When I decided to take the leap, and get certified in microblading, I knew it was something I would love doing and it was definitely something that I had to get done myself. I mean, how could I perform this amazing service on others without knowing what it was like to have it done on myself? It’s the same concept as when you visit a traditional tattoo artist, you want them to have tattoos and understand the experience you are about to embark on. I mean would you really want to go to someone who had no tattoos? Nope, so I felt the same thing about microblading.
Like many people who get microbladed, I struggled with my own eyebrows. Throughout the years my brows went from fluffy, to thin, to thinner, to like an inch long! What the heck was I thinking with all of that plucking! I basically made nothing out of something. I have bought every type of pencil, gel from high end to low end and nothing made me completely happy.
Microblading was initially brought up by my best friend who had recently gotten it done. Her brows looked AMAZING!! And like myself, she had struggled with her brows for years. From that point on I went down a rabbit hole and started researching as much as possible into all things microblading. From good things to bad things to everything in between.
Now for those of you that don’t know much about microblading, you have come to the right place! I will give you some key information here and encourage you to read all of my previous blog posts which have a TON of information for anyone looking into microblading and also give you the details on my own personal microblading experience. Our brows really shape our face and give it dimension, so understanding microblading, the process and how to find the right artist for you is of the utmost importance. One of the best things about microblading is that it gives you the opportunity to really shape your face and take control of your brows!
Before we get into my personal experience, let’s talk a bit about microblading to give you a better understanding of the entire process.
First, what is microblading? Microblading is the precise and intricate technique of tattooing realistic eyebrow hairstrokes one by one to create the illustion of fullness. A microblade tool looks similar to an exacto knife, but instead of there being one big blade, there is a series of micro needles. The microblade is dipped into a selected color of pigment and then used to make a fine cut, or microstroke, in the skin. This process results in the pigment being implanted into the skin, which is known as micropigmentation. With the proper technique, microbladed eyebrow results look beautiful and completely natural. The best possible healed results require strict adherence to the microblading instructions and understanding the microblading healing process.
How long does the process take? You should conduct your research and find a qualified microblading artist and set up a consultation. When you go in for your consult, you can see the space your artist will conduct your procedure in, view their certifications, go over the process and ask any questions you may have. When you go in for your appointment your artist will more than likely start with the mapping your brows, which could take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. This step is crucial as it is the stencil to which your artist will create your brows. After that, the hair strokes are microbladed on each brow and that will take approximately 1 hour. You should plan on being there for about 2 hours or more. After that appointment, you apply ointment to your eyebrows for 7 days while they heal, just like a scab. Then you go back in after 6-8 weeks for a touch up since they can fade a good amount. The touch-up session should take far less time than your initial appointment.
Does it hurt? For me, it was more annoying than anything but I was not numbed for my first pass, which is not something I do for my clients. All of my clients are numbed prior to starting and throughout the procedure. It really is hard to say how each person will feel as every client is different and pain tolerance varies. I will say that most clients describe the pain level as minimal and find tweezing and threading more uncomfortable. Every effort is made to ensure you remain comfortable for the entirety of the procedure. Many describe the feeling a slight burning, astringent like sensation. Very tolerable and worth it!
Is it obvious right away? Yes! You will be able to leave your appointment with beautiful, full brows!
Hong long does it last? Cosmetic tattooing is considered semi-permanent and will not wash off, however, it will fade over time and may need a touch-up every 1-3 years. Frequency of touch-ups depends on a number of factors including: the pigment color used (lighter colors fade faster), lifestyle (sun exposure) and if any chemical peels come into contact with treated areas. Each unique skin-type will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates, so final results cannot be guaranteed. We will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your touch-up appointment and make any changes necessary. Touch-ups are normal for cosmetic tattoo procedures, with each new procedure requiring the initial procedure, followed by a complimentary touch-up procedure approximately 6-8 weeks later.
Is it expensive? This all depends where you go and how experienced your artist is. I’ve found pricing from $300-$800 (and more) depending on the state. Microblading is a very intricate process and should only be done by someone who is trained. Please make sure you are not just choosing your artist based on price, but someone you have seen before/after photos of and feel comfortable with.
Now let’s talk about my own experience!
After completing my four-day training in New York I asked my instructor to make my brows perfect! I knew that I wanted to understand what each of my clients would be going through, plus I wanted my brows to be on fleek too! We started off by discussing what I wanted out of my brows and from there he began the brow mapping process. He created perfect brows using this method and once I saw them I knew I would love them! I will admit that I was a bit nervous because they looked so big and dark (we used a black pencil) compared to what I was used to, but I trusted him. After he drew them on and I approved, he began the microblading process. Now since I was not numbed I pretty much felt everything and I’ll be completely honest, it sucked. After the first pass on each brow he applied numbing cream, which made the rest of the process easier to take. When he was done, he applied a pigment mask for 5 min and then he revealed my brows. I was so excited to have brows! Brows that had a front, arch and tail!
I absolutely loved my brows the first two days as they were crisp and oh so pretty. Then at about day 3 they looked bigger and around day 4 they began to flake (typical process). I hate the healing process of a traditional tattoo, so I knew this would bug me just as much. For the next 4-6 days, they went through the healing process and changed in shape and color. By day 14, I was able to really see how they would look and where I would need some touching up at my perfecting session. One of the most important things to remember is Aftercare. Your artist can give you the most amazing brows of your life, but if you do not follow the directions you are given to take care of them, they may not heal the way you would like.
Normally after 6-8 weeks you would have your complimentary perfecting session but since my instructor lived in Brazil, I have yet to have my touch up. These days I still use a pencil to fill in where I need some strokes but my microblading brows have literally cut the time it took by like 80%! Even though I have not had my perfecting session, I still love my brows and I cannot wait to get them touched up!
I wish I had more before pictures but I seriously never left the house without some sort of pencil or gel on my brows!
If you or anyone you know is interested in microblading, I highly suggest reading the following articles, which will help you understand everything about microblading.
– Jen Santoro (Altered Aesthetics Cosmetic Tattoo Artist/Owner)