The current style for eyebrows is a full and natural look. Gone are the days of thin and heavily groomed brows. Examples of the new brow look can be found in the pages of any magazine and even on the silver screen. A myriad of products exists to help you bolster your natural brows. There are powders, pencils, and even waxes that strive to help you achieve that voluminous, yet controlled, look.
The look, as fabulous as it is, takes a time investment to achieve. All the products, that plump this facial feature, are tedious to apply. Even if the look is highly desired, few have the time to achieve this style.
Thankfully, one of the newer grooming methods on the market is an entirely natural method. It is an inexpensive treatment that lasts long enough to be considered semi-permanent. The technique is microblading. Terms like cosmetic tattoos, eyebrow embroidery, and semi-permanent makeup are used interchangeably with microblading.
It is essential to understand the procedure before having it done fully. Here are eight things to know about the technique.
1. It is a Two-Step Procedure
There are two parts of this process. For the treatment to be effective, both steps must be done. The first step is to meet your specialist for a consultation. During this meeting, you will discuss the desired look. This is when you will determine the characteristics of your brow such as the color and shape of the brow.
Immediately after your consultation, the first session of microblading will take place. The second step, or session, occurs after the brow has completely healed. It is important that the brow heals completely to determine if all areas have taken the same. The second session will address any areas that need to be redone, or defined, after the initial session. Slight adjustments to color and shape can be made at this time. Both steps are required to ensure full and natural coverage that will endure time.
2. This is Not A Permanent Procedure
Unlike one of the monikers implies, microblading is not a permanent procedure. The exact duration fluctuates, but it is typical for the procedure to last between one and three years. Adhering to the aftercare steps can extend the life of your new eyebrows.
3. Nearly Anyone Can Get Microblading
It is much safer than tattooing. However, there are some people that should avoid it. If you have a blood transmitted disease or a compromised immune system, you should consult a physician before receiving the procedure. Pregnant or nursing women should also avoid getting the procedure.
4. Microblading is Not Tattooing
Unlike tattooing, microblading injects pigment in the basal membrane layer. The application at this layer gives brows that full look. It utilizes a hand tool instead of a motorized instrument. The last difference is that tattoo uses ink while microblading utilizes a pigment. The pigment does not stay in the skin in the way that ink stays. Pigments will slough off with your naturally exfoliated skin layer. The pigment will gradually fade over time making the transition imperceptible.
5. Procedure Takes Up to 3 Hours
So, how long does microblading take to get done? Creating a natural and full look is a long and tedious process. There is no template, and each procedure is customized to the client. It takes time to convincingly create a full brow in a shape that is coherent with the shape of your face.
6. Little to No Pain
This is not a tattoo. You do not get street credit for “sitting well.” Technicians will gladly apply an anesthetic gel that will desensitize your skin. You might experience a minimal level of discomfort at worst. The most painful part is committing to a brow design.
7. Minimal Maintenance
How much you want to maintain your brows is up to you. Most women get the procedure to have carefree eyebrows. There is no need to get up and pencil, powder, and fill your brows any longer. If you do desire an extra glamorous look on occasion, you can still bolster those brows with the normal products. You can get a microblading touch up a couple of times of year to keep your look as fresh as the day it was done.