I finally tried it! I got my eyebrows microbladed!
The beauty gods were in my favor. One of my girlfriends was taking her microblading course, and in need of a model. Now, I know the thought of someone new to any sort or esthetic procedure may deter you, but having a little faith in a good friend worked out great for me! My eyebrows turned out great. And who doesn’t love supporting their friends in new business ventures? Jillian, the girl who did my brows, does brows out of her home. The link to contact her and view her work is at the bottom of this post. Note: The dye darkens as your eyebrows heal. My eyebrows eventually healed to match my hair color and skin tone perfectly. They healed slightly darker than these photos provided. (The photos in this blog are my eyebrows, I’ve provided before and afters!)
So what exactly is microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo for your eyebrows. You get them done once, and then go for a touch up in 6 weeks. After that, the microblading can last anywhere from a year to as long as 3 years! The thought of not having to fill my brows every day even for a year is what sold me. And my brows look great! They look full and thick, and the shape is perfect. There are a lot of colors for the microblading artist to choose from, so the possibilities are endless. The artist will discuss shape and what you are looking to achieve (natural, bold etc.) before beginning the process. After you have established what you are looking for, she gets to work drawing the shape with a wax eyebrow crayon and ensuring you like how it looks. Then she begins the actual microblading!
Will it hurt?
Microblading is definitely not as relaxing as say, eyelash extensions. It hurts because they are cutting into the skin almost like a tattoo. Even though it hurts, I would still do it again, and still recommend it to any of my friends! It is not unbearable by any means. If it was, I don’t think it would be as popular as it is right now! Plus, you do it twice in a year and then you’re good for a really long time. And the microblading process (the part that hurts) usually takes under half an hour, so even if it does hurt its relatively quick. Don’t get me wrong. It hurts. But, my pain tolerance is pretty low and I found it bearable. (Pain is beauty, amiright?). In addition to that, they do numb you throughout the process and when you are numbed you almost don’t even feel it. So all in all, the pain level is not too bad, and totally worth it!
What is the healing like?
My healing process was really easy, and I had minimal scabbing. I used Vaseline every night to keep them from getting dried out, and I had to be careful not to get submerge them in any water for about 7 days. Showering is fine; I just couldn’t put my face directly in the stream of water or anything. Washing my face was a little difficult, but it wasn’t any different than being cautious with other tattoos I’ve gotten. The microblading artist said I may have some itching, but I personally had very little. If you do have itching, don’t give in to the temptation! Your scab can be picked off when you itch and you can remove pigment before it’s had time to properly deposit in the skin. It will be worth it to be careful when your brows heal beautifully!
My friend and microblading artist mentioned in this blog can currently be found on Instagram here. Her website is in the works and should be up shortly!