So yes, I decided to get microblading to help my struggle brows this year and I wanted to share my experience with you guys. Yes they were struggle brows. After years of going to the wrong people to get my brows done, my brows inevitably suffered and never seemed to grow back correctly. I always felt like I had to fill in my brows just for my face to have character and feel normal.
So what is Microblading?-
Microblading is a semi-permanent tattooing technique that creates hairlike strokes to fill in sparse or thinning brows. The practice aims to give you an effortless full brow ― no need for expensive brow pencils or gels. Of course, this sounds great in theory. But it is a major investment: microblading can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,600. And if you’re going to get a tattoo, especially one on your face, you need to do your research.
Where did I get this done?
I researched top Microbladers in the Washington, DC area and came across Dollistic. I absolutely loved my experience here. Dollistic is an exclusive atelier located in Washington, DC's Historic U Street Corridor specializing in Microblading and other innovative beauty services. Their mission is to revolutionize the beauty industry by providing our clients with unparalleled aesthetic artistry, undetectable to the human eye. Artist, Lizzeth took her time measuring my bone structure, assessing symmetry, studied my facial features, and then sketched my brow outlines before I approved of the brow shape. She then suggested pigment colors based on the Fitzpatrick Skin Type and my natural brow hues. Prices range between $750 to $950 for the initial appointment, which includes a touchup service.
Did it hurt?
Surprisingly it did not hurt at all! They numbed me with lidocaine a few times. It simply felt like a dull pricking or scratching of the skin but it was not unbearable and didn't feel like a regular tattoo experience. Now I will say that during the microblading process they go over your brows a few times, and by that second pass it does get a little uncomfortable. But again, its not unbearable. Afterwards your brows are just super tender but by the next day you will feel fine.
How was the healing process?
Honestly this part was the hardest. Everyone does heal differently. My skin type is oily so I knew that I would have some challenges. Wherever you decide to go for Microblading its so important that you follow the after care instructions to a tee! You want to make sure you preserve the pigment and shape of the brow as much as you can. Some artists swear by the dry healing method. However, at Dollistic, they encourage you to gently wash your brows with a gentle cleanser, to pat them dry with tissue and then add Aquaphor at least for the first 10 days. I appreciated that process because I was still able to feel clean by having a fully clean face. I did retain the majority of my pigment, and the touch up just made them even better! You also have to be super patient. When you first get your brows done they will be super dark. Don't worry! They will fade and start to look even more natural as the color fades and the skin peels. Overall, I am pleased with the outcome and think it is worth the investment especially if you have super thin brows, and truly desire a wake up and go routine. It's also a great procedure for those who struggle with alopecia or who have had chemotherapy hair loss.