Is Microblading Worth The Hype?
When I first learned about microblading back in 2018, I thought it sounded too good to be true. The art of achieving perfect brows is a difficult one, and the thought of having them tattooed onto your face sounded, well, just plain weird! Wanting to dig deeper into the matter, I listened to three women’s experiences with the treatment to determine, once and for all, if microblading is really worth the hype.
First things first, let’s review what exactly eyebrow microblading is and how it works. Microblading — not to be confused with microneedling — is a semi-permanent makeup technique to create the illusion of fuller, more defined brows. The technique involves using a cosmetic tattoo pen to make small incisions that deposit pigment into the skin.
The tip of the microblading pen is so delicate that its strokes actually mimic individual hairs, and there are a variety of tips in different diameters to control the thickness of each hairlike stroke. By choosing a diameter that closely matches the thickness of the native brow hair, the technician can make the outcome look more natural. In addition to the diameter, you are also able to choose from a range of colors to match your natural hair as closely as possible. Because each hair is hand drawn, technicians are able to customize the eyebrow shape, color, and thickness with each hair stroke.
Cost & Appointment Schedule
Depending on the location and salon, a microblading treatment is usually an investment of $300 to $1,000. In terms of timing, there is an initial session and then a touch-up appointment six to eight weeks later to make any necessary adjustments to the color, shape, and/or fullness.
Recovery & Results
There is no downtime after a microblading treatment, but there are some aftercare instructions. For instance, you should keep your brow area as dry as possible for around 10 days after the procedure. This means avoiding heat and any activities that are likely to get your face wet. There are also medicated and over-the-counter creams that can be applied to help with the healing process.
- Downtime: None
- Initial Results: 2 to 3 weeks post-procedure
- Final Results: 4 weeks post-procedure
- Lifespan: 1 to 3 years
Speaking of the healing process, most microblading clients experience darkening in color followed by lightening in color (anywhere from 20 to 50 percent) and scabs for the first seven to 10 days post procedure. By week two or three, however, the eyebrows appear closer to their final state. About a month in, you’ll be enjoying the full effect of the treatment.
Unlike regular tattoos, microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo because it only penetrates the superficial layers of skin. Results typically last anywhere from one to three years, depending on your skin type. In a way, microblading lasts an ideal amount of time considering how often beauty trends last. While you may be in love with your microbladed brows this year, you may be lusting after a different look down the road.
While the treatment certainly sounds promising, the only way to truly understand the results is to speak to patients who have experienced it first hand. We caught up with three women to get their thoughts on their microbladed brows.
Carrington, Houston, TX
Carrington, the brains behind fashion and lifestyle blog Chaos & Coffee, opted to get her brows microbladed after being unhappy with the results she was achieving filling them in with pencils, powders, and gels. She spent months researching the procedure and finding the right technician before giving it go.
I do feel more confident! I used to hate not wearing makeup because I really looked like I didn't have any eyebrows. As you can probably imagine, it looked a little odd. Now, I feel confident without makeup and am happy with how even my eyebrows look 24/7. I was never really great at drawing them on or filling them in. I wanted them to look natural, and they never did. Now, they're always even and I never have to worry about wiping one off during the day because I forget I have them filled in or worry if one is higher than the other. I know everyone likes to say ‘they're sisters, not twins,’ but, for me, they needed to be twins! I'm very happy with the results of my microblading and plan to continue it for years to come.
Chaneya, the fashion and lifestyle blogger behind Savvy Singer, grew tired of the time and energy it took her to fill in her brows everyday before deciding to get them microbladed. While it was an investment, she believes it can be a more cost-effective and efficient option in the long run.
Katy, Cleveland, OH
Katy, the Cleveland-based lifestyle blogger behind Sugar & Chiffon, decided to get her brows microshaded after growing tired of filling in her self-described “small, sparse, and patchy” brows on a daily basis. She chose a technician after looking at lots of before and afters on Instagram and is happy with her results.
So, are microbladed eyebrows worth the hype? The answer certainly seems to be a resounding yes. While I doubted that an eyebrow tattoo could naturally mimic real hair, a natural and bespoke result is possible at the hands of an experienced technician. I, for one, am seriously considering giving my brows a microbladed makeover.