Have you been hearing the term microblading? It’s the latest beauty craze and all over Instagram (#browsonfleek) and beauty blogs. I thought you might want to get the 411 on what it is, how it works and does it hurt?
Microblading is a semi permanent form similar to tattooing. It is mainly used on eyebrows and the technique is able to recreate the look of feathery hair strokes. It is manually done using a very fine blade to deposit pigment into the upper levels of the epidermis.
Because the color is deposited closer to the surface of your skin, it appears crisper and finer than a traditional tattoo. Your initial appointment takes about two hours and requires a touch up appointment about 4-6 weeks later.
It won’t last as long as a traditional tattoo and I think that’s a good thing! Faces change and so do eyebrow trends. You don’t want to be stuck with the same brows forever! For most people, it lasts from 1-2 years, with yearly touchups. It fades out naturally over time.
It truly is an art and involves your practitioner measuring and drawing your brows on prior to beginning the procedure. You want to make sure your brows look good from every angle, not just straight on and that takes time. I would recommend taking selfies from different angles after they are drawn on to make sure you love them.
Picking a practitioner is the most important part! You want to look at their work and check how it has healed. I would advise reaching out to some of their clients to ask them about their experience. It is your face after all! Check out their procedure room and hygienic practices. Ask them questions! Do your research first! You have to find the most experienced person who delivers the results you want.
My first question was, how bad does it hurt? I’ve heard differing opinions. Numbing cream is used and I am sure it just depends on your pain threshold. Comments ranged from it’s like waxing to I thought I was dying, so I would say it’s probably tolerable to most people. There is some scabbing, similar to tattooing.
I have to give a caveat here and say I have not personally had this procedure done. I have been checking out people’s results and they are spectacular, but I don’t think it’s for me just based on my personal healing/scarring record. My skin tends not to heal well and I wouldn’t want to risk my face. (that’s just me, don’t let me scare you, make your own conclusions please! I am not a medical professional.)
It is a lifesaver for people who struggle without brows. They really do change your entire face. I think it’s an amazing alternative to permanent tattooing since you can change and tweak it as your face and styles change. It’s also a great option for those with scars or missing parts of their brows. Many people have bald spots from old brow rings or overplucking in their youth (or the 80’s). Everyone I’ve talked to who has had it done, said “Why didn’t I do this sooner!”
So how about you? Have your tried it or will you? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!