Ever dreamed of waking up with Insta-worthy brows every morning without having to grab your eyebrow pencil? Yes, we’re talking about microblading. But you might be wondering, does microblading ruin your natural eyebrows? And how does it work!? We’re diving into everything you need to know before you book your first appointment.
What Is Microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure where an esthetician uses a tiny microblading needle to draw on hair strokes to make brows appear fuller.
There is a misconception that microblading is a form of a facial tattoo. While it is similar, microblading does not use a tattoo gun or tattoo ink to draw on the eyebrows.
How Long Does Microblading Last?
How long your brows last vary depending on your skin type, but you can expect your microbladed brows to last anywhere from 1-3 years. Unfortunately, if you have an oily skin type, your brows will fade faster than those with dry or combination skin.
The great thing about microblading is it’s semi-permanent! Unlike a tattoo, it won’t last forever. You don’t have to stress about what you’ll do when the brow trends inevitably change again. Or if you miss applying your eyebrow pencil (you probably won’t) just know, they will fade!
After your initial appointment, you’ll want to book a follow-up consultation to make sure you’re happy with your new brows. Now is your chance to add any desired tweaks and touch-ups.
Can Anyone Get Their Brows Microbladed?
Whether you have over-plucked brows from the 90s or full, thick brows, microblading can work for all brow shapes!
However, the treatment is not recommended for those who are pregnant or those who deal with eczema or rosacea.
Does Microblading Ruin Your Natural Eyebrows?
It’s daunting considering changing your brows for the foreseeable future. So if you’re frantically Googling, “does microblading ruin your natural eyebrows?” I get it.
Mircorblading won’t stop your hairs from growing back naturally, so if you’re hoping to grow out your thin brows over time, don’t stress.
However, something to consider is that mircoblading can potentially cause scarring. That’s why we recommend doing a ton of research into finding a skilled esthetician, as your brows are literally in their hands! (More on that below.)
What Happens During A Microblading Appointment?
It helps to know what you’re in for when it comes to getting a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure! Here’s the lowdown on what to expect during your microblading treatment.
- At your microblading appointment, the esthetician will ask you a bunch of Q’s about your current eyebrow routine and what brow shape you’re after. They may show you a picture of different brow shapes and styles. Or if you’ve brought an inspo pic, now is the time to pull it out. (We strongly recommend scouring Instagram for eyebrow inspo pics to bring to your appointment.)
- The esthetician will snap a “before” pic of your eyebrows.
- Once the esthetician has an idea of what brow shape you want, they’ll sketch on your new brows. They may use an eyebrow symmetry tool to make sure they’re flawlessly aligned. You’ll work together to make sure they’re the perfect shape and color for your face.
- Then, once you’re happy with the shape and color, numbing cream is applied in prep for the procedure.
- Once the numbing cream has had time to settle in (30 minutes), the microblading procedure will begin and lasts for around one hour.
- Once the procedure is complete, excess pigment is wiped off to reveal your stunning new eyebrows.
- The esthetician will take the “after” pic of your brows and show you a side-by-side comparison, so you can see the improvement!
What Is The Aftercare For Microblading?
The aftercare of a microblading procedure is similar to the aftercare of a tattoo. There are definitely some dos and don’ts that you’ll want to follow to ensure the area doesn’t get infected.
- Get the area wet for the first 7 days after your procedure.
- Don’t let any lotion, soap, water, or anything touch the area for the next 7 days.
- Do not pick scabs at or scratch your eyebrows, as this could lead to scarring.
- Avoid activity that may cause increased sweating.
- Do not swim or enter a spa or sauna.
- Avoid tanning or UV exposure as it can change the pigment color.
- Do not drink excessive alcohol as it can halt the healing time.
- Follow all aftercare instructions given by your microblading artist, including applying any recommended creams or ointments.
- Be patient, the end result will be worth it!
How To Find A Microblading Artist?
Choosing the right esthetician to complete your procedure is the most important decision you’ll make when it comes to microblading your brows. Our tip? Do as much research as humanly possible!
How long have they been practicing? What training do they have? Do they have glowing reviews? Does their website look professional? Do you like their work?
We recommend checking out their Instagram page to take a look at their portfolio. It’s a good sign if you are swooning over all their gorgeous brow pics! Even better if they have comments from past clients. But if the photos leave you feeling meh, time to keep searching.
If you’re torn on which microblading artist to choose, why not book a consultation with a few estheticians? Even if it costs a little extra, it’s worth it to know that your brows are in good hands. Remember, this procedure is semi-permanent, so you want your brows to be near perfect!
Does Microblading Ruin Your Natural Eyebrows?
If you were hesitant to book your microblading appointment because you feared it would ruin your natural eyebrows, don’t worry. Your natural hair will grow back! Just remember to take your time when it comes to choosing the right technician. You want the best experience and the best brows possible.
Now you’ve got more time to do your makeup in the mornings, make your eyes and your brows pop with a fierce cat eye!
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