I am now offering microblading! I had the opportunity to audit a class in NYC and successfully completed my microblading course in Seattle. I have all the required certifications my state issued permanent cosmetic license. Now, the details...
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a semi permanent cosmetic tattoo for the eyebrows. Color is implanted and applied to the skin beneath the surface to give the appearance of natural looking hair strokes. These strokes look like individual hairs and look very realistic unlike previous brow tattooing methods which had a very heavy and sharpie-like appearance. Microblading is perfect for people who want to define, fill in gaps or create a new shape as a result of scarce or over plucked eyebrows.
How Long Does It Take?
I book 2 1/2 hours for the service. It takes approximately 2 hours but I like to add additional time if the client is running late and for sanitizing the room and clean up. The numbing of the brows, measuring and drawing takes up half the time. The actual hands on time is roughly 45 minutes.
What Happens During the CONSULTATION?
The consultation and preparation for microblading takes up the majority of the appointment. The actual process of microblading is fairly quick. During the consultation we discuss the desired shape and color. I typically measure out your ideal shape and brow length based on your face shape. Ultimately, the final shape is tailored to the clients specifics. Feel free to come to the appointment with brow makeup on so I can see how you usually wear your brows. I will also have paperwork for you to fill out and review in depth after care instructions with you.
What to Avoid Before Treatment
Make sure that you cut back on alcohol, avoid blood thinners, brow waxing, facial exfoliation, AHA's/BHA's, aspirin and retinol at least one week before your treatment. These can thin and/or sensitize the skin and can lead to increased bleeding.
Does Microblading Hurt?
I use Lidocaine to numb the skin in preparation of microblading. Pain is relative. There is some pain but it is minimal and bareable. It can feel like little scratches. The pain is not great enough to dissuade individuals from getting the procedure.
How Long Does It Last?
Since microblading is semi-permanent it typically lasts from 1 to 3 years.
Will the Color Fade?
After your treatment your brows can look a darker and fuller than expected. You will loose 40% of the color in the month it takes your skin to heal. In the following days immediately after the service, the eyebrows will continue to be dark. The eyebrows will lighten up in color as the skin heals so don't worry! Your brows won't look as dark as they do immediately after.
After Care Instructions
It is normal for some flaking and scabbing for the first week but following the aftercare instructions help avoid this. Do not pick at the scabs as it could damage the outcome of the microblading. I recommend cleaning the area with sterile water and then protecting it with Aquaphor. This should be done for a week. I ask clients to avoid picking or irritating the area during the healing process. Avoid swimming, steam rooms, sauna's, tanning, using exfoliating scrubs or acids, smoking and drinking alcohol as it can slow the healing process.The healing of the deeper strokes takes approximately 3 weeks. Touchups are done only after completely healed in 4-6 weeks.
What is the Cost?
I charge $600 for microblading. All prices include gratuity and tax and includes a brow wax prior to the service or brow tweezing the day of as well as a touch up session in 4-6 weeks after the skin has healed and the color settled.