Beauty Trend Low Down – Microblading

Are you in search of the perfect brows? If you answered yes, you aren’t alone. Over the last few years the eyebrow industry has exploded with a myriad of new products designed to get you brows to rival Cara’s. But if you’re fed up of drawing then on or filling them in, either because you are short on time or struggle to get decent results, then a more long term solution may be for you!

That is where 2017’s hottest new beauty trend, Microblading, comes in. Microblading is a form of tattoo artistry where the pigment is applied under the skin using a specialist handheld blade tool which works at a much lower frequency than a standard tattoo machine. Fine, hair-like strokes mimic the natural hairs in your brows, resulting in a really natural appearence. The results are semi-permanent and with the right care can last up to three years, with touchups every six months or so.

For the best results you of course need to do your research and find a reputable practitioner and with over 20 years experience in the industry Karen Betts, AKA the Queen of Brows, should definitely be a name in your radar if you are considering this treatment. With clinics in London, Cheshire and Yorkshire Karen has been at the forefront of permanent cosmetics for years and has worked with many celebrities including Gail Porter, so you couldn’t be in safer hands should you take the plunge.

You may be asking whether Microblading hurts. Naturally this depends on your pain threshold, and some people will feel more discomfort than others but the majority of clients feel little more than the vibrations or slight scratching from the microblading tool. Your practitioner will also apply a topical anaesthetic before, during and after the treatment. Afterwards the area is likely to look a little red and swollen, but this is perfectly normal and will quickly subside.

For best results it is recommended that you don’t take aspirin, use retinol or drink a lot of alcohol prior to your microblading treatment as these can make you bleed more and effect pigment retention. The brows will look significantly sharper and darker immediately after the treatment, which can be slightly alarming, however they will become lighter as the skin heals. Whilst the brows heal you should also avoid getting them wet, so no sweaty workouts or washing your face with water. Around 4 to 12 weeks after your initial treatment you will be offered a follow-up appointment to retouch any areas where the pigment hasnt taken as well.

Microblading isn’t cheap with the first treatment and follow-up costing £895 and top-ups after 12 to 18 months at £395, but the results are so impressive, and as this new trend gains popularity no doubt the cost will fall a little as more salons start to offer the treatment. Don’t however opt for the cheapest option; always do your homework to ensure your clinic has experience in this field!

If you’ve had microblading I’d love to hear what you thought of the procedure, the results and whether you would recommend it!

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