Some people are gifted with natural, beautifully shaped eyebrows from birth. Others have to work a little bit harder to obtain the brows they want, perhaps with brow powder or pencils. And still others, like me, had brows at some point but over the course of time managed to over pluck, over wax, and over thin, having little to no guidance on what great brows SHOULD look like.
My wake up call was about 12 years ago. I had been severely over plucking my eyebrows for a while in order to obtain a very thin brow. I popped into a small salon near my apartment to get a wax. The stylist scrunched her nose up at me and asked me what brow shape I was shooting for. I kind of shrugged and asked for her opinion. She placed her fingertip directly over the corner of my eye and explained that the end of my eyebrow should start there but instead was about half an inch over. I was so embarrassed!!
I did make an effort to grow my eyebrows out but the ends were no longer growing back in. I thought I was doomed to thin, patchy brows. I invested in a myriad of eyebrow products. I tried powders, pencils, waxes, stencils. I eventually found products by Kelly Baker Brows that gave me the look I was going for, but it took me at least 10 minutes every morning to create this look.
Microblading-what is it?
Then I saw a light at the end of the tunnel. The salon that was helping me through my brow journey, Heather Brown Face and Body Studio was going to start offering microblading. I had never heard of microblading, but I made it a point to learn as much as I possibly could. Microblading is like a semi-permanent tattoo for your eyebrows. The difference is that the eyebrow artist is tattooing hair strokes on your eyebrows. So there isn’t a solid tattoo of any sort. The end result should look like real, full eyebrows. I signed up as quickly as I could and prepaid.
Fast-forward 3 months. My appointment had arrived. My eyebrows were arched a few days prior to make sure my brows were shaped and ready to go. My eyebrow artist, Heather Brown, drew the shape I was looking for as a guide for my ideal eyebrows. She put some numbing cream on my eyebrows and let it sit for some time before she began.
Painful but SO worth it
I’m not going to skirt around this issue. Microblading hurts ya’ll. I’ve had three other tattoos, so I can deal with pain. This hurt more than my other tattoos. Don’t get me wrong-it was manageable but it hurt more than I expected. It’s a sensitive area after all.
The appointment took a bit more than an hour. When Heather held the mirror up for me to take a look, I squealed with joy. I couldn’t believe how good my brows already looked! I was SOLD. See the before and after below. The after care for Phase I included keeping my eyebrows dry for at least 2 weeks, 3 if possible. I also made an appointment 4 weeks later for my follow up detail (Phase II). This was the appointment where Heather would be able to sharpen the brow shape and add further definition to my brows.
I now wake up with full, natural looking brows. It seems like a dream but it’s reality!! Bring on Phase II!