-Meet The Artists-
owner / micro artist/ educator
Shalyn Gamba has been in the beauty industry for 20+ years! She holds her license as an esthetician & micropigmentation. She is a board certified AAM member who trains future professionals at RECTIFY EDU. This Canadian is the founder of the BEAUTY ALCOVE and brought her talent to Massachusetts. She Specializes in a technique called microblading but her talent doesnt stop there. She was awarded "Best of Boston" for precision eyebrow shaping and is praised as one of the industries top leaders. When not working on clients you can catch her listening to country music, being and boy mom, cooking ridiculously good meals and drawing eyebrows for fun.
Abby has been in the Micropigmentation industry for 3 years and is very passionate! Eight years ago she began her career working with MAC cosmetics. (her makeup skills are out of this world) She is continuing advanced training and is excited to grow in the Micropigmentation field! When not working on clients you can catch her traveling, shopping and working as an on location make up artist.
A PEEK INTO THE ALCOVE
THE BEAUTY ALCOVE SERVICES
Mircopigmentation consultation: $50.00
Required 2nd session: $100.00
Permanent eyeliner: From $500-650.00
Shaded / Ombre Eyebrows: $700.00
Beard Pixelation: $100.00
Lip Stain: $700.00
Get off my face (tattoo removal) $250.00
Scalp Micropigmentation: per session is $1000-2000
EYEBROW AND LASH GROOMING
Eyebrow Shaping: $45.00
Eyebrow Tint: $20.00
Eyebrows On Fleek (tint & shape): $65.00
Brow Lamination: $70.00
Brow Lamination & Tint: $95.00
Eye Opener (lash lift): $100
22k Custom Gold Piece (must be ordered)
Real Diamond stud (sizes vary) must be ordered
Swarovski Crystals (sizes and color in stock)
BELOW YOU WILL FIND A LIST OF THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS THAT WE RECEIVE ABOUT MICROPIGMENTATION SERVICES.
WHAT IS COSMETIC TATTOOING?
Cosmetic tattooing, also referred to as semi-permanent makeup or micropigmentation, is the process of implanting colour pigment beneath the surface of the skin by means of tiny, sterile, disposable needles to produce the appearance of hair strokes and makeup.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
For most clients, at least two treatments are usually needed, with the minimum of 6 weeks apart. With most procedures, the colour looks dramatically lighter after the first week. Some clients prefer this, while others opt for a bolder look. At the second session, the colour retention will be evaluated and adjustments will be made as necessary. Everyone heals differently and at different rates. If your micropigmentation does not heal perfectly after the first session, do not worry! This is why it is crucial to attend your follow up appointment.
HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
Micropigmentation treatments are considered semi-permanent and will not wash off, however, they will fade over time and may need to be refreshed every 1-2 years. Frequency of sessions depends on a number of factors including: the pigment colour used (lighter colours fade faster), lifestyle (sun exposure), and if any chemical peels come into contact with treated areas. Please note that final results ARE NOT guaranteed as each unique skin type will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates. Your artist will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your second session and make any changes if necessary. Multiple sessions are normal for micropigmentation procedures, with each new procedure requiring a minimum of 2 visits. Your second session can be booked no sooner than 6 weeks after the initial appointment. Additional sessions will be charged a product fee of $75.
WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE MY EYEBROW PROCEDURE?
You may fill in your eyebrows as you normally would so your artist can take into consideration the shape you desire. If you regularly get your eyebrows shaped, waxed, threaded or tinted, please leave them untouched two weeks before your appointment...we like to see the natural state of your brows. If you are going on a vacation, it is recommended to plan your trip a minimum of 14 days after the procedure. It is required to avoid any blood thinning medication for a minimum of 72 hours prior to their appointment. This includes Vitamin E, Aspirin, Niacin, fish oil supplements, and Ibuprofen. Do not drink any alcohol the night before and day of your appointment and limit the amount of caffeine you consume. If you have been on prescription Accutane in the past, you MUST wait at least one year before considering this procedure. It is highly recommended that you avoid SUN and TANNING BED exposure for 30 days BEFORE and AFTER your procedure. If you show up for your appointment with a new tan or a sunburn, you will need to reschedule and will forfeit 50% of the price price of your service.
WHAT FACTORS WILL AFFECT MY MICROPIGMENTATION?
Sun exposure: The sun will extremely soften the look of your tattoo, sunblock MUST be used (once healed) to prolong your enhancement. The regeneration of skin cells: The longer the regeneration takes, the longer the pigment holds. The speed at which the skin absorbs the pigment: The slower the absorption, the longer the pigment will hold. The choice of colour: Some colours fade quicker than others, e.g. a blonde colour will fade quicker than a dark brown colour. The area of treatment: Enhancements to the face, for example, fade more quickly due to constant exposure. Bleeding during the procedure: Any bleeding during the tattooing procedure will reduce the amount of pigment absorption. Alcohol and certain medications act as blood-thinners and should not be taken prior to your appointment as explained in the previous question.
WILL MICROPIGMENTATION WORK FOR ME?
If you have extremely oily skin, the hairstroke eyebrow technique called microblading will NOT work well for you. The constant production of oil will cause the hairstrokes to heal with a diffused, softer look. Your end result will look more powdered than you would expect.
f you have little to no existing hair, your tattoo will appear more 2-dimensional than those clients who have more hair naturally.
If you are a frequent smoker, your pigment may fade sooner as smoking damages your skin cells.
If you are iron deficient or Anemic, your pigment may fade sooner and bleeding/bruising may occur during and after the procedure.
HOW WILL I LOOK IMMEDIATELY AFTER?
Your new micropigmentation will appear darker and more intense than expected for the first few days. This will gradually lighten during the complete healing process. It will also shrink in size once the swelling goes down.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
Your artist will have detailed aftercare instructions. It is highly beneficial to follow these instructions to ensure a comfortable healing process and to achieve the best results.