It’s no surprise that microblading has quickly become one of the most popular semi-permanent makeup techniques around the world. The before and after pics say it all. You can go from wild untamed caterpillars or barely-there whisps to sleek, natural brows that make a serious statement. (The statement is: my brows are on fleek.)
You may already be itching to book your appointment in with the first microblading technician you see, but there’s a few things you should know first. Here’s your quick guide to all the necessary considerations before you try microblading.
- It requires a bit of preparation
Experts recommend that you avoid waxing or spray tans before microblading as it can irritate your skin and negatively affect the final result.
In fact, it’s best to steer clear of anything that might irritate the sensitive skin around your brows. This includes: exfoliators, salicylic acid treatments and retinoids. It also goes without saying that you shouldn’t get microblading if you have any kind of cuts or open sores.
As with any treatment that requires a technician to break the skin, (microblading requires very shallow cuts to place the pigment) there can be issues with properly clotting and healing if you’re taking blood thinners. Have a chat with your technician if you’re on any medication that you think might affect the procedure.
2. You need to take your time choosing a salon
Not all salons that provide microblading are made equal. You need to pick a salon with experienced and highly qualified technicians that will really take the time to help you get the best possible results.
At roots Salons, our technicians have hundreds of hours of experience and come with the highest possible credentials. But don’t just take the salon’s word for it. One of the best ways to help you choose a salon is to get word of mouth recommendations from friends. Seen someone with amazing brows? Ask her where she got them!
3. It takes a while to see your final results
When you first get out of the salon, your brows will likely be a little darker than their final shade. You may also notice some redness and inflammation around your brows that will take a couple of days to die down.
As your brows heal, small scabs will form. This is part of the process! Don’t freak out and whatever you do – don’t scratch them. All you’re doing is reopening the scratches and messing up the pigment that’s been laid down. Everything will be completely healed within a couple of weeks.
4. There’s a little bit of upkeep required
Yes, microblading does mean that you can forget the daily battle of filling in and carefully grooming you brows, but it doesn’t mean you should neglect to care for them altogether. More than ever, it’s essential that you use SPF everyday as sun exposure will slow down the healing process.
You should also try to keep your brows away from water (this includes sweat!) so stay out of the pool for a couple of weeks and take it easy at the gym. A thin layer of something like cocoa butter or Aquaphor can resist water and keep your brows protected as they heal.
Microblading can last a year or more, but to keep yours brows looking their best, it’s recommended that you nip back to the salon every few months for a touch up.
5. Microblading isn’t for everyone
As with all skin treatments, if you’re especially sensitive or have allergies that can result in contact dermatitis, you may need to give microblading a miss. It’s also inadvisable to opt for microblading if you have scar tissue or keloids on your brows.
If all seems well and you go for the appointment, only to have a negative reaction later on, head straight to your dermatologist – an at home remedy might just make things worse. Your technician should have no problem with doing a patch test first and true professionals like the ladies working at roots Salons will take the time to explain the technique and all the ingredients involved so you can make an educated decision.
We hope you’ve found this guide helpful! If you’re now ready to book your microblading appointment at roots, you can do so here.