So, you have heard about microblading and fancy ditching the pencil for an easier, more natural-looking brow. After booking your appointment and discussing any concerns with your beauty therapist, it's time to prepare for your treatment. See Is Microblading Right for You?
There are several rules to follow to make sure your microblading experience is positive and you get the results you're looking for. Before your appointment, it's important that you:
Firstly, your beauty therapist will discuss which shape you'd like for your brows. If you haven't had much luck with drawing your ideal shape, or your eyebrows have suffered over-plucking, your beautician will help. They will measure your new brow shape based on your face structure for the most natural look. Your ideal shape will be based on several measurements using a specialised protractor-like tool, but you will have the final say on their recommendation.
Before any microblading can take place, your beauty therapist will thread your eyebrows to remove any excess hairs. For those of you who are unfamiliar with threading, it is an ancient hair removal technique that originated in Asia. A piece of thread coated in anti-bacterial wax is twisted to create a small loop which pulls out the hairs directly from the follicles.
Although microblading isn't a painful process, it can cause some discomfort, so numbing cream is used to make the treatment as comfortable as possible. The cream is applied to your eyebrows and the surrounding area and left for up to 40 minutes. During this time, you can discuss which colour/shade you'd prefer and what your beautician recommends.
Once you and your therapist are satisfied that the cream is working its magic, the microblading can start. The numbing cream should go a long way to ensuring that you don't feel too much discomfort, but you may experience a light scratching sensation. If you feel that you need more numbing cream, just ask your beautician. The whole process should take around two hours.
As with having your eyebrows tinted, the initial colour will appear much darker than expected immediately after microblading. However, this will fade to your desired colour within 10 days, so don't panic!
Wash your eyebrows every morning and evening with water and antibacterial soap and gently pat them dry. Don't worry, this won't remove the pigment. If your eyebrows feel irritated, try using coconut oil before bed. For optimum results, it's advised that you avoid the following:
Roughly 6-8 weeks after your first treatment, you'll be invited back for a top-up session to fill in any gaps where the colour hasn't settled correctly.
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