


If you don’t already have one, get yourself an eyelash comb and make sure to comb through your lashes at least twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. This keeps them looking nice and neat, and prevents them from getting tangled up. But remember! Comb gently. You don’t want to comb your eyelash extensions right off!

4. Do NOT Pump the Wand


Pumping the mascara wand in and out of the tube is a sure-fire way to dry out your mascara very quickly. Instead, swirl the brush around in circles inside of the tube to get the most mascara possible on the wand without drying out the formula.

5. Don’t use waterproof mascara


Or, any waterproof makeup at all, for that matter! The scrubbing required to remove stubborn waterproof makeup will damage your new eyelashes, not to mention most waterproof makeup isn’t waterproof. In fact, you may need no mascara at all once your extensions are on, make sure your eyeliner, primer, or eyeshadows aren’t waterproof.

And, our last most important tip!


Don’t forget – in order to maintain the most fabulous lashes possible, you’ll need to get your extensions filled on a regular basis. Ask your Flash Your Style stylist when you’ll need to have yours filled and be sure to book regular appointments with our online form or by calling: (509) 572-2777

 

 

Eyelash Extension Training

Come and learn! One day hands-on workshop!

Eyelash Extension Training Class and Certification!

Class comes with a fully stocked kit, enough to start your business!

Click this link to join https://www.flashyourstyleofficial.com/lashextension-optin

More questions? Email us at flashyourstylebeauty@outlook.com and don’t forget to join our Social Media Lash Tips on Facebook for more Eyelash Extension Tips!