microblading plus the healing process

Microblading is all the rage right now and one of the misconceptions about the treatment is the healing process, which is intense, you guys! Although this is my second time getting them done (first time was 1.5 years ago), I decided to take some pics and share my experience with you in case you’re considering getting yours done too.

First off, in case you don’t know what microblading is, in a nutshell, a brow artist uses dye and a blade to essentially create hair strokes to make your brows appear fuller and flawless. Like, they make them look really good! It’s similar to tattooing, except the needle doesn’t go near as deep, it’s more superficial and does not last forever. Expect to get touch ups once per year.

I found my artist (Erica @BeverlyHillsMicroblading) by scoping out other brows I saw and would ask where they went. I feel like this is the best way, because you know exactly what their work looks like in person. Instagram is basically a portfolio for artists so you can find TONS on there, just search #microblading.

Alright guys, I’m not gonna lie, it hurts like a b****! Both times I got them done, during the process I thought to myself, “what am I doing…..this better be worth it”. Yes they do numb you beforehand and I can’t imagine what it would be like without numbing cream. YIKES. Everyone asks if it hurts, so there’s that. Oh and your appointment will last about 2 hours….(numbing, shaping, microblading)

Day 1.

Brows feel sore and inflamed and are definitely bolder. They are sensitive, don’t touch…it’s like having wounds on your face. When I got home I took some ibuprofen and relaxed for the rest of the day….drank lots of mint tea and water and read all your blog posts. 🙂

(Tip: work out and shower before your appointment. I chose to wear no makeup so I didn’t have to wash my face afterwards.)

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Day 2.

Woke up and woahhh, brows are even darker. Expect for them to be around 30-50% lighter once they are completely healed. Pinky promise, don’t freak out! A little more sore than Day 1, but nothing crazy.

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Day 5

So during the first few days, scabs are forming and they slowly flake off on their own (no scrubbing or picking!). As you can see, the inflammation has gone down completely (my brows don’t look as “big” as Day 1 & 2, and they have lightened up drastically. Loving them.

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Day 7.

I’d say my brows are about 90% healed and lightened up about 50% during the process. I  love how they turned out but I’ll definitely be sure to get my touch up in 4 weeks. (This is normal, you always get a touch up about 4-6 weeks after your initial treatment, this is where they perfect them! Then you’re good for a year or so.)

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Here’s a pic Erica posted on her IG, immediately before and immediately after.  You can see how before (smaller pic) my microblading was patchy and starting to fade. I asked for longer, natural hair strokes and to keep them airy and fluffy, I didn’t want super bold and full. We all have our preferences, so you do you here.

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As for pricing, this is not an inexpensive treatment. Expect to pay anywhere from $400-$600 depending on where you live. Look for someone with a lot of experience, which means dodge the people offering to do yours for free or for super cheap. It’s your face, it’s worth spending a little more! There is such thing as bad microblading, poor-quality dye, and even worse, uneven brows!

Yes it’s painful yes the healing process sucks, but it is all worth it. I love my brows and they do so much for the face. Have you done microblading or are you considering getting yours done? If so, I’d love to hear your experience or if you have questions, I’m all ears!

~Aly

Author: alysiapollock

esthetician based in└A

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