Eyebrows have become one of many beauty obsessions for women worldwide—however, attempting to draw a perfect arch every time can be frustrating, not to mention, time-consuming.
Females have increasingly begun to tattoo their brows as a result, an easy, effortless solution to beauty maintenance. Not only does this reduce the hassle of having to apply makeup every day, but it has also benefited women who have experienced hair loss due to many diseases.
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Be Prepared For Whatever Outcome
Preparation is everything, which is why scouring the internet for information is always a smart choice. In the hands of a microblading professional, the process is virtually painless and minimally invasive while giving you long-lasting results.
It’s important to consider your allergies as well; if you still feel uncomfortable after reading up on the tattoo, take it as a signal that you’re not quite ready to receive one.
If you do feel comfortable with microblading, the next step is to compose your queries; make a list and bring it to your pre-procedure consultation. Writing down your questions and concerns will help you tackle everything during the meeting without leaving any discussion points behind.
It Is Not Permanent
There are two types of eyebrow tattoos to choose from: permanent and semi-permanent. For a permanent eyebrow tattoo, the artist uses ink and inserts it deeply into the skin. A semi-permanent tattoo, however, uses pigment instead of ink and isn’t injected as deeply as a normal tattoo.
Additionally, ink fades differently than pigment, developing an artificial-looking, blue-green hue as it vanishes. The pigment for microblading is designed to fade nicely into a lighter hue, providing a more natural look.
That being said, the pigment has the potential to transform into a ‘fugitive’ colour (pink, purple, orange, green or blue) based on several factors, including the artist selecting the wrong colour or implanting the hue too deeply into the skin.
It’s best to find a practitioner with extensive colour theory and experience to minimize this risk; asking to see pictures of his/her healed tattoos (not just fresh ones) will give you a better idea of the quality of work.
Regardless of which type of tattoo you choose, taking precautions and following a solid facial skin routine (cleanser and moisturizer are key) will help the imprint last longer; factors that affect its longevity include sun exposure, skin type and application technique.
It Can Be Painful
Imagine needles piercing your skin repeatedly, then consider how painful it is when you pluck your eyebrows. Skin in the brow area is very sensitive, which makes the pain more pronounced. It felt like a bunch of little paper cuts and was an uncomfortable feeling.
However, clients are often given the option of using a numbing agent during the process. This application renders the experience more comfortable and painless, but it may also make the skin ‘buttery’, therefore challenging to work on.
Aside from being painful, an eyebrow tattoo takes time to heal. Artists recommend the client to treat the area as a wound. Like a typical injury, your tattoo should not be rubbed, picked or exposed to makeup or sweat while healing. Ask your esthetician about additional care specific to your needs to follow afterwards.
Like normal wounds, tattooed brows have the potential to scar, especially if you’re in it for the long run. Your first time may not produce permanent marks, but subsequent appointments might leave imprints over.
Due to this possibility, the touch-up work should be approached by the artist differently (perhaps more gently) than the first time. Stick to one esthetician only, if possible, so that he/she is familiar with your specific skin type and needs.
Note that most people require two microblading sessions, as the skin tends to push out some ink; an average person goes back to their practitioner four weeks after the first session for touch-ups.
Procedures are often redone one to three years later as well to refresh the colour and shape. Regardless, the artist’s knowledge about your eyebrow history is important for a proper approach.
Since brow reformation isn’t exactly like your standard tattoo, the healing process is slightly different. Common tattoos we get at tattoo parlour are using needles that will go several millimetres into your skin, while brow needles go only 1mm deep.
That means you can’t get your brows wet for five to seven days to avoid changing the colour of the strokes. Your brows will flake like a tattoo, and I’m now convinced that if you can survive your eyebrows flaking for a few days, you can survive anything. On day four, my brows were having a flake-fest and I wore a huge black floppy hat to keep avoiding any stares. But, oh, it was worth it.