According to the American Society Of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, Microblading has become the most sought-after cosmetic tattooing treatment to exist!
Microblading has spread like wildfire because it creates a more natural-looking fill for thin, sparse eyebrows than previous options.
While it’s easy to get caught up in the hype and run to your nearest practitioner for a brow enhancement, I’d love to remind you that Microblading is not for everyone!
Medication, skin conditions, or old permanent makeup are just some of the reasons why a consultation is important.
So is Microblading right for you?
At my studio The Flamingo Room located in Parksville, BC, I help clients better understand the Microblading process and decide if it’s a good option for them.
Below you can find the exact information I provide my clients when I conduct a consultation, including the benefits of Microblading, concerns, and what to look for when seeking out an artist.
Section One: Brow Obsessed and Why People Choose Microblading
It seems like overnight brows became the most important feature on our face. For decades we either ignored them or tried to pluck them away. Now, we can’t imagine life without them.
Many people have turned to Microblading as a solution to help them achieve natural and full looking brows. To achieve this natural look, the brow artist manually tattoos fine hair-like strokes that mimic the client’s natural eyebrow hairs.
People choose to receive Microblading for many different reasons. Some of my clients wish to wake-up with brows and be released from the tedious morning routine of drawing them on. Others have a medical condition or have undergone medical treatments which stunts hair growth.
My clients often express that having fuller eyebrows gives them confidence. They feel they look healthier and younger.
What is your reason for wanting Microblading?
Section 2: Let’s Talk About the Process
Do I need a consultation?
Consultations are necessary if you have problematic skin, health concerns, take medications, or have existing old permanent make-up on your eyebrows.
Although statistically rare, allergic reactions are possible. I’ve never had a client have an allergic reaction to any of the products I use, but I recommend if this is a concern for you to request a patch test. A patch test can be easily conducted during a consultation.
Consultations are great if have any hesitations about the procedure, or simply want to check out the artists’ location and get a feel for them (which I also recommend).
I personally offer free 30 minute consultations which can be conducted over the phone or in person at my studio.
Who is not a good candidate for Microblading?
- If you have eczema, chronic acne, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris and dermatitis (i.e., your skin is constantly flaking, itching, or aggravated), rosacea, keloids, shingles or rashes in the eyebrow area you are not a good candidate as your skin is in a state of unrest and shedding and won’t hold pigment well.
- Excessive oily skin can cause the tattooed hair strokes to blur together and create a look of a solid color instead of the feathery look of individual strokes.
You are not a candidate for Microblading if…
- You are pregnant or nursing.
- Have hemophilia.
- Undergoing active chemotherapy. It’s advised to wait for 1 yr after cancer treatment. Microblading pre-chemotherapy is fine.
- Circulatory disorders (doctor’s note is required).
- Any bleeding disorders.
- You’re taking blood thinning medication.
- Have an autoimmune disorder.
- Have eyebrow hair transplants.
- If you’ve been taking acne medications such as Accutane or Retin-A within the last year you have an altered skin condition that will not heal well after the procedure. You will need to wait a year before tattooing the skin. Similarly, Retinol and Vitamin A users should discontinue the use of each a month prior to their procedure
Brow shape – Will it look good on me?
Brow shaping is a major part of the experience. A good brow artist will consider your existing brow hair, brow bone, eyes, face shape, etc.. and work with you to find the brow shape that best suits you.
Your face features are unique and your brows should be customized to enhance your beautiful face. You should be part of the process and the artist should not start Microblading until you confirm you love the shape and agree to it.
Is it painful?
Most of my clients say the pain is minimal and way less than what they thought it would be! I’ve even had several clients fall asleep during their treatment!
Most artists, including myself, use a numbing cream to help you feel more comfortable.
How long will it last?
Microblading is considered to be a semi-permanent process, but let me further clarify.
Microblading is a manual process which the artist uses a handheld tool that is outfitted with tiny needles to deposit pigment just below the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin).
The pigment used will fade over time, but it’s important to know that it is impossible to predict how much pigment will fade away and how long it will take to do so with any measure of consistency or reliability.
Results from Microbladed brows can last anywhere from 6 months to 3 years. Factors that affect the outcome are the person’s skin and ability to retain pigment, lifestyle, the artist’s skill level, and how careful you are at following the aftercare steps. All these factors play a role in how well the brows heal and retain color.
When should I get Microblading done?
Your artist can help you to pick the right time to book, but here are some things to consider:
No Botox, chemical peels or other aggressive facial treatments for at least 3 weeks before the procedure.
No tanning and sunbathing 3 days before.
No plucking or waxing eyebrow hairs 2 days before.
No blood thinning medications including aspirin, ibuprofen and Vitamin E 24hrs before.
Do not consume alcohol within 12hrs of treatment.
No caffeine or exercise within 4hrs of the treatment.
The week following the treatment you cannot: swim, or use a sauna or hot tub. Sweating should be avoided- so no exercise!
Section Three: What to Look for in an Artist
I hope the earlier sections got you excited about the benefits of Microblading and helped you to know if it’s right for you.
Now, in order to have a safe and successful experience, the best thing you can do to choose the right professional to help you.
You might think that as long as you go to a salon, the Microblading artist must be a professional, right?
Unfortunately, no and I would strongly urge you to do more research than that.
In Canada, there are no enforced standards in the qualifications of Microblading artists. The increased popularity of Microblading has led to an army of under-qualified practitioners; some of whom started their practice after a two or three-day course!
The good news is, as long as do your research, you can find exceptional artists who are highly qualified to perform this service!
So how do you spot a good artist from a bad one?
Here is your need-to-know checklist on what to look for when hiring a Microblade artist.
1. Check their credentials and make sure they are certified. Where did they go to school and how long was their training?
2. Check their reviews on their Google business, facebook, or other online business pages. Do they have happy client reviews?
3. Look at images of before, after, and healed results of their work. Do you like their style of work? Ask questions and point out what you like or don’t like.
4. Is the studio spotless, are tools sterile, and do you feel safe?
5. A good artist will ask you a series of questions to make sure you are a good candidate for Microblading. These questions will be about your lifestyle, health, and medical history. If the artist does not go through these questions with you that is a red flag and you should not work with them!
Section Four: Taking the Next Step in Your Journey to Your Dream Eyebrows!
I’m very passionate about what I do and would love to help you enjoy the benefits of Microblading!
I’m a certified PhiBrow Artist. Phi Academy has been teaching cosmetic tattooing for 30yrs and is regarded as one of the world’s top Microblading training academies. My training lasted 6 months and I completed more than 100 hours of live model treatments.
I recently moved to Parksville from Vancouver and just opened the doors to my gorgeous new studio the Flamingo Room!
You can check my credentials & reviews like the advice I gave earlier here:
Section 5: Next Steps From Here!
This guide gave you a good starting point for what to consider when deciding to get Microblading. But there are a lot of things to consider that are personal and unique to you!
You are probably still not sure of all the things to keep in mind about Microblading and how it will work for you.
Let me help you make the best decision for you! I offer free 30-minute consultation calls with all my clients to help them understand the process, set up expectations, after-care, and maintenance of your Dream Eyebrows.
On the call, we will:
1. Discuss any questions and concerns you have.
2. Consider any medications you might take or health concerns.
3. Review the Microblading process.