What is Microblading?
Microblading is a form of permanent makeup but, rather than using a traditional tattoo machine, we use a manual hand tool to create individual hair strokes, the results are extremely natural and almost undetectable from your own hairs. You may have heard other terms such as ‘3D brows, Phibrows, brow embroidery, however, the only real difference is the use of the microblading tool rather than machine.
What happens during the treatment?
At the consultation (which can be at the same time as your treatment), we will ask you about the look you would like to achieve and also advise you on the brow that will best suit your face shape and lifestyle.
We then apply a topical anesthetic for around 20 minutes to numb the top layers of the skin, making you as comfortable as possible. During this time a custom colour will be mixed to perfectly match your brow/hair colour. Your practitioner will then create the ‘template’ by drawing on your new brow shape with a pencil – we love your input at this stage of the process to make sure that you are happy with the overall look of the brows. Once you and the technician are happy with the template then the microblading will begin. Individual hair strokes are created within the new template using the custom blended pigment. We will apply pigment to each brow 2/3 times.
The final stage is the control session which is around 5 weeks after your first treatment, this session is to make any tweaks to the colour or shape and add in any brow strokes that didn’t take.
Does Microblading hurt?
Most of our clients ask what microblading feels like; we would describe microblading as a little ‘scratchy’ rather than painful. We use a topical and secondary anaesthetic to keep you really comfortable, most people don’t feel much at all once the secondary anaesthetic is applied. We do recommend that you try to avoid having a treatment if you are pre-menstrual as the skin is far more sensitive during this time.
How will I look directly afterwards?
Most of our clients will look perfectly normal after the treatment, if you are prone to rosacea or have very sensitive skin, you make look a little red around the area for a couple of hours afterwards but this will fade quickly. Most people resume normal activities directly after the session.
How long does Microblading take to heal?
Your brows will go through a number of changes as you heal, they will appear a little darker around day 4/5 and then fade during the second week, this is due to the pigment being ‘hidden’ by the healing skin and is nothing to worry about. During the 3rd week, the colour will bloom back and by week 4 you will have your healed result. You should expect some light shedding but nothing more and you will lose around 30% of the pigment after your first treatment which will be reapplied at your control session.
What will the results be like?
The results are extremely natural and will last around 12 months before a refresh session is needed.
How long does Microblading take?
We schedule 2 hours for your treatment which includes time to apply your anaesthetic and create your template, the actual microblading takes around 45 minutes.
Who is it good for?
Microblading is a great option for almost anyone looking for a hyper-realistic brow. It is perfect for those looking to fill out over plucked or sparse brows or anyone who has Alopecia or hair loss following chemotherapy. Other options such as hair stoke brows/powder brow may be better if you are extremely oily or have a medical condition that would not suit microblading. Your practitioner will advise you on which option would be best for you.
What if I am nervous?
It’s perfectly normal to be a little nervous before your treatment, especially if you haven’t had any permanent makeup previously. We understand that this is a big step for a lot of clients and hope that you feel as at ease as possible, we are here to help so please do ask us if you have any questions or concerns at all.