Amazing Experience Getting My Eyebrows Microbladed
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I’ve always had one good brow, and one bad brow. My bad brow was sparse and patchy compared to the other and I spent a good deal of time making them match with an eyebrow pencil. I heard about microblading a few years ago, and it was something I was immediately curious about. The procedure sounded like it would be perfect for someone like me, a busy 32 year old mom, and this past November I finally took the plunge and got my brows microbladed with Jennifer Hunter at Brow Love Beauty Bar in Orland Park, IL.
Microblading is different from traditional eyebrow tattooing; instead of filling in the entire brow with pigment, hair-like strokes are tattooed for a much more realistic look. Microblading is also considered semi-permanent and is meant to last one to two years. After looking at different microblading technicians in my area on Instagram, I was confident I would get the fuller, more symmetrical brows I was looking for at Brow Love Beauty Bar. After booking my appointment I was instructed to stop using my Retin-A cream and to let my brows grow out for two weeks prior.
When I arrived for my appointment Jennifer took her time to explain the procedure and answer any questions I had. Then to start, I layed down on a table underneath some very bright lights and Jennifer mapped out my brow shape with a pencil. She drew and erased multiple times until the shape was perfect. Next she applied some numbing cream to help ease the pain that come with microblading.
We also discussed brow color. After analyzing my natural hair color, Jennifer showed me two inks she thought would be best. I went back and forth between the two, and ultimately decided to go with the lighter ink. I was nervous that the darker shade would look too fake and bold.
Once my skin was numb, Jennifer got to work microblading. I have two tattoos so I thought the pain would be similar, but even with the numbing cream, I found microblading to be extremely uncomfortable. I’m usually a person that handles pain well, but my brow area must be extra sensitive because I flinched with every stroke.
Possibly even worse than the pain was the scratching sound every stroke of the blade made. It reminded me of nails on a chalkboard. Jennifer warmed me about the sound ahead of time which helped, and after seeing the finished results, the noise (and pain) was worth it! When Jennifer thought she was done, I sat up and took a good, long look at my brows in the mirror. We agreed a few more strokes were needed, so I laid back down. We did this two or three more times to make sure I was 100% completely happy with my brows. The appointment lasted about two and a half hours- beautiful brows can’t be rushed!
I was sent home with a list of instructions and a small jar of healing ointment. On day two my brows started to peel and a few strokes even fell off, which I was told is perfectly normal. By the third week my brows were completely healed, and four weeks after my appointment I met with Jennifer again for a touch-up.
The touch-up appointment was basically the same as the first, but went a little quicker since we didn’t need to do much mapping. I also decided to go darker with the ink this time around. After my brows healed the first time I felt they were a little too light and didn’t give the “wow factor” I was hoping for. Now with the darker color, they do!
It’s now been two months since my touch-up, and I couldn’t be happier with the results- like I said, it was worth all the pain and discomfort I felt. They are so much more symmetrical and fuller than before. I love how I don’t have to do a thing to my eyebrows and my makeup takes much less time now.
I would recommend microblading to anyone who wants fuller brows and doesn’t like how much time it takes to fill them in. Do your research and go to a professional whose work you admire. Would I do it again? Absolutely! I’m sure I will be back at the Brow Love Beauty Bar once mine fade for a new pair of beautifully microbladed brows.