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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

What is Microblading and semi permanent make up?

Microblading, also known as eyebrow embroidery, micro stroking, feather touch and hair stokes, nanoblading, nano microblading or semi permanent make up. It is a very popular method of permanent makeup that provides a means to partially or fully camouflage missing eyebrow hair with the appearance of simulated hair using fine deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments. Microblading is only suitable for around 15 % of the population and skin type is a deciding factor on which method you can have.

For some microblading isn’t suitable, some clients require a fuller,more fluffed up look,in this case Tricia will advise on what would be the best technique to achieve your eyebrow goals and what works best for your skin type.

COMBO BROWS , COMBINATION BROWS & FUSION BROWS are extremely popular and are available at Boss brows ltd. These give the look of a natural yet fuller finish to your eyebrows than microblading alone .. combo brows are a combination of super fine nano blade hair strokes and shading done using a machine which is much less traumatic to the skin causing much less scarring than manual shading AKA blade and shade which can cause a huge stress to the skin causing a build up of scar tissue, thus causing poor healed results in comparison to machine work .

If you are unsure Tricia will start with less and show you the progression as she builds up your eyebrows to perfection, giving you full control over your final result.

Microblading is performed by manually depositing pigment superficially in the upper region of the dermis with the use of a hand tool with attached needles fused together in the formation of a blade, it does not involve the use of a machine. The Microblading technique involves drawing individual, crisp hair strokes that can be very natural looking but nonetheless Microblading is still a form of cosmetic tattooing. The Microblading needle groupings tend to contain needles that are extremely fine in diameter in comparison to the needles used in traditional permanent make up. Microblading is only suitable for younger clients with normal to dry skin with minimal pores. For those of us who are not blessed with the perfect skin type, machine shading or ombre / powder techniques will be recommended.

How long will permanent make up last ?

Everybody’s skin is different and some can hold pigments better than others. Machine work should last 12-18 months once treatment is complete but microblading will not last as long, in some cases a refresher / colour boost can be required after 7-9 months and some clients will get longer . There is no set time scale for how long permanent make up will last every clients skin is different, Boss Brows uses the best pigments available, these new pigments last much longer in the skin than traditional pigments that other technicians use, thus giving you results that last far longer and the need for colour boosts Much less, on average 18 months to 2 years colour boosts are required with the new pigment range with most clients getting closer to 3 years before any further touch ups being necessary.


Lasts from 3 to 5 years with annual colour boosts required to keep them looking beautiful .

Lip treatments

This can last from 1 to 5 years , annual colour boosts required.

Powder /ombre brows / combo brows

From 1 to 3 years. annual colour boosts required .

Does it hurt?

We take every precaution necessary to ensure the treatment is as pain free as possible. Some clients find the procedure a little uncomfortable, whereas other clients report no discomfort at all. For all machine work , eye and lip treatments a pre numb will be applied to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed for the entire treatment.

How do I prepare for me appointment?

wel you don’t need to do much to prepare.

Eyebrow treatments – if you want to go darker in colour than your natural eyebrow hair then it’s a good idea to get a tint no sooner than 48 hours before your appointment, theirs no need to wax/ thread or tweeze your eyebrows Tricia will tidy your eyebrows for you when you have both decided on the shape together, ensuring we keep as much of your natural hair as possible.

Eyeliner – please stop using any growth serums or oils 7 days prior to your appointment. Semi permanent lashes will need to be removed prior to the treatment. Please come without mascara/ eye make up on as this can be difficult to remove completely at the treatment time.

Lips – 7 days prior it’s a good idea to gently expholiate and moisturise lips daily to remove any build up of dead skin and makes the area accept pigment better. If you have a history of cold sores please contact us before booking to discuss treatments to prevent an outbreak.

How long does it take to do?

Investing an hour or two of your time will leave you feeling confident for years to come. The initial procedure takes around 90 minutes. Your top up procedure Is required 4-6 weeks after the initial treatment to complete to the process . This will take approximately 30 minutes.

The healing process is a significant part of your permanent makeup procedure. It differs from person to person . Here’s what to expect in three phases of your permanent makeup healing process.

Phase 1: First Two Weeks

As soon as you finish your tattoo procedure, the healing process starts. You may experience some redness, skin sensitivity but this normally subsides within an hour.

The initial look of your new tattoo will be thicker and darker than you may like. this is temporary. Generally after about a week or so of the healing process the area begins to flake and “shed” away in sections. The new pigment will finally soften into a natural look. To help aid in the healing process of your new tattooed eyebrows, clean and care for them as directed and apply the after care balm as directed. Additionally, take care to restrict any excessive physical activity or exposure to direct sun and swimming pools.

Phase 3: Touch Up

About 4-6 weeks following your initial tattoo appointment, you may feel your tattoo requires no further work to achieve perfection, this is fantastic news as this means you have optimal retention and you have looked after your tattoo very well.. If you feel you would like to go darker or you feel you have an area of the tattoo that needs more colour then you need to schedule a “touch up”.

We will examine the tattoo again, repair, and fill to darken the pigment in any areas needing adjustment or correction.

How long is the recovery or healing time?

Your permanent make up will appear darker and more intense immediately after the treatment but will soften over the next few days. Please be aware that your permanent make up will fade up to 30% after your initial treatment and you will be required to return for your 4-6 week top up for your treatment to be deemed complete. In some cases, a third top up may be required, which will be chargeable. There may be slight flaking around the area during the healing process, please do not pick or itch your tattoo. Aftercare advice will be given to you after your treatment which must be adhered to. Failing to care for your permanent make up may cause colour fading and patches. It is recommended to always use a sunscreen on your permanent make up when using sunbeds or on holiday to prevent colour change and loss.


Day One. Using cooled boiled water on a cotton pad every 2 hours gently wipe the treatment area, allow to dry and apply a very thin layer of our after care balm provided.

Day 2-7. Repeating the same procedure as day one twice a day morning and evening.

After treatment, the procedure area may experience the following symptoms:



Dryness and itching

After eye procedures, eyelashes may stick together and eyelids appear red and puffy. If you are feeling less than 100% healthy it may take longer for your treatment to heal and symptoms may appear more prominent.

For at least 7 days after a procedure or until the area appears to be healed, include the following daily routine:

Clean and apply the provided moisturising balm to the area at least 3 times a day using a cotton bud. Wash hands before and after application and use a clean cotton bud each time to avoid infection.

Use a gentle face cleanser and avoid the treatment areas.

If the area does get wet, pat dry very gently with a clean cotton pad.

If you have ever had cold sores or herpes simplex in the past it is important that you continue to use medication for 7 days after your lip treatment, as you did 7 days before. This will help prevent an outbreak, which causes discomfort and could result in scarring.


DO NOT expose the area to extreme heat or extreme cold until healed. This includes sunbathing, tanning beds, saunas etc.

DO NOT use makeup on the treatment area for 7 days to prevent infection.

DO NOT apply Vaseline – this will make the area sweat, allowing the pigment to heal incorrectly during the 7 day healing process. Vaseline can be applied after the 7-day period and is recommended if you plan to use chlorinated pools and Jacuzzis. When your permanent cosmetics are in contact with strong chemicals use a protector.

DO NOT itch, pick, scratch or rub the area or the colour will heal unevenly or cause scarring and infection.

When will I see the final results?

A noticeable difference will be readily apparent immediately following your procedure. You will see your final results after the healing process is fully completed, usually in two to three weeks.

Is Permanent make-up safe?

YES, the strictest hygiene and sterilisation standards are followed and pre-packed, sterile cartridges are new for each client.

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