My Microblading Adventure
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 am just sayin’.
I have been wanting to share my recent microblading experience, for about a month now. I am sure many of you have probably seen my preview pictures below on Facebook and IG, which were taken mid procedure as progress teasers. I actually started my microblading journey back in February and the entire microblading process takes around 4-8 weeks from start to final heal. Therefore, I have delayed my post so I could include my “final heal” photos after my second touch up. The photo below is from my initial microblading procedure, and since then I have had one touch up to complete the filling of my brows.
WHAT IS MICROBLADING
So many of my readers 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 forehead and brows. If you feel pain the procedure is not being done correctly or your artist is not using a numbing cream. The final product is a set of flawless eyebrows with out any additional work from you.
There are a few things you need to know prior to getting your eyebrows microbladed. I received a full outlined all of the pre and post care procedures, and all the details I will needed to know leading up to my actual appointment. It is all pretty basic stuff like, avoid tweezing or waxing your brows, since they will creating your new brow shape, that will be based on measurements done on full brows before starting the procedure. My artist was great and made sure that I liked the proposed new brow shape, size, and color prior to starting the procedure. You also 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 this procedure all together.
As you can see in the picture below, I have blonde hair, so my blonde eyebrows have always been light. Although, as I have gotten older I am not sure where the eyebrows of my youth have disappeared too. As it seems like they have gotten progressively thinner and thinner as I get older. This is why I so excited to hear that I could have a proceedure to end my morning routine of filling my eyebrows, and they would just be present at all times, like a nature brow. The entire procedure takes about 3-4 hours, depending on how extensive your microblading needs are determined to be. For me the entire experience was pretty relaxing, like a spa treatment to get beautiful eyebrows. The first step is to define your shape. In the first hour, my brows with measured, and redrawn in the proposed shape in with removable eye pencil as guide. During this time, I was shown a basic idea of shape prior even beginning the procedure. I was able to have a higher arch on top of my existing brow, which essential gave me a brow lift as well, bonus!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 think 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 any visit to the hair salon, you have 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 you are successfully numbed the blading process begins. You will hear a scratching or popping sound on your skin, so if you know things like that bother you, just ask for a headset during your procedure, or bring along some earbuds for your own favorite tunes. 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. However, when I notice my numbing cream starting to wear off, the procedure stopped and more numbing cream would be added to the offending brow, and work would move to my other pre numbed brow.
As you can see in these pictures one brow is completed, and work is starting on my second brow. The pigment, is located in the ring cup, and 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.
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, and the pigment does make your brows seem very large and dark, like mine below. 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 for these reasons 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 was bound up with a headband to keep it out of the way of my procedure……that’s would be an entirely different post all together….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.
About a month after the initial procedure it is recommend that you have one touch-up. Nori included one touch up in my session which I believe is a common practice. The touch up is mainly to check how your body healed, make sure the pigment took properly, and if needed add in some additional lines 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.
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