It doesn’t matter if you like them arched and feathered or straight and bold, eyebrows are arguably the most important facial feature. If you are not satisfied with the ones you have, there are so many ways to update them, including brow gel, pencils and even tattooing. But now there’s a very natural option that delivers semi-permanent results. We’d like to introduce you to microblading. Unlike the sometimes Sharpie-esque effects of permanent makeup, microblading is more of an embroidery of trompe l’oeil strokes that looks just like real hairs.

Microblading is perfect for those who want to fully reconstruct, define, cover gaps or fill-in tweezed brows. Those who just want to add a slight arch are also great candidates and the results are a natural undetectable fringe.

Microblading, also known as eyebrow embroidery, microstroking or feather touch is when an Esthetician uses a small blade made up of multiple needles to administer tiny cuts to inject ink in or around the client’s eyebrows to change their shape or give them the appearance of fullness. The semi-permanent makeup differs from tattoos because the fake hairs are drawn on individually for a more realistic look. It’s an extremely meticulous process that takes around two hours to complete. Since the results will last 12 to 18 months before beginning to fade it’s good to know that there is so much attention to detail. The first hour is spent drawing the shape in with removable pencil. That’s the longest part and the most important step. During this time, in consultation with the client, the best customized shape is chosen. Before microblading begins, a topical numbing cream is applied to the area to minimize discomfort. Some clients may feel a slight discomfort but it is relatively painless.

The best part of the technique is that there is no down time. Your new set of brows will be ready for a selfie immediately after the process. However, a follow up 4 -6 weeks after your appointment is highly recommended. The healing process is different for everyone and it takes between 25 to 30 days. Every client should come back for a touch up. The service is not complete unless they come back for their touch up.

Unlike eyebrow extensions which you must be careful about maintaining, microblading is low maintenance. After healing you can rub them and enjoy swimming. No special care is required, except for a brief touch-up once a year.

We caution clients as to where they have their microblading service performed. Because microblading involves breaking the skin, health officials are concerned about possible infections when untrained inexperienced individuals practice the technique in unsafe conditions. The biggest concern is that there is the risk of blood-borne infection such as hepatitis and HIV. Common skin infections can become serious if they spread because eyebrows are located so close to the eyes and brain. Si it is extremely important to apply the aftercare balm that is provided.

Unregulated businesses have been popping up on websites such as Facebook, Kijiji and Craiglist, offering microblading at cut rate prices from home. Unlike commercial tattoo parlours, body piercing shops, beauty salons and skin care centres, these home-based salons don’t have to undergo proper health and safety inspections.

Anyone with no prior esthetics training or certification can begin performing this technique by simply taking one of the multitude of advertised training courses, and these training courses are not necessarily provided by an accredited school. Indeed, there are people calling themselves instructors and running classes on microblading when they themselves have less than one year experience.

This is what you should look for in your microblading technician:

                Microblading certification from an accredited training school,

                The Technician is a certified Esthetician and is an experienced  microblader,

                The Technician only uses a single use microblades, and

                The facility in which microblading is performed is regulated by Alberta Health Services.