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.

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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.

Why You Really Shouldn’t Skip Your Mani-Pedi

One of the most exposed places on your body is your nails. All year-round, your fingernails are exposed to the elements (except when they are buried in your winter gloves) and whether your toenails are showing in summer sandals or are buried away in your winter boots, they too can get some serious wear and tear if not properly taken care of.

Manicures and pedicures do not only take care of the appearance of your nails – making them look polished, uniform and clean – they also contribute to the health of your nails by preventing breakage and a host of other issues associated with a lack of nail maintenance.

Regular treatments help to prevent or eradicate common nail ailments such as ingrown nails, fungus, thickened nails, brittle nails, curved nails and damage caused by the incorrect use of false nails or excessive nail biting. By keeping nails filed and smooth, trimmed to a reasonable length and covered in fortifying polishes, manicures and pedicures prevent breakage that can lead to the above-mentioned issues.

Additionally, these nail treatments go through an important process that benefits you in other ways. Exfoliating treatments during the mani-pedi will slough of dead skin cells, smoothing the surfacing of the skin and actually stimulating the regeneration of the skin. Calluses and uneven areas, particularly on the bottom of the feet, are also removed during the process of a pedicure which can help improve aches and pains caused by an uneven areas on the feet.

Massage and moisturizing of the cuticles and skin provide nourishment to the skin while simultaneously being relaxing, re-energizing and relieving aches and pains in the calves, ankles, wrists and forearms.

Keep in mind that manicure and pedicures are not only beneficial for women but can be really important for men to maintain and upkeep the health of their nails as well. Sports mani-pedis for both men and women also help keep your nails trim while you trim your waistline too – helping your nails to stay healthy but out of the way while you hit the gym!

What is Myofascial Cupping?

Myofascial cupping is an extension of other myofascial release therapies which treat skeletal-muscle immobility and pain by releasing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles.

The cupping therapy uses vacuumed cups on the body, combining compression and negative pressure when applied to the tissue being treated. This method is typically easier to tolerate in areas of restriction making it the ideal treatment for chronic injuries and restoring mobility.

Myofascial cupping has its origins in traditional cupping methods with a few modern, scientifically-informed changes. Traditional cupping actually dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians were using cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.E!

Myofascial cupping and traditional forms of cupping differ through a number of notable reasons. Firstly, whereas traditional cupping works through the strategic placement and parking of the cups along the meridian pathways, Myofascial cupping aims to directly treat the affected, targeted tissues. Myofascial cupping also leaves little to no markings, whereas traditional forms tend to leave large unsightly round, bruise like markings which can last weeks. Finally, massage is incorporated throughout the Myofascial cupping treatment.

Book your myofascial cupping with one of our Registered Massage Therapists, Jillian, today!

 

The Gilded Pear is Celebrating….with Giveaways!

Who doesn’t love free stuff at the click of button?

All of us at The Gilded Pear Salon & Body Studio are positively giddy about our rebranding and new website! And we know that you are all too excited too, so let’s create a buzz together!

Share this post on Facebook or re-gram on Insta and you will be entered to win our special giveaways!

The prizes include: Eliza Jane Natural Soap with The Gilded Pear stamp embossed on it and Hempz Fresh Coconut and Watermelon lotion!

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Eliza Jane Soap Company’s passion begins with their luxury soap bars. It’s safe to say they have become a little obsessed with designing and creating unique and lovely consumable art that you can slather all over yourself. Fall in love with those big luscious bubbles time and time again.

Hempz is the only full spectrum bath, body and hair collection enriched with 100% Pure Natural Hemp Seed Oil. Hempz offers a complete portfolio of products that harness the natural benefits of 100% Pure Natural Hemp Seed Oil that helps nourish, moisturize, protect and condition both hair and body. Each formula contains Antioxidants, Key Amino Acids and Vitamins to help renew and maintain healthy skin.


The winner of our giveaway will be chosen by Saturday, July 16th, 2016.

 

The Gilded Pear has Instagram @thegildedpearltd

In case you haven’t heard, The Gilded Pear has Instagram and we want you to follow us! Check in to the salon and body studio when you come in for services and tag us in your beautified selfies when you leave happy!

Stay in touch by following @thegildedpearltd and you will also have first access to our promos, giveaways and in-store specials. #hashtags #herewecome

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Our Exciting Announcement: The Gilded Pear has Rebranded and Has a New Website

You have been waiting for the news and our exciting announcement is finally here!

The Gilded Pear Salon & Body Studio is delighted to announce that we have rebranded and are celebrating the launch of our brand new website!

The new look and feel of The Pear fits our hair and body studio atmosphere and we just love every inch of it.

Here, you can find information about our stylists, estheticians, nail technician and massage therapists, as well as our salon and body studio services.

A complete Gilded Pear menu is also available in PDF form for your downloading convenience!

Keep up-to-date on our latest news, specials and tips from the professionals to ensure that you look and feel your very best.

The Gilded Pear’s Microdermabrasion for Smooth, Youthful Skin

Microdermabrasion is a general term for the application of tiny rough grains to buff away the surface layer of skin. Many different products and treatments use this method, including medical procedures, salon treatments and creams and scrubs that you apply yourself at home. It’s usually done to the face, chest, neck, arms or hands. Before we can understand how microdermabrasion does what it does, it’s important to understand how skin works.

Your skin is made up of two main layers, the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the layer closest to the outside world. It’s a set of dead skin cells on top of another layer of cells that are in the process of maturing. The topmost layer is called the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum mostly acts as a barrier between the outside world and the lower skin layers. It keeps all but the smallest molecules from getting through.

When you put lotions or creams on your skin, some of the moisture passes through the stratum corneum, but not all of it. This layer is home to many minor skin imperfections like fine wrinkle lines and blemishes.

All of the action in microdermabrasion takes place at the level of the stratum corneum. Since it only really targets the epidermis (and not the dermis), it is more accurate to call it micro-epi-dermabrasion. Affecting deeper layers of skin would be painful and harmful, and it would risk permanently embedding the tiny grains into the skin.

This process has a few beneficial effects. With the stratum corneum gone, the skin’s surface is improved. The healing process brings with it newer skin cells that look and feel smoother. Some of the skin’s visible imperfections, like sun damage, blemishes and fine lines, are removed. Also, without the stratum corneum acting as a barrier, medicinal creams and lotions are more effective because more of their active ingredients and moisture can find their way down to the lower layers of skin. As microdermabrasion temporarily removes some moisture from the skin, it is always followed by the application of moisturizing creams.

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