Eyebrow microblading is a semi-permanent technique that provides a natural “hair” stroke effect by using a manual pen. This is also known as 3D brows (due to the appearance of an actual hair on the skin), powder brows (due to filling areas in such a way that it appears similar to makeup application), feathering (due to the fineness of the stroke and at times the way the “hairs” fan out) and eyebrow embroidery (due to the placement of strokes as it mimics hair growth).
How It’s Done
Microblading is done with what appears to be a fine blade, but is actually a tight group of very thin needles, anywhere from 7 to 22 of them! These needles are arranged in a slant or sometimes in a U-shape, so that they can penetrate the skin in one small motion. (Sometimes smaller groups of needles in a round point are used for shading and/or the powder effect.)
The entire “blade” is super small and it barely penetrates the skin, as microblading only slices into the top layer of skin and does not reach the dermis (where tattoos lie). Pigment (similar to tattoo ink but thicker) is manually pushed into the skin by the needles.
*Microblading barely slices the skin but does so enough that results can last 1-3 years.
*The needles or blade are very thin, between .18mm and .25mm usually.
How long does microblading last?
Microblading is said to last 1-3 years and this large time frame is due to individual health as well as individual care. As the skin naturally exfoliates throughout the year, the pigment will fade and soon disappear. If you are a person who sunbathes or gets facials every month, then the results will not last as long, since you are speeding up the skin’s natural exfoliation process.
Is microblading right for me?
Microblading is great for people wanting to accentuate their natural brow or add more depth, length or maybe a higher arch. It can also help those with sparse areas (AKA overplucking or commonly found with any thyroid issues, etc) as well as those who have lost their brows completely due to medical or non-medical reasons (trichotillomania, alopecia areata, cancer, etc).
"Julie rocks. Love my new brows. Always had to paint them in. Thank you." — Linda H.
I absolutely love that I don’t have to do my eyebrows, use a pencil, powder and fill them in. Microblading has changed my morning routine and has lessened my time to get ready. I love how natural it is and that each stroke look like real hair. I’ve had so many compliments! Julie is amazing at explaining the process and is honest with her service. The price range is the best I’ve seen, even compared to other states and I haven’t found anyone else who does it in Charleston. It takes patience to see the best results but guaranteed you won’t be disappointed. I got a darker color so the first few days they looked really dark and harsh but once it healed, it really looks good. Julie’s great at answering all my questions and concerns too!
Had chemo and never had full brows again…until now! Julie did an amazing job covering even my old faded tattoo of an eyebrow. No more pencils or powders WHOO HOO!!
Julie exceeded my expectations. She’s very knowledgeable and made me feel very comfortable. Such a sweet person as well! I can’t wait for my touch up in 4-6 weeks!