Are you battling scanty, undefined brows? Do you secretly wish your brows would just be photo-ready all the time? The answer you’re looking for is finally at The White Door! Microblading is a semi-permanent brow treatment that uses a technique with a hand-controlled device to create brow strokes in the epidermal layer of the skin where the pigment is planted. Varying in size, texture, shape and colour, this procedure offers a natural, bushy, fibre look without leaving a permanent mark on one’s skin.
Minimally painful courtesy the numbing cream applied beforehand, each session takes about 75-90 minutes depending on the density of the strokes required and the overall shape of the brow. In simple terms, the aftercare can be daunting as one begins to see a shift or change in shape and colour every day for the first 7-12 days of the treatment. Marginal exposure to water, cleansers, moisturisers, sun exposure, make-up, facials, and light or laser treatments, along with complete refrainment from products with glycolic acid are some of the key pointers.
During the 2-week breathing period post microblading, the skin goes through a healing process that modifies the look, the intensity of the colour and the thickness of the shape. The overall volume lowers by about 40%, shrinking them down to the ideal size that they were meant to be. One of the most important parts of the process is the touch-up session. Generally scheduled between 4-6 weeks from the date of the first appointment, the client is supposed to revisit the artist who will ensure that the brows then retain their final look, colour, shape and feel post the touch up.
Contrary to popular belief, microblading only stays for about 18 months at max, fluctuating from one skin type to another. 6 weeks after the first session, clients often revisit the artist for a retouch, further defining their look. As explained by London based celebrity brow-artist Arti Bagga herself, ‘Microblading offers everyday luxury and not glamour brows as commonly mistaken by a lot of consumers.’ Itching and scratching the area is not advised as it may result in the bruises getting infected.
Individuals who have had botox in two years, heart conditions, diabetes, any skin disease, allergy to needles, serious medical conditions or those who are allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine or epinephrine are not advised to indulge in this procedure. Pregnant or nursing women can have their brows bladed, provided they consult with their physician first.
Swimming, excessive exercise resulting in perspiration, chemical peels, other lasers and heavy make-up (to name a few) must be avoided for at least two weeks from the date of the session. A common misconception with microblading, it does not stop or minimise the growth of one’s natural hair at all. Clients may still need to find a way best suited for them to either shave, pluck or wax the extra hairs that grow back after a couple months to maintain the shape.
All in all, although a little heavy on the pocket initially, it is truly a luxury worth delving in and we at The White Door could not recommend it enough!