Microblading Cosmetic Tattooing by Natoya Rimmer
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a type of eyebrow architecture. It is all about creating the best shape for each face – a totally bespoke approach for each client.
The process is very precise thanks to the tool that is used which is effectively like a pen with the nib being a sloped blade with 10-12 little needles at the end - needles that don’t penetrate the skin but just delicately scratch the surface, much like a paper cut.
The needle very finely implants featherweight strokes with a medical grade pigment on the epidermis layer for the skin, creating fine, realistic and natural hair strokes.
How are Microblading eyebrows different from having your brows tattooed?
Microblading, unlike tattooing, is not in the deep layer of skin, but more on the surface. This is also not permanent, and the color fades within 18 months.
The hair strokes are far more natural and finer than any tattoo, as a handheld needle/blade is used – there is no electrical appliance that permeates deep in this technique. There is, therefore, more of a scratching noise, rather than a buzz of a tattoo gun that pierces the skin so deeply.
Can you be allergic to microblading?
There are people who are sensitive and allergic to some pigments, but in my experience, this is extremely rare, as the pigments are hypoallergenic and completely safe for the body
How much is it for a set of Eyebrows?
Microbladed Eyebrows.......................................................£250 (including top-up)
What actually happens when you get your eyebrows Microbladed?
1. I shape the brow area by removing the hairs outside of the shape required, cleaning up the area and preparing it for the treatment.
2. Numbing – this takes 20mins using a topical ointment. While this is working its numbing magic, I'll show the client color swatches and discuss together the best shade for their desired look.
3. 10 minutes before the numbing cream has got to a stage of working, I'll use my tools to begin measuring the area around the brows, taking into account face shape, symmetry, facial features, etc.
4. Then I begin the needling process - gently implanting the pigment via featherweight strokes. Each stroke is a superficial line in the skin where the color pigment seeps in and settles then. If there is any discomfort at this stage we add another quick layer of numbing cream to the area which will become effective after 5 minutes.
5. I add on a final layer of pigment that stays on for 5mins, clean the area and then beautiful brows!
6. In 2-4 weeks there's a top-up session to fill in any gaps where the pigment hasn't taken or healed properly.
Why is there a top-up session and when does this happen?
The top-up session happens after 2-4 weeks. This is the time where I can assess the first steps, and add in any further strokes and add a darker pigment if preferred.
What happens in the meantime?
You'll need to follow the aftercare instructions (see below) and avoid any picking or scratching. Your eyebrows will start to heal over, much like a tattoo, which might cause irritation but is totally normal.
In the next few days or so your eyebrows will change color, might become flaky and look like they've faded but this is totally normal. They'll reveal their final color and this can then be topped up in the second session.
How do you know what shape to go for? Should we bring pictures?
Clients are welcome to bring in images of the style of brow they like, or come in with the brow make up they normally wear on a day to day basis – but I'll determine the color and shape to use from my years of experience.
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