I have been dreaming of perfect brows for years. In middle school, I overplucked my eyebrows and was left with patchy, sparse brows.
Eyebrow Growth Remedies I Tried
I tried a lot of things to fix my brows. I tried growth serums, I tried vaseline, I tried castor oil, I tried hair growth pills… Anything that I could find, I tried.
Some of these things worked, but only for a short time. The growth serums worked on some areas of my brows, but as soon as I stopped using it, I would start losing eyebrow hair again. Castor oil made my acne flare up like crazy, so I didn’t stick with that for very long.
I wanted to experiment with different solutions like these before shelling out the money for microblading. I was also nervous to trust someone with putting semi-permanent brows on my face.
After trial and error for four years, I bit the bullet and decided to proceed with getting my eyebrows microbladed.
What Is Microblading?
Microblading is a type of eyebrow enhancement. It is all about creating the best eyebrow shape for each face.
The process is very precise thanks to the tool that is used which is effectively like a pen with the nib being a sloped blade with 10-12 little needles at the end – needles that don’t penetrate the skin but just delicately scratch the surface, much like a paper cut, according to Elle.
The needle very finely draws on natural-looking hair strokes with a medical grade pigment on the epidermis layer for the skin.
Microblading is perfect for anyone who wants to enhance the look of their eyebrows. The results are natural-looking, hair-like strokes.
The results can last anywhere from one to three years, however, a touch up once a year is recommended.
Choosing Who To Trust With Microblading
Before selecting a microblading artist, I did a LOT of research. I wanted to be able to trust someone with putting semi-permanent ink on my face.
After talking to a few artists, I set up an appointment with Sabiha at The Brow Studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
I had been watching Sabiha fine-tune her craft for years! I loved seeing her before and after photos and after chatting with her, I knew she was someone I could trust.
The Microblading Procedure
For my first appointment, I was instructed to not work out the day of the procedure, not have a tan or sunburned face, not to take Aspirin, Niacin or Ibuprofen 24 hours before the procedure, no alcohol or caffeine on the day of the procedure and no waxing or tinting 3 days before the procedure.
Sabiha started out by threading my brows to get a good idea of what she was working with. She then asked me to show her pictures and what I had in mind for my brows. I wanted natural-looking brows that complimented my face.
Based on what I had said and her expertise, she drew the shape that she suggested for my face.
She then gave me a mirror and we reviewed the shape of the brows that she penciled on my face. Then we discussed color. Sabiha warned me that my brows would look dark for the first few days, but that the color would fade. She helped select a color based on my skin tone and hair color.
Then it was time to go to work! The process was mildly painful, but the strangest part was hearing the scratching noise of the blade!
Sabiha went over my whole brow one time before applying a numbing solution. She explained that this allows the color pigment to better enter my skin. After going over each brow once, she applied a numbing solution and then went back over each brow.
Immediately after the procedure, my brows looked very dark. They were darker than these pictures! That evening they were sore and stiff.
The next few days they began to scab. The most difficult part of the healing process was not getting them wet. It is so hard to wash your face and wash your hair and keep your eyebrows dry!
6 weeks later I went in for my touch up appointment. My brows had faded a lot by this point. This is normal though, as everyone’s skin holds pigment differently.
For me, the touch up was more painful than the initial process. My brows actually bled quite a bit. Sabiha says this happens frequently in the winter when our skin is dry.
The touch up was much quicker than the initial process as she just went over the parts that faded and were very sparse again. My brows were a lot less sore this time following the procedure, but it was still a challenge to keep them dry for the first few weeks!
Sabiha recommends that I come in for yearly touch-ups, so we will see how they are looking in a year!
I am so happy that I made the decision to get my eyebrows microbladed! This is truly one of the best investments I have made for myself!
If you decide to get your brows microbladed, be sure to do your research. Find someone with good reviews and experience. Make sure to check out examples of their work as well.
Have you ever considered getting your eyebrows enhanced by microblading?