Microblading 101

I recently went to my microblading touch up session a few days ago. I want to share the whole experience with you guys because I know this thing has the potential to go south. My mom got microblading first. My sister and I bought it for her Christmas gift. My sister found someone through word of mouth (her friend recommended her cousin). It was a disaster. I didn’t meet this girl but I saw the botched results. My poor mom. This girl made my moms eyebrows like a thin V on her face. But that was only the first visit! My mom ended up scabbing really bad and her skin peeled. From what I was told by my artist, that was a bad sign that the girl who did the microblading had no idea what she was doing. Then on my moms touch up visit she asked for them thicker and the girl made one thick and one thin! Can you believe it! Now they are so uneven and painfully obvious. My mom has to fill them in every day. I’m upset about this whole thing and I want my mom to go back and demand the artist to fix them, but that could do more harm than good. I don’t know if I’d trust this lady with a microblading tool again.

So after that disaster I was a little apprehensive about getting mine done. Microblading is a temporary tattoo. It lasts for months to years! They don’t go as deep as a real tattoo so it fades much quicker, but a year is still a long time to have something on your face. I started by looking at reviews for local artists on YELP. It was a good start, but I was shocked at how expensive it was. I started looking at Groupon to see if there were any deals near me. Groupon has been hit or miss in the beauty department for me. I’ve had the best beauty services and the worst through Groupon. I found a place near me that I drive by a lot. It looked like a really nice salon and the reviews on the microblading were all good. The Groupon was $249 but Groupon was having a 20% off sale with a code so I paid $199.20. BUT WAIT – I also went through Ebates which saved me an additional 8%. So in the end I paid $183 for the first session AND touch up. The touch up was 4 weeks after the initial session. I did tip 20% on the non discount price, which I recommend if you are happy with your service.

I went in to the salon and we started by taking measurements of my eyebrows. Then my artist drew on my new eyebrow shape and asked me if I liked it. Once we came up with a nice shape she cleaned up the hair. My shape was close to the natural shape of my eyebrows but we made the arch higher up. I had no idea you could just create the shape you wanted even if your hair didn’t naturally grow that way. Then she applied the topical anesthetic cream and I had to wait another 45 minutes for the cream to kick in. When we started the microblading I was shocked at first because it was more painful than I expected. It wasn’t bad but it was more than I thought it would be. The worst part for me was the tugging you felt on the skin as the blade cut through. It was like nails on a chalkboard. My artist would work on one eyebrow then move to the other. She would alternate eyebrows then rub ink in the skin, wipe it up and resume. It started getting pretty painful by the 5th or 6th pass because she was going over cuts she already made to add detail strokes. But that was basically the end of it. She cleaned up the ink then put medicated ointment on my eyebrows. She went over the rules of care and I was done. This picture is after I healed completely from the first session. My brows look good, but there are some bald spots that need to be filled.

After my initial session I couldn’t get my eyebrows wet for 7 days. It was a lot harder than I expected. They were really dark for the first 3-4 days. Tom said I looked angry because all you saw were my eyebrows lol. I just wore a hat whenever I left the house. I washed my face but I worked around my eyebrows. By the end of the week I had stopped washing my forehead because I didn’t want to take any chances. My brows healed quickly. They did keep the pigment good – or so I was told. During the healing process they did get itchy and you aren’t supposed to touch them. The 4 weeks after my first appointment were amazing! I fell more and more in love with my brows daily. I loved waking up and looking great. I loved not having to do my brows. I loved my new brow shape. I loved how low maintenance they were. I just loved them.

My touch up appointment was a lot faster than the initial one. I arrived and she put on the cream. After waiting the 45 minutes we got started. It was a lot faster because she was just filling in the bald spots on my brows. It was still painful, but it wasn’t as long of a session so it was better. It’s been 2 days since I had my touch up appointment and I’m trying to keep them dry. They are itching more than the first session right now though. I can’t wait until they heal and I’m done! My artist said the pigment worked really well with my skin so I probably wouldn’t need another touch up for a year. A YEAR!!!!! Can you believe that! Here are my brows 2 days after my touch up.

Although my mom had a horrible experience I think it would have been easily avoided if they went to someone with good reviews. Unfortunately they trusted the word of a friend and that doesn’t always work out well. My experience was great though. I had no idea the possibilities you had with microblading. Apparently there are different levels of microblade artists as well. My artist was working to become a master so she was pretty high up. She was telling me about all the things they can do, not just eyebrows. I’m definitely in love with my eyebrows and I’ll be getting my touch ups to maintain them.

Tips for choosing a good artist:

-Look at Yelp and Google reviews. Try to find as many as you can.
-Make sure the Salon is nice. My mom had hers in the back room of a dumpy nail salon – probably not a good sign. My salon was clean and designed nicely. If the salon is beautifully designed they probably take pride in their reputation and their employees.
-Don’t be scared to ask your artist how long shes been doing it and what level she’s at.
-Don’t be scared to ask for a mirror and check the shape and design during the process. Its YOU who will have to deal with the eyebrow shape so make sure you are getting what you want.

Make sure you check Groupon and Ebates for deals in your area. Groupon has local deals almost every other week and Ebates has great cash back options.

Once my brows are completely healed I’ll post another update.

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