Eyebrows are the frames to our eyes and they emphasise our expressions, so taking care of them is vital. As we age, our eyebrows decline in volume and re-growth takes longer than normal. The tips of the eyebrows especially get thinner and scanty. Eyebrows are like one’s hair; they need to be groomed and cared for with the same consideration one would put into a haircut. There are many ways to maintain your eyebrows, such as tweezing, waxing, plucking and threading. Fuller eyebrows are trending and make you look much more youthful and are much easier to maintain. Using a nourishing brow conditioner and brow serum will help stimulate the skin to encourage re-growth. If you really do not have the time and would like your brows to stay in place for longer, then microblading could be your answer to a well-groomed, defined look.
Microblading is a kind of semi-permanent makeup. This is done by a beauty professional and involves inserting pigment into the upper layers of the skin to create the desired fullness and shape of the eyebrows. This could last up to 6 to 8 months; however the pigment does fade with time and constant maintenance will have to be done. The initial session will cost around R2200 and the procedure takes about 90 minutes. Regular touch-ups to maintain your brows could cost between R1200 to R1500. The procedure is done with a pen with a slope blade that has tiny needles and merely fills in or scratches the surface of the epidermis layer to create fine, realistic natural hair strokes. If you have very sensitive skin, do a patch test to see if your skin causes a reaction before attempting the whole brow. The brows are prepared for the treatment using a numbing cream, so it’s very unlikely that you will actually feel any pain. Face shape, symmetry and facial features are all taken into account before the microblading is done. The brows will look darker initially and could flake, but should heal within 7 days.
There are several rules to maintaining your microbladed eyebrows, one of which is to gently wash your brows every morning and night with water and an antibacterial soap. Do not use cleansers or exfoliators for at least two weeks after the procedure is done. Apply a small amount of coconut oil on the brows for softness to the skin. Never apply any eyebrow pencils, tint or filler-powders as this will just irritate the skin. The downside of this procedure is that it requires maintenance, which does cost a great deal. If the procedure is not done by a professional and unhygienic instruments are implemented it could result in an infection in the area. If the microblading goes wrong then you could be stuck with a shape forever, as it will never really fade and it also leaves an unattractive discolouration. Make sure that the beauty artist you use is a certified permanent cosmetic professional. Regular touch-ups, maintenance and care will help keep your brows in shape and always looking well-groomed.