Though they may not be the first thing we consider in the morning, our eyebrows do serve a very important physiological purpose.  Eyebrows serve as a catch-all barrier for our eyes.  They prevent dust, debris, and bacteria from getting in our eyes.  They also play a very important role in the process of facial recognition.  

Bold, thick, and naturally shaped; brows that define the face are in, and let’s be honest, a pencil is not going to give the effect of a truly natural look.  Microblading is the newest trend in permanent cosmetics for eyebrow maintenance.  

People read faces and emotion through the movement of our eyebrows.  We are all unconsciously trained to read brow movements and interpret them as amazement, curiosity, pleasure, or some other emotion.  A lack of brow response could cause significant social distress.

Microblading may sound like a bit of an extreme solution to a deficit in the eyebrow department, but before judgment is passed, take a look at this short overview of the process, highlighting the most important aspects of the procedure.  

Microblading is a two-part procedure

It important, for the sake of comfort, that people fully understand the process of microblading before they spend $500-$1,000 on the procedure.  The most essential thing to know is that microblading is a two-part process.  

It is crucial that clients follow through with their second appointment, or the maximum effect will not be clear.  Like tattooing, the ink needs time to settle, and the skin needs time to heal properly before applying touch-ups.  After the skin heals, the ink below the skin will fade a bit.  

The second appointment focuses on going over the originally penned lines for darkening and any other alterations or adjustments the client deems necessary.  The second appointment assures that the client gets exactly the effect they were seeking.  

Microblading is not the same as a tattoo

Microblading does hold a similar concept to tattooing, but it is not at all the same.  A microblading tool is much different, and it does not buzz in the client’s ear the whole time.  It is just a simple tool that injects ink as the artist applying the new brows makes several tiny cuts.  It sounds painful, but clients are provided with a numbing gel before beginning the procedure.  

Proper aftercare is essential

Aftercare for microblading applications is critical.  Just like a tattoo, the skin has to heal correctly over the ink to provide maximum effect.  Remember that microblading does open the skin, so there is always room for infection without proper aftercare.  

Activities such as sun-bathing, swimming, going to the tanning bed, and any facial scrubs or peels are off limits for a while after the initial application.  Such expensive eyebrows should be handled with care.