What is now seen as a way to express your emotion, tattoos have been with us for over a thousand year. Tattoos being the oldest form of arts have evolved with time. From being an identity to one’s social status to self-identification, this form of art has seen various phases. You can now choose any design from a different culture and even quotes. I hated tattoos. Call it my little OCD problem or fear of the needle, having a temporary tattoo was okay, but something that would last forever freaks me out.
But as I moved along, I came to realize that there are some instances in your life that you either don’t want to forget or want to remind yourself again n again. There was once cartoon show that I used to watch where the main protagonist (who was a sports person) used to put the stamp of “passed” on the palm on his hand to make himself believe that he will win the next game.
Then there was my neighbor who used to put a tattoo on her hand every time her level of pain tolerance increased (as she was suffering from chronic diseases which made her very prone to breaking bones). Coming back to the present, I never had a thing for a tattoo. All I ever wanted was beautiful eyebrows, so I didn’t look like a clown every time I washed my face, and my only option for this seemed to be to tattoo my eyebrow.
Now I know that microblading is going va va voom on the internet. Saw many videos on Instagram and YouTube. So I decided to give it a shot. My cousin wedding was coming up, so I wanted to give it a try (not a much of a makeup nerd either you see). My friend introduced me to a tattoo shop – Mystic Owl tattoo. Let me make it clear to you, microblading is also one of the forms of a symbol. As it was the closest one from my home, I booked my appointment and made very clear of my fear of needles.
The staffs were very welcoming, and the ambiance was beautiful; it didn’t feel as scary as the movie made tattoo shop looked shady, dark, full of tattoo design. Soon they were marking every detail on my forehead. Here is a thing, if you think it will hurt, it’s going to hurt. Follow this method in your head think of it as a meditation. Remind yourself that the pain is only for a brief time and hear some music along the way.
Before I knew, it was done. That microblading from mystic owl tattoo changed my face entirely. If you know makeup even a tiny bit, do your eyebrows, and you will know what I was talking about. Microblading is no magic, your eyebrow will take almost a week or two to heal and a month for the color to show. Let me break it down to the last atoms.
What is Microblading?
Microblading is one of the forms of tattoo where you fill the gap between the hairs on your brows. It is similar to the kind of tattoos, but in microblading, your needle does not go as deep as it does in the symbol. Anybody can have microblading as long as you want some hairs on your brows.
Does it hurt?
Yes, it hurts. Anything that is poked in your skin a few times will give you some amount of pain, but it is bearable. Believe me, if I can do it, everyone can. It does sting a little, but a numbing gel can even decrease the pain.
How long does it take?
Microblading itself is not that long, and it is the journey that counts. All the numbing process, marking your eyebrow that takes the longest time. Even so, you can get ready to leave in about 2 hours, and that’s the maximum I am talking about. You can also finish early.
How long does the microblading Last?
I asked a similar question and searched the net, and all I got was that it usually fades in 12 months to 36. It mostly depends upon your skincare routine. I was advised to not to have more prolonged sun exposure and keep my brow apart away from scrubbing and exfoliating. Because all that skin care procedure will remove the skin layer and that is what we are trying to protect right?
How does your eyebrow look after the microblading?
If you are newbie, you might think it is another those high ends shopping that is going to get wasted, but it is not. Your face might look weird as you are not in the habit of watching yourself with a fuller, perfectly shaped brow. But once get used to It, you’ll wish it last forever.
How do you take care of it?
Now there are two phases. When the ink is still settling in, keep your brows dry, not even sweat and don’t forget to heal your brows completely. Don’t even scratch the area. The next part which is usually after the fortnight week is to protect it from the sun and scrub.
Do you need a follow-up?
After two months you can finally notice the flaw. If there are any gaps left un- bladed you can correct it with follow up appointment. If you notice any unusual problem with skin or healing process, you can always contact your artist or the place.
Having a tattoo is not my thing, never was. But who said that having a symbol means engraving some image or word at your hands. Some take it as a status token, passed down the lineage, a way to ensure that you move on the next life (a Gilbert island belief). I choose it as a way to enhance my feature.
There is no right or wrong way in a tattoo as long as what you believed is what you got. And even if you don’t, fret not there is always a way when there is will. But you don’t need that much of will, just a good dermatologist number.