Can I Wash My Face After Ombre Brows? (Explained)

Reviewed by: Isabella Sylvester - Beauty Therapist

Ombre powder brows look amazing and can last a long time if properly taken care of. But can you wash your face after getting ombre brows? Here’s a straightforward guide.

Can I Wash My Face After Ombre Brows

It is safe to wash your face after getting ombre brows as long as you make sure to avoid the eyebrow area. Do not let any harsh soaps, lotions, or makeup touch your brows during the first 7 days after your ombre brow treatment.

You can (and should) however keep your brows clean with clean water. This is to avoid infection and build-up of lymph fluid.

Read more on how to wash your face after getting ombre brows below.

What Are Ombre Brows?

Ombre brows is a semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing technique that leaves you with fuller and more defined brows.

While it is similar to microblading, there are some key differences.

While microblading utilizes a handheld tool to mimic hair-like strokes in the eyebrow, ombre brows use a machine (much like a tattoo machine) to shade in the brow for a more natural look.

For people with very sparse eyebrow hairs, ombre brows is one of the best options.

Microblading can sometimes be too harsh for a lot of people, so ombre brows offer a more natural “no makeup” permanent makeup look.

can I wash my face after ombre brows?

You can wash your face after an ombre brow treatment as long as you are careful not to get large amounts of water and soap on the eyebrow area.

Avoid any strenuous exercise for the first 7-10 days as well as saunas, swimming pools and tanning beds.

Water, steam, heat, and sweat can interfere with the treatment, causing the pigment to fade much faster.

Heat or steam will also likely make your newly tattooed eyebrows itch which may cause you to scratch them. This could lead to an infection or ruin the way in which the pigment has been distributed.

How To Wash Face After Ombre Brows

How To Wash Your Face After Ombre Brows

Of course, washing your face is important for proper hygiene, but you should avoid washing your face in the shower altogether after you get ombre brows.

This is because there is no way not to fully submerge your face in the water without getting your eyebrows wet.

Doing this will inevitably negatively affect the results of the ombre brows.

The best way to wash your face after an ombre brow treatment is to do it in front of a mirror with a cotton pad.

Instructions

  1. Wash all of your face like normal except for the eyebrow area.
  2. Don’t put any type of cosmetics or skincare products on the ombre brows until they are fully healed.
  3. To rinse the cleanser off of your face, use either a damp cotton pad or damp towel to gently remove the face wash.
  4. Do not rub over the ombre brows whatsoever.

After 10 days, or when the ombre brows are completely healed, you can go back to washing your face as you normally would.

Can You Shower After Ombre Brows?

Can You Shower After Ombre Brows

Yes, you can shower after getting ombre brows done.

But since water and any type of moisture can affect the results of the ombre brows, there are some things you want to keep in mind:

Don’t Submerge Eyebrows In Water

The most important thing is to not fully submerge the eyebrows in the water.

To avoid this, don’t put your face directly under the water at all.

If you happen to get a splash of water on your face or eyebrows accidentally, don’t panic. This most likely won’t mess your ombre brows up.

But make sure to gently pat your face dry afterward with a clean towel or napkin.

Be Quick

Another thing to keep in mind is making the shower as quick as possible.

Most people take hot showers, and the steam is not going to do your ombre brows any good.

So the faster you get out of the shower, the better. If possible, try and make the water in the shower as cool as you can stand it.

Even warm water will be better than steaming hot.

How To Wash Ombre Brows Without Damaging Them

Of course, you’ll need to wash your eyebrows during the healing process. There will be dead skin, bacteria, and build-up on the brows that could potentially lead to infection.

But there is a certain way you have to do it that doesn’t involve fully submerging the brows in water, as this will also affect the results:

1. Wash Eyebrows With A Gentle Cleanser and Water

When you’re washing your eyebrows, you want to choose a mild cleanser without any additives in it.

Things like fragrance, oil, and other extra ingredients will likely cause build-up on the ombre brows which could lead to infection or could affect the results of the brows after the healing process.

When cleansing the area, you want to avoid rubbing the eyebrows harshly and fully submerging them in water.

Instead, lightly splash the eyebrows with some water, use a small amount of cleanser, and lightly pat the area clean.

2. Rinse Eyebrows With Water

After you gently cleanse the eyebrow area, you’re going to need to rinse the soap off of the eyebrows.

It is imperative that you do not leave any remnants of soap behind on the eyebrows, as this can also lead to possible infection.

To do this, dampen a clean towel and pat the area until all of the soap is removed. You can also get your fingertips wet and pat the eyebrows to ensure there is no cleanser left behind.

3. Gently Pat Eyebrows Dry

Once you’re sure all of the cleanser is completely removed from the brows, you’re going to want to get rid of all the moisture present in that area.

To do this, use a clean napkin, paper towel, tissue, or cloth towel and gently pat the area dry.

Do not leave any moisture on the brows, as water can affect the way the brows look after they’ve healed.

How To Wash Your Hair After Ombre Brows

Washing your hair in the shower without getting your face wet can be tricky.

However, there are some tips to follow to make sure your face doesn’t get as wet, protecting your newly done ombre brows:

  1. Tilt your head back to get all of your hair wet, and then use your hand as a shield on the forehead to prevent water from dripping on your face.
  2. Then, lather the shampoo in your hair slowly and gently, ensuring none of the product gets on your face either.
  3. To rinse, tilt your head back the same way again, and take your time getting the shampoo out.

What To Do If You Accidentally Get Ombre Brows Wet

If you accidentally get your ombre brows wet while showering or in any other instance, don’t panic.

First, assess how wet you’ve gotten them. If you’ve only gotten a splash of water on them, or if you walked through the rain, you’re probably fine.

But if you have gone swimming, taken a steaming hot shower, or fully submerged your eyebrows in water, your worries may be valid.

When you get your ombre brows wet on accident, the first thing you should do is pat them cry with a clean towel or tissue.

Do this gently, and do not rub. You want to be very careful and gentle with your brows, especially if they’ve already gotten wet.

The most important thing is to tell your eyebrow artist immediately so they are aware.

After the healing process ends, most often 5 weeks after the initial appointment, you’ll need to go in for a touch-up.

A lot of times your eyebrow artist can fix any fading that has happened due to moisture.

Can You Shower After The Touch-Up Appointment?

Can You Shower After The Touch-Up Appointment

After your initial appointment, your eyebrow artist will want you to come back for a touch-up in about 5 weeks.

It is important that the eyebrows are healed before touching them up.

The healing process will usually take 7-10 days, but your eyebrows are still in a fragile state for about 3 weeks.

During this touch-up appointment, your eyebrow artist will fix anything that may have faded, make any changes, and add more color depending on how well your skin retained the pigment.

As a general rule, you should treat the healing process the exact same after the touch-up appointment to ensure the best results.

So avoid getting the brows wet, clean them regularly, and don’t use any cosmetics or skincare products on them.

After this, a touch-up appointment is only recommended once a year.

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