What is Microblading? You may have heard the term used, but you’re not sure exactly what it entails. Microblading is a semi-permanent tattooing technique that creates hair-like strokes to fill in sparse or thinning eyebrows. If you’ve been living the life of pencils, powder, gel, every single product there is to fill in your spares eyebrows, this might be the answer to your brow prayers.
Types of Microblading
There are a few types of microblading techniques. Microfeathering, which refers to microblading, but with a much lighter touch and adding to existing brow shape. There’s also microshading, which looks more like make-up, and like make-up, has a more filled-in look rather than the hair-like strokes microblading gives.
Does it hurt?
Everyone has different pain tolerances. If you know that you’re pain tolerance is low, you can always use a topical numbing cream in preparation to help with the discomfort. Our technician always uses a topical cream, 4%. Some technicians who perform microblading do this as part of their process anyway.
Before getting microblading done, you want to avoid engaging in anything that would thin your blood. For example, alcohol. If you’re a regular drinker, you’ll want to abstain for 24 hours before getting microblading done. If you take aspirin or retinol, you’ll also want to stop 24 hours beforehand. As far as after the procedure, you’ll also want to steer clear of these for 24 hours after your appointment. In addition to these, you may want to avoid caffeine during the healing process.
How long does application take?
While each client’s needs differ, this isn’t a fast and easy procedure by any means. You’re going to want to set aside 2 hours for application.
What happens next?
For the first week after application, you need to avoid moisture. This includes sweaty workouts, swimming, even washing your face. Getting your microblade wet prematurely will cause the scab to come off sooner than it should and you’ll risk losing pigmentation. Immediately following the appointment there may be some redness and swelling, this is completely normal and will fade and go down after 24 hours. Furthermore, the color will be darker at first and then fade after some time. If you experience itchiness or irritation, you can use vaseline or aftercare ointment provided by your technician.