THIS post has been updated from the original post in 2017. I thought it was a great time to revisit my favourite brow treatment, Microblading, which I am wedded to forever.
Back in 2017….
First off, I am so happy that I don’t have to pencil in my brows every morning any more. Wearing glasses, nearly all the time, means that putting on make-up has gotten harder to do, so “feathering in” some brows was tricky.
Secondly, like most women, I don’t have much spare time, so not having to visit a beauty salon every three weeks means a lot to me.
The last time I wrote about micro-blading I had just had my first treatment, so here I want to share with you what happens in more detail.
Microblading: First Impressions
My appointment started with a full consultation (read. discussion) about what I wanted to achieve. “Natural-looking brows please. I’m not interested in those dark, slug-like eyebrows the kids are wearing.” It’s always better to say it like it is, don’t you think?!
Unfazed by my anxiety, Lisa, the (fabulous) brow technician, explained that she would do tiny light-handed strokes that looked just like real hair. We agreed on a mid ash-brown that literally matched my natural hair colour. She grabbed a stencil and ruler, measured where my eyebrow should begin and end and penciled in an outline. Happy with the result, Lisa applied numbing cream.
I was very grateful for this. I’m not a fan of pricks or tattooing and after waiting 20 minutes for the cream to take affect Lisa began to make tiny, upwards strokes using a micro-blading tool, then fill the tiny channel with pigment. I could feel what she was doing, but it didn’t hurt. Nothing more than a slight pull of skin or scratch.
Initially, the colour is dark, by at least 50%, and you can’t wash the area for a week. I had to apply Vaseline with a cotton bud to each brow four times a day. It is important to do this before washing and having a shower. Some people can bleed a little when they have the treatment, but I didn’t. I was fine from the get-go and glad to stop the Vaseline once the seven days were up. Note, I understand that post treatment instructions have now changed. You only apply Vaseline for washing and showers.
The colour started to fade and leave me with more natural eyebrows from 10 days onwards. If I’m honest, I would have been happy to go with what I had, but Lisa insists on two appointments. I went back a month later and Lisa filled any gaps and went over the brow lightly again.
Today, three months after my top-up appointment, my brows look like this and Microblading is my favourite brow treatment, ever.
I honestly could not be happier or recommend the procedure enough. Unless I need to pluck a few hairs, I don’t even have to think about my brows. The transformation in my make-up routine alone has made the procedure worth every penny.
Lisa charges £149.00 and that includes the top-up/follow-up appointment. Annual top-ups are £100 thereafter. I think it’s really good value for money. The eyebrows help shape my face with or without make-up and I no longer look like Miss Hannigan. Bonus!
Have a great weekend.