With the trend of fuller eyebrows on the steady rise, microblading has seen a recent surge in popularity and is taking the industry by storm. Before I started researching the trend and understanding the process, I had a scary image in my head of earlier iterations of eyebrow tattooing where large areas of brow were simply blocked out with ink. After a lot of research my mind was put at ease when I saw the natural results one could achieve through microblading.
Unlike traditional tattoo needling, microblading uses a micro scalpel to create fine cuts that mimic the look of eyebrow hairs, after which ink is rubbed into the cuts. Once microbladed eyebrows have healed, it is often not possible to tell the difference between the real hairs and those inked on.
For those of us who grew up in the 90s and fell prey to the allure of Kate Moss-esque thin eyebrows, achieving a fuller brow can be a challenge! While the perfect eyebrows can be achieved with makeup, who doesn’t want to wake up with brows that already look groomed? Not to mention it means I can get an extra 15 minutes sleep… After looking into microblading practitioners in London, I found Nez Hasan (when I say found I mean stalked her Instagram feed) and knew that she was the only person I would let anywhere near my eyebrows.
One thing that should be noted, is that it is not a quick process and takes planning, patience and self control, the latter being particularly important if you’re prone to being a picker - more on that to follow.
The process is as follows: before you can start any actual microblading, you will need to get a patch test to make sure that your skin doesn’t have an adverse reaction to the ink. The first appointment can take up to two hours, with the bulk of that time spent on measuring out your new eyebrow shape. The new look of your microbladed brows is created according to your unique face shape, so everything is mapped out in perfect symmetry. Previously, for example, I had been filing my eyebrows out according to their existing shape, but the new shape that Nez mapped out for me has changed the way I look - my brow shape is now as close to perfection as one can get!
Once Nez had mapped out my new eyebrow shape and I was happy with it, a topical numbing cream is applied and the microblading process starts. I would be lying if I said it was completely pain free, however if you can handle threading or waxing, you can definitely handle microblading. It stings ever so slightly when the ink is rubbed into the cuts, but this subsides very quickly. There is a certain level of trust you build with someone who is going to take a scalpel (no matter how micro) to your face and from the second I met Nez I knew that I was in good hands.
Straight after the first treatment, my eyebrows were slightly darker than usual, but this fades during the healing process. I was given my post care instructions and sent on my way with my perfect new eyebrows. For the first few days I was not allowed to get water on my brows, so the utmost care was taken when washing my face. At first I applied the post care ointment both morning and night, but as my skin is combination/oily, I switched to just applying it once a day. And then they started scabbing and flaking… While I knew that this was part of the healing process for some (everyone heals differently), I wasn’t expecting the flaking to be so obvious. As much as I wanted to help move the process of the flaking along, I refrained as removing a scab rather than letting it come off on it’s own can damage the ink underneath. Facial skin renews itself approximately every 27 days, so once my skin began healing, the ink started becoming more prominent as it darkened through the new skin.
Two weeks into the healing process, the flaking stopped and I could finally fully appreciate just how beautiful my new eyebrows were. What has surprised me the most since my eyebrows have healed is just how natural they look. It is important to note that I have oily skin which affects the longevity of microblading, so for that reason my eyebrows may fade faster than someone with a normal/dry skin tone.
3 Things you didn't know about Nez
What did your microblading training involve?
Training involved a day of theory and by the end of day one you started to practice on latex and then you moved onto working on a model. I did two different sets of training, both of which involved a lot of theory, practice on latex and working with a number of different models.
What made you want to start microblading?
I have always wanted to start my own business in beauty, I was a distribution and banking manager at a fresh produce company and at that time microblading was new in the industry. I knew I was good with my hands and that I had a good eye for creating a natural look so I thought I would try microblading training to see if I was good at it or not. My reasoning was if I succeed then great, but I knew I wanted to work in the beauty and fashion industry.
If you weren't doing microblading, what would your second dream job be?
My second dream job would be another area where I can make women feel happy, maybe a bridal shop with a twist or a store with engagement and honemoon ideas and outfits.