Microblading and Dark Skin (Initial Appointment, First Touchup and Second Touchup)
I'm not going to spend a lot of time discussing what microblading is because there are a ton of articles online about it. My job here is to give you some visuals of what happens with darker skin when it's microbladed.
DISCLAIMER: If you have low self-esteem or are always worrying and wondering if people are looking at you, microblading ain't for you!!!!!! It's a process that completely transforms the way you look and for the first week or so, it ain't pretty. I'm just here to warn you...
I had the procedure done in June, had my follow up appointment 6 weeks later and then had a second touchup 5 months later. I probably could have gone a little while longer before the second touchup, but I knew I was going to be gone from Miami for awhile so I went ahead and had it done. Please keep in mind that the longer between the sessions, the more likely you are to pretty much go through the 2-3 week healing process like you did after your initial session. My 6 week touchup healed quickly and I did not experience the severe scabbing and flaking or even severe darkness like I did the first time. However, given that my second touchup came 5 months later, it's pretty much like going through the entire process all over again!
In terms of the pain level, the would give the initial session a 1 out of 5. The area had been allowed to numb for about 1.5 hours, so I pretty much did not feel a thing. The first touchup session the cream probably only set for 30-40 minutes and I felt every.single.stroke. On the pain meter, I would give it a good 4 out of 5. It was bearable, but it was extremely uncomfortable. For the second touchup, I would give it a 4.5 out of 5. I could not wait for it to be over. It wasn't so painful that I wanted to scream, but I was praying the entire time!
The mistakes I made:
- I was unable to keep it from getting wet within the first 48 hours each time. I sweat a lot (it's not cool in Miami in June or July) and had other things going on so I was not able to completely follow the directions. I do think this impacted the hair strokes because they all just blended together. I think it looks perfectly fine, but if you want good definition, don't get them wet for at least the first 2 days.
- I use a lot of face oils and I feel like they contributed to my brows fading a little quicker than they should. I'm going to not use the oils around my brows after this last touchup and see if they last longer.
- I didn't put sunscreen on them after they healed when I was out in the sun, but I definitely will this time.
|They were super dark the first day and continued to darker as the days progressed.|
|The flaking! And where it has flaked off is left super light.|
First Touchup Session
|Immediately after in the car.|
|This is probably day 14 or so. Looking great!|
|This was taken 3 months later.|
Second Touchup Session
|Day 1: They are as dark as they were after my initial session. This was not expected.|