Microblading, at times, feels like a godsend. But! Just like your new hair color or your new designer bag, your new look may begin to wear or fade over time. With microblading, this is a normal process, but in some cases, it can be abnormal or extreme.
Whether your perfectly shaped brow is fading from age, poor care, or poor application, the tips below will help you get through your transitional phase in order for you to re-emerge as the butterfly you know you should be.
If Your Outcome Is Not Desirable
In most cases, Microblading lasts between 1 to 3 years. If you feel unsatisfied with your results, don’t hesitate to reach out to your artist for advice or additional sessions. In some cases, it may take multiple applications or touch-ups to achieve your desired result.
In other cases, it may be the fault of the technician or artist. This is why it is important to not only do the aftercare and prep but to also select an artist with the correct credentials and a history of microblading classes. When considering your artist, remember that techniques and products are ever-changing — a consultation is always necessary.
If you are at the point where you don't like the application and don’t want to make the attempts to fix it, don’t panic! Microblading is a semi-permanent makeup solution. This means there are always ways to diminish or remove it.
Microblading fades naturally as your body sheds the pigment. If that is an option or if you're seeking to fade in order to attempt another technique like ombré or micro shading, there are a few home-based solutions. Always be sure to consult a professional before using the tips below.
Notify your artist and adjust your aftercare regimen.
If you have decided that microblading isn't the look for you, your artist can provide instructions that will help you heal but will not encourage the holding of pigmentation. For example, you may be instructed to complete your aftercare with a substitute for the microblading aftercare balm that is typically used.
Hit the gym or sauna.
While you may not see dramatic results, sweat and steam can also help fade your pigment. Sun can also help your fading process, however, exposure to UV rays is damaging to your body and skin. It's always best to avoid long term exposure to direct sunlight.
Be sure to exfoliate.
Before exfoliation, be sure that you have completely healed. Exfoliating while your application is still healing can be damaging to your skin and very painful. Also, be sure to opt for a gentle exfoliating cleanser rather than a course exfoliating scrub.
Skip the follow-up.
After almost every microblading application, your artists will typically ask you to attend a follow-up visit 6 to 8 weeks after your initial session. This session will be the opportunity to fix any problems that you have with the appearance and shape of your brow. If you wish to promote fading, it is best not to touch up your service and use it as a time to consult your artist.
As mentioned in our article ‘Pros & Cons of Microblading vs. Eyebrow Tattooing,’ you are reminded that microblading is still a tattoo technique. This means that professional services may be required to fade your application, especially if your brows have been newly applied.
There are several treatments, like microdermabrasion, saline solutions, and laser treatments, that can ultimately remove any sign of microblading. These treatments are provided by beauticians, and in some cases, your artist may even offer them. Though they are on the pricey side, your brow will fade within a few sessions.
The Best Solution to Fading
If you are satisfied with your brows as a result of your microblading, and you are beginning to see pigments fade as a normal result; the best solution is to reapply. If this is done by your original artist then your initial shape and feather are usually maintained or recovered.
Beginning your process of microblading can be scary and a terrible application can be even worse. In most events fading is natural and may not be noticeable. Sometimes, it will need a little love and attention to overcome.
Whether you are looking for fading solutions because of an unwanted application, abnormal fading, or as a transition, because microblading is semi-permanent there are immediate answers.