Everything You Need to Know About Microblading
Thick, full and lush, everyone wants the perfect brow.
As a major staple of a girls’ beauty regime, eyebrows are the defining feature that shape and make the face. However, what’s a girl to do when the only template she has to work with is a sparse, over-plucked and in many cases, nonexistent brow? Microblading, also referred to as eyebrow embroidery, claims to offer a semi-permanent solution to all your brow stresses. Different from a conventional cosmetic tattoo, microblading is a process where a technician uses a small, hand-held blade to administer pigment under the upper layers of the skin. Lasting anywhere from 6 months to 2 years (depending on a person’s skin type and how it is maintained), microblading can cut down on mirror time and offer freedom for those desperate for a flawless brow.
This is a relatively new procedure with a process that is time consuming and costly – it requires a high level of knowledge and expertise on the part of the microblading artist as well as the consumer. Below I have drafted a handy do’s and don’ts list for those interested in the service.
Research, Research, Research
Microblading is on par with other less extreme medical cosmetic procedures and should be taken seriously. Start by doing your research on those offering the service, ask for references, and check reviews online. Most importantly, request an in-person consultation where you can discuss the technician’s credentials and see if they are a good fit.
Prepare To Groom
One of the greatest misconceptions in regards to microblading, something I have personally experienced with clients, is that you will no longer have to groom your brows. This is not the case – Microblading implants semi-permanent pigment under the skin, it does not illuminate hair growth. So you must continue your regularly grooming ritual to keep your brow shape looking clean and fresh.
Communicate And Be Realistic
It is important to communicate your preferred outcomes to your technician in order to be on the same page. However, be realistic and understand that your technician knows best, and although input is preferred, they have the knowledge and background to decide what shape, thickness and pigment colour is best.
Aftercare is the most important aspect of microblading, so take care for 30 days following the procedure – stay out of the sun, wear a hat and cover you brows with a high level sunscreen. Sun exposure will cause the pigment to fade at a rapid rate and it compromises the healing process.
Psyche Yourself Out
Before the appointment, take some time to relax and chill out. This is probably the most important piece of advice I can give you. Often people will come in overtly nervous – which is understandable – but in my experience, those that are calm and collected yield better results. This is why it’s so important to do your background work and find an artist you trust that makes you feel comfortable.
Use Caffeine Or Pain Meds
24 hours prior to your procedure, it is important to stay away from all caffeinated beverages and over the counter painkillers. These items act as blood-thinning stimulants, which cause you to bleed easily. This can interfere with how the pigment absorbs, as well as the final healed results.
Don’t underestimate the importance of good aftercare. Listen to your microblading artist and follow all aftercare steps as they are dictated. The first 30 days are the most important, not following the rules and restrictions during this time can cause your brows to fade or disappear completely.
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JJ is a beauty expert and founder of Wax & Lash. Born and raised in Toronto, JJ has been captivated with the beauty industry her entire life, and decided to specialize in lash extension, microblading and brow artistry. A lover of pop music and an impromptu dance party, when she is not in her studio attending to clients, you can find her scouring the isles of Nordstrom or roaming social media for her latest beauty find. Keep up with her on Instagram (@JJCowan_waxandlash) and Twitter (@J_JCowan).