Hi there! Let’s talk about something different today! I got my eyebrows microbladed!! Yesss, I wanted to write this post for the longest time, so here it is..
As some of you may already know, I over tweezed my eyebrows when I was a teenager and this is probably the biggest regret in my life. Some of my eyebrow areas never grew back ever since. So I’ve been using pencils and powders to bridge the gaps throughout the years. Seriously, it took at least 10 min in order to get full eyebrows and the right shape and you know what’s more frustrating? When you’re running out of time. Does anybody feel me?
The first time I heard of ‘microblading’ was probably last year when I was in Asia. My friend from Singapore told me she got her eyebrows microbladed. She showed me her eyebrows and I was hooked ever since. It was so beautiful and I couldn’t tell it has been microbladed! I want that too! So when I came back from my vacay to Asia, my colleague and I went to a beauty salon in the Hague, NL.
What is microblading?
First things first. For those who are not familiar with microblading (otherwise known as 3D hairstroke technique or 3D brow embroidery), it’s a semi-permanent tattoo. It’s different from the ‘traditional tattoo technique’. Microblading is more natural as every hair will be drawn individually on the missing parts of your eyebrows. In order to get that natural effect and to create precise hair strokes, PMU (permanent makeup) artists use an angled blade which consists of tiny needles. Now, microblading is not for everyone, however if you are interested, please check this with your PMU artist whether you are suitable or not.
How long does microblading last?
Microblading pigments are implanted under the upper layer of your skin, but it won’t be as deep as the traditional permanent tattoo. This means it will only last for a certain time of period, maybe 1-2 years, depending on what skin type you have and what your daily routine is. For instance, if you go to a spa or workout every week, the shade will fade quicker. Every person is different. My PMU artist told me some of her clients come back every 7 months.
Does microblading hurt?
I’d lie if I say no (even though I survived a natural childbirth!), but hey no pain, no gain right? I didn’t apply anaesthetic gel, I only used painkillers such as paracetamol. I think the first session hurt the most as the PMU drew the shape of my brows, especially the arches. Boyyy, what was I thinking?! The pain was quite intense, but somehow also manageable. The second time when I had my touch-up it was less painful while most people find it more painful as the brows are more sensitive. I was able to get another touch-up as I went from a darker to a lighter shade (people usually go the other way around). And this time it didn’t hurt at all.
I just had microblading. What happens next?
The healing process. Gosh, I don’t know where to start..it’s such a tiring process. It takes approximately 7-10 days for the brows to heal. The first week has been awfully annoying. During this period I wasn’t allowed to get my eyebrows wet. So that means no water, makeup, oils, lotions or any skincare products. Taking a shower was a challenge, particularly washing my hair (I recommend using a dry shampoo from time to time). I couldn’t workout either (sweat has affect on the brows). During the entire procedure, I could only use the ointment which my PMU artist gave me.
Here are a few pictures of my eyebrows during the first week ::
• immediately: tadaaa, this is the result right after the treatment. Rectangular shaped, quite dark and thick.
• day 2: my brows turned darker and looked way too harsh. Wai made fun of me and called me ‘Shin-Chan’ (you know that Japanese cartoon).
• day 3: my brows started to get very itchy and scabs started to come off.
• day 5: same as day 3 and 4 + some strokes had fallen off.
• day 7: final day of applying ointment. The colour has faded a little bit.
A touch-up is required as the colour will fade away after 4-6 weeks. As mentioned, I’ve got 3 sessions before I was completely satisfied with my eyebrows. Although it took me quite some time, it’s worth the wait and investment. My brows ended up looking very natural and full. My colleague and I received so many compliments and people can’t even tell our brows are not real-real. However, I strongly suggest you to do your research if you consider doing microblading, here is a selection of pros and cons of microblading (based on my own experience):
• brows always on fleek;
• no fuss with eyebrow powders or pencils in the morning;
• saves you lots of time;
• won’t smudge
• it takes forever, the first session took 3 hours;
• pricey (I paid €250, including 2 touch-ups);
• not completely pain-free (I recommend doing this when your period is over);
• healing process sucks, think of scabbing, itchiness, looking like Shin-Chan, no gym, no facial treatments, no water, lotions etc.;
• shade will fade from time to time;
• it’s not permanent
Alright, that’s it for today! Would you consider doing microblading?
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