What is Microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent makeup procedure where hair like incision strokes are created along the eyebrow to attempt to either enhance, reshape, or create a natural looking appearance on the brows. It entails the use of a nano blade, which is dipped into a pigment that has been matched to the natural hair color and skin tone and is then glided along a sketched outline of the brow.
What does the appointment entail?
Microblading is a two-step process and requires touch-ups every 8 months- 2 years.
The initial appointment includes a consultation in which we will discuss what you would like your end-result brows to look like. Brow mapping and measuring will be used to ensure your brows are symmetrical and just the right size and shape you desire.
The second appointment, a minimum of 6 weeks later, is to refine the strokes and fine-tune color. It ensures that the strokes and pigments are healing properly and responding well.
How long does it last?
Everyone’s skin responds differently to the pigment, so there are many factors. The color can last anywhere from 6 months- 2 years. Touch ups are recommended every 8-24 months depending on your skin retention. People with oily skin don’t seem to hold the pigment as long as someone with normal to dry skin. Excessive sun exposure can fade the color faster, which is why sunscreen on the brows is recommended. Not following the aftercare instructions can result in faded pigment as well.
Does it hurt?
A numbing cream is applied to the brows 30 minutes before any strokes are made, so most people feel no discomfort at all. After the first pass is done, another numbing agent is applied again to ensure the client is completely comfortable.
How long does it take?
The initial appointment usually takes between 2-3 hours. The touch up session is typically 1 1/2-2 hours.
How long does it take to heal?
It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to set in. The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and color will appear very dark. Don’t be alarmed! This is normal and part of the healing process. The color will fade by 40% as it heals. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark and you will notice slight scabbing. DO NOT pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the micro bladed area. The eyebrows will lighten in color as they heal.
Am I a good candidate?
You are NOT a good candidate if you:
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Are diabetic
- Have skin irritation in the eyebrow area (acne, rashes, etc.)
- Are sick (please reschedule appointment)
- Recently had Botox
- Have an illness that compromises the immune system
- Have a history of keloids
- Are undergoing chemotherapy (please talk to doctor for clearance)
- Are on accutane or have been within a year of appointment