I am excited to share my experiences of having my eyebrows tattooed with Belinda Hayle. I had them done in October 2015 and have been meaning to share this post for a while. lol
They call it ‘Semi permanent makeup’ because it is designed to be topped up so that in years to come when the shape of your face may change for example, that you can change the shape and keep it looking natural. They should follow the natural shape of your brows.
It took me a while to decide on the clinic that I wanted to use. I highly advice doing your research as i have seen some DIRE eyebrows! Far too thick and dark and completely un natural.
Some tattoos turn blue cause of the quality of the products they are using. If anyone has read previous posts you will know that i suffer with image anxiety as it is, so the thought of being left with completely hideous eyebrows scared the crap out of me!
For this reason I chose a clinic who specialise in this type of permanent makeup. Not some tattoo place that ‘has done a few eyebrows too’. I also did not want to go somewhere just because of a lower price or promotional deal. I believe with something like this you get what you pay for. I chose this clinic because they have been featured in the press, various celebrities use it and they have had fantastic reviews. I also went via word of mouth as I know someone who also used the clinic and was happy with the results.
I made my initial enquiry via email and was given a date for my consultation. The only downside was that it was a 2 month wait, and i presume this was because they are hugely popular. The nearer my appointment came, the more excited I was, and i knew that i was definitely going to get them done. So I called a few weeks before my consultation to see if i could book an appointment in advance to have the actual treatment as i didn’t want to wait another two months. Luckily they had a space a week after my consultation! 🙂
Post Consultation Prep:
Well my natural hair colour is Ash Brown/Dark Blonde but I had been dying it for EVER… At least 20 years, to dark brown and sometimes black. With having my eye brows tattooed i was anxious about them choosing the wrong colour. Obviously they know what they are doing and choose a colour to suit your skin tone and not hair colour. I let my dyed hair fade and routes come through long enough and in time for my consultation. I felt better knowing that they had seen the real me lol
My initial consultation was with the company director, Belinda Hayle herself. The clinic is a purpose built building behind her home. She made me feel welcome and ran me through all I needed to know. I had pencilled my eyebrows to an inch of their life as usual, for the appointment so that they could see how i liked to shape my brows. I also made sure she saw my eyebrows without makeup so i used a wipe to take them off… by which time i felt completely naked!
They took 100 deposit and I left excited! I was a little disappointed to be booked in with one of her qualified technicians but Belinda herself cant be expected to work on her own, especially with the business being so popular and the clinic itself is a teaching academy.
What they say:
‘Permanent cosmetic eyebrow enhancement washes any worries away (not your eyebrows). A colour will be custom blended for you, and then I will take great care to design your new brow shape, using my special Arch Angel technique (exclusive to Belinda Hayle Aesthetics) and once you are happy, I will start infusing the colour with delicate hairstrokes into the upper layer of the skin. Discomfort is minimal, and most clients will have a well deserved snooze during the treatment. The whole process takes approximatley 1.5 hours, and you will leave with beautiful, coutured brows that will be the envy of your friends and family’.
The day of treatment:
BEFORE (MY OWN EYEBROW MAKEUP)
MAKEUP OFF (hideous photo! lol)
They anaesthetised my eyebrows. I can only describe it as It felt like the tattoo had started already as it was a scratching method. This was to open the skin/pores so that the anaesthetics would get in.
She then measured and drew the desired shape giving me more of a higher arch and adding shape to my flat eyebrows. She was very precise and got me to sit up as well as lay down and turn my face in various angles. I liked that she was being so thorough. Belinda came in just after she had finished and had a look. She gave her opinion and together they made a few further tweeks. I was happy to have her input before the tattoo begun.
At first my eyebrows were darker (than now) and the area a little red. They told me they would lighten by 50% but to be honest i was pretty happy with the colour they were already. I thought that like a normal tattoo, it starts REALLY dark before scabbing, but I could see straight away the difference between the ink. I was given some vaseline type ointment to put on my eyebrows every three hours. I was also given instructions on how to maintain my brows and care for them in the leading weeks. I was not allowed to get them wet, and if i did i had to pat them dry and to smother them with a thick layer of vaseline when washing my hair or showering.
There has been no obvious scabbing
I can honestly say this has changed my life. If i want heavier eyebrows i do still use makeup but on a day to day basis I don’t need to do anything.
I am due for a year top up so will let you know how that turns out