So you’ve finally decided that you’ve had enough of your non-existent brows that take far too much creative energy to draw on before work in the morning… congratulations! Microblading is a great route to take if you have thin, fine and/or light colored eyebrow hair and are looking for some more shape and structure. So what exactly is microblading? I’ll attach some FAQ at the end of this post but to sum it up, microblading is essentially a semi-permanent brow tattoo that is done by creating tiny, hair-like strokes within the brow to give the illusion of a fuller eyebrow – plain and simple! However, I get a lot of clients that are concerned mostly with the pain of the procedure. I get it. It’s a tattoo on your face. It’s totally normal to feel worried and anxious and “omg it’s not worth the pain, I’ll just draw on my eyebrows for the rest of my life because I’m too scared”. But let me tell you this, if you want it bad enough (like I did), you will justify anything to get them done.
Let me start off by saying the “pain” of microblading is usually rated 2 to 4 out of 10. So before you decide to not let your brows live their best life, at least understand the process. So here we go.
When you first arrive for your appointment, we’ll get some of the boring paperwork done and then immediately get your numbing cream on. I like using Zensa numbing cream with 5% lidocane and wrapping it with saran wrap to keep the heat in. While you are numbing we’ll have a little chat about how you normally fill in your brows, what colors you typically use, why you are interested in microblading etc. Then we will go through a few different pigment options and decide on a color for your brows together.
When you’re all numbed up (typically around 20-30 later), I will map out your brows. Mapping out the brows means measuring the appropriate points for the brow ie. Head, arch and tail, ensuring both brows are even and balanced and then I draw an outline. Although this may sound like the quickest part of the whole appointment, it actually takes the longest. Ensuring that your outline is perfect is crucial before starting the actual microblading.
Now the fun stuff! We microblade. I go back and fourth between both brows making very small, hair-like strokes in the skin and fill them with tattoo pigment. Once the skin is wiped, the pigment is left in the tiny stroke and looks like actual hair! This process usually takes about 30 minutes and remember – you are numb the entire time!
So you probably have some Q’s… no problem. Below are some of my most common questions I get asked about microblading but don’t hesitate to reach out with any more questions you may have!
How long does it last? Microblading typically lasts anywhere from 6-12 months depending on skin type, lifestyle and sun exposure.
Does microblading hurt? Microblading feels like tiny little scratches on your forehead. Most clients rate the sensation to be a 2-4/10. Numbing helps!!
How much is it? Microblading prices start at $325.
How much is an annual touch up? An annual touch up must be within 12 months of your initial appointment and start at $250.
Why is there a 6 week touchup? Your microbladed brows are not technically done until I see you for your 6 week touch up. The reason for this during the healing process your brows will likely form tiny scabs. If these scabs come off pre-maturely (during sleep, accidently rubbed them or they fell off on their own) they actually take the pigment off with them, leaving you with a tiny little bald spot that we can fill in at your 6 week touch up. Essentially, this appointment is to ensure everything healed up nicely and you are not left with any spaces where strokes could have been placed.
What is the aftercare like? We want to keep that area clean! Gently dab the area with a clean cotton round and distilled water once a day and other than that, I typically advise my clients to do a “dry heal”. In other words, don’t touch them, don’t get them wet, don’t apply any ointment or brow products, treat them like your lil babies and just let them heal up on their own but they should be good to go within 14 days, depending on the person. I always supply a tattoo ointment if needed.