microblading

microblading

It’s 2018, you’ve been hearing all about microblading. But what is it? Keep reading and you’ll find out.

WHAT IS IT

Microblading is known by a few different names. You’ve probably heard of microblading, microstroking, eyebrow feathering or embroidery or even 3D brows. They all mean the same thing – tiny micro slits filled with pigment to create a hair-like semi-permanent tattoo. Mind. Blown.

Microblading has been around for multiple centuries, but mostly in Europe and Asia. It is however just starting to gain steam in North America with more and more people being ready to ditch the eyebrow pencil and wake up with perfect brows.

The pen itself looks like an Exacto knife. First, the pen gets dipped into the pigment that matches your skin tone and hair colour. Your microblading artist will use a very tiny series of microneedles to create the perfectly thin strokes into your already existing brow.

If we are scratching your skin, won’t it leave a scar? NOPE! Microblading only deposits pigment into the first two layers of your skin. Whereas a permanent tattoo (using a gun and ink) scratches the ink into the lower layers of your skin, leaving blurry and thick lines that will fade over time to a red or blue undertone.

Although pigment does fade naturally, it won’t leave behind an ugly coloured residue. The pigment uses an iron oxide base, much like many cosmetic products we already use in our everyday lives like foundation and blush. Over time the colour will lighten and lighten and eventually disappear from the first layers of our skin, leaving no trace behind.

BEFORE

Before your microblading appointment make sure your skin is in tip top shape to be microbladed. If it isn’t, results will not be as desired and you will require more appointments to get your dream brows, or in some cases may cause permanent damage to your skin.

Be honest with your microblading artist if you:

  • Have had botox within the past 3 weeks
  • Have had a chemical peel in the past 60 days
  • Have used retinol/retin A products in the past week
  • Use any serums with acids in it
  • Are sunburnt
  • Have used aspirin/ibuprofen in the past 24 hours or are on any blood thinning medications
  • Have had any alcohol in the past 24 hours
  • Have used Accutane in the past year
  • Prone to keloid scars
  • Have a viral infection
  • Are HIV positive, have a transmittable blood disease or hepatitis

Your artist would much rather you be completely transparent about anything that may hinder your ability to get microbladed and reschedule your appointment than to have you be dishonest and not have amazing brows or cause permanent harm to your skin during the process.

AFTER

 Your 2 hour appointment is done and you LOVE your new perfect brows. But now what? In order to keep your new brows in tip-top shape be sure you follow these Instructions.

  • Clean your brows GENTLY every hour for the next 5 hours immediately after your appointment to clean your brows of any debris other than the pigment using a very mild antibacterial soap
  • Avoid using cleansers with acids in them such as glycolic, AHA’s, or lactic
  • Always wash off every trace of soap and blot dry with a clean dry piece of tissue
  • When applying the after-care ointment use the mantra “less is more”. Only apply about the size of a grain of rice on each brow.
  • After the first day, after-care ointment needs to be applied only twice per day – in the morning and at night after you have cleaned your brows.

You’ve followed the instructions on washing, applying ointment, being gentle on your brows but you’ve still screwed them up… HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?! Chances are you forgot some of the do’s and dont’s of having freshly microbladed brows for the past two weeks. Well, here they are.

  • Avoid touching them excessively. Stick with just washing, drying and applying ointment.
  • Not. Scratch. Or. Pick. Them. Ever. It can actually cause them to scar and lose colour.
  • You don’t need any makeup, moisturizer or sunscreen close to them. Avoid at all costs.
  • Stay out of the sun.. and beds! You’ll have plenty of time after they are healed to get bronzed.
  • Stay away from hot tubs, long steamy baths or showers, steam rooms, and saunas.
  • Save your money and stay out of the clubs while they are healing. Excessive alcohol consumption can cause the healing process to be prolonged.

Even after the two weeks are up, try to avoid chemical peels or laser treatments until you are all finished the entire microblading process, including your touch up appointment and you are completely healed from that session as well.

Here you have it folks, step by step instructions on how to keep your amazing brows in the best shape they can be. Tedious yes, but trust us.. you’ll thank us later.

HEALING PROCESS

DAY 1: You love your brows. They look perfect. Lines are crisp and you’re feeling fresh. As the day goes on they get a bit darker.

DAYS 2-7: They are a littttttle bit dark. But that’s okay you love them anyways. A bit of scabbing is happening.

DAYS 8-14: You’re a peeling mess. You feel like you’re shedding your skin. And for what, there is NOTHING under there! Relax, it’ll be okay.

DAYS 15-28: The pigment is coming back and you’re feeling better about it all. Your brows are making a comeback and you couldn’t be happier. But some lines don’t look as great as they did the first week. Hmm.

DAYS 29-36: BROWS BROWS BROWS. They are fully healed and you are ready for your touch up. Could they get any better than what they already are? You bet sister. Book your touch up and find out for yourself. Get ready to repeat the whole process.

 

Pricing

CONSULTATION$0

Thinking about getting your brows microbladed but want some more info on the service or just to see what we can do for you? 30 minute complimentary consultation just for you!

BROW MICROBLADING$450

Fallen victim to over-tweezing in the early 2000’s? us too, we’ve got you babe!come in for a free consultation on what we can do for you with brow microblading! creating a semi-permanent brow for you (lasting years) you will have the brows you have always dreamed of – and more! one free touch up is included in your microblading service.

12 MONTH TOUCH UP$190

Touch your new brows up to keep them looking fresh within a year.

24 MONTH TOUCH UP$225

Lost track of time? over a year since your news brows being on fleek.

 

Nude Wax Bar is also a proud supporter of all cancer survivors. if you’re a cancer survivor and wanting to get your brows microbladed, $50 of your fee will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.