What to Expect Physically, Mentally and Emotionally
When microblading became popular around the world, women who got tired of drawing their eyebrows every day were relieved. They could finally have eyebrows that look natural. Also, they like the idea of semi-permanent makeup, because most of them didn’t want to risk with permanent tattoos.
Then powder brows appeared and became huge among those who were not perfect candidates for microblading. Women with fair hair and the ones with oily skin absolutely love powder brows.
Powder brows healing process is as long as a microblading healing process and can be as emotionally and physically exhausting. However, if you are obedient and follow the instructions given by your powder brow artist, there is no much need to worry.
So, before you book the powder brow treatment, find out what to expect during the healing phase.
Powder eyebrows are a semi-permanent makeup technique that consists of the pigment insertion into the surface layers of the skin using ‘dotting’ technique. The artist uses specialised tools to create a misty, powdery effect on client’s brows.
The procedure consists of the initial insertion of the pigment, and a touch-up that takes place a couple of weeks after the initial procedure.
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Powder Brows usually take 4-6 weeks to heal completely. Naturally, some people heal faster than others, so don’t compare yourself to others. If it lasts longer than it should, contact your artists.
The first ten days are vital and you need to be extra careful. You should follow the aftercare instructions and avoid wearing makeup. After that, you can be a little bit more relaxed.
Your powder brows will take its final shape and color after 4 to 6 weeks.
Your eyebrows will be too dark and look unnatural right after the treatment. This is completely normal. The healing period is an emotional roller coaster. You might think having the treatment was a bad idea when you have to deal with the scabs. Then your brows might appear too light and patchy. Bear in mind that all of this is a part of the healing process.
Don’t forget that powder brows treatment is a 2-visit-procedure. The first, mandatory touch up is there to fix the gaps, patches and all the irregularities that appeared during the healing process.
At the end of the healing period, assuming the treatment was done right, you will get what you wanted and probably be satisfied with the outcome.
Usually, there are 6 stages of the ombre powder brows process, and some of them may be very annoying.
You will most likely go through all of them, but some might not be as intense, while others can be worrying. Inform yourself what is normal and what is not and contact your artist if something does not look common and worries you too much.
The powder brows treatment is fresh, which means that your brows will probably be red and swollen. Also, they look like a block of color and the pigment is too dark. What you need to do is to calm down and stop checking them every five minutes. Also, you mustn’t touch them or wash them. If advised by your esthetician, just blot your eyebrows with a clean, dry cloth.
The color will fade a little bit, but it is still far from the final look. Your eyebrows have just started to heal. If the redness is still present and intense and your brows are itchy, ask your artist to check if this is usual.
Annoying scabbing stage starts. Some people’s powder brows will scab more than others, which is normal because everybody heals differently. Some itchiness is also normal but you are not allowed to scratch your brows. You might ruin the treatment. Powder brows usually scab in one big or a few big pieces.
Some scabbing is normal, but if you experience extensive scabbing, contact your powder brows artist immediately.
The scabbing stage is done and your eyebrows might look patchy and too light. Don’t freak out and think that your powder brows disappeared! They appear too light because your skin forms new layers over the pigment. The color will come back and the touch up will fix up the patches.
The hardest period is behind you and now you can be more relaxed even though your eyebrows haven’t taken their final shape yet. You can start wearing makeup and go back to your everyday routine. Still, try not to sweat too much and spend too much time in the sun.
Your brows are completely healed. They will probably look great much earlier, right after the first touch up. The first touch up is mandatory and you should not skip it. Its purpose is to fix all the irregularities and change what you are unsatisfied with.
There are two types of healing – dry and wet healing. The difference is that the wet one uses an ointment. The ointment is applied after you clean your powder brows to speed up the process.
Some artists think that dry healing gives better results, especially if you have oily skin. Dry healing means just cleaning your brows with a cotton pad and a little bit of sterile water and then leaving them to heal, without applying any additional products.
If you are not sure which one works best for you, ask your artist.
Tip #1: Get informed
If you know what to expect, you will not be afraid and you will know what to do and how to deal with all the stages.
Tip #2: Carefully plan the date of your treatment
Now when you know how long your ombre powder brows healing period lasts and what it looks like, pay attention not to book the appointment immediately before an important event, such as a wedding. You don’t want to appear at a party with scabs above your eyes.
Tip #3: Don’t overthink
Try not to think and obsess about your brows too much. Do something else instead. Read a book, study something, watch TV.
Tip #4: Contact PMU artist in case of uncertainties
If you have any worries or you think your healing process takes too long, contact your artist.
Powder brow healing process can be emotionally demanding, but if you know what to expect and prepare yourself for what’s coming, it might be a piece of cake. Also, if you are lucky, it might be fast and easy.
Just make sure you follow your artist’s aftercare instructions and book regular touch ups to have awesome powder brows as long as possible.
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