What is microblading?
Microblading is a type of eyebrow architecture. It is all about creating the best shape for each face – with a unique approach for each client.
The process is very precise thanks to the tool that is used which is effectively like a pen with the nib being a sloped blade with 10-12 little needles at the end - needles that don’t penetrate the skin but just delicately scratch the surface, much like a paper cut.
The needle very finely implants featherweight strokes with a medical grade pigment on the epidermis layer for the skin, creating fine, realistic and natural hair strokes.
How is microblading eyebrows different to having your brows tattooed?
Microblading, unlike tattooing, is not in the deep layer of skin, but more on the surface. This is also not permanent, and the color fades within 18 months.
The hair strokes are far more natural and finer than any tattoo, as a handheld needle/blade is used – there is no electrical gadget that permeates deep in this technique. Therefore more of a scratching noise, rather than a buzz of a tattoo gun.
What actually happens when you get your eyebrows microbladed?
1. We shape the brow area by threading the hairs, cleaning up the area and preparing it for the treatment.
2. Numbing – this takes 40 mins using a topical ointment.
3. 10 minutes before the numbing cream has got to a stage of working, we begin measuring the area around the brows, taking into account face shape, symmetry, facial features etc.
4. Then we begin the needling process - gently implanting the pigment via featherweight strokes. Each stroke is a superficial line in the skin where the color pigment seeps in and settles.
5. We add on a final layer of pigment that stays on for 5 minutes.
6. In 6-8 weeks there's a top-up session to fill in any gaps where the pigment hasn't taken or healed properly.
What happens in the mean time?
You'll need to follow the after care instructions and avoid any picking or scratching. Your eyebrows will start to heal over, much like a tattoo, which might cause irritation but is totally normal.
In the next ten days or so your eyebrows will change color, might become flaky and look like they've faded but this is totally normal. They'll reveal their final color and shape after around 30 days. This can then be topped up at the second session.
Microblading lasts anything between 12-18 months, but the longevity of the pigment will depend on your skin type.
People with slightly more oily skin will tend to last around the 12 month mark before needing a top up, but those with normal skin can last up to 18 months.
Your brows will eventually fade away if you don’t continue with top ups every 18 months or so. There is no scarring or discoloration with the pigments used, so you wouldn’t know if you left them to fade out.
It doesn’t hurt as such, it is more a sensation. The process itself is not painful thanks to the numbing ointment that is applied.
The whole process is very quick – from start to finish is 2 hours. The numbing which takes about half of the time (50 minutes).
It is very important to know and understand that brows will be up to 40% darker in shade for the first 7-10 days during the healing process where scabs can form and flake off.
1. Do not pick, tweeze, wax or have electrolysis one week prior.
2. Do not use sunbeds or sit in direct sunlight two weeks before.
3. Do not have any type of facial or peel two weeks prior.
4. Stop using any retinol or Vitamin A products one month prior.
5. No exercising on the day.
6. Do not have botox three weeks prior.
7. Do not take fish oil or Vitamin E one week prior (these are natural blood thinners).
8. Do not wax or tint your eyebrows three days prior.
On The Day
1. Do not drink alcohol 24-48 hours prior to your appointment.
2. Do not drink coffee 2 hours prior.
3. Do not take anything containing aspirin or ibuprofen 24 hours prior.
1. Gently wash your eyebrows every morning and night with water and thin layer of aquaphor. Ensure all soap is rinsed away and dry by gently patting with a tissue. This will not remove the pigment.
DO NOT use any cleansers containing acids or exfoliants.
2. Apply a very small amount of coconut or rosehip oil to each brow morning and night.
Your eyebrows will not be completed until your touchup has been done.
Things to consider once your brows have been microbladed
- Use a clean pillowcase
- No picking
- No facials, botox, or peels for 4 weeks
- Avoid exercise for 1 week
- Avoid direct sun for 1 week
- Avoid long, steamy showers for 10 days
- Avoid swimming for 10 days
- Don't wear any make-up or use skincare on your brows until they've healed.
- Remember, your eyebrows aren't finished until after the second session.