I can’t remember ever feeling happy or confident with my eyebrows… and as we all know, eyebrows are a big these these days, they’re a key part of the face that everybody fusses about. I’ve never been able to take a photo of myself with both my eyebrows in without feeling embarrassed, the left eyebrow is so much lower than the other. I know ‘eyebrows are sisters, not twins’ but I at least wanted to feel comfortable having my photo taken. I’ve had my eyebrows threaded a couple of times, I’ve grown them out to be SUPER bushy so that I could have them shaped correctly. But nothing worked. I seem to loose a lot of hair towards the outer corners of my brows, probably due to too much plucking when I was younger. That’s when microblading came to mind. It’s become so much more popular over recent years and I had been debating it for some time.
Unlike a regular tattoo, “microblading is a form of tattoo artistry where pigment is implanted under your skin with a manual handheld tool instead of a machine by drawing hair like strokes to mimic natural hairs, even though it’s not as deep as the regular tattoo, it’s still a tattoo because pigment is implanted under the skin.”
On the 4th July I took the plunge and had my first microblading appointment at B.O.M.B beauty in Southampton. It lasted for around 2 hours in total. I was extremely nervous as I wasn’t too sure what to expect in regards to pain, I done the stupid thing and researched other people’s experiences and boy I should have not. From the get go Joanne was very calming and reassuring which made me feel more comfortable already.
After a little threading, first things first was to apply numbing cream all over my brows, I had to let this sit for about 30 minutes and fill out some paper work. Oh, and do you love my sexy hair net!
Next Joanne picked the right colour to use and started to draw on the shape we were aiming for. I didn’t even need to ask her to change anything as she knew exactly what to do with my brows and I could put all my trust in her. We discovered that the first half of my eyebrows were very thick, so it was mainly the outer corners than needed working on.
Once this was done, it was show time!!!! Joanne started creating the tiny superficial cuts in and along my brow, and then deposited a pigment over my arches so it would seep into hair-like wounds she had just created. I know that all of this seems quite painful – but I can reassure you that it’s honestly not. The threading before hand hurt more! The best way I would describe the feeling was slight scratches. Once Joanne had gone over the eyebrows once, she repeated the process after applying more anaesthetic. And then again a third time. It didn’t feel like I was lead there for that amount of time. It does help if you can chat to the technician to help the time go by. Joanne also explained how instead of using a machine she uses a hand tool, this is because she feels the outcome is more natural.
I am absolutely over the moon with my new eyebrows. Can you believe how awful they were before! It is such a huge transformation and I couldn’t be happier. It was so strange to look in the mirror and see two full eyebrows on my face. Today, the morning after, I have woken up with slightly darker eyebrows, but this is completely normal during the healing process. The pigment will start to fade which is why in 4 weeks time I am heading back to the salon for a touch up. Before leaving the salon yesterday Joanne explained how I CANNOT get my eyebrows wet for a week. I don’t think I’m even allowed to sweat! How can I not sweat in this weather we have at the moment! No sun for me. My eyebrows over the next few days will start to scab which I’m also not allowed to pick. Fighting the urge to itch begins!!
If you’re thinking of having microblading, I would definitely recommend. Yes it is pricey, but it is 100% worth it. It’s something I wish I had done sooner, I bet everyone says that! It lasts between 1-3 years which I think is great. It puts a big smile on my face knowing I can wake up in the morning and not have to apply any eyebrow make up, HALLELUJAH to microblading. I cannot thank Joanne enough, she is amazing at what she does and I couldn’t recommend her more. My eyebrows are now ‘on fleek!’