Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About MICROBLADING
Harriett Beesley our Eyebrow expert gave us the lowdown on all things Microblading...
Gone are the days you were just armed with a pair of tweezers and a pencil!
Eyebrows are certainly ‘on-trend’ at the moment, and it’s out with the 90’s skinny brows and in with the big and bold as fashioned by the likes of Cara Delevingne and Emma Watson.
There’s been a huge rise in people opting for semi-permanent make-up for eyebrows, and not only can this treatment give you thicker fuller looking eyebrows (for way longer than a pencil would), but it will also shave off that much needed time for an extra coffee in your morning routine. Win, win!!
If you’re still unsure on what we’re talking about or have questions that you want answered, then read on. We asked our trained Aesthetician, Harriett Beesley, aka Eyebrow expert, to give us the lowdown…
What’s the difference between tattooed eyebrows and microblading?
Everyone knows what to expect from a tattoo…a needle is used and the usual result is a block colour effect. Microblading uses a manual tool to achieve natural looking hair strokes. It’s a similar shape to a pen, so really easy to hold and direct. Ultimately, the technique of microblading is to individually tailor the shape of the brow to each person, while tattooed eyebrows do not give you that flexibility.
Great, so microblading is the best option?
Not quite, while the results do look more natural, it is important to be aware that microblading doesn’t suit everyone and we will explore the best options and techniques for your individual requirements during a consultation.
What’s the process then?
Step by Step;
- You’ll come in for a consultation, where we’ll discuss your desired outcome. I can then advise on the best technique or answer any questions you have. This is also patch test time!
- If you’re happy to take the plunge, then it’s time for treatment. This will be a minimum of 48 hours after your consultation and patch test to ensure you won’t have a reaction. We’ll draw out your template that you’re happy with, choose the best colour, apply the numbing cream and then we’re ready to go.
- After 4-6 weeks, you’ll come back for a top-up session. This is where we’ll make sure everything has healed as planned, and if there needs to be any changes to shape or colour. I can then carry out your second treatment.
- Enjoy your amazing brows for up to 12 months.
- You may want to return for a colour boost session. This is also a chance for me to monitor the shape and colour of your brows. You can contact us at any time to book back in.
- Keep on top of your colour boost at least once a year, while still enjoying your beautiful brows!!
How do you work out what would be the best shape of eyebrows for me?
Everyone’s face is completely different and therefore their brows should be too! Usually after a few minutes with a client, I can often gauge how I could tweak their brows to make them more flattering – some call it a superpower! However, during consultation I use callipers to measure and map exactly where clients’ brows should be and to ensure symmetry. I then draw a template and show the client. Most of my clients trust my expertise, however if they are not 100% happy, we tweak the template until they are.
Do you have a range of colours I can choose from?
Colour is chosen based on hair and skin colour. I also like to test on my clients’ skin, similar to a make-up counter. I use high quality pigment and when first implanted it is around 40% darker, but this will fade to the desired colour in around 7-10 days through natural exfoliation. I like to ensure clients are aware of this prior to treatment so we avoid the sheer panic when these super harsh brows are revealed!
Why do you need a top-up session?
As the pigments I use are of medical grade, the colour will eventually fade. The pigments will also fade through natural exfoliation and so to keep the colour you desire, top-ups are necessary.
How long does it last? Is this variable by different skin types?
This varies from person to person and is difficult to predict. It will all depend on your body’s natural ability to break the pigments down. There are factors that will have some influence such as general health, lifestyle, sun exposure and skin type. People with more combination skin, such as oily or dry, can be a tiny bit more challenging; however I will recommend personalised aftercare so you gain a lasting result. The average client’s results last around 12 months.
Can microblading be undone, if you don’t like the shape/look?
Like a tattoo, it is quite difficult to ‘undo’ the treatment. However, the pigment gets broken down in the body and therefore brows will fade over time. It usually takes 3-5 years maximum for all of the pigment to disappear completely, but there is usually a marked reduction after 12 months. It is therefore really important to make sure you’re happy with the templates prior to treatment so that this isn’t an issue. Fortunately, I’ve never had anyone not like the results of their treatment!
What happens once the microblading has finished?
Once the treatment is over I will talk you through your aftercare and usually give an ointment to put on twice a day. As I mentioned previously, the brows are a little darker to start with but apart from that, there’s no downtime so you can just go on as normal…loving your new brows!
Does microblading hurt?
Beauty doesn’t have to equal pain and so I use anaesthetic numbing cream prior to treatment. It can feel a little scratchy at first and most clients compare the feeling to threading or waxing. Once the cream sets in you shouldn’t be able to feel anything – I always say it can’t be that bad as I’ve actually had clients fall asleep during treatment!
What is the healing process like?
Over a period of around 7-10 days the brows will dry up, scab over and flake off. Some people experience more ‘flaking’ than others, but the ointment I supply will help this process. It’s nothing too major and certainly nothing to be concerned about.
Can you get bad reactions, infections, or be allergic to microblading?
A patch test is always carried out prior to treatment which would rule out an allergic reaction. All tools used during treatment are completely sterile and thrown away after every client; as long as the simple after care is followed a client should not pick up any infection.
Do you need to avoid make-up after getting them done?
Make up can be worn but only around the area (not on the treated area itself) until it’s fully healed. You will need to be careful when removing make-up too, but this is all discussed after your treatment as part of your aftercare routine.
This all sounds great! Do you enjoy microblading?
I love my job! Being able to introduce new confidence to people who may have felt self-conscious about a certain part of their body is a rewarding feeling. Also as it is my passion, it’s never just a ‘job’ to me!
Dos and Don’ts of Microblading
Before the treatment
- Don’t drink alcohol, take painkillers, have caffeine or go on YouTube and look at horror stories!
- Do get a nice night sleep, get excited, and be nice and chilled for your appointment.
During the treatment/on the day of treatment
- Don’t worry!!
- Do ask as many questions as you like. Keep yourself hydrated and if you want to fall asleep, you’ll be in safe hands.
The days after the treatment
- Don’t pick at your brows, no matter how tempting it may be! Don’t go on sunbeds or go against any of the ‘aftercare instructions’.
- Do enjoy your new brows, as they were designed especially for you!