Today I’m back with a long overdue update on my microblading experience! Back in October I began the process to have my eyebrows microbladed. I explained in my first blog post about microblading (5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got Microblading) that I’ve been filling in my naturally sparse eyebrows for as long as I can remember. I hoped that microblading would allow me to have full brows permanently. 3 sessions and $900 later I have whole lot of opinions. If you’d like to hear about my microblading experience keep on reading!
In November I had my very first microblading appointment. The full appointment lasted 3 hours (Yes. 3.) My eyebrows numbed during my first 30 minutes. My eyebrows were mapped during the next 30 minutes. And the final 2 hours were devoted to putting small cuts into my skin and placing the pigment. Because my eyebrows were numbed at the beginning the pain was pretty minimal. After I went home my eyebrows ached for a day or two after.
The day after my first session my microbladed lines had turned to little scabs. They had a red-ish tint that made me a little nervous so I tried not to look at them lol. I was told to keep my eyebrows as dry as possible so I used blotting paper when my skin was oily and used a shower cap to cover my eyebrows when I showered. By day 3 my eyebrows started to crack.
Over the next two weeks my scabs flaked and fell off. During this two week period the skin around my eyebrows got so so dirty. At the two week mark I HAD to wash my face. When I did I was disappointed to see that I had barely retained any pigment. What made it even worse was my husband asking me “how come you paid all that money and still don’t have any eyebrows?”
In January I was back for my first touch up session. Because I retained so little pigment this was basically a repeat of the first session. I numbed for 30 minutes and then 2 hours were spent mapping and microblading. This time, I incorporated a terry lined shower cap into my routine as well as a terry headband (I wore it over my eyebrows) to keep my eyebrows dry when I showered. I also tried to avoid touching my eyebrows all together so I diched the blotting paper.
6 days in my eyebrows started to crack on the ends. A few days before the 2 week mark I washed my face. I was going to be attending a wedding and I didn’t want to go with a dirty face and flakey brows. Washing my face wiped the remaining flakes off. I was happy to see I retained more pigment. But, I feel like the amount of pigment I retained after my second session is what should have been retained after the first.
In February I had my last touch up session. I spent 30 minutes numbing. 1 hour mapping and microblading. During the session my esthetician mentioned that the pigment was taking better than it had in previous sessions. She also used a larger needle which was supposed to help me retain the most pigment. During the healing process I didn’t touch my brows at all. And again, I used my new shower cap and terry towel. After 8 days my eyebrows started flaking. And a little after 2 weeks I washed my face.
After 3 sessions, 7 hours of microblading, and $900 spent I am 80% happy with my brows. I retained a lot of pigment in at the head of my eyebrows but it fades substantially at the arch. I pretty much only have an outline at the tail. Although I had a 4th and final touch up session scheduled I think I want to take a break from this whole process. I don’t feel like enduring another 2 weeks with a dirty face and flakey brows.
One of the reasons I pursued microblading was because I wanted my eyebrows to look the same every day. That has been achieved. After I fill in the outline of my tails I’m good to go. I also wanted to get microblading in the hopes that I could avoid filling in my eyebrows all together but that didn’t happen.
I knew microblading oily skin would be a PROCESS but I never expected it to take so long. If I would have known it would take me 4 sessions and over $1,000 to get the look I desire I might have not bothered. If you have oily skin and plan on getting microblading search for someone who has microbladed oily skin. Additionally, keep your hands off your eyebrows and keep them dry to ensure you retain the most pigment. If you have any questions about my microblading experience let me know in the comments below!
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