Thursday, February 1, 2018

How I Became a Woman with Great Eyebrows

Have you heard about microblading? This new beauty treatment promises clients the opportunity to turn back time and fix all the brow mistakes that they have made in the past. If you are a victim of over plucking, undergrowth, or have some missing patches on your face, this treatment is meant for you.

Before First Treatment (no brows)
Personally, I am a casualty of the 90's, a time when eyebrows were as pin thin as the Calvin Klein models on the runway. I spent hours in the mirror making sure I got every little hair on my face only to regret it years later when big bushy eyebrows came into style. I spent a few years drawing brows on with all kinds of different products, but I knew that they never looked natural and rarely looked alike. In fact, some days I would look in the mirror and laugh at how horrible of a job I had done. So naturally, when I heard about microblading, I knew I had to give it a try!

In January of 2017, I visited Ironclad Tattoo in Troy, Michigan and had my first treatment with Jess Haze, an insta famous makeup artist that had recently become one of the first people to get certified to do the treatment in this area. Jess chatted with me about my brows and drew a  rough outline of what she wanted to do. I looked at what she had outlined and said: "if they look like that when you're done, I'll be the happiest woman on the planet".  Long story short, a few weeks later, they looked just like she said they would.




Day after treatment
 (eyebrows get very dark, then light, then even out)

They were bigger fuller and more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.  I followed up my initial visit with a touch-up appointment a month later and spent 2017 in a state of perpetual bliss. Every time I looked in the mirror and saw my brows I couldn't help but smile. I no longer had to buy any eyebrow products and shaved about fifteen minutes off of my morning routine. It was by far one of the best beauty decisions I have ever made. 

This January, I went back for another touch-up and once again I walked away thrilled with my results. After a month of healing, I can officially say that I actually have the eyebrows that I always dreamed of. If you are looking for a way to get beautiful brows, microblading is a great way to do that, but it's also a semi-permanent solution that needs to be thought out and researched properly. So, before you take the plunge here is what you need to know.




First of all, of course it hurts. But, it's a very mild pain that subsides as soon as the treatment is over.  I would compare it to getting your teeth cleaned, it's not really painful just a little bit uncomfortable for brief moments through the process. If you have even gotten a regular tattoo, you can easily handle this because it only goes into the first few layers of your skin. Once you get the initial treatment you do not want to wear any makeup on or around the brows for the first week. Realistically, I would suggest that you should wait two weeks to wear any makeup at all and do your best to keep your face clean, dry and sweat free. The better care that you take of your brows, the better they will look and the longer they will last. During the healing process, you don't have to do much. For the first 24 hours, you blot them, for the next week you wet them and dry them with a cotton ball a few times a day and apply a light layer of cream.  The main goal is to take a step back and let them heal. 
One month - healed no makeup

Once they are healed up you can return back to normal life. You can touch them, and if you look really close, you can see the perfect little strokes in-between the hairs. But, most people won't know that you have done anything because it looks like hair. That means if you like overdrawn brows this might not be the treatment for you. It's important to do some research to make sure that you have a realistic picture of what to expect from microblading and you know the person that is "tattooing your face".  You can reach out to Jess Haze to make an appointment by clicking here and you can learn more about microblading here. Her pre-care and post-care instructions worked well for me. I never thought I would be able to live down my 90's brows, but I am proud to say that I overcame!


~S

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