Having an even and full set of eyebrows is every girl’s dream. Only a few lucky ones have a beautiful set of brows that need minimal to no maintenance. Most of us spend quite a time plucking, shaping and drawing the eyebrows for results that last mere hours. That’s why so many that are fed up with the routine seek permanent or semi-permanent solutions such as tattooing or more recently microblading.
Few years ago, I was tired of drawing my thin eyebrows every morning to make them even and thicker, so I went to a permanent make up salon and got them tattooed. I ended up with two solid brown brows. They looked fine until they started to fade to purple after the first year and gradually faded to a pinkish color which I had to conceal with a brown pencil. I wish I knew about microblading back then.
Microblading is a procedure where a technician basically tattoos small strokes on the eyebrows that mimics natural eyebrow hairs which gives superb and natural looking results unlike the solid tattoo technique.
The technician will first assess and shape your eyebrows. He or she shape your brows and draw the filling hair strokes with a special pen. The technician will then use a small tool called microblade with a series of microneedles by dipping it into a selected pigment solution and making fine cuts on the hair-shaped pen strokes. Once the microblading is done, the technician will apply a layer of pigment on the eyebrows for maximum pigment absorption into the cuts. The excess pigment will be cleaned and the beautiful set of natural looking eyebrows are revealed.
Reasons Why Microblading Is Better Than Traditional Tattoo
Even though the procedure of microblading sounds very similar to tattooing, there are two major differences: The pigments used have iron oxide (a natural mineral used in several cosmetic products) and organic pigments which allow the color to gradually fade over time unlike the inks used in permanent tattoo procedures. The other difference is that the pigment in microblading isn’t implanted as deeply in skin compared to old fashion tattoo. Proper and professional microblading targets the upper layer of the dermis and when done right, it creates a beautiful, natural-looking set of brows. Microblading is also used for upper and lower eyeliner as well as lip liner or even full lips.
If you are considering this procedure, I highly recommend you go to a facility that offers organic pigments. The traditional inks or chemical based pigments might create an allergic reaction and won’t fade gracefully leaving you with blue, green or purple eyebrows. Organic pigments are derived from minerals, fruits, and leaves and are easy to remove in case you’re not happy with the results.