While we are vacationing up north in cottage country and miraculously have Wi-fi, I thought it would be a great time to share a quick post about my experience with Eyebrow Microblading. For those of you wondering what that is, in a nut shell it is a very natural option of semi-permanent eyebrow enhancement. Gone are the days of horrible tattooed eyebrows, Microblading creates very lightweight natural strokes that simulate real eyebrow hairs. Never in my wildest dreams did I see myself getting such a procedure done but I was convinced after seeing the amazing work of Sandy Serpa. Sandy and I have known each other for many years and I was super excited when she started her own business offering Eyebrow Microblading. This was no light decision on my part, I researched extensively and followed Sandy’s work for quite some time before mustering the courage to book my appointment.
Still a bit nervous, I booked my appointment a couple months in advance for this past May. Sandy’s work spoke for itself; creating very natural and gorgeous eyebrows with many of her clients who had very little to work from. Luckily my eyebrows are not all gone but years of over plucking left the underside too thin and they always needed to be filled in. When I arrived, Sandy explained how Eyebrow Microblading works, the treatment process and gave a very cute cartoon that depicted the healing process. We spoke about my expectations and what kind of brow I had envisioned; nice full brows. She would have to create hairs on the undersides which were non-existent and create the look of fullness in the rest. The most time consuming part of the process is creating the outlines; cultivating the map of your new eyebrows. Since I had a solid arch and shape already, we had a good base to work from.
When I asked how painful the process was, she warned me that some people find it worse than others but the numbing cream should help. Famous last words “I’ll be ok, I tolerate tattoos no problem”. Yeah, I was SO wrong!!! Sandy was very patient but I turned into a blubbering mess. My allergies were in high gear, sneezing uncontrollably and eyes watering getting eyeliner everywhere. We quickly found out, the numbing cream didn’t work on me…just my luck! We got through the process painstakingly one stroke at a time. Beauty is pain right!?! When we finished, I couldn’t wait to see how they looked. Sandy warned me they look unusually thick due to the swelling but would would shrink down to the normal shape once healed. Instantly I was super pleased with the reflection in the mirror and was so glad I got them done. We booked my follow up touch-up appointment 6 weeks later.
The healing process was a bit nerve racking after seeing some real scary photos online (seriously avoid looking them up if you can). I applied the ointment Sandy provided and let my eyebrows heal without picking at the scabs. They flaked off naturally, I just kept checking in the mirror to make sure none were hanging off to scare people away. Lol I was super pleased with how they healed and was really looking forward to the touch-up session, minus knowing how painful round two would be.
At my follow up appointment, Sandy asked me to remove my makeup and I told her I already had. Her response was “so you don’t have any filler makeup on your eyebrows” and I replied “nope!” Apparently my pigment retention was the best she had seen, especially with her younger clients. Not everyone’s body retains the pigment well after the first session and often some require a complete second session. In my case, she just needed to add minimal fullness to finish them off. Bracing myself for a repeat of last time, Sandy mentioned she had started using a new numbing cream recently so we’d give it a go. Well hallelujah…this time it worked like a charm! I barely felt her working and it was over before I knew it. The healing process the second time around was much quicker and my new eyebrows looked like they had always been there. YAY!!!
I definitely recommend Eyebrow Microblading if you were thinking of taking the plunge but make sure to do your research before choosing who to go to. Not all technicians are created equal and just because they charge more does not mean they are better. If you live in South Western Ontario (Canada), I highly recommend going to Sandy but for those of you in the rest of the world please read reviews, follow the person’s work on social media and take the time to choose the most qualified in your area. So many people are offering Eyebrow Microblading with no real training, at a spa along with dozens of other services…don’t be fooled as this can be a costly mistake that is even harder to fix in the long run.
*Here are a variety of inspiring Before & After examples of Eyebrow Microblading by Sandy. As you can see, many of these lovely ladies started with little to no eyebrows before their treatments and now have beautiful natural results.