Microblading - Everything You Need To Know
Brows on Fleek!!!
It doesn't matter if you like them arched and feathered or straight and bold, thinner or thicker eyebrows are arguably the most important facial feature, as also a trent If you're not happy with the ones you have there's now a very natural option that delivers semi-permanent results at the cost of a natural look.
Microblading is a semi-permanent make-up technique that leaves you with natural-looking strokes, looking alike like thin hairs giving you fuller brows. How? The secret lies in a manual pen-like tool with tiny needles. Sounds a bit scary but believe when I say actually, it’s a lot less painful than eyebrow tattoos and will fix the feeling of why one eyebrow always looks better than the other.
The procedure can only be undertaken only if deemed medically suitable after a consultation when a skin patch test will be undertaken.
'Microblading, unlike tattooing, is not in the deep layer of skin, but more on the surface. This is also not permanent, and the colour fades within 18 months.
'The hair strokes are far more natural and finer than any tattoo, as a handheld needle/blade is used – there is no electrical gadget that permeates deep in this technique. There is therefore more of a scratching noise, rather than a buzz of a tattoo gun which pierces the skin so deeply.'
What actually happens when you get your eyebrows microbladed?
1. 'I shape the brow area by threading the hairs, cleaning up the area and preparing it for the treatment.'
2. 'Numbing – this takes 40mins using a topical ointment. While this is working its numbing magic, I'll show the client colour swatches and discuss together the best shade for their desired look.'
3. '10 minutes before the numbing cream has got to a stage of working, I'll use my tools to begin measuring the area around the brows, taking into account face shape, symmetry, facial features etc.'
4. 'Then I begin the needling process - gently implanting the pigment via featherweight strokes. Each stroke is a superficial line in the skin where the colour pigment seeps in and settles then. If there is any discomfort at this stage we add another quick layer of numbing cream to the area which will become effective after 5 minutes.'
5. 'I add on a final layer of pigment that stays on for 5mins, clean the area and et voila – beautiful brows!'
6. 'In 6-8 weeks there's a top-up session to fill in any gaps where the pigment hasn't taken or healed properly.
The Microblading Dos and Don'ts
There's a few of them...
1. Do not pick, tweeze, wax or have electrolysis one week prior.
2. Do not use sunbeds or sit in direct sunlight two weeks before.
3. Do not have any type of facial or peel two weeks prior.
4. Stop using any retinol or Vitamin A products one month prior.
5. No exercising on the day.
6. Do not have botox three weeks before.
7. Do not take fish oil or Vitamin E one week prior (these are natural blood thinners).
8. Do not wax or tint your eyebrows three days prior.
The Post-Microblading Rules
1. Gently wash your eyebrows every morning and night with water and an antibacterial soap such as Cetaphil. Ensure all soap is rinsed away and dry by gently patting with a tissue. This will not remove the pigment.
DO NOT use any cleansers containing acids or exfoliants.
2. Apply a very small amount of coconut or rosehip oil to each brow morning and night.
What happens in the mean time?
'You'll need to follow the after care instructions (see below) and avoid any picking or scratching. Your eyebrows will start to heal over, much like a tattoo, which might cause irritation but is totally normal.
'In the next ten days or so your eyebrows will change colour, might become flaky and look like they've faded but this is totally normal. They'll reveal their final colour and shape after around 30 days. This can then be topped up at the second session.'
Things to consider once your brows have been microbladed...
Use a clean pillowcase
No facials, botox, or peels for 4 weeks
Avoid exercise for 1 week
Avoid direct sun for 1 week
Avoid long, steamy showers for 10 days
Avoid swimming for 10 days
Don't wear any make-up or use skincare on your brows until they've healed.
Remember, your eyebrows aren't finished until after the second session.