This post has been a long time coming!! I was thinking about it the other day and I honestly couldn't even remember what my brows looked like before. Then I look back at photos and it all comes flooding back!! The top photo above is from my wedding day (May 2011) and the bottom one is shortly after my touch up appointment (May 2017). While other features of my face have matured, my eyebrows have made the biggest impact in my confidence!!
When I reached out to Jaclyn over at her Instagram account @Microblade.Me I had no idea how realistic it would be to make an appointment with her. While I was completely terrified about having some cut into my face (literally) I was so impressed with her previous work that I didn't doubt for a second if I would end up loving my new brows! She was kind enough to fit me in and we made my first appointment for later the next month! The top two photos at the bottom of this post were taken on March 28th before and after my first appointment. I still can't believe the difference after just the first appointment! Now let's get down to the nitty gritty details, shall we?
MY FIRST APPOINTMENT:
I met with Jaclyn at her home studio in Saratoga Springs and we talked about how I wanted my shape. First I told her I wanted my brows to come in where they're supposed to because I'm bald there due to over-plucking. (Seriously, tweezer addict. Why didn't my family take me to a support group or something? Haha) I wanted clean lines and a nice bold brow. She drew a map, or shape guide, and removed some of the hair outside of that shape to help get clean strokes, and then we started the numbing process. She put a cream on my brow area and let it set. After the numbing had done its thing, she picked a color close to my natural hair color, dipped the blade inside and started doing the first pass. This blade is like 4-5 micro needles placed in a straight line. This is what gives each stroke a natural hair like texture and only breaks through the surface layers of the skin.
The first few strokes were OUCHIE!!! Some people don't feel it, and some people do. My skin was extremely sensitive to it on the underside of my brows, the skin closest to my eye. She reapplied some numbing cream after the first pass, and for the rest of the time it was not painful, just somewhat uncomfortable. We stopped every once and awhile and she had me look in the mirror to see what I thought of the shape. After a few adjustments she had made all of my wildest brow dreams come true!!!! I left feeling like a million bucks! I don't think I realized how self conscious I really was about my brows. I have always appreciated my eyes, and now they had the most perfect frame! I could not be more grateful for Jaclyn's skills and willingness to help me!
THE HEALING PROCESS:
Your not supposed to get your brows wet, bathe or shower for the next 14 days/until they're completely healed. I still showered every day, but I only washed my hair twice and was extra careful to avoid getting water on my brows. After each shower I would get out and gently dab my brows with a dry microfiber cloth to remove any steam or moisture. I definitely recommend you follow your personal discretion with this. I just can't handle not showering every day.
The pigment on your brows darkens the next several days after getting them done. It was kind of shocking how dark they got, but once they scabbed up the pigment starts to lighten again. The scabbing will start to ITCH and FLAKE. The most difficult thing about the process was not touching them or peeling the flaking! Every once and a while, if the itching was unbearable, I would take a sanitized fine tooth comb and gently itch the area that was bothering me. Again, I do not recommend doing this because it could potentially infect the healing area or remove the pigment before it's had the opportunity to sink into the skin. BUT I did it and I don't regret it. Hahaha!
After all the flaking was done, I showered and washed/moisturized my face as I normally did before. I believe the reason my pigment stayed so well was because I moisturized the skin consistently after it had healed. A week or two before my 6 week touch up, I started to notice certain sparse areas of my brow as well as some grayness and made sure to make a mental note of them.
THE TOUCH UP:
The last two photos in the collage below are after I had healed completely and right after my touch up appointment on May 8th. The tails of my brows had come up a little gray after the healing process, and we decided to warm up my coloring and darken it the second time around. The strokes were still fairly painful even after numbing twice. Luckily because my skin took the pigment so well it was a minimal amount of cutting. I left my second appointment even more obsessed than I was before!!!!
My confidence has sky rocketed since getting them done. I go out to run errands without makeup on all the time now, and that NEVER would have happened before without doing my brows first. It's saved me so much time in my makeup routine, which means my husband loves them too! HAHA!
If you've considered getting them done, DO IT. Seriously!!!! Find someone on Facebook or Instagram who has consistent work and is someone you can trust to give you the eyebrows of your dreams! If you're in the Salt Lake and Utah county area, SEE JACLYN!! She's incredible! She also teaches microblading courses so that others can have the skills to offer this amazing and increasingly popular service!