MICROBLADING
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PERMANENT COSMETICS

What is Ink’d Arch?

Ink’d Arch is a cosmetic tattoo studio that specializes in customized brow services. Manual and/or mechanical techniques are used to implant pigment into the skin to enhance, reshape and/or create a natural looking eyebrow. All styles vary from natural to bold depending on preference and desired result.

Microblading

Manual technique where hair strokes are applied to the skin to enhance and define a natural looking eyebrow. Suitable for normal to dry skin types and produces the most natural results when performed on a naturally full eyebrow.

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Powder Brow

Mechanical technique that applies soft edge microshading to enhance, reshape, and/or create a shaded eyebrow. Styles vary from soft to bold depending on preference. Suitable for all amounts of natural brow hair and most skin types.

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Combination Brow

Combined technique that applies hair strokes with shading to enhance, reshape, and/or create a soft shaded eyebrow. Suitable for most skin types. Variations of the combination brow are used depending on natural brow hair and desired result.

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Refresh

All services after the initial session to give a refreshed look and fill any gaps or faded areas. All refresh services are reserved for existing Ink'd Arch guests only.

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Consultation

Separate visit prior to an initial session appointment dedicated to discussing and determining which treatment would be most suitable based on skin type, lifestyle, existing brow hair and desired result. Separate consultations are best for those that are undecided about having a brow treatment done. The consultation and the initial brow session would be two separate appointments.

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Saline Lightening/Removal

Lightening and/or removal of existing brow work or small body tattoos. For brows, this method is mainly used when the desired shape and/or color cannot be achieved with color and/or shape correction alone.

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Emergency Lightening/Removal

Emergency lightening/removal of tattooed brows done elsewhere within the past 48 hours. Emergency lightening/removal can be performed up to 72 hours but is most successful when performed within 48 hours of the pigment being deposited. Although the success rate of emergency removal is high, results cannot be foreseen, predicted or guaranteed.

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-J. Terban-Hertell

"The one thing I hear most often from my clients is that it's life changing, which is not a quote I thought I would hear when talking about eyebrows."

An initial permanent cosmetic brow service is a two step process. The initial session and the perfecting touch up session, which are scheduled approximately 6-8 weeks apart.

The initial session includes a full consultation, where the best technique to achieve the desired result is determined. The amount of existing brow hair, skin type and lifestyle are also key factors in which treatment would be most suitable. Facial measuring and mapping is performed to obtain the most balanced brow shape and placement to best compliment facial features. The suggested shape is outlined and discussed, and natural color matching is selected based on skin tone and brow hair. Topical anesthetics are used prior to and throughout the treatment to keep every guest comfortable. Aftercare instructions are thoroughly explained and given to take home with each aftercare package, and the perfecting session is scheduled.

The perfecting touch up session is essential to the process because this is where the healed results are accessed, and any inconsistencies that may have occurred during the healing process are rectified. This is also where the pigment and shape is reinforced to obtain lasting results. The aftercare and healing process is the same after the perfecting session as it was after the initial session.

Please note… some skin types may require an additional perfecting session to achieve maximum results, and one can be scheduled for 6-8 weeks after if needed.
You are NOT a suitable candidate for permanent cosmetics if you currently have/are...

  • Pregnant or nursing
  • Undergoing chemotherapy
  • Viral infections and/or diseases
  • Skin Irritations or Psoriasis near the area to be treated (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)
  • History of, or are prone to keloids, hypertrophic scarring and/or post-inflammatory hypo-pigmentation
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Poor general health
  • Used Accutane, oral tretinoin or isotretinoinin the past year
  • Had Botox in that last month
  • Had fillers in the brow area in the last month
  • Allergic reactions to metals, hair dyes and/or topical makeup products
  • Oily skin (for microblading)
  • Are not able lay flat and/or still for an extended period of time


You MUST obtain proper medical clearance (on doctors Rx pad) if you currently or previously have/are...

  • Undergone chemotherapy and/or radiation
  • Insulin dependent diabetic
  • Hepatitis A, B, C
  • Autoimmune disorder
  • Heart disease, heart attack and/or heart condition
  • Valve replacement, valve implants, mitral valve prolapse
  • Pacemaker, stents, joint replacement, titanium rods or screws
  • Antibiotic therapy prior to dental procedures
  • Any illness, treatment/medication that compromises the immune system and healing
  • Organ transplant
  • Glaucoma or any other eye disease, disorder or trauma
  • Pre-existing nerve damage on the area to be treated
  • Epilepsy, seizures and/or fainting spells
  • Hemophilia or clotting disorder


Factors to be considered and to be avoided prior to permanent cosmetic application...

  • Dark pre-existing eyebrow tattooing and/or permanent makeup
  • Blood thinners (Advil, ibuprofen, aspirin, niacin, vitamin E, fish oil, etc.)
  • Aging skin that has lost elasticity around the eye and brow area
  • Allergy to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine, epinephrine, alcohol or any numbing agents
  • Botox and/or filler treatments
  • Cosmetic surgery of any kind on or around the brow area
  • Chemical peels/facials
  • Tanning by booth or sun
  • Use of skin care products containing Retin-A, glycolic acid or alpha hydroxyl acid
Microblading is best suited for those with naturally full brows. It just adds definition to the existing shape. It does not eliminate the need to fill the brows in if you’re used to seeing them with brow pencil or powder. No matter the amount of natural brow hair, there will always be spaces in between the individual hair strokes where you will see bare skin. Microblading is best for dry to normal skin types. In most cases, you need to wait until the brows are almost 60-70% faded to have a microblading touch up in the future. This is so enough pigment is faded out to maintain the hair stroke appearance.

The powder brow is the most suitable technique for all amounts of natural brow hair and most skin types. Whether there is no hair or they are thin and sparse or full and thick. It leaves a soft silhouette of color in the skin that creates a natural day-to-day look that can quickly and easily be touched up with brow pencil or powder to create a more dramatic or makeup filled look. The powder brow can be touched up annually or whenever the pigment seems to be fading or you would like to refresh the color.

The combination brow is a mixture of microbladed hair strokes and powder shading that is suitable for most skin types depending on the amount and placement of the hair strokes. There are different variations of the combination brow that are used depending on the amount of natural brow hair and the desired result. Touch ups would be determined by the amount and placement of the hair strokes.


**Please note…. Every person has a different skin type, underlying condition(s), lifestyle, daily routine, etc. that is unique to them and their outcome. With all treatments, each individual guest will heal differently and produce different results.
You can select whichever initial session service you‘d like when scheduling. The first part of your appointment will be a full consultation where we will determine which treatment is most suitable based on your skin type, natural brow hair, lifestyle and desired results.
Depending on the desired application(s), the initial appointment takes approximately 3 hours. Which includes full consultation, facial mapping and measuring, desired shape and pigment selection, application of permanent cosmetic, aftercare and booking of perfecting touch up session. The perfecting touch up session takes approximately 2 hours, depending on the outcome of the healing process.

Refresh sessions are approximately 2-3 hours depending on pigment retention and what is needed to fully refresh the brows.

**Please note... The duration of each session is listed with the service when booking. If you are unable to attend for the full appointment time, the service will not be completed and cannot be rescheduled for another day. Please be sure to schedule accordingly.
Microblading is a permanent cosmetic treatment where pigment is implanted into the skin in small hair-like strokes. Microblading may feel like it fades faster than other brow treatments because much less pigment is implanted in the skin with the hairstroke technique.

A powder brow is a permanent cosmetic treatment where pigment is implanted in the skin to create a soft shaded appearance throughout the entire brow. The powder brow may feel like it lasts longer than the other treatments because much more pigment is implanted in the skin with this technique, therefore it takes longer for it to fade out.

The combination brow, which is a mixture of microblading and powder shading, will follow the above guidelines for each service depending on the variation on the combo and the amount and placement of the hair strokes and powder shading.

With all treatments, time, lifestyle, daily routine, skin type, etc.—which all vary greatly from person to person—are the factors that determine how long the pigment will last in the skin. Some skin types and pigment colors may require more frequent touch ups than others.

On average, cosmetic tattooing pigment should last approximately 1-3 years.
With microblading, to maintain the hair stroke appearance, you want at least 60-70% of the pigment faded before refreshing the entire brow. Without having a good amount of pigment faded, the area will become over saturated and cause the strokes to blur together. Over saturation can also cause the pigment to migrate and change the shape of the brow, as well as become one solid area of color. Ideally, you want the brows almost completely faded and back to natural before covering the entire brow with more pigment. This is the best way to keep the hair stroke look of microblading.


With a powder or combination brow, you want the pigment to be at least 50% faded before having them touched up. Although, you still do not want to over saturate the area, as this can cause the pigment to migrate and change the shape of the brow.
If your brows were done by another artist and you are due for a touch up, you need to schedule an Initial Session. All first time Ink'd Arch guests are considered an initial session.

This is because there is much more work involved when there is unknown existing pigment in the skin. Multiple factors come into play when the area has already been treated. There are different techniques, pigments, patterns, blades and needles that each individual artist customizes for each guest. All of these factors fade out differently over time and cannot be visually determined, as each persons skin reacts differently. You cannot know the starting point by looking at the ending.

Microblading is the most superficial of all the brow treatments and is not recommended to correct or cover old work. In some cases if the pigment is faded enough, it may be possible to select a treatment that can be done.

If you have previous work and would like to have your brows done, you must send clear photos or schedule a consultation prior to the initial session to determine if they can be done.
**in some cases there may be an additional correction fee

Yes, there is a cancellation list for scheduled guests to possibly get an earlier date if one becomes available. When scheduling, just ask to be added to the list in the booking notes section. If you are only available on certain days or times, please add that in the notes as well. There is not a cancellation list for those who are not already on the schedule.
You do NOT shave off your eyebrows before microblading. Facial measuring and mapping is determined by your bone structure, face shape and existing brow hair. Once the desired shape is drawn out and approved, the technique is applied in and around the existing brow hair. Any stray hairs outside of that shape are cleaned up during the session, as you would with routine waxing or tweezing.
To ensure your are as comfortable as possible during the treatment, please be sure to follow all pre-appointment instructions as closely as possible. A strong topical anesthetic cream is used prior to, and during the treatment. Some clients find it uncomfortable, while others report no discomfort at all.

**Ladies, avoid booking during your menstrual cycle, as it can increase your pain.
  • Do not have any type of chemical peel 4 weeks prior to the treatment. The skin needs time to properly and fully heal.
  • Do not have Botox 4 weeks prior to the treatment. If Botox has been performed, allow it to fully settle before having any brow treatment. Uneven settling will cause uneven brows.
  • Do not use any type of retinol products on or around the brow area for at least 4 weeks prior to the treatment. The change in skin texture will affect the treatment and the healed results
  • Do not have any type of facial 2 weeks prior to the treatment. The brows will peel quicker due to chemicals traveling under the skin.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure and/or tanning 2 weeks prior to the treatment. This will cause sensitivity, as well as alter the tone for natural pigment matching.
  • Do not pluck, tweeze, wax, tint, thread or perform electrolysis 2 weeks before the treatment. Your brows will be shaped during the time of the appointment.

  • Do not take any prescription, OTC or natural blood thinners unless medically necessary (proper clearance is required) 48 hours before or immediately after your treatment. This includes but is not limited to: Advil, ibuprofen, aspirin, niacin, Aleve, Bufferin, Excedrin, Motrin, vitamin E, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne pepper or fish oil.
  • Do not drink alcohol for at least 48 hours before your treatment.
  • Do not drink caffeine at least 24 hours before your treatment. 
  • Do not exercise or work out on the day of your appointment.
Any of the above will cause bleeding, which will affect pigment retention during and after the treatment.


  • Music will be playing during the session, but please feel free to bring earbuds if you would prefer to listen to your own. This also discourages any talking during the treatment which causes your face and brows to move.
  • Dress comfortably. You will be laying down for a majority of the appointment.
After the treatment, your eyebrows will go through several phases of the healing process. Essentially, we are creating tiny wounds that need to properly heal.

Initially, it is natural if your brows have slight redness and minimal swelling. The skin will begin to calm down anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Immediately after the treatment, the pigment will appear sharp and dark. This is because pigment is sitting on top of the skin and needs to completely settle in. The pigment is also beginning to oxidize, which causes it to become darker. It will continue to get darker over the next few days as your brows begin to heal. Don’t panic, this is not the color they will stay.

Once they begin to scab, do NOT rub, pick or scratch the treated area. Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate away. Picking can cause scarring and loss of color. It is completely normal for them to appear patchy and uneven during this time.

Once all of the scabbing has naturally exfoliated away, they will begin to lighten. It may appear as if the color has come off with the scabbing, but it has not so please do not panic. Over the remainder of the healing process the color will begin to return. After the first 10 days when the surface area has healed, you can fill in any uneven spots with makeup. The color will eventually be 20-40% lighter when healed, depending on how your skin retains the pigment. Some areas will disappear and reappear in the next few weeks. This is all completely normal and will be addressed during the touch up session.
After the initial appointment, strict aftercare MUST be followed for the first 10-14 days. Detailed information and instructions will be given to you and thoroughly discussed during your appointment. After the first 10-14 days, your are able to resume most normal activity (getting the area wet in the shower, working out and exercising, wearing makeup, etc.) while the area continues to heal over the following weeks. The brows are fully healed in approximately 6 weeks from the day of treatment.

In most cases, a permanent cosmetic brow treatment is completed in two visits, with approximately 6-8 weeks between each visit to give the skin the proper time to fully heal. Therefore, the full results from both sessions will be seen in approximately 12-16 weeks from the date of the initial session.
The 10 days following the treatment require a strict aftercare regimen that must be followed for the brows to properly heal and for maximum pigment retention.

  • Avoid any moisture or water on the treated area for the first 10 days following the treatment. The only water on the area should be while properly cleansing.
  • Avoid topical makeup and sunscreen on the treated area for the first 10 days.
  • Do not work out or exercise for the first 10 days.
  • Avoid sweating for the first 10 days.
  • Avoid any swimming, hot tubs and/or steam of any kind for the first 10 days.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure and/or tanning for 4 weeks following the treatment.
  • No facials, botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks following the treatment. 
Detailed information and instructions will be given to you and thoroughly discussed during your appointment.

Please be sure to be aware of any prior scheduling conflicts within those first 10 days and 4 weeks following the treatment when scheduling your appointment (i.e. special events, vacations, holidays, etc.).
After the treated area is fully healed you can continue with most normal skincare routines. Use a mild cleanser and moisturizer on the brow area. Avoid the use of any exfoliants or products containing retinoids, vitamin A, vitamin C, hydroquinone, AHAs (alpha hydroxy acid; also known as glycol or lactic acids) and/or BHAs (beta hydroxy acid; also known as salicylic acid) on or around the pigmented area. Also avoid using any peels or "brightening" products, as these ingredients will prematurely fade and/or discolor the pigment. Always use sunblock and protect the area from excessive sun exposure.

Avoid applying face makeup (foundation, concealer, tinted moisturizer, powder, bronzer, etc.) on the brows. This will act as another layer of skin over the pigment and cause the color to appear lighter, dull and possibly ashy. Makeup is used to cover, correct and alter color and it will do just that to the pigment.

You can wax or tweeze around your new shape and continue your regular maintenance after the full 4 week healing process.
All proper precautions for a safe session are taken by using sterilized and disposable equipment and needles in a sanitized environment. Should clients follow the pre- and post-care instructions properly, there should be minimal risks or complications. Although allergic reactions to the pigments are rare, it could be possible for certain individuals. A pigment patch test is always suggested for individuals who have high skin sensitivities or are sensitive to:

  • Topical makeup products
  • Gold, silver and nickel
  • Hair dyes

Patch tests should be performed at least 2 weeks prior.
The pigments used at Ink'd Arch have been developed by one of the industry's leading experts in color theory and has been a top pigment for the past 15 years. This line uses the highest quality colorants available, ensuring excellent color retention and optimal results. They consist of a sterile water based formula that is beneficial for those with sensitive skin. They are gamma-sterilized, safe to use and are manufactured entirely in the United States.
Permanent cosmetics are typically safe with MRI's. However, there can still be risks. Any client with permanent cosmetics should always make the technician aware of the fact before the MRI begins. The microscopic metals in pigments may react in the skin causing a tingling or warming sensation to the patient. In very rare cases, 1st degree burns can result at the treatment site. To date, there have been no reported incidences where pigments produced by the company used have resulted in adverse effects from MRI's.
As with all cosmetic procedures, individuals should not make their choices lightly. As always, it is recommend that clients do their research. To understand the service and compare different artists' work when making their decisions. A large amount of time is spent on facial mapping and measuring to style the brows/eyes/lips to the clients satisfaction prior to the treatment. Every effort will be made to achieve an even appearance, but please realize our faces are never perfectly symmetrical. All facial features are sisters, not twins (especially the eyes and brows). If an uneven appearance or pigment discoloration occurs during the healing process, it can most likely be corrected during the touch up session. Despite the name, permanent cosmetics are treatments that eventually fade over time if no additional touch ups are done.

Life may not be perfect, but your brows can be.


PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY BEFORE SCHEDULING


A non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking any session to guarantee services. This will be applied to the service cost on the day of the appointment.

Any appointment may be rescheduled ONE time. If the appointment needs to be rescheduled a second time, the original deposit will be forfeited and a new deposit will be required to schedule a new date. A cancellation and rebook for a new date is still considered a reschedule and will require a new deposit.

A cancellation is a forfeit of deposit. All cancellations/changes must be made up to 48 hours before the scheduled appointment date/time. If made after the 48 hours a 50% cancellation fee applies.

Any cancelled appointment will be rescheduled for the next available appointment date and time.

No Show/No Call appointments will be charged 100% of scheduled service cost.

Payment is due at time of service. All major credit/debit cards and cash are accepted. NO checks or payment apps accepted. All permanent cosmetics are subject to 6.625% NJ sales tax.

You must be at least 18 years of age to receive permanent cosmetics. As stated in the NJ state sanitary code 8:27-4.1, a government issued photographic identification is required at the time of the appointment to be photocopied and kept on file.

A confirmation text and email will be sent after scheduling with a link to the pre-appointment form. Please be sure to complete this form as soon as possible to avoid any cancellation fees. The form lists detailed instructions on how to properly prepare for the appointment, the day of and what is to be expected in the days and weeks following the treatment. It also lists contraindications and conditions that MUST have proper medical clearance prior to the scheduled date in order to have any treatment. 

All guests that have previous permanent cosmetics and/or cosmetic tattooing done by another artist must have the appointment pre-approved before scheduling. If approved, the appointment is a full service initial session. Additional correction fees may be added depending on the severity of each case. If the appointment is not pre-approved, cancellation fees will apply. Detailed instructions on pre-approval are included in the pre-appointment form.

Separate consultations are available upon request. If an initial session appointment is scheduled within 30 days, 50% of the consultation fee will be applied to the full service cost on the day of the appointment. After 30 days the 50% credit will no longer be applied. **Please note… As with all initial sessions, a 15% non-refundable deposit is required when booking the initial session. This will be applied to the service cost on the day of the appointment. The 50% consultation credit will also be applied on the day of the appointment.

The duration of each session is listed with the service when booking. If you are unable to attend for the full appointment time, the service will not be completed and can not be rescheduled for another day. Please be sure to schedule accordingly.

Perfecting touch up sessions must be performed within 12 weeks from the initial or refresh session. After 12 weeks the perfecting touch up will be considered a refresh session and follow refresh session pricing.

Any services performed with an existing condition(s) that would deem you an unsuitable candidate for permanent cosmetics are performed at your own risk. 

Ink'd Arch LLC reserves the right to refuse services to anyone that is considered an unsuitable candidate for permanent cosmetics.

Pricing is subject to change at any time without notice.




THE DAY OF YOUR APPOINTMENT... 

Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes early for your scheduled appointment time, as to not interfere with the prior appointment.

If you are more than 15 minutes late, your appointment will need to be rescheduled, as to not interfere with the following appointment.

Please be sure to bring your photo ID. As stated in the NJ state sanitary code 8:27-4.1: A government issued photographic identification is required at the time of the appointment to be photocopied and kept on file.

Music will be playing during the session, but please feel free to bring earbuds/headphones if you would prefer to listen to your own. This helps minimize any noise during the treatment and also discourages any talking, which causes your face and brows to move.

Shampoo your hair on the day of your appointment so you will not have to do so right after the treatment. Detailed instructions on showering and washing your hair will be thoroughly explained during your visit.

Dress comfortably. You will be laying down for a majority of the appointment.

If traveling via Garden State Parkway, exit 77 (north & south) is the most direct route of travel. The entrance to Suite 10 is located around the back of the building with parking available.




Please be sure to thoroughly read and review all listed policy information and all 'Frequently Asked Questions' to be sure that you are a suitable candidate for permanent cosmetics, how to properly prepare, and what is to be expected in the days and weeks following a permanent cosmetic treatment BEFORE scheduling. It is your full responsibility to thoroughly read, review and follow this information in a timely manner. If medical clearance is required, you must obtain a doctors note/approval for the treatment and bring it to the appointment to be kept on file. Failure to do so will result in cancellation fees. 



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