About a year and a half ago I decided to get my eyebrows microbladed, I was unhappy with the shape of them and was so excited to hear about this new beauty procedure! I sat on it for a little while and as time went on I decided it was something I wanted to try. The thought of getting fuller brows quickly with a supernatural look was so appealing to me. My sister and her friends got a hold of them when I was too young to know any better and I am kicking myself for letting them pluck them to death. Over time I kept getting them waxed and they never fully grew back in, it is so sad!
I brought the procedure up to a friend and she recommended an esthetician which was great because I did not know who to go to, her price was also reasonable and I trusted my friend’s opinion. We went through the process just like you are supposed to from what I have seen from other peoples experiences – I went in for the first appointment and she did the measurements and the initial microblading. It seemed like it went well and I followed the steps needed post-procedure which is keeping them dry and putting a cream on them a few times a day to let them heal. Because they can’t get wet the dye stays on for a while so my brows were darker than normal and the shape was looking good.
I waited the 6 weeks and went in for the touch-ups, that procedure went fine from what I could tell and I went through the same post-procedure steps. Once they were healed I was happy with what I was seeing, I didn’t have to fill them in daily and they were full and natural like I wanted. The issues started to present themselves over time – the color of them changed and was not the same color as my brows, there were a few strokes out of place and then months down the line I was noticing they were not fading on the inside of my brow like they were supposed to. (You are supposed to get the procedure done once a year because the strokes are not supposed to go very deep into the skin and fade over time.) I know it seems like them not fading would be a good thing but if you look at my eyebrow with nothing on them it is clear where the strokes are and where my actual eyebrows are. The strokes faded everywhere except one concentrated area on each eyebrow so it is like two little islands living underneath my actual brow, they are a different color as well so it is very noticeable.
I went to a consultation with someone else who is very educated and professional (the person I should have gone to in the first place) and she told me that the strokes are at tattoo level which is way too deep. I was shocked and upset by this information because I put trust in someone who clearly was not fully trained in this procedure or if she was she messed up and knew it. My options were to just leave it, do tattoo removal on the spots to get rid of the pigment or get the microblading treatment done again to cover up the issue spots. I left that appointment with a lot to think about, I was super frustrated that this happened and honestly was kind of pissed off. I ended up just holding off on doing anything and still to this day have not done anything. Until I make a decision that I am 100% on I would rather just leave it be.
It is one of those things in life that taught me a few huge lessons:
-Research, research, research! I should have done more homework about the procedure as well as the esthetician who is doing it so I know I am using the most educated person I can.
-Know generally how much a procedure costs and if I am paying less than that IT IS FOR A REASON.
-Make sure that other people have gotten the procedure done and are happy with the results (my friend who recommended it had not gotten it done herself)
-Think twice before getting a procedure done – if I would have not gone for the quick fix and just gave them the chance and time to grow out I would have been much better off.
The most I have done to deal with this microblading procedure gone wrong is I started to research ways to grow out my eyebrow hair naturally instead of another quick fix that got me in this mess in the first place – and my research led me to castor oil. I found out that its fatty acid content makes it a perfect beauty ingredient capable of triggering hair growth & it has a very high penetrative power which helps to reach the hair’s follicles and facilitate hair growth. The best part – it is a cheap and a natural alternative for preserving hair. I ordered it and started using it religiously after I washed my face and did my nighttime skincare routine and I have seen some great results. This is not a quick fix to my problem but I have learned my lesson and know that I need to be patient with it. I have been going to an amazing eyebrow esthetician that does my waxing, my sister has gone to her for a while and has helped her achieve the eyebrows she has wanted over time. When I first met with her I was very clear about what I was looking for and we are on the same page and she is only cleaning up my brows and helping me grow them out. I have been using the castor oil while going to her and she is seeing so much new hair growth and she is so pleased with it! It keeps me hopeful and motivated which is amazing!
Along with castor oil, I have to fill in my eyebrows every day, it is the exact opposite of what I wanted to do but here we are. I have my process down and have stopped kicking myself for the mistakes I have made, that is life and I have moved on from it. I just wanted to share my story because if one person reads this and it stops them from going through this I did my job! I have linked both the castor oil I have been using (just ordered a new bottle) and the eyebrow pencil I use! Click each photo to get more details on them!
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