Microblading procedure is about drawing on fake hair strokes to make brows appear thicker and more defined. The whole point is to make them look as realistic as possible, following a natural brow shape.
But what if your actual brow hairs are sticking out from that perfect arch?
This leads to a logical question – do you still need to pluck your eyebrows, even after microblading? And even more important – how long do you need to wait after getting this treatment done?
Let’s first discuss microblading and hair growth before we get to answering the infamous question of when can I pluck my eyebrows after microblading.
Does Microblading Affect Hair Growth?
Microblading doesn’t impact natural hair growth at all. It isn’t a hair removal technique so it doesn’t remove any hairs from the eyebrows. In fact, it may do the opposite.
There’s a theory that microblading can help stimulate hair growth. This hypothesis is inspired by the results of microneedling, which is used to stimulate hair growth.
Seeing as microblading also causes some slight skin trauma, it’s assumed that it can also jumpstart the same processes.
But microblading definitely won’t remove any hairs. Your eyebrows will continue to grow normally, just as they did before the microblading treatment.
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So, Do You Still Need to Pluck Your Eyebrows After Getting Microblading?
During the mapping stage of the microblading procedure a new shape of your brows is created. This shape is the most flattering to your bone structure, so your natural brow shape might not match completely.
If this is the case, your brow hairs might grow a bit outside the borders. So in order to maintain those perfect arches you might need to continue plucking. But don’t overpluck the brows inside the microbladed shape as they help add volume.
In the days leading up to the appointment, you should avoid plucking, threading, or waxing your brows. It makes your skin more irritable, but you should also let your artist see where the natural borders are.
The technician should take into consideration the real shape of your brows and map your new brows according to it.
By removing the natural arches or tails, the artist is unaware of where your real brow hairs grow and you might get a shape that’ll require constant upkeep.
Once the shape has been established, the artist will pluck or thread around it before starting the tattooing process. But if your brows are already thin and within the new shape, no need to touch them – before or after the procedure.
So, When Can I Pluck My Eyebrows After Microblading?
So by now, you’ve probably already been warned about the importance of proper microblading aftercare.
Your skin is healing, so it’s much more sensitive than usual – you need to avoid hurting it further.
You need to wait for the healing process to be over before you can get back to your normal maintenance. We recommend waiting at least 2 weeks, but if you can wait more – even better.
This applies to both the initial and teh touch up session.
Since the pigments are inserted into the second skin layer, plucking the skin too soon before the pigment settles can cause discoloration and bleeding. Give the color enough time to settle to avoid having to correct these things later on.
Plus – your eyebrows will be shaped before an artist starts the tattooing process, so you don’t have to worry about plucking them too much. They won’t grow back for a few weeks anyway.
This applies to all brow tattoo techniques!
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When Can I Wax My Eyebrows After Microblading?
Again, you need to wait at least a few weeks before waxing your brows. Waxing rips the hair from its root, but unfortunately, it rips off the skin as well. This can interfere with pigment retention and cause premature fading.
It can even lead to discoloration over time.
Waxing your eyebrows is the most aggressive method of hair removal. So if you’ve just had microblading done, we recommend choosing a different way of dealing with unwanted hair, at least for the time being.
When Can I Thread My Eyebrows After Microblading?
Eyebrow threading seems to be the favorite brow removal technique among artists as it has the same long-lasting results as waxing, but doesn’t tug on the skin.
This technique uses a thin cotton thread that wraps around the hairs and pulls them out from the root. You can target multiple hairs or choose which ones you want to remove individually.
It has minimal contact with the skin, which is why it’s the best method to use after the microblading treatment.
Threading is fast and pretty much painless – especially compared to waxing. Plus you can tackle the hairs as soon as you see them coming back instead of waiting for them to grow enough isn’t necessary.
Still, wait at least 2 weeks after your microblading appointment.
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Whichever hair removal method you choose, make sure you give enough time for your skin to recover from the microblading treatment.
Between the initial treatment and touch-up, at least 4 weeks need to pass. But usually, it’s done after 6-8 weeks. In the meantime, you can pluck or thread your brows – although it’s advisable to skip it if you can.
The whole point of getting microblading is to fake having thicker brows. So we say, embrace the fullness and let your brows grow free!
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