I debated whether or not I wanted to share my microblading saga. It was a roller coaster journey, to say the least. Here are some of the thoughts and experiences I had with my own microbladding experience.
I did a lot of research. Looked at a lot of photos, and looked at a lot of reviews of microbladders in my area. I had convinced myself that I wanted to get it done, but was waiting to find the right person who I trusted to do them. This turned out to be key. Go to someone with multiple recommendations from your friends, or you have seen the results directly. Their brows are the best sample of what your brows could look like. Even though everyone has an individualized application, seeing someone else’s “after brows” show technique and style of the microblade artist. Also you are going to have some dark moments and if the other people felt supported and confident, chances are you will be too.
I saw multiple co-workers who had their brows done by a lovely lady a few towns over. They all recommended her and loved their brows. I went for a consultation appointment (which are necessary to book the blading with her) it was approximately an hour long. We talked about fears, expectations, reality, and life. I was sold. We did a quick tint and wax shaping on my current brows so I could better articulate what I wanted. Then booked my microblading.
So I was pretty nervous when I went to my first session, I knew to prepare myself for pain. I had hyped it up to expect ‘child birth pain’, ‘medieval torture pain’… it was actually a ‘ripping a Band-Aid off pain’. I took an Advil after for the residual swelling/pain and the next day was good.
The procedure itself, was explained step-by-step which helped me feel in control, and this shows her professionalism. It felt like a bad waxing and sounded like Velcro peeling (the sound of the blade cutting my skin). I understand why some people listen to music, it helps the mental part not be so traumatizing. Because rather than the sound, the pain was very manageable.
Then the first reveal! (the first drop in the roller coaster) I was disappointed the first time I saw them (I politely thanked her and left to go freak out in my car). I was told they would be dark, I was told they would look harsh and defined, but I thought it wouldn’t happen to me. They were all of these things. I blamed myself for thinking this would ever be a good idea and thought it would only be on my face for 2 years max- this would be my penance. I went home and my husband said he liked them, but I still had to convince myself. I felt like I had adopted two baby caterpillars on my face and the world was judging me. Hours passed and then the weekend. Time did not help, they got darker and the lines started to get scabby. (I should have booked the week off work to ‘recover’) I literally took selfies every couple hours to document progress… convinced this was my new face. I religiously applied coconut oil and did not touch them as instructions so that I didn’t ruin my face any further. I wore hooker makeup sometimes and made my hair big, to distract people from my eyebrow-fail. (they still noticed.)
Then… I woke up exactly 6 days later, and it was like…I just started like them. They were healing, they didn’t seem as big or dark or harsh. A few days later- approximately day 9, I LOVED THEM. It was all meant to be, I would have liked to ride off into the sunset with my model brows, but that’s not how this works. Day 10: They started leaving me-fading started to happen, and I was sad. I noticed some part of my eyebrows were emptier then others, but I knew this is what the second application was for.
When I went back to my mircoblading artist, I discussed the shape and fullness. We talked about what I liked and what I wanted to see more or less of. She really incorporated my requests and guided me to the best brow possible. The second time I left, I was prepared for caterpillar brow and emotionally healed with my brows the second time.
This should be the end, but it’s not.
I was greedy and my light skin and blonde eyebrow hairs were annoying me. I also had one spot on my left arch that had a patch that had not taken the dye very well. So I started to fill it in. I was slightly annoyed that I was still filling in eyebrows after what I gone through with this process and I paid a lot of money. I had a few waxing’s and tints after, but approximately 3 months after my touch-up, I went through with a third partial application. I wanted more symmetry with the arch on my right side, and the parts that faded would be enforced.
Well….. this turned out to be my penance. I should have just left good enough as is. It turns out blading (aka slicing/cutting my skin) the third time was extremely painful. It was explained to me that cutting scar tissue will be more painful than fresh skin. I cried and shaked and couldn’t control my body’s reaction to the pain. If this level pain had happened in the previous appointments, there is no way I could have made it through the applications or would I recommend it. (even recalling the memory for this post is making me sad.)
The third application made my brows (after healing) more defined, darker and therefore a sharper shape. They are still nice, but they are not my ideal brow. I like softer more natural shapes. I will have to wait a few months until they start to fade. They are not horrible, by any means. There are some days I like them a lot, especially with makeup on. But for natural no makeup days, I feel they are a little much. HOWEVER! When I think about the before-before eyebrows I had…. I would take these brows any day.
Overall, I would recommend microblading with a professional to any girl unsatisfied with her brows. Darker hair tones may have an easier transition compared to lighter tones, but if it is done correctly and the tone is matched professionally, chances are they will look good. But more important than my advice, is your gut. If you have doubts or think the process is not right for you, then just don’t! Trust your instincts ladies!
Eyebrows Progress Photo Chart