If you know internet, you know that eyebrows are EVERYTHING right now. Girls kill for perfectly shaped eyebrows. They frame your face and literally make all the difference. Well, there is a new trend that's taking over the world at the moment (Montreal included) and it's called microblading. If you've plucked your eyebrows in the past to the point of having two thin threads above your eyes, have no fear, because this new beauty trend will give you the natural look of full, beautiful brows.
Last week, I got in touch with the best microblading specialist in Montreal, Elina Ross, in order to learn everything there is to know about this procedure. Here's what I found out.
What is the procedure like exactly? Is it similar to eyebrow tattoos?
Microblading, although similar idea, is not the same as an eyebrow tattoo. In microblading, we use a manual tool unlike in tattooing (machine). Also, microblading only penetrates the first layer of the skin. As the bottom layers of your skin regenerate, they push out the pigment. [It is] therefore semi-permanent, unlike tattooing that pushes the ink much deeper in the skin making it more permanent. We dip the tool in the ink, make the [feather like] strokes, [then] we spread the excess ink or add if needed [...] and voila!
How long does the effect last for?
The pigment is at its brightest [for] 9 to 12 months [and] eventually [disappears] after about 24 months. But a lot depends on the skin type and pigment. For example, a blond girl with very oily skin will start to fade closer to 9 months. A dark haired girl with very dry skin will retain the pigment much longer.
How long does the procedure take?
Is it painful?
We apply a topical anesthetic. After making the first strokes, we add more anaesthetic that works a lot deeper in the skin as the skins is punctured at that point. If you are in your cycle or ovulation (hormonal), it will be more uncomfortable. You will experience a slight discomfort at first, but after the second dose of anesthetic you won't feel much.
How often is maintenance required?
Microblading is a 2 appoinment process. The initial appoinment and another [one in] 4-6 weeks post the procedure. In the healing process you might loose a bit of pigment because, as I mentioned, it's not very deep in the skin. Pigment might come off with the scab.
We do a small touch up a few weeks post the procedure and you are set for a year or so.
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What are the price ranges for the procedure?
On average it's between 300$-450$ from what I have seen in Montreal. In Toronto, it's from 500$-700$. I charge 350$ with the touch up and the after-care cream.
How do you filter good microblading specialists from the bad ones?
In my opinion, a good microblading tech doesn't copy paste. You custom adjust every brow shape to every client. You look at the morphology. Sometimes, you need to explain to the ladies that maybe what they want is not the best idea for their particular morphology.