Microblading: Magic for Your Eyebrows
Microblading eyebrows first gained popularity in Asia about 25 years ago, but has only starting to take off in North America over the last few years. Recently, there’s been a big demand for treatments that provide longer lasting benefits, such as threading and eyelash extensions. Now microblading has become the solution for having a strong eyebrow game every day. Sound interesting? Let us expand on the details so you can decide if this is something you can’t live without.
What is microblading?
Microblading is a treatment that creates a long lasting, semi-permanent tattoo that enhances the natural look of your eyebrow. Before grimacing at the thought of “face” and “tattoo” in the same sentence, rest assured they’re nothing like your grandma’s tattooed eyebrows. Microblading makes it possible to transform any brows into the closest thing to naturally perfect.
What are the benefits of microblading?
Everyone wants more symmetrical eyebrows without all the upkeep required in the morning. If you have sparse eyebrows, and/or you really want to minimize the time you spend in front of the mirror, microblading will give you 1-3 years of waking up to even, full brows in your natural colour.
If you’re the type of person who is very consistent with how they like their eyebrows done, then you’re a good candidate for a semi-permanent treatment like microblading. However, if you like to experiment, or you’re really not sure what look you want to stick with, then you may not be ready for something that lasts a couple years.
As far as eyebrow trends go, there’s one trend that never goes out of style, which is what looks good on your face. Go with a shape, angle, density that you love and looks good on you. Eyebrow trends really don’t change too drastically within a few years, and small adjustments can still be made using makeup.
Microblading does require some aftercare for a few days following the treatment, so make sure you’re prepared to comply with these (fairly simple) aftercare for 5-7 days after your treatment:
- No swimming, sports, or activity that could cause you to sweat, especially at a gym (lots of bacteria).
- Do not let any water, lotion, soap, or makeup touch your eyebrow area during the first 7 days after your procedure.
- Be careful about exposing yourself to airborne debris or chemicals (like working outside, or spraying a cleaning solution).
- You can touch up after twelve weeks if you want to make them last longer.
Once completely healed, it’s a good idea to put a thin layer of sunscreen (at least SPF 30) on your eyebrows when exposed to the sun. Sun exposure could cause the color pigment to fade away more quickly.
Does microblading hurt?
The blades used in microblading are super fine to appear like real hair strands, so the pain is minimal, if any. On a scale of 1-10, most people rate the pain at about a 3, and some feel nothing at all. A numbing cream is often applied prior to the treatment, which really curbs any discomfort.
Now that you know what you expect with microblading, you can make an informed decision on whether the treatment is right for you.