What Exactly Is Microblading?

There are a lot of ways to groom eyebrows. Given that the last few years have seen eyebrow interest at an all-time high, there seems to be more and more options to give us #eyebrowsonfleek. In terms of shaping, waxing and plucking are still popular options, but other options are becoming more commonplace. I’ve recently talked about threading. Today, I’m going to be talking about microblading.

Microblading is a term that seems to be bandied about almost as much as “sheet mask” and “slay” nowadays. If you keep hearing microblading and are wondering what exactly it is, but don’t want to ask, here’s the deal with what exactly what microblading is:

So, what is microblading? Does it involve a blade?

Microblading is a semi-permanent eyebrow shaping technique that is a form of tattooing. It uses a manual tool with a needle-like end (the “blade” part) to deposit pigment under the skin of the eye area to give brows a fuller, thicker appearance and to help shape them.

Uh, that sounds a little intense. Does it hurt?

FYI: The difference between tattooing and microblading is that tattooing involves a “tattoo gun” whereas microblading uses the tiny needles. Given that needles are involved, the procedure isn’t exactly painless, but it’s not too bad. Everyone’s pain threshold is different so it’s difficult to say how you will find it. Some people say it’s more annoying or uncomfortable while others describe it as feeling like little scratches or pokes. If it makes you feel any better, the general consensus is that it’s not as bad as getting a bikini wax of having a baby.

Is it for everyone?

You will have to consult with estheticians to see whether the treatment is right for you because everyone is different. They will be able to look at your skin type, lifestyle, and allergies to see whether it’s right for you. For example, you might not be suitable for microblading if you’re allergic to one of the ingredients in the product they use or if you’re on blood thinners.

That being said, one of the great things about microblading is that it’s suitable for a lot of brow types. It works for brows of all different colors because most estheticians custom blend their colors to create the perfect match for you. It also works on those with sparse brows or very thin ones and over-plucked ones. Even if you don’t have any brows, you could still be a candidate for microblading.

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How much does it cost?

Warning: Microblading isn’t cheap. You can likely find deals, but it’s essential to go a licensed esthetician and to ensure that you’re going to a reputable place. In terms of actually money, you can expect to pay between $300 and $900. I told you it wasn’t cheap.

Yikes. How long does it last?

If you look after your brows, the results from microblading can last a couple of years. Most people say one to three years. The microblading tool doesn’t deposit the color as deep as tattoo gun hence why it’s only considered semi-permanent.

But, be aware that you need maintenance appointments about every six months or so. Your brow specialist will provide feedback and tips. Some even offer a free touch-up appointment a few weeks after your initial appointment. Be sure to ask if they don’t mention it.

How do I prepare for the appointment?

Some places offer consultations before to ensure you’re a suitable candidate and to give you instructions about how you need to prep. Don’t worry, it’s nothing too intense. Normally, it involves avoiding certain sensitizing skincare ingredients. You can also prep by taking paracetamol and applying a numbing cream to brows ahead of time. (Just check with your aesthetics about whether there are certain products you shouldn’t put on your brows.)

What can I expect at the appointment?

Generally, the esthetician will chat with you about your goals and wants then he/she will draw on an eyebrow shape. You’ll be able to provide feedback on it. After that, he/she will probably mix the colors and explain about the microblading tool. Then the real fun will begin. It sounds scary, but the brow technician will go along the surface of the brows to create tiny mark/cuts. The entire brow area will then covered with pigment. He/she can then add individual “hairs” to create flawless arches.

How long does an appointment take?

If you’re going for your first appointment as opposed to a touch-up, expect to be there for a couple of hours. This isn’t something that should be rushed.

What about after care?

Your brow technician will explain the deal. Normally, you will have to leave skincare and makeup off for a bit, especially anything harsh. Some people might experience redness, swelling, and itching but your technician will likely provide products to relieve it or give appropriate suggestions, like Vaseline. He/she will also caution you about getting brows wet and engaging in sweaty workouts. Sweat and water are no bueno for the pigment.

Anything else I need to know?

The brows you leave your appointment with aren’t your *final* brows. The pigment will fade between 30 to 40 percent so keep that in mind.

Secondly, If you’re not happy with your microbladed brows, don’t be afraid to speak up. You’re paying big bucks for the treatment so you want to make sure that you’re happy with it. If you say you’re upset, the technician should be able to work with you to fix it.

Lastly, there are stories out there about people getting infections. As this is a procedure, there are still risks, so do your research, speak up if something is bothering you, and make sure you follow all instructions.

What did you already know about microblading? Let us know in the comments!


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