The practice of microblading has become the latest brow craze in the efforts to achieve thicker, fuller and more beautiful brows. Brow tinting seems like a thing of the past, as many are now opting for the semi-permanent, effortless brows applied by licensed cosmetic tattoo artists. For those thinking brow microblading could be the solution for thin, sparse brows, here are some important things to consider before making the appointment.
Microblading is essentially a form of cosmetic tattooing:
Unlike a typical tattoo, microblading is done with a handheld tool instead of a machine. As it is still applied with a needle, depending on the pain threshold of the client, a very minimal amount of discomfort should be expected. The treatment can also take up to two hours to complete.
The pigment is bladed in tiny, hair-like strokes to resemble natural brow hairs. This form of tattooing is not implanted as deep within the skin as a regular tattoo would be, so the pigment will naturally fade over 18-24 months.
Take proper care and precautions before appointment:
- Stop all use and consumption of blood-thinners, chemical peels and retinol a full week before the scheduled treatment
- Do not wax, tan or overexpose skin to sun for at least three days prior to appointment
- Skip the coffee and other caffeinated drinks on the day of the appointment
After-treatment care is just as important:
- Protect brows from water and moisture prior to treatment—avoid sweating and washing face with water
- Take care to avoid any situation that might infect the freshly bladed skin with dirt, bacteria or other debris
- Vaseline or aftercare ointment may be applied to calm itchiness and redness, but do not scratch, touch or irritate treated area as it heals
- Similar to a regular tattoo, bladed brows may fade in prolonged exposure to the sun—after brows have healed, be sure to apply sunscreen when outdoors
Remember, microblading requires maintenance:
A follow-up appointment is recommended 4-6 weeks after the first blading, where the technician will touch up any hairs and adjust coloring. To keep brows looking flawless, touch-ups are required about every six months.
With first-time treatment costs that can cost up to $900, it is important to understand that the microblading process is a long-term investment that will require consistent upkeep.