Microblading 101: What Is Microblading? Does It Hurt And What Does It Cost?

Microblading also known as hair strokes, 3D hair strokes, eyebrow feathering and eyebrow embroidery is America’s latest beauty trend. Microblading is a semi-permanent eyebrow procedure that is carried out by a qualified technician using a special disposable hand-tool. The required pigment is deposited into the superficial layers of the skin with the disposable microblade which allows the technician to create crisp hair strokes which look like natural eyebrow hair. Microblading allows the technician or artist to create natural looking eyebrows for people with very little or no brow hairs. This procedure is perfect for both men and women. Microblading is done with a hand-held tool that looks like an X-ACTO knife made of fine needles that places pigment into the skin, but doesn't go as deep as a normal tattoo would. A normal tattoo would penetrate 7 layers deep into the skin, with microblading it’s about 3. It's also semi-permanent. Your microbladed brows should last between one and three years, however, 18 months is the average for most clients.

The procedure differs depending on where you go, but it’s common that a brow artist would see a client twice — once for an initial appointment and then once the brow has healed for a touch-up. Antibodies detect the pigment as a foreign body after the initial visit which would cause some fading. By the touch-up, the body has become familiar with the pigment allowing for better ink retention. Microblading is pricier than drawing your brows on every day: prepare to spend at close to $500, some artist may charge more. Financing options may be available, consult with your artist. Also, it’s a bit painful, but nothing that should scare you away. On a scale of 1 to 10 many describe it as a 3. It feels kind of like tweezing an eyebrow hair. A topical lidocaine numbing cream is applied to the brow area before the microblading procedure begins. Creams come in varying strengths from 5 -10.56%, yet 5% is most commonly used. Your brow artist may apply a plastic wrap to contain heat and allow the numbing cream to penetrate more deeply.

Many women who have had the procedure done would describe it has life changing. Microblading has gotten extremely popular in other countries and just now getting popular in the United States. Originating in Asia it has already spread to Europe, Canada and now the US. Most of the clients either haven't heard of it or they're just hearing about it now. But in the next year, it's likely all you’re going to hear about. The top benefits of having microbladed eyebrows, is you wake up with perfect eyebrow with zero downtime, you can throw away your brow pencil and smudge-free eyebrows!