Eyebrows on fleek! Eyebrows are essential for a beat face, a natural look or a flawless bare face. Everyone gets eyebrows arched, waxed, plucked or threaded, and now, Microblading and Micro-shading.
What Is MicroBlading?
Microblading has been the new beauty wave of eyebrow care sweeping that has swept the beauty industry. Eyebrows have gone from thin to thick over the decades; but one thing remains, the need to have neat and manicured brows.
Every two weeks to a month, women everywhere have bombarded salons to get their brows waxed or threaded. We’ve all been in front of the mirror spending thirty minutes every morning filling in our eyebrows. Not to mention the hours spent on Youtube initially trying to learn the best way to get the most natural brows!
Microblading involves using a hand tool with nine or more tiny needles to create shallower cuts on the skin and then letting pigment seep in. Thin, hair-like strokes are formed on the surface to thicken eyebrows.
Microblading is a semi-permanent coloring of the eyebrows to achieve a thicker and fuller look.
Where Is It Done?
Microblading offered at spas and beauty bars should only perform by a certified esthetician or microblading technician due to the nature of the procedure that involved breaking the skin and an extended change in the appearance of brows.
How Much is Microblading?
Now, here is where I begin to waver when it comes to advocating for Microblading.
This technique of filling your brows can range from $300-$1200. However, it only takes one session for your eyebrows to be made new with contouring and filling; though fill-ins or touch-ups are scheduled six weeks after and are often free.
Do’s and Don’ts Before Booking an Appointment
First, before booking an appointment do your research on the history and potential risks associated with Microblading.
It also may be helpful to get a skin consultation if you have sensitive skin to ensure that you will not get an infection or rash as a result of the tattooing. Additionally, visit the establishment beforehand and get reviews on your potential technician; better safe than sorry!
And lastly, consider your reasoning for microblading, have you exerted all your options before trying something more expensive and permanent? Now, you’re all set to book your appointment, here’s a tip to get prepared!
Do: Come with your skin free of makeup that includes a pencil filling in, brow dip or liner. Wash your face thoroughly with a gentle wash and drink plenty of water.
What To Avoid
To get your skin prepared and maintain strong brows, don’t tweeze, wax or pick at your eyebrows, tan, get a facial peel or workout.
Also avoid taking Fish Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin A and Retinol products two weeks to a month before the procedure, which is natural blood thinners. Avoid getting botox injections and lastly, do not tint, bleach or color your brows before your appointment.
Following these tips will ensure that your skin and brows will adequately absorb the pigment and will be less likely to fade or cause irritation to the surrounding skin.
To reduce your chances of excessive bleeding or poor coloration avoid consuming caffeine, drinking alcohol and taking over the counter prescriptions like Aspirin.
It seems like a lot to get your eyebrows colored but remember, this method breaks the skin to deposit ink under the skin and lasts for a few months to a year or more with proper care.
It is a semi-invasive and permanent alteration to your face, and should not be entered into lightly.
What Happens at a Microblading Appointment?
Microblading appointments are usually two hours long. During the start of the session, the brows cleaned and the provider collects measurements.
The artist will outline the desired shape of the brows with a pencil until it is filled and gives the appearance specified by the client. Then, a numbing cream is applied to the eyebrow and forehead region of the face to ensure a painless procedure. Women have said that it feels like light tweezing or pressure.
The actual micro-blading takes up fifteen to forty minutes at the end of the appointment depending on the style of the eyebrows and absorption of the skin.
I see you girl; nobody can thumb lick those long-lasting brows!
You’re fresh from your appointment, and you have listened to all my pre-microblading advice, it’s over; except for a few key things that will keep your eyebrow investment looking fresh, its called proper brow aftercare.
Just like a tattoo or a sore, your brows need time to heal. In the beginning, your eyebrows will appear extraordinarily dark and thick, but they will settle within a few days. In the meantime, here are some things you should do:
Keep your brows dry for a few days. Although you may experience some leakage, blot with a dry tissue.
Wash your brows with antibacterial soap.
Apply your ointment once a day, a small grain-sized amount.
Allow any scabbing or drainage to clear up naturally. Avoid scrubbing, picking or rubbing the area.
Avoid saunas, excessive exercise, and sweating for a week. Do not get treatments like facials, microdermabrasion, and botox for a month.
During the healing process, brows usually take a month to heal completely, your eyebrows will change in shape and color, and may scab, drain or bleed. Don’t worry; these are all everyday and natural occurrences.
Follow the rules and set your follow-up appointment and enjoy your new brows!
Pros and Cons of Microblading
Let’s talk about the pros and cons of microblading. It is long lasting, offers a steady eyebrow look and saves you time fixing your brows.
This procedure can last up to three years when cared for correctly and done correctly. Microblading also ensures a fuller look for thinning or balding eyebrows.
Microblading advocates have complained about the commitment associated with the procedure. Before and after the process, requires time away from activities like exercising, taking vitamins, and facial treatments, which can be difficult for us die-hard health fanatics!
Additionally, it carries an extended healing time of a month.
Microblading vs. Microshading
What is Microshading?
Microshading is the coloring of eyebrows, it is achieved with the same ink as microblading and is semi-permanent.
This procedure is a less abrasive version of Microblading and recommended after one is dissatisfied with microblading, or in addition to their initial microblading procedure. Microshading is done with a machine instead of by hand like microblading. It gives more extensive coverage and broader strokes to the eyebrow line.
Microshading lasts for up to a year and is non-invasive. For sensitive and oily skin types microshading is the better option. Microshading creates a more “finished” or block look than microblading. Eyebrows obtained by microshading have the same aftercare as microblading patients.
This procedure can range from $400-$1200 in price. This price is calculated based on the person you choose, and the city area you are receiving the service.
Enhancing Your Brows
With a fleeky and defined brow, there should be good lashes!
Now that you’ve gotten your eyebrows done, it time to enhance the overall look of your eyes by getting. Strip lashes such as the ones offered on Private Label Extensions or try lash extensions. Lashes will complement the look of your brows and have you serving face for days!
To Shade, Blade, and Commit to Your Brows
These methods are a new way to achieve the brows you’ve always wanted!
If you are looking for a brow artist, look around at nearby spas and check Instagram, be sure that the artist is clean and certified. Microblading and Microshading are slightly more expensive than conventional eyebrow shading methods; however, they also last longer and provide a consistent and more natural appearance.
Drop a comment or picture below of your microblading/shading experience!