Microblading currently is a very on-trend eyebrow procedure that uses a scalpel-like tool to cut shallow grooves in the skin prior to applying ink in order to create semi-permanent brows that can last 1-3 years.
Microblading is NOT the same as permanent makeup, and those interested in the process should do their homework (Read our Q & A here.) to make certain that the technique is right for them. Skin tone, age, and - most importantly! - the experience and skill of your aesthetician are all critical factors in your decision to choose microblading as a way to enhance your brows.
The microblade tool can have as few as 3 to more than 20 sharp "pin" blades. Each type of blade also has many taper and diameter options, which will affect pigment flow, healing time and stoke detail.
A microblade procedure requires at least two appointments, is often more painful, takes a longer healing time than other permanent eyebrow makeup treatments, and fades more quickly. Additionally, the area cannot be washed for at least a week, and will be itchy as it scabs over and heals.
WHAT CAN GO WRONG
Done properly by a skilled professional, microblading can be an effective and attractive brow solution. However, the lack of training regulation and the popularity of the procedure have led to a flood of poorly trained “professionals” who hurt the reputation of skilled technicians and can leave clients with horrible – and sometimes dangerous – results.
Because the depth of the microblade cuts is controlled by the technician, the uniformity of the cuts can be difficult to maintain if the practitioner is not highly skilled and experienced. If the cuts are not uniform, the absorption of color can be uneven and unnaturally harsh, and often requiring multiple correction appointments.
“Clients think that microblading creates a natural look. But the thick, dark look of the '90s that has become popular again is NOT natural, and it is particularly theatrical looking on mature clients."
Additionally, microblading results, including very dark, thick brows, are difficult to impossible to correct if the client wants a lighter or thinner brow.
"Unfortunately, many less experienced technicians use a very dark ink or black ink, which is very difficult to neutralize," says Barbara. "The black brow is popular in east Asian clients, an can also work on younger clients and those with medium to dark skin tones. But it is usually too harsh for fair, light tan and/or mature skin."
Barbara specializes in microblading corrections. To learn more, click here!