Things You Need To Consider Before Getting Your Eyebrows Microbladed

January 2016- the first time I had my eyebrows tattooed (or microbladed). I had heard about eyebrow tattooing before, but had in my mind that the results looked like your regular tattoo and would be similar to two dark black permanent blocks above my eyes. Having suffered from hair loss from my eye area for pretty much all my life, I was growing sick and tired of having to adopt the same, monotonous routine every single morning in order to try and cover up the damage I had done to myself through trichotillomania (a mental health disorder in which sufferers pull out their own hair). Trying to perfectly apply false eyelashes and attempting to draw on eyebrows from scratch was not an easy feat. After much research, I took the plunge and had my eyebrows microbladed. It completely changed my life. Although I would recommend it to fellow hair loss sufferers, there are still many things you need to consider before deciding whether it is the right move for you, so here are a few snippets to mull over if you are thinking about having it done.

The Look

My initial thoughts of eyebrow tattooing being blocky and offensive disappeared after researching microblading. Most places that do semi-permanent brow make-up will offer microblading instead of this old-school idea of tattooing. Microblading is a form of semi-permanent brow tattooing which uses blades with lots of tiny needles to deposit the pigment. This technique means that there is no block brows, and the artist can delicately replicate individual hair strokes to create the most natural look. After seeing before and afters online, I knew microblading was the right choice for me as a hair loss sufferer; I wanted to fool people into thinking they were my own eyebrows, and having such precise detail like individual hair follicles could do this, as well as give me the general shape. Beforehand, the shape of my brows changed every day, depending on how I drew them on. They were too thick one day, too dark the next, and generally awful looking 24/7. Having them microbladed ensured I had that perfect guideline every day and would no longer suffer from dodgy brows.

Research the Artist

This is something I can't emphasise enough. If you're interested in having them done, search online and look up people you're interested in. Don't know where to start looking? Try thinking about location first; how far are you willing to travel? You can probably find plenty of artists in your local area- look at their websites, read up client reviews and most importantly look at before and after photos on their site and also on Instagram! If you want the best of the best and are willing to travel there, look at some of the most renowned artists in London. This will cost you more, but if there's someone you click with, whose before and after photos you look at and think they really stand out, then go for it. If you suffer from hair loss, try and read up on how many other hair loss clients they have had and whether they specialise in microblading for it- this might put you at ease with the artists' abilities for your unique situation. When I first starting speaking with Lalita from Microblading Beauty (who I have recently had my eyebrows topped up with), she mentioned that she also had trichotillomania. This instantly resonated with me, and I felt like she would 100% understand my struggle, what I wanted and also provide that level of compassion that you might not get elsewhere.

The Emotional Impact

Although this isn't necessarily something to consider, it is worth noting the emotional impact it can have on your life. I have never been more confident about my appearance than I am now and I think microblading is one of the main things to thank for this. I used to think people would stare at my badly drawn on brows, think I'm a freak for being bald, and shy away from eye contact due to paranoia about how awful they looked. Since having my brows done, I now think that if people are staring at my brows, they're thinking about how great they look! It's amazing not to have to wake up early in the morning to start the time-consuming process of drawing them on from scratch, and feeling fine with yourself when walking around make-up free. I can go swimming now too without the fear of people staring and judging. It has completely liberated my from the emotional burdens of trichotillomania.

The Permanency

One of the things that probably scared me most was the permanency of the procedure. Although technically microblading is semi-permanent and so naturally fades after a few years, when you get them done, you need to make sure the shape is one you love and want to have on your face for the next 3-5 years. If not, you're going to have a problem! Be fussy; it doesn't matter how long it takes the artist to get that shape, length, thickness right. It's your face and you're going to be the one sporting them, so if you don't feel their right, don't do it!

The Cost

There's no hiding it- microblading is expensive. With one of the top dogs in London, the procedure might set you back upwards of £500, a top up costing £200 odd. For me, and I know for many of you as well, that's a lot of dosh! I don't have that kind of money lying around waiting to be spent (who does?!), so you need to think of it as an investment, because it is one. Although my initial microblading experience with Sian Dellar was 'gifted' in return for an honest review (I am still grateful every day for that opportunity and constantly feel so incredibly lucky), I know that outside of this blog, I would not have been able to afford her prices (which are totally justifiable, she is amazing). When I looked at her prices for a top up 18 months later, I still knew deep down it wasn't something I could afford at that time. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's not worth the money, it is. No question of a doubt. But the financial element of microblading makes it a big decision and may affect how and where you look to get it done. Because of this, I chose to get my top up with Lalita from Microblading Beauty, whose prices are lower due to the fact that she runs the business from her home in London and so doesn't have the same overheads to pay for. If money is stopping you from getting it done, perhaps this is a solution that is worth looking at. Either way, you have to consider whether it is something you can afford to invest in.

Have you been considering getting your eyebrows microbladed? If you have any questions about the procedure, please feel free to ask in the comments, on social media or via email!

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