I received a free service in exchange for photos and a review. All opinions are genuine and my own.
I’ll be honest, I don’t have the worst eyebrows. They are naturally dark and compared to some people mine are thick. However, because of my amazing teenage eyebrow sculpting skills, they are really thick close to my eyes and then get thinner as they go out. Not only that but I also have an annoying cowlick in my eyebrows right at the arch! Fixing my eyebrows everyday so that they look normal isn’t a long process but it is annoying. Plus whenever I wash my face I have to scrub off my eyebrows and I feel like I just lose more of my natural brow. So when Sara reached out to me about mircoblading I was so excited! Sara is seriously the best in Utah and one of the best in the industry.
I decided to share all about my experience and the details about microblading. Fair warning, this post is going to be long but it is thorough and informative! I know I had so many questions when I was looking into getting it done so hopefully this can shed some light for you. Be sure to read all the way to the end for the before and after pictures of myself and my friend Chantelle AND a GIVEAWAY!
Microblading is actually a very simple and quick process. First Sara put numbing cream on and around my eyebrows. After about 30 minutes of waiting, Sara uses a ruler and other hand drawn lines to create an unique guideline for my new brow shape. Sara does a very thorough job, making sure that the shape is exactly how I would like it. Once we figured out the shape we picked out the color. Since I had dark eyebrows we just matched by natural color. If you have very light eyebrows Sara can show you different options that you would be comfortable with.
Once the outline is drawn and the color is picked the actual microblading begins! Sara uses a little tool to tattoo the new “hair”. After a few strokes she places the color over it and wipes it off. This process called “pushing” adds the color into the tattoo strokes creating the new hair lines. Sara repeats this step a few times until the look is complete.
Does it hurt?
I was so nervous that it was going to hurt, but it didn’t hurt at all! Seriously you guys I could barely feel her tug at my face. Sara uses the highest grade of numbing and if you even remotely start to feel something Sara will add a little more numbing cream. I will say though that there is a velcro type sound as she is creating the hair strokes. You get used to it super quick and I would much rather hear little velcro noises than feel anything. Afterwards it did feel like a slight sunburn but there was minimal discomfort.
How long does it take?
From start to finish it usually takes about 90 minutes. Most of the work goes into all of the prep. Cleaning your face, drawing out the lines, talking about your needs with Sara, and of course numbing. I would say a good 45 minutes is just prep work and 30 minutes is just the tattoo. Sara makes sure to takes her time to ensure you are satisfied!
How long does it last?
The average is 12-18 months. Younger people typically have more frequent skin cell cycles so it’s common for them to begin seeing discoloration or loss of hair sooner.
What’s the healing process?
It’s pretty intense but worth it! The initial healing process takes about 6-8 weeks, at which time the true color of the tattoo is evident. Immediately after the procedure the tattooed area will appear to be darker/bolder in color and more sharply defined. This typically lasts about a week. During the entire process your tattoo will soften and lighten. You have to be patient, even if you think too much color has been lost. Your skin is still regenerating and naturally exfoliating.
The first 24 hours you have to keep the area dry and blot your brows once an hour. This is super important because it helps avoid any scabbing! Also avoid any water, sweat, and steam. Swelling and redness is minimal with most clients and will disappear withing 24-48 hours. In some cases it may last up to 3 days but won’t prevent any working or socializing.
72 hours after you may begin to lightly moisturize as the area begins to dry out. Be sure to only use a small amount of gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer such as Lubriderm, Cetaphil, or coconut oil. Apply using a disposable cotton swab. The goal is to have your skin flake naturally rather than form into large scabs.
Things to avoid
Picking or scratching at the dry skin. I’ll admit that I didn’t moisturize right away so my brows were itchy often. Not being able to itch my brows was so hard! I didn’t want scars though so I made sure not to scratch. It sounds worse than it really is with the flakiness but it really isn’t noticeable if you moisturize!
Do not apply make up to the tattooed area for the first 2 weeks. Chemicals of any kind may interfere with the healing and color of your tattoo.
Since everyone should love their eyebrows as much as I do, Sara and I decided to do a fun giveaway. We will be giving a $75 credit towards a microblading session! To enter you must:
-Follow me @lifeasalarsen on Instagram
-Follow Sara @beautyninked on Instagram
-Tag 3 friends on this Instagram post. Any additional tag is an extra entry! One tag per comment please.
-Live in Southern Utah or Salt Lake City or being willing to travel
Giveaway runs from Wednesday July 12th – Sunday July 16th at 11:59pm. Good luck everyone!