Alternative title: What I’ve Learned from Microblading After 3 Sessions and How I’m Never Going Back. But, well, it was too long. Ha.
As you read in my first microblading post the other week, you saw my journey from see-through brows to brow queen (of dragons) >> that’s me trying to weave in some GoT, feel free to ignore me. It was a harrowing experience, but this girl is never going back to au natural brows. No thanks.
I realized that through my journey, I learned a lot about the process from start to finish. I also learned about what not to do. With any procedure, there are rules of course. And I’m nothing if not a rule follower. Give me a list of what to do, please!
Keep in mind that I’m not an expert, I just love my brows. And I have done my research. I am just simply sharing my thoughts and experiences.
So here’s my list of microblading tips & tricks, and a bit of Q&A.
Tips & Tricks:
- Don’t use a Groupon. I can’t stress this enough. There are a lot of places that do microblading nowadays, but you REALLY want someone who knows their stuff. Look at their before/after photos, read reviews. Ask around. I promise, this is another one of those “you get what you pay for” moments. Don’t forget this is your face we’re talking about.
- When in doubt, go thin. I am not talking about your bod. I’m talking brow shape. You can always make them thicker but you cannot reduce the size if you slap on fatass brows. Get a shape that works for you, and you can always get them touched up thicker.
- Do not plan to go to the beach after. You cannot sweat for at least 7 days after your microblading. Not kidding. The pigment needs time to settle in, and that means, no open pores with sweat coming out. Plan your vacations and gym sessions accordingly.
- People may look at you weird. But likely they won’t. Right afterwards, your brows will look a little funky – shiny and sharp. But that’s just the initial blade. See below. They take a week and change to settle and heal. I had medical grade silicon added to my face right after my blade, which is how they look here. That is washed off after a day and I applied grapeseed oil 2x a day to help them heal.
- Try to sleep on your back while they heal. I dunno, this was just me. I didn’t want to mess up these puppies and well, it helps with face wrinkles.
- Don’t scratch. They may itch while healing. It’s just a part of the process, babes.
- Don’t let your brows in sun or wind. While they heal that is. That means no convertibles. Also, remember the sweating thing. Enjoy the a/c.
- Sunscreen those beauties. But that really goes for your whole face. When healed, you’ll want to protect them at all costs.
- Touch-ups will be needed. You’ll need one after your initial blade and then you should be set. For another 6-18 months that is. It’s all up to you and when you feel like you need a refresh.
- Communicate what you want. If your artist says, hey let’s do blue brows, do not let them. This should never happen, but you get what I’m saying. Don’t be afraid to speak up for what you want.
And a little Q&A…
Does it hurt?
It’s really not painful. You know why? Numbing cream. I spent the first 30 minutes of my appointment with numbing cream on my brows which made the experience oh so much more pleasant. Numb the shit out of my face!
When will my brows look normal post-blade?
It takes about 7-14 days. I stopped putting grapeseed oil on them after a week but they were a little flaky for about another week. It all depends on how quickly your skin heals. I have sensitive skin, so I had some sweet red brows the first day. mmmm sexy.
Where did you go?
I went to Maegen who works here. I am obsessed. Central Florida babes, tell her I sent you!
How long is an appointment?
Expect to spend a few hours. The process involves the blade, then slapping pigment on the skin and letting it settle. Then you re-eval and keep going until the results are achieved. So, it can take a little. Don’t expect to be in and out.
What should I know before I go?
Well, I remember reading to not do botox before you go for a few weeks. But I don’t have that, so it was fine. Also just ensure you don’t have plans in the following 7-10 days for outside activities. Because sweating is a no-no.
Can you wash your face while they heal?
Yes! I would do my little brow wash (neutral soap, brush up with your hands) and kinda work around for the rest of my face. Just don’t aggravate them and you’ll be good. You have to wash them twice a day, so it’s totally fine.
I have a scar/bad tattoo/former shit microblading…can I fix it?
Yes! I have seen my artist cover scars and fix some bad brow tattoos. Remember when people sometimes went to the tattoo parlor to get their brows tattooed and that shit was permanent? Yeah, that ends up looking like shit after a few years. Tattoos fade and grow over time, I do not recommend going the tattoo route. Stick with microblading.
What’s treatment in a nutshell?
Simply this: Wash twice a day, apply Aquafor or grapeseed oil (I prefer the oil). No sun/sweating. Don’t itch. Boom. Your artist may have some different rules, but these were mine.
Is it expensive?
It was for me. I paid a lot initially but my touchups are totally reasonable. Especially because it’s only about every 10 months that I have to go now. I saved up for these puppies. Hashtag worth it.
And that’s all she wrote. I can’t think of anything else, but as always, feel free to ask away. I’m a rather open book. Happy rest of the week!