Microblading 101: Aftercare Maintenance

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Microblading boomed in the later part of 2016 and has become mainstream as the latest cosmetic beauty trend in the quest for that perfect, natural, and fuller-looking eyebrows. It is a procedure that improves the appearance of brows for clients no matter how dire their current brow situation is.

A lot of professionals across the country, including Utah, offer microblading services. This procedure is done using a super-fine blade with the appropriate pigment for the client’s complexion. It results in tiny hair-like strokes with a realistic finish. Microblading usually lasts one to two years, but the post-care treatment will determine how long the new eyebrows will actually last.

Day One to Fourteen

The first ten to fourteen days are the most important for the appearance and longevity of the new brows. This is when they are still healing. It will take around the same number of days for the skin to begin to appear healed and the pigment to settle in and fade to a more natural shade.

It is important not to let any water, soap, or makeup touch the eyebrows while healing. Any ointment or medicated cream provided by the technician should be applied religiously. Flaking and dry skin may also be a problem during the first week, but following the aftercare procedure consistently will make the itching disappear more quickly.

The following must be avoided:

  • Increased sweating, like when exercising and playing sports
  • Direct sun exposure
  • Any activity that has moisture or steam (swimming, tanning, hot sauna, hot baths)
  • Tasks that involve getting the eyebrows dirty or even exposing them to airborne debris
  • Makeup or any products aside from the ones recommended for post-care treatment
  • Drinking alcohol in excess



The entire healing process takes up to four to six weeks, depending on a lot of different factors, including age and natural skin regeneration. A touch-up appointment between six to twelve weeks from the initial procedure, or at least once a year, is important to maintain the density and symmetry of the brows. Even with proper aftercare, many clients lose the original hair strokes resulting in uneven-looking brows.

After the skin has been fully healed, it is important to apply a layer of sunscreen to the microbladed area daily to protect the skin and limit sun exposure. This will help avoid fading to occur at a faster rate. Remember that microblading is semi-permanent. Fading is expected, and further touch-ups will be necessary to keep the pigment fresh and bright. For some people, it might even be necessary to repeat the entire procedure after two years.

Potential Complications

As with any form of cosmetic procedure, including tattooing, possible risks are always present. Infections of the skin due to allergic reactions and irritation is a possible complication of microblading. Thus, the most important thing before considering microblading is to look for a trusted establishment and technician carefully. Also, reactions to organic pigments are rare, so knowing what sort of pigment will be used must be part of the research. It is equally important to follow aftercare recommendations religiously to enjoy optimal results.

In the past, thin brows were the rage. Now, a lot of women are suffering from over-plucked arches that are not growing back to their natural state. Microblading is a simple and effective procedure to get back that set of natural-looking brows.

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