The process is very precise thanks to the tool that is used which is effectively like a pen with the nib being a sloped blade with 10-12 little needles at the end - needles that don’t penetrate the skin but just delicately scratch the surface, much like a paper cut. The needle very finely implants featherweight strokes with a medical grade pigment on the epidermis layer for the skin, creating fine, realistic and natural hair strokes.
Microblading, unlike tattooing, is not in the deep layer of skin, but more on the surface. It is not permanent, and the color fades within 18 months.
The hair strokes are far more natural and finer than any tattoo, as a handheld needle/blade is used – there is no electrical gadget that permeates deep in this technique. There is therefore more of a scratching noise, rather than a buzz of a tattoo gun which pierces the skin so deeply.
It doesn’t hurt as such, it is more a sensation. The process itself is not painful thanks to the numbing ointment that is applied. It's sometimes the sound of the blade which people find worse – a small scratching sound.
The whole process is very quick – it's actually the numbing which takes most of the time (50mins), you aren’t under the needle for the whole 2 hours.
There are people who are sensitive and allergic to some pigments, but in my experience this is extremely rare. I will always perform a patch or scratch test to check you are not allergic prior to the treatment.
1. We shape the brow area by threading the hairs, cleaning up the area and preparing it for the treatment.
2. Numbing – this takes 30- 40 mins using a topical ointment. While this is working its numbing magic, we'll show the client color swatches and discuss together the best shade for their desired look.
3. 10 minutes before the numbing cream has got to a stage of working, we'll use our tools to begin measuring the area around the brows, taking into account face shape, symmetry, facial features etc.
4. Then we begin the needling process - gently implanting the pigment via featherweight strokes. Each stroke is a superficial line in the skin where the color pigment seeps in and settles then. If there is any discomfort at this stage we add another quick layer of numbing cream to the area which will become effective after 5 minutes.
5. In 4-8 weeks there's a top-up/ Touch-up session to fill in any gaps where the pigment hasn't taken or healed properly.
The touch - up session happens after 6-8 weeks. This is the time where we can assess the first steps, and add in any further strokes and add a darker pigment if preferred.
Yes – the pigment used leaves no scarring or discoloration, and we can use a salt/saline solution to remove microbladed brows.
It is very important to know and understand that brows will be up to 40% darker in shade for the first 7-10 days during the healing process where scabs can form and flake off.
Ladies can sometimes leave the studio, and two days later be terrified that their brows are too dark, but please be patient – as this is totally normal! After 7-10 days, you will begin to see the final coloring.