What is microblading?
Microblading is a technique similar to tattooing that is performed on the eyebrows to give a thick, natural look – or whatever the client desires.
A small, handheld tool with 10-12 needles at the end is used to scratch the surface of the skin.
Medical grade pigment is implanted using lightweight strokes to create the look of natural hair.
It is unlike tattooing as it is not in the deeper layer of skin, and it is also not permanent – colour fades within 18 months.
Microblading also gives a more natural result as the strokes created are much finer than a tattoo gun can create.
What happens during a microblading treatment?
I saw Karen Betts at Karen Betts Professional for microblading – my first time having the treatment.
My eyebrow area was numbed using a topical cream, and Karen then discussed desired shape and colour with me.
Karen then drew on my eyebrows with pencil so that I could see what kind of shape she would recommend – I was free to make suggestions for her to change this until I was happy.
As it turned out, we agreed on the perfect shape for me on only the second try!
Then Karen got to work while I lay back and relaxed with my eyes closed. More numbing cream was added to really ensure my comfort throughout.
The process took around ten to fifteen minutes before the final layer of pigment was applied. This was then left for five minutes before being cleaned off.
I checked my eyebrows in the mirror, and was thrilled with the result, even though it was much stronger than it would settle down in to eventually.
Karen sent me off with a balm to apply to the eyebrows which helped to soothe them and also encouraged the pigment to stay.
Six weeks later, I was back for a top-up session, which only took five minutes. Karen looked at how my eyebrows had settled in, applying strokes again in any patches and making sure the shape was truly perfect.
A couple of weeks on, and I’m really happy. My eyebrows look naturally thick, groomed and defined.
The result will last between 12-18 months, depending on skin type. Oilier skins should expect around 12 months, while less oily skin types may see their eyebrows last for longer.
For more information and to book a treatment with Karen, visit www.karenbetts.com