Updated: May 30, 2020
So, you’re thinking about getting your eyebrows permanently tattooed? Do you want to know all the insider information? Well...keep reading! I believe when educating the public about Microblading, one must first start with the basics. This is an essential element that can’t be missed!
What is Microblading?
Eyebrow Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup where ink is placed underneath the skin to enhance the appearance of eyebrows. Pigment is inserted in the skin in hair like strokes creating full natural looking eyebrows without the need of a pencil. Microblading has been around for a long time. However, the term Microblading, has only been heard and mentioned for the past few years, but it is quickly gaining attention!
The Actual Microblading Process:
When you arrive to your appointment, your Microblading artist will conduct a consultation with you. This discussion will determine what type of brow you wear currently and what you are expecting out of the visit. Your Artist will talk about various techniques of Microblading and evaluate your skin to find the best fit for your skin tone and type.
You will then start the “mapping” process. Mapping is when your artist will use various points on your face to measure and map where the eyebrows should be based of your face structure. Once the mapping is complete, your Artist will use numbing cream that will make the entire process painless! Initial numbing takes about 20 minutes. During the numbing process your Artist will identify the perfect pigment color based off your hair and eyebrow color, skin color, and client preference.
Finally, the process is ready to begin! First the artist will remove one side of the numbing cream and start the microblading procedure. Microblading is performed with a handheld pen that holds a sterile blade, that is dipped into pigment. The pigmented blade is placed on the epidermis (top layer of skin) and a swiping or stroking motion of the blade inserts pigment into the skin. Your Artist will go back and forth a couple times on each eyebrow, possibly numbing once more, between passes (for 5 minutes) before the procedure is complete. Total time for the Microblading procedure is about 2 hours. 4-8 weeks later you will return for a touch up appointment to make sure your pigment has retained and also add any needed hair strokes to finalize the eyebrow look. You will then be set for 1-3 years.
Microblading is a customized procedure that is fit for each individual client. Every person has different face structures, skin tone, and overall preferences. Therefore, it is very important to make sure you research and find the best Permanent Makeup Artist in your area! I know Microblading can be a bit expensive, but the value of service you will receive with someone who is well trained, knows their artistry, and comes across as top tier in their profession, is something worth value! Picking someone who is charging less than half price could be detrimental, increasing your chances of walking out with botched eyebrows. The only way to fix botched eyebrows is to have them removed and that will cost more than paying someone at full price! We will get into cost of Microblading a little later on. First, I want to discuss aftercare.
After the procedure, the most important instructions the client must follow are the aftercare instructions. The result of your eyebrow will most certainly depend on your aftercare habits. The most intensive part of aftercare are the first 7-10 days. First, you will make sure to apply A&D ointment during the morning and night using a cotton swab. Second, you want to make sure you are avoiding anything that will get your eyebrows wet. This could be water, sweat, swimming, a hot sauna, Jacuzzi etc. You want to make sure you keep your eyebrows out of the sun until they are fully healed. After they are healed, you want to make sure you are applying sunscreen to your eyebrows because sun exposure might cause the color to fade away more quickly. You do not want to participate in any laser or chemical peel treatments during healing. Another fun fact is that alcohol will lead to slower healing of the eyebrow. The entire healing process will take 4-6 weeks depending on your body regeneration and age.
Phases of the Healing Process:
During the healing process the eyebrows will travel through many stages. Immediately after the procedure and the next day the eyebrow color will appear very dark.
Here are some things you might say to yourself during the healing process.
Day 1: WOW! I have eyebrows, Love them!!
Day 2: Why are they so dark and thick??
Day 5-10: Ewwww! My scabs are flicking off
Day 10+: What happened? My brows are too light!
A Few Weeks Later: My brows are back and soooo Natural!
After the Touch Up: They are perfect #browsonfleek
After the recovery period (the peeling part) your eyebrows might appear lighter compared to when you first had them done. This might give you the impression that color is fading too quickly. However, even with proper aftercare, some clients have more fading in some areas which make the brows look uneven. It is ABSOLUTELY normal. This is the entire reason for the 4-8 week touch up appointment. Once the peeling of the skin starts to occur, it will appear to look like scabs and be rough to the touch. It is important (if you are a scab picker) you don’t pick these scabs. The reason why is because the pigment is attached to the scab. Again, the pigment is attached to the scab!!! If you pick the scab off, then there goes the pigment right along with it. Sometimes when a client does this you can look into the eyebrow and see the exact hair stroke that no longer holds any pigment. Your scab will NATURALLY disconnect from the pigment and a new layer of skin will grow over your pigment and enclose the color beautifully!
Lastly let’s talk about cost. When researching Artists in your local area you will see some high and some low prices. Who do you pick? Depending on your area Microblading can cost anywhere from $350-$800 dollars. On average a client should expect around $350 for the first visit and $125
for the touch up visit. The most important thing, when it comes to cost that you want to remember, is that this is a procedure that will last for 1-3 years. You can have fun doing the math, but I know firsthand that 365 mornings of getting up and drawing eyebrows for 20 minutes before I can be seen by the light of day (haha) is time consuming. However, 1-3 years of freedom to throw my hair up, put on some leggings and a big shirt with my perfectly placed brows will keep anyone feeling confident all day! When researching Artists make sure you are reviewing their work and their client reviews. Also call your potential Artist and ask them questions to get a good feel for their working style.
I want to personally thank you for visiting my site and reading my blog about microblading. If there are any other questions, feel free to email me!
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