Hey y’all! I haven’t written a post in what seems like FOREVER, but to be honest, I don’t want to write just to write. I want to be helpful and/or useful in some way and nothing was really striking a chord with me- until now.
Microblading has been showing up on my feed for months and I was always curious. I would watch the videos showing the comparison of the tattoo and real hair and think Holy cow, no way it can look that good! I had so many questions but never really looked into it because I didn’t feel comfortable going to somebody random for answers. Then I saw Lindsay, a hometown friend post about her new business Michiana Microblading and Nails. Lindsay has done my nails for a wedding before and I can tell you, she is amazing- but obviously that’s not the service I was searching for. I instantly messaged her ALL of my questions about microblading and she answered them all while making me feel like I was not completely ridiculous. Pricing, time, maintenance, shape, color, follow up, removal (God forbid), aftercare- it was all addressed before making my appointment. And even though I already trusted her, I felt like I could trust her even more because she was more than willing to hear me out and make sure I was 100% comfortable with even making an appointment. If you are in the South Bend area and considering microblading, go to Lindsay Bowerman. You can check out her work here.
I am beyond excited to share my microblading experience with you guys. So I’m just going to break it down.
Why I did it
I am a natural blonde…and as great as that is, it definitely comes with setbacks. For instance, natural blondes do not usually have defined eyebrows. In fact, it looked like I didn’t have eyebrows at all. I would spend forever trying to fill them in for them only to look blurry at best. And I’m definitely no beauty expert, but even if I were, I wouldn’t want to spend so much time trying to perfect my brows. So, after a lot of consideration, I made the appointment.
Where I did it
Like I said above, I went to Michiana Microblading and Nails to have my eyebrows done. I traveled from Nashville, TN to Granger, IN to get it done because I knew Lindsay and she was having an AWESOME deal going on (I got over 300 dollars off and you can too). While I got a great deal, it was also good to be home with my mom and dad and be able to celebrate Father’s Day at home.
Before my appointment I asked Lindsay how long I would be there and her response was THREE HOURS. I have to be honest and tell you, I was concerned I would not be able to sit still that long. But no worries, ladies, most of that time was spent talking about what you want, shaping, and trying different colors. I was able to show Lindsay exactly what I wanted by showing her what seemed like millions of pictures. I was also able to show her exactly what I did not want (because an arch that’s too big is not my style). After showing Lindsay everything, we were ready to start trying out shapes.
I laid back and she drew on the general shape I wanted but made subtle differences between brows so I could pick what look was right for me. I was most anxious during this part because believe it or not, boxing in your brows makes it look like your brows are going to be HUGE. Don’t fear, that’s normal.
Next we talked color. Being a blonde, it was hard to pick a color because I did not want a dark blonde, but more of a brown. My thought process was that I’m not getting this done to look the same, I wanted my brows to pop! We tried about three to four colors before deciding we’d mix two of the them to create the perfect one (I keep saying we because it is a partnership that you have with whoever you choose to do your permanent makeup. If it doesn’t feel like a partnership, get out ASAP).
Next, it was time to start microblading! Lindsay put Zensa (topical anesthetic with 5% lidocaine) on my brows about 20 minutes before starting so they would be numb in time for the process. This part only took about 30 minutes!
I’m not going to lie, the first pass was uncomfortable but it was nothing that was unbearable- and my pain tolerance is HORRIBLE! Because Lindsay numbed me before each pass, the process got much better and I eventually felt nothing.
Next thing I knew, I was done! My first look was so crazy. I looked like a whole new woman and felt amazing- I had flawless brows!
I’m breaking the healing down into parts because it’ll be easier to understand.
0-1 day– my brows were fresh and flawless, I loved them!
2-4 days– My brows had a red tint underneath due to bleeding. When I say bleeding, it wasn’t dripping or even anything too noticeable, but when your skin is cut to put pigment in, you will have blood.
4-7 days– HOLY. ITCH. Whew! This was my least favorite stage. My brows began to peel (a natural process due to the skin healing) and fade. For about a day, they were patchy because some parts hadn’t peeled and some had. I was definitely worried at the time so I instantly texted Lindsay. She told me it was normal and they’d come back- and they did!
7-10 days– My brows have fully peeled and are much lighter than they were on days 2-4. They are back to the color I had originally picked out and they still look flawless! I am now able to workout and sweat out all of the ice cream I’ve consumed over the past two weeks! Just in time for my bachelorette party next week J
I hope this post has been helpful for anyone who is on the fence about microblading. Not one part of me regrets doing it and I feel more beautiful than ever! Comment below with any questions!