The Dovetail Story
Not all of us are blessed with an abundance of hair. Many have tweezed them away over the years causing thinning, while others battle with medical traumas that have prevented the regrowth of hair. No matter the cause, spending time daily trying to create a symmetry in our esthetics can be tedious and for some simply a near impossible task.
At Dovetail our goal is to provide an atmosphere where our clients can trust their care. We seek to connect with every person we work with on both a professional and personal level. Listening to their stories and understanding their needs. All the while leaving them confident they are receiving the finest possible service.
Dovetail is the inspired creation of Jennah Qutub, who is a licensed tattoo artist that specializes in Microblading and cosmetic enhancement. She earned her accreditation through PhiBrows Academy in California. Her passion for what she does comes from her deep desire to help others.
As a young girl Jennah participated in many beauty pageants and was often judged by her looks. Behind the scenes she quietly struggled with alopecia areata, a condition that forced her to become creative with ways to conceal her battle with hair loss. She had a difficult time finding help dealing with her condition both physically and emotionally.
Through her own trials in search of a solution she came across the microblading technique. She saw this as an opportunity to help remedy her own problem, as well as help others who struggle with similar conditions.
At Dovetail we also provide a number of other services to help with your goal of personal refinement. Our goal is to guide you through this process with the highest quality service available.
How Microblading Works
Microblading allows you to have the eyebrows of your choice. The dream of every woman and man to have beautifully shaped eyebrows can now be fulfilled. With proper care before and maintenance, Microblading allows you to have amazing eyebrows.
Microblading is a cosmetic tattoo where, through manual process of inserting pigment into the upper layers of skin, we create the desired fullness and shape of the eyebrows. Result looks natural and flawless as hair effect is recreated on the skin.
This advanced technique for cosmetic tattooing has many benefits:
- Creates full and even brows.
- Sweat proof and waterproof.
- Camouflage any scars and sparse areas.
- They are semi-permanent which allows you to adjust your brow shape as you age.
The Science Behind Microblading
The Microblading technique is the latest development in semi-permanent make-up. A manual method of implanting pigment with hair-like strokes in the epidermis. This creates a sharp, crisp look that provides the natural appearance of fuller brows.
Benefits of Microblading include:
Semi-Permanent Solution (10-24 months) - This allows you a long lasting look, but with the flexibility to change your look when you are ready.
Realistic Hair Strokes - This allows you look to appear natural and effortless
Does Not Smudge or Smear - This mean no extensive maintenance or worry.
No Down Time - The procedure is in-and-out, and you leave looking ready for the day.
Certified Pigment - All of our pigments are hypoallergenic and safe to use.
What To Expect
DO NOT expect your brow tattoos to heal perfectly after the first session. This is a 2 step sometimes multiple step process.
BE PATIENT during your 2 week healing process, your brows will change and appear different from day to day, THIS IS NORMAL.
Immediately after your procedure brows will appear darker and more defined and this will last up to 2 weeks . Your brow tattoo can appear more solid, hair strokes may seem to disappear and it may look wet and painted on. THIS IS NORMAL.
Around days 4-5 you will experience scabbing and your brows may look dry and flakey. DO NOT PICK your scabs, let them fall off naturally. If scabbing comes off prematurely, missing hair stokes will result and cause patchy brows.
Your brow tattoo will take up to 6-8 weeks to fully heal. When the scabbing comes off the hair strokes may seem faint, this is because a fresh layer of skin has healed over the brow tattoo. Give your brows a few weeks and the hair strokes will become clearer.
You may experience itchiness in the brows after 10 days and up to 2 months because of the healing of the dermal layer.
Not everyone's brows can heal clean and crisp. Hairstrokes for oilier skin types tend to heal more solid and powdery while drier skin types tend to heal more crisp and defined.
After care is crucial, it is very important to follow these instructions for the full 10 day healing period to ensure proper healing and color retention. Results will vary for all individuals and we can not guarantee your results.
- Let your brow tattoo DRY HEAL FOR 48 HOURS after the procedure.
- Use Saline wipes or a cotton pad with lukewarm water to gently clean your brow tattoo 1 time a day after the procedure to keep the eyebrow tattoo clean.
- After the 24-48 hour healing period lightly moisturize your brow tattoo 1-2 times a day as needed for 2 WEEKS (you can use any fragrance free moisturizer like Lubriderm or Cetaphil).
Things Not To Do
DO NOT go on any sunny vacations and avoid the tanning booth! Excessive UV exposure will alter the pigment of your tattoo.
DO NOT use laser light therapy on your brow tattoo. This can darken, lighten, and distort the pigment.
DO NOT run direct water on your brow tattoo. This is crucial for the first few days! You don't want to wash out any pigment.
DO NOT use cleansers, soaps or any other creams on your brow tattoo. Wash around the area using a cleaning cloth or makeup wipe.
DO NOT use Vaseline or Neosporin on your tattoo.
DO NOT apply any makeup on your brows for 2 weeks.
DO NOT use exfoliants, retinol acids, or AHA’s on the area for 30 days after the appointment, it will fade your tattoo prematurely.
DO NOT exercise and sweat for 10 days. Sweating may infect, discolor, or prematurely fade your brow tattoo.
DO NOT go into sauna’s, pools, and steam rooms.
DO NOT get massages, facials, or skin treatments during the healing process.
Touch Up Treatments
This is a 2 step process. The First Session is used to build shape and gain symmetry. The Second Session is used to perfect the brows and add density.
The FIRST TOUCH UP or Second Session is done within the first 6-8 weeks after the First Session.
It is your responsibility to book your touch up appointments. With the high demand it usually takes about 2 months to get a touchup appointment so please plan accordingly. If your tattoo comes back to faded additional charges may apply.
OUT OF TOWN CLIENTS- a trip back for touchup's in your location is not guaranteed. All future appointments are done in our home studio in Calgary, Alberta.
Do not expect perfect results after the first session.
Darker skin women, permanent makeup will not look as bold or sharp compared to lighter skin clients.
Some client’s skin may have a harder time retaining pigment and may require additional sessions.
Long Term Care
THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF RESULTS. Everyone’s results will vary due to skin type, lifestyle, and the initial 10 day care and long-term care of your brow tattoo.
Use at least SPF 50 to protect your brows, sun exposure will cause fading and can alter the color of your tattoo.
Do not use chemical exfoliants on the brows, this will case the brows to fade faster.
Do not do laser your brow area (IPL etc), some lasers may change the color of the ink.
As the tattoo fades the strokes will get fainter and less defined.
Maintenance is required to maintain desired results. Touchups are done on average every 9 - 12 months to maintain you brow tattoo.
Hairstroke brows typically last 1-2 years.