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

Everything you wanted to know about Lash Lifts

At Always Elegant we have done thousands and thousands of Lash Lifts. In fact, we were one of the very first salons in Sydney to introduce them as treatment way back in 2013. We know our Lifts.

What is a Lash Lift?

A Lash Lift, also known as an LVL, is a perm. But unlike a traditional lash perm, instead of curling the lashes back onto a rod, the lashes are set on a shield which sets the lashes straight and up.

Why is this better? With a traditional lash lift, lashes are curled back and can even appear shorter than before you got the perm. A Lash Lift perms the lashes up so you see more of the lashes. Lashes appear longer and fuller as a result than if they are sitting straight ahead, unpermed.

It’s a great low maintenance treatment because you get it done every 6 to 8 weeks (add a lash tint during your appointment for extra impact) and can forget about it. If you find eyelash extensions too high maintenance or don’t have the time for an appointment every 3 weeks for lash extension infills, a Lash Lift may be the perfect beauty solution for you.

The most crucial elements of a Lash Lift is

  • Position of the lashes on the shield
  • Processing time
  • Length and condition of the natural eyelashes
  • Aftercare
Lash Lift straight after treatment

A Lash Lift lifts lashes up making them appear longer

The technical stuff

A Lash Lift is a perm. The lashes once in position have the lash lift perming solution is applied. Once the hair bonds have been broken down by the perming solution, a setting solution is applied so the lashes are set into the shape they are positioned in on the shields.

When your Lash Lift is too lifted or not lifted enough

From the many years of experience in doing Lash Lifts at Always Elegant we have developed methods to determine if the processing time needs to be adjusted. So our success rate with Lash Lifts even with difficult lashes is exceptional.

Nevertheless, rarely, if you are new to the salon, the only way we can find out the right processing time for your lashes is by doing the Lash Lift and using the timing and the results of this first Lash Lift as a guide for you future Lash Lifts.

Lash Lift on shorter lashes

Can I have a Lash Lift if I have short lashes?

Lash Lifts are great treatment for mid to long eyelashes. If you have short lashes and still wish to go ahead and try a Lash Lift you will need to accept the Lash Lift will not have the same results as someone with medium to long eyelashes. That said, we have achieved some great results with shorter lashes.


For the best results for your Lash Lift, do not get your Lash Lift wet or get steam on your lashes for the first 24 hours. This will cause the Lash Lift to drop. Do not sleep on your lashes (stomach sleepers I am talking to you!) in the first 24 hours because this will cause the Lift to crinkle into the shape you have crushed your lashes into the pillow to.

Do not wear mascara or eye makeup for the for the first 24 hours. It could dry out your lashes causing them to frizz or over process or it could make the lift drop. After following these instructions for the first 24 hours you are good to go and can get them wet and wear eye makeup.

We recommend using a Lash Lift formulated mascara like Elleebana’s Elleevate Lash Lift Mascara.

Follow the steps in your Aftercare Pack and brush your lashes in the morning and evening and enjoy the ease and beauty of your Lash Lift.

With love,

The Always Elegant team xo

Not all salons are created equally so training and techniques differ dramatically from salon to salon. And no one wants to hear those 4 terrifying words:


But when too much glue, bad technique and/or cheaper quality products are used – damage will happen.

Until a few months ago, we accepted work from other salons. But it was difficult to do a consistent infill. Our lashes looked light, fluffy and natural in comparison to the poorly applied ones that were done elsewhere. The end results were uneven, unnatural and less than fabulous looking lashes. We realised it was serious lash re-hab that was needed, not an infill.

Here’s Why

Too much glue causes several lashes to clump together at the root, and tangle. This makes it impossible to brush or get the tweezers through them to prep for the infill.

If we can’t isolate the lashes, we can’t apply one extension to one lash (which is the safest way to apply extensions – anyone doing other – RUN!!). Glue jammed clumpy lashes require intensive care, not an infill.

2 or 3 extensions have been applied to a single lash (see above – RUN!!) also requiring too much glue to hold them all together. These lashes need to be soaked off and removed immediately to stop the weight ripping your natural lashes out prematurely causing further damage.

If lashes are damaged after the soak off, ie,  gappy or sparce, we suggest you wait a week or two before getting a new set to allow for regeneration. We will not apply extensions to the baby lashes growing out; they are not strong enough yet. But fear not dear lash addicts, your lashes have a cycle of about 6 weeks, so you are only ever 6 weeks away from full repair.

We also acknowledge that there are plenty of highly skilled technicians out there, so if the lashes have been applied correctly, we will happily infill them.

It is up to each individual salon to uphold integrity and maintain professional standards. At Elegant Lashes we take pride in our work and we want our clients to go out and flash their beautiful healthy, light and fluffy lashes at the world.

Please call 1300 002 215 if you have any further questions.

Stay Fabulous Forever

With love from the Elegant Lashes Team xo


















We love all our clients, we wouldn’t be who we are without you (wow, 9 years now), and to say thanks we are launching a loyalty reward program for our lash extensions. For every 5 infill stamps you collect, you can claim the 6th infill for free.

Loyalty Cards Terms and Conditions:

  • Loyalty cards are for lash extension infills only
  • There are 2 lines of 5 stamps on each card; 1 line for Light Infills, 1 line for Full Infills
  • For each Infill you can claim a stamp for either type of Infill, depending on which one you get
  • After completing 5 Infills on your card in the same type (Light or Full), you can claim a free infill of the same type
  • Late cancellation of 6 hours or less or not showing up for your appointment will forfeit your stamp for your following appointment or the free infill
  • We can keep your loyalty card at the salon or you can keep your loyalty card on you
  • Elegant Lashes is under no obligation to replace any lost, stolen or damaged cards
  • Card is valid for 1 year from date of issue
  • Not transferrable to other clients
  • Free infill is not redeemable for cash and can’t be used for any other treatment or product we provide
  • Offer may be changed or ended at any time without notice
  • Yay!