Microblading: My Healing Journey

Microblading and Microshading Healing Day-by-Day

Megan Microblading and Microshading Procedure Healing Day By Day Blog

Let me start by saying permanent makeup is something I have found to be fascinating for a long time. Whether it’s aiding in shaving some time off of someone’s morning makeup routine, or giving them eyebrows where they had none before - I’ve watched it change lives and instill confidence in people time and time again. I find it to be so fascinating in fact, that I took the plunge to get it done myself almost 3 years ago, and up until recently, swore I would never do it again. 

If you’re confused about how I can be so fascinated with the art of permanent makeup, yet ready to swear it off all together, let me introduce myself. Hi, I’m the product of a poor microblading experience. I know saying “poor experience” will make your mind jump to the worst - crazy dark brows, infection, excruciating pain, oh my! But alas no, I luckily didn’t have to suffer through an experience that bad. 

3 years ago I had a friend enter the exciting world of microblading with hopes to pursue it as a career. Wanting to support her business and having already been intrigued by the procedure for some time, I booked myself an appointment. I’d never had any PMU procedures done prior to this appointment, so I had no idea what I was getting myself into or what to expect. 

There wasn’t much of a consultation, but she carried herself very professionally and confidently throughout the entirety of the appointment which helped to put me at ease. When it was all said and done, I left with brows I was satisfied, but not overly in love with. I wasn’t given too much information on what healing would be like, so for the next few weeks I found myself in a constant state of panic, thinking I’d completely ruined my face. When my brows had finally healed, I felt the shape and color didn’t compliment my face as best as it could and as the years passed, I was left with eyebrows that had faded to a faint light pink/red. My mistake was feeling too bad to mention my displeasure, and instead deciding this was a procedure I would avoid going forward, assuming I just wasn’t the right candidate for it. 


Megan Eyebrow Before Microblading Procedure
Almost 3 years post first microblading procedure
 

So how did I get here? Why did I decide to give microblading a second chance? When I joined the Tina Davies Professional team, I found myself consistently blown away by the work of my colleagues, as well as the work of the artists using our inks and microblades. I started catching myself thinking almost daily “wow, I want that done”; I was slowly coming out of my terrified of PMU tunnel. I started realizing how much it would help me to help other artists and clients if I knew what it was like to have this procedure done by Tina herself, and if I could first hand watch how these pigments healed. So, after sitting on this thought for a while, I swallowed my nerves towards having PMU done again and finally brought the idea to Tina’s attention.

Day 1

Almost more than I was, Tina was overjoyed and SO excited. So much so, that she almost had me forget entirely about the nerves I was feeling towards having this done again. Her passion for her work is half of what makes this such a fun experience for her clients.

 

Megan Consultation with Tina Pre-draw Microblading ProcedureTina and I during my consultation

 

As stated previously, there wasn’t much of a consultation the first time I’d had this done, so the in-depth consultation I had with Tina was a whole new experience that aided in putting me at ease. She listened to all of my wants and desires for my eyebrows, and provided me with her professional opinion on what would be needed to achieve it. I’d shared with Tina that I wanted a look that fell somewhere between a natural looking brow, and a fuller filled-in brow. We bounced ideas back and forth, I shared some inspiration photos with her, and we finally came to the conclusion that a combination of microblading with the U Needle Signature Microblade and microshading with a machine on the tail ends of my brows, would give me the look I desired.


 Tina and I referencing my inspiration photo and the color chart

 

Tina suggested we use Dark Brown and Blonde from the I Love Ink Collection to achieve this look; Dark Brown to create the hair strokes and Blonde to shade the tails of my brows with to create a bit of a fuller look. My hair color is more of a light/medium brown, with some hints of red, so you can see why hearing this suggestion came as a surprise to me at first. I couldn’t hold my shock in and responded with “Dark brown?! Are you sure that wouldn’t be too dark?” Tina reassured me by holding the color chart up next to my face in the mirror, helping me see how close dark brown actually was to my natural hair color. She explained to me that the hair strokes she would be creating would be very fine to give a look that wouldn’t appear too bold, but fuller in a natural way. I felt so much better after she’d explained her color choice to me, and we continued onto the procedure.


Tina Davies x Perma Blend Dark Brown

 

Tina Davies x Perma Blend Blonde

 

Tina Davies x Perma Blend I Love Ink Color Chart

 

After numbing for about 20 minutes, we were ready to get started. I laid down on the procedure table, my heart feeling like it was pounding out of my chest. Here we go, we’re really doing this, there’s no turning back. I had a MUCH better feeling this time around of what my outcome would be; I’d agreed on and seen the colors that were going to be used, and Tina had drawn on my brows to show me how the shape would look, but I couldn’t help but still be a little bit nervous. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath, bracing myself for the pain. 

Tina starts microblading and I feel… barely anything at all. I know that’s probably hard to believe, I was in shock myself. I couldn’t believe how numb Zensa had made my brows. The topical numbing started wearing away when she was finishing up the first pass of my eyebrows, at which point a secondary numbing was applied. If I thought I was barely feeling anything before, this secondary numbing agent was a game changer. The only way I knew Tina was still microblading was by the sound of needles against my skin. 

About a half hour goes by, and before I know it, we’re done. I’d become calm and relaxed over the past half hour, but once Tina handed me a mirror, I felt my heart starting to race again. I was about to see the eyebrows I’d be wearing everyday for the next few years. I take another deep breath and open my eyes. WOW.

 

 

Immediately post-procedure

 

When I say wow, I mean wow. I could not stop repeating it over and over again while looking at myself in the mirror. My brows looked incredible. I was shocked, astonished, blown away; you name it, I was feeling it. The outcome was above and beyond what I could’ve imagined. I was finally the one feeling this new found confidence.


Megan and Tina Davies Post Microblading and Microshading ProcedureMy fresh brows with Tina Davies

 

Before I left the studio, Tina went over with me one more time what healing would be like. Now you may wonder, how long does it take for microblading to heal? She let me know it will take 30 days for the full healing process and broke down what to expect throughout. Tina then thoroughly walked me through the best way to wash my brows and apply my aftercare, then sent me off with a goodie bag that included all natural soap, aftercare and an instruction card, and a What to Expect While Healing brochure that broke down all healing stages to come over the next 30 days. I left the studio ecstatic.


 Aftercare goodie bag from Tina Davies Studio

 

As the night progressed, my eyebrows slowly grew more sore, finally feeling the effects of what felt like a bunch of tiny paper cuts, resulting in a pretty gnarly headache. I gently washed my brows as instructed, applied my aftercare gel, and crawled into bed to wrap up day one.

 


Day 2

Megan Day 2 Post Microblading and Microshading ProcedureDay 2

 

I woke up feeling the kind of excited a child would feel to go to DisneyLand, but just to look at my eyebrows again in the mirror - I couldn’t believe how much they’d already changed just overnight. They’d darkened in color, thickened in shape, and had taken on more of a reddish appearance. I’m used to filling my eyebrows in on a daily basis, so seeing this didn’t come as a huge shock to me. However, to the person who doesn’t typically do much to their brows, looking in the mirror on day 2 may feel a bit terrifying. I took a look at my healing brochure and refrained from panicking, as everything I was experiencing was written in front of me as regular and to be expected effects on day 2.


Megan Up Close Day 2 Post Microblading and Microshading ProcedureDay 2

 

I continued with my aftercare 3 times a day following the guidance the card that came along with it was giving me to continue this process for the first 5 days of healing. This part of my day quickly became my saving grace, providing me cooling relief to my tender and tight brows.

 

Day 3-4

Megan Day 4 Post Microblading and Microshading Procedure
Day 4

I hadn’t experienced any severe changes over the last 2 days. Although still pretty dark and a bit on the red side, I started getting used to my new brows and the convenience of being able to leave them out during my makeup routine. Pretty well all tenderness and pain had subsided by this point, and I’d noticed when washing that a thin layer of scabbing was starting to form over the tails of my eyebrows. The hair strokes at the front of my brows that had once been crisp and clean on day 1 had started blurring together.


Day 5

Megan Day 5 Post Microblading and Microshading ProcedureDay 5

Day 5 is when I noticed I was entering the dreaded stage of the healing process you hear people talk about - the scabbing, itching and flaking was coming on full force. The thin layer of scab that had started on the tails of my brows had now migrated to cover almost my full eyebrow, and the flaking had begun. At this time, I’d only noticed the flaking taking place at the front of my eyebrow, but under these flakes of skin, the color appeared ashy and grayish.


Megan Day 5 Post Microblading and Microshading Procedure
Day 5


Working in this field, I knew this was to be expected and a part of the healing process, but I caught myself still feeling panicked. What am I going to do if my eyebrows heal gray? A deep breath (which seems to be a common theme for me throughout this journey) and a quick reference to my What to Expect While Healing brochure aided in calming my panic. I continued to remind myself that I need to trust the process.


Day 6-8


Megan Day 8 Post Microblading and Microshading Procedure
Day 8

This period of the healing process was probably the most nerve wracking and unsettling of it all. My eyebrows at this point looked like they had a serious case of dandruff - and let me tell you, it was anything but pretty.


Megan Day 8 Post Microblading and Microshading ProcedureDay 8


As they continued to flake, what was left underneath was much lighter and maintained a very ashy appearance. The slight reddish hue you see at the front of my eyebrows is the little bit of residual color I still had remaining from my previous procedure 3 years ago, and in fact the redness I’d experienced the first few days of healing had now completely subsided. 

When I say my eyebrows were itchy, I mean want to scratch them off your face “itchy”. It took everything in me to resist the urge to go to town on them, but I was aiming for some beautiful healed brows and had been advised by my brochure to still refrain from touching. So, refraining from touching is what I did. I’d be lying, however, if I said I didn’t go to bed every night hoping and praying that I’d wake up the next day with itchless brows.


Day 9-10
 

Megan Day 10 Post Microblading and Microshading Procedure
Day 10


HALLELUJAH, the itching was starting to subside! The scabbing and flaking was officially over, and I no longer felt I had to “warn” every new person I came in contact with that I was healing from microblading in fear that they would think I had crazy brows if I didn’t. 


Megan Day 10 Post Mircoblading and Microshading Procedure
Day 10


My eyebrows had become just a tad bit lighter than they were on day 8, but my healing brochure had warned me that the color should start to come back from here on out which got me DisneyLand excited all over again.


Day 14-21


Megan Day 21 Post Microblading and Microshading ProcedureDay 21

I knew my eyebrows weren’t considered fully healed until day 30, but on day 21 they felt pretty darn close. I’d gained back some color and warmth, and the hair strokes at the front of my brows had once again thinned out and redefined themselves, giving such a natural, full, and fluffy appearance. 


Megan Day 21 Post Microblading and Microshading ProcedureDay 21


Looking at this photo, would you even have guessed this was an eyebrow tattoo if you hadn't known? I was obsessed with how my new and improved brows were turning out.

 

Day 30

Megan Day 30 Post Microblading and Microshading ProcedureDay 30, fully healed

 

I’D MADE IT! My brows were fully healed and beautiful; as presumed, not much change had taken place since day 21. 

As much as I’d hoped for and looked forward to the healing process ending throughout, I have to say this is an experience I feel extremely lucky and fortunate to have had. I can’t believe I now get to just wake up in the morning with eyebrows that look like this.

Bottom line being - if you find yourself in the same shoes of previously having had a poor microblading experience and are teetering on the fence of whether or not to give it another go, DO IT but do it different this time. You can never do too much research when it comes to finding a person to tattoo your face. Sometimes we mix a certificate with experience, and assume that just because someone is certified, they’ll be able to provide us with award winning services. An artist that is passionate about providing their clients with the best service possible will continue to educate themselves beyond a 2 day course to be able to expand their knowledge on the fundamentals and broaden their technique.




Now, this isn’t to say you should never see a beginner artist - but if you choose to, it’s important to manage your expectations. Understand that we all have to start somewhere, and that a beginner will still have some learning curves they’re working through. Although they may not be able to give you celebrity brows quite yet, they’ll be insanely grateful for your trust, time, and money. 

Some helpful tips to be prepared with when seeing a beginner artist that will help improve your experience as well as aid them in becoming a better artist are:
  • Bring an inspiration photo(s). Doing this will help the artist to understand exactly the look you’re trying to achieve, and will avoid there being any miscommunication between the 2 of you.
  • Ask the artist to explain their color choice to you, and ensure you approve it. Remember you are the one having this procedure done, and these are the brows you’ll be walking around with for the next 2-3 years. It’s important the color choice is something you’re going to feel good about.
  • Ask for detailed healing instructions, and what you can expect over the next 30 days. The healing process can be a scary time, especially if you don’t know what you’re in for.
  • Don’t be afraid to ASK QUESTIONS! The more knowledge you have around this procedure and what’s going to take place, the more comfortable you’re going to feel getting it done, and the happier you’ll feel leaving the artists studio.
  
I can’t say thank you enough to Tina for restoring my faith in PMU and providing me with these drool-worthy brows. Getting good PMU feels a lot like getting a good hair coloring, or a sweet tattoo; it makes you want to go back for more. Lip blushing, eyeliner - stay tuned….I might get it all!

 

Before, immediately post-procedure, 30 days healed

 

Procedure Notes:

Technique: Combo brows a.k.a. hairstrokes with shading
Fitzpatrick: Skin tone 2
Skin Type: Apple, non-oily
Colors Used: Tina Davies I LOVE INK Dark Brown for hairstokes and Tina Davies I LOVE INK Blonde  for shading
Needles: Tina Davies U Needle Signature Microblade and Tina Davies 7 Curved Magnum
Artist: Tina Davies

1 comment

I desperately want and need this. Hate filling in my sparse blonde eyebrows every morning!!

Julie Forrest September 16, 2021

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