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What is microblading? Microblading is semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo. Microblading uses a fine blade comprised of ultra-thin needles to very lightly scratch the epidermis and implant semi-permanent pigments in the skin. The results are very fine hair-like strokes that simulate your own natural hair.
Does microblading hurt? Minimally. The initial scratches must be done with no numbing cream, but are a 2-5 out of 10 on the pain scale. Similar to the feeling of tweezing or a cat scratch. Then, a topical anesthetic is applied and clients feel absolutely nothing. Many clients actually fall asleep.
How is the microblading shape determined? My philosophy: Your brows tell your story. Prior to booking a microblading appointment, a COMPREHENSIVE CONSULTATION is done with microblading expert, Melissa Cutler. A personality, and face and eye shape analysis are performed and recommendations are given to you, but ultimately, you have the final say as to how thick, thin, square or soft you would like your shape.
How long does microblading last? After 2 treatments, microblading will look good anywhere from 1-2 years. The pigment will remain visible for up to 5 years.
What is the healing process for microblading? When done correctly and given the proper aftercare instructions, your microblading SHOULD HEAL FLAT with minimal flaking. No scabbing, no chunks of pigment falling off, no disappearing and magically reappearing brows. This is outdated education. If your prospective technician tells you this is
How long does microblading take? The initial appointment is the longest. The first microblading treatment can take up to 3 hours.. Most touch ups take 1 hour. Annual colour refreshes take 1.5-2 hours.
How much does microblading cost? Microblading with me, Melissa Cutler at Mind, Beauty, and Soul is $500 for the first session and $100 for the touch ups. Annual Colour Refreshes are from $200. In general, microblading ranges from $250-$800.
How do I know if a microblading technician is good? Look at a technician's before and afters, ask to see MANY pictures of healed results, ask if they are insured and ask to see a public health inspection certificate. Many consumers don't know that many microblading training courses are only 2 or 3 days. Just because a technician is certified, doesn't mean they're qualified. I mean no insult to emerging technicians - I, myself was one. But it is up to the consumer to do their research. Choosing a technician for a low rate could costs your hundreds more to remove and redo. Choose a microblading technician like you would a tattoo artist.
What does good microblading look like? Good microblading will have very fine strokes not only when you leave your treatment, but also when it all heals. After the first treatment, it is normal for microblading to have some lighter patches, and a second treatment is usually required.
What does bad microblading look like? The scary thing is you may not know if you've had a bad job until after it heals. When healed, blurred, smudged, or powdered results are not normal and can be a product of either poor skin type for microblading or improper technique by the technician.