Do You Have to Shave Your Eyebrows Before Microblading?

By PMUHub Editorial Team| Last updated on April 2, 2024
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Since microblading is a form of tattooing, many clients wonder if you have to shave your eyebrows before microblading the way you shave your body hair before getting a tattoo.

But eyebrow microblading is still very different from actual body art tattooing, primarily because it’s done on the face. Plus it’s supposed to look natural, and also, the process and aftercare are different.

So keep reading for all the answers.

So, Do You Have to Shave Your Eyebrows Before Microblading?

No. In fact, it is recommended that you do absolutely nothing in terms of grooming your eyebrows for some time before the treatment because the design needs to be in harmony with your natural brow shape.

This is because the results should be low to no maintenance, and you don’t want to get something that you have to maintain by removing the hair.

The artist needs to see the natural growth pattern to create the best look for you, plus to see the color of the natural hair so that the microblading strokes do not clash and look unnatural.

Of course, plucking away some stray hairs later is no big deal, but the point is that microblading should fit the natural shape of your brows.

During the microblading process, the artist will be making strokes in between your natural hairs.

If any of your natural hairs are in the way, the artist will move them to the side to make the stroke. And if there are some strays, they’ll remove them.

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How Microblading Works

Microblading is a permanent makeup technique similar to eyebrow tattooing, but far more advanced.

It is done manually, with a hand-held microblading tool – a blade consisting of several tiny needles – used to make thin incisions on the skin that look like natural brow hairs.

They imitate the length, color, thickness, and shape of the actual brow hairs, and more importantly, of your brow hairs.

Special permanent makeup pigments in the color of the natural hairs are deposited into the skin, and the result is an illusion of thicker arches with a modified shape that best suits your face.

If you want to find out more about microblading and how it works, read the full guide here.

How to Prepare for Microblading

Preparing for microblading is something you need to take seriously. The treatment implies breaking the surface of the skin, and if you don’t follow these instructions as closely as possible, there are a lot of things that could go wrong.

1 Year Before Your Microblading

Obviously, most people won’t plan their microblading appointment a year in advance, but there are some scenarios in which it’s necessary to give yourself enough time to prepare.

Namely, you have to be off Accutane for at least a year before getting a brow tattoo, as Accutane thins out the skin and microblading could then damage it. Some artists don’t insist on a full year, but it all depends on the state of your skin.

There are also some things to keep in mind if you booked your microblading appointment in summer since the aftercare process will require more work that way.

Also, give yourself time to do enough research, and make sure you go to a reputable artist who knows what they’re doing. You can explore PMUHub’s artist database here.

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1 Month Before Your Microblading Treatment

Your skin needs to be in the best shape possible for microblading. That means you can’t use any skin-thinning products for at least a month before your appointment, to let it recover.

So avoid:

  • Retinol (vitamin A)
  • Aggressive acne treatments
  • Salicylic acid
  • Aggressive chemical peels
  • Aggressive facials

Another thing to avoid is henna brows and regular brow tinting. It’s not safe to open up the skin if there’s a henna or dye stain on it, and the artist should see the natural color of your brows to pick the best pigment shade.

10 Days Before Your Appointment

Avoid tanning. Skin that’s tanned in the sun or in a tanning bed is irritated and compromised, so it’s not a good canvas for microblading.

And of course, always wear sunscreen on your face when going out in the sun.

1 Week Before Your Appointment

If you normally get any type of brow grooming – tweezing, waxing, threading, or anything like that – skip it for 1 week before your microblading appointment.

Your skin can get irritated, and the artist needs to see your natural, untouched brows to give you the best bespoke shape.

3 Days Before Your Appointment

Don’t take any blood thinning medication or supplements for 3 days before your microblading. If your blood is too thin, you will bleed a lot during the procedure, which can make the artist’s job difficult and the pigment won’t get retained as well.

Vitamin E and fish oil are also blood thinners that need some time to leave your system, so stop taking those too.

1 Day Before Your Appointment

The things you ingest a day before your procedure will still be in your bloodstream the next day and could affect the consistency of your blood. This will lead to more bleeding during the procedure.

So, avoid:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Aspirin and ibuprofen
  • Niacin (vitamin B3)

The Day of Your Appointment

On the day of your appointment, skip your workout. Even though you’ll shower and wash your face, some sweat can remain in your pores, and the salt in it can affect the way pigments go into the skin and how they settle.

Make sure you wear comfortable clothes to your appointment, as you’ll be lying down in the same position for up to 2 hours.

There are other things that you should do to prepare for your microblading appointment, so make sure to read more about microblading prep here.

What Not to Do Before Microblading

Here is a list of things you shouldn’t do before your treatment, as it can affect your results. Avoid these to prepare for microblading properly and ensure good healing results:

  • Don’t pluck, wax, or shave your eyebrows at least 1 week prior to the treatment
  • Stop using retinol or Vitamin A products 1 month prior to the treatment
  • Don’t go sunbathing or tanning for at least 7 days prior to the treatment
  • Try not to work out on the day of the treatment
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, ibuprofen, aspirin, and fish oil supplements for at least 24 hours prior to the treatment
  • Don’t do any facials at least 2 weeks before the treatment
  • If you’ve had Botox or fillers in the area, wait at least 2 weeks before microblading.

If you don’t do proper prep before your microblading appointment there are complications that could occur during the treatment, such as a skin reaction, or the retention can be poor.

Eyebrow Pre-Care before PMU & Microblading

Final Note

We gave you a bunch of information about the process itself and how to prepare for it, but you shouldn’t hesitate to ask your artist everything you want to know, and they will provide you with proper instructions.

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