What is brow microblading?
Two distinguishing factors about brow microblading are:
- the process hurts way less than you think, but
- the results don’t actually last forever
Results not lasting forever might be a good thin if you’re still weighing your options.
The term microblading comes from what happens during the treatment.
Microblading uses a small tool with tiny high-precision needles. As opposed to using a traditional tattoo gun.
The high-precision needles are used to manually draw delicate hair strokes. While at the same time depositing pigment under your skin.
The result is realistic-looking brow hairs that don’t wash off!
So is microblading a tattoo?
Microblading is a form of semi-permanent tattooing. "Semi-permanent" because the hairlike strokes aren’t as deeply ingrained into the skin. Compared to hairlike strokes created by a tattoo gun.
The pigment used in microblading is also different from what you’d get with a tattoo. Because your body eventually ends up metabolizing it and it fades away.
Also the dye particles are less concentrated in microblading ink. This gives your brows a softer, more realistic look.
Who is a good candidate for microblading?
A good microblading specialist can create the appearance of naturally full brows on:
- any skin tone
- with any shade range
So if you lost your brows due to alopecia, you’re still a candidate for microblading!
How long does microblading last?
As mentioned earlier microblading is not permanent. So, depending on your skin type, microblading will last you anywhere from one to three years. Oiler skin types tend to fade the fastest.
So clients should go back after four weeks for a touch-up. And should check-in to make sure they’re happy with the end result.
Follow-up appointments should cost less than the initial price of microblading. After those first four weeks you typically won’t need a touch-up for 12 months.
What happens during a microblading appointment?
The microblading specialist will draw your brows first to make sure you like the shape. Before she follows through with the actual treatment.
After you approve the shape, the specialist creates the tiny superficial, painless cuts in and along your brow. In the process she deposits the pigment over your arches. This seeps into the hair-like wounds that she has just created.
The whole procedure takes 30 minutes to one hour.
A few weeks later, your brows should look as natural and as thick as you've always wanted.
Does microblading need aftercare?
- For a week after your appointment, do not get your brows wet or sweaty.
- Make sure you do not pick of any scabs that form from the tiny cuts.
- Avoid using any acids or retinoids while they heal, since they could fade the pigments.