It doesn’t matter if we like our brows arched, feathered, straight or bold, eyebrows are arguably the most noticeable facial feature. If we aren’t satisfied with the ones we have, we can opt for one of the many ways to update them, including brow gel, pencils, and even tattooing. But now there’s a very natural way that delivers semi-permanent results. Ladies, we’d like to introduce you to micro-blading. It is more of a brow embroidery that look just like real hairs. Micro-blading is one of the most trending way to amplify our eye brows. It has grown steadily in popularity over the past couple of years because nothing out there is as long-lasting nor natural-looking.
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Prices vary somewhere around £700 to £1,500. Touch-ups depend completely on our own personal preference. Depending on the skin and lifestyle, clients usually go back for a touch-up once every six months. It’s encouraged to re-book between six to eight weeks to ensure all lines have taken the color. Once the sessions are complete, clients can re-book anywhere between 3 months to 24 months. We must do at least one follow-up appointment to ensure best results.
Best Thing About Microblading?
The best part of this treatment is that there is no down time. The new set of brows will be ready for a photo immediately after the procedure. Unlike eyebrow extensions, which we have to maintain carefully, micro-blading is low maintenance.
Is Micorblaing Painful?
Yes, it hurts. It’ll feel like little scratches on our brows but it’s not unbearable. Each stroke will feel like little paper-cuts. Before the micro-blading procedure begins, a topical numbing cream is applied to that area to minimize discomfort, followed by a liquid anesthetic. It’s relatively painless. However, if we have a low pain tolerance, it’s advisable to apply numbing cream for up to an hour prior to the treatment.
Best Thing About Microblading?
Some people experience itching and redness during the first week, which Vaseline can alleviate. Slight redness and mild swelling is normal. A soothing cream and a barrier cream is used for a week after the procedure to expedite the healing process. It keeps the area clean and sealed. The healing period can take up to six weeks, however, many cases are within a few weeks.
For the next 10 days after the procedure, we need to keep the brows as dry as possible to protect it. No water is allowed around the brow area, as this can result in the ink being washed out of the skin. Sweaty workouts, swimming, hot holidays, or even washing our face, as well as activities such as the gym or saunas should be avoided.
If we get them wet, the scab comes off too early and we just lose the pigment. We need to stay out of the sun, as much as possible, since it can fade the pigment, and avoid putting exfoliants (like retinol and glycolic acid) near our brows, because they’ll lift the top layers of our skin with continued use—and the colour with it. We will also have to avoid using any makeup and other products on the brows while they heal. It needs to be treated like an open wound.
It’s the newest way to describe brow. The idea behind micro-blading is to use a mini scalpel to scratch tiny lines into our natural brows, so that they look just like individual hairs. Micro-blading is the new and updated semi-permanent make-up technique that promises to change your ‘brow life’. It is the ultimate solution for brow.
Micro-blading is a form of tattoo artistry where instead of a tattoo gun, a super-fine pen; technically, a bundle of 12-15 needles are used to implant the pigment under the skin. Then, hair-like strokes are drawn with the tool to mimic natural hairs in our brows. Even though it’s not implanted as deep as the regular tattoo, it’s still a form of tattooing because pigment is implanted under the skin.
Through manual process of inserting pigment into the upper layers of skin, desired fullness and shape of the eyebrows is achieved. During the first hour the shape is drawn in with removable pencil, which is the longest part and the most important step. The best customized shape for every client is chosen during this time. A customized color can be created to match our natural brow color using several shades, making them look multidimensional and natural.
It’s an extremely scrupulous process that takes around two hours to complete.
Once it’s done properly, it’s impossible to differentiate the real ones from the ones that have been drawn on, both, from a distance as well as close up. It’s perfect for those who want to fully reconstruct, define, and cover gaps. It is also perfect for those who just want to add a slight arch or fill-in over plucked brows. All of these are also great candidates. Micro-blading makes the brows appear thicker and fuller without making it look ‘too done’ or over-filled. The results are effortless and lifelike, giving the brows a naturally fuller look. It gives our face a new depth and dimension, and make us look groomed even without make-up.
The effects can last anywhere between 1-2 years, sometimes up to 3 years even, depending on skin types. While they will be long-lasting, we’ve to understand that the brows will eventually fade. If your skin is oily, the pigment breaks down faster. As time passes, strokes soften and blur little by little. Brows will look slightly darker after the treatment, but the color will fade 30 to 40 percent.
There are some things we need to avoid before getting micro-bladed, namely, blood thinners. If we drink a lot of alcohol, take aspirin, or use retinol, we must stop, a week before the treatment. Retinol makes our skin thin which in turn makes us bleed a little more. That profuse bleeding pushes out the pigment so it’s unable to stick very well. Blood thinners, aspirin, caffeinated beverages, and alcohol must be avoided during the healing process.
Some patients experience itching and redness during the first week, which can be alleviated by using Vaseline. Slight redness and mild swelling is normal. A soothing cream and a barrier cream can be used for a week after the procedure to expedite the healing process. It keeps the area clean and sealed. The healing process is different for everyone, but generally it takes between 25 and 30 days.
For the next 10 days after the procedure, we need to keep the brow area as dry as possible to protect it. No water should be used around the brow area, as this can result in the ink being washed out of the skin. Sweaty workouts in the gym, swimming, saunas, holidays in hot tropical areas, or even washing our face, should be avoided.
If we get our brows wet, the scab comes off earlier and we will lose the pigment. We need to stay out of the sun, as much as possible, since excessive heat causes us to sweat which can fade the pigment. Also avoid putting exfoliants (like retinol and glycolic acid) near our brows, because they’ll lift the top layers of our skin with continued use—and the color with it. We will also have to avoid using any makeup and other products on the brows till they heal. The brows need to be treated like an open wound.
Along with micro-blading there are other non-invasive methods which can create different looks for eye brows, as desired by customers, such as:
Micro-feathering is a form of micro-blading technique with a lighter touch focused on adding just a little to the eye brows’ existing shape. It is perfect for those who want to create a feathered brow, a no-needle shaping method that’s all about a natural, fluffy-looking brow. Like micro-blading, micro-feathering uses a fine blade to create tiny incisions. Pigment is then deposited into these incisions, resulting in an incredible natural-looking ‘eyebrow hair.’ Unlike micro-blading, which typically creates most of the brow for us, micro-feathering uses our existing brow hairs as the ‘base’ and simply fills it in the brows as needed. Micro-feathering is best for anyone who wants to gently fill out the brows they already have.
However, micro-feathering is more high-maintenance compared to micro-blading. A consultation is required to ensure that we have enough natural hair to help blend the pigment into our brows. It’s also a two-part process, during the first appointment, micro-feathered strokes are created in some of the denser areas of the brow. Around 6 to 8 weeks later, depending on how our skin heals and responds, additional strokes are added.
Micro-feathering doesn’t last as long as micro-blading because the pigmented stokes are much finer and natural looking. Depending on certain factors, like our age, skin type, and skin care routine, micro-feathering will usually last 8 to 12 months, Max.
Micro-Shading: It mirrors the look of brow makeup with a more obvious filled-in look instead of hair-like strokes. If micro-blading is like painting and micro-feathering is more like sketching. Micro-shading is like an Impressionist who got ahold of the blade. This treatments technique is done using either an electric hand tool or a manual tool, which creates a soft, powdered effect that resembles the effect created by eyebrow powders. Micro-Shading employs a stippling method, which uses repetitive dots of the pigment. It’s like a pomade or powder to micro-blading’s pencil strokes, just semi-permanent. Micro-shading is best suited for anyone who wants brows to look thicker and more filled-in.
Some people could benefit from a combination of both micro-shading and micro-blading. Thinning brows can benefit from the extra dynamism of shading. Luckily, if you do get both i.e. Micro-shading and micro-blading, the price is about the same as it would be for just micro-blading, somewhere between $700 and $1,500.
How long micro-shading lasts: The good news is that there’s no difference in the lifespan of micro-shading and micro-blading. So, excluding the first touch-up, we’ll have an entire year before we need to see our brow artist again.
Micro-blading is amazing for people who have sparse brows, or people who want bolder-looking brows. Whether we have zero brows, blonde ultra-faint brows, lost most of our brows due to alopecia, or just need a little help filling our arches in, micro-blading will create a legit appearance of naturally full brows.
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