Microblading is a way of semi-permanent make-up, where through manual process of inserting pigment into the upper layers of skin we create the desired fullness and shape of the eyebrows. The effects last up to 12 months after which the pigment fades leaving the skin and your natural brows exactly as they were.Unlike a regular tattoo, "microblading is a form of tattoo artistry where pigment is implanted under your skin with a manual handheld tool instead of a machine," Aava explains. "I draw hair-like strokes with the tool to mimic natural hairs in your brows.She then explained that she'd be using a state-of-the-art hand tool that lets her create thinner, more precise, hair-like strokes that aren’t as deeply ingrained into the skin (compared to, say, hair-like strokes created by a tattoo gun). These strokes also come out looking more refined because she has so much control.I've always had pretty bushy brows, but as I've gotten older, the beginning and tail end of my arches have definitely thinned out, which is normal, they say. Plus, I tend to mess with my brows when I'm bored (bad habit, I know!), so I'm sure that's contributed to my arch's disappearing act.The cool thing about microblading that I learned from Piret is that you can have zero brows, blonde ultra-faint brows, have lost your brows due to alopecia, or just need a little help filling your arches in (me!) — either way, she's got you covered and will create a legit appearance of naturally full brows. She even creates a custom color that matches your natural brow color and uses several shades, so they look multidimensional and natural AF. Don't believe me? Check out her Instagram page, which has hundreds of transformations like the below, or watch my transformation (below this Insta):
How long does Microblading take to heal?
No down time is required after microblading procedure. It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You'll notice the color is very light right after the two weeks after healing; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it.One thing that freaks out my clients is the fact that some scabbing and "flaking" of the pigment is actually quite normal.Unfortunately it may look like your brows are coming completely off, but don't let it freak you out because some of it is normal.Because of this confusing process I've created an outline to help you understand what is normal and what isn't (including daily pictures of the process):
Does eyebrow Microblading hurt?
Does microblading hurt? It doesn't hurt as such, it is more a sensation. The process itself is not painful thanks to the numbing ointment that is applied.The effects of microblading last anywhere between 18 and 30 months. Once pigment from the procedure begins to noticeably fade, you’ll need to go back to your practitioner for a touch-up application. Touch-ups can be necessary every six months or every year, depending on your skin type and preferred look.Microblading touch-ups are similar to getting root touch-ups for your hair. If you go when your microblading first starts fading, you can simply have the color filled in. But if you wait longer than your practitioner recommends, you may have to have the whole microblading procedure done over again on both of your eyebrows. This is time-intensive and much more expensive than a touch-up application.So long pencil-thin 90s brows—bushy brows are back, thanks to celebs like Cara Delevingne, Emma Watson, Sofia Vergara, and Lily Collins. While those who hate plucking can rejoice in the tweezer-free trend, there’s one tiny problem: Growing out your brows can be a total pain, especially if you’re not naturally blessed with the fuller look.
How do you shower after Microblading?
*Before showering apply a thick layer of Aquaphor to protect your eyebrows from moisture. During the shower keep your face away from the showerhead. And remove the Aquaphor gently after the shower. Please NOTE: Itching and flaking may appear during the first seven days post-microblading procedure.Immediately following your procedure, the tattooed area will appear to be darker and bolder in color, more sharply defined or even have a more filled in appearance. This can last up to a week after the treatment while the initial healing process takes place. The treated area may feel a bit like sunburn afterwards but there should be minimal discomfort and minimal redness.During the initial healing period, there may be scabbing, flaking or peeling of the skin. If that happens, do not pick, and allow the scab or dry skin to come off on its own. This is very important! If scabs come off prematurely, the pigment will come out with it!
The complete healing process takes about 4-6 weeks, at which time the true color of the tattoo is evident. During this process, your tattoo will soften and lighten. Be patient, even if you think too much color has been lost, as your skin is still regenerating and naturally exfoliating.