Let’s be honest: eyebrows have the power to transform your face. Unfortunately, not all of us were blessed with thick, luscious, or even symmetrical brows – and that’s where microblading can come in and change your brow game! Here is my experience with microblading – keep on reading!
I spent years so self conscious over my patchy, thin, uneven eyebrows. So eventually, I started filling them in… or trying to. Not my best look. Not only were they still uneven, they were, well, I’ll just leave a pic of my struggles here.
I hated taking photos and refused to leave the house without eyebrow makeup. After debating for a few months, I decided to take the plunge and book my appointment for microblading! Before booking, make sure you do your research. Not only is it expensive, it’s literally tattooing your eyebrows on your face. I can’t stress how important it is to read every review. A clean salon with happy customers is essential. I ended up finding a place I like, and was able to purchase a Groupon for my appointment!
After arriving to my appointment, my technician had me fill out a few forms asking different questions about my skin, etc. I had done my research before booking, but she also had a list of essential after-care for my brows… and the list was long. Here are a few basic rules:
- Keep them dry! Water, sweat, any kind of moisture. This was so much tougher than it sounds.
- Avoid touching your brows. Another tough one.
- Avoid sunlight exposure. This, especially in the beginning, will fade your brows.
- No makeup on your brows for the first 2 weeks.
- No applying any creams to your face or neck containing retinol or glycolic acid (sorry skin!)
- This last one will differ per tech. I’ve seen reviews online regarding washing, applying certain ointments, etc. Some will say to, other will say not. Personally, my tech had me wash around the brow area 1-2 times a day (I used Cetaphil), and apply A&D ointment 1-2 times a day. Be sure to ask your tech before applying anything!
So basically, the healing process is a big commitment. Were some of these instructions hard to follow? YES. I struggled in the shower. I bought a pair of goggles (I am so extra) to try to make it easier. Did it work? It was a hassle, but yes.
Another FYI: the microblading itself is not a quick process. I had my first appointment, then a touch up 6 weeks later, and each appointment took close to 3 hours. The first hour of the appointment is spent discussing your ideal brows. Your tech will sketch out ratios and play around with your brows until you’re satisfied with the result!
Numbing cream is used to help make the procedure as painless as possible. My tech applied the cream 3 times in the first session, and it takes 30 minutes for it to kick in. Microblading was relatively painless for me. Even as the cream would start to wear off, it was never too uncomfortable.
During the healing, there are people who will experience extreme dark brows, a lot of fading, flaking, scabbing, etc. Truthfully that wasn’t something I really noticed after both of my appointments. Besides the hassle of keeping them dry, I had a pretty easy healing process!
It’s almost 1 year later and I’m still so happy with my results! They’ve faded a little but still look so natural and pretty full… much better than they did before microblading. Here are my current brows, makeup free:
It sounds a little extreme, but microblading has honestly had such a positive impact on my life. My self confidence is so much higher since having it done and I couldn’t be more thankful. Plus, I can be out the door in 10 minutes instead of spending at least 30 minutes struggling with filling in my eyebrows.
Is it worth it? YES. If you live on Long Island, I 1000% recommend AM Brows Boutique in Garden City, NY. You can find her on Facebook or Instagram. It’s almost time to have them done again and this is where I will be going! Have you had microblading done? Let me know how your experience was in the comments!
Thanks for reading!