Happy Friday, y’all!
So, if you follow me closely on Instagram (which you definitely should for very obvious reasons, lol) I shared on my stories about a year ago that I got my eyebrows Microbladed (!!!). I was actually looking into Microblading for a while but couldn’t pull the trigger until now. Putting my faith in Melissa via Mind, Beauty, Soul TO was the best decision.
I saved the entire process on my Instagram stories and highlighted it under MICROBLADING, so you can get a visual of my experience from start to finish.
I wanted to compile a quick Q&A for anyone that is considering Microblading – I am now due for a repeat and really want to do it (and keep doing it).
After having so many in-depth chats with Melissa, there are a lot of factors that you should consider before booking…
Could you send over a thorough explanation of what Microblading is?
Simply put, Microblading is a tattooing technique in which a small handheld tool made of several tiny needles is used to add semi-permanent pigment to the skin.
What are some common misconceptions about Microblading?
A common misconception about Microblading will fade away completely. The semi-permanent quality of Microblading means the bulk of the pigment will fade within 1-2 years. However, many factors affect Microblading, therefore it cannot be guaranteed that Microblading will completely disappear.
Another misconception is that the strokes will ALWAYS appear crisp and fine. Over time, pigment dispersion happens under the skin and lines will fade and may become powdery. Colour refreshes are required every 6-12 months or when desired to re-intensify and clarify the hair strokes.
Who is NOT an ideal client for Microblading?
You should not get Microblading if…
– You are on Blood thinning medication
– If your forehead/brow area is excessively oily with enlarges pores
– If you are pregnant and/or nursing
– If you are currently undergoing Cancer treatment
– If you are heavily prone to scarring (eg. Keloids)
If seen pictures online of Microbladed brows fading to Red or even Grey. Why is that?
Simply put, “brown” is not a “real colour” on the colour wheel. Brown is made of Red, Black, and Yellow. Yellow fades first, leaving Red and Black. Some factors that affect this result are dominance of either Red or Black in the pigment, the client’s skin tone, and the ingredients of the pigments. Maintaining colour refreshes are necessary in Microblading just as in permanent makeup.
What’s the difference between Microblading and Microfeathering?
Microblading and Microfeathering both use the same technique. The difference is in the design of the brow. “Feathering” is a fluffier, imperfect style. Microblading is the name of the technique. “Microfeathering” is still Microblading and the choice of style is a full, feathery, fluffy, perfectly imperfect one.
Is Microblading the same as getting a tattoo?
Yes and no. Yes because pigment is being implanted in the skin just like a tattoo. No because Microblading uses a MANUAL technique and implants colour into the top layer of the skin, the EPIDERMIS. Tattooing uses a MACHINE technique and implants deeper in the second layer of the skin, the DERMIS. Microblading in the epidermis is key factor for the semi-permanence of microblading.
How does Microblading affect a person of color or with dark skin? Since, typically we are more prone to pigmentation issues.
There is no difference in the way that different skin colours take in pigment. What needs to be considered is that the deeper the skin tone, the less contrast there is between skin and pigment. Therefore, depending on depth of skin tone, a person of colour may want more frequent colour refreshes if they desire to maintain a more intense pigment.
When can you expect to see the finished product? How long does it take?
Approximately 12-16 weeks from your first appointment (6-8 weeks after the mandatory touch up). The initial session takes approx 2.5 hours and the touch up is approx 1.5 hours.
How does someone go about finding a quality person to do this procedure? What are the regulations for the Province of Ontario?
Choose a Microblading Technician with the same delicacy as you would choose a Tattoo Artist! There is a major different between $200 brows and $500 brows.
The phrase “Buyer Beware” was quoted to me by my own Health Inspector. She said that it is up to the consumer to do their research on their technician. A Health Inspector’s only concern is Disease/Virus spreading. Beyond that, there are no other specific regulations for Microblading.
The average Microblading certification course is only 3 days (standard across the industry). Microblading is arguably just as intricate as tattooing; and tattoo artists apprentice and train for up to a year before touching a real human.
Tips to look for before you put your money where your mouth is…
Ask for ‘Before and After’ pictures! Healed results (immediately after AND 8 weeks later after the touch up)
Questions to ask the Aesthetician…
– How long have they been microblading?
– Have they passed a Health Inspection? If so, how recent?
– Do you have insurance?
– How do you dispose of contaminated materials and sterilize for clients?
…If at any point you don’t feel comfortable with how they have answered your questions, WALK AWAY; Even if you lose your deposit!
Final thoughts – Would I recommend Microblading? Absolutely! I am definitely due for a re-do and I really want to get it done. I think it’s such a great technique and helps in that “effortless” look without make-up. Seriously, find someone you trust and take the plunge, you’ll be SO glad that you did.
So, what do you guys think? Are you interested in Microblading? I couldn’t recommend it enough and would love to know your thoughts! As always, tell me on insta!