This blog is pretty off “brand” for me, but I wanted to write about my experience with microblading because it has been a complete game changer for me.
I do not consider myself high maintenance at all. I don’t wear a lot of make-up. I prefer classic Dove soap over anything fancy. When I am not in exercise clothes, my standorm uniform is usually jeans, t-shirt/hoodie and vans. My fingernails are complete and total nubs; I mean can’t even see the whites of the nail. You get the idea. And yet, I have semi-permanent make-up, and yes, I like to kid around that it is one of the best decisions of my life, but really it ain’t no joke.
I used to fill in my eyebrows every day. Let me repeat that. EVERY SINGLE DAY. I am not exaggerating. You see when you only really have half an eyebrow, it kinda needs to happen. If you think I am being dramatic or vain than you don’t have eyebrow issues (and I say that nicely), and for the rest of us, you feel my pain. It sucks. Filling in brows is time consuming, and when you wake up at 4 AM, every single second of extra sleep is precious.
I did start using Lashboost from Rodan + Fields on my brows, and it did significantly help. I could totally see a difference in hair growth, and I am guessing that if I kept after it long enough, I would get a fuller brow, but probably not to the extent where I still wouldn’t be filling it to some extent.
I had really been wanting to try microblading for more than two years, but you can’t while pregnant or nursing, and that has been my life for the past six. Ha! I actually had an appointment awhile back, but when I walked in obviously pregnant, the esthetician actually turned me away, and at that point, I probably could have cried. We will blame hormones. So as soon as my youngest babe was fully weaned, I made the appointment, and I can honestly say it was worth it in every which way.
The amount of time it saves is incredible. When I sweat or swim, I don’t have to worry about “wiping” off my brow. Plus, my brows have better shape and the appropriate amount of fullness. I think it looks natural, but you can be the judge of that yourself.
Here are a few cons to weigh if you are considering it yourself. I say “cons” very loosely because in my book every so called con was worth it!! I wouldn’t change my decision for anything.
Price: It isn’t cheap. I paid $400 for the consult, the initial session and the touch-up session. I don’t have a ton of disposable income so I get it that this is a big expense. I simply saved up, and it was worth every single penny.
Pain: It hurts. I can’t sugarcoat it; they use a tiny little blade for goodness sake. Your eyes will water; you thought tweezing those stray hairs close to your eye made the water well up. Ha! Oh and the inner brow is way more painful than the outer. That being said, they do use a numbing cream, and it doesn’t last that long.
Sweat: You can’t excessively sweat for awhile. I think different estheticians say different things, but mine told me to lay off for 10 days. Yup. That is a long time. I don’t think I have ever gone 10 days without heavy exercise. I am a fitness trainer for crying out loud. But if I can handle it so can you. Some of you are probably thinking “hallelujah, a great excuse not to exercise!” Ahahahaha
Those are the only potential real cons in my book. A few other things to know…
– I alluded to this before, but you have two sessions – the initial appointment and then the follow up to touch up.
– It gets a little itchy in the healing process, but be a big kid.
– It is not permanent so it isn’t like you will be 95 with the brows that you got when you were 25.
– Give your esthetician feedback so that you get the end result that you want!
So there you have it. My skinny on microblading. If you are on the fence about it, my vote is to go for it!