Jack Black once said, “You must never underestimate the power of an eyebrow.” I don’t know about yours, but mine have always been cousins rather than twins. I’d get them waxed, then I’d get them threaded, and I could never decide which I liked better— because at the end of the day, they were still just cousins.
Knowing that I’ve never been one for drawing, and certainly not on my face, not even the most thorough brow tutorial could save me. I was resolved in accepting that my eyebrows were helpless…that is until I discovered microblading.
The word “blade” alone made me a little nervous, but I’ve come to learn God is in the details—so to speak. So, I dug deeper and liked what I saw. I read articles, reviews, searched before and after pictures…and then I made the call. I prepared a list of questions for the beauty spa, because the last thing I wanted was to walk out looking like I took a Sharpie to my face.
All of my questions were answered…from how they choose the color, to the healing process. l booked the appointment and waited, like a kid on Christmas Eve.
I’m going to trust that you will do a little research of your own, but in a nutshell, microblading is semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing. It’s actually not done with a blade, but rather, a cluster of pins. It is said to last 1-3 years.
After meeting my technician, she jumped right in mapping out my eyebrows, basically filling them in (with an eyebrow pencil) exactly as she would apply the semi- permanent pigment. She took photos and plugged them into a special app on her iPhone that assured both eyebrows were symmetrical.
I did not know what to expect. She informed me that the first few hair strokes would be without numbing cream. Yep, that did it for me. I was nervous!
One of the biggest questions I get is, “did it hurt?” Let me be the first to tell you– yes, it did. Everyone’s threshold for pain is different. I’ve always thought I had a high tolerance. That being said, on a scale from 1 to 10, I would give it a 6. Every salon will perform the procedure differently, in terms of when the numbing cream is applied.
My technician, who is great, applies the cream after the outlining strokes. Once she applied the cream, that pain level sharply decreased to about a 2. But every now and then, there was a stroke that hit about a 5. The procedure took roughly a half hour or so for each eyebrow. I could not be happier with the end result, and would absolutely recommend it. I can finally say, my eyebrows are now twins!
*Almost immediately, tiny scabs start to form. As a result, the area around your eyebrows will feel a little tight and sore. That soreness sets in for the first 24 hours.
*After that first day, you will experience extreme itching.
DO NOT SCRATCH. It will itch for another couple of days until the scabs come off.
*During this process, you will think, “What have I done?” Your eyebrows will seem huge and you will probably look like Burt from “Sesame Street”, or like you just learned how to fill in your eyebrows. Don’t fret, it gets better.
*By about day 5, your eyebrows start getting lighter (once the scabs come off) and the pigment on top of the skin lightens. By day 7, you’re good to go!
*Your technician should give you an ointment to use during the healing process. I applied it with a Q-tip. You should avoid touching your brows with your fingers. Keep in mind, it’s like a lot of little open scratches that are still susceptible to germs, bacteria, etc.
*I gently applied the ointment going from right to left– left to right and then up and down. The hair strokes go in all of those directions, just as your natural hair does.
*It is recommended that you not get your brows wet for 7-10 days. That being said, you should not workout or sweat. Washing your hair will take some creativity, because you have to keep those brows nice and dry.
*Most salons offer a complimentary follow up 4-6 weeks after the initial procedure. This is, in essence, a fill in for areas where the pigment may have faded.
*The healing process and after care is the same.
The photos below are Before & After (the after was taken minutes following the procedure. My brows have since lightened and aren’t as jarring).