Microblading – are you not entirely sure of what it is, or if this increasingly popular treatment is right for you?
I too was a little unsure, so I decided to stop letting my curiosity get the better of me and see what all the fuss is about. Having found someone in the industry I trusted – I booked my first two microblading sessions with Highbrow Microblading in Port Elizabeth.
Filled in and perfectly shaped eyebrows have become the defining look of the century so far. Microblading is the latest semi-permanent treatment that provides definition and fullness where brows are naturally lacking and shaves hours off your daily makeup routine.
What is microblading?
Microblading is the technique of implanting pigment into fine incisions in the skin, this technique goes back thousands of years, but gained popularity for being used on eyebrows in Asia, with the feathering or embroidery trend, later known as microblading.
It is essentially tattooing, but it involves using a specialised and more delicate manual hand tool. Rather than giving you a block of colour like traditional tattooing, fine strokes are done by hand to create the illusion of real hairs.
Many beauticians class it as semi-permanent, but with regular top-ups and great aftercare, it can last a lifetime. It’s great for those who have gone through chemotherapy or radiation, even for those who suffer from medical conditions causing hair loss, such as Androgenetic alopecia.
The biggest question on everyone’s minds… Is it painful?
Well, to be completely honest and this is based purely on my own personal experience – NO, the procedure from start to finish is not as excruciating as expected… this coming from someone who is terrified of needles and who has quite an irrational fear of anything near my eyes. The most painful part of the procedure was the tweezing.
Upon making my appointment at Highbrow Microblading, Julie ran the through her pre-appointment checklist:
- Are you diabetic?
- Do you suffer from Keloid scarring?
- Are you allergic to Iodine?
- Have you tested positive for HIV or Hepatitis?
- Are you pregnant or breastfeeding?
- Have you had Botox treatments in the last 28 days?
- Are you currently on any prescribed medications?
- Do you have any allergies?
- Are you sensitive to any makeups / hair dyes or any other dye?
After sanitizing, completing my pre-appointment checklist and chatting to Julie about what I could expect, we proceeded with the treatment. Julie ensured that my brows were numbed before starting and got started with shaping my eyebrows. The entire procedure took approximately 3 hours – that makes it sound longer and more painful than it was – no, really!
We decided upon a shade of pigment that was best suited to my skin tone and complexion, one that was not too light or too dark. After selecting the shade of pigment I was made to feel at ease – and so much so, that throughout the entire process, I could stop for a break or to re-apply anaesthetic if I felt that it was needed. It was entirely up to me.
After the procedure, Julie emphasised the importance of the daily post-care treatment. The treatment helps to avoid scarring and to ensure the dye adheres to my skin.
The next few weeks – leading up to my touch up appointment flew by. Not a day went by that I did not notice how my brows were taking shape.
I can confirm that I am 100% happy with the end result, and would recommend Highbrow Microblading (and Julie) to anyone who asked.
For more information on Microblading or to make an appointment contact Julie on 082 516 7898
Highbrow Microblading is currently running a “Lockdown Special” of R1000 for both the initial appointment and the touch up. (valid for the duration of the lockdown period)
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