Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup designed to improve the look of the eyebrows, fill in thin eyebrows, and improve overall facial aesthetics. Much more aesthetically-pleasing and elegant than traditional eyebrow tattooing, microblading requires expert skill and technique to manually draw hair-like strokes to mimic natural hairs in eyebrows. Trained by the Brow Design International, the leading American academy for microblading training and certification, our microblading artist Larissa will customize a hair pattern based off of each client’s own natural hair growth, resulting in the most natural looking brows possible. This is an alternative to makeup and eyebrow transplantation. Click here for more information.
The advantages of microblading include:
– Minimally-invasive procedure
– Minimal social downtime
– Immediate and waterproof results
– Easy to touch-up/adjust
– Semi-permanent: Lasts up to 2 years
– Pigment does not change color, only loses saturation
Our microblading specialist, Larissa, will consult with you to find out your eyebrow goals, any medical issues that might preclude you from having the procedure, and review the procedure in detail with you.
- What is microblading?
Microblading is a form of tattooing but is semi-permanent. The result of microblading is extremely realistic hair-like strokes. The hair-like strokes are fine and crisp, with extraordinary definition and dimension. There is no pigment spilling under the skin. This method is ideal for anyone wanting to enhance the look of their eyebrows. The results are natural looking, regardless of the amount of hair present. People suffering from alopecia, trichotillomania, or any other condition that causes hair loss benefit greatly from microblading, as well as people who simply aren’t happy with their eyebrow shape or fullness. This technique originated in China, then spread all over Asia. In the last few years, the rest of the world has been catching on to this revolutionary method of eyebrow restoration, adapting the styles of the brow, hair-stroke patterns, and shapes.
- How is microblading performed?
Microblading is performed with a pulling or swiping motion of a manual pen and a set of very fine needles, implanting pigment under the epidermis of the skin. The pigments used in this method have been formulated to match the client’s original eyebrow color, and if the eyebrows are still present, blend perfectly into them. The results are a natural, flawless, fuller-looking brow. Initially, the brows appear darker but fade significantly over a two-week period.
- Is microblading painful?
Microblading is not painful but can be uncomfortable for some people. The pain is less than a traditional tattoo, which some people may be familiar with. If you haven’t been inked, it feels more or less like a light scratch or tweezing. Numbing cream is typically used so that the procedure is more comfortable.
- How is microblading different from tattoo?
There are a few differences between tattoo and microblading.
- Ink vs. Pigment
Tattoo ink is used for eyebrow tattooing while microblading uses a specialized mineral-based pigment. Ink differs greatly from pigment in the way it fades over time. As tattoo ink fades, it often changes color, to a blue-green colored tint. The microblading pigment is specifically designed to fade into a lighter version of the color used (only loses saturation) so the eyebrow retains a natural appearance.
Regular eyebrow tattoos can last a lifetime, but with microblading, ink is not placed as deep underneath the skin. This means that as your skin naturally cycles through, the ink eventually rises to the surface or moves around underneath the skin as to appear lighter. Over time, the ink will fade significantly compared to an eyebrow tattoo. Depending on your skin, it may eventually disappear. The individual microblading strokes only grace the upper layers of skin, whereas tattoo ink penetrates deeper layers.
- Individual Strokes vs. Tattooed Brow Lines
The technique microblading artists use is very different than the technique used by tattoo artists. Instead of making one thick, dark eyebrow, microblading creates a series of individual hair-like strokes that look identical to your natural brow hairs.
- Microbladed brows are hand-drawn; we don’t use a machine.
This makes a big difference! Because microblading strokes are hand-drawn, there is less impact on the skin than with traditional tattooing, which uses a machine. What this means for you is that the ink will not bleed over time. With microblading, you can be sure that the fine lines that are meant to simulate your natural hair will not bleed out, like the fine lines of a traditional tattoo.
- Can I do microblading if I am pregnant?
No. You will need to wait to until after pregnancy and/or breastfeeding. In addition to any health concerns, it’s worth considering that any baby weight and hormones will change the skin and thus change the appearance of the microbladed brow.
- What’s the downtime/recovery?
There is really no downtime with microblading. You just need to keep in mind that the first few days, your brows will look sharper and darker. The full healing process usually takes between 10-14 days.
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