Microblading @ Browworks by Nori

Microblading @Browworks by Nori

Hey ya’ll guess what I had done? That’s right, I got my eyebrows microbladed and I love them!!! Mother’s Day is right around the corner and May is a great month to treat mom to a spa treatment she has always wanted. 

I have been wanting to share my recent microblading experience, with Browworks by Nori, for about a month now. I am sure many of you have probably seen my preview pictures below, and mid procedure progress teasers. You see, I actually started my microblading journey back in February, but keep in mind the entire microblading process takes around 4-8 weeks from start to the final heal. Therefore, I have delayed my post so I could include my final healed photos after my touch up. This photo below is from my initial microblading procedure, and have since had one touch up to complete my brows.  

WHAT IS MICROBLADING

So many of you may be asking, what exactly is microblading? By definition- Microblading is a form of semi-permanent tattoo, that involves using a small specialty blades to deposit pigment under your skin. Ok, so now that your mind is reeling, let me just say it is painless, all you feel is a light scratching sensation on your brows. The final product is a set of flawless eyebrows with out any additional work from you. 

CLIENT PREP-

There are a few things you need to know prior to getting your brows microbladed. Nori at Browworks by Nori will be more than happy to go over all pre and post care procedures, and what you need to know leading up to your appointment.  It all pretty basic stuff like avoid tweezing or waxing your brows, mainly since your new brow shape will be based on measurements done before starting the procedure. Nori was great and made sure I liked the proposed new brow shape, size, and color prior to starting the procedure. You want to avoid using exfoliators and any skincare products containing glycolic acid, Retin A, Renova, and alpha hydroxy acids 72 hours before procedure. You will also be asked to avoid any blood thinning medications, such as aspirin, pain relievers and alcohol 24 hours before procedure. Pregnant, nursing, and diabetic clients should avoid the procedure all together. 

MY EXPERIENCE-

As you can see in the picture below, I have blonde hair, so my eyebrows have always been light. Although I am not sure where my eyebrows went over the years, as they have gotten progressively thinner the older I have gotten. I was so excited to hear that I could have a  proceedure to end my morning routine of filling my eyebrows just to make them even show up. To me the entire experience was relaxing, think of like a spa experience to get beautifully shaped eyebrows. The entire procedure takes about 3-4 hours, depending on how extensive your microblading needs are.  The first step as I mention above the to define your shape. The first hour Nori, measured my brows, drawing the shape in with removable eye pencil as guide. During this time, she could show me a basic idea of shape prior to beginning the procedure. Nori was actually able created a higher arch on top of my existing brow, essential giving me a brow lift as well, bonus!!! She truly is a brow genius.As far as the color goes there 5 main color that can be mixed to make 100’s of custom combinations to either match your natural brow color, or if you your like me to darken up what you already have and define your brow line. I was a mix of the light brown cappuccino with a just hint of boudreaux, since I do have red undertones in my natural hair color. Just like a visit to the hair salon, Nori keeps a client file with your custom mixed color so your touch ups are flawless.  

Before the microblading procedure begins, a topical numbing cream is applied to the brow area to minimize discomfort, followed by a liquid anesthetic. Once successfully numbed the blading process begins. You will hear a scratching sound, so if you know things like that bother you just ask for a headset during your procedure, or bring along some earbuds for your phone to listen to your own favorite tunes. Again as I mentioned above, it does not hurt, you just feel a slight pressure as the blade is pressed into your brows to make the surface cuts. Although some clients may feel a slight discomfort, I personally found that the procedure is relatively painless.  Also if I notice my numbing cream starting to wear off, I would let Nori know and she would add more numbing cream to the offending brow, and then move her work to my other pre numbed brow. 

As you can see in these pictures one brow is completed, and Nori is starting on my second brow. The pigment, located in the super cool the ring cup, is being injected directly into my brows, via the blade. After the cuts are made additional pigment can be wiped across the brows for additional absorbtion.

AFTER CARE-

The healing process is different for everyone, and it takes between 25 and 30 days to totally heal.  Keep in mind that you can not wash or even wet the area for the first week. The after care is similar to that of a tattoo: No pools, no sweating, using a healing cream like Aquafora. I did find that my brows swelled a lot the day after my procedure. So you might want to make sure your schedule your appointment during a stretch of down time, where you are not going to events, parties, etc. In about 5-7 days I looked completely healed, and was able to wash my face completely.  
This is a picture taken immediately after my first microblading touch up session. As you see my brows are very bold, full and starting to swell just a bit, which is to be expected. Now as for my unruly hair that’s an entirely different post….lol. 

TIP- After scheduling my touch up procedure,  I found out I would need to be in attendance at a funeral. Since I knew I had some swelling the previous time, I iced my brows the night after my touch the procedure. The next morning, I looked much better than the first time round. No redness or swelling, and I retained all my pigment. Losing pigment is a common concern when icing, so most technicians don’t recommend it, but if you find yourself in pinch like I did you can try it, but be  warned it could result in loss of pigment, I guess I was just lucky.

TOUCH UP’S-

About a month after the initial procedure it is recommend that you have one touch-up. Nori includes one touch up in your initial investment price. You can check out pricing at her link here, Browworks by Nori. The touch up is mainly to check how your body healed, make sure the pigment took properly, and if needed add in some additional strands to complete the fill process. If you have read anything about microblading, all professionals agree that you will retain more pigment your second time. In my opinion I agree with them, it seems like my brows stayed fuller and darker from the final touch up. I am now 6 weeks healed and they look amazing. In fact, they are so natural I have to tell people that I had them done, but when I look back at pictures pre microblading the difference is so dramatic. This is my completely healed picture 4 weeks after my final touch up. I am very happy with the final look and love the fact that I no longer have to pencil in my eyebrows to have them show up. So take if from me, if you are in the market for some new brows, I highly recommend Nori Blagg, @Browworks by Nori.

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24 Comments

  1. Hi there, I wanted to comment on what an interesting post this is, I did not know that technology existed. However, I am not in GA I am actually located in SC, do you have any good references in the Greenville area?

  2. Tossing light into a dark corner, on this subject. I have heard a lot about microblading as a new trend lately. Your brows look great, I must say you have peaked my curiosity on the process. As I like to be on the cutting edge of style….ha ha pun was totally intended.

  3. Hmmmm, very interesting. It always amazes me the length ladies go to in order to look good. Don’t get me wrong I can see the difference, but it seems a bit drastic, just a guys point of view.

    • LOL you are right!!! Since the beginning of time ladies have always done the most unbelievable things in the name of beauty. It is actually quite fun to have a male perspective on this. ­čÖé Just know that it saves us time getting ready, which means we will ready faster ­čÖé

  4. I did not even know this was a thing or a trend, how very bizarre, guess I am out of touch. It was an interesting read and you are very brave to have someone cut on your face like that, not sure that it is for me. I pass out first site of blood.

  5. Hey there! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the outstanding
    work!

  6. Nice post, I am looking at getting my certificate in microblading as well. Do you have any training information or classes that you recommend for achieving this? Thanks in advance.

  7. Great article full of very useful information. I will have to check out Nori’s page and see if I can make an appointment with her. My brows have gone MIA, with no forwarding address. LOL

  8. FUN, FUN!!! I LOVE A GOOD BEAUTY SEGMENT, AND MICROBLADING IS SO DARN HOT RIGHT NOW. GOOD CHOICE TO FOCUS ON A HOT TREND LIKE THAT FOR YOUR BLOG. I THINK I WILL HAVE TO CHECK OUT SOME LOCAL ARTIST IN MY AREA TO SEE WHAT CAN BE DONE FOR MY PITIFUL BROWS. XOXOX

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    • Hi Kourtney- I am guessing you located this article through Stumble Upon? Just wondering, as I feel that a lot of people are being directed to my blog from there, which is great!!! Glad you found us check back in soon we got more great stuff on the horizon.

  10. Wonderful beat! I would like to apprentice at this. How can I subscribe from my weblog website?

    • You can subscribe for monthly newsletters at the home page, of our site. If you are interested in apprenticing for microblading you will contact Nori@browworks or someone licensed in that field.

  11. I am very interested in this technique. I know you said it did not hurt, but still it seems extreme to have cuts made in your skin. The results are beautiful, and you have very nice brows. Thank you for the very insightful information.

  12. Blimey you are brave. We’ve had this brow blading procedure, across the pond for a bit now. I still have not had it done as I am deathly afraid of needles and knives, but I also have dark hair and relatively full brows, however the shape could use some adjust. I noticed you had a higher arch done which looks amazing! Your page is full of a vast variety of fresh content, I love it. Cheerio

    • Thank You!! You know it’s so cool to see how far my little blog reaches around the world. Please tell all you friends in the UK, about my site. I love me some Brits, and have spent a fair amount of time in the UK, can’t wait to get back soon!!!

  13. WOW, this is a great article I have been wondering a lot about the microblading process. It’s been pretty big in Europe for years but is finally making it’s way to the US. Did your girl tell you how long it would last? That is what I really wonder about, before taking the slice…..hahaha microblading humor.

    • Hi Hannah my micrcblading professional, Nori @browworksbynori, told me that it depends on how quickly your body metabolizes the pigment. It could be any where between 3-5 years as a average. I must say I have had very good luck with permanent tattoo eyeliner done about 10 years ago that still looks pretty good, so we shall see. If you are local I highly recommend Nori shock out her site @ https://www.browworksbynori.com/

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