When we heard there was a treatment that could remedy the over-plucking we did to our brows in our teens, we had a small celebration. It’s like, the first step towards the time machine. Microblading is also a total life saviour if you’re finding your brows are thinning over time or you just want a fuller shape.
1 What does it involve?
While HD brows work with what you've got, microblading can create brows out of nothing. Yep – like magic. A bit like pulling a rabbit out of a hat, if you will. As part of the permanent make-up family, it's technically a tattoo. Your therapist uses a special pen to draw precise lines that look like hairs, giving your eyebrows the appearance of being naturally full. It takes around two hours to complete, so download a couple of podcasts and settle in.
2 Does it hurt?
Most people are more put off by the noise the pen makes than the way it feels. While it's no way near as bloodcurdling as dentist drills (we need a lollipop just thinking about that), it sounds a bit unnatural. As for the physical sensation, the therapist will either freeze the area or rub an anaesthetic cream in before beginning, so your skin's numb. So it's pretty much pain-free. (You can still have a lolly after, if you want.)
3 How long does it last?
After your first appointment, the colour deepens, then fades. You'll need one top-up appointment six weeks later, and then it'll last anywhere from six to 18 months. How long exactly – well, it depends on the colour and shape, and that's usually based on your natural brows. Ask your technician when you pop in for your consultation. And to maximise the effects, ideally it's best to stay out of the sun – count that as brownie points from your skin – and go easy on the exfoliation.