They say the first step is admitting you have a problem, so my name is Ashley Gebhardt, and I am an eyebrow overplucker. I lived through the super thin brow trend and it was a very self destructive time for me. I plucked so frequently and so many hairs that I can’t even remember what my life was like before I overplucked. But now with all the products on the market there’s hope for me and everyone like me who has plucked their eyebrows into oblivion.
From pencils and powders to gels and fibers, there are tons of temporary fixes for overplucked eyebrows, but they’re exactly that- temporary. Anyone who has ever enhanced their brows with these products knows the fear of losing a brow to sweat or smudging. You can use waterproof eyebrow fixes, but even those aren’t foolproof. So what’s an thin eyebrower to do? How about trying the newest permanent fix for fuller brows, Microblading?
We spoke to Permanent Cosmetics Expert Lauren Kurtz of Good Gosh Beauty to get the skinny (or should we say lush and full) scoop on Microblading starting from the beginning- what is Microblading? According to Kurtz, the term Microblading is new, but the process has been around for a very long time. “Basically, Microblading is a series of tiny incisions made with a needle and pigment, drawn by the practitioner to mimic hairs through the eyebrows.”
You may be thinking to yourself “Oh, so it’s getting eyebrows tattooed on!” Well yes, and no. It’s a lot more intricate than simply filling in an eyebrow with color and certainly nothing like the solid eyebrow tattoos that unfortunately became popular a few years back. Kurtz explained, “the method of implantation is different” and “uses a special technique and blades specifically designed for this purpose.” Basically, it’s a type of tattooing but with specially designed equipment and technique to give the appearance of more individual hairs in your brows!
So just how much can be done to enhance the eyebrow with Microblading? A skilled practitioner can provide you with fuller-looking brows and even adjust the brow shape, often with a more realistic look than traditional temporary cosmetics with the added benefit of not having to apply cosmetic eyebrow products for years. Sounds awesome, right? But there are things to consider before jumping on the Microblading bandwagon.
For starters, Kurtz advises that “individuals with very thick and oily skin types with visible pores will not get [as] crisp, healed results as others” from Microblading and that certain “medical conditions will preclude some from the treatment,” so if you have skin concerns it’s wise to consult an experienced practitioner before undergoing a Microblading session.
There’s also the fact that Microblading is, ya know, permanent. Making any permanent changes to your body, even those that will fade slightly over time, are big decisions, especially because that fading means you’ll require touch-up appointments every 18 months to 4 years depending on your skin and lifestyle. Kurtz suggests that it’s important not only to be sure you want Microblading given the upkeep, but also that you “consider choosing a natural, classic eyebrow shape that works with your bone structure” for the best results.
And of course it’s extremely important to make sure you choose a skilled practitioner. Kurtz warns that “inexperienced hands can leave scarring or permanent colour behind” and for health safety reasons you should “ensure your practitioner is complying with local blood-borne pathogens standards of hygiene.”
Now that you have the 411 on what Mircoblading is and are considering giving your eyebrows a makeover, let’s dive into what the process is really like. According to Kurtz, “Most practitioners will begin the treatment with a topical numbing cream beforehand. The shape of the brow must be drawn in before the blading takes place, in order to ensure symmetry and the desired shape. The blading is usually between 1-3 passes with a needle depending on the client’s skin and the practitioner’s pressure. Although there is minimal bleeding, the sound of scratching is what makes most clients feel uncomfortable (the numbing agent takes care of any other discomfort). The entire experience should take between 1 and 2 hours typically, but the microblading itself should not take longer than an hour.”
Once your Microblading is done, you can expect the area to be sore to the touch for a few days and the color to be darker than the final result for about a week. Kurtz recommends washing twice daily and a daily application of a healing balm during the healing process and avoiding saunas, steam rooms, swimming, sun exposure and cosmetics on the brows for 1- 2 weeks post treatment. She adds, “Some people get itchy, but the discomfort should minimize each day after treatment and the client will look and feel healed within a week to 10 days.”
Not so bad, if you ask me, but what happens once you’re healed? Kurtz has tips for how to care for your newly healed Microbladed brows too, stating that “Sun protection is a must with all permanent makeup, especially in the in the 2 weeks post-treatment to avoid the sun fading the pigments; they’re still vulnerable. As far as a skincare regimen is concerned, the use of acids in cleansers and other facial care products should be kept away from the brows to avoid fading the result too quickly.”
If you’ve overplucked like me, were born with sparse brows or are just looking to enhance your brow shape, Microblading is an excellent (mostly) permanent solution to get the full, sculpted brows of your dreams as long as you’re not afraid of needles and are willing to maintain them. To get your brows Microbladed by Permanent Cosmetic Expert Lauren Kurtz, check out Good Gosh Beauty for more information.