Natural and Amazing Sculpting MicroBlading
Do you want eyebrows that save you time while looking natural? Would you like to waste time drawing in your eyebrows and have no more smudging when you sweat or swim? Makeup stays on in the water and in the sun and no more lost brows are no longer a dream! There is now a perfect method, first introduced in Asia and the UK – Sculpting MicroBlading!!
What is Sculpting MicroBlading?
Sculpting MicroBlading, also known as microstroking, eyebrow embroidery or 3D feather hair stroke, is an advanced brow technique which uses a superfine row of needles to deposit pigments into the epidermis creating thin, hair-like semi-permanent marks. It is done by hand and considered to be a semi-permanent tattoo, using a very fine blade to deposit a small amount of ink into the skin.
Sculpting MicroBlading is quite similar to hair stroke cosmetic tattoo using the machine method, however the strokes are finer, and are not implanted as deeply in the skin. Therefore, brows created with Sculpting MicroBlading look better, but are not as permanent. They last around 1-3 years before a retouch is required.
Unlike eyebrow extensions, which you have to be careful about maintaining, microblading is low maintenance. After healing, client can rub them and enjoy swimming. No special care is required, except for a brief touch-up once a year. The smudge-proof solution will cost you anywhere between $600 and $800. But waking up every morning with perfect brows may totally be worth it.
Sculpting MicroBlading is simply another form of cosmetic tattooing using a hand tool. Use of hand tool is the oldest form of tattooing dating back thousands of years, in fact tattoos have been discovered on the mummified skin of Otzi the Iceman. This person was discovered in the Otzal Alps in South Tyrol, Italia in 1991. Modern methods to perform Sculpting MicroBlading are remarkably similar, utilizing a series of very fine needles in rows with varying shapes such as slopes or half circle (often called a U), which together form a kind of small blade. Otzi’s mummified body is believed to be approximately 5,300 years old, so modern MicroBlading is not exactly a new invention. It is more a case of using a more precise tool to perform the same kind of tattooing method that was used thousands of years age. Many of the modern proponents of MicroBlading have their own slant on the hair stroke designs, favorite needle configuration and handles but the underlying technique is more of a rediscovery of an ancient technique rather than a new discovery, and modern manufacturing has also assisted with the availability of extremely fine needle profiles.
MicroBlading is ideal for creating a very full and realistic looking brow, and is becoming an increasingly popular method in permanent makeup. It’s become so popular lately because it looks natural and doesn’t wipe off in the pool or at night! The use of hand tools for tattooing using a tapping or pricking motion became less popular with the introduction of extremely precise modern microprocessor controlled digital cosmetic tattoo equipment largely because the modern machines provide precise control over needle depth in comparison to hand tool work which relies upon hand pressure to control the depth. Technicians who continued to use the hand tool continued to experiment and adapted their technique to using a superficial cutting motion to create a very fine incision rather than a tapping motion and they realized that the oldest technique of tattooing actually managed to produce a very fine tattoo line and also provided them a little more control over the needle depth.
Another reason why Sculpting MicroBlading has become so popular is that, in skilled hands MicroBlading can create extremely fine tattoo lines which make it ideal for the purpose of creating simulated hair strokes for eyebrows. The use of hand tools to perform the MicroBlading method appeared to have an advantage over mechanical equipment simply because needles could not be produced fine enough to cope with the bend load created with the sudden downward pressure in a tattoo device during skin penetration. However, the gap between the two methods has recently been closed with the introduction of new nano needle technology.
Application processes of Sculpting MicroBlading
MicroBlading is a two-step treatment. This method is a lot kinder to the skin than the old method done with a machine. Redness and swelling dissipate within an hour after the treatment and no permanent scarring takes place. During the healing process, client’s brows will go through a very interesting ride – at first, they appear dark and well defined. After about a week to ten days, the color will fade slightly and the definition will soften. There’s no down time, so there’s no need to take a day off work.
The first step is the initial procedure:
Shaping is the first and most important step. After taking a client's “before” photo, the technician will draw the brow design in pencil so the client can get an idea of the shape and form. However, the client must note that no one's face is totally symmetrical and a person must be realistic with their expectations. There is no point in trying to make the eyebrows identical or match a photo of a favorite celebrity's eyebrows if your face shape is nothing like theirs.
After shaping the client’s eyebrows is done, the client will decide on the color. With 9 main colors to initially select from, the technician can blend several to achieve many more shades to suit the client. All clients who have had the procedure done will be conscious they now have brows that are very obvious. However, clients should bear in mind, the skin has been broken to allow the pigment settle, and healing has yet to take place. This is why the technicians will advise you to bring your eyebrow pencil with you at appointment. This way they can match the pigment to the desired healed result which will emerge after the crusts naturally fall off and the skin gently exfoliates itself naturally to reveal the new brow. Clients who are used to having no brows for a long time tend to find this first week challenging. Techs usually advise clients who have no brows to start wearing pencil or brown shading for some time before the process so they get used to having a brow.
Shortly after that, a topical anesthetic will be administered to ensure comfort. Once the client is numb, the procedure begins and the technician will implant the pigment into client’s epidermis. Technicians usually use the blade of microblading pen which contains numerous pins that are 3 times thinner than the needles used for tattooing. They use a technique which involves drawing on the individual crisp hair strokes that are more natural looking than tattooing, brow pencils or powders. After a brow consultation, the new brow shape outline is penciled on, the brow area is numbed, and then pigment is implanted into the epidermis skin layer using very tiny needle strokes. These are built up into the new shape, and the area is gradually made denser with lots of tiny hair strokes, depending on the desired result.
The second step is an initial touch-up after 4 to 6 weeks.
After the procedure, the area treated will be darker and visually intense; this is normal. This will last a few days until the skin heals and peels and naturally exfoliates and the true color emerges.
- FIRST WEEK: In the first week as the scabs form in order to heal, they may look even darker/thicker due to some swelling.
- SECOND AND THIRD WEEK: The 2nd and 3rd week, the client may think they even disappeared all together (this is due to the new skin forming over the treated area).
- FOURTH WEEK: Week 4 is where natural exfoliation has happened and the color emerges. Generally, only the client will notice the changes. It will look like you had your eyebrows tinted that day (which looks darker initially).
Other people may notice ‘something’ is different, but they are unlikely to identify the source of the difference. The brows may also appear thicker than client might like, however, this settles after 10 days, as swelling recedes and the hair stroke will shorten as a result. Swelling/edema is really very minimal, however it must be mentioned that some swelling happens. If the client does not return for the 2nd visit, it is half a job done and a less than satisfactory results will be obtained, which is a waste of your money. A few days after your procedure you may feel that the strokes are hard to see. Below are examples of what the eyebrows may look like between your first and your second visit. This is a normal healing process and fully expected. After your second visit you will love your new eyebrows and are set for about a year.
Requirements for Sculpting MicroBlading Technicians
To ensure the process of making Sculpting MicroBlading successful, perfect and satisfied customers, Microblading technicians have very strict requirements. First of all, The nail salon must have a Department of Health Establishment License, and a Biomedical Waste Permit. The technician must complete a Bloodborne Pathogen course, and meet all of the Department of Health requirements. The technician must also obtain a tattoo license/tattoo artist and be in compliance with all DHO requirements. Technicians are all certified with Semi-permanent MicroBlading Specialist and are Board certified.
MicroBlading Technicians have full knowledge of the MicroBlading techniques and that of professional performance, such as: safety and sanitation, color theory, brow shaping using the golden ratio, shaping eyebrows for different face shapes, hair growth patterns, skincare & product theory, aftercare, brow application, applying brows in multi-directions for optimal realistic look, styling for multiple face and eye shapes, tweezing and shaping. With more years of experience, technicians will make client’s eyebrow natural looking and long lasting.
What types of Sculpting MicroBlading exist?
Over the years, Sculpting MicroBlading techniques have evolved and improved. The newer the technique, the more strokes-based and natural it is. But of course the price also increases accordingly to the difficulty so clients need to decide. Clients can find the individual strokes so natural and beautiful! There are some types of Sculpting MicroBlading offered:
Unlike eyebrow tattoo, Basic Sculpting MicroBlading only involves applying color onto the top layer of the skin, so fret not that the colors will be too thick and exaggerated. The effect of an Eyebrow Embroidery is not permanent but it can last up to two years and possibly longer with frequent touch-ups.
Price: From $200 and above.
Technicians will first design client's eyebrow shape to enhance their overall facial features. The position of each stroke is determined by the shape of their eyebrow because every face shape is different.
Price: From $600 and above
The Angelic method uses soft and feather-light strokes that gives you a confident and natural look. Touted to be similar to as a Designer Eyebrow. Everyone is unique, your eyebrows are embroidered to bring out the style in you.
Price: From $2000 and above
The Signature will be performed by professional qualified therapists, combining with nano-technology; the result is a perfect eyebrow arch with natural-looking strokes that gives you the instant groomed and enhanced look.
Price: From $1400 and above
Eyebrow embroidery is no longer a woman’s thing. It’s time for the men to groom themselves. Men’s eyebrows will be shaped according to the Golden Ratio, resulting men to look more youthful, charming and confident. Price: From $1400 and above.
Frequently asked questions:
|Q||How long does it last?|
|A||Your microbladed brows will last for as long as you maintain them. Usually about 2 years.|
|Q||How long does it take?|
|A||The procedure takes roughly about 2 hours, depending on how you want your brows to be completed. Please allow a solid 2 and a half hour window for your appointment. We likely won’t need that much time, but Lyna likes to take all the time a client might need.|
|Q||How often do I need a touch-up?|
|A||Touch-ups are recommended every 6 months, to keep the color fresh and the strokes crisp. Some people can go longer before getting a touch-up, so it all depends on you.|
|Q||Does it hurt?|
|A||We take every precaution necessary to ensure the micro-pigmentation application is as pain free as possible. A wide range of medical grade anesthetics are used for your comfort. Some clients find the procedure a little uncomfortable, whereas other clients report no discomfort at all. A combination of 2 anesthetics are used. First, a topical numbing cream and then a local anesthetic is introduced once the microblading procedure has started. This is topped up regularly during the treatment to keep you comfortable.|
|Q||What should I do after the procedure?|
|A||Follow the aftercare instructions given to you. You will also receive an aftercare kit once the treatment is complete.|
|Q||Do I need to take time off from work?|
|A||No. There’s no downtime associated with the treatment. Redness and swelling will dissipate within an hour after. Your brows will appear darker initially, but not so dark that you will be prevented from your activities of daily living.|
|Q||How long does it take to heal?|
|A||Healing time varies from person to person. Usually, it takes about a week to ten days for the epithelial crust to form and slough off (just like a tattoo). Your skin will be considered healed after that happens. Then, the pigment takes some time to settle into the skin. A good month should pass before we consider the process complete.|
|Q||What can’t I do after the procedure?|
|A||The number one thing Lyna cannot stress enough is please DO NOT TOUCH your microbladed brows for at least 7 to 10 days! Touching your brows interrupts the healing process and you will be left with a less than desirable result once your brows have healed. You are also advised to keep the skin clean and dry—that means no swimming, sweating or otherwise getting the area wet; no tanning or prolonged sun exposure; no picking or peeling the tattoo. You can still wash your hair and face and once they’re healed up, you treat them as your own.|
|Q||What kind of pigments are used?|
|A||All the colors are iron-oxide based and have been FDA approved. A wide range of colors are available so that our techs can help you choose what works best for your facial and hair color.|
|Q||What if I don’t like it?|
|A||There are several things we can do. Your eyebrows can be modified to a point. Our techs will work with you until you are satisfied with your results. Additional charges may apply.|
|Q||Do I need a patch test?|
|A||Yes, all clients need a patch test at least 48 hours before the procedure. This can be posted out to you, if you live a long distance away|
|Q||How do you choose the shape?|
|A||We choose a shape and style together. At the beginning of the microblading procedure, our techs will draw in a suggested shape for your new brows and then we work together to perfect this to your preference and measurements are taken to check symmetry and position.|
|Q||How do you choose a color?|
|A||We choose a color together by applying small amounts of different colored pigments to the skin near to your brows and selecting the best match for your skin tone, features and personal preference.|
|Q||What will they look like immediately after the procedure?|
|A||Your brows may be a little swollen, red and sometimes a bit white. This is all very normal. They will be considerably darker for the first week, before they begin to fade out to a softer color.|
|Q||Will they fade?|
|A||Your body’s skin changes over time and so will any permanent makeup coloration implanted in to the skins layers. However, this natural fading process takes years and touch ups are easily done as your colors fade over time.|
|Q||Can I have my brows microbladed if I'm pregnant?|
|A||If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, sick ( cold, flu, etc), have epilepsy, are undergoing chemotherapy, have a pacemaker or have a major heart problem you cannot undergo microblading.|
|Q||Will my microbladed eyebrows look fake?|
|A||NO! Semi-Permanent makeup is done using a cosmetic tattooing process and our eyebrow pigmentation unique artistry guarantees soft, natural looking eyebrows. When we implant semi-permanent makeup pigment in the skin, it appears more natural looking than even topically applied cosmetics.|