What is Microblading?
The first (and most obvious) question that people ask is: what is microblading?
Microblading is a form of art in which a pen-like tool containing small needles at the tip injects medical-grade pigment into the epidermis A hallmark of microblading is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach; rather, the technique is modified to achieve the results that meet each client’s needs.
The design on the microblading hand tool allows for more precise results. The needle does not inject ink deep into the skin. Instead, fine, featherweight strokes are used to scratch the epidermis to deposit ink; this process creates realistic hair strokes, giving your brows a full, shaped appearance.
Is microblading different from getting your brows tattooed?
Although the techniques are similar, microblading differs from tattoos in a few ways. First, the microblading tool is handheld. This prevents ink from depositing into deeper layers of skin.
Secondly, microblading is semi-permanent. Results typically last up to 18 months. In contrast, tattoos are permanent, so they can’t be changed once completed.
Is Microblading, Nano Blading, Micro Feathering, Micro Shading, Ombre painful?
Microblading is not as painful as it sounds. There is slight discomfort but with the use of pre numbing creams it is virtually pain free.
The Microblading Procedure
The entire microblading or semi permanent make up (spmu) process can be summarized in 5 steps.
Step 1. Your SPMU artist will start by applying a pre numbing cream over your eyebrows, shaping your brows with a microblading caliper and may lightly fill them in, and you will discuss colour option and the desired look of your new brows.
Step 2. Next, your SPMU artist will measure your brows to mark their length and thickness, then will pencil in your brows before beginning the treatment.
Step 3. Then, the tattooing begins. A pigment is mixed to match your brow shade, and then your SPMU artist will use a microblading hand tool / pen to begin making light incisions in the upper dermis to create and mimic hair strokes. Each hair stroke deposits the ink into the skin superficially, and a few layers are usually added to get long-lasting results. At the end, your SPMU artist may apply a final layer of pigment before wiping the area clean.
Step 4. Heal, heal, heal! Brows will be still healing for several days after a treatment. For long-lasting results, your new brows should not get wet for two weeks after treatment (which means no gym!)
Step 5. Six to eight weeks post-treatment, a retouch will be performed to tweak and darken colour and stroke, when they fade after the healing process. Extra retouch appointments are available and are typically cheaper than the original procedure.
Microblading After Care
It is important to use your A&D aftercare to moisturise & do not pick or rub as this can damage both your skin and your eyebrows. The healing process is similar to that of a tattoo – you may experience itching, and the colour may change, flake, or appear faded. Don’t worry – this is a natural part of the process.
The final shape and colour of your brows will be visible after about one month. This is why the touch-up appointment is scheduled six to eight weeks after the initial session. At this stage, the brows are fully healed, and your technician can correct them with precision.
For the first week, you should clean your new eyebrows in the morning and at night with antibacterial soap and water. You should be sure to rinse off all soap before gently pat-drying your brows with tissue. Be sure to avoid any cleansers with exfoliants or acids as an ingredient. After cleansing and drying, apply a pea sized amount of A&D ointment on each brow to promote healing and prevent cracking.
For more after care details please see our Microblading Aftercare guide.
Everything you need to know about Microblading / Nanoblading / Micro feathering
The rapid growth of the beauty industry had brought many trends to the market. A beauty topic that is always up for debate: eyebrows/ from thin, arched eyebrows to full, thick eyebrows, it seems as thought the quest for the perfect brow is never-ending.
Microblading essentially takes away the fuss of having to draw (and re-draw) your eyebrows daily. This beauty treatment gives you full, semi permanent, natural looking eyebrows. Sounds amazing right?
Are allergic reactions possible?
As with any cosmetic procedure, there is a chance that you may be sensitive or allergic to some pigments. However, this is fairly uncommon, and an SPMU artist should conduct a patch test before treatment to ensure there are no negative reactions.
How much does it cost to get your eyebrows microbladed?
On average, microblading costs approximately £300, but treatments can range anywhere from £200 – £500. Microblading can last anywhere from 6 to 18 months. Some salons offer touch-up treatments 6-8 weeks after the initial treatment which is usually free.
What if I don’t like my brows?
The pigment used for microblading does not cause scarring or discolouration and a solution can be used to remove the pigment from the skin. Some people see that their brows are too dark in the first week or so, but it is important to remember that the brows will appear darker during the healing process.
Is that everything?
Not quite. Before your microblading treatment, there are a few rules that you should know:
- If you receive Botox, refrain from getting any injections for three weeks before your appointment.
- Avoid sunbeds, sitting in direct sunlight, facials, and peels for two weeks before your appointment.
- If retinol or Vitamin A is a regular part of your beauty routine, stop using them one month before your appointment.
- Avoid any hair removal techniques and blood thinners, such as Vitamin E or fish oil, for one week before your appointment.
Furthermore, on the day of your appointment, you should:
- Avoid exercising on the day of your scheduled appointment.
- Avoid coffee for two hours before your scheduled appointment.
- Avoid pain reliever for 24 hours before your scheduled appointment.
- Avoid alcohol for 24-48 hours before your scheduled appointment.
There you have it – everything you need to know about microblading. Microblading is a great alternative to having to fuss with trying to draw them on every day. This treatment gives you natural, semi-permanent eyebrows that last for 6-18 months. By following this guide, you are one step closer to having the (semi-permanent) eyebrows of your dreams.