If you’ve tried everything possible in the market to get lush thick eyebrows and have still come up short, we’ve got one word for you: Microblading. This semi-permanent tattoo technique creates the illusion of natural looking, thick brows, in just under 2 hours. Unlike a traditional tattoo, which is permanent, microblading can last up to 3 years but because the color effect will fade over time, touch ups may be necessary to maintain the desired look. Here’s all you need to know about this revolutionary process.
Do Your Due Diligence
If you’ve continued to be disappointed with your hoard of brow pencils, gels, and waxes, and have opted to take the microblading route, make sure you are well informed about this semi-permanent makeup technique. Do your research about the procedure by familiarizing yourself with the products that will be used, including finding out the types of pigments and whether allergy tests have been conducted. Usually, microblading is offered at high-end salons where the staff takes great care in ensuring their tools and other equipment are sterilized to ensure their patients don’t face side effects or infections of any kind. Since the process involves breaking into the skin using a hand-held micro blade with needles, there is a potential risk of infection but if the performing esthetician is a licensed practitioner with the right experience, they will ensure hygiene is taken care of during all aspects of the process.
During your pre-consultation with the esthetician, you will be asked about your desired look and informed about expectations of the final result. The technician will analyze your facial features and provide input of what type of brow will best suit your face. Once this is decided, a reliable salon will make sure they conduct a patch test on the skin at least 24 hours before the actual procedure to check for possible reactions. If there are no hiccups a day later, your esthetician will go ahead and draw your desired eyebrow shape using a measuring tool. Post this, an anesthetic is applied to numb the affected area and prevent any pain. A microblade with approximately 10-12 microneedles is then used to delicately tattoo the brow surface with featherlight strokes, applying a medically-safe pigment just below the epidermis. Once the initial layer of the desired eyebrow shape is in place, a final layer of pigment will be added and a mask is left on to help absorb and set the color.
Caring For Your New Brows
If you’ve been diligent in your research and patient through your microblading procedure, don’t waste all that by not being thorough with the after-care instructions. While your esthetician will give you detailed information about how to care for your new brows, generally, you should avoid washing your eyebrows immediately after the treatment to help preserve the pigment. However, if your eyebrows do get wet, gently pat them dry with a tissue. Keep your hands to yourself even if you feel the need to constantly pick on your eyebrows to avoid scarring of the area or removal of the pigment. You can apply a very small amount of coconut or rosehip oil to soothe the brows.
Ensure your showers are short and steam-free and don’t forget to apply a thin layer of a moisturizing cream with a cotton swab to your eyebrows after. Avoid strenuous physical activities, swimming, and saunas for at least 10 days post the procedure. It is also recommended to avoid facials, botox or peels (for at least 4 weeks). Ensure you use sunglasses and hats before you step out and as far as possible, avoid direct sun exposure for at least a week. Don’t forget to also apply a layer of sunscreen with at least SPF 30 when exposing yourself to sunlight. Just to be on the safe side, don’t wear any make-up or apply any skincare products on your brows until the affected area has been healed.
Don’t Avoid Touch-ups
Immediately after the treatment, the treated area may be slightly red and the color may appear slightly dark; however, that’s normal because the pigment has not yet been fully absorbed. Over the next 3-4 weeks, the color will begin to fade as the pigment begins to gradually soften. When this happens, expect a certain amount of flakiness or dryness while the pigmentation slightly fades causing your brows to look extra light. This is just the skin’s way of healing from the inside. Don’t be alarmed that the color is already wearing off; it’s just a way for any excess pigment to naturally shed from your eyebrows.
Once all the extra pigment wears off, you will be able to enjoy your new, lush and natural looking eyebrows uninterruptedly, for at least 4 weeks, after which you will have to show up for your first touch up session. This is to ensure that no scar damage has occurred and also to fill in any areas that were missed in the initial session.
In addition, pigment color may need to be readjusted so it can be retained for a longer time and more strokes may be required to increase the brow thickness. Because every individual’s skin varies, the color retention within the skin will vary as well. So while one may not require another touch-up session up until 18 months later, some others may have to show up for one less than a year after the initial treatment.
What You Need To Know About Microblading
While this is a safe and minimally-invasive procedure, pre-existing conditions need to be taken into account in some cases. Women who are breastfeeding can undergo the procedure but will not be able to utilize the anaesthetic. A doctor’s note will be required for anyone with serious diseases such as cancer, epilepsy or autoimmune, circulatory and bleeding disorders. There is a waiting period if you are currently taking strong retinoids (6 months), have recently undergone Botox (2 months), waxing (3 days) or a chemical peel (2 weeks). For some other medical conditions, microblading is downright prohibited. Case in point, those who are pregnant, diabetic or taking blood thinning medication.
For those who have sparse brows that require constant filling in with powders, gels, and waxes, microblading is practically magic. Once you’ve made up your mind to go through with it, don’t take it lightly. Be sure to do your research when looking for the right salon with a licensed esthetician. Take your time to understand the procedure and ask the right questions. Enough emphasis cannot be placed on the importance of following post-care instructions. Experienced brow technicians are sure to do their job with care and detail but if you’re not satisfied with your results right off the bat, do vocalize that so all the discrepancies can be dealt with during the touch-up session. As far as maintenance goes, microbladed brows will eventually fade away if regular touch-ups are avoided. All of this may sound like a lot of grunt work but it’s sure to pay off when you see the reflection of strong, bold natural looking brows staring right back at you in the mirror.
To learn more about microblading or to set up an appointment with Middle East’s top brow bar, contact us at https://browz.group/contact-us/.
Always learn, always grow, always be in awe. Your thoughts create your reality. Focusing on gratitude means the culture of a business is based on respect and growing as a team.
Passion is the driver behind the success of BROWZ founder, Michele Barclay.
A talented artist hailing from the United Kingdom, Michele is a specialist in Brows; Semi Permanent Makeup and all thing beauty and skin care. From an early age she had a focus and knew this was to be a lifelong industry for her.
At just 17, Michele started her beauty training, receiving a Higher Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Electrolysis. Quickly realising she excelled in specialist treatments, she gained certifications in advanced skin services such as Skin Tags, Thread Vein and Advanced Electrolysis plus Laser Hair removal. However, Michele always had a natural talent and steer towards SPMU and her love for brows.
An inspiring entrepreneur who opened her first salon at just 23, following this with several more across the UK. Adding to the plethora of experience Michele holds, she also launched a distribution business for a skin care line in her early career, as well as adding HD Brow trainer to her resume.
With a willingness and tenacity to learn the latest techniques and beauty technologies, Michele travelled across Europe to work with the best experts and celebrities in the business. During which time, she was a leading specialist for elite skin care brand Sisley, seeing the inner workings of the Paris Laboratory and conceptualised product for the brand.
The mum of two and meditation instructor fell in love with the Middle East, bringing her brow expertise to the region in 2005. Michele is a true visionary and saw a genuine gap in the market for custom brows. With some help from her daughter Yasmin, (who she lovingly calls her ‘biggest teacher’) BROWZ Dubai was born.
Michele’s calm and caring nature comes across in every aspect of her company. Personal development and nurturing her talented team of brow gurus, is her goal for establishing a successful business and growing the BROWZ family.
The aim is to be the number one beauty brand in the UAE and be a home from home for customers on their bespoke brow or skin care journey. With many new and exciting projects in the works Michele offers a beauty destination like no other.
"We fall in love with our customers and we are grateful they choose us and trust us. Our clients are the reason we are all here, doing what we love to do." - Michele Barclay.
Chloe is a BROWZ original, specialising in Semi Permanent Makeup with an impeccable skill for creating perfect Eyebrows, Eyeliner and Lip Blush. An international beauty trainer with a wealth of experience in the industry.
Dubbed the ‘Brow Queen’ by clients, her expertise has been highlighted across fashion and beauty titles including; Emirates Woman, Grazia ME and OK magazine.
A perfectionist who is always on the search for the latest course to enhance her skills and professional development. Whether it is a natural, glamorous or understated look, Chloe has you covered.
“Be your kind of beautiful and remember eyebrows are sisters not twins!”
Raveena is a true artist when it comes to aesthetics, specialising in High Definition Brows plus Lash and Brow Lifting techniques.
She received world class training at the global headquarters of HD Brows in the UK whilst also acquiring qualifications in makeup artistry.
Raveena’s unparalleled skill in being able to transform and enhance her client’s facial features, is second to none.
An established cosmetic therapist showcasing the best know-how with confidence and a special ability in making sure her clients are at ease.
As the first salon in the Middle East to launch the global trend of High Definition Brows, guests visiting Raveena will see why we are so in demand!
“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.”
With celebrities amongst her client book Rebecca is a sought-after brow artist. A veteran in Semi Permanent Makeup, defining the perfect arch comes as second nature.
Having previously worked in the spa environment, Rebecca took an opportunity to follow her talent for brows with training from the globally recognised High Definition Eyebrow brand, at their Notting Hill flagship store in London.
Wanting to pursue her dream of working internationally, she made the leap to make Dubai her home and was welcomed into the talented BROWZ family.
Rebecca not only offers the very best in treatment techniques but is an encyclopaedia of knowledge on beauty and wellness tips, offering a complete ‘holistic approach’ to all her customers.
“Speak with honesty, think with sincerity, act with integrity.”
Kersti is our resident Swiss Colour accredited international trainer, making her an expert in Micro Pigments for Semi Permanent Makeup. Specialising in Eyebrows, Eyeliner, Beauty Mark’s and Lip Blush she is a precision artist.
Kersti is fully trained in advanced skincare treatments, including Scalp Tricopigmentation, Collagen Boost facials plus Scar and Stretch Mark Reduction.
Hailing from Finland and with a wealth knowledge gained in Europe, she champions the highest standards in SPMU techniques.
Kersti’s variety of skills means at BROWZ we can elevate our treatment offerings to include skin confidence to our repertoire.
And her talents don’t end there. Being fluent in five languages takes any guess work out of guest communications.
“Beauty is being comfortable and confident in your own skin.”
A passionate artist hailing from the Ukraine with an extensive skill set including; Semi Permanent Brows, Eyelash Extensions, HD Brows, Henna Brows and Lash Lifting.
With extensive training in the beauty industry, she brings a fresh take on popular treatments, Alina’s previous nursing education offers unmeasurable benefits to her move into cosmetic tattooing.
An excellent curator with precision detail when it comes to elongating lashes that perfectly frame and balance the face.
Fluent in three languages including Russian, Alina is an in-demand therapist, shaping her way to a long and prosperous future with the talented BROWZ team.
“I find that nothing frames a face so beautifully like 100% confidence in yourself and confidence breeds beauty.”
Danielle is the BROWZ skincare guru, holding various diplomas from international beauty brands. Having worked in top salons across Scotland she has a plethora of experience and training in creating bespoke skin programs for clients.
Specialising in advanced treatments including Scar Removal, Signature Anti-Aging Facials and advanced Skincare Treatments, she uses the most advanced technology to drive top results.
Danielle’s gentle approach makes sure every client has the education and complete beauty routine to continue their rejuvenation outside the BROWZ villa.
And adding to her talent range, she is a master lash therapist offering a 360 beauty experience to guests.
“Being the skin care specialist, I can’t stress enough how important it is to invest in your skin as it has to represent you for a very long time.”
As a senior lash artist at BROWZ, Nancy is an expert at creating the perfect style. From understated extensions to a full and fluffy eye-opening look, Nancy listens and executes.
An established leader in her field with a range of qualifications including; Classic Individual Lashes, Express Lashes, Russian Volume, Mega Volume and Fantasy Lashes. Nancy focuses on making sure you have the ultimate lash goals.
Dedicating over 20 years to her profession with half her career based in the Middle East, across Bahrain and Dubai, she is a praised stylist with a passion for her work.
Nancy endeavours to keep abreast of latest techniques, offering optimum results. You won’t find a lash out of place.
“My philosophy is; do it with passion or just don’t do it at all. Every lash extension I create is a piece of art.”
Roisin is the BROWZ face and body expert with a passion for brows. Her experience spans ten years working in high end spas in her home country of Ireland.
With a wide variety of beauty qualifications plus HD Brows training, she is an in demand therapist; adding lash lifting, brow lifting and henna eyebrows to her many talents.
She adds a fresh skillset to the BROWZ team with her experience in custom facials and an abundance of skincare knowledge, bringing the latest beauty techniques to the table.
So, if you are looking for a clear complexion with a brow tidy at the same time, then Roisin has you covered.
“Always be yourself and don't be afraid to speak your mind or to dream out loud.”