ICYMI: Product and Hair Tools Special!

The Gilded Pear is having a SUPER SALE! Receive 30% off the pictured products until February 15th, 2018 or while supplies last. Get them while you can!

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Microblading at the Pear – FAQs!

By now, you have probably heard the news – The Gilded Pear offers microblading! This blog is your one-stop shop to get all of your microblading questions answered when you book with us!

What is Microblading?

Microblading is also known by a variety of names such as eyebrow embroidery and microstroking. It is a form of semi-Permanent makeup meant to partially or fully camouflage missing eyebrow hair using very fine deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments. Each microblading stroke is applied by a professional technician individually. Due to the intricacy of the microblading’s specialized application, it allows for the full control of your eyebrows’ shape, color and density according to your personal preferences.

It is important to realize that microblading is a type of tattoo. Pigment is deposited into the upper layers of the skin so as to make the pigment last, and even though these pigments will likely fade, they are still a tattoo. The microblading tattoo, as with all other kinds of tattoos, will fade depending on the pigment used, the environment and skincare products used for maintenance on a regular basis.

What happens during a treatment?

The treatment is typically a 2 step application process: the initial appointment which includes consultation and initial application and the second appointment (approximately six weeks later) to touch up and ensure longevity of the colors used. The 2nd application ensures that the micro-pigments are healing properly and responding well.

The treatment begins with developing the desired shape for your eyebrows, then using individual tattoo strokes or ‘feathers’ in the area to plot the shape and style requested. The color choice is specific to your preferences and skin tone. It is mixed using a natural selection of micropigments to complement your style and look.

Immediately post treatment, your eyebrows will most likely appear a bit darker than expected, but fear not as they will fade by 50% during the healing process over the following 2 weeks. Just be prepared to budget yourself this appropriate time and refrain from booking your microblading too close to important occasions and photography sessions. You should also refrain from booking any vacations or excessive sun exposure for at least one month after your treatment.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for my treatment?

Ideally no. In fact, it is not recommended that you tweeze, pluck, thread, wax or modify your eyebrows in any way for at least two weeks prior to your appointment. Shaping will be part of your microblading treatment and should be done your practitioner. Only after your brows have healed over the two weeks following your treatment should regular maintenance techniques then be applied.

If you have specific ideas in mind about how you would like your brows to look, please bring a couple of reference images on your phone or in print to your consultation appointment.

Will I feel anything?

A local anesthetic is applied in order to the numb the area for the procedure and in order to mitigate any discomfort you may feel. Be aware that individual levels of sensitivity vary and while most clients notice that the procedure is no less tolerable than a regular tweezing, threading or waxing treatment, your individual tolerance may be less depending on a few factors. Regular smokers should be aware that topical anesthetics tend not to work for as long as clients who do not smoke. Additionally, if you suffer with fibromyalgia, the sensitivity tolerance of your skin will be dependent on your condition.

How long does it last?

Microblading typically lasts between 6 – 18 months if proper aftercare instructions are observed to the best of your abilities. In order to keep the color and look of your microblading crisp, a touch-up service is required up to every 2 years depending on your skin and how well it holds the applied pigment.

Factors which might affect your microblading include: sun exposure (which can soften the look of your pigmentation); exfoliation and skincell regeneration; pigment colour choice (lighter colours tend to fade faster); and bleeding during the procedure. Bleeding can be mitigated by avoiding caffeine, alcohol and certain medications (if possible) at least 24 hours prior to the procedure. Be sure to not pick or rub the healing area to ensure that you do not aggravate your skin. Additionally, avoiding extreme heat, sweating and public sources of water, such as steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs and swimming pools, is best.

Can anyone do microblading?

Microblading is not available to minors (youth under the age of 18) at this time. Additionally, we do not perform microblading on pregnant or nursing individuals. Please note that it is extremely important to notify your doctor or technician if you plan to go for a chemical peel, MRI, laser treatments or other medical procedures after you have done microblading. Microblading involves iron-oxide tattoos which can be turned black by laser tattooing or can dramatically interfere with other procedures mentioned above.

Microblading Specials for 2018

Did you miss out on our microblading special in December? We will be offering microblading for $250 until the end of February 2018… with regular pricing for this service being $450, you definitely want to get in on this!!! Includes your touchup at 6 weeks.
This service must be done by the end of February to qualify for the $250 price. As an added bonus, if you refer 3 people to Mikhail for microblading and they also have the service done before the end of February, you will receive a loot bag from The Gilded Pear valued at $50. Contact us now to book!
***An important reminder…if you are booking in for microblading you cannot ingest caffeine for 24 hours prior to service as it can effect how your skin takes the dye.

New Year – New Specials!

If self-care and pampering are not part of your New Year’s resolutions for 2018, they will be now! All of the following specials will run until the end of February 2018 so be sure to call us to book your appointment today!

  • Book in with Glenda or Tenille for laser hair removal – it’s the perfect time of year to do this! Buy any 3 laser hair removal treatments and get 3 free.
  • Stephanie is offering Brazilian wax for only $50!
  • Come and see Astra for an Eminence facial for $55 or an Eminence Spa facial for $80.
  • Mikhail is doing a manicure and pedicure special for $90 – these services must be completed on the same day.
  • Carly is also offering an Eminence facial for $55 or an Eminence Spa facial for $80, as well as a spa pedicure for the price of a regular pedicure.
  • You can add gel polish to any pedicure at no charge. Please mention if you want this at the time of booking so we can ensure our aestheticians have enough time.
  • Microdermabrasion special: buy one, get one free!
  • Caitlyn is offering 60 minute massages for $65 and 90 minute massages for $95. This pricing is only valid for massages booked with Caitlyn.

You must mention, at the time of booking, that you saw these specials through the blog, Facebook or via email to receive special pricing.

The Gilded Pear: We’ve Been Online for a Year!

Did you know that the gorgeous Gilded Pear website has been up for almost a year?! If you haven’t ventured over, do take some time and check out our staff bios, services, the blog, and our favourite products! http://www.thegildedpearltd.com. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and if you are a returning client, make sure you rate us on the FB 5-star system so we can know how much you love us!

The Gilded Pear is a full-service salon and spa located just minutes from West Edmonton Mall. Step into luxury today with our professional stylists and estheticians. We specialize in bringing out the best in you.

Cutting edge hair and beauty knowledge. Brilliant design. Call us today!

Our Stylist Erin is back!

In case you haven’t heard the exciting news, our stylist Erin is back as of yesterday!  We are so excited to have her and her expertise back in the salon going forward and know the folks who have missed her are delighted as well! Erin has 9 years of experience in the hair industry and specializes in Hothead extensions, updos, foils, and fashion colours from pastels to the most vibrant of colours by Elumin.

Call to book your appointment with any of our stylists and body work specialists today!

The Gilded Pear is Hiring an RMT

Busy west end salon looking for an RMT, who is motivated to work! Building a clientele here won’t be hard! We have an excellent commission structure and/or hourly wage. Qualifications: 2200 or 3000 hours of massage training.

Must be registered and licensed in the City of Edmonton.

Hours to fill are as follows: Mondays 12 to 8 , Wednesdays 12 to 8 or 11 to 7 , Fridays 9 to 5. ( Hours listed can be slightly different ).

Email resume, drop off resume (18910 87 Ave), or fax to : 7804848722.

Our website is http://www.thegildedpearltd.com

Tips for Mermaid Hair by The Gilded Pear

This insanely beautiful mermaid hair is part of a growing trend of sea-inspired masterpieces that have taken over the world of hair recently! The Gilded Pear salon is known for having exceptional services while staying on top of the very best hair styling trends. These multi-coloured tresses were done by stylist Kasara and look absolutely stunning.

Tips to prepare for getting mermaid hair from the mouths of stylists:

  • Don’t wash your hair the day of the colouring or the night before. Natural oils help the colours to work.
  • Disclose your entire colour history for the past 2 years to your stylist. Past colour jobs may affect the outcome of the dye job and they will need to adjust accordingly.
  • Let you stylist know if you have scalp sensitivities or have had reactions to products in the past.
  • Mentally prepare for what can be quite the process – especially if you have longer hair.

Maintaining your mermaid hair also takes special care so here are some tips for keeping that colour fresh as long as possible:

  • Moisturize your hair as often as possible by using sulfate-free shampoos, lots of conditioner and even leave-in conditioner
  • Get touch ups every 4 to 6 weeks, especially at the roots, to keep everything vibrant