Good morning friends!
For some time now I’ve been dying to talk about my microblading experience but I wanted to wait till they were 100% completed and healed. It’s been about 2 months now since I got them done and they’re officially apart of my face where I’m able to wake up and have perfect brows ready to go.
Right off the bat, I have to say I LOVE THEM. I highly recommend it if you’ve been sleeping on it- to me, it was totally worth it and I’m very happy with the results.
So let’s go through the basics like cost, finding the right artist, and the process from start to finish. And I will post some photos I captured throughout below.
To start, my brows for as long as I can remember have always been faint, never full or thick and therefore I’d constantly draw them in. As much as I loved the looks of them being drawn in (because I was able to create the shape and color tone I wanted) it wasn’t the most ideal or convenient situation. I’m the type or gal that will draw them in just to lounge around in my apartment. I always had to have my brows. So when microblading started to come around I was VERY intrigued.
The cost was primarily what deterred me and prolonged me from getting them done, y’all it can get pricey. So I set a goal for myself that I was going to put away $$ as often as I could until I finally saved up more than enough (plus tip). During that time, I was exploring the pricing across many different places and I found it was all around the same range no matter where you went. I was finding anywhere from $450-$750, I honestly did not find one place that was charging less than $450. And IF you do, I’d be very cautious and careful because the service may not be as pristine as you’d like.
Now finding the right brow specialist– Like I said, I was doing a tremendous amount of research prior to booking an appt. I was looking near and far primarily on instagram to be completely honest. I do not trust a specialist that does not post their work, before and afters, videos are great, and quite frankly I was looking at their following, comments, and testimonials. After doing my due diligence, I found one that I trusted and set my appointment up. Her pricing was $450 for microblading and would add an extra $50 to do shading. During my research I did find that there’s different styles and methods to microblading; two of which that were most reoccurring was microblading (with shading if needed) or ombre brows. Microblading to me, looked more comparable to how I was normally fill/draw my brows in so it was an easy decision for me.
So let’s get to the process and what you can expect. I’m going to be completely honest and transparent with my experience but remember it will vary from person to person. I love how my specialist talked me through each step. She also gave me the opportunity to fix anything I wanted to change; whether it was the shape, thickness, anything she would ask for my opinion/approval. I have to give credit where credit’s due, she was great that I honestly didn’t have to change a thing throughout any of it.
- We started with just the microblading. I like to think that I’ve very tolerant to pain. I grew up getting shots all the time, I have permanent tattoos on my body, and in general I can handle most pain. The microblading part was TEDIOUS. On a scale of 1-10 in terms of pain I’d really give it a solid 8/10. It was tough for me to sit through and I shamelessly had to think to myself, “suck it up Jenny, just get through it, you can do it, it’ll be worth it”. Literally over and over in my head until it was complete. She went over it probably 3 or 4 times. I can’t recall. But mind you, I’m also lacking a lot of hair. I’d assume it’s faster and easier for those with fuller brows.
- Once the microblading part was over, they weren’t as full as I’d like them to be (again, because I didn’t have much hair to begin with) so in order to get them darker and fuller, I had to do the shading. With the shading, to me it was less painful because it was faster, it felt like I was getting a tattoo shaded in. The fast strokes made it easier, whereas microblading is slow and one stroke at a time. Y’all the shading made ALL the difference. The whole process took 1.5hrs.
Anddd, these were my brows right after I got them done.
Now, the healing process– My specialist gave me this cute little meme that explained by days/weeks what you can expect your brows to look like over time. There’s different stages that you’ll encounter which I’ll get into. Let me set the precedent: I got my brows done on Saturday Feb 8th and I was starting a new job Monday Feb 17th so I had about a week for them do it’s thing before I had to be in front of people. Prior to scheduling my appt, I thought that would be plenty of time but I underestimated that. Below is a similar version of the meme she sent me that I found on Pinterest.
The first week, they were AMAZING! Perfectly full, dark, vivid I LOVED them so much. I never felt they were too dark or thick, I was very happy. After a full week, I was entering the scabbing and flaking stage which was scary AF because I was about to start this brand new job and they looked so funky. I honestly was considering filling them in because as they scabbed/flaked off so bad that my brows were VERY patchy (and very itchy). They didn’t look good whatsoever but my specialist advised me to NOT put anything on them. So I literally went my first week at this job with scabby/patchy brows. As much as I hated it, I knew it was apart of the process. After about a week and a half most of it had scabbed off leaving me at the very light stage. They were incredibly dull. I’d say by Monday Feb 24th (3 weeks deep), they were starting to darken again. So essentially a 3 week healing process.
I took pictures of my brows to send to my friends during this scabbing stage because I was appalled that I had to be around my new coworkers, but unfortunately never saved any of them. But here’s the closest picture of them being faint but starting to get the darkness back into them.
You can see they’re still patchy but all the scabs had fallen off. This was the day before my touch up appt.
Your specialist should always recommend a touch up appt which cost wise, for my specialist was an extra $150. And you cannot go in for your touch up till you’ve hit 4-6 weeks. I scheduled mine after 5 weeks, I figured that’d be a nice happy medium. So I went in for my touch up on Sunday March 8th (after 5 weeks since getting them done). The touch up took another 45min-1hour and it was less painful than the first time. Thank God!
Got the touch up and this was immediately after
So much better. The healing process for this wasn’t has rough as the first time. They still scabbed but very minimal but they were itchy as heck. It was more itchy this time around.
Just to put it into perspective, after two weeks (since the touch up), so Friday March 20th, I no longer had scabbing, they weren’t itchy, and I was able to wash my face as I normally would.
Overall, 2 full months later (since the first appt), I’m VERY happy with the results. They look great, they’re full/thick, the shape is great. I love them. This photo was taken this week and I’d say this is a pretty good depiction on how they look daily.
At this point they should last me about a year. Of course, it’s dependent on how your skin works. But I shouldn’t need to get them touched up until at least a year, if not longer. If I do feel as though they need a touch up I will 100% go back and do it again. Through the pain during the process and the healing stages, yes it was tough, but I have zero regrets.
If you have any questions on things I didn’t address that you’d like to know more about leave you comments below or find me on social and DM me 🙂