I'm 21, Had Microblading Done and I loved it! Before and After Photos of My Journey.
In October 2016, I had my eyebrows microbladed. I am 21 years old. My sister, Heather Ferguson, is a hair stylist and brow specialist in Scottsdale, Arizona. Last fall she was trained for microblading and I was one of her first clients. I was lucky enough to have the procedure done for free (thanks to that family discount!), but her usual rate is $350 which includes the first touch up, and $99 for additional touch up sessions afterward. My brows have always been very light, so I had been filling them in for years. I was excited for the opportunity to reshape and define my brows with microblading.
Heather and I had a quick consultation, discussing the shape and shade of brows I wanted. I wanted my brows to come in closer together and have an extended tail. I didn’t want my brows too dark, but I do like them a few shades darker than my hair, which is light blonde. We decided on a medium brown and she drew the outline of my new brows, ensuring that they would be symmetrical and even.
Heather let me know that I would need at least one touch up within a few months of the first session, and said that the brows would last anywhere between one and three years, depending on how well my skin could hold the ink and how I care for them. Microbladed brows tend to last longer if you properly moisturize, wear sunblock, and avoid too much direct sunlight on your face.
She applied a bit of numbing cream to my brow area and began the blading process. To be completely honest, it is painful - not unbearably so, but definitely uncomfortable. The tool she uses looks a bit like a scalpel. The actual blade head is detachable, so each new client has their own and it is thrown out afterward. The cut for each new “hair” strand is quick but stings a bit. My eyes started watering and I was sneezing repeatedly. (Heather has since said that many of her clients experience a similar sneezing issue. Strange!) Altogether the actual blading took about 45 minutes to an hour, mostly because we had to keep pausing because of my sneezes.
Once we were finished, I checked out my new brows. They were much darker than the color I had wanted, which is normal. Initially the brows are dark, but lighten to the color they’re meant to be as they heal. Over the next two weeks, as recommended, I applied an ointment to help moisturize the sensitive brow area. Other rules: no makeup or beauty products in brow area, avoid excessive sweating, and keep brows dry in the shower/bath.
The healing process is interesting because within the first few days, my brows appeared to darken dramatically, then another few days later were much lighter and appeared to be peeling, then the color returned and settled. So, don’t worry if the color seems very different than what you asked for, your brows should eventually become the shade you wanted once the ink fully settles. I had some dryness and a bit of peeling. It’s very important to resist the urge to pick at your skin! Doing so can remove color and create patches from little parts of the brows. Just keep applying the cream!
I had my first session in October and my touch up in December. It’s very important to ensure that your brows are completely healed from the first session before doing your touch up. My brows healed rather well but they did have a few patches and light spots. The touch up appointment was quick, about 15 minutes of actual blading. As prior, we used a bit of numbing cream beforehand and I found this appointment to be slightly less painful.
It has now been about ten months since my first session, and eight months since my touch up, and I could not be happier with the results! I do not need to fill in my brows at all because the shape, fullness, and color are great, but occasionally I will fill them in slightly if I want a more dramatic makeup look. The color has lightened and faded quite a bit since the first session, but I actually prefer it this way. For anyone who thinks their brows are too light or unshapely, I would absolutely recommend microblading.