Care Instructions for Permanent Makeup & Scalp MicroPigmentation


  • Absolutely NO sun or tanning for at least 3 weeks prior to your procedure.
  • Must be off Accutane for 1 year – NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Avoid alcohol or caffeine prior to procedure. This will minimize any oozing, swelling or excess bleeding during or after the procedure.
  • If possible, schedule appointments around your menstrual cycle. Having a procedure while on your menstrual cycle can make you hyper-sensitive at the procedure site.
  • If you are having an eyeliner procedure and have hyper sensitive eyes, watery eyes, tear ducts, plugs or severe allergies, this may not be the procedure for you. Our eyes produce saline-salt water and this WILL cause the area treated to fade or not take the color at all. Additional procedures may be required (we charge for any additional appointments, including touch-ups).
  • Arrive with your eyeliner on how you like it if you would like to show me otherwise, no makeup.
  • Bring eyeglasses as needed. DO NOT wear contacts for eyeliner procedures.
  • Do not plan around any important events. We recommend 10 days for proper healing.

  • Do not pick/tweeze/wax/perform electrolysis one week before procedure.
  • Do not tan two weeks prior or have sunburned face.
  • Do not have any type of facial/peel 2 weeks prior to treatment.
  • Discontinue Vitamin A/Retinol products one month prior to treatment.
  • Do not work out the day of the procedure.
  • Do not have Botox 3 weeks prior.
  • Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior (natural blood thinners).
  • Do not wax or tint your eyebrows 3 days before the procedure.

In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor color deposit:

  • Do not drink alcohol 24 - 48 hours before your tattoo.
  • Do not consume coffee before your procedure.
  • Do not take an aspirin or ibuprofen for pain relief (this thins the blood).

  • Clients need to follow all after care instruction for maximum results of their procedures.
  • Gently use a cold cloth to pat away any excess lymph (fluid) from the procedure area immediately, before and after you to go bed, and upon rising in the morning.
  • Do not touch the healing pigmented area with your fingers, they may have bacteria on them and create an infection during the healing process.
  • Apply a very thin layer of an all nature salve morning and night.
  • Do not apply make-up on procedure area, tinting of lashes or brows, sun, soap, sauna, steam exercise, hot yoga, Jacuzzi, swimming in chorine pools or in the ocean for 10 days post procedure.
  • Do not rub or traumatize the procedure area while it is healing, pigment may be removed along with crusting tissue.
  • Sleep on a clean satin pillowcase while the procedure area is healing.
  • If you have any questions, please notify your technician immediately.
  • Remember all procedures must heal, peel, and fade. This process can take up to 10 days.
  • The color will look much darker for the first 10 days.
  • You may use ice packs to relieve swelling.
  • Absolutely no sun or tanning prior or after, for at least 3 weeks.
  • Avoid direct shower water on the treated area after procedure.
  • Avoid extreme exercise (sweating) immediately after the procedure. Sweat will fade the pigments prematurely.

  • Do not use mascara for 7 days post procedure. When you do resume the use of mascara, purchase a new tube, the old tube may have bacteria in it. This includes all eye makeup.
  • Do not use you eyelash curler for a few days pre and post procedure. Clean your eyelash curler with alcohol prior to reusing it to destroy any bacteria on it.
  • DO NOT use oily makeup remover, baby oil, mineral oil, or heavy creams, especially glycolics around the eyes. This will prevent proper healing.
  • Do not wear your contacts for 24 hours post procedure, wear glasses. If eyes are irritated do not use contacts until your eyes feel better.
  • Do not scratch or rub your eyes. Use an eye wash if eyes itch.
  • Sleep on a clean satin pillowcase. Sleep on 2 pillows or in a upward position. This will help to alleviate eye area swelling.
  • Touching your eyes with your fingers, unclean cotton swabs, old products or other, may result in an eye infection, corneal abrasion or pink eye.
  • Do not apply individual lashes or strip eyelashes to the eyelash area. You will pull off your pigment.

  • Clients need to follow all after care instruction for maximum results of their procedures.
  • Gently use a cold cloth to pat away any excess lymph (fluid) from the procedure area immediately, before and after you to go bed, and upon rising in the morning.
  • Do not touch the healing pigmented area with your fingers, they may have bacteria on them and create an infection during the healing process.
  • Apply a very thin layer of an all nature salve morning and night.
  • Do not apply make-up on procedure area, tinting of lashes or brows, sun, soap, sauna, steam exercise, hot yoga, Jacuzzi, swimming in chorine pools or in the ocean for 10 days post procedure.
  • Do not rub or traumatize the procedure area while it is healing, pigment may be removed along with crusting tissue.
  • Sleep on a clean satin pillowcase while the procedure area is healing.
  • If you have any questions, please notify your technician immediately.
  • Remember all procedures must heal, peel, and fade. This process can take up to 10 days.
  • The color will look much darker for the first 10 days.
  • You may use ice packs to relieve swelling.
  • Absolutely no sun or tanning prior or after, for at least 3 weeks.
  • Avoid direct shower water on the treated area after procedure.
  • Avoid extreme exercise (sweating) immediately after the procedure. Sweat will fade the pigments prematurely.

    A.W.M. (Absorb. Wash. Moisturize.)

    The day of the treatment: Absorb

  • Gently blot the area with clean tissue to absorb excess lymph fluid. Do this every 5 minutes for the full day until oozing has stopped. Removing this fluid prevents hardening of the lymph.
  • Days 1-7: Wash

  • Wash daily to remove bacteria and dead skin. (Don't worry.... THIS DOES NOT REMOVE THE PIGMENT!)
  • Gently wash your eyebrows each morning and night with water and an antibacterial soap like Dial Soap, Cetaphil or Neutrogena. With a very light touch, use your fingertips to gently cleanse the eyebrows. Rub the area in a smooth motion for 10 seconds and rinse with water ensuring that all soap is rinsed away. To dry, gently pat with a clean tissue. DO NOT use any cleansing products containing acids (glycolic, lactic, or AHA), or any exfoliants.
  • Days 1-7 Moisturize

  • Apply a rice grain amount of aftercare ointment with a cotton swab and spread it across the treated area. Be sure not to over-apply as this will suffocate your skin and delay healing. The ointment should be barely noticeable on the skin. Never put the ointment on a wet or damp tattoo. We recommend Joshua Tree, but any all natural healing salve will work.
  • AWM should have you covered, but here are some extra tips to help with a smooth and easy recovery:

  • Use a fresh pillowcase.
  • Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate away. Picking can cause scarring or loss of color.
  • No facials, Botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.
  • Avoid hot, sweaty exercise for one week.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 4 weeks after procedure. Wear a hat when outdoors.
  • Avoid heavy sweating and long hot showers for the first 10 days.
  • Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days.
  • Avoid swimming, lakes, hot tubs for the first 10 days.
  • Avoid topical makeup including sunscreen on the area.
  • DO NOT rub, pick or scratch the treated area.
  • Important note about showering: Limit your showers to 5 minutes so you do not create too much steam. Keep your face/procedure out of the water while you wash your body, then, at the end of your shower, wash your hair. Your face should only be getting wet at the very last end of the shower. Avoid excessive rinsing and hot water on the treated area.

    Day 1-3

  • First of all, relax. You’ve probably been building up to your first session, and pre-treatment anxiety is common. Now is the perfect time to take a deep breath.
  • You should try to avoid any physical effort which might make you sweat. Don’t wash your head or get water on it. The desire to wash your scalp may be strong, but for the first three days you should resist the temptation.
  • Day 4-6

  • You can consider shaving your head at this point. Use an electric foil shaver as these are less likely to disturb your pigments. However, keep the shaver away from scabs that are still present on your head and don’t try to peel them away.
  • Now is also a good time to get some water on your head. A light shower will do the trick, but avoid shampoo.
  • You can also moisture your head and you can perform activities from which you sweat lightly. Lift some weights at a low pace but avoid tough cardio sessions.
  • Day 7 onwards

  • At this point, you can resume your showering sessions and get back to your usual schedule. There won’t be any issues with the water or with the shampoo when you wash your scalp.
  • This is the time when you might consider using a razor blade to shave your head. However, avoid using it if there are still healing scabs on the skin.
  • If you’re itching to get back to the gym, you can now get back to your usual routine and sweat as much as you’d like.
  • Day 30 (after all sessions are complete)

  • Fake tan, saunas and swimming pools are fine from here on.
  • If you live in a warm, sunny climate, take adequate precautions. A quality non-greasy sunscreen is best.
  • Moisturize daily with a light moisturizing cream.
  • Although not compulsory, I recommending taking measures to avoid head shine. See this postfor more information.

  • Dry healing has resulted in optimum results, however, if the client is active in high risk areas an occlusive wound dressing for several days is required to prevent bacterial invasion of the wound. Some high-risk areas would include but are not limited to: Exercise gyms, Schools, Hospitals, Home care facilities High public traffic areas such as hotels, airports, grocery stores, etc.
  • Avoid contact with the procedural area directly with hands that have not been thoroughly washed.
  • For several hours, and in some instances longer, the wound will ooze body fluids. These fluids can be blotted off by applying pressure (no rubbing) with a slightly moist paper towel.
  • The procedural area should be cleansed with a product such as Cetaphyl® or Cerave; gentle products without fragrance, acid ingredients etc.
  • Topical cosmetics may not be applied over the procedural area to diffuse or hide the appearance of the wound. Cosmetics contain ingredients that are contraindicative to healing wounds, may contain bacteria, and also require removal which requires contact with the crusts of the tattoo lightened area.
  • Take measures to keep the tattoo lightened area dry when bathing. This is more difficult for body art tattoos. While showering, people who have had cosmetic tattoos lightened may turn their back to the shower spray and gently blot off any moisture with a paper towel.
  • Under no circumstances should the crusts that develop over the wound be removed. The crusts will become less noticeable with the natural exfoliation of the dead skin cells that are naturally replaced by the body during the healing process.

  • Use sun block on procedure area, when area is healed, to prevent future fading of pigment color.
  • Tanning and sun will fade area if not protected.
  • Failure to follow the above steps can result in less than desired results.
  • Do not use ANY products that contain AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy, or Hydroxy Acids), Vitamin A, Retinol A or similar lighting and peeling products on the procedure area. (Example Glycolic, Lactic Acids. Check your product labeling). These products will fade your pigment color. Using RevitaLash, Latisse or other hair growing products may lighten the procedure area as well. Read the ingredients on the back of every bottle of product that you will be using.