Microblading. I mean the term itself is enough to scare most woman. Having said that though, I couldn’t be happier with my decision to go ahead and give it a go. I can’t lie and say that I wasn’t worried leading up to it, but knew I was in safe hands with one of the best in the industry. Melissa from The Brow Emporium was the epitome of professionalism and was so good at putting my mind at ease. I decided to ask her a few questions so that woman out there could have a better view on what Microblading is.
Roxy: Explain Microblading to us in its simplest form?
Mel: Microblading eyebrows is an advanced semi-permanent makeup technique that creates natural, beautiful eyebrow hair strokes with a handheld tool called a microblade. Strokes that resemble real hair are drawn into ones skin.
Roxy: How long has Microblading been about? Is it becoming more popular and if so, why do you think this is?
Mel: Microblading eyebrows first appeared about 25 years ago throughout Asia. In the last few years there was a surge of popularity throughout the West. Also with todays very visual social media world the perfect eyebrow has become increasingly popular.
Roxy: How sore is ‘sore’?
Mel: Most of my clients report little or no pain. Some have even said it feels as if I’m plucking their hair and that the sound of the blade is actually less manageable than the treatment itself. Because the procedure could take up to two hours, a topical anaesthetic is left on the eyebrow area for 20 minutes before I begin, and another form of anaesthetic is applied during the process. It is also important to note that pain and discomfort will always differ from person to person but for the most part clients walk away saying “that wasn’t bad at all.”
Roxy: Can any woman be a candidate for Microblading?
Mel: While this is a great treatment for most people, not everyone is a candidate. You are not eligible if you:
- are prone to keloid scarring or Hyperpigmentation
- are Pregnant or breastfeeding
- have had botox/fillers in your brow area 3 weeks prior
- have a transmittable blood disease such as Hepatitis and/or HIV
Roxy: What are the risks?
Mel: Although Microblading is safe and accepted as a beauty treatment countrywide, a licence is required in the US to become a Microblading or permanent makeup artist. Unfortunately in South Africa this is not the case and so for me the biggest risk is having this treatment done by someone who is not trained by a respected Academy or with little to no experience. Also, as mentioned above, due to its surge of popularity there are many training schools that have jumped on the band wagon resulting in under trained students which has led to this technique receiving a lot of bad press in recent months.
I urge people to be sure of their therapist; do your homework when selecting your Microblading artist, ask for pictures, read reviews and request a consult if you are still not convinced! I was trained internationally by the largest and most respected Microblading academy in the world – PhiBrows.
Roxy: Why is Microblading better than tattooing or any other product on the market?
Mel: Microblading is the better alternative to most eyebrow procedures as you will have a trained professional designing your eyebrows to best suit your face, taking many variables into account including face shape, bone structure and the distance between your eyes. There is a no ‘one size fits all’ eyebrow. Each and every client will leave having eyebrows designed exactly how they should be for their face.
Although microblading is a type of permanent makeup it is an entirely different skill. Permanent makeup is performed using a machine whereas microblading gives us the option to manually draw hair strokes which is the most natural alternative. Furthermore, Microblading has specific pigment that maintains its original hue over time whereas in some tattooing cases clients have reported that their tattoos have turned blue or grey.
And with regards to the good old eyebrow pencil, most woman know this takes a lot of time, patience and will not always give you the best possible shaped eyebrows for your face. Not to mention them coming off when giving someone a hug
Roxy: How long does it last – how often are top ups required?
Mel: Typically it can last anywhere from 1 to 3 years depending on your skin type and lifestyle habits. Touch ups are not compulsory but are generally required when you feel they need a little boost or the strokes have begun to fade. Touch ups could be anytime from 1 year.
Roxy: What maintenance is in involved once the Microblading is done?
Mel: The only maintenance required to the brow area once the microblading has healed is the removal of unwanted hair. You can wax, tweeze or thread around hair strokes.
Roxy: What are the costs involved?
Mel: At The Brow Emporium we charge:
- Microblading = R2000.00
- Touchups (anytime after four weeks) = R800.00
- Touchups on (a) another artists work or (b) six months plus = R1250.00
Roxy: How would you sell Microblading to the average woman in just one sentence?
Mel: A perfect eyebrow can quite literally change your life. I can guarantee that if you have your microblading done by a PhiBrows artist your life will be forever changed!
And with that last sentence I couldn’t agree more. Ladies, if you are continually drawing on or filling in your eyebrows and can’t fathom the thought of permanent makeup, Microbalding really should be at the top of your list. A massive thanks to Melissa for adding years of time on to my life by not having to continuously fill in my brows!