If you have Instagram, it’s likely you’ve heard of microblading. The brow treatment took Instagram by a storm with its ability to give anyone a fuller brow look by applying semi-permanent ink with a small handheld tool. Everyone wants full brows, and the thick eyebrow trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Don’t worry if you don’t naturally have thick eyebrows, because eyebrow styling and beauty technology have come a long way. If you are ready to commit to thicker brows, it might be time to consider microblading.
What is microblading?
Microblading is a technique used to create more symmetrical and fuller-looking brows. The method uses semi-permanent ink to tattoo the eyebrows using a handheld microblading eyebrow pen, which uses fine needles to achieve that natural look. Microblading doesn’t last forever, but it can last up to three years, depending on your lifestyle. Yearly touch-ups are also encouraged to maintain the color and fullness of the brow.
What is the process?
When you go in for your microblading procedure, the first thing you can expect is that the trained professional will talk to you about what shape you’re looking for and draw an outline to ensure it’s perfect. Then, before the tattooing begins, the professional will clean and numb the area. Using a small handheld microblading pen, they will manually draw the hair strokes needed to fill the outline. After your procedure, you will need to avoid getting your eyebrows wet for the first 7-10 days, which can make washing your hair a little difficult. Expect some itching and scabbing after your appointment, and be sure not to scratch, because this is your skins way of healing. You can expect to see final results in 30 days, but for some, a touch up may be necessary in 6 weeks.
What is the after-care like?
The after-care for microblading is much like caring for a new tattoo. After 4 days, make sure your hands are completely clean and gently apply the post-care ointment with a cotton swab and clean hands. After 7-10 days, you may wash the microbladed area twice per day followed by aftercare ointment. At the start and end of each day, use clean fingertips and a mild antibacterial soap, like Cetaphil, to gently cleanse your eyebrows for 10-15 seconds. In addition to the scabbing and post-procedure expectations listed above, the best thing you can do for your new brows once they are healed is to protect them with sunscreen. Sunscreen helps your brows last longer and protects them from fading in color due to sun exposure. It’s also best to avoid all skin products that contain retinol because they can also cause the color to fade. Be sure to review after-care recommendations from your brow specialist.
How much does microblading cost?
There are so many factors that go into how much your microblading appointment will cost. First of all, it largely depends on how much microblading you will need to achieve your dream look. Then, you have to take into consideration the professional’s skill level and location. On average, you can expect to pay between $200 and $1,500 for your dream brows.
Is there an alternative option?
YES! Though not permanent, there are ways to help the appearance of thin brows. From eyebrow powders to simply dying them at the salon, this Microblade Pen by Brow Bar is one of our top picks (click here). This is an eyebrow color pen with four micro points. “Our luxurious Microblade Pen mimics the look of actual brow hairs to create the beautiful microblade effect without the blade. Lightweight and waterproof, define your brows with natural hair strokes with a tint of color for that oh so natural look!”