Microblading is changing people’s lives - creating convenience, building confidence, and letting people sleep in longer in the morning - seriously. Having the opportunity to have a microblading procedure took 20 minutes off of my makeup routine every morning.
But with social media showcasing people’s airbrushed lives, artists and clients tend to showcase perfect, immediately after work, often leaving out the raw experience and the ups and downs that go along with the healing of permanent makeup.
Showing the results just immediately after a procedure is not the same as showing the entire process, and can leave client’s who get the procedure with A TON of questions about their healing process. The procedure itself is only about 10% of the true microblading experience, and the next 30-60 days after are the real deal.
So for anyone considering a procedure, and for artists who want to show their clients what they can expect during healing, below is the real experience of the healing process for the first month - the good, the bad, and the scabbing.
For a detailed look at my pre and post aftercare instructions as per Tina’s recommendation see our blog post on Prep & Aftercare and PMU Aftercare 101.
Here are my natural eyebrows - pre-microblading:
Day 1, you're excited! You get to go into your artist’s studio with patchy uneven brows, or no brows at all and voila, you come out with legitimate hair strokes that you want to show off to the world, literal #browgoals.
Before and Immediately After
They look textured, dense albeit a little bit red, but it’s a world of a difference, you feel like a changed person. Your brows are bold in color. If you aren’t used to filling them in a lot, they will look slightly more dramatic in appearance than normal, tender, slightly swollen, and you may even experience some slight bleeding. The day you get them done you may be in awe of your fresh set of brows.
If you’re used to filling them in and are used to bolder brows, you may be in love. If not, don’t panic. The permanent makeup has been applied to compensate for fading of 20-40%, so if they look darker than you normally wear your brows, stay calm, the color will fade over the next week.
You will try really hard not to sneeze, because of the multiple tiny paper cut-like wounds on your face, but I had mine done during allergy season, and there’s no avoiding it. Your brows will be reddish, still quite tender, and maybe even a little bit thicker in texture than the day before. You may really notice the difference in your brows and feel like people are looking at them, but chances are you’re more self-conscious about it rather than people noticing them being darker than normal.
At this point, I really loved the way that they looked and was super happy with them. I could still see every hair stroke that was made and the redness for me had subsided a lot. They had not started to form hard thick scabs yet. Day 2 was pretty easy.
By Day 3, you shouldn’t notice a huge difference from the previous two days, if anything, the pain and tenderness will start to subside, and the brows will get slightly dark or thicker, but nothing major. At this point, you’ll probably be loving the convenience of getting up and having instant brows without the hassle of having to create them yourself. You’ll likely find yourself daydreaming about beach days with completely waterproof brows, but don’t act on this at LEAST until day 10!
Day 5 is when things start to change. This can be the turning point in the healing process, where your brows are getting itchy and it is advised to NOT scratch them, as the wound may still be open. A thick layer of scabbing may form, and the fine hair-strokes that were created may be hidden. You may feel like you want to start panicking. RESIST the urge to blow up your artist’s phone firing off questions and accusations alike. You have a wound on your face, therefore your body is trying to repair itself, hence the scabbing. It’s all a part of the healing process, and if you’ve had any other kind of tattoos in the past, it heals very similarly.
Just know that this is totally normal and even if it doesn’t look pretty, you shouldn’t worry, they’re going to be #browgoals again in no time.
This is the scary time period when the serious scabbing will start, and begin to peel away from the skin. If you’re anything like me - you will be extremely tempted to pick or peel the scabs. Don’t give in to this temptation, it could affect your healing very negatively. If you pick it, you could lose pigment that was deposited into the skin and could end up with a holey, patchy eyebrow. By gently rinsing the area regularly the scabs will slowly start to fall off - when they’re ready. This phase is definitely the hardest of the process. As a client looking on social media, I haven’t seen anyone talk about or show this side of the microblading healing process. All we see is perfectly fresh strokes, but scabbing? Who knew your entire eyebrow would shed and go through this transformation? It’s so important for clients to know and truly understand the whole process, and really be assured by their artist that what they experience is perfectly normal, and necessary for their eyebrows to heal properly.
At the end, they will have the brows they always wanted.
Your scabs will probably be all flaked off or flaking off on their own by this point and you’ll start to see the light at the end of the healing tunnel. But because the skin has not completely mended itself back together, there may still be some cause for concern. The color during these days may seem way too light or even grey and missing in spots. You might feel like your skin didn’t take the pigment, but that’s not the case. They’ll almost look like you’ve filled them in with a powder, so again just remain as calm as possible and begin to start enjoying the fact that your eyebrows are done for you every morning. It’s important to note that at this stage, the wounds should be closed so if you’re feeling self-conscious about the light look of them, you are able to apply some makeup to fill in for the time being.
Healing is almost complete! YAY! You’re almost there.
The color and definition of the hair-strokes will return at this point. The color is beginning to even out and look more natural and brow-like. People you tell about the procedure won’t even believe that it’s a tattoo. It’s truly amazing. You’ll be settling into your new shortened makeup routine - oh and those waterproof brow beach days? AMAZING!
Guess what? Your healing process is complete! Your skin is completely healed and color is looking great. They should look soft and natural. This is the point where you’ll be able to tell if there is anything you want to add or change, there could be a couple spots from loss of pigment, which is all dependent on how well your skin took the pigment, but this is OKAY because your follow-up appointment should be just around the corner!
All in all my experience with microblading was amazing! Through the ups and downs of the healing process, I was always assured that everything happening was normal, and was guided on how to take proper care to ensure the best results!
Hopefully, this guide to a typical healing experience is helpful to artists looking to give client's an in-depth look at what they can expect!
You can watch my full experience below:
Touch Up: Tina recommends that a client does not come back for a follow-up microblading procedure until the skin is fully healed, and suggests 3 months after their initial procedure as the optimal time to come back for their follow-up!
Are you waiting for your touch-up appointment and need something to give you a bit more definition until then? Check out how you can use the Pro-Pencil or Skinny Pencil to touch up your brows in the meantime, here.
Fast forward 2 years and here are my results. Flawless!
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I am on day 9 and this is exactly my experience. I am not allowed to rinse though! No water for 10 days. My brows were stinky while shedding…no one warned me about that. No one else could smell it except for me…thank goodness, haha, so gross.
Omg.. thank you.. my brow lady sent me emojis when I started freaking out.. but mine look just like yours and I love them.. the color is starting to show.. thanks
I’ve been totally self conscious about my brows I’m on day 7. I posted these wonderful pics of my microbladed brows to Facebook on day one and now they look crazy ugly lol… I don’t even want to get to close to ppl bcuz they will see how ugly they are Lol
Tina, your extremely informative day-by-day guide to the healing process is critical for first-time microblading clients such as myself! Neither my technician at the extremely expensive salon frequented by rich housewives, wealthy professional women and celebrity/professional model clientele nor the salon gave as detailed guidance on the lengthy healing process as you did in this blog. Luckily, I had my procedure (first time ever) done 30 days prior to a HUGE business conference I’m set to work/attend. Had I not booked the procedure 30 days before traveling, I would’ve assumed I’d walk out of the salon with the perfect “after” photos seen everywhere online. It is a HUGE problem that salons do not warn customers in advance of the very lengthy healing process. In days 1-3 for me, my eyebrows looked like Groucho Marx, as though someone used a black Sharpie marker. I am Asian and so the contrast looked ridiculous, I couldn’t be seen in public. Customers (especially first-time clients) NEED to know this BEFORE they schedule their visit! Everything you’ve said is happening, WHEN you described it happening and exactly HOW you described it! Your blog is literally keeping me sane. I know that at the end of the 30-days (if not sooner), I’ll have the life-changing brows I’ve long wanted. I can already see it happening. THANK YOU. You are a life-saver.
I love this! I wish this would’ve been around when I first had my brows done back in August of last year. I really was concerned that they were not right but I did my best and trusted the process. I did make the mistake of using a brow brush a brushing the scabs away at day 8… don’t do! I am confident that my brows would’ve looked better had I not done that. The end result from that session was that I had to fill in some areas with brow powder and I definitely needed my touch up. It looks amazing after my touch up and after I left it alone to heal. Your experience is going to help a lot of unsure people! Great work! Thank you!
I am 63 had no eyebrows and no one is quite sure why. Medication or just part of the aging process. You mention the sun frequently in your posts. A little reminder as I grew up prior to suncreens containing SPF’s, please be sure to use them liberally as I just recently had some serious melanoma into a lymp node under my arm. Scary! I also was a tanning bed fanatic. Anyway my brows seem to be going the way you have described. Yours are beautiful.im a blonde so she mixed three colours and seemed a bit concerned as I’m a cool blonde not a warm. I guess from all I’ve read much can be done at the retouching phase in six weeks. I look forward to not having to artistically draw them on daily!
I’m on day 9 of the healing process and I was worried because where parts have flaked off, it looks light colored with no strokes. Almost like a very faint solid pigment under my brow hairs. I hope they darken up like you mentioned above. Thanks for the informative article.
Thank you so much!!! I am on day 5 healing and everything is flaking off. I was panicking and decided Instead of blasting my browgals email full of panick messages, to do some research online. This helped ease so much of my stress! Thank you! Thank you!!
Thank you for this post! I am on day 14 of healing and was getting nervous about my brows looking a little gray, but, after seeing your pics and how similar they are to mine I feel much better.
Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing :)))
THIS IS GREAT!!!!!!!! Thank you for this and for sharing your tips and advice ! IT IS MY DREAM TO TAKE YOUR COURSE! Also THANK YOU what you are doing for the Industry !
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thank you so much love this
? very Informative for the client.:)
awesome overview, I will definitely share!
This is awesome, thank you so much for sharing this! I have been following you since day one I started doing Microblading.❤️❤️❤️
Great report of what microblading Is about! It Is important that artists inform clients about the healing stages so they do not pánic. This article Is really detailed and well written. I loved it! Unfortunately my clients are Spanish speakers but I Will definetely recommend People to read i Thank you for sharing your microblading experiences.
Love this! Thank you Tina for always being a huge supportive connection in this industry. Sharing with my clients. : )