brows: henna, lamination &

total eye makeover with brows

What Are Henna Brows?

As a licensed cosmetologist (hair stylist), I use Elleebana Brow Henna,  a natural alternative to tinting that is filled with anti-oxidants, a vitamin complex and hydrolysed proteins. This helps to strengthen and restore brow hair growth and improves the condition of the hair. Not only does the henna tint the brow hairs with a color that lasts 6 weeks - much longer than regular brow tint -  but it also serves as a kind of temporary tattoo, in that it stains the skin, lasting anywhere from 2 to 14 days.

 

**This cannot be used to tint eyelashes. This is a brow only product.

First, I will  prepare your skin and design the best shape for your natural brows and then will apply the henna. Henna takes longer to process than regular tinting - but it lasts longer. Like a "temporary tattoo," it dyes the skin safely, but due to variations in client skin type, exposure to UV rays, cleansing, and other factors, the skin tint lasts for 2 to 14 days. If you want a more permanent solution, refer to the Brow Tattoo page.

Henna has a drying effect on your skin, so if you already have very dry skin, it is not recommended. Also, it is not compatible with an existing tattoo, because it is a natural exfoliant. You can always experiment with a henna brow tattoo, wait a couple of months, and then get a real brow tattoo.

Please note that this product line does not include true black, because true black henna contains ingredients that are dangerous in pregnancy. I'll use a combination of henna colors to achieve the darkest effect that is safely possible on your skin.

What Is Brow Lamination / Brow Lift?

With my cosmetology license, I use Elleebana products  to re-form how the eyebrow hairs are arrayed. First I use a water soluble adhesive to glue the brow hairs in the desired shape and also to create a protective layer between the skin and the brow hairs. Next, just as with a lash lift, a high pH product is applied to the brow hairs, which opens the outer layer of each hair (called the cuticle). After processing, I remove that product.

The open cuticle allows me to reshape the protein bonds within the main part of the hair, the cortex. I do this reshaping by making sure that the brow hairs remain in that original glued configuration through the application of a fixative product. After I remove that, I begin shaping and removing hair through waxing, plucking, and trimming.

What Is A Total Eye Makeover with Brows?

A Total Eye Makeover involves both an eyebrow service and a Lash Lift & Tint.  Click here to learn about the the Lash Lift & Tint procedure.

 

Typically, I do the Lash Lift & Tint first because I may need to apply tape over your brow area. Once I've completed that, you have your choice of brow services, at different price points:

 

  • Regular Tint with Shaping (waxing & plucking).

    • I use Belmacil tints and can customize a variety of colors

  • Henna Tint with Shaping

    • Henna temporarily stains the skin, and the brow tint lasts longer

  • Brow Lamination with or without any tinting

  • Brow Lamination with regular tint or with Henna

Brow Service Q & A

 

Q.   Which form of brow tinting is safer, regular tint or henna?

Both Belmacil and my Henna tints come from the well-established industry leader, Elleebana. The Belmacil tint is similar to hair dye because a developer is involved to activate the tint. This developer is very gentle and safe. The tint generally does not also dye the skin. It fades naturally over a period of about a month or more, depending on your aftercare.

Henna is a natural alternative to tinting.  It's filled with anti-oxidants, a vitamin complex and hydrolysed proteins. This helps to strengthen and restore brow hair growth and improves the condition of the hair. Not only does the henna tint the brow hairs with a color that lasts 6 weeks - longer than regular brow tint -  but it also serves as a kind of temporary tattoo, in that it stains the skin, lasting anywhere from 2 to 14 days. How long its effect lasts depends on your aftercare. This is also a safe procedure, particularly since the more questionable ingredients found in pure black henna do not exist in the Elleebana line.

Q.   Who is a candidate for these brow services?

 

  • Men, women, and nonbinary individuals who have a relatively full natural brow; there needs to be something to tint and to shape

  • Anyone wanting different color brows. With the Belmacil tints, I can lighten or darken your brows or change their color to match a new hair color.

  • People with full brows who want them shaped professionally.  Please note that I do not provide brow shaping by itself, only as part of a combo service such as those listed above.

  • Anyone not wanting to apply brow makeup for a month or so.

 

Q.   Who isn't a candidate for these brow services?

 

  • Anyone with skin conditions around the brow area and forehead, including:

    • psoriasis

    • eczema

    • oily or very dry skin

    • red, itchy, bumpy, scaly skin

    • skin with large pores or deep wrinkles

  • Anyone having used Accutane in the last 6 months
  • Anyone having used retinoid products within the last month
  • Anyone who has had and been treated for cancer within the last two months
  • Anyone having had their brows microbladed or otherwise tattooed should stick with the Belmacil tint and avoid henna for 6 months
  • Anyone who has had an adverse reaction to eyebrow henna, eyelash lift products (used in the lamination process), or eyebrow tinits

 

Please note: any client who has any of the above conditions and makes an appointment ​without consulting with me ahead of time will be charged the full service amount, even if I am unable to safely and carefully carry out the service.

 Q.   How do I take care of my lashes & brows after these services?

You should read and print out the the aftercare instructions (see Policies & Forms) at least a week ahead of time; bring both your intake and your aftercare forms with you, and we will go over them during your appointment. You'll be given a printed copy to take home. It's critical that you follow the instructions provided at your appointment, because failure to do so can lead to premature fading.

Q.   How will my brows look & feel immediately after the appointment? Can I resume normal activities right after?

Your brows will be at their darkest immediately after your service. They will fade naturally over time. You must avoid the following activities for 24-48 hours:

  • sun exposure (the longer you protect your brows, the longer the tint will last)

  • exercise

  • heat

  • steam (including cooking over a stove)

  • saunas

  • swimming

  • showers

  • getting your face wet

  • oils, creams, and moisturizers

Q.   When should I schedule my next session?

You may want to refresh your look after four weeks or so, but your hairs have not gone through their entire growth cycle. For this reason, I prefer that you rebook 8 weeks out. Your brow and/or lash hairs will be at the right stage for repeating this process.

Q.   Are there things I need to do or to not do before and after my appointment?

Yes, to safeguard against problems with the procedure, infection, or premature fading, ​there are important things you need to do both before and after your treatment. These are indicated below, in the Before Your Service and Important Booking Info sections, and also in the aftercare instructions and intake form (see Policies and Forms).

Q.   Is the work guaranteed?

In Oregon, only a licensed cosmetologist (hair stylist) can perform these services (lash lift & tint, henna, brow lamination). Being an esthetician is not enough in Oregon. While I can guarantee that I am properly licensed and certified and that I use sterile equipment and appropriate, safe products, the work itself is not guaranteed. This is because all my work is an art, not a science, and because there are so many variations in client skin, history, and aftercare. Please note that I do hold an A+ accreditation with the Better Business Bureau, a recognition reserved only for invitees who respond to a thorough interview process. Learn more about my credentials by visiting the About Martha page.

Before Your Service

 

Read through this information as well as the aftercare instructions carefully so that you know when to schedule your treatment before or after various activities (parties and other events, vacations, anti-aging treatments, etc.). Failure to observe these requirements can make the appointment difficult or interfere with setting.

 

In general, for these services, you will need to avoid getting your face wet; use of makeup, oils, creams, lotions, makeup remover, etc. for 24 hours prior and 24-48 hours after the service. You must avoid saunas and steam (including cooking over a steaming stove) for 24-48 hours, so shower and wash your hair before your appointment. You also will be instructed in aftercare. For these reasons, book your appointment accordingly, not immediately prior to a summer vacation, exotic getaway, or special event. Allow a couple of days before and after.

24 Hours Prior:

  • For eyebrow and eyelash procedures, please do not wear any makeup above your cheekbones at the time of your appointments

  • Do not use any creams, lotions, oils, or moisturizers for 24 hours prior

 

****Do not discontinue any medications without the approval of your physician****

 

Less than 1 Week Prior:

  • No botox, fillers, or other injectables near the service area

Less than 1 Month Prior:

  • No chemical peels

  • No Retin-A

  • No dermaplaning or microneedling

  • No laser hair removal near the service area

Less than 2-3 Months Prior:

  • For Lash Lift & Tint, no eye or eyelid surgery, including cataract, Lasik, and blepharoplasty procedures

  • No chemotherapy or radiation treatment

At least 6 months before:

  • No Accutane

For Your Appointment, You Will Need:

  • Your ID showing you are at least 18 years of age (required by law)

  • Intake form and aftercare instructions (see Policies & Forms on menu bar)

  • Please be prepared and on time!

    • Clients who are more than 15 minutes late or who have not satisfied the requirements on the Intake Form will need to reschedule and will need to pay all fees for both scheduled appointments
       

Please note that, by law,  no one may accompany you​ into the treatment room.

HOW TO BOOK

  • Before you book a service, you may wish to contact me via text (503-706-8641) or you may proceed if you have no questions.

  • A complimentary consultation via Zoom is also available. 

  • You must fill out the confidential medical intake form (see Policies & Forms) and

    • Send me three photos of your brows (see examples)

      • Please have someone take three well-focused photos of you in good lighting. Selfies generally do not provide enough detail. Here is what I need (see examples, here):

      • a photo of your face from the front

      • a photo of each brow from the side

      • make sure you have no makeup on 

      • the best time to take these photos is in the morning

        • first, wash your face, but apply no product whatsoever

        • wait about an hour before taking the photos

        • also, perform this skin-type test to determine if you have oily, dry, normal, or combination skin; include that info on the medical intake form where indicated.

      • Send these to me in a text message via WhatsApp, Viber, or SMS to 503-706-8641 or email them to me at Martha@Q7.com, but please send me a text to let me know you've done so, since I don't check my email every day.

  • To view current pricing & to book services, see Brow Service and Pricing, below. 

  • The client's cell phone number is required to book

    • Please ensure​ the number provided belongs to the client and not a friend or family member, as I must communicate with the client directly. If language is an issue, please let me know; my Spanish is adequate to interact via text in that language. 

    • All client interactions are done via text, including preappointment communications and treatment follow-up

    • Clients are asked to confirm their appointment by clicking on a link provided in a text message 48 hours in advance. This text comes from a "short code" number, such as 89985.

      • Clients not confirming within 48 hours may have their appointment cancelled  and will forfeit the nonrefundable deposit.

  • A credit card is required to book

  • A nonrefundable deposit will be charged against your card upon acceptance of your appointment request; you will be charged the balance at your appointment. The deposit amount ranges from $25 to $150, depending on the service selected

  • Please read the Before Your Service information to ensure a safe service 

  • Print and fill out the intake form and the aftercare instructions and bring both with you to the appointment

  • Please Note:

    • 48 hours' notice is required for cancellation or changing your appointment time. Your deposit is nonrefundable even if you cancel or change your time 48 hours or more in advance, for any reason.

    • Clients cancelling or changing their appointment time fewer than 48 hours in advance, or not showing up will be charged the full amount of the service. This is because when you book an appointment, that time slot is unavailable to other potential clients; I am holding it just for you :-)

  • Be prepared!​

    • In order to conduct the treatment in a safe and effective manner, it's critical that you are adequately prepared for your appointment.​

      • Please print, read, and fill out the intake form and aftercare instructions (see Policies & Forms)

      • Clients who are not adequately prepared or who have not followed the instructions found in the Before Your Service forfeit their deposit and may have their appointment cancelled and may be charged the full amount of the service

  • ARRIVE ON TIME!​

    • In order to measure and design your new look and go over necessary forms, I need the full time allotted (up to 2+ hours or more, depending on the situation) for the appointment, so it's important that you arrive on time

    • Your appointment may be cancelled and you may be charged the full amount for the service if you are more than 15 minutes late. Please text me at 503-706-8641 if you are running late.

    • PARKING:

      • Allow at least half an hour to find parking for longer services, especially if you have an SUV - or take transit or Lyft or similar service

        • Unfortunately, parking in the Pearl District is becoming more and more difficult to find, particularly because, due to all of the ongoing construction, construction workers' vehicles are taking up more and more spaces

        • Thus, I strongly recommend using Lyft or a similar service if at all possible.

        • Two streetcar lines (the A & NS northbound) run directly in front of Sola, stopping at 10th & Glisan, across the street; the B & NS southbound stop just one block away, on 11th & Glisan)

      • There is on-street 2-hour metered parking for shorter services like consultations and lash lift & tint

      • Longer term parking is unavailable at metered street locations, and you will not be able to leave during the service to feed the meter; you are best off parking in a lot or structure

        • Clients with SUVs may have difficulty parking in a surface lot, so look for a structure instead

        • To find parking near La Bellissima, please check here

  • Please read through my Policies section for other details​

Brow Services & Pricing

Consultation

A nonrefundable $100 fee for up to a 1-hour consult; $25/ea additional 15 min.

​Please note: I offer complimentary text consults for brief questions and info, and I offer free 20-minute Zoom consults. However, there are situations in which either you,the client, or I, the artist, will want to have an in-person consultation. Please read below to see if this applies to you.

 

After reading through all the information throughout this website, you might still want a 1-on-1 consult for any of the following:

  • because you aren't sure whether your brows or lashes are right for this service (consultation is required in this case, but a Zoom consult might suffice)

  • to clear up any questions or concerns

  • to help choose between service offerings (for example, henna versus regular tint)

  • to make sure you are a good candidate (due to illnesses or other conditions)

 

But keep in mind that you may not need a consultation! When it comes to determining your brow shape or color, that's all part of the initial service and is included in the service price.  And you can always feel free to contact me via text to see if a consultation is really worth it or necessary in your case, at 503-706-8641. Please noteShould the consult result in no further service being scheduled for any reason, the consult deposit remains nonrefundable. Separate nonrefundable deposits will be taken for any services scheduled.

$100+

The nonrefundable $25 deposit is applied toward the service

NOT FOR DRY-SKINNED CLIENTS or CLIENTS WITH BROW TATTOO! I use Elleebana Brow Henna,  a natural alternative to tinting that is filled with anti-oxidants, a vitamin complex and hydrolysed proteins. This helps to strengthen and restore brow hair growth and improves the condition of the hair. Not only does the henna tint the brow hairs with a color that lasts 6 weeks - much longer than regular brow tint -  but it also serves as a kind of temporary tattoo, in that it stains the skin, lasting anywhere from 2 to 14 days. 48 hrs notice to cancel or change required. No shows/same day cancels, 15+ min late, or not prepared are charged full price. Please be sure to print & fill out the Intake forms (see Policies & Forms on the menu bar).

$125+

The nonrefundable $25 deposit is applied toward the service

I use Elleebana products  to re-form how the eyebrow hairs are arrayed. First I use a water soluble adhesive to glue the brow hairs in the desired shape and also to create a protective layer between the skin and the brow hairs. Next I apply a high-pH product to the brow hairs, which opens the outer layer of each hair (called the cuticle). After processing, I remove that product.

The open cuticle allows me to reshape the protein bonds within the main part of the hair, the cortex. I do this reshaping by making sure that the brow hairs remain in that original glued configuration through the application of a fixative product. After I remove that, I begin shaping and removing hair through waxing, plucking, and trimming.

$125+

The nonrefundable $25 deposit is applied toward the service

I use Elleebana products  to re-form how the eyebrow hairs are arrayed. First I use a water soluble adhesive to glue the brow hairs in the desired shape and also to create a protective layer between the skin and the brow hairs. Next I apply a high-pH product to the brow hairs, which opens the outer layer of each hair (called the cuticle). After processing, I remove that product.

The open cuticle allows me to reshape the protein bonds within the main part of the hair, the cortex. I do this reshaping by making sure that the brow hairs remain in that original glued configuration through the application of a fixative product.

 

After I remove that, I tint the brows with Belmacil tint, and then shape and remove hair through waxing, plucking, and trimming.

175+

The nonrefundable $25 deposit is applied toward the service

I use Elleebana products  to re-form how the eyebrow hairs are arrayed. First I use a water soluble adhesive to glue the brow hairs in the desired shape and also to create a protective layer between the skin and the brow hairs. Next I apply a high-pH product to the brow hairs, which opens the outer layer of each hair (called the cuticle). After processing, I remove that product.

The open cuticle allows me to reshape the protein bonds within the main part of the hair, the cortex. I do this reshaping by making sure that the brow hairs remain in that original glued configuration through the application of a fixative product.

After I remove that, I tint the brows with Elleebana Henna and then shape and remove hair through waxing, plucking, and trimming. This process temporarily stains the skin (2-14 days), and the henna lasts a couple of weeks longer than regular tint.

200+

The nonrefundable $25-$50 deposit is applied toward the service, ranging from $165-$300

A Total Eye Makeover involves both an eyebrow service and a Lash Lift & Tint.  Click here to learn about the the Lash Lift & Tint procedure.

Typically, I do the Lash Lift & Tint first because I may need to apply tape over your brow area. Once I've completed that, you have your choice of brow services, at different price points, all of which include a Lash Lift & Tint:

  • Regular Tint with Shaping (waxing & plucking).

    • I use Belmacil tints and can customize a variety of colors ($165)

  • Henna Tint with Shaping

    • Henna temporarily stains the skin, and the brow tint lasts longer ($200)

  • Brow Lamination without any tinting ($250)

  • Brow Lamination

    • with regular tint ($275)

    • with Henna ($300)

$165-$300+

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CONTACT

© 2017-2022 by Martha J. Bianco.

FIND ME at:

Sola Salons in the Pearl

Studio 9

510 NW 10th Ave. 

Portland, OR 97209

CONTACT ME at:

503-706-8641

Note: I do not have any staff and serve you personally myself. For this reason, please feel free to contact me at any time via text.

Nota: No tengo empleados y lo atiendo personalmente. Por eso, contacteme en cualquier momento por mensaje de texto.

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La Bellissima Expert Lash, Brow & Beauty is a private, woman-owned business, serving one client at a time. Your specific needs are important to me. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you desire any special accommodations due to religion or any other concerns.