One Stop Lashes - The Best Place for Microblading
Microblading your way to perfect eyebrows. Eyebrows can make or break your appearance. If you search the internet for different people, you will see how a brow shape and the color complements a person’s face, and how changing them in any way, even just slightly, through make-up or some other unforeseen event, can either enhance or ruin it. Narrow-tailed slanting eyebrows can make you look angry. Brows that are too close will make you appear worried. Too far apart and it will make you look confused or bewildered, especially if they’re not symmetrical. That is why people who wear make-up take their sweet time to fix them.
If you want to eliminate the hassle of trying to fix your brows every time, or applying make-up just to achieve that perfect look, or if you want to skip this crucial step in your daily makeover session as a busy person, microblading is an option you can take. With microblading techniques, your brows can appear as you have always dreamed it would be—natural-looking brows that perfectly suit your face and enhance your beauty one step further. Say goodbye to brow gels and pencils, and the frustrations of getting the lines drawn just right. Say goodbye to wasted time. Microblading offers a semi-permanent personalized solution for both men’s and women’s eyebrows alike.
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a form of eyebrow tattooing, but they are in fact two different things. Unlike eyebrow tattooing, it uses pigments instead of ink, which fades into the lighter color that was used during the procedure than fading to a blue-green color as ink does. The pigment is applied manually with the use of a hand-held device with many sharp needles at the end, which would penetrate the skin without the pigment getting deposited as deep as a normal tattoo would. It uses super-fine techniques to make your eyebrows look more natural, using individual strokes that mimic a real eyebrow instead of a blocky one which you tend to get with eyebrow tattooing. You can almost say it’s a work of art!
Moreover, this procedure is semi permanent, lasting between one to three years, where 18 months is usually the most typical. Meaning, you will still be able to change your brow shape and style as often as you want, which is an advantage over the permanency of tattooed eyebrows.
Things to Expect from Your Microblading Session
- How Long Does It Take - The semi permanent eyebrows session typically will last up to 2.5 hours depending on several factors such as the shape of your brows and the thickness you want. Touch-ups are much shorter, usually around 30 minutes to one hour.
- The Interview – Part of the process is understanding your style preference. The artist will also ask you about the type of cosmetics you use plus your goals for your new eyebrows. By conducting the interview, the tattoo brow artist will know what type of brows will fit you best.
- Mock-up - Once a look has been decided, the artist will draw the eyebrows on your skin with a special waterproof pencil and will adjust it as many times as necessary according to what you want. This will serve as a guide during the procedure
- Numbing – Before the artist can start working on your brows, one has to apply generous amounts of numbing cream. This is an essential process because it will help you feel more at ease while the artist makes hair-like cuts on your skin.
- The Process - The actual procedure is started, applying the chosen pigments on your skin using very fine needles and following the mock-up agreed upon. This may take 2 to 2.5 hours depending on individual needs.
- Touch Ups - After your healing phase, you typically come back to the artist for a touch-up session. If you think the color is too light or if the shape doesn’t suit your face, you can usually come back to have it fixed. The retouch session typically lasts for one to two hours. You will only be allowed to have the touch-up session three to four weeks after the initial treatment.
Before and After Microblading Photos
What to Avoid before your Microblading appointment:
- Working out on the day of your appointment. Doing so will expand the pores due to body heat
- Do not take Aspirin, Niacin, Vitamin E or Ibuprofen 24 prior to your appointment
- Don’t drink any beverage that contains caffeine or alcohol before the procedure.
- Avoid heavy exposure to the sunlight. Your skin should not be in the process of healing before your appointment
- Do not take omega-3 (fish oil) one week before your appointment
- Avoid Botox and other fillers, Chemical peels, facials and laser treatments at least weeks before your appointment
What to Do After Micro Blading?
Immediately after the treatment, you may expect the area to appear darker, bolder and sharper than the color chosen during the consultation. This may last up to a week while the initial healing takes place. This may feel like sunburn but the light discomfort is something you can handle. During this period, there may also be some scabbing or flaking of the skin. Let them fall off naturally.
The complete healing process may take about four to six weeks. As your skin heals, the darker tattoo post-procedure will gradually soften and lighten. Do not be alarmed when you think your treated skin is losing too much pigment. Your skin is still healing and naturally exfoliating, and this is just excess color peeling off. The true color would make itself evident at least six weeks after the treatment. This is when touch-ups and further adjustments may be done.
WHAT NOT TO DO During The Healing Process:
- AVOID getting any water, shampoo, soap or any other cleaning agents on the area for the first five days of healing. This initial healing phase is a crucial phase where the wounds are still fresh and the pigment is just stabilizing in the dermis. It is best to leave this area untouched during this period. However, you may still bathe or wash yourself. Just avoid the treated area.
- DO NOT pick or scratch at the dry skin/scab that forms over the area. The area may flake off after seven days, but let the skin fall off naturally, or this may cause scarring and premature pigment loss. NOTE: a shiny layer will form over the healing skin after flaking and completely cover the hair strokes. This may make the tattooed area seem like it disappeared. But this is temporary as the hair strokes will slowly reappear in a lighter shade in two to three weeks’ time as your skin regenerates.
- DO NOT apply make-up to the treated area for the first 2 weeks. Cosmetics of any kind may interfere with the healing process of your skin and the binding process of the pigment underneath.
- DO NOT use Vaseline, Neosporin or other petroleum-based products while still undergoing the healing phase.
- DO NOT bleach, tint or dye the tattooed area for at least a month following the procedure
- Never use products that contain Salicylic Acid, AHA, BHA, Benzyl Peroxide, Hydroquinone and Glycolic Acids. These chemicals will affect the bonding of the dye on your skin tissue.
- DO NOT thread, wax, or use hair removal products on the area while still healing.
- DO NOT do any activity that may cause you to sweat heavily such as exercising for 10-14 days after the treatment.
- Avoid soaking your face in water for the first two to three weeks of your recovery phase.
- Don’t grow your fringe too long. Better yet, keep it away from your brows to avoid irritation.
- Avoid getting tanned or sunburned because it can cause extra discomfort on your healing skin.
The healing process is something that requires patience. Every person is different and will have his own individual needs. This is a general estimate of how the treated area will heal.
- Day 1-5: Your brows will remain dark and sharply colored. This is normal and is not the final color yet. This is simply a scab-like protective cover that has form over the area while it is still healing.
- Day 7-10: By the seventh to tenth day, the scab may begin to peel or flake off
- Day 10 - 2 weeks: After the tenth day or up to two weeks later, your brows may look really light. This is normal and as previously mentioned, your skin is still healing and new skin may mask the pigment below it, as excess pigment may also be peeling off at the same time.
- 3 - weeks onward (may vary): The treated skin may be fully-healed by this time and will become clearer. This is when the strokes will finally appear and the true color will make itself more evident. There might still be imperfections after the healing process, such as patches or irregularities on your brows. You may schedule an appointment for a touch-up to fix this.
Frequently Asked Questions About Microblading
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT MICROBLADED EYEBROWS?
Microblading is a form of tattooing the eyebrows where pigment is manually embedded into the skin using a hand-held tool with fine needles. The strokes are made such that they accurately mimic hairs on a real eyebrow that other people may even mistake them for real ones. It is semi-permanent, meaning it may fade anywhere from six months to three years depending on factors such as the color chosen, your skin type and lifestyle.
WHAT IS PERMANENT MAKEUP?
Permanent make-up are procedures that replicate the look of temporary make-up on the face by embedding cosmetic ink or pigments into the skin. Most frequently done on the eyebrows, lashes, lips and hairline, they assume a degree of permanency depending on the methods used. Permanent makeup is commonly used to eliminate the need for make-up on some parts of the face. Microblading falls under this category.
SEMI PERMANENT EYEBROWS IS IT PAINFUL?
Pain and discomfort are dulled down using numbing creams applied on the area before the treatment. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being no discomfort, clients typically experience between a 2 and 3. Other factors, however, may still come to play, such as menstrual cycles and different pain tolerances.
MICROBLADING: IS IT SAFE?
Everything from the tools to the pigments have all undergone procedures for approval and met safety standards. The pigments are cosmetic grade, meaning they have been certified not to contain toxic substances that may be harmful to the skin and are sterilized and purified before use.
HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY PERIOD?
There is no exact time frame for the recovery period. Everything will depend on your health condition and discipline. As long as you follow the recommendations of your artist, you will heal your wounds at around two weeks. The pigment will then appear around four weeks after your semi permanent brow tattoo appointment.
CAN I UNDERGO BOTOX TREATMENT BEFORE OR AFTER MY APPOINTMENT?
We suggest waiting for your wounds to completely heal before you undergo a Botox procedure. Your skin must be free from swelling and wounds before the procedure. Your doctors will figure out the areas that needs the treatment.
CAN I BOOK LASER THERAPY OR FACIAL SESSIONS BEFORE MICROBLADING?
Undergoing such treatments should be avoided a month before your scheduled microbladed brow treatment. These two treatments can affect the quality of your skin, so you may become more sensitive to the ink used or you may suffer from bleeding during and after the procedure.
SHOULD I TINT/SHAPE MY BROWS BEFORE MICROBLADING?
Shaping and tinting your brows are already part of the micro blading process, so this is also unnecessary. However, for brow-shaping maintenance afterwards, you may request your esthetician to follow your existing brow shape.
SHOULD I COLOR MY HAIR BEFORE MICROBLADING?
Yes to both. But please let your Specialist know your original true hair color and skin color (show pictures of your original hair/skin or a portion of untanned skin), as this will help him/her advise you properly on what brow color to pick to perfectly complement and match your hair color, and skin, especially after your tan fades.
CAN I GO TANNING BEFORE MICROBLADING?
Yes, you may. However, you should let your specialist know your original skin color (i.e. show them a picture or an untanned portion of your skin), as this will help him/her in choosing the best color for your brow and ensure the results still look natural when your tan fades.
ARE BROW IMPLANTS OKAY BEFORE UNDERGOING MICROBLADING?
Do the brow implants first before the procedure. Microbladed brows will perfect the brow shape and the color.
SHOULD I SHAPE MY BROWS BEFORE GETTING MY SEMI PERMANENT EYEBROW TATOO?
Your brow stylist will shape your brow before the treatment, so you won’t need to request others to do it. After the wounds are fully healed, and you wish to have your brows maintained, ask the stylist to follow the shape precisely.
CAN I UNDERGO FACIAL TREATMENTS BEFORE MICRO BLADING?
We highly discourage having your face treated with any chemical or laser treatment prior to your appointment. Your skin will become extra sensitive and the dye won’t bind to your skin tissue effectively.
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