Microblading for dream eyebrows in Ann Arbor, MI
Microblading is a type of semi-permanent makeup that is designed to give you darker, shapelier, and more beautiful eyebrows. The cosmetic treatment goes by a few different names, including eyebrow embroidery, micro stroking, feather touch, and hair-like strokes.
The results of microblading look natural, as if you were born with your new brows, and are ideal for those with extremely light hair or spotty eyebrows that don’t quite look filled in. Microblading can fill in your eyebrows, making them darker and formed to the shape you want for a brand-new, head-turning look.
Is Microblading the Same As Eyebrow Tattooing?
While microblading does involve tiny needles and pigment, the effects aren’t as permanent as actual eyebrow tattoos. Many customers report the effects of microblading as much more realistic than permanent tattoos, and the treatment is also safer.
How is Microblading Performed?
Microblading makes use of a handheld tool that is comprised of six to 14 microneedles, whereby pigment will be added in tiny droplet amounts under your skin.
The needles used for microblading come in a variety of diameters so that the thickness of each hair stroke can be customized to each client. Your aesthetician will determine the size of needles to use depending on the width of your natural hairs. Doing so ensures that the effects of the microblading process appear more natural.
First, your aesthetician will clean up your brow areas with tweezers and other tools. This ensures a shapelier appearance and makes your eyebrows easier to work with.
A numbing cream will be applied to ensure your comfort throughout the appointment, and then the session will begin.
Using the microblading tool, your aesthetician will make tiny swipes in your brow area that are then filled in with the pigment. The lines created by the microblade tool are so fine that they mimic the appearance of human hair. Each line is created with meticulous detail to achieve the most realistic appearance.
After the microblading treatment is finished, your aesthetician will apply a special ointment that will help with the healing process.
By the end of your appointment, you’ll have enviable brows that are shaped and colored just the way you prefer.
Other Variations to the Microblading Process
In some cases, microblading involves the use of a machine with a specially devised hygienic needle cartridge. In this case, you can think of microblading as similar to the way a tattoo artist creates designs on your skin. Only, in this case, the aesthetician is making very fine lines and coloring those lines to create the eyebrows of your dreams.
Two Sessions Are Usually Required
The cosmetic treatment is typically performed over the course of two sessions, with your second appointment coming six-weeks after the first to provide necessary touch-ups and to assess the effects.
This ensures that your eyebrows heal correctly and that the necessary brow darkening has occurred.
Is Microblading Safe?
Like tattoo artists, aestheticians who perform microblading are held to the strictest of hygiene standards. The cosmetic treatment is performed using aseptic technique, which means that each needle is sterile and designed for single use only.
Your aesthetician will disinfect the skin around the treatment areas using skin wipes and saline, which diminishes the likelihood of infections or negative reactions.
Your aesthetician will be trained to look for any adverse reactions to the treatment. In some cases, you may see redness or swelling around the area. This is usually a reaction to the numbing agent that is used to alleviate any discomfort and should dissipate within a day or so.
These and any other reactions and healing signs will be discussed with you during your initial microblading consultation.
Who is a Good Candidate for Microblading?
You would be an excellent candidate for microblading if your eyebrows are thinning due to age, certain medications, or your eyebrows lack definition and shape.
If you want an arch to your brows or simply want fuller eyebrows, you would also be an ideal candidate, and are encouraged to schedule a microblading appointment at your earliest convenience.
Some customers even like to schedule a microblading appointment if they have overly blonde or fair eyebrow hair that isn’t readily visible.
Other candidates include those that have excessively trimmed or tweezed their brows and those who want a brand-new look to show off to everyone they come into contact with.
Is There Any Pain or Discomfort?
The microblading process is relatively painless. While the microblading tool does involve tiny needles, your aesthetician will typically use a lidocaine numbing cream to dull your nerves before the session begins.
Some customers report hearing an unpleasant swiping sound as the fine needles are threaded through the skin, but this is normal, and these customers typically get used to the noise and sensations as the session continues.
How Long Does Microblading Last?
While microblading is technically a form of cosmetic tattooing, the results are only semi-permanent, which means that the effects are likely to fade in around 18 months. The rate at which the pigment fades depends on your skin type, environment, and any skin care lotions you use. When you notice the effects fading, you simply need to schedule another microblading appointment to restore the appearance of your fuller, darker eyebrows.
For best results, our aestheticians recommend that you schedule a touch-up service every two years to keep the color crisp. Your aesthetician may suggest an earlier or later appointment, depending on how well your skin holds the pigment.
How to Ensure a Successful Microblading Appointment
We recommend that you schedule a consultation with your aesthetician before opting for a microblading treatment. During this initial appointment, your aesthetician will examine your eyebrows and listen to your concerns, as well as get a clear understanding of your cosmetic goals.
Your aesthetician will also determine if you are an ideal candidate.
Who Is Not an Ideal Candidate for Microblading?
In some cases, you may not be a good candidate for microblading if you have sunburn, are using certain prescriptions like Retin-A, or if you cuts, sores or blemishes that will first have to heal before the microblading treatment can be completed.
You may also be deemed a poor candidate for microblading if you are pregnant or nursing, have diabetes or have a history of hypertrophic scarring, or if you are undergoing chemotherapy.
If you are suffering from a viral infection, if you’re sick with the flu or you have a heart condition, your aesthetician may recommend you speak with your doctor before scheduling a microblading appointment.
Your aesthetician will be the one to determine if you are a good candidate, so be honest with your microblading professional in order to achieve the safest and most beautiful results.
Your Initial Microblading Consultation
If you are determined to be an ideal candidate, your aesthetician will schedule your appointment before helping you pick out the perfect pigment color for your needs. The color choice of your eyebrows will be specific to you and will take into account your natural eyebrow color and skin tone.
What Effects Can You Expect from Microblading?
Varying shades of hypoallergenic micro-pigments react differently with each skin type and fade accordingly, depending on your average amount of sun exposure and environment. You can maintain a darker color, in some cases, by taking the proper aftercare precautions.
Immediately after your microblading treatment, your eyebrows will appear darker than expected. This, too, is normal and the pigment will fade by nearly half the intensity during the healing process over the next couple of weeks.
You will then undergo a second application in around six weeks that will give the give the pigment the necessary touch-ups to ensure the micro-pigments are healing properly and developing the intended effect.
How Much Does Microblading Cost?
Each salon is different in how microblading costs are assessed. Fees will depend on the type of pigment used, the size of the needles, your skin type, the amount of microblading that needs to be performed, and other factors.
Generally, the cost for microblading in the United States ranges between $400 and $1200. Ask your aesthetician for specific pricing based on your goals and skin type.
How to Get the Best Results with Microblading
Your brow area will need to heal following your microblading appointment in order to retain the dark color as much as possible. In most cases, the healing process can take around 30-days.
Try not to touch your eyebrows or get them wet for a few days following your first and second treatment, as doing so can produce less-than-stellar effects. This means you should refrain from swimming, sitting in a sauna, and engaging in excessive exercise until healing is complete.
Your brow area may itch or produce some redness in the first week, but you can apply a thin coat of Vaseline to alleviate the problem.
Once your brows are completely healed, you will be able to touch them and engage in your normal activities, including swimming and exercise.
Many customers become concerned following their first treatment because their eyebrows look darker than they expected. This opaque effect is natural and will soon fade to a more natural appearance.
Your aesthetician will provide you with thorough aftercare instructions along with safe and effective ointments that can help with the healing process. One of those instructions is to avoid wearing makeup on the area until your brows have completely healed. Certain lotions and other products should also be avoided. Just like a tattoo, the pigment was inserted under the skin using a fine needle, which means that you should treat the area like an open wound until it heals.
If you notice any swelling, you should know that this is normal and will fade in the coming days following your initial treatment.
Pre-Appointment Microblading Instructions
Your aesthetician might recommend that you refrain from certain behaviors 24 to 72 hours prior to your appointment to ensure the best results.
Examples include laying in the sun or using a tanning bed, as these can make your skin more sensitive during the microblading procedure.
You will also be told to avoid alcohol, as beer, wine or spirits can lead to poor color deposits and excessive bleeding, creating a faded effect that won’t last long.
You may be told to avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen and to avoid various supplements like Vitamin E and Fish Oil.
If you have had Botox or filler treatments recently, it’s recommended that you wait up to six weeks before your microblading appointment for best results.
In some cases, you may be told to avoid caffeine and to wash your hair prior to your appointment, as you won’t be able to shower for a few days afterward.
Schedule Your Appointment for Microblading
If you wish you had fuller and shapelier eyebrows and you’re looking for a semi-permanent cosmetic treatment that will give you the look you want, you sound like an ideal candidate for microblading.
Schedule your initial consultation by calling Hair Essentials Salon Studios, where we have aestheticians waiting to give you the eyebrows of your dreams.
During the consultation, you will be asked about your health history and goals. Your aesthetician will want to know if you are an ideal candidate for the procedure and ensure that you maintain realistic expectations.
The next step will be to pick out your ideal pigment shade, which will depend on your natural hair color and skin tone. You will be provided with pre-treatment instructions, and your appointment will be scheduled. Soon after, you will leave your appointment with thicker, shapelier, and more beautiful eyebrows, giving you a boost of confidence and ravishing effects that last for up to a year or more.
If you live in Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti, Michigan, and you want eyebrows you’ll love showing off to the world, schedule your initial consultation at Hair Essentials Salon Studios today. The eyebrows of your dreams are only a single appointment away.