By Sajra Kajtezovic


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Q&A: Answers to the most common questions

Q: What is permanent Makeup?

A: Permanent Makeup is more than just applying color to a client’s skin.

Permanent Makeup is cosmetic tattooing; the process of putting small particles of pigment into the dermal layer of the skin. It is a dynamic field that is constantly improving in techniques, continuing education, credentialing, and infection control. The procedure is considered permanent, although subject to fading over time. The degree of permanency will vary from client to client because their bodies and lifestyles are unique. Permanent Makeup is used to enhance and correct facial features resulting in a soft, natural looking enhancement to your own natural beauty. To keep your Permanent Makeup looking great, a color refresher is recommended every one to two years.

Q: What is Keratin?

Keratin is an extremely strong protein that is a major component in skin, hair, nails, hooves, horns, and teeth. The amino acids which combine to form it have several unique properties and, depending on the levels of the various amino acids, it can be inflexible and hard, like hooves, or soft, as is the case with skin. Most people interact with this tissue after it is actually dead; hair, skin, and nails are all formed from dead cells that the body sheds as new cells push up from underneath. If the dead cells are kept in good condition, they will serve as an insulating layer to protect the delicate new tissue below them.

Keratin hair extensions are long-lasting hair extensions that are attached to existing hair. The end of the hair extension is dipped in a clear, keratin-based adhesive. Depending on the amount of keratin used, the extensions can be attached by glue, clips, or thermal fusion. They are one of the most popular types of hair extensions and the kind most often used for celebrity hair extensions. The extensions last for months, much longer than other varieties of hair extensions.

The extensions themselves look like a small wisp of your own hair, but with a keratin-based dried "glue" at one end. They can be curled, dyed, straightened, styled with heat—everything you'd do to your own hair. In order to attach them, either heat or ultrasonic waves (depending on where you go and what type of device is used) fuses that keratin "glue" to your hair. The extensions are placed in rows so that they always remain strategically covered by another piece of hair, even if you wear a ponytail.

"Extensions are not for the low-maintenance," s If you're a wash-and-go type of girl who doesn't even get blowouts often, then think twice. Extensions = responsibility. "You’ll need to make sure you have a special brush  "A lot of girls are afraid of brushing their hair when they have extensions, but this is key to keeping the hair tangle-free and healthy."

Q: Can you tell me about the procedure?

A: First, I use a regular eyebrow pencil to shape and color the brow - and once you are happy with the color and shape, a topical anaesthetic is applied to numb the skin.

Next, a fine needle  is used to tattoo individual hairs - more irritating than painful. The process is the same for the eyeliner, lips and head hair pigments.

Q: What happens after I contact you?

When the client calls to schedule I email them pre and post op instructions as well as a medical consent form. I inform them about how the procedure is done . I Ask them the questions above, I take the deposit and schedule the time and location that works for both of us. Then, if they are not able to print or bring consent forms filled out. I ask them to come in 15 minutes prior to their appointment to fill out the paperwork. I explain that the procedure takes 2 hours.

When they come in we go over medical history I explain post op instructions. We go over the shape and the color. I take pictures of before and with measurements.  I go over pre-instructions with the client such as: are you pregnant? Are you taking any medication?. If they take any blood thinners they need to be off those 24 hours prior to procedure.

If they work out on a daily bases they can't work out 12 hours prior to procedure and 24 hours after procedure. If they have a history of cold sores they need consent from their doctor and they need to take medication prior to treatment as well as after treatment. We can't do procedure if they are on their menstrual period because the body rejects the pigments and it could not take well. I explain that they can't be exposed to sun 7-10 days after the procedure. They need to apply Vaseline for 7-10 days after the procedure. I explain that it will be scabby and they can't peel it off because that pulls the pigments out.

Q: What happens on the day of the procedure?

On the day of the procedure I place anesthetic and after the anesthetic starts working we start the procedure. During the procedure I make sure they are comfortable and I explain what I am doing step-by-step as I am doing it. After the procedure I take pictures and explain again post op instructions, answer any questions, explain about touch up procedure and inform them that I would check on them the next day to see how they are doing. I try to schedule them for their 6 week touch up right away and deposit is not required for that procedure however if they can't make it they need to let me know ahead if they wait more than 3 months touch up procedure will be considered as if they did new procedure.

I follow up with all my clients the next day to see how they are doing and if everything is okay.

Q: Are you licensed?

A: Yes, I am licensed by the Illinois Department of Health.  This is very important because you don’t want just anyone to be sticking needles into your skin or someone who is not trained on the process of sterilization and preventing infections.

Q: Does my medical history matter?

A: Yes, part of our initial consultation involves collecting a medical History form from you to ensure that you are qualified to receive the procedure.  

Q: What other forms do you collect?

A: I request a consent form from the client as part of the initial consultation.  This is to ensure that you understand the procedure and to ensure that you get the best service possible.

Q: Do you work with kids and teens?

A: Yes, I do work with clients under the age of 18 but do require a consent form signed by their parents of adult guardian.

Q: How do you ensure my safety?


Q: Do you work on clients who have had prior work done by someone else?

A: Yes, however, if the treatment was just done they need to wait 6 weeks in order for me to correct it or do touch ups.

Q: Does it matter if I have cold sores when doing lip work?

A: Yes, cold sores are part of the medical history questionnaire.  I also require that the client is being treated with medication and also require a consent form from their physician.

Q: Does the work require multiple visits?

A: Most clients don’t require multiple visits and the work can last up to 14 years. However, all bodies are different so from time-to-time there is a need for touch ups.  If touch ups are needed, the client has to wait a minimum of six weeks for any touch ups in order to let the body heal from the initial work.

Q: How long does the make up last?

A: Depending on human bodies, it can last up to 14 years.  If the client works out a lot and/or is on any blood thinners or medication it will last less.  Also, if clients consume a lot of alcohol this thins out the pigments and it fades faster.

Q:How much are your consultations?

A: I give free phone consultations. I request photos from the clients.  I also explain how treatment is done, how it will look and why I do it the way I do.

Q: Where is this treatment done?

A: I work out of different salons in different locations.  If a client prefers, I can meet them there or I can go to their house.

Q: What happens if I need to cancel?

A: I require a $50 dollar deposit to hold an appointment time. If the the client cancels within 24 hours of their appointment the client loses the deposit.  If they show up the deposit is used towards their treatment.

Q: What type of products do you use?

A: I use all organic products that are allergy free and made in the USA

Q: Do you do “beauty marks”?

A: Yes, beauty marks are one of my many specialties

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