Microblading 101: Everything You Need to Know Before Your Appointment

Sep 18, 2020

What is brow microblading?

Manual microblading is a process that involves tiny, fine-point needles (instead of a tattoo gun) that make up a small disposable blade and handle (picture a very small tool that looks like a rat-tail comb) to scratch and deposit pigment simultaneously under your skin. The result? Realistic-looking brow hairs that don't wash off.

Is microblading a tattoo?

Yes, but also, no. Unlike tattoos that last forever, microblading is a form of semi-permanent tattooing (keep reading if you wanna know how long it lasts). For microblading, Piret uses a hand tool that lets her create thinner, more precise, hairlike strokes that aren’t as deeply ingrained into the skin (compared to, say, hairlike strokes created by a tattoo gun). The pigment also differs from that of a tattoo because (1) it’s only semi-permanent, which means your body eventually ends up metabolizing it so it fades away, and (2) the dye particles are less concentrated in microblading ink than in the ink of a traditional tattoo.

How long does microblading last?

Microblading usually lasts 1-3 years depending on your skin type (oilier skin types tend to fade the fastest), but clients should go back after four weeks for a touch-up and to check-in to make sure they're happy with the end result (these appointments cost less than the initial price of microblading; more on the $$ below). After those first four weeks, Piret says you typically won't need a touch-up for 12 months.

How much does it cost to have your eyebrows microbladed?

Microblading isn’t cheap: Depending on where you live and where you get them done, expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $2,000. That said, brow products aren’t cheap and time is money, so it can definitely be worth the cost for anyone not feeling their natural brows.

Microblading aftercare:

Now, listen up because if you do decide to get your brows done, this part is super important: For a week after your appointment, do not get your brows wet or sweaty. And if you do absolutely need to work out, Piret highly recommends covering them with ointment first to protect the pigment and keep the cuts clean and bacteria-free. She recommends you use an antibacterial ointment on your brows for the first 24 hours, and then a Vaseline-like ointment for a week. She also says no picking of any scabs that form from the tiny cuts, and avoid using any acids or retinoids while they heal, since they could fade the pigments.

Source: Cosmopolitan


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