I first caught wind of the relatively new eyebrow tattooing procedure, known as microblading, when actress Meagan Good revealed she had the procedure to correct the appearance of her thin eyebrows.
What is Microblading
Wikipedia defines microblading as “a semi-permanent makeup procedure that allows you to dramatically correct or fully reconstruct lost eyebrow. It was first introduced in Asia…Microblading is performed by manually depositing pigment in the basal layer of the epidermis by a special pen…The blade of microblading pen contains numerous pins that are 3 times thinner than the needles used for tattooing. When performed correctly, the procedure is almost painless.”
I had always been aware of eyebrow tattooing, but hadn’t heard of black women doing it. Besides, I have a tattoo that I got when I was 19 and after more than 10 years, it’s turned a greenish shade. Needless to say, I was a bit skeptical. However, I had the opportunity to meet Massachusetts-based Esthetician and Microblading Expert, Mila Kaluk of The Brow Muse ‚who performed the procedure on me. Having tried every remedy under the sun to regrow my thin brows, this semi-permanent procedure is a Godsend to women like me.
If you’re considering getting this done, I would recommend that you seek out a professional who is accustomed to performing the procedure on ethnic skin. I spoke with Atlanta-based Cosmetic Tattoo Artist, Heidi Carney, who offered some further insight into how her approach is different for women of color,
Ethnic skin heals differently. The pigment tends to blanch out more quickly, so I make sure to separate the stokes a little father because I know it’s going to blanch out and bleed on darker skin tones. It also tends to cool down and turn a shade or two darker once it really settles into the skin, so it’s important not to go too dark. You can always make it darker and bigger.
What To Expect
- The technician fills in your brows with brow pencil
- The technician applies a numbing solution for a few minutes
- Technician begins the procedure by dipping the blade into the ink/pigment and then creating hair strokes.
- More numbing solution is applied
- Technician goes over the brows once more for the second pass
- Pain level is individual, however, for me it was a 2 on a scale of 1–10
- This is a 2‑step procedure. The brows must heal for 4 weeks after which you will return for your second treatment.
- Since everyone’s skin heals different, the second appointment allows the technician to see how much the color has faded from the previous appointment. Most people will need a few extra strokes, but some people lose so much pigment the procedure has to be reapplied entirely.
- Water cannot touch your face for the first 3 days after the procedure, and no makeup can be applied for 10 days
- If you have very oily skin, it is recommended that you use blotting sheets (after the 3 day no-wash period) to keep the brows as free from oil as possible, as oil eats away at the pigment.
- The results will last about a year, requiring one touch up every year
- Prices for the procedure will vary by location as there are more people who want this done than there are trained professionals who can do it. Prices vary from $250-$800 depending on location.
Here are a few additional before an after photos of black women who have had the procedure done.
Marie Leggette of the Curvy Fashionista documented her experience here.