Eyebrows are by far one of the most important features of the face. They draw attention to the eyes, forehead and hairline, and they also are highly important for expressing emotions. Basically your eyebrows define your whole facial look!
Naturally, we humans have been pretty obsessed with styling our eyebrows for hundreds of years. From the plucked and drawn-on eyebrows of Ancient Egypt to the thinned and elongated brows to the 1920s, to the short and arched trends of the 1990s and on to today's fuller, sculpted look. There's nothing like having your brow game on point!
Now, if you're like the many people who were not naturally given the brows you want, there's no reason to despair. At least not just yet. When done right, microblading can take your brows from underwhelming to stunning in just a couple of hours.
That said, not everyone is a good candidate for microblading. So before you go booking an appointment, here are some things you should know:
What Exactly is Microblading?
Though it isn't called "tattooing", microblading is just that. It's a kind of semi-permanent tattoo though that involves small, hair-like strokes over your brow area. On average, microblading takes about two hours to do. You will also be asked to do a follow-up session between four and six weeks later, just to make sure the ink is holding and to touch up if necessary. All in all, a microblading job done right can last up to three years.
While people who receive microblading do not generally experience a lot of pain during those sessions, you may still want to take this into account if your pain tolerance happens to be on the low side. If you've gotten a tattoo before, you should be just fine. Even if you haven't, if you're like most people you'll still be fine.
Microblading is Best for Sparse or Short Brows
Microblading is meant for people who want a fuller and / or longer-looking brow yet have relatively thin, short or sparse natural brows. If you often find yourself trying to fill in your brow with a pencil or dreaming of doing just that, you may be a great candidate for microblading.
If you have naturally thicker brows, microblading can still be utilized. However, you may not notice much difference. Likewise, the microblading technician may also experience some difficulty doing the job due to the volume of hair in the way.
Certain Skin Conditions Don't React Well with Microblading
As with all kinds of new cosmetic procedures, it's important to take skin conditions into account. If you have any of the following skin conditions (especially on or close to your eyebrows), you may not be a good candidate for microblading:
Going along with this, people with excessively oily skin may also not retain pigment well (caused the brows to look blotchy rather than nicely feathered). Those with autoimmune conditions, hemophilia, are pregnant or have certain heart conditions may also not be good candidates.
It's important to talk with your doctor first if you have other health conditions (especially chronic ones and / or those that affect healing or your facial skin).
Microblading Needs to Be Timed Right
If you're going on vacation very soon, you may not want to schedule microblading until after you get back. While your brows may look fabulous soon afterward, the truth is that your skin still needs to take some months to fully heal. Like all new tattoos, exposure to sun, salt or chlorinated water and other common aspects of vacations can cause it to not heal correctly and even fade prematurely.
Likewise, you will also need to plan out your microblading sessions accordingly if you are getting other cosmetic procedures done. For example, Accutane, Retinol and Botox may make your skin more likely to bleed.
Want to learn more about microblading? Ready to schedule a session? Contact the experts at Washington Microblading today.