Tips & Techniques, Wellness / Self-Care

The only guide to follow for Microblading

Can’t take pain? This isn’t for you.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Oct 4, 2022

In case you’ve been living under a rock, eyebrows have been all the rage with the grooming set over the last 3-5 years. Blame it on the pandemic, and lack of opportunities to express creative freedom, but TikTok, Instagram, fashion influencers, celebrities, and more have all taken up eyebrow art. Some enjoy soap brows: Feathered, brushed-up brows that are nice and full; while others enjoy microblading: The cosmetic treatment used to enhance the brows.


What is microblading?

In ancient times, people would go get their eyebrows waxed, threaded, or shaped, but microblading is now the route of choice. Microblading implores the use of a very fine hand-held blade (for professional use only). The actual treatment takes about 2 hours from beginning to end.


How does it work?

To successfully microblade, first, you need to use numbing cream for about an hour on the brows to keep you from feeling pain. Similar to a tattoo, the blade uses titanium-infused ink to draw on natural-appearing hairs to keep the pigment on your skin. Although people who get mini tattoos experience pain depending on tolerance, you’re most likely to experience a slight level of discomfort with microblading, as it shallowly cuts into the skin with repeated strokes over a long period of time.


The annoying thing is that you can’t ask to pause the treatment if you are feeling too much pain, because it will yield an uneven result. So, if you have a low pain threshold, this is most likely not the treatment for you. You can opt for brow enhancements like lamination, a pain-free alternative to microblading.


However, if you do stick to microblading, do your best to avoid blood-thinning medicines like aspirin, and skin-tightening products like retinol to minimize bruising and bleeding. Botox is also something you’ll want to avoid 2 weeks prior to the treatment.


Fortunately, the after-care is rather self-explanatory. Work on keeping the brows completely dry the first 48 hours. Meaning, cover them while you shower and sleep to allow the product to fully penetrate and settle into your skin. You’ll also want to avoid any skin peels or active ingredients until your skin has healed.


The treatment can be expensive, potentially painful, and definitely long, so we get why it might not be appealing. However, we strongly warn against trying this at home and leaving it in the hands of professionals only.


If you’re not ready for the full microblading experience, but still want to keep your brows at bay, here’s how to trim them like a pro.


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