Just as Whip Blow Dry Bar + Salon has broadened its reach to Wilton clients by joining the Wilton Chamber of Commerce, so too is the Ridgefield salon expanding the kinds of services it offers. Owner Amy Pal recently opened an expanded medi-spa space on its lower level at 23 Governor St., called “Whip Underground,” offering services including eyelash extensions, Botox and microblading.
Whip Salon is a boutique, modern, customer-focused salon that has already created a loyal following for its hair and makeup services. Open 7 days a week, Whip offers cuts, color and makeup services and caters to women, men and kids. The idea behind Whip Underground is to offer one-stop shopping for hair and medi-spa services to its clients.
Whip Underground & Microblading
“Microblading is a trend that is blowing up,” says Pal. “While the trend of eyebrow tattooing has been around for about 10 years, microblading is the refined next generation of that. The technique uses tailored equipment to create eyebrows, and since it’s so specific the results are phenomenal.”
The process is a form of semi-permanent makeup that helps partially or fully camouflage missing or sparse eyebrow hair, using very fine deposits of tattoo pigment to give the appearance of simulated hair. In the procedure, the artist inserts color pigment into the skin through a set of single-use sterile needles, producing the look of natural hair strokes and enhancing the natural features of the face.
This technique can be used to improve or create eyebrow definition, to cover gaps of lost hair, to extend the eyebrows, or as a full reconstruction if the brows have little or no hair. Each stroke is applied individually, allowing the artist complete control of the shape, color and density of the completed eyebrows.
The color choice is patient specific and mixed using a natural selection of micropigments to complement hair color and skin tone. The pigments used at Whip Underground contain iron oxide and glycerine and are cruelty free.
Whip Underground has brought in specialist Carolina Villalon, a Board Certified Derma Technician and microblading expert who has already developed a following in New York. She studied microblading in California where the trend first started catch fire.
“California is way ahead on this trend, it’s been popular there for several years,” says Villalon, who studied at the Scar Treatment and Recovery Center in Southern California. “I initially wanted to study tattoo removal. But when I apprenticed with my mentor Guadalupe Ponte, one of the best in the business for all kinds of cosmetic tattooing, I decided to change my focus. Clients’ reactions to microblading just inspired me, and now I am obsessed with eyebrows and microblading.”
Villalon says she’s excited to bring her experience to Fairfield County. “Because I learned from the very best about this emerging trend, the techniques I’ve learned aren’t as easy to find around here. What I offer truly is the most cutting edge around.”
Different techniques are used depending on a person’s age, the condition of the eyebrows and what the client wants. It involves pigment deposited into the upper layers of the skin with very fine needles. Each individual hair stroke can be customized so that it is very natural looking. The procedure lasts between 6-18 months.
Before & After Pictures