Way back in April, I had my eyebrows microbladed. Having over plucked them in my teens, I wasn’t happy with how sparse they was and how time consuming it was to fill them in everyday.
My eyebrows before microblading.
So What is Microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo, where the ink is deposited in the upper dermis (upper layers of skin). As the ink is not pressed into the skin as deeply as an actual tattoo, microblading only lasts around one to two years before it needs to be redone.
Microblading can be used to tattoo on eyebrows, eyeliner, lipstick, as well as being used for other cosmetic purposes.
I spent a couple of years desperately wanting my eyebrows done, but I was nervous about how they would turn out, whether I’d like them, etc. I carried out a lot of research, before I decided to use Stephanie Jackson who is based in West London.
Because I’d had a bad reaction to henna brows in the past, I booked in for a patch test where a small amount of ink was placed behind my ear to see if I’d have a skin reaction. Given that I was fine, I booked in for a proper appointment weeks later.
On the day I filled out forms, had a numbing cream applied to my eyebrows and discussed exactly what I wanted with Steph. I knew I wanted natural looking brows, not too thick and in a medium brown shade to suit me.
From entering the room to finish, my appointment was one hour and 40 minutes. Whilst not painful, once the numbing cream started to wear off towards the end of the microblading session, my brows felt a bit sore and red. Despite this, the pain was easily manageable.
There was a few dos and dont’s after having my brows done.
1-I couldn’t exercise or sweat heavily for two weeks.
2-No hot showers or baths and I wasn’t allowed to get my brows wet.
3-An ointment had to be applied to my brows every morning with clean hands.
4-No sunbathing or spending too much time in the sun.
5-No laying on your brows, try to sleep on your back.
The Healing Process
Day 1-My brows look perfect. Very natural but a bit sore and red.
Day 2-The colour of my brows has darkened very slightly.
Day 3-The colour has lightened up. The ink strokes look drier like dried henna.
Day 4-Brows look perfect but the hair strokes are drying out.
Day 5-Some patches are starting to show in the middle, as the ink starts coming away.
Day 6-Parts of my brows look scabby. The ink in the middle is lifting.
Day 7-The same as day six.
Day 8-Ink is lifting more, leaving patches.
Day 9-The ink that’s coming away looks like real hairs. The ink brush strokes are so realistic.
Day 10-The peeling has mostly stopped. My brows look how they did before I had microblading but a bit thicker.
Day 11-The same as day 10.
Day 12-Brows are healed. Like my natural brows but better.
Days 13-20-Brows are healed.
Around eight weeks later, I went back for my second microblading session. I went through the exact same process as before and the healing was the same.
When you pay for microblading, it includes both sessions. After the second session, your brows should last one to two years.
Straight after my second microblading session.
The final (healed) result:
So is microblading worth the money? Yes!
Is it worth having done? Yes!
I feel a lot more confident since having my brows microbladed, as even without makeup on I feel more put together. It also saves me a lot of time in the morning, as I used to go over and over my brows trying to get them even.
Let me know your thoughts on microblading? Have you ever had it done? Would you try it?