Always Elegant is closing its Bondi Junction location. A huge thank you to our gorgeous clients over the last 12 years, we have been really fortunate to be part of your lives. It’s truly been a great experience.

It’s time to change and adapt and Always Elegant has been developing a range of innovative lash and brow products for at home use.

Fortunately our super talented lash and brow artists are still available for bookings at various locations including mobile services. Details below.

All booking deposits made for pending appointments will be refunded.

Bianca Price Lash and Brow Artist

Bianca Prince
Beauty Inc.
West Ryde and mobile visits

@beauty_inc._
0435301755
BOOK HERE

Taylor Aloro-Mantua Lash and Brow ArtistTaylor Aloro-Mantua
Eyeconic Artistry
3 Village Place, Kirrawee NSW 2232
Mobile visits available

@eyeconic.artistry
0491 767 216
eyeconic.artistry@outlook.com
BOOK HERE

Katriina Lindqvist Lash and Brow Artist

Katriina Lindqvist
Doll Lash Artistry
Little Bay NSW 2036 (address handed out upon booking) and mobile visits

@dolllashartistry
0487324746
Katriina.lindqvist@gmail.com


What is Brow Lamination?

Brow Lamination is a treatment which sets the brow hairs into a shape to create the appearance of fuller, fluffy brows. The treatment lasts 6 to 8 weeks (the lifecycle of your brow hairs).

Brow Lamination is a great for thin brows, messy brows or for anyone that wants thicker, uniform brows.

Brow Lamination can be done using a perming solution or a keratin treatment. At Always Elegant we use a vegan friendly keratin treatment which contains no thioglycolate. This is better for your skin and your brows than using a perming solution. The brow hairs stay nourished and supple throughout the life of the brow lamination, giving you a better performing brow lamination. Perming solutions can be a little drying on hair and has the potential to irritate skin.

Try before you buy

If you are considering brow tattooing , brow lamination can offer you a temporary sneak peek into what it would be like with thicker brows, often creating a similar look to brows that have been tattooed with hair strokes whether microblading or nano strokes (feathering) using a digital machine.

Brow Lamination

  • Looks like microbladed brows
  • Gives the appearance of a thick full brow even for the thinnest of brows
  • At Always Elegant we use a vegan friendly keratin – thioglycolate free. Better for your skin and better for your brows over the life time of the treatment

How to take care of your Brow Lamination

Brow Lamination is similar to a Lash Lift in that you need to keep it dry for the first 24 hours following getting it done and to avoid using any makeup or products on the brows. After the first 24 hours you are good to go! You can get your brows wet, wear brow makeup and use your skincare products.

To maintain the shape, brush with a mascara spoolie daily. We will provide you with one in your aftercare kit.

 


Treatment Profile; Henna Brows

Henna Brows is the latest in brow beauty treatments. It is similar to a brow tint but it lasts for much longer and, unlike brow tint, it is specifically designed to stain the skin, as well as the brow hairs.

Henna Brows can stain the skin for up to approximately 2 weeks and the brow hairs for up to approximately 6 weeks. This is a huge difference to a brow tint which, although is not designed to do so, may stain the skin for 24 hours if you’re fortunate.

Henna Brows is a fantastic ‘set and forget’ beauty treatment and is perfect for active and busy lifestyles, saving time in the mornings. Henna Brows creates density and fullness to the brows and can correct an uneven brow shape even when there is no or little brow hair.

The darker henna colours tend to last longer than the lighter colours so this is a treatment we recommended for medium to dark brown to black brows. The blonde henna colours will also produce great results but will appear to fade faster. However, for many clients this is not a concern.

Henna Brows can be done in conjunction with waxing, threading or a brow lamination.

Henna Brows is a great treatment to get if you are considering a brow tattoo and want to see how it will look before committing to permanent makeup.

 

So what happens in a henna brow appointment?

If you are getting the brows shaped too, they are waxed, threaded or tweezed into the shape discussed and agreed on at the beginning of the booking during the consultation process.

The skin has to be very clean and lightly exfoliated to achieve an optimum henna skin stain. Using a special henna preparation product, the brows and area around the brows are lightly scrubbed and cleansed.

Henna Brows mid treatment

After this, a white wax pencil is used to map and draw the brow design on the face. You will get to check the design and any changes can be made at this point. Then the henna paste will be painted on the inside the white wax outline.

The henna will process for approximately 20 to 30 mins. Your stylist will check on your brows during this process and may remove the henna off the beginning of the brows to create an ombre effect, depending on the desired outcome.

After which, the henna is removed and you are good to go!

 

Henna Brow Aftercare

  • Do not exfoliate the area
  • Do not use cleansers on the brows
  • Splash with water to clean and pat dry
  • Henna Brows works best on normal to dry skin. If you have oily skin the skin stain may not last as long however the brow tint will not be affected.

 

 

 

 


Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Saline Tattoo Removal and Laser Tattoo Removal?

How does Saline Tattoo Removal Work?

Saline Tattoo Removal uses the process of osmosis to remove the tattoo. Saline is pushed and applied into the tattooed area using a tattoo machine and tattoo needle. The pigment is pulled up towards the surface of the skin. This is because if there are two liquids next to each other, if the membrane separating them is porous (in this case the skin), the liquid with a lower salt content is drawn to the liquid with the higher salt content, drawing the pigment with it.

Will Saline Removal work on my tattoo?

Saline tattoo removal is a very effective treatment for cosmetic tattoos and small body tattoos no bigger than a deck of cards. If the tattoo is bigger than this, it may take too long to lighten or remove and laser removal is in this instance recommended. Saline Removal is great for small body tattoos, microblading, migrated eyeliner, scalp micropigmentation (SMP), eyeliner tattoo and migrated eyeliner.

Selective Tattoo Removal

Saline Tattoo Removal is a precise tattoo removal technique. It is so precise it can remove a wing from an eyeliner tattoo whilst keeping the rest of eyeliner intact. Or part of an eyebrow tattoo without removing the whole brow tattoo. For example, it can remove a hair stroke from feathering or microblading, a tail that is too long or the top of a brow that arches too high. It is also a great option if you wish to remove someone’s name from a tattoo without removing the whole tattoo.

Why choose Saline instead of Laser?

Laser Tattoo Removal uses a laser to break down the pigment into very small particles which are absorbed into the lymphatic system and then expelled by the body. Some people do not like the idea of the pigment being absorbed by the lymphatic system and chose Saline Removal for this reason. They may have health issues and may see this removal treatment a risk to have the pigment enter into the blood stream.

In addition, Laser Tattoo Removal can cause scar tissue which means you may not be able to retattoo over the area that has been treated. In contrast, you are usually able to tattoo over an area that has had Saline Tattoo Removal. This makes saline the best option, for instance, if you would like to remove your existing microblading and get your brows tattooed again. This is very common when the shape or pigment colour or saturation needs fixing and can’t be corrected with a brow refresh alone.

Another restraint with Laser Removal is that, especially with older laser removal machines, it will target only specific colours to break down. So, if you chose Laser Removal make sure the laser being used targets all colours. No laser to date is able to remove white (titanium dioxide) because it can’t detect it. Titanium dioxide is the white pigment often used to lighten colours. Saline Removal does not care what colour it is removing. It will remove all colours including titanium dioxide.

When should I choose Laser Tattoo Removal?

Usually Laser Tattoo Removal is recommended if the tattoo you want removed is very large and you don’t want to retattoo the area because the laser can cover a large area very quickly.

How many treatments do you need to remove a tattoo using Saline?

Usually you need anywhere from 1 to 5 treatments to remove a tattoo using saline. The number one thing is to be patient. You will get good results with removal and whether it’s with a laser or saline, it is a process. Sometimes we see great results after 1 session but we won’t know until we do it how your skin or the pigment will respond.

We do know that carbon tends to lift faster than titanium dioxide because the particle size of the pigment is very small. So surprisingly dark blackish tattoos provide can provide fast results. Rarely, the tattoo can appear darker after a removal session but this is because the pigment has been lifted closer to the surface of the skin and, although it doesn’t appear to be, is a good result. Usually after the following session in these cases you can see very good results. You can find our booking information and prices for Saline Removal here.

Does Saline Removal hurt?

Local anaesthetic is used to numb the area being treated. Sometimes some stinging can be felt from the saline applied to the area in the last part of the treatment. Holding an electric handheld fan over the area, which we can give you to use during the appointment, will alleviate this feeling greatly.

Emergency Tattoo Removal

If your tattoo is less than 48 hours old saline tattoo removal can be used with great results. Contact us immediately if you can’t find a spot in the online booking system and we will find a time slot for you so we can treat it in time.

Let’s talk about hyperpigmentation…

Sometimes there is hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation under the existing tattoo that is being removed. We don’t know what is under the tattoo until it is removed because the tattoo is concealing the hyperpigmentation. Sometimes it is concealing scar tissue caused by the previous tattoo. Occasionally, hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation is caused by the removal process. When this happens it is temporary and often resolves itself over time.


Is Microblading a tattoo?

Microblading is a tattoo. The top layer of skin is sliced open with a blade and the tattoo pigment on the blade is pushed into the skin during the process. When the skin heals, the pigment remains under the top layer of the skin, creating a tattoo.

When a rotary or digital machine is used to create cosmetic tattooing, a needle perforates the skin and the pigment on the needle is pushed into the skin. Both treatments provide a cosmetic tattoo.

We have found for some clients microblading can seem like it’s not a tattoo and are more open to it as a treatment. The sound of the machine is absent. The word tattoo is also often not associated with the treatment, even though as explained above, it is in fact a tattoo procedure.

Also, people are more familiar with the term microblading. It’s been part of our lexicon for a few years now. Nano Brows, Feather Brows, Feathering or Hair Stroke Brows are names commonly used to describe hair strokes created by a digital machine and are terms not used as much as microblading, so they are less understood as providing the same cosmetic tattoo treatment.

Sometimes, some PMU artists use the term Microblading for machine work.

Is Microblading a semi permanent treatment?

Cosmetic tattooing whether it’s with a microblading tool or digital machine will fade and soften over time. It is unlikely to completely disappear and in this respect you cannot say it is semi permanent. This is why the term permanent makeup or PMU is often used to describe cosmetic tattooing.

How much your brow tattoo will fade will depend on how much pigment was implanted, how dark the pigment is, how much time has passed, your lifestyle and other factors.

What can I do if I want to remove my Microblading?

If you want to remove your microblading we recommend using the saline method of removal which we offer here. It will lift and lighten the brow tattoo. Treatment often takes a few sessions 4 to 6 weeks apart. The saline flushes the pigment out of the skin and the average session is 45 minutes providing good results.

 

 


We have been doing a lot of Lash Enhancement Tattoos at the salon lately. A Lash Enhancement is an eyeliner tattoo but it’s not an eyeliner design. It doesn’t run above the lash line. Rather, the permanent makeup is tattooed inside the lash line resulting in added definition. It’s perfect for every day and provides a subtle effect.

A Lash Enhancement is a fairly quick treatment and can usually be completed within an hour. The area is prepped and numbed. Following, two passes are done on each eye with a digital cosmetic tattoo machine. After the first pass a secondary numbing cream is applied which works on open skin.

Some clients, but not all, will experience a little swelling which subsides after a few hours.

The colour will look quite strong straight after the application. It will soften after it has healed. We recommend iron oxide pigments. Carbon pigments have a small risk of migrating. A Lash Enhancement can be done in a cool black, warm black, brown black, or brown pigment shades. We don’t normally recommend getting a fashion colour like blue or green because of the longevity of the tattoo. It’s best to pick a natural colour which you will be happy with for many years to come.

The downtime for a lash enhancement is minimal. After 5 to 10 days the graze created by the tattoo will begin to flake away. It’s best not to touch it and let it come away of it’s own accord or you may pull the pigment out.

We advise a 4 to 6 week touch up to perfect the lash enhancement. During the healing process after the graze lifts away it may appear the colour is no longer there. However this is normal and part of the healing process and at the 4 week mark the colour can be seen again.

Do not use makeup during the healing period. Our makeup tends to harbour bacteria in it from our use and you want to minimise the risk of infection as much as you can. Similarly, avoid activities which expose you to microbes like gardening. Avoid swimming, saunas, steam rooms and heavy exercise the first few days.

If you are using a lash serum we advise you stop for a minimum of 4 weeks before getting a lash enhancement and you will need to wait a minimum of 4 weeks to resume using it. It has been documented that on some occasions some lash serums can lighten the tattooed colour.

You cannot get a lash enhancement if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you had injectables in the area within two weeks of your appointment or following.


Brrr!  It’s cold! We are shutting a little earlier during winter.

Monday 10am – 6pm

Tuesday 10am – 7pm

Wednesday 10am – 7pm

Thursday 10am – 8pm

Friday 10am – 7pm

Saturday 9am to 5pm

Hours will be back to normal from the 1st of September.


What it is an eyeliner tattoo?

An eyeliner tattoo is a cosmetic tattoo which can last for many years. Black pigment made from iron oxides is usually used although occasionally dark brown or a colour is used, particularly for a shading effect. Sometimes it can fade within a couple of years and at that point may need a refresh and sometimes it can last for many, many years. Often an eyeliner tattoo tends to last longer than an eyebrow tattoo. Because we aren’t able to determine how long it will last we often call cosmetic tattooing permanent make up or PMU.

An eyeliner tattoo can be divided into 3 core designs. A wedge shape, wing shape or an eyelash enhancement. It is designed for an individual’s face. The design is usually determined by the client’s eye shape, eyelids and face shape, as well as their aesthetic or taste.

A lash enhancement is a baby eyeliner inside the lash line.

A Lash Enhancement is a baby eyeliner tattooed inside the lash line.

Lash Enhancement Before and After

What are the benefits of an eyeliner tattoo?

  • If you can’t see very well and aren’t able to draw on eyeliner
  • If your eyeliner tends to smudge off after a couple of hours
  • If you live an active lifestyle and can’t wear eyeliner but want to
  • If you find it difficult to draw eyeliner on, for instance you can’t seem to be able to draw on eyeliner with wings and make them look even
  • If you have pale eyes and lashes and want more definition
  • If you are time poor and want to be able to get up and go without the fuss and maintenance of applying topical makeup

Is an eyeliner tattoo safe?

We just don’t know. We do know humans have been tattooing themselves for thousands of years without any unequivocal evidence they are harmful. That said, all treatments, including permanent makeup, come with risks. Tattooing is an invasive treatment and infection is possible if the area is not kept free from pathogens during the procedure or during the healing period.

Humans have been tattooing their bodies for thousands of years

Go to a reputable cosmetic tattooist that understands and practices hygiene and infection control. After you get your eyeliner tattoo, proper aftercare is tantamount to protect from infection. Keep the tattooed area clean, no touching and avoid activities that may expose the healing area to pathogens, such as gardening, which may kick up a lot of microbes into the air. Avoid wearing contact lenses while it’s healing. Follow the aftercare instructions provided.

What can I expect at my appointment?

We will check you are a suitable candidate and have a chat about what your expectations are. The area is prepped with  a pre-cleanse and numbing cream is applied. After the design is drawn, mapped and measured and we check you are 100% happy, we only then move onto the tattooing.

PMU Hygiene and Infection Control

Go to a reputable cosmetic tattooist that understands and practices hygiene and infection control

Can I get an eyeliner tattoo?

You can’t get a cosmetic tattoo if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or had injectables in treatment area in the last 2 weeks. If you are using a lash serum you need to cease for a minimum of 4 weeks before getting your eyeliner tattoo and if you are wearing lash extensions they need to be removed a week beforehand. If your eyelids are highly vascular this may also mean you are not a good candidate. Some medications and health issues may also make permanent makeup unsuitable for you. Let your cosmetic tattooist know and always check with your medical practitioner if you are unsure. We are not able to provide medical advice.

Is it painful?

We use a topical anaesthetic to numb the area. This will reduce or remove all sensation depending on your level of sensitivity.

What is the downtime of an eyeliner tattoo?

You may experience immediate swelling from getting an eyeliner tattoo. If your eyes swell after a good cry this could indicate you may swell from the treatment. If you are getting a large eyeliner and the area is worked more, this could also contribute to swelling. Many clients experience minimal swelling. Swelling is usually gone by the next day. Occasionally bruising may occur.

The eyeliner tattoo will “graze” and flake as it heals. It may feel a little itchy, this is the skin healing. Do not be tempted to pick or brush away the flaking. This could pull out the pigment, making the tattoo look patchy and uneven.

A follow up, or perfection visit, is required 4 to 6 week after the initial appointment. This is to go over the tattoo if it has lightened too much, and to perfect any unevenness that may have occurred from the swelling during the initial procedure.


Concerned about COVID-19 but need to get your lashes and brows done? Our stylists always wear masks, sanitise their hands and disinfect tweezers between treatments and have been doing so before this became an issue. We have our salons commercially cleaned and we have always passed our health inspection reports with flying colours.

We also assist you in social distancing with properly partitioned treatment rooms to minimise contact with other clients and by reducing the amount of clients waiting in reception to one person at a time when possible by running on time, and if you arrive early and a room is available, offering a treatment room to wait in.


Winter is slowly approaching Sydney and out have come my fluffy thick socks from the back of my sock draw. A friend of mine jokingly calls hers her “mood killers”. I don’t know if I agree, I think they can look pretty cute.

It’s a great time of year to reflect as social events become less manic and we can focus on a little self care, whatever that may entail for you. For me, it’s taking time to read fiction and of course spend time on my beauty treatments.

It’s also an ideal moment to set up a schedule for self care and block out regular times for hair, beauty and exercise in your calendar and minimise the personal admin that swamps our busy lives. We offer standing appointments at Elegant Lashes so ask us about it at your next booking if this is something you are interested in.

Beauty wise, it’s a fantastic time of year to get your cosmetic tattoo refresh. There is less chance of sun exposure when healing and it’s easier to hide out at home during the downtime if this is something you prefer to do during the first few days.

Eyeliner Tattoo has become quite popular and we are seeing a rise in bookings for this treatment. Like with our Feather Brows Tattoo treatment we provide a complementary, no pressure consultation for this too.

Just a reminder, many of our staff can do threading for brows and face. Threading is a great choice if you have sensitive skin, are using Retin A or AHA’s or are on Roaccutane. Compared to waxing, threading can pick up the smallest of hairs. Interesting fact, most of our male clients prefer threading to waxing and we can do neck hair for males too on request. Much less irritation than shaving.

With love,

Merryn and the Always Elegant team xo