For probably about a year or so now, I have been interested in microblading. My sister and I started out waxing our eyebrows from home in the 7th grade or so, so my eyebrows have never really had a good shape to them. Plus, it was in style back then to have thin eyebrows… not so much now. A friend of mine has her eyebrows tattooed on, and they look amazing, but I just couldn’t get myself to take the plunge. So, all of this, brought me to microblading.
For those of you who haven’t heard of microblading yet, in a nutshell, it’s where a beauty professional takes a small bundle of needles, makes fine lines in your eyebrow area and fills it with pigment. It’s a semi-permanent option, so it lasts about a year to a year and a half, which was exactly what I was looking for. Plus, the results look much more natural than a tattoo in that the fine lines they create really look like real hairs.
I swear I read 1 million reviews before making this decision. I saw where people posted amazing results and others posted horror stories that made my stomach churn, but look up anything on the internet these days and most often, you can find that same mix. That is until one day, I found Kristin Callaway Beauty. She is actually a friend of a co-worker of mine, so I checked out her Instagram and I was hooked. I probably stalked her for 2+ hours and still didn’t see a pair of brows she had done that I didn’t like. Not to mention, she was more affordable than some of the other salons I had seen and assured me that we could avoid the scabbing and ugliness that other salons tell you to expect. Plus, I was literally, jaw-droppingly AMAZED when I saw her work on cancer survivors or other women who had no eyebrows at all – it’s remarkable.
I know it sounds like I’m a little too excited about this y’all, but microblading my eyebrows has completely changed the look of my face and I couldn’t be happier with my pretty much perfect brows that I never have to fill in.
I’m guessing you guys want to know the nitty gritty details of the process though, so here it is.
The first appointment took about 2 hours. She put numbing gel across my brow line and then used a precise measuring tool to find the perfect shape for me. Then, she let me see that shape and let her know if I was okay with it or not. After about 30 minutes of talking through what I wanted and what to expect, we got started with the needling process.
I will admit that the first pass I was like, this needling noise sounds awful and this is kind of uncomfortable… did I make the right decision? But then Kristin put on a second numbling gel and it was easy peasy from there. I think she did about 3 – 4 passes of needling and filling in with pigment before letting me sit up and take a look. At first, I was a little overwhelmed, because anything new on your face feels weird, but I trusted her and had a really good feeling that these were going to look great.
She gave me this chart to let me know what to expect (the process isn’t as extreme as what you see here) and some really good care instructions to follow over the next couple of weeks.
6 – 8 weeks later, she had me come in for a perfecting session, where we could touch up any spots that didn’t retain well and add a little anywhere we thought needed it. She touched up a few areas and warmed up the pigment, just a little. This appointment was super easy and you pay everything up front, so you don’t have to pay anything extra when you go for your follow-up.
Y’all I couldn’t be any happier with my brows and now that I have done the initial session, each year, it will be a fraction of the cost to get them filled in. I know it can be scary, but I am someone who has a low pain tolerance and always has a hard time with change and this wasn’t bad at all.
When writing this post, I tried to go through a mental checklist of the questions I had before getting my eyebrows microbladed so I could answer them for you, but if you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out. I’d be happy to help you figure out if microblading is right for you!
C’est la vie,