I’m eager to share my microblading experience with you!
I know how many questions you might have if you’re considering it for yourself…
Does it hurt?
Who should I go to?
How much does it cost?
Is it worth it?
I’ll dig into it all and share the truth from behind-the-scenes…
WHAT IS MICROBLADING?
It’s a semi-permanent makeup-technique employing the use of a hand tool that holds about 6-14 needles.
The needles simultaneously drop pigment into the skin’s base membrane while the artist makes individual strokes.
Those strokes simulate hair strands to create the perfect eyebrow shape!
SO IT’S LIKE A TATTOO?
Not quite – tattoos use ink and microblading uses pigment.
Ink tends to move under the skin causing the strokes to not be as crisp as microblading pigment.
Also, tattoos are placed with an electric needle while microblading uses a pen (like the one below) so strokes will be more defined.
WHO WAS YOUR ARTIST?
Let me just start off by saying… PLEASE do your research and go to someone who has done LEGIT training (not a 5-hour, one-time class) and completed certification in microblading.
I have to brag on my girl – Samantha Bartels at Avalon Salon in Omaha – because she FLEW to participate in a grueling course to learn from the best and then completed an additional 100 hours of training before she dove in full force.
She’s TALENTED & EDUCATED.
She made sure everything stayed perfect and sterile until the moment we began (something I’m also OCD about).
Her technique wasn’t rushed – she took the time I needed to get it all exactly how I wanted it.
I stalked her Facebook page for months as I watched her before/afters being posted.
I loved ALL of her posts so it gave me peace of mind committing to her as my artist.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU GO SEE HER. 🙂
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
I apologize in advance for all of the obnoxious, unflattering, laughter-filled selfies below, but I couldn’t resist bringing a smile to your faces with how goofy I was feeling that day…
1. She uses a fancy ruler to measure for the perfect shape.
2. She uses a black pencil to draw the shape. (The space inside the black pencil lines is where the microblading will occur.)
3. You take a selfie with ridiculously huge black eyebrows.
4. She matches a fill color perfectly to your natural brows.
5. She places a topical numbing cream on your brows and begins using the microblading pen.
6. She does three different paths and then puts color all over the entire brow to soak in for a few minutes.
YOU ARE NOT DONE UNTIL AFTER YOUR 1-MONTH TOUCH UP IS COMPLETE.
Notes: The brows will be extremely dark the first time around, but will fade 30-40% within a month, but that’s when you come in for your touch up.
After that, it will last 1-3 years based on your skin type.
DOES IT HURT?
Let’s just say that I’m thankful for the numbing cream.
The first path over it is the most difficult – but it’s WORTH IT. (Only a couple minutes at most.)
I do have a high pain tolerance so I wouldn’t say it hurt a lot… but the sound of it was the hardest part for me, lol.
The second path is a breeze because she puts an additional layer of numbing cream on.
Hey, the things we do for those perfect brows!!!
Put your big girl pants on – you can handle this!
This is right before microblading.
This is immediately following the first microblading treatment – they are red due to irritation and blood being drawn to the surface, but they’ll even out to my natural color within 1-2 weeks, after they heal.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL?
Here’s the truth: your artist is cutting tiny slices in your skin so you’re going to bleed.
Not excessively – don’t worry.
The strokes will scab over and it will take up to 2 weeks for them to fall off and heal.
Heads up that once the strokes scab, they’ll turn very dark.
This is temporary.
WHAT’S POST-OP CARE LIKE?
For the first week, you wash with a gentle cleanser several times a day, followed by aquafor.
No exercising or showering. (Sweating can push out the coloring.)
When the scabs form, do not pick at them. Let them fall off naturally.
$$$ HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
I’m going to encourage you to NOT skimp or go grab a Groupon deal on microblading.
More than likely, there’s a reason they aren’t charging the ‘going-rate’… either lack of experience, no certification, etc.
Samantha charges $500 for microblading services, which includes the touch up session as well.
Additional touch ups as the years go on are just $50/session.
It’s not ‘cheap’ – but it’s worth it because you won’t have to buy brow pencils and gels or spend the time each morning filling everything in like you used to!
Time is money, people! 🙂
I WILL UPDATE THIS POST AFTER MY TOUCH UP ON NOVEMBER 7!
So excited because we have engagement photos that weekenddddd! 🙂