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.

Initial Session

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.

Day 3
Day 7


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