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/.
Visiting therapist Bronagh divides her time between the UAE and Northern Ireland. Her expertise in HD Brows and Brow Lamination (Brow Lift) makes her a perfect fit for us.
Highlights and successes of her full and varied portfolio include being shortlisted to go to the MTV EMAs for an HD Brow competition, working at Boohoo HQ In Manchester, a fully trained HD pro stylist, a photoshoot with make-up queen Lucy Marie, and qualified brow educator.
Before her brow passion came calling, Bronagh put her Education degree to good use, employed in a secondary school supporting children with additional needs.
Bronagh champions enhancing and improving your natural effect, so no drastic brow changes. Her go-to is a pro pencil and brow glue to achieve a textured and fluffy stylish look.
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.”
- REBECCA, SEMI PERMANENT BROW & HD BROW ARTIST
Tayla is a superbly talented Facialist and Beauty Therapist, with an impressive 10 years’ experience and much-welcomed addition to BROWZ.
Her highlights and successes include time spent working in luxury hotel day spas, brand representation for Space NK in London, Emirates airline cabin crew, trainer for Alpha-H in UK/Ireland, and working for Chanel in fragrance, skin, and beauty.
Tayla completed her Diploma in Beauty Therapy in her native Australia and has seen how the beauty industry operates in many different countries, working with multiple cultures and skin types. Her number one passion has always been seeing the before and after of skin.
Tayla appreciates how crucial it is to stay on top of your skin game. You can always spend money on clothes, shoes, handbags, but your skin is for life. It’s something you should really invest in!
An internationally recognised artist with more than 20 years in the beauty industry, Tatiana is a sought after therapist and trainer.
Specialising in lip blush treatments, Stardust eyeliner technique and laser removal
of unwanted Semi Permanent Makeup.
With a list of qualifications spanning a decade, Tatiana has a wealth of knowledge ranging from Micropigmentation and Perfect Brows certificates to Laser and Intense Pulsed Light Treatment training.
An expert in her craft, she has developed a popular style in correcting darker lip colourings.
Tatiana also brings her specialist skill of precision tattoo removal to the BROWZ guest.
Conference speaker and Semi Permanent Makeup Championship Judge, completes her packed resume.
“The beauty is in the details.”
- TATIANA, LIP BLUSH SPECIALIST & TATTOO REMOVAL
It is up to UK-born Hollie to research and source up-and-coming brands across the globe, making sure BROWZ stays top of the beauty game.
Her appreciation for beauty, make-up, and skincare means she’s always hunting for the most up to date and latest inventions. She introduced BROWZ to German Brand M2 Beauté and has us all hooked, she applies their Eyelash Activating Serum every night to grow lashes 50% longer and prevent fallout. She is also a lover of Natura Bisse’s Diamond White Rich Luxury Cleanse, and 111Skin Rose Gold Illuminating Facial Mask.
When it comes to the perfect lashes, Sienna has the tools to lift, fluff and enhance your natural lash line.
With over nine years’ experience in the beauty industry and a range of qualifications including; Dermalogica, Lycon and Lash Perfect training she uses the most up to date techniques to create your desired look.
Her training as a beauty therapist has propelled her to become an expert lash technician. Adding to her skillset, Sienna is also an establish lash trainer in Dubai.
Hailing from the Philippines she is praised for her professionalism and attention to detail, making sure every lash has its place.
The lash professional of choice for many BROWZ guests.
“Don’t hesitate to learn new things, you never know what might be around the corner.”
- SIENNA, LASH EXTENSION ARTIST
A highly skilled practitioner with more than 20 years’ experience within the European beauty market. A leader in Semi Permanent Makeup, Ombre Brows and Aquarelle lip techniques; creating the perfect natural finish.
Monika holds the British VTCT Level 4 qualification, one of the highest international qualifications for SPMU and is also a Permanent Makeup Assessor and Internal Quality Verifier in the UK - plus add trainer to her portfolio.
Her range of qualifications has brought her to take to the stage as speaker and panellist at many high profile global beauty conferences.
An expert in her field ensuring top level standards in safety with the belief that quality work is maintained with constant personal improvement.
“Every woman is your sister; treat her accordingly.”
- MONIKA, SENIOR SEMI PERMANENT MAKEUP ARTIST
A master brow lamination and lash creator with a passion for beauty, Daria knows the exact arch to suit every face, while focusing on bringing out the natural beauty.
With an abundance of training and qualifications behind her, Daria took the next step to add trainer to her portfolio, showcasing the latest techniques to the BROWZ team.
Originally from Russia, she has a natural flair for brow shaping and an astute eye for obtaining top lash results, to enhance clients individual need.
Guests applaud her innate ability to make treatments relaxed and comfortable while receiving an impeccable beauty experience.
“My goal is to become the best brow & lash artist. The quality of my work will tell you about me better than any words can.” - DASHA, BROW LAMINATION & LASH ARTIST
Tasleem is a proficient brow artist with impeccable attention to detail. A specialist in HD brows, waxing, threading, lash tinting, brow tinting and brow lamination.
With over 16 years’ experience in the industry and a diploma in hair and beauty, plus a certificate in Semi Permanent Makeup, Tasleem will set you on the right path for the perfect brow reshape.
Her skill and technique for precision waxing and threading is second to none, with the artistic ability to transform an eyebrow using these traditional methods.
With a goal to be the top brow therapist in the region, she is committed to adding to her skill base and learning new technologies and specialist treatments. Tasleem is a sought after brow guru, who has a glowing reputation having worked in salons across Dubai for the last 13 years.
Tasleem’s dedication and commitment to her career is evident in the results clients see.
“Being confident in what you do, is the best way to learn and develop.” - TASLEEM, HD BROW ARTIST
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.”
-NANCY, LASH ARTIST