Perfect eyebrows have quickly become a more valuable resource than a combination of all the world’s fossil fuels and all of the Hemsworth brothers naked photos- yes, including the long forgotten third brother, Luke. The rise of the strong brow thanks to facial hair pioneers like Cara Delevingne and Linda Evangelista has become a breath of fresh air for those sick of plucking their brows to oblivion. Unfortunately for the majority of us, this means a constant battle of colouring, filling, brushing, and praying to various Gods that our brows appear full and defined. For those hardworking brow-less individuals amongst us, your prayers are answered: introducing Microblading.
What is it?
Microblading is a process in which a trained technician will use a tool called a ‘microblade’ to apply individual strokes to create the illusion of hairs using semi-permanent pigmentation. In a nut shell, they will draw little hairs and make you look amaze.
Technically microblading is a tattoo, but instead of one big blade it has a group of micro needles. In addition to a slightly different instrument, microblading uses an iron oxide base in it’s pigment which allows the colour to soften and fade overtime. The colour is implanted into the upper dermis of the skin whereas cosmetic tattoos which are much deeper into the skin.
The strokes will last anywhere from a year to three years, although it is recommended getting them touched up a year in to make sure the lines stay crisp and defined. You can also change the colour of your brows if you decided to go a little dark/lighter/dramatic/zig-zag. We advise not to get zig-zag shaped brows, but they are your brows so you do what you want with them, queen.
Where did it come from?
An angel? Probably.
The technique of colouring skin using pigmentation has been around for thousands of years, and the process of using pigmentation to create eyebrows is believed to come from parts of Asia.
The process eventually gained the name Microblading, and has different names depending on where it’s being performed (micro-stroking, micro-pigmentation, eyebrow feathering, 3D eyebrows, eyebrow embroidery).
Is it painful?
Some people have said it’s a little uncomfortable, after all the area around the eyes is sensitive, however the technician will do their best to make it as painless as possible with a little anesthetic. Afterall, the technicians are there to make you beautiful, not torture you for information…unless that information is “where did you get your nails done?” to which you must show them the BloomMe app!
Who can get microblading?
Microblading is not recommended for pregnant women or those breastfeeding. Although the treatment is totally safe for your baby, it’s the anesthetic which is problematic so it’s up to you how pain sensitive you are. This also applies to those with keloids, diabetes, any blood disorders, and those with skin diseases in the area.
If you’ve just been waxed, gotten a chemical peel or a nasty sunburn, or have a special event the next day it is recommended to wait until all of the above have passed.
What should I do to prepare for my appointment?
In order to prepare, you will need to abstain from coffee, alcohol, and energy drinks on the day of the appointment (but you can go back to being a boozing, hyper-alert, party monster afterwards). Make sure you don’t take any aspirin, niacin, vitamin E, or Ibuprofen at least 24 hours before the appointment. If you’re taking fish oil, stop taking it a week beforehand.
On a more cosmetic note, make sure to wash your face and hair the day of the appointment as you can’t get your brows wet for several days.
What’s going to happen in my appointment?
You’re going to sit in a room and Justin Bieber is going to personally perform Despacito for you while holding a small, curious pug that you can play with…
Well, not quite, but it’s the same feels when you get good eyebrows.
As with all treatments, make sure to get a patch test at least 24 hours before the treatment. If you’re all good to go, the technician will begin with a consultation on what you’re looking to get done. For example, do you have gaps in your brows you want to fill? Want a fuller arch? They’ll also sketch on what you’ll be getting done so you can see if you like it. When it comes to choosing a colour, the technician will make sure to choose one that will suit your complexion and compliment your hair colour.
For the treatment, the technician will usually start with a few strokes and then apply anesthetic to reduce pain. Now, sit back and relax as your brows go from drab to fab. After the treatment, a pigment mask is left to help absorb into the skin, and then the area is cleaned thoroughly. A medical silicone is applied over the skin which will help to protect it for 12-24 hours.
Remember: the initial colour of your brows will not be the permanent result. Initially, the strokes will be incredibly dark and defined, do not freak out! They will settle and fade to something a little more natural looking over time. The credence is that it will go from too dark, to too light, to just right.
What aftercare do I need?
Microblading requires very rigorous aftercare to ensure that the strokes stay defined and clear, and your brows continue looking heavenly.
Be sure to avoid:
- Excessive sweating (almost impossible in Hong Kong during the summer, so try to stick to cabs and indoor aircon), swimming, saunas, tanning
- Laser or chemical treatments
- Picking, peeling or scratching of the treatment area
- Before showering, make sure to apply the aftercare cream to the area to protect your skin from the moisture. It’s also important in the shower to avoid splashing the water directly onto your face (doing this is bad for your skin anyway, but even worse when you’ve just had your brows done).
Do I need a touchup treatment?
Around 4-6 weeks after the initial treatment head back to the salon for a colour touch up and a fill in for any spots that were missed in the first treatment. Make sure to ask your technician any questions or concerns you have about the healing process (or about any other concerns in your life. You never know, they may become your best friend!) It is also recommended to get another touch up a year later to keep your brows looking fresh as a daisy.
Enough chitter chatter, I want to book in my brows!
Grab your phone, open BloomMe and select Brows and Lashes and use the “Semi Permanent Makeup” filter to find a salon near you! We personally love Skin Tech 360 in Tsim Sha Tsui for our brow fix for just $1,800 before our amazing daily discounts are applied.
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Perfect eyebrows have quickly become a more valuable resource than a combination of all the world’s fossil fuels and all of the Hemsworth brothers naked photos- yes, including the long forgotten third brother, Luke. The rise of the strong brow thanks to facial hair pioneers like Cara Delevingne and Linda Evangelista has become a breath…