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My eyebrows will never be the same. I was touched by an eyebrow angel and her name is Kristie Streicher. Even if you're not familiar with Hollywood's eyebrow master, you've probably seen her work the way she did Gwyneth Paltrow, Adele, Emily Blunt, Mandy Moore and the list goes on. I remember when her name started circulating Who What Wear offices a few years ago – sneaking away for a coveted appointment was reason to brag about rights Rech. I was sincere Fascinated by the way it was at the center of the growing zeitgeist.
To determine if you're a microfeather candidate:
Even if you can negotiate an appointment, not everyone has the type of eyebrows or skin that is suitable for Strider's microfeather technique. Since their approach is more about improving what you have than creating a whole new brow, you may not be a candidate if you don't have enough hair to work with. Streicher said to me: “When I first learned about microblading technology, I was actually quite impressed with how unnatural it looked. I thought it looked way too crowded and resembled a tattoo. "If you do a simple Google search for microblading, you will see many examples of that kind of solid, Sharpie-like eyebrow, which Kristie doesn't do." I quickly realized that it was more as it was taught It wasn't until I started developing my own technique that I realized the many variables that can affect the end result. "Another of these variables is your skin type. Let's get to the details:
Micro springs work best on the following skin types:
Dry skin type with small pores: This skin type is thin, but not too thin or crepe-like. Skin is usually not very sensitive and does not bleed easily.
Normal to combination skin type with small pores: This skin type is usually not translucent (from light to dark skin tones), young or mature, and does not bleed easily.
Normal to oily skin with medium pores: The skin is usually thicker and oily. usually not translucent (from light to dark skin tones), young or mature and does not bleed easily.
Micro springs do not work well with these skin types:
Thick, oily skin with large pores: The constant production of oil causes the hairlines to heal with a thicker, diffuse appearance. Overall, the pigment can be discarded or the end result appears blurry or powdered.
Thin, sensitive, hypersensitive skin: This skin type is usually translucent with almost invisible pores; it is often very sensitive (rosacea or dermatitis). In general, this type of skin bleeds very easily and has a harder healing, causing the pigment to appear ashier, blurry and blotchy.
Congratulation! You made it with me for the first appointment. If you have read this far, thank you for your commitment in this article and for your knowledge of the life-changing joy of microfeathers. Let us begin.
What is actually done?
After evaluating your unique hair growth pattern, Streicher mixes an individual pigment that matches your eyebrow hair color exactly. Streicher uses iron oxide pigments because they are considered the safest semi-permanent pigments on the skin. After stunning the surface, small cuts are made with a fine and very precise blade.
Does it hurt?
I would say it is two out of ten pains, ten being excruciating pain. Streicher uses a very effective and fast-acting proprietary topical anesthetic cream called Lidocaine to numb the area in advance and uses a timer to make sure the area has enough time to be completely anesthetized. No shortcut is Streicher's mantra, I swear. In some areas where the lidocaine worked particularly well, I honestly couldn't feel anything. Other parts were a bit more sensitive, but it wasn't bad enough that you instinctively jerked off. I was happy when it was over, but I wasn't afraid of the second appointment because I knew it wasn't very painful.
What to expect:
All in all, you're in the studio for about an hour and a half, but cuts are only made for about 30 minutes. The sound of the blade at work is actually a little more painful than the pain itself. It sounds a bit like scratching sandpaper, and Strings has headphones on when you find it annoying. I was just trying not to focus on it or combine this sound with the cutting of my eyebrows (sorry).
Basically, your new brows are extremely maintenance-intensive. However, it is worth trying the right aftercare during this important first week to ensure that your brows are at their full potential.
First 24 hours:
Streicher sends you and your freshly shaved brows home with practical instructions, a detergent and aquaphor, which are applied every two hours to create a moisturizing protective barrier. Since the aftercare is more intensive in the first 24 hours, I would plan your knife appointments for a day or two. I remember my eyebrows felt a bit sore, but nothing really uncomfortable. The redness was minimal for me too.
Days 2 to 7:
You will need to use Aquaphor three times a day for the rest of the first week. I also avoided spraying water directly onto my eyebrows by using micellar water and cotton balls to "wash" my face, and by using a removable shower head and tilting my head back to wash my hair. Before taking a shower, I also made sure to apply a fresh layer of aquaphor to protect myself from erroneous drops.
In the first three days, your eyebrows will be significantly darker than when you leave the studio. I am talking about Groucho Marx status, so I would plan any photo shoots or large meetings. From day four onwards they look more normal as they gradually become lighter. When the brows heal, they also start to itch and despite all instincts you cannot scratch them! You also need to be very careful when your brows are exposed to the sun. Therefore, Strings recommends wearing sunscreen on your brows to prevent fading. First, I made the novice mistake of using a mineral-based sunscreen. My eyebrows were already smooth and shiny from the aquaphor, and with a super-chalky white layer of sunscreen on it looked pretty good. I would handle my SPF mistake with Streicher's recommendation: Supergoop! & # 39; S Unseen Sunscreen ($ 32), which is clear and gel-based. After all, you should exercise as little as possible and sweat excessively in the first week to keep the color that I easily followed!
It takes six to eight weeks for your eyebrows to heal completely and the final color to be solid. Then it's time for the second round of microfeathering.
Some additional aftercare guidelines from Strings:
(I warned you that there are many guidelines!)
"To protect the treatment area, customers must avoid tanning, swimming (pools, oceans, etc.), steam baths, saunas, hot tubs, hot yoga, and contact with animals for two weeks. Do not use products that contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs ) or chemical peels because these acids fade the pigment color. If the customer is taking Retin-A or Retinol, they must stop using these products seven days before the micro-suspension appointment and avoid 30 days after the procedure. "
When my second appointment came, I was more than ready to add more strokes to my brows. Strings are more conservative in the first round and “tThe second appointment will take place six to eight weeks later (depending on how the client's skin heals / reacts) if more strokes are added as needed. This guarantees the best possible and most natural result, since each brow heals differently, ”she explains.
The second appointment was pretty similar to the first, but this time my pain was more like three out of 10. Strings said that there are variables like your menstrual cycle that can affect pain levels. That said, it was still completely manageable. After the second appointment, repeat the aftercare. Personally, I was happy that I only needed two sessions because aftercare is a certain process, although Streicher says: “Some customers may even need a third session to get a more complete look, especially if they have scar tissue or oily skin type , "
After another six to eight weeks after my second appointment, I came to the studio to record the final before and after.
How long does it take? When do you retouch?
"Microfeathering takes up to 12 months, depending on your skin type. I recommend customers book a post-treatment seven to nine months later. If they use products with fast cell turnover such as retinoids, the pigment will fade earlier and may need to be post-treated earlier than seven months. The micro-suspension process consists of two appointments, including the first session and a touch-up six to eight weeks later, and my cost for these two appointments is currently $ 2500. Touch-ups (usually seven to nine months later) (as mentioned above) cost $ 1200 each. "
Can you go back to normal brows if you want, or can't you stop once you start microfeathering?
"The pigment lines fade and emerge from the skin over the course of eight to twelve months. (We recommend that customers consider making an appointment at this point.) However, this does not depend on the skin and the health of the customer the pigment may leave the remaining pigment slightly cloudy. It is recommended that the treatment be improved two years ago and not earlier than four months. "
Can you shape your brows afterwards – wax, plucking, thread?
"While the brow heals, I usually don't recommend brow shaping six to eight weeks after the treatment. Once the brow is completely healed, I only advocate tweezers every six to eight weeks."
Any tips to find someone who does high quality microblading?
"Experience and aesthetics are key to finding a specialist that matches your aesthetics and seeing photos of their work. Another tip for finding someone who does a good job is if you have someone with beautiful eyebrows see, ask who's doing it. "
Which make-up products do you prefer for filling in brows?
“Troy Surratt Expressioniste Pencil: This pencil is great because it has the lightness of a pencil with the soft, natural look of a powder and is REFILLABLE! The precise tip is ideal for filling sparse areas, but also offers a defined and really hairy stroke for the forehead. Application: Use short, feather-light strokes to lightly shade the skin under the hair. Use it carefully against the direction of hair growth to get under the hair. Then hide with the brush side of the pencil under the cap. "
Hourglass Arch Brow Pencil: This pencil is great because the color gets to the point and it has the lightness of a pencil with the soft, natural look of a powder. The triangular tip and the powdery formula are ideal for filling sparse areas and give the forehead more fullness and definition. "
"Hourglass Arch Brow Volumizing Gel: I LOVE THIS! Use it by gently swiping it backwards against the direction of hair growth. This will pick up the hair and wrap the fibers around the follicles, loosening them up. Instantly adds volume! This can be the quickest way to create this Imagine this as a mascara for the brows. Adding volume and fullness to the lighter hair / fluff that grows around and between the thicker brow hair creates the illusion of a fuller, more natural brows. "
"Mary Kay Clear Gel: Clear, firm gel. Brush all hair up and out with small brush strokes."
What do you think is the future of microblading and eyebrow care?
"I hope that all of these semi-permanent and permanent techniques have been relatively new over the past eight to ten years. I think they will continue to evolve into natural-looking, longer-lasting eyebrow treatments that give those with very little effect no hair the chance to have natural looking, fuller brows. "
Great brows for everyone? As a freshly formed evangelist with blade brows, I am excited about the future.