The brow trend in the past few years have gotten many people scrambling to find the right studio or salon for their eyebrow fix. No longer is eyebrow embroidery or microblading seen purely as a remedy for hair loss, it has now become a lifestyle choice for many, and is recognized to be gender-agnostic.
Irregardless of the type of brow that’s currently trending, if you have only recently caught onto this bandwagon, it is likely that there will be many questions lingering in your mind. This article serves as a guide for you if it’s your first time visiting a salon for an eyebrow embroidery session. It is not meant to be exhaustive, but will better prepare you before your visit to the eyebrow specialist.
How You Prepare
For starter, you'll need to speak to a brow specialist about microblading or eyebrow embroidery. With the advent of technology, you now have the option of doing this either in-store or through e-consultation (whatsapp, messenger, skype etc). During your first visit, the brow specialist will likely:
- Review your medical history. Be prepared to answer questions about current and past medical conditions. Talk about any medications you're taking or have taken recently, as well as any surgeries you've had. If you had a history of allergic reaction, it is important for you to declare it.
- Discuss your goals and expectations. Explain why you are considering embroidering your eyebrows, and be upfront about what you're hoping for in terms of appearance after the procedure. Never shy away from making clarifications.
- Do a facial shape analysis. To determine the type of brow most suitable for your face shape, the specialist will measure different parts of your face with your eyes open and closed. Photographs may also be taken for your treatment record.
Before going for your microblading session, you might want to consider:
- Avoiding certain medications. You'll likely need to avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements, as they can increase the likelihood of bleeding.
- Set aside sufficient time for the procedure. Most microblading session last between 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the type of brow you have chosen. This includes the waiting time for the numbing cream to set in before the brow specialist begins working on your brow. You certainly wouldn’t want anyone to rush through a procedure that will affect your overall appearance, so do make a conscious effort to set aside sufficient time for the visit.
After the procedure
Upon completion of your eyebrow embroidery session, your brow specialist should provide you with an after-care instruction. It is recommended that you follow those instructions to ensure proper healing of the skin area around your eyebrow and to achieve optimum result from the procedure. You may also refer to our after-care checklist here.
There’s an old adage in social media that goes like this: “If your eyes are the windows to your soul, then your eyebrows are like your curtain”. Your brows set the tone for the rest of your face, and eyebrow embroidery can make you feel better about yourself, while giving your face a more youthful appearance. So go ahead, enjoy the experience and discover a new YOU!
PS: Keep in mind that brow embroidery does not last forever (usually between 1-2 years), and you will need to go for regular touch up as well.