Microblading is an embroidery of small, precise strokes that mimic the effect of real hairs, and uses a special microblading pen to individually draw on the strokes. Unsurprisingly, the technique’s unparalleled natural finish has made its popularity skyrocket in recent months. If you’re still not sure how the technique differs from tattooing, Nadia explained that “during the microblading process we use a special microblading pen to draw on individual strokes one by one.” It’s an extremely meticulous process that takes around two hours to complete.
Betsy couldn’t stress the importance enough of doing your research and finding the best possible technician near you. ‘A well-established, experienced technician should have all appropriate licenses and certificates,’ she says. ‘I would recommend checking if the technician has previous photos of their work with reputable contacts. They should also be able to willingly answer all of the client’s questions, and offer as much information about the procedure from start to finish. And of course, it should always be performed in a clean, sterile environment.’ Nadia says to avoid anywhere offering express microblading: “It’s not a rushed procedure, it cannot be done in an hour.”
Leading up to your appointment, you should avoid plucking or waxing your brows because your technician will be making your new brow shape based on current measurements they’ll make before starting the procedure. You should also avoid using exfoliators 72 hours before the application, like any skincare products containing glycolic acid, retinol, and alpha hydroxy acids, since they may inflame the skin, and taking medications such as blood thinners. ‘The goal is for the skin to be as insensitive to the procedure as possible to limit bleeding,’ says Betsy. ‘Pregnant, breastfeeding, and diabetic clients should avoid the procedure all together.’