Frequently Asked Questions
WHY BE A MODEL FOR A J WOOD ACADEMY CLASS?
The main benefit of being a model for one of our classes is that you get a beautiful set of brows or lips for a fraction of the cost ($50). All of our models have been very pleased with their results. Our students create the models’ brows and lips under the close supervision of the master instructor.
We’re always looking for models. If you’re interested, fill out our Model Signup Form.
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HOW DO I ENROLL IN A J WOOD ACADEMY TRAINING?
HOw DO I pay to enRoll in a J Wood Academy Training?
How Do I Schedule and pay For An appointment To Get My Brows aND Lips Done?
Here is a link to book your appointment. A deposit is required to reserve your spot. The rest is paid via Venmo or cash at the time of the appointment. You can pay with a credit card, there is a 3% fee for credit transactions.
You must be 18 years or older, not pregnant, nursing, nor diabetic to book. Also please make sure you do not have any of the listed Contraindications that disqualify you from getting a permanent makeup procedure.
Please read our Before and Aftercare Instructions BEFORE you book your appointment so that you are prepared. Some Before Care Instructions start 60 days prior to your appointment.
Lastly, before booking please read our Cancellation Policy.
Can minors (under 18) receive a permanent cosmetic makeup treatment ?
NO they cannot, not even with parental approval.
Children under the age of 12 are not permitted inside the salon, the salon area is too dangerous for kids to be unattended.
Who should NOT get permanent Cosmetic makeup?
You should not get permanent cosmetic makeup if:
– you are under the age of 18,
– you are pregnant or nursing,
– you have a pacemaker or heart condition,
– you are using heart medications,
– you have a compromised immune system (i.e. chemotherapy, lupus, organ transplant, etc.),
– you are having chemotherapy or have had it within the past year,
– you are allergic to metals and pigments
– you are using Accutane or have used it within the past year,
– you are on blood-thinning medications,
– you have had Botox within the last month,
– you have had a chemical peel within the last month,
– you have had a deep tan in the last 2 weeks.
IF you have diabetes, you will need a physician’s written approval.
**Anyone with serious medical conditions should consult a doctor and obtain written approval.**
If I already have permanent makeup, can I still do it?
If you have already had Microblading, Powder Brows, Lip Blush, etc. by another artist, send us pictures of your brows without makeup. If your previous procedure is too dark or outside of where we would sculpt your lips or brows, we will need to do a removal before your new permanent makeup (PMU) procedure. Learn more about removals here.
If the previous PMU procedure is light enough, the best option might be to cover it up using a powder brow technique, like Ombré Powder Brows or Combo Brows. **People who come from another artist are considered a new client. The work we do will not be considered a touch-up, it will be a new PMU procedure.**
Who needs a PMU removal?
Permanent Makeup Removals, PMU Removals for short, are usually for people with a previous procedure that is either too dark or outside of the brow, lip, or eyeliner shape. This technique removes cosmetic permanent makeup so that it does not affect your new permanent makeup procedure. You will most-likely need multiple sessions for adequate removal.
Where are you Before and AFterCare instructions?
You can find the Before and Aftercare Instructions here. Read them before booking your appointment so that you know exactly how to prepare and what to do before and after.
How do I prepare for my appointment?
Check out our Before and Aftercare Instructions. The following restrictions are to ensure that your skin is in the best-possible condition for your procedure. Please read carefully:
2 Months before your appointment:
– NO chemical peels 60 days prior nor 60 days after (brows peel quicker due to chemicals traveling under the skin).
4 weeks before your appointment:
– NO botox or other fillers.
– NO chemical peels or exfoliating acids.
– NO retinoids (Retinol, Retin-A, or other anti-aging products and acne creams – they will fade permanent makeup prematurely).
– NO laser treatments.
– NO eyebrow growth serums 30 days prior to your procedure.
2 Weeks before your appointment:
– NO tanning or spray tanning (helps to assess your natural skin tone).
– DO NOT expose your skin to heavy sunlight. You do not want to get sunburned (your skin should not be in the process of healing before the procedure).
– DO NOT tint or remove eyebrow hair (pluck, thread, wax, etc – these can irritate the skin and tarnish the results).
7 Days before your appointment
– NO fish oil and Vitamin E (they are blood thinners).
48 hours prior to your appointment:
– DO NOT take blood thinners: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, fish oil, Niacin, Vitamin E, nor Omega-3 unless medically necessary.
– **Tylenol and Acetaminophen are okay!
24 hours prior to your appointment:
– DO NOT drink alcohol
– DO NOT drink coffee or anything with caffeine
Day of your appointment:
– DO NOT work out **avoid sweating
– AVOID increasing blood flow
Are the procedures painful?
The level of discomfort is different for different people. Some people say it feels like tweezing two-or-three hairs at the same time. Redness and slight swelling in the brow area are common after the procedure, clients liken the post-procedure feeling to a sunburn. Better results are achieved when no anesthetic is applied, however, a topical anesthetic can be applied to numb the area before treatment. The topical anesthetic is safe and may contain lidocaine, tetracaine, and epinephrine.
How long Are the procedures?
Lip Blushing, Powder Brows, Microblading, Combo Brows, Latin Brows are all techniques that focus on the smallest details. The initial appointment takes around 3 hours. In this session, the brows or lips are mapped and shaped according to your bone and facial structure. After which, the shape is filled by the artist. Four-to-six weeks later you return for your touchup session which lasts up to 1 ½ hours.
What should I expect after my brow treatment?
Immediately after treatment, the color will appear dark and bold, and maybe red or swollen. The redness will subside within a few hours and the darkness/bold color will heal and lighten about 30% in 7–14 days. The shape will shrink slightly days 3-7.
While healing, your brows will begin to peel and may feel itchy. DO NOT pick at them! Picking will remove the color leaving it lighter than the rest of the brow, let the healing shed naturally. The top layer sloughs off leaving a softer, lighter color below. This is all part of the normal healing process.
How long Does Microblading and pMU take to heal?
Healing time depends on age, skin type, how well you follow Before and Aftercare Instructions, etc. Typically, permanent cosmetic makeup procedures take about two weeks to heal. In that time, any redness should fade and the initial darkness of the brows will lighten.
My eyebrows are REALLY dark, will they lighten?
Right after your procedure, your brows can look uncomfortably dark. Many clients are SUPER nervous about how big and dark their brows look immediately after their procedure. That is what you want. You want your brow color dark to the point that they make you feel uncomfortable. If you don’t feel uncomfortable with how dark your brows are, they might not be dark enough. When your brows heal, they will lighten to the color you want. They will shrink in size and become about 30% lighter.
How long will Your Permanent Makeup last for?
Brow and lip cosmetic makeup procedures typically last 1-3 years. How long they last depends on many factors like: your skin type, metabolism, medications, hormones, skin-care products, sun exposure, your age, how well you follow the Before and Aftercare instructions, etc. Younger, dryer skin tends to retain pigment better than oily and older skin. Even though many people can go a few years between touchups, we recommend getting your brows touched up once a year. If you keep that expectation in mind, you will not be disappointed.
Why is it necessary to have a touch up?
You need a touchup 4-6 weeks after your initial procedure. Your brows will scab, pigment will flake off as your brows heal, and your brows will have faded and/or bare spots (this is normal). This is why the touch up is necessary, everyone heals differently. The touch up will fill in, and perfect, your brows. Sometimes it is also necessary to adjust the color and thickness of your brows. In the touch-up session, there will be minimal adjustment to assure your satisfaction. Important Note: the touch up is charged separately from the initial brow session. Find information on Touchup pricing here.
Can I get the touch up in less than four weeks?
This is not recommended because the healing needs to be complete so that we can know what to touch up. Final adjustments should only be done after the initial work has stabilized. Find information on Touchup pricing here.
Where is The Best Place To See J Wood Brow’s Work?
Visit our Instagram page.
What is J Wood Brows & Academy cancellation policy?
Read our Cancellation Policy here.
Trainings: You must reschedule/cancel your scheduled training 7 business days (we are closed on Sundays) PRIOR to your training start time, otherwise your deposit is forfeited and a new non-refundable deposit is required to schedule a new training date.
Call or text us at (385) 352-0949 to cancel or reschedule your training.
Services: You must reschedule/cancel your scheduled permanent makeup (PMU) procedure 3 business days (we are closed on Sundays) PRIOR to your appointment start time, otherwise your deposit will be forfeited and a new non-refundable deposit is required to schedule a new appointment.
Call or text us at (385) 352-0949 to cancel or reschedule your service appointment.
What are Ombre Powder Brows?
To create Ombré Powder brows, the artist uses a rotary machine pen which deposits pigment, in rapid succession, into the dermis of the skin. It gives your eyebrows the appearance of being shaded with makeup. Ombré Powder brows are dark at the tail and body of the eyebrow, and gradually blend lighter toward the head of the brow. It is a preferred technique for people with oily skin and for people who want a fuller-eyebrow look.
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a technique that implants pigments into the dermis of your skin to create realistic eyebrow strokes. Microblading is ideal for anyone who wants to enhance the look of their brows. It can be combined with the Powder Brows technique to create a look of eyebrows done-up with makeup.
People who have normal to dry skin have the best results and retention. Oily skin can cause the microbladed strokes to blur. If you have oily skin, don’t worry, you’re a great candidate for Combo Brows or Powder Brows.
What are Combo Brows?
Combo Brows combine the natural hair strokes of microblading with the shaded look of Powder Brows! The artist microblades hair strokes at the head of the brow and fills the body and tail of the brow with powder. The combination of powder with microblading makes this technique optimal for ALL skin types.
It is especially great for people who already have a lot of brow hair; it gives the head of the brow a sharp look (from the Microblading), and it gives the rest of the brow volume with powder. It heals soft and beautiful and lasts longer than microblading by itself.
What medications and conditions That affect MICROBLADING and other PMU Procedures?
Pregnancy & breastfeeding, blood thinners, botox, retinoids & exfoliating acids, Accutane, chemotherapy, thyroid medications, diabetes, keloid scarring.
HOW do Blood Thinners affect Permanent makeup procedures?
Ibuprofen, Aspirin, fish oil, Acetaminophen, and other blood thinners prohibit clotting factors. This leads to excessive bleeding during the procedure removing the pigment from your skin. Your brows also may not heal properly. All of this leads to your brows not retaining as much of the pigment. Avoid taking blood thinners at least 48 hours prior to your appointment. You may however take Tylenol or Acetaminophen which are not blood thinners.
HOW does Botox affects Permanent makeup procedures?
If you Botox before Microblading, the artist will create your brow based on your Botoxed features. Once the effects of Botox wear off, the brows may not settle where you want them. Do not receive Botox 2-weeks prior nor 2-weeks after your cosmetic procedure.
WHY DO Retinoids & Exfoliating acids affect Permanent makeup procedures?
Avoid using Retinoids (Vitamin A derivatives) and exfoliating acids (Glycolic, Salicylic, Lactic acid, etc.) on your brows. They will fade your brow pigment. In preparation for your appointment, stop using them at least 4-weeks prior as they may thin and sensitize your skin. You want your skin as healthy as possible. Microblading and other PMU procedures further irritate sensitive skin causing a slower healing process and possibly lead to an infection.
HOW does AcCUTANE affect Permanent makeup procedures?
Accutane alters the skin and makes it thin, dry, and sensitive. It also weakens your immune system. You need to wait at least 6-month-to-a-year before doing microblading and other PMU procedures.
How does Chemotherapy affect Permanent makeup procedures?
Patients on chemotherapy drugs have a compromised immune system and may not heal well. A doctor’s written consent is required to receive a cosmetic procedure.
How doES Diabetes affect Permanent makeup procedures?
People with uncontrolled diabetes, and high blood sugar levels, often have restricted blood vessels which result in reduced supply of blood and oxygen to the tissues. Permanent Makeup procedures implant pigment into the skin, causing small shallow wounds. If your skin is unable to heal and encapsulate the pigment, your permanent makeup will prematurely fade or blur, and also has a higher risk of infection.
WHY DO Thyroid Medications affect Permanent makeup procedures?
Pigment color fades more quickly for clients who take thyroid medication. If you take thyroid medications you will need Touch Ups more frequently.
What Are Keloids? How do they affect permanent makeup?
When skin is injured, fibrous scar tissue forms over the wound to repair and protect the injury. In some cases, scar tissue grows excessively forming smooth hard growths called keloids. Keloids can be much larger than the original wound and they can form anytime skin is injured or traumatized. People who are prone to developing keloids SHOULD NOT get permanent makeup; It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to potential excessive scarring of your brows, or anything around your eyes.
Will my Brow (Permanent makeup) COLOR change over time?
Yes, all permanent makeup (PMU) procedures alter in color over time. Pigment is carried away by your lymphatic system, it fades and is altered by radiation from the sun, melanin, and immune-system cells in the skin, pigment is also exfoliated by your skin. If the brow is not touched-up it will change color over time.
To understand why this is, we need to understand some color theory. Taking the color brown as an example, to make brown you mix a primary color with its complementary color: i.e. red with green, blue with orange, yellow with purple. As the non-dominant (complementary) color fades faster than the dominant (primary) color, over time your brows takes on the hue of the dominant color (usually a reddish, orangey, or blue hue).
Why do I need to protect my permanent makeup from the sun?
As mentioned earlier, the harmful rays of the sun dramatically fade pigment. Most brows are created using brown pigment. As mentioned previously Brown pigment is made up of a combination of primary and complementary colors. Yellow and green are the least-durable pigment colors and they deteriorate faster than the more-durable red and blue pigments. This is a contributing factor to your brows turning a slight pink, purple, or even an orangey shade over time.
How Do I Protect My Permanent Makeup From The Sun?
To protect your brows, use sunblock or facial moisturizer with sunblock. Apply it daily and make sure it:
– is greater than 30 SPF,
– contains zinc oxide, and
– has the “broad spectrum” label on the container.
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