I’ve had brow problems since my early high school years. I think I over plucked somewhere along the way, and they just never grew back. I even tried latisse and had no luck. I read a blog post about microblading a few years ago, but at the time it was only offered in bigger cities like NYC. Recently I found a place Louisiana that does it, and I knew I had to have it.
Microblading is semi permanent brow pigment. It’s kind of like a tattoo, but they make individual hair like strokes with a blade, and it lasts approximately 9 months to a year.
A few days later I drove 1.5 hours to the studio and got ready for the procedure. I was unbelievably nervous because a friend of mine told me how painful it would be, but I overcame the nerves and went on with the procedure.
Initially Chantel looked at how I had drawn on my brows that morning just to get a feel for what I like them to look like. She wiped away my forehead/brow makeup and put some numbing cream on. She then placed a ruler looking sticker on my forehead. She used that to make perfect measurements of where my brows should begin, arch and end.
After that she tweezed the excess hairs off and then began with the microblading. I was warned that there would be noises from the blade scraping (kinda sounds like scraping something across concrete). So I put in headphones to mask the sound.
The first part only took about 3 minutes and was not bad at all. At this point I thought surely my friend was just a exaggerating about the pain. She added more numbing cream, and gave that a few minutes to soak in. I sat up did some more measuring and then lied back down for the rest of the blading. She did my arches first which were painful but bearable. When she moved to the front portion of my brows though Oh my god ya’ll, it hurt. It gives you the sensation that you need to sneeze, your eyes start tearing up, and I just had to squeeze my little stress ball and deal, but IT WAS SO WORTH IT. Beauty is painful right!
The blading part took approximately 20 minutes in total with a few breaks in between for measuring. After I was done I was able to look in the mirror let her know if I wanted to change anything, she did a few final passes, and I was done. The difference in my brows was seriously unbelievable. I basically walked in with half a brow and walked out with full, perfectly shaped ones.
Aftercare was pretty simple. All I had to do was wash with antibacterial soap (I bought the foam dial) and coat them in coconut oil or a+d ointment (coconut was better in my opinion because a+d stinks. The morning after the procedure they were a bit sore and burned when I washed them but nothing too serious.
About 3-5 days later they started to itch and peel for a few days. Sometimes a bit of the ink will peel off, so a touch up about a month out is suggested.
I just went for my touch up 2 weeks ago. It honestly didn’t hurt bad at all this time. And not to mention, my brows look incredible. I have never had brows and to wake up with them every morning is amazing!!
If you’re interested in getting microblading done, I highly recommend Chantel at Hairphenalia on Magazine. She did such a beautiful job with mine, and she’s so sweet and talks through the entire process to keep you entertained.
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