Microblading has become one of the hottest beauty procedures, but many clients still have burning questions about the process. In this blog post, Hairy will address a few questions and common misconceptions about microblading!
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent makeup service for those looking to reshape their natural brow or to create a whole new look. A microblade uses small blades that deposit pigment into your skin to create natural, hair like strokes.
How Long Does Microblading Last?
It all depends on the after care of the client as well as their skin health. Since microblading is semi-permanent, it is subject to fading over time as it is exposed to the sun as well as exfoliating products like retinoids and acids. Overall, microblading lasts between 1-2 years and a touch up is recommended once a year to keep those strokes looking fresh and crisp!
How Can I Prepare Before My Microblading Appointment?
Try to avoid caffeinated beverages prior to your appointment, trust us, we know how hard that is!
Avoid tanning or sunbathing three days before your appointment
No chemical peels or harsh exfoliating treatments for at least a week before your appointment
Avoid using Retin-A/Retinoids (Vitamin A derivatives) and Botox for one week before the procedure
Avoid taking fish oil, vitamin E, Aspirin, and other blood thinners for at least one week before the procedure
Get your workout in! Getting sweaty before your appointment will give you peace of mind since you can’t sweat for 7-10 days after you get your new brows!
What Can I Expect After My Microblading Appointment?
There is no one-size-fits all with the healing process as each client heals in their own unique way. In general, microblading takes about 7-10 days to heal before it can get completely wet without disturbing the healing process. This includes heavy exercise and sweating, showering, and swimming. It is important to put a thin layer of aquaphor on your brows when you plan to hop into the shower to give your brows that extra barrier protection. Some of the most common experiences clients have post-microblading include:
Tenderness in the eyebrow area, feeling similar to a sunburn
Redness around the eyebrow area
Thickening and darkening of the area 1-2 days after the procedure
Moderate to thick scabbing 3-4 days post-procedure
Flaking of scabs 7-10 days post-procedure
Once all scabs have flaked off, the pigment color will fade by 40-60%. They may look grey at this point, which is completely normal
After the eyebrow area has fully healed, between 4-8 weeks post-appointment, a touch-up is necessary to secure the foundation of the pigment.
Now you have beautiful brows that you can show off and maintain with your yearly touch-up!