I Got My Eyebrows Microbladed!

Eyebrows might just be your most important facial feature. They frame the face, create balance and put the attention right where you want it – on your eyes. While pencils and plucking were once our favorite go-to groomers, microblading is taking over as the treatment of choice for more natural-looking, semi-permanent results.

I have wanted to improve my brows for years. They are not even, my right brow has no arch and they generally bug the hell out of me. When Wynema, a stylist at Lather, the salon where I work decided to train to do microblading I was SO excited! I’m going to explain the procedure to you and then show you my before and after pictures so you can decide if you think microblading is for you. Hint: I love the way my brows look and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

I got my brows done at Hummingbird Brows and I highly recommend them. Wynema Balich is a capable and knowledgeable Nouveau Contour micropigmentation specialist. She makes you a part of the process at every step and explains everything as she goes along.  She takes a lot of time measuring and drawing on the outline to make sure your brows fit your face. Her room is quiet and calming and she plays lilting music for a relaxing atmosphere.

Hummingbird Brows is located in Lather Salon (1710 N. 4th St. #108) Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Wynema is currently offering a special price of $325 (regular price $400) for the microblading and a follow-up session. That’s a great deal! Call 208-664-1325 for an appointment!

What is Microblading?

Microblading is a semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing treatment that fills in and shapes eyebrows. A hand-held pen that holds a sterile ‘blade’ on the tip ( it looks like an exacto knife) is placed on the epidermis and a swiping or stroking motion of the blade penetrates the upper layers of the skin while depositing pigment mimicking the look of brow hairs.

Procedure

  • The esthetician measures each brow and sculpts a shape then draws it on. This is a VERY important step and your practitioner should consult with you after he/she they are finished drawing so you can make any changes and approve/disapprove the shape. This isn’t, however, the only time you will be able to make adjustments. Wynema and I talked and make a few tiny adjustments (mostly to the tails of my brow).
  • Wynema put numbing cream on each brow and left it on for about a half hour. She tested to see if I was numb before proceeding.
  • She then started making strokes in my skin and when she was finished, she put color on the brow. Wynema custom mixed two different shades to get a good match to my natural brows and it’s perfect!
  • At one point I did feel the numbing cream start to fade so she applied more and worked on the opposite brow until the cream had a few minutes to work. The strokes when I wasn’t numb felt kind of like brow threading–not bad at all.

What to Expect

The entire procedure from start to finish took about 2- 2 1/2 hours. This includes the time it takes for the measuring, numbing cream,  procedure, color and adjustments. My brows were red for the rest of the day and slightly sore for a few hours. By the next day the redness was gone and so was the soreness. I was kind of a difficult case because I have an old scar on my left brow and it was a bit difficult getting through that tough scar tissue.

After Care

Wynema gave me some Aquaphor cream to put on my brows for the first 24 hours. She also told me not to get my brows wet for 24 hours and instructed me to avoid gyms, showers, sweating, sun and makeup for this time frame as well. She advised that there would be some scabbing in a few days and that the color would lighten up a shade or two. I wasn’t looking forward to the scabbing yet I needn’t have worried, I didn’t really have scabs, just some dry flaky spots and that only occurred where Wynema needed to go over a few spots.

Follow Up

I am scheduled for a follow-up appointment in 6 weeks to touch up any areas that have faded or add a few strokes here or there. Wynema will need to touch up that scar tissue I told you about with a few more strokes. This follow-up appointment is included in the price.

What to Know

While microblading offers an answer to an over-waxed, barely there brow, it also penetrates the skin, which means safety is a concern. Most states treat microblading the same way they treat tattooing or permanent makeup. “The practitioner needs a tattooing certification and the business needs to register as a tattoo parlor,” shares Alex  Thiersch, Founder and Director of the American Med Spa Association. “Estheticians who have a tattoo license can perform the procedure in most states, but they must be sure to identify themselves as a tattoo artist during the procedure because the practice falls outside their esthetic practice act.”

Results

I am absolutely thrilled with my brows! They are the ideal color, they have a fabulous shape (both of them), and they look perfectly natural. I don’t look like my brows have arrived before me–they just frame my eyes nicely. I’ve had so many people say my new brows open up my eyes and I do feel I have a more awake, polished look! I don’t need brow makeup and won’t need another session for a year so it is well worth it!

After 40 our brows start thinning or maybe you overplucked in high school, 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). I highly recommend a visit to Hummingbird Brows. I’m, so, so glad I did it!

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Comments

  1. 25 Sweetpeas says:

    Looks like it was a nice place too!

  2. 25 Sweetpeas says:

    Looks like it was a nice place too!

  3. Lacquerexpression says:

    Wow, the results are beautiful! I’d love to get this done some time.

  4. Lacquerexpression says:

    Wow, the results are beautiful! I’d love to get this done some time.

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