Microblading is a cosmetic technique that uses a needle to inject pigment into your client’s skin. This results in giving your client well-defined, natural-looking brows.
But, how long do they last?
In this article, we will learn about:
- What is microblading
- How long does it last
- How is it done
Let’s get started!
What is Microblading?
There's a strong chance you've heard of microblading if you have sparse brows, uneven arches, or no brow hairs at all.
Microblading is a cosmetic tattooing process that fills in thin brow regions to give them a fuller appearance.
The procedure is very exact owing to the instrument, which resembles a pen but has a slanted blade with 10-12 little needles at the end - needles that do not enter the skin but gently scrape the surface, similar to a paper cut.
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The needle creates delicate, realistic, and natural hair strokes by implanting featherweight strokes with a medical grade pigment on the most superficial layer of the skin.
Microblading is the most popular technique for creating fluffy, natural-looking, and long-lasting brows. However, the length of time depends on how you care for them after the ink session.
How Long Does Microblading Last?
Microblading may last between 18 and 30 months.
When the pigment from the operation starts to fade visibly, you'll need to return to your technician for a touch-up application. In general, it has to be touched up once or twice a year.
Touch-ups for microblading are comparable to root touch-ups for your hair. You may just have the color filled in if your current microblading pigment begins to fade.
If you wait longer than your technician suggests, you may have to redo the whole microblading treatment on both of your brows. This is far more time-consuming and costly than a touch-up application.
People with somewhat oilier skin will often need to reapply after 12 months, whereas those with regular skin may last up to 18 months.
This is because excess sebum, or oil, released by your skin might make it difficult for pigment to attach to your skin.
How Is Microblading Done?
Here are the steps on how microblading is done:
- Measurement of the brows
- Numbing of the area
- Picking the right pigment
- Applying the pigment using the blade
- Finishing by application of antibiotic ointment
Let’s go through each of these steps.
Here are some of the things you need to prepare prior to the day of surgery:
- Avoid coffee and alcohol
- Avoid tinting your brows
- No tanning or sunbathing for three days before the consultation.
- No waxing or plucking of the brows within two days before the procedure.
- For at least 2 to 3 weeks before the operation, no chemical peels or other severe face treatments should be done.
- Before the process, wash and style your hair since the brows must not come into touch with water for at least 7 days.
Other spas and salons will most likely offer a similar set of preparatory steps, which may include:
- Stop using fish oil and other natural blood thinners, such as vitamin E, at least one week before the surgery.
- Stopping vitamin A (Retinol) and Botox treatments at least one month in advance.
- Avoid using aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve discomfort (as these types of medications are blood thinners).
- Working out prior to the day of appointment.
Measurement of the Brows
The next step is to use rulers or calipers to ensure that your client’s new brows are evenly spaced.
In this process, it’s important to have proper communication with the client to agree with what look he or she wants to achieve.
Numbing of the Area
Before beginning the treatment, the esthetician will most likely apply a topical numbing cream to the brow region, which will assist lessen pain throughout the microblading operation. This is usually applied with a sterile Q-tip.
It is important to apply a numbing cream that contains antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory qualities and aid in the healing process.
The Zensa Pre Procedure Anesthetic Numbing Cream does the job. Furthermore, its novel formulation does not constrain blood flow, therefore it has no influence on the microblading process or ultimate outcome.
Picking the Right Pigment
Before we begin drawing hair strokes, we must choose the appropriate pigment depending on the client's skin type (whether they have oily or dry skin) and the natural color of their existing natural hair, in order to prevent undesirable color alteration in the healed outcome.
But, if you have the right pigment products, this common mistake can be avoided. Madluvv’s Ink Deluxe Set offers you a wide range of shades to choose from.
What's amazing about this product is that it doesn't need to be modified. These pigments, which come in ten different hues ranging from light to dark, are meant to be made that way so that you will not waste your time modifying them. If you want to darken any of them, we suggest applying either Jet Black pigment or Darkest Brown.
Your pigments will last longer and waste will be reduced with the airless pump bottle. If used effectively, you could expect to see 80-90% retention after the first consultation.
Applying the Pigment using a Blade
We begin by drawing hair strokes with a blade with a little pigment on the tip of the blade from the beginning to the end of the brow, replicating natural hair stroke growth.
Dip the brush to the pigment with each new hair stroke, and after drawing all of your client’s hair strokes, wipe the brow and repeat the method on the second brow.
Your client’s brows will be pretty red after the layers are completed. After a few hours, the redness will fade. Your client’s brows will also be around 70% darker directly after treatment compared to when they are healed.
Finishing by antibiotic application
Complete aftercare instructions will be supplied, as well as an aftercare antibiotic cream or oil. Remember that the skin is exposed, like a wound, and you must prevent infection.
Is Microblading Worth It?
The quick answer is that eyebrow microblading is certainly worth it. There's no way to go wrong with having your brows microbladed, especially with the amount of ability and expertise that semi-permanent makeup professionals have nowadays.
Plus, making sure that the materials and products used are expert-approved makes the experience more worthwhile.
If you’re a brow bar salon who wants to try on microblading experts-approved products, you can go visit Madluvv’s microblading corner and check out the items yourself.