What is Microblading? – The Process, Pros, and Cons

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A full and well-defined eyebrow is the current “it” thing and is something that women desire to have to completely achieve their beauty look. It has played a big part in reshaping the generation’s standard of beauty and has the cosmetic industry scampering to develop a more permanent solution. And while it was still in full trend, the process of microblading peaked in popularity. 

Bolder, richer, thicker, and fuller brows are all possible with this procedure, and women, straight out of bed, have their eyebrows on fleek. 

What is Microblading?

Microblading has been a common practice since the early days when it was first introduced in the 1970s, however, the base process itself has been practiced for thousands of years already. Today, this process has been completely modernized, allowing artists to apply the ink much more accurately.

It is an ancient tattooing method wherein an individual uses a tiny handheld instrument that contains many small needles to carefully add a thin line of permanent pigment on the skin after getting a tattoo. Since this is a non-invasive method, the tattoos are usually very natural looking and will be indistinguishable from a real tattoo.

Microblading Eyebrows

Microblading is a procedure that is designed to help improve the look of the eyebrows. Similar to tattooing, it involves small, fine-point needles and is done by drawing in little strokes and depositing pigment into the skin that results in realistic-looking hair. It easily fills out the brows and supplies an illusion of hair to lacking areas. 

Microblading Eyebrows’ Process

As microblading involves a small knife-like device with micro-needles applying pigment directly under your skin, there is a recovery process. Microblading can last well over a year, so this recovery time is minimal by comparison. If you’re considering this procedure, it’s a good idea to learn what happens with microblading day by day after your first treatment.

Most salons will give you a 2-week aftercare plan, including specific products to help your eyebrows recover. Anything that involves tattooing, even semi-permanently, your skin will come with a recovery process. It can take six weeks for your eyebrows to completely recover and for the pigment to reach its ideal colouring.

The aftercare time will largely depend on how your skin reacts to the ink and the procedure. To give you an idea of what to expect, here is a microblading day-by-day for the first two weeks.

Day 1 & 2: Just like after having a peel, the skin around your eyebrows will be red and tender. You might experience some minor swelling. It’s important to remember that small strokes have been applied to your brows with micro-needles, which may make your eyebrows feel bruised.

 Day 3 & 4: Any initial pain and discomfort from the microblading should subside. This time is when your eyebrows will look their darkest, as well as their thickest.

Day 5 to 7: As your eyebrows heal, they will start to scab, which will result in them becoming flaky. Let this process happen naturally, and the darkness of the pigment will subside.

Day 8 to 11: During this time, the flaking of your skin will stop, and the scabbing will begin to heal. The pigment of your brows will become more evident.

Day 12 to 14: As the healing process continues, your eyebrows will begin to look more natural as the pigment strokes become more defined.

During at least the first week of your aftercare, you should avoid sunlight as this can irritate the scabbing of your skin. Working out and going to the gym will be off your agenda for the first week, as sweat and water can smudge the pigment in your brows.

The most important part of the microblading day by day healing process is to not pick the scabs around your eyebrows. Doing this can remove the pigment, delay the healing time and leave you with patchy eyebrows.

Once your eyebrows have healed after 4 to 6 weeks, you will need to go back to your salon for a touch-up. Now that the natural colour of the pigment has come through, your technician can make any modifications that you need. 

Pros of Microblading Eyebrows

Before and After Microblading

Saves time

Microbladed eyebrows are good to go eyebrows. And even if they are not, drawing and filling in won’t take up that much time anymore. 

24/7 Framed Face

Eyebrows play a huge part in framing the face, making it look more awake and even younger. With microbladed eyebrows, you can go for a quick grocery run without putting an ounce of makeup on your face and you’d already look dolled up. 

Affordable

When microblading eyebrows first came out, there was only a handful of people who can do it professionally and so the price skyrocketed. But nowadays, more and more people are being trained and it’s easier to find a professional to do yours at a 

Cons of Microblading Eyebrows

Human Error

There is room for user error and tons of aftercare instructions that you need to keep in mind. One wrong move and it can affect the way your eyebrows would heal and look. 

Be careful with your technician

Thousands of microbladed eyebrows are littered around the internet so it is fairly easy to have a portfolio to show to potential clients. Yes, it is possible to meet a technician like that. Before going through the procedure, make sure to do your research first. Yelp is one good site to check the reviews and see if the technician is indeed professionally trained. If you’re still not convinced, you can check for certificates. 

It’s Semi-Permanent

It will fade in time and if you’re in love with your microbladed eyebrows, you will return and get it done again. And again. And again. 

Are Microbladed Eyebrows Worth it? 

Microblading can save you money in the long run. If you regularly buy eyebrow products such as powders and pencils, then the cost can quickly build up over the year. Eyebrow products that you use every day tend to need replacing at least every few weeks, and you might not notice just how expensive your eyebrow maintenance is when you’re paying for everything individually. You could very well be spending hundreds of dollars on eyebrow products every year, without realizing it.

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