The process is very precise thanks to the tool that is used which is effectively like a pen with the tip 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.
Microblading, unlike tattooing, is not in the deep layer of skin, but more on the surface. This is also not permanent, and the colour fades within 12-24 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. There is therefore more of a scratching noise, rather than a buzz of a tattoo gun which pierces the skin so deeply.
- I shape the brow area by waxing the hairs, cleaning up the area and preparing it for the treatment.
- Numbing – this takes about an hour using a topical ointment. While this is working its numbing magic, I’ll show you colour swatches and discuss together the best shade for their desired look.
- 10 minutes before the numbing cream has got to a stage of working, I’ll use my tools to begin measuring the area around the brows, taking into account face shape, symmetry, facial features etc.
- Then I begin the needling process – gently implanting the pigment via featherweight strokes. Each stroke is a superficial line in the skin where the colour pigment seeps in and settles then. If there is any discomfort at this stage we add another quick layer of numbing cream to the area which will become effective after 5 minutes.
- I add on a final layer of pigment that stays on for 5mins, clean the area and voila – beautiful brows!
The touch up session happens after 4 weeks after 1st application. This is the time where I can assess the first steps, and add in any further strokes and add a darker pigment if preferred.
After the procedure
You’ll need to follow the after care instructions (see below) 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 colour, might become flaky and look like they’ve faded but this is totally normal. They’ll reveal their final colour and shape after around 30 days. This can then be touched up at the second session.
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 touch up, but those with normal skin can last up to 24 months or longer.
Your brows will eventually fade away if you don’t continue with touch ups every 8-12 months or so.
The Pre-Microblading Rules
There’s a few of them…
- Do not pick, tweeze, wax or have electrolysis one week prior.
- Do not use sunbeds or sit in direct sunlight two weeks before.
- Do not have any type of facial or peel two weeks prior.
- Stop using any retinol or Vitamin A products one month prior.
- No exercising on the day.
- Do not have botox three weeks before.
- Do not take fish oil or Vitamin E one week prior (these are natural blood thinners).
- Do not wax or tint your eyebrows three days prior.
On The Day…
- Do not drink alcohol 24-48 hours prior to your appointment.
- Do not drink coffee 2 hours prior.
- Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen 24 hours prior.
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.