• Stella K


The scenario goes like this. Recently you had a beautiful microblade eyebrow session and love the new look. Understanding that the first week the healing process can shift into darker color then shedding the outer “bandaid”. Even with all this a few weeks later you notice some gaps in the hair-strokes and the color looks a bit ashy or gray. What happened? There are many reasons this can happened but I will tend to the top 5 most common. Understanding human skin is important. Human skin is the largest organ on the body and has multiple functions including retention of heat, protection from invaders, blood transportation and more. Relating to permanent cosmetics there are cells in the skin that literally remove pigment. Point is the skin is not a fan of tattooing in general and responds as if there has been an invasion. The skin also responds with healing over the implanted pigment creating a temporary “haze” over the pigment and if the skin has color then the pigment dulls even more as the pigment is seen through.

Here are the top reasons touch up.

  1. After care was not adhered to properly and a scab formed to thick pulling pigment out.

  2. The clients skin was not in the best health, medication, workout and or alcohol was injected to soonbefore or after session. (alcohol thins the blood creating more bleeding)

  3. Darker skin type turned ashy upon healing and hyper pigmentation occurred as a result ofthe tattooing .

  4. Client not wearing sunscreen daily and the UV radiation created a faster fade.

  5. The area of tattoo has a high movement rate.

Why gray or blue ?

Most eyebrows are pigmented with a brown or black pigment. All of these pigments have different degrees of blue in them as the last color to fade out. When the upper colors such as reds and yellow fade the last one is blue/gray. Adding an orange based modifier is necessary to prevent this occurrence although it is not fool proof. Even with a modifier it can happen.

What can we do to fix this? All pigments fade. There is no such thing as an ink or pigment that does not fade with time and UV radiation. The eyebrow area is unique in its position: it is always exposed. Other tattoo areas such as the eye area are covered with the brow bone and lashes generally fade slower. Body tattoo use different inks with larger molecules that can hold in the skin a bit longer but even they fade. Until they can invent a pigment that has the ability to hide from the human body and fading from the UV this will always be a common issue. So far the best we can do is touch ups as needed for clients. When the colors starts shifting it is time to have a touch up. One thing to note as well for eyebrows, the “tails” tend to hold pigment longer as there is little movement in that part of the brow. The front part tends to drop pigment and fade faster due to high level of movement by brow musculature.

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