What is Microblading?
Microblading is a type of semi-permanent, manual tattoo technique use to create the illusion of fuller eyebrows by implanting hair-like strokes of pigment in the skin.
As opposed to the traditional method of tattooing permanent make-up, which outlines and fills your brows with color, microblading uses a sharp, hand-held blade made up of several microneedles to place crisp, fine strokes that mimic the look of real hair. The microblade tool doesn’t penetrate your skin like the traditional machine. Rather, it delicately scratches the surface layers to implant a medical grade pigment on your epidermis. This creates a more natural look.
A microblading session last for about 2 hours, but the actual needling process takes only 30-40 minutes, depending on how full you would like your eyebrows to be. It is also a relatively pain free process due to a numbing ointment being applied before needling takes place.
A typical microblading session runs as follows:
- For first-time, or irregular, clients, there is a consultation about your brow shape and color to best suit the shape of your face and skin tone.
- Your brow area is then shaped and cleaned.
- A topical numbing ointment is applied to your brow area. This takes about 40 minutes to take effect.
- Your brow is then measured, the new eyebrow plotted out according to your facial features and guidelines are drawn in with a pencil.
- The needling process is then begun. Tiny hair strokes are etched into your skin in layers. Expect a scratching feeling and sound.
- A final layer of pigment is added to enhance the final color. This takes about 5 minutes.
- Finally, the area is cleaned and an ointment to aid the healing process is applied.
- You then need to schedule your follow up appointment for about 4 weeks later. Here the results of your microblading with be reviewed and any gaps where the pigment hasn’t taken will be filled in.
- After your session, there are a few steps you need to take to ensure your new eyebrows heal quickly and last.
It is a good idea to stop using any retinol products from about a week before your session up to 30 days after getting your eyebrows done as this causes premature fading.
- Don’t get your eyebrows wet or let them get too much sun for about a week or two.
- Don’t use any cleansers, lotions or make-up products on the area for at least a week
- Avoid scratching or picking at your eyebrows. There will be some irritation as your skin heals.
You can expect your eyebrows to flake, change color and fade during the healing process. This is all completely normal and they will settle into their final shape and color after about a month. You can resume your normal skin care routine once your skin has completely healed. Using sunscreen regularly will extend the quality of your new eyebrows.
Depending on your skin type, the products you use and your lifestyle, your new brows can last anything between 18 months to 3 years. Regular touch ups should be done about every 18 months. Your brows will eventually fade completely, leaving no scarring or discoloration, should you not wish to do any touch ups.