With the ever-growing popularity of microblading, we thought it would be fun to answer your most pressing questions about the new trend. Since it is a more costly and permanent beauty treatment, microblading should be carefully considered.
In this article, you’ll learn what microblading is, how to maximize color retention (pre- and aftercare), how to pick the right studio, and everything in between!
1. What is microblading?
Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup that involves embedding pigment (essentially tattooing) into the upper dermis layer of the skin to create the look of brow hairs for fuller, more defined brows.
2. How long does microblading last?
Microbladed eyebrows can last 1-2 years dependent on pre- and post-treatment protocols. How well your microbladed eyebrows retain their pigment is also related to your skin type. For instance, dryer skin will allow pigment to penetrate deeper and will also retain it for a longer period. Oily skin, on the other hand, has a harder time holding onto ink.
3. How much does it cost?
An initial microblading treatment can range anywhere from 200-$1000 and may or may not include a touch up. Touch ups can cost $100 or more and increase in value the longer you go without, so it’s important to keep up with your appointments.
4. How can I maximize color retention? (Pre- and Aftercare)
To maximize color retention for microbladed brows, avoid tweezing, waxing, electrolysis, retinol, vitamin E, fish oils, and exfoliators two weeks prior to your appointment. If you’re unsure, err on the side of caution and keep it away from your brows!
In addition, you’ll want to avoid caffeine (no coffee, tea, soda, or energy drinks… sorry!) and blood thinners like aspirin, ibuprofen, and vitamin E, 48 hours before the procedure. You also need to refrain from smoking and alcohol in the 2 days prior to your appointment.
Post-procedure, you’ll want to avoid damping your brows, wearing makeup, and exercising for a minimum of 7-10 days. Clean your brows 3-4 times a day with a cotton pad moistened with sterile water. Allow the scabs the fall-off themselves. Picking the scabs can lead to infection and it can also remove pigment from your brows.
5. How long does microbladed brows take to heal?
You can expect your brows to heal within 1-2 weeks. Scabs will form after the treatment and fall off in an average of 5 days. Your brows will be fully healed in a month and ready for their first touch up or fill.
6. What are the risks associated with a microblading procedure?
The risks of microblading include infection and allergic reactions, which can lead to permanent scarring or chronic inflammation. However, these risks are minimal with microblading procedures and new sterilization techniques. Seeking out a licensed technician will dramatically reduce your risks of getting an infection.
7. Does it hurt?
Most women will agree microblading doesn’t hurt, mostly due in part because of the topical anesthetic applied prior to the procedure. To further reduce pain levels, you can take 2 Tylenols an hour before your appointment. Make sure you do not take Aspirin, ibuprofen, or vitamin E due to their blood thinning properties.
8. What’s the difference between microblading and microshading (ombre powder) brows?
Microblading is the trending umbrella term for semi-permanent inked brows, but there’s actually another brow technique that results in more natural and denser looking brows, called microshading.
Microshading goes by many names including ombre and ombre powder brows. Microshading differs from microblading in that the latter deposits ink in hair-like strokes while the former deposits ink via pixelated dots. With the microshading technique, the technician is able to create a lighter and more natural brow look.
Some studios offer combination brows (both techniques), or either microblading or microshading, so it’s important you know what style brows you want before settling on a microblading studio.
9. Can you get your brows microbladed if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding?
Due to the risk of infection associated with microblading, you can’t get the procedure done while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Moms who are nursing should wait at least 3 weeks after weaning to get their brows microbladed.
10. Does microblading cause you to lose hair?
Contrary to popular belief, microblading does not result in hair loss or destroy hair follicles.
11. Can men get their eyebrow microbladed?
Men can (and do) get microblading done to add fullness, depth, and definition to their brows.
12. Is microblading reversible? Can you reverse a bad microblading job?
Microblading, like tattoos are reversible via laser tattoo removal, but this method can be expensive. Microblading will fade on its own within a few weeks to months, but you can also use saline solution to speed up the process.
While attempting to fade a bad microblading job can be expensive and slow, it’s better to put due diligence in deciding on a qualified studio and technician to work on your brows.
13. How do I pick the right studio and technician?
Deciding on the right studio and technician is as important as deciding on getting a microblading procedure. A good microblading artist should be certified as a cosmotologist or esthetician, be blood bourne pathogens certified, and should have the experience and skill to shape your brows to best fit your facial features.
Read Yelp reviews, browse Instagram, and most importantly, look for certifications to ensure you find the best fit.
Remember: Every microblading technician is also an artist. Find one that fits both your style and price point!
Now that your most earnest questions about microblading are answered, you’re one step closer to getting a brow transformation! Though microblading is a higher end beauty treatment, it’s a great investment for anyone wanting fuller looking brows with little daily upkeep.
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