In’s and Out’s of microblading. Is it for you?
So I decided to get my brows microbladed. For those of you who know me you may be wondering why? It’s not like I don’t have any brows at all, I actually have quite a bit. However, as I get older and older my arch and ends of brows have gotten thinner and thinner. I wish other parts of my body would have that problem. But they don’t so I have to have a date with Shaun T in the mornings to help with that problem. So what about my brows? Who could help me with that? Luckily there is microblading and there is Kahea with Reo Beauty. Ahhh…I love her.
Normally I would just fill my brows with makeup on a daily but I touch my face way to much and halfway (ok, not even halfway) through the day it would look like I didn’t do anything with them at all. I actually heard about microblading from my mom who got hers done in January and absolutely loves them.
In case you haven’t heard of this procedure, manual microblading is a form of semi-permanent tattoo that involves using tiny needles (instead of a tattoo gun) that make up a small blade to help deposit pigment under your skin. I got so excited to hear that my mom doesn’t have to do anything with her brows at all anymore (besides the normal clean up) but no more makeup. I was totally game for that so I gave Kahea a call.
I’m not going to lie, I was kind of nervous about the whole semi-permanent part of this procedure but at the beginning of my appointment, Kahea reassured me that’d she’d draw in my brows first to make sure I liked them. The cool thing about microblading that I learned is that you can have zero brows, blonde ultra-faint brows, have lost your brows due to alopecia, or just need a little help filling your arches in (me!) — either way, she’s got you covered and will create a legit appearance of naturally full brows. She even creates a custom color that matches your natural brow color and uses several shades, so they look multidimensional and natural.
When I arrived I filled out some paperwork and she went over aftercare with me. I will share more of that in a bit.
She worked on the shape of my brows until I was a happy camper with them. She was very patient and very helpful. She worked with the natural shape of my brow bone so they looked as natural as possible. I appreciated that. I see so many full, beautiful, boxy brows and I totally thought thats what I wanted. But as soon as we drew some on I quickly realized that I looked ridiculous (so I took her counsel and am so glad I listened).
She then explained that she’d be using a hand tool that lets her create thinner, more precise, hair-like strokes that aren’t as deeply ingrained into the skin. These strokes also come out looking more natural because she has much more control. Here is photo of me with some dye on my forehead so we could choose the best, most natural looking color.
Once she was done explaining everything, it was time to lie down on her very sterile, hospital-looking bed. She immediately started creating the tiny superficial cuts in and along my brow, while depositing dye. It sounds painful, but it was really like little cat scratches (but you can hear the scratch, which was a little weird to me). I didn’t think it hurt, but she also put on a topical numbing cream before she started. I could still feel the scratches but I don’t think it hurt anymore than plucking or threading feels.
The whole procedure took about an hour, since mid-process, she would show me a mirror to make sure I liked my results, and if I wanted another hair or two here and there or if she felt like one was needed, she made it happen.
Honestly, I could go on and on about how great microblading is (even though it’s a touch on the pricey side). Normally, I probably would have passed on doing something like this because I didn’t think it was necessary (after all, is it that annoying to use brow products on the regular?). But since I got it done it has been so great to wake up with great brows. The healing process was so easy, I didn’t itch at all and there was just minimal flaking (which is completely normal, although kinda weird and gross).
I will be heading back to my touch-up in about a week and I will be posting again showing my final look as well as doing an awesome giveaway with Reo Beauty. In the meantime if you book a microblading session with her you can get a 35% discount (say what?!) that is awesome. Just mention that I sent you to her and she will hook you and your brows up (or your lashes, because she amazing and does those too).
Before and After Shot. Can’t wait to see what they look like after my touch up.