What Is Microblading
Microblading is often described as Semi-Permanent Makeup. It is a tattoo. A tattoo delivered by hair stroke technique using a unique hand tool to create curved strokes carved into the skin and filled with medical grade pigment to create the illusion of eyebrows.
A unique hand tool is used to deliver this method, not a machine.
Getting new eyebrows for someone recovering from Chemotherapy has been voted as the most important treatment most ladies have had in missing the side effects of what chemotherapy does to one’s body, more so than losing head hair.
Step 1 takes 2 hours – come in 30 minutes prior to numb the area.
Step 2 takes 1 hour.
Microblading is a 2 step process- usually 30-60 days apart. This is very important to complete 2 visits.
The initial procedure takes 1-2hr approx. During this time, a consultation is undertaken, a color tone chosen and initial outline of the procedure area is drawn on for the client to approve. Once the client is satisfied with the basic shape and symmetry, (please note that our faces are NOT symmetrical, as one side is flatter than the other), however as Brow Artists, we aim to create as much symmetry as possible… The area is then traced over, then the permanent pigment is applied with a disposable, one use only hand held tool and not a machine. The procedure does not commence until the client is 100% happy with the shape.
The end result will depend on 50% pigment and 50% healing. We all heal differently, and what works on one client may not be effective on another. Also, an iron oxide deficiency can pull iron from color and alter shade.
The second stage of the treatment is called a ‘touch up, and takes approximately 1 hour. This usually happens after 30-60 days because it takes that long for the pigment to settle in the skin, heal, peel and fade off softer. The brows naturally exfoliate in the previous month giving way to healed skin with the brow strokes just underneath it. It is IMPERATIVE you complete the touch up treatment, as without it, it will be a job half done and the results will not be optimum. The touch up gives the client an opportunity to get used to the initial finish before a final touch up consolidates the pigment into the skin , thus preventing fading. The color will have faded significantly in 30 days as the skin heals peels and fades. This is normal.
The look of the brows in the first 10 days will be defined and no indication of the finished result. .
Refreshing of the color is done once in 9-12 months, depending on skin quality.
Once the consultation is done, a proposed brow is traced with a pencil for you to approve. The brow designed for you takes into consideration your face shape.
If the result is not what you were expecting- do not proceed with step 2 and your brows will gradually fade.
Do your research.
Apply your brow pencil as you normally like it so that I can work within these parameters, and bring your pencil / powders with you. I will still measure, and suggest tweaks but ultimately the brow shape will look like it always did. Designing a total new brow on clients who have no brow hair take time. Nothing happens until you are 100% happy with the pre draw stage.
Speak to friends who have had the treatment done and learn what to expect during the process and for the interim period directly after.
- No Ibuproffen
- Stop Tumeric and Fish Oil 10 days prior to your treatment
- Stop Retinols 10 days prior
- Accutane users 12 months after
- Brows before Botox
Technically, semi-permanent Microblading procedure are considered permanent because the color is implanted into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin and cannot be washed off. The pigment is implanted in the skin and will always be there but it naturally fades over time
Topical cream is applied 30 min prior to procedure. There is usually 3- 4 passes at each treatment. Everyone has a different level of sensitivity so topical anesthetics are applied before and during the treatment to alleviate any sensation or discomfort. Some clients naturally feel one brow sorer than the other, and more so at times of menstruation.
There is a 2-4 week process the eyebrows go through before they will look normal.
Regular brow hair removal will continue to keep the brows looking tidy, and its usually advisable to have them shaped a week before your apt. You regular brow wax/thread/tweezing and tinting should continue once the brows have healed.
Occasionally client’s brow hair can grow in different directions and can jeopardize the overall result, i.e.; brow tail. This may be removed by shaving at the appointment time with the clients consent to give a nice over all finish. Once the brows heal, the client can continue to have her brows waxed/ tweezes/threaded to keep the look defined. Stray hairs outside the brow line can make the brows look untidy; however this is the case in ALL brow maintenance.
Ideally yes! The first treatment can be done even before you lose your brows, so that an imprint of where your brow once was is there. This blueprint guides me in giving you the same brow you once had, rather than designing a whole new brow. It is usual in this instance to have your top up after the cancer treatment is complete, or sooner if your oncologist approves.
With each subsequent chemo therapy the brow hair gets thinner and thinner, and eventually they may not ever return at all. This is where a baseline is good, as I can Microblade along the template, rather than designing a whole new brow that may not look like what you looked like before treatment. In cases like this I urge clients to bring an old photo, so I can emulate you old brow
Usually clients who;
Have sparse brows
Apply brow pencil/ brow powder daily to cover in bald spots/or due to scarring.
Clients who naturally have a very thin brow and want it fuller.
Suffer from Alopecia or other hair loss problems.
Are dissatisfied with the shape of their eyebrows.
Want to save time due to busy schedules.
Want more confidence and want to enjoy a no-fuss beauty routine.
Have visionary problems when penciling/shading in brows.
Have sustained burns/scars in brow area. ( NO Keloids)
Clients about to undergo Chemo and will lose brow hair.
Clients about to undergo Cancer treatments and fear they may lose their eyebrows during their treatment process. The transition from having brow hair to no brow hair is less traumatic in this instance. The Microblading is 3 D there for it’s very lifelike. Ideally I like to do the first Microblading session before chemotherapy begins so that the first ‘ pass’ is complete. This ensures the client gets the brow they originally had, as an imprint is now implanted. This avoids designing a completely new brow. The second visit can be delayed to when chemotherapy is completed in this instance. This can be done 3 months prior. Clients for chemotherapy AND on aspirin are not deemed suitable for Microblading before treatment.
Eyebrows are eyebrows, and the procedure is the same on all, once the measurements are done. However more frequent visits are required for the Alopecia client, irrespective of the pigment color used.