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Combo Brows: Healing process

Microblading and powder brows are used in combo brows (shading). From the beginning to the middle of the brow, microblading hair-like strokes are used to give the brow a natural look, which transitions to a powdered effect in the body and tail of the brow to give it more fullness and density. When compared to microblading alone, this effect will appear natural but will be darker and fuller.

Prior to Your Consultation

Avoid drinking coffee or any other caffeinated beverages before your visit; we know it's difficult!

Avoid consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours before to the operation.

Three days before your appointment, avoid tanning or sunbathing.

For at least one week, avoid chemical peels and aggressive exfoliation treatments.

For two weeks, avoid using Retin-A/Retinoids/Retinols, Fillers, and Botox.

24 hours before, avoid taking fish oil, vitamin E, aspirin, and other blood thinners

Please contact us if you have any queries regarding these limits. We'd be delighted to assist you.


Aftercare is crucial, and looking after your new brows is crucial for longevity and the best results.

7 days after your procedure, avoid touching your eyebrows with water, lotion, soap, or makeup.

Wash your face carefully around the eyebrow without getting water on the area. During the shower, keep your face away from the showerhead or take a bath.

After 4 days, make sure your hands are very clean, and gently apply the post-care ointment with a cotton swab and clean hands. Please be sure to use the ointment sparingly as your skin needs to heal itself. This can be done twice a day: morning and night. The brows should not appear greasy, glossy, or shiny which happens if you applied too much. This can suffocate the skin and delay healing. Never apply on wet/damp brows and continue putting on the ointment until your brows are no longer scabbing.

The following must be avoided 14 days post-procedure:

Touching of the eyebrow area except for rinsing and applying the post-care ointment with a cotton swab.

Picking, peeling or scratching of the brow area to avoid scarring of the area or removal of the pigment.

Sun tanning. Exposure to UV/UVA rays or chemicals as they have been known to cause a shift in color and premature fading.

Hot sauna, hot bath, long showers, or jacuzzi

Increased sweating


Practicing sports

Heavy household cleaning where there is a lot of airborne debris.

Driving in an open-air vehicle such as convertibles, boats, bicycles, or motorcycles.

Facials, lasers, chemical treatments, peels, and any creams containing Retin-A or Glycolic acid on the treatment area

Drinking alcohol in excess as it may lead to slow healing of wounds.

Healing Timeline:

Your brows will heal in 4 stages:

1st Stage (Week 1) - Dark, Bold, and Unnatural

Brows will start to develop a thin layer of scab.

2nd Stage (Week 2) - Itchy, Peeling, Patchy

The scab is starting to feel tight and dry. Itching and flaking will occur during this week. This is the beginning stages of scabs peeling off. Avoid picking or scratching as it can pull off scabs prematurely and cause patchy results or scarring.

3rd Stage (Week 3) - Light and Uneven

Scabs are done peeling. Brows will appear very light after scabs come off (the lightness will vary for each individual), every week for up to 6 weeks, the color will continue to surface, and brows will get darker. Brows are safe from water and clients may return to their normal skincare routine.

4th Stage (Week 4) - Brows Get Darker and Fuller

At this stage, the color of the brows is complete and all redness is gone. Brows have fully healed. A complimentary touch-up will be needed to make proper adjustments after at least 6 weeks.


Once the eyebrow area has fully healed, a touch-up is necessary to secure the foundation of the pigment. A touch-up appointment can be made 6-8 weeks after your first session.

Once completely healed, always apply a layer of sunscreen SPF 30 to 50 on your eyebrows when exposed to the sun. Sun exposure might cause the color pigment to fade away more quickly.


Do you like what you've read and want to give it a try? Feel free to email me, Sumiko Lui, at or book your appointments here.

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