WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
Microblading is a term for getting permanent eyebrows tattooed on. It differs slightly from Cosmetic Tattooing. In both instances you’re having your eyebrows created or enchanced, but microblading is a hand-drawn tattooing technique whereas cosmetic tattooing uses a pen-like machine.
Microblading delivers fine, hair-like strokes that give you very natural looking brows that fade over time. This fading is good, our skin (and how we want our eyebrows to look) will change over time. Microblading gives you the opportunity to keep your eyebrows looking as natural and as flattering as possible. Everyone is different, but fading takes a year to a year and ½.
WHERE TO GET MICROBLADING DONE
Since microblading is essentially tattooing your face, finding the perfect place and person for the process is incredibly important. I did my research online and contacted BrowClub SF. After chatting with Mina via e-mail, I felt confident that I had found the right person for the job. I booked my Design Consultation and the process began.
The first step in the process is your Design Consultation, mine was included in the brow package that I purchased. Combining the consultation with my First Session was an option, but being a permanent fixture on my face I wanted to do the Design Consultation separately to be sure I loved the shape and color of what Mina created.
The consultation took about an hour. I relayed what I was looking for in terms of shape, we also discussed coloring and what to expect when getting my permanent brows done.
Mina drew on the shape and fullness that we were going for and my brows looked gorgeous. I had the rest of the evening to (constantly) look in the mirror and get used to the way my brows looked. There was no doubt, I was ready to get my brows done ASAP, but I don’t regret separating the Design Consultation and First Session. It was good to get over the initial excitement of the consultation and a few hours later know that I still loved the design of my brows.
THE FIRST SESSION
Two days later, it was time to get my permanent brows done. Prior to getting microblading you’ll want to avoid doing anything like getting a chemical peel or exfoliating. To be on the safe side, I avoided facials in general and exfoliating for several days before getting my permanent brows done. Other than that, I’d recommend eating a light meal or snack before your appointment and making sure you’re hydrated. This is to avoid your own discomfort or getting light-headed. I doubt this process would make you feel light-headed, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Mina began the session by drawing my brows on, just like she did at the Design Consultation. Getting this done was faster this time. I checked again to confirm that I loved the design and we moved on to prepping my brows.
First a numbing cream was applied, that sat on my brows for 15 minutes. Then Mina began working her magic. I felt a slight stinging when some strokes were being done, but others I barely felt at all. Mina relayed that some of her clients fall asleep during the process, I can see that happening. You get to lay down and not doing anything for about 2 and half hours, it actually is pretty relaxing.
Another round of numbing cream was applied after getting started. I felt even less after this. Again, there was a slight stinging her and there, but other than that I was very comfortable.
After my base work was applied, I got to take a look at my brand new brows. Immediately, I loved them! The strokes, especially where my eyebrow hair is very sparse, were strong, but I was assured that they would become more natural looking as my eyebrows healed.
Having several tattoos, the aftercare process came naturally to me. Before leaving my first session, Mina applied about a rice size amount of healing ointment (Aquaphor) to each brow and provided me with a packet to use on my brows for the next 24 hours.
After the initial 24 hours, I swapped the healing ointment out for a gentle lotion (Lubriderm). I applied this on my brows twice a day, unless they started to feel dry, then I applied a little bit more.
During the healing process, which took me about a week and 1/2, you can expect to see what looks like flaking skin in your eyebrows. This is just part of the healing process, if you have tattoos, you’ll be familiar with this “scab-like” healing stage. Don’t pick at this or rub it off! You may pull some color out if you do.
The healing process doesn’t hurt, but your brows may get itchy. Again, leave them alone, do not scratch them. Besides picking at and scratching your eyebrows, you should avoid getting them wet for long periods of time (showering is fine, swimming is not) and activities that will make you sweaty. During this time, it is also important that you don’t apply makeup to your eyebrows or use anything with harsh ingredients on or around your eyebrows. Just like preparing for the process, you’ll want to avoid chemical peels and prolonged sun exposure. The better you take care of your brows, the longer they’ll last.
Your eyebrows will not be as pigmented after they’ve healed as they were right after you had them done. This is to be expected and why the touch-up session is so important.
After about 6 weeks of enjoying your beautiful brows, it’s time for a touch-up. This session is key to the longevity of the work you’ve had done on your brows. It also provides the perfect opportunity to make any adjustments to the design of your brows. At BrowClub, re-touch sessions are included in The Complete Brow Package so there’s really no reason to skip them.
The touch-up session follows the same process as the initial session, minus drawing on the brow design to get started. At the touch-up session, Mina took a look at how well my brows had healed and we discussed the healing process. Then, she began by applying my first round of numbing cream and so on until my brows were complete. The touch-up does go faster as there’s not as much to do. This session only took about a hour and 1/2.
After another week and 1/2 of healing, I’m left with hassel-free, beautiful, natural-looking eyebrows. Bye, bye eyebrow fillers, creams, powders, pencils, etc. The only thing Mina suggested using on my brows, if I want to, is a brow gel. That’s what I’ve been doing with my healed brows. I quickly brush on a brow gel, it takes a few seconds, and I’m good to go!
I’ve been using Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel or Glossier Boy Brow. These both work great for giving you a defined look, the Anastsia Beverly Hills is especially good for everyday use. The Glossier Boy Brow is a little bit bolder, but still great for applying daily if you’d like.
In the above photo we have: before on the bottom, healed after my First Session in the middle, and right after my Touch-Up on the top.
Instead of explaining how natural and flattering my brows look, have a look for yourselves!
Have you had Microblading done? Is it something you’re interested in doing? Let me know in the comments!
Have a marvelous day!