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.

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!

Jewelry Sale On Now

The Gilded Pear has an amazing sale on all jewelry sold in the shop – it is currently 25% off until November 30th, 2016. It is a great time to stock up on all the season’s remaining necklaces, bracelets and more! We are making room for the coming season as well so keep your eyes peeled in December for even more gorgeous jewelry to choose from.

The perfect complement for beautiful hair and body work is lovely jewelry!

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Why You Need a Salon Deep Conditioning Treatment

Deep conditioning treatments seem like one of those salon luxuries that you add-on if you feel like pampering yourself, but they are actually an important and regular part of your hair care routine. In order to keep your hair hydrated and smooth, you need to have deep conditioning treatments done. This is especially true if you regularly apply heat to your hair – which, frankly, most of us do.

While there are a number of professional deep conditioning products you can purchase in the salon and use in your own home, consider booking yourself for a salon appointment on a regular basis and here’s why:

1) We know exactly what we are doing. There are countless articles on the internet about deep conditioning treatments and many of them contradict each other as to what you should use, for how long and what is the best time to do the treatments. Drop those worries in a second and leave this to the professionals. We have been in the industry for so long we can do these things in our sleep so come in, have a cup of tea and leave your hair to the professionals.

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2) You will leave looking like a runway model. Deep conditioning treatments usually include a blowout and styling so you can take care of your hair and look fabulous too. You might want to schedule a deep conditioning treatment for special event or date nights where you know you need to look your very best. This will take care of two things at once by repairing damaged hair and feeding it nutrients to protect it in the future, while also getting that lovely hair styled to perfection.

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3) It will prep you for your other treatments and hair styling. It might seem like an extra expense but deep conditioning treatments are done not only for the sake of the health of our hair, but also for other hair investments like colour treatments. Weak and dry hair cannot effectively hold colour. By adding moisture back to your hair, it becomes stronger, shinier and can hold colour better. It’s like a big dose of nutrients for your hair.

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Wedding Season “Dos” (And Don’ts!) for Bridal Hair

Wedding season is in full swing at The Gilded Pear and it seems like every weekend this summer we are packed full of bridal parties getting their hair done to look fabulous on these special days! We are experts at doing beautiful bridal updos and styles to complement every detail on your wedding day, and we love completing all bridal party looks to make sure everyone is looking their best too.

There are some important things to think about when it comes to wedding hair so below is our list of Bridal Dos (and Don’ts!):

Get your dress first. If you haven’t decided on your dress, you probably shouldn’t be booking with a stylist yet. Having the dress before you consult with a stylist is going to be a huge help because you can bring all of the information they need to that consultation: information including the length and style of the dress, the neckline, the theme of the wedding and so forth. Don’t leave your dress purchase to the last minute either because chances are that you won’t be able to get an appointment with your top hairstylist if you leave it too late.

Go to the experts. (Well in advance) Once you have a wedding date booked, you will definitely need to book any and all hair appointments immediately to ensure that you can actually get in for trial appointments prior to the day and style appointments on your special day. If you are choosing a higher end salon like The Gilded Pear which specializes in bridal parties and wedding updos, you are going to have make sure you get in as soon as possible. On that note, we obviously recommend ourselves first and foremost since making brides and bridal parties look beautiful is part of what we do best!

Book a trial (on the same day as your dress fitting). Booking a trial consultation is one of the best things you can so with your stylist, especially if you are able to do it the same day as your dress fitting. This will help you to see both key components together to envision how beautiful you are going to look on your special day. If you have some wild ideas in mind, this is the time to discuss them (and even try them) with your stylist. It might be something that works, or it might be something that doesn’t work – either way, getting it out of the way at the trial is the best time to do it…not on your wedding day!

Inform your stylist. Your stylist needs to have an idea of how many people are in your bridal party, what colours they will be wearing, whether you want updos or long tendrils for them and the opposite for the bride, or if there will be a general cohesive look to the whole unit. Stylists need to know wedding themes and what will be taking place at the wedding as far as activities go because all of these things will inform how they style your hair and what kinds of products they use. If there are outdoor picture scheduled and there is a wind around, or you will be in a particularly humid hall, your stylist needs to be aware of anything can possibly influence the look of your style on your special day in order to mitigate shifting hair and keep everything firmly in place.

Don’t go nuts. Your wedding day is not really the time to try crazy new hair trends or do something that is drastically different than the hairstyle you have had for the last 15 years. It’s not the time to shave words into your undercut or get chunky highlights you have never had before. The pictures that you take on your wedding day will be with you for the rest of your lives together so make sure you are making small decisions to keep big faux-pas out of the camera!

Get a hair treatment. Deep conditioning treatments a week before your wedding day are an absolute must and this is another appointment to consider booking well in advance. The benefits of deep conditioning treatments include having softer and stronger hair that is easier to style and work with. Having shinier, healthier looking hair for all of those timeless photos is also a major benefit. And you will just feel more beautiful too!

Accessorize! Don’t be afraid to make a statement with hair accessories rather than going nuts with your hair. Special veils, hair pieces and other “blingy” goodies might be just what your stylist needs to take your hair to the next level. Many salons will actually carry an array of hair accessories to choose from and stylists also have their own personal arsenal for purchase. If you have an accessory in mind, you are going to want to bring it to your initial hair trial so your stylist has time to work with it and see how to best include in the look for your big day.

Wear a button-down shirt on wedding day. This almost goes without saying. The last thing you or your stylist want is to have to drag a tight t-shirt over a perfected coiffed ‘do just to put your dress on. Make sure you are wearing a button down shirt- even if you have to borrow one from the groom-to-be to ensure that every hair stays in place and your hard-earned time sitting in the salon chair isn’t wasted.

Leave yourself a cushion of time. When you are booking your appointment for your wedding day, be sure to tell your stylist that you want some “cushion time” for you and your bridal party. This is excellent so that no one is arriving late to the ceremony because hair time got behind. This also allow professional photographers to spend a bit of extra time capturing the preparation moments in the salon.

Be flexible. This is one of the most important days of your life. Don’t spend it as a puddle of anxiety-riddled goo. All of our previous recommendations are designed to put you at ease. Your stylist will have all the information they need to get the job done and you can just sit back, relax and enjoy getting pampered like a princess. If things aren’t organized down to the minute or your bridal party is a tad behind early in the morning, don’t fret – you booked yourself cushion time, your accessories are ready, you know you are going to look good and you’ve got a warm cup of tea from your stylist to keep the happy feelings flowing. You got this. We got this. Let’s make beautiful things happen together at The Gilded Pear.

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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.

 

Cellulite Elimination and Body Contouring at The Gilded Pear

Body contouring and cellulite elimination are now a possibility with treatments at The Gilded Pear. We use the Lumicell Wave 6 machine to create amazing results in a relatively short period of time.

Cellulite is a common skin condition experienced by most post-pubertal women, as a result of imbalance between the formation and elimination of fat in the body, most commonly in the thigh and buttock areas. Much gender specific fat deposition is based upon hormonal receptor site density and sensitivity in different body regions. Unfortunately, good diet and physical exercise conditioning do not effectively prevent the development of cellulite.

The Gilded Pear is proud to introduce the revolutionary technology in cellulite treatment with Lumicell Wave 6, the next generation of Lumicell Touch, which provides a complete epidermic, dermic, and hypodermic solution to eliminate cellulite. The Lumicell Wave 6 offers superior cellulite treatments through a method that not only addresses beauty, but also well-being and complete body relaxation. It is inspired by energy treatments that eliminate muscular and vascular tension and release vital energies.

What causes cellulite?

Cellulite develops in different stages, each increasingly influenced by estrogen hormones, poor circulation, water retention, increased fat cells, and loss of skin elasticity.

Can diet and exercise get rid of this unsightly problem?

Although diet and exercise are useful in reducing body weight, they have very little impact on cellulite. Since cellulite develops in different layers of skin, a combination of approaches is required to successfully reach and address cellulite at each specific layer.

lumicell 2What are the different stages and how can I recognize them?

Cellulite is classified into four categories

  • Stage 1: “Orange Peel” appearance visible only when pinching the skin
  • Stage 2: “Orange Peel” appearance visible without pinching the skin
  • Stage 3: ”Mattress-like” or “Dimpling” appearance, impaired circulation
  • Stage 4: All of the above in addition to A loss of skin elasticity causing fat clusters, rippling effect, and vascular problems such as spider veins and bruising

The Lumicell Wave 6 is the only cellulite management system that combines the finest technologies to successfully target all cellulite-related problems:

  • Heavy legs
  • Orange peel appearance
  • Dimpling of the skin
  • Rippling of the inner thighs
  • Localized fat deposits
  • Skin contour irregularities

Lumicell Wave 6 combines 4 non-invasive technologies, working together in synergy to target all cellulite related problems, body remodelling and drainage needs.

  • Photo-Pneumatic Massage: Pneumatic Massage
  • Infrared light 900nm
  • 1 MHz Ultrasound
  • Bipolar Radiofrequency
  • Needle Free Mesotherapy (optional)

Pneumatic Massage:

  • The skin is suctioned, lifted and rolled between two rollers;
  • Increases blood and lymphatic circulation;
  • Breaks down water pockets responsible for the skin’s dimpled appearance;
  • Softens the fibrous adhesions responsible for the skin’s pitted appearance.

Infrared light 900 nanometers:

  • Generates thermal action superior to 40 degrees Celsius on adipocytes;
  • Increases lipolytic activity by stimulating beta receptors;
  • Increases cellular energy as well as the skin’s repair and regeneration mechanisms;
  • Warms subcutaneous tissue, preparing them for Ultrasound and bipolar RF treatments.

The Photo-Pneumatic massage heads warm the subcutaneous tissues, making them more malleable. They stimulate local blood circulation and increase lipolysis. The photo-pneumatic function considerably improves the appearance of cellulite.

1 MHz Ultrasound:

  • This specific frequency is the only one that delivers dual action: it inhibits the Alpha receptors, responsible for storing fat (lipogenesis), while stimulating the Beta receptors, to induces lipolysis by increasing norepinephrine secretion which stimulate the natural elimination of fat.
  • High speed vibrations (1 million vibrations per second);
  • Generates thermal action superior to 50 degrees Celsius on adipocytes;
  • Reduces the amount of localized and hard to eliminate fat deposits, skin dimpling as well as the circumference of treated areas;
  • Improves silhouette and skin texture.

Bipolar Radiofrequency:

  • A technology that is exclusive to Silhouet-Tone. Safe and painless, this technology only delivers thermal energy to the deep sub-cutaneous tissue, with no risk of burning or discomfort.
  • Electromagnetic energy;
  • Significantly firms the dermis and deep subcutaneous tissue in a gradual and controlled manner;
  • Reshapes the silhouette by improving the skin’s firmness and regularize the skin’s superficial and deep relief;
  • Reduces fat deposits through successive thermolipolysis.

The fat cells are subjected to an assault from three types of heat inducing technologies, dramatically increasing the elimination of fat. The compounded thermal action is much greater than each one on its own.

Needle Free Mesotherapy:

  • Electroporation is used to help powerful lipolytic products that have a greater molecular weight penetrate through the cell membrane;
  • The percentage of product penetration is 65-95% vs. traditional galvanic current which is limited to 3-10%;
  • Significantly improves results of other treatments.

The Lumicell Wave 6 system consecutively treats both the subcutaneous and adipose layers in one session.


FAQs of Cellulite Removal with Lumicell Wave 6

Which parts of the body can be treated?

Lumicell Wave 6 may be used to remove cellulite in arms, thighs, hips, and buttocks.

How long does the cellulite removal procedure take?

With Lumicell Wave 6, each cullulite treatment takes 30 to 60 minutes, which depends on the condition of your cellulite.

When can one expect to see visible results?

Age and severity of conditions determine the number of treatments required to achieve optimal results. 8-12 treatments is typically required. It is recommended that treatments are booked about twice a week. A regularly scheduled series of treatments will result in a dramatic reduction of cellulite and firmer, more beautiful, smoother-looking skin.