Since full and thick eyebrows have become the new trend, microblading has become increasingly popular in the beauty world. It is the perfect answer for thin, sparse brows or even no brows at all! Here’s a brief overview of this semi-permanent makeup trend.
What is Microblading, Exactly?
Microblading is a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure, similar to eyebrow tattooing, but without the big commitment. Only a small amount of pigment is used on the skin, which means it will fade with time. Before the procedure, the technician will apply a numbing cream, so you aren’t in too much pain during the actual procedure. The procedure itself consists of the technician using very tiny needles or blades to deposit pigment in natural hair-like strokes, creating the eyebrow look you desire.
What is the Cost?
Depending on where you’re located, microblading can get pretty expensive. One session of microblading can cost you anywhere between $350-800, with an average cost of $400. While that may seem like a hefty price tag, you won’t have to worry about filling in your eyebrows, and it lasts for one to three years with yearly maintenance, so it’s definitely a long-term investment in your eyebrows.
Find the Right Salon
When you are looking for a salon, it is important to make sure the technician is certified in microblading. Many of these technicians are also licensed estheticians or cosmetologists. You should insist on being assigned to a technician who has a lot of experience and good reviews. Don’t be afraid to make a point of this. If the salon refuses to comply, find a different one. This isn’t something to trust to someone who doesn’t respect what you want.
Prepare Your Skin Beforehand
Before getting this procedure done, you need to prepare your skin. There are a variety of things that can keep your skin from taking well to the microblading. You don’t want to use any topical medications in the area, such as retinol or alpha hydroxy acid two weeks before. These medications will make the skin more sensitive. It is also a good idea to avoid blood thinners and aspirin right before. Excessive bleeding may prevent the absorption of the pigment. Waxing right before probably isn’t a good idea either. Your technician should give you some tips when you schedule your appointment. Make sure you stick to these.
Aftercare and Maintenance is Required
Depending on the salon and technician, results may last anywhere between 1-2 years. However, touch-ups are recommended every six months to a year to maintain results. It differs between people, but when you feel you need to start filling your brows in again, it is probably time for some maintenance. It is also important to take care of your brows after microblading. At the bare minimum, you need to consistently apply sunscreen to the area after the procedure. Too much sun can prolong the healing process or cause other skin problems. You should also avoid skincare products that will irritate your skin.
Not for Everyone
Just because it worked wonders for all of your friends doesn’t mean it will work well for you. If your skin is sensitive, you have keloids or scars in the area, you are prone to developing allergies, have liver disease, or you’re pregnant/nursing, you may want to avoid microblading.
It’s important to do your research and figure out if a cosmetic procedure like microblading is right for you before you invest the money, especially since microblading isn’t something you can get rid of easily. If you have sensitive skin or any other problems, it is probably a good idea to consult with a dermatologist before you go ahead.