Dermaplaning vs Waxing

What is the difference between waxing and dermaplaning?


Waxing, unlike dermaplaning, is not able to pick up the very fine vellus hair.

Vellus hair is typically about 2 shades lighter than the natural hair colour or has no pigment at all. It’s really fine and has been eroding over the years through friction so its really hard for the wax (unless it is a specialty wax) to pick up these hairs.


Also, waxing, although there are great formulas used in waxing services nowadays, there is still that minor trauma caused to the skin. That tug that happens isn’t always the greatest in really sensitive areas such as the eyes, the mouth, and the nose. While it does provide a bit of exfoliation, it does so in a really uncontrolled manner so there is a lot more chance of injuring the skin.


Dermaplaning delivers a very fine and detailed exfoliation surpassing the level of exfoliation delivered by waxing. For this reason, dermaplaning results is a brighter and even complexion.

How to prepare for my dérmaPLANE treatment?

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What can I expect after microblading?

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Microblading Transition Process

We have listed a few bits of information to help explain what you may see for the first 15 days post-microblading.

1. Patchy coverage

This is normal to see in the first 7-10 days. The areas where you see dark patches are still in the process of moving the pigment up towards the surface and shedding the skin above. The lighter areas are those where the skin has already shed and has revealed fresh skin growth. They should even out by day 10.

2. Missing areas

These faint areas are covered with fresh skin cells. The new cells are full of “juice” and plumper than what we typically have at the surface of the skin.

Once the skin moves this layer of fresh cells (which contains the bulk of our micro-pigment) up to the surface they will dry and flatten. The strokes and pigment will then reappear and give us a proper measure of colour retention by approximately week 2.

3. Brows are lighter brown with pink undertone

While your skin is still in the recovery phase, it will have higher cellular activity at the site of repair thereby making the skin appear flushed. This undertone in the skin will temporarily alter the colour of the brows. The skin can take up 3 months to completely restructure, but you’re true colour typically shows before that around week 2.

Read more about microblading…

Contraindications for Microblading

Longevity of Microblading procedure

Microblading Pricing and Booking Procedure

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Pubic and Underarm Skin Discolouration- Part 1

pubic and underarm skin discolouration

Why are my underarms and bikini-line discoloured and rough? 

The appearance of skin discolouration in the underarm and pubic regions are a common concern noted with Hair Removal clients. These dark patches may be accompanied by other symptoms such as irritation, rough texture, odour, or small growths.

It is important to properly diagnose the causes of your condition in order to understand the triggers and prepare a treatment plan for silky, even-toned skin 

Possible causes of skin discolouration

1| Health Factors 

Although this may not be the most common cause, underlying health conditions and medications account for a large majority of the possibilities.  

Health conditions: 

  • Acanthosis – a skin condition described as dark, velvety skin, in the groin, underarms, elbows, knees, neck, or groin area
  • Acromegaly – a condition that causes overproduction of human growth hormone
  • Cushing’s Syndrome – a condition caused by an excess production or exposure to cortisol
  • Skin infections
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Excessive weight
  • Diabete


  • Insulin
  • Corticosteroids
  • Human growth hormone
  • Birth control
  • Niacin

2| Genetic Influences 

Hyperpigmentation or ‘dark patches’ are most prevalent in skin tones that naturally produce higher levels of melanin.

Melanin is the pigment produced by the skin cells that provides it with colour. The amount of melanin in the skin fluctuates with sun exposure and in cases of scarring. Because darker skin tones retain and produce more melanin, they are at higher risk of developing dark patches and scars. 

3| Friction 

The skin’s natural response to trauma is to repair itself in the affected area by producing fresh cells to replace the damaged cells.

Repeated friction over sensitive areas of the skin due to tight or abrasive fabrics can cause micro-trauma to the skin which in turn stimulates the repair process. The skin then forms an abundance of cells over the pressure sites giving way for the appearance of dark patches, or streaks in the skin.  

4. | Shaving 

Shaving the bikini line and underarms can be harsh on the sensitive skin covering these areas, especially considering these areas are often populated with fast growing hair that requires frequent shaves. 

When the sharp blades of the razor glide along the skin, they make just enough contact with the skin to scrape away a thin sheet of dead skin. This can cause micro trauma to the skin, triggering the repair process which then draws pigment to the area.

5. |Chemicals

Skin interaction with ingredients found in deodorant can often lead to discolouration. Aluminum compounds in deodorants keep the underarms dry by blocking the pores from excreting sweat and helps prevent odour by inhibiting the bacterial growth.

Although there are many different contributors to this skin condition, there are also various remedies that may provide relief. Stay tuned for Pt.2

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Is Brow Lamination Safe?

Is brow lamination safe?

Do you have stubborn brows? 😠

Brow gel doesn’t do the trick? 😫

Your brows point down when you wish they pointed up or sideways? 😳

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, it may be time to try the newest brow service available! But first, let’s review- is Brow Lamination safe?

Brow lamination enhances your natural brows as it sets your brows in place causing them to look thicker and fuller. After laminating, we finish the look with our signature wax and tint service, the Dérmica sculpt.

The service takes about one hour and last 4-6 weeks.

Is Brow Lamination safe for my brows?

Perm solutions have greatly improved since grandma’s time. However, exposure to some perm solutions can cause reactions to sensitive skin such as itching, redness, etc. 

Trust your brows to the experts at Dérmica. Please review the service criteria before booking online.

Service criteria:

2 weeks of growth.

Avoid trimming your brows.

Suitable for all but hypersensitive skin types.

Gentle cleansing routine the morning of your booking.

Avoid exfoliants, retinol, AHA, and BHA on the brows.

Brows should be clear of any brow cosmetics.

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How does brow lamination work?

How does brow lamination work?
Brow Lamination can last up to 6 weeks.

Its all the about science.

How does Brow Lamination work?

A perm solution is applied which breaks the disulphide bonds that hold together the brow hair’s keratin.

Once the bonds have been broken, we are able to change the state of the brow hair thereby straightening unruly brows and redirecting the hair to reshape the brows for a thicker, fuller look.

We then apply a setting solution which neutralizes the perm process and reforms the disulphide bonds in their new and improved shape. This is what makes your brow lamination last up to 6 weeks.

Is brow lamination safe for my brows?

Perm solutions have greatly improved since grandma’s time. 👵🏻
However, exposure to some perm solutions can cause reactions to sensitive skin such as itching, redness, etc.

We hope to have shed some light on your question: “How does brow lamination work?

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Our brow game is strong!

We’ve taken our signature Dermica sculpt and applied it to our Brow Lamination service!

Fill gaps and add volume to your brows. Your Brow Lamination includes:

  • Style (perm-brow setting)
  • Shape (waxed & trimmed)
  • Colour (brow tinting)

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Brow Lamination FAQs

brow lamination faqs

Lift your brows and add definition with a Brow Lamination service! Here are some brow lamination FAQs surrounding this trending service. 

What is it?

It’s a mini perming service designed specifically for brows. 

How long does the service take?

You can expect to be at Dérmica for 45-60 minutes.

Is there down time?

Nothing major, just keep ’em dry for a couple days following.

How long does this service last?

4 weeks of max. effect and lasts up to 6 weeks. 

What will it do for me?

If you have…

▪︎ sparse brows👉 it helps with extra coverage.

▪︎ thick and wiry brows👉 it helps to smooth them down.

▪︎brows that grow in awkward directions👉 it helps reposition and tame.

▪︎want a perfected BROW LINE👉 it helps you GET IT!!

We hope we’ve answered your questions in this brow-lamination-FAQs article. If you have more questions, feel free to ask us a question in our “Ask Dermica” feature.

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