So you've decided to get microblading. Congratulations! Microblading is a great way to trim down your beauty routine and save money on cosmetics — not to mention the fact that you're going to end up with a gorgeous pair of eyebrows that will last a long time. To make sure you get the most out of your first Washington microblading session (and every one that follows), it's crucial that you prepare for your session properly and know what to expect.
Here's what you need to know!
Preparing For Your First Microblading Session
Always talk with your microblading technician beforehand to find out if they have any specific preparation tips for you. Nevertheless, here are some tips that everyone can follow to help their session go as smoothly as possible:
Practice Sitting Still:
Microblading is a form of light tattooing, which means you are going to have to lie very still for a long time to ensure the technician can work as steadily and efficiently as possible. Naturally, you will also want to wear comfortable clothes during your appointment.
Keep Your System Clean
You may have heard that microblading can hurt, which is true. However, this doesn't mean you should take painkillers or other substances to help you cope. The truth is that most people report microblading pain levels to be very mild, but substances like alcohol, ibuprofen, aspirin, fish oil and even caffeine can prevent your skin from healing properly during the process. It's best to avoid all of these for at least 24 hours prior to your session appointment.
Hands Off Your Eyebrows!
Like many people getting microblading, you are probably very used to styling them yourself via tweezers, waxing, threading, etc. However, it is important to avoid doing all of these things in the week leading up to your microblading session. When you do show up for your appointment, make sure your eyebrows are also clean and free of any makeup or styling substances. This is because your technician can do the best job when they see how your eyebrows naturally grow.
Be Honest About What You Want
The goal of microblading is to achieve natural-looking, styled eyebrows. However, this doesn't mean that you shouldn't tell the technician what kind of eyebrows you really want. It's a good idea to bring in some photos of eyebrows that you like so they can have a clearer idea.
What to Expect
Prior to the actual treatment, your technician will sit down with you to discuss your eyebrow goals. Once you both feel comfortable and confident about the procedure, treatment will begin. Your technician will start by cleaning your eyebrow region and then using a marking pencil to outline where the brow strokes will be made. A topical numbing cream is also applied to help with any pain that may be experienced.
Your technician will use a special medical-grade pen to make shallow cuts and fill them with natural-looking ink. They will continue working until both eyebrows are complete. The amount of time can vary between individuals and the amount of brow "hairs" that are being created, but generally speaking, the whole procedure takes between 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
To make sure your eyebrows heal properly and stay looking great, it's important to practice good hygiene and follow the after-care directions given to you by your technician. Keep a close eye on your eyebrows for 24 hours following your session, and blot them gently with a tissue as needed (usually about once an hour). Always wash your hands before touching your new eyebrows, and lightly clean the area with only gentle soap and warm water (do NOT scrub, and do not submerge your brows). Avoid intense exercise, swimming, using makeup, and touching the area as much as possible for the following week.
Keep in mind that minor redness and swelling is normal, and it should subside within a few days. If you do experience intense pain or notice possible signs of infection (very rare), seek medical attention.
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