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With brows having a strong moment in the cosmetic world, it is little wonder that the trend has seeped into the aesthetic world as well.

Microblading is a treatment that is quickly gaining traction in salons with clients looking for a way to minimise their morning routines and still look fresh, youthful and ready-to-go.

While the term ‘eyebrow tattoo’ can conjure up images of solid, block lines faded to a blue grey that our grandma might have, microblading is a whole new ballgame in the concept of semi-permanent make-up.

Also known as feathering, brow embroidery and etching, microblading is semi-permanent treatment which uses a handheld device with very fine needles.

The procedure can take approximately two hours, with a lot of the appointment being devoted to drawing on a customised brow first. The aesthetician considers aspects such as the individual’s face shape, brow bone and natural brow colour in order to develop the ideal shape to apply.

A numbing cream is then applied to minimise discomfort. The needles on the device are dipped into a cosmetic-grade eyebrow dye and which is strategically placed and deposited just below the skin surface. Microblading does not penetrate the skin as deeply as the average tattoo and each individual ‘hair’ is created one by one.


Before and after: Jenn Boyd Ink

There is very minimal downtime after the procedure, yet some people experience slight irritation, redness or itchiness, which is a normal for any kind of tattoo treatment. A client is advised to refraining from picking and scratching the area, and avoid wetting the brows over the following week.

A follow up appointment is often recommended after four weeks. This allows time for the area to fully heal and the aesthetician can fill any remaining gaps and perhaps add a second coloured dye for an even more realistic finish.

Microblading generally lasts between 1 – 2 years and might require a touch up every 6 – 12 months.

While the treatment is customisable to any face shape, there are some who should avoid the procedure unless approved by their doctor. This includes those who are pregnant, undergoing chemotherapy, diabetic or have used a strong anti-acne medicine within the last 12 months.

Microblading is definitely a treatment that salons are starting to offer more frequently as clients aim for perfect brows that still look natural and believable.


Main Image Source: Brows By Jessica Muro

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