I’ve always taken a pretty low maintenance approach to my eyebrows. They say eyebrows should be viewed as sisters and not twins as it’s rare for them to look identical. The problem with mine is that they look more like distant cousins and this makes improving them difficult. Also, there’s a big chance I’d make them look worse so in the past I’ve pretty much left them alone
However, I really do appreciate how a good set of eyebrows makes a big difference to your overall look and give one’s face structure and definition. This has come to the fore for me recently as mine have started to lose their shape even further and I started considering micro blading as a fix. This is where pigment is implanted under the skin in the shape of real hair. It’s often compared to tattooing but there are some big differences such as the pigment doesn’t go as deep as a tattoo, it’s semi-permeant and a hand held tool is used instead of a machine. It also can give a 3D effect so the hair-like strokes look realistic.
I first went for a consultation at a clinic well known for its semi-permenat makeup. However, I felt they had a one size fits all approach to the treatment and I wasn’t confident they’d give me the look I wanted. Basically, I was nervous about having something that would change the way I looked too much. My eyebrows are already reasonably prominent as they’re dark and I wanted to avoid anything that would make them look too thick and heavy.
I then saw that Daxita offered the microblading treatment and so went for a consultation with her. Daxita is known as the London Lash Queen and her reputation for creating the best eyelash extensions is based on the way she tailors the treatment to what suits each client. I explained to Daxita how I’d like my eyebrows to be along with the concerns I had. She has a really lovely, nurturing personality and I felt she listened to me. When she responded with words such as correction, adjustment, subtle and natural I knew that I would be in a safe pair of hands.
The treatment is broken down into two sessions. The first session is the longest (90mins) and most important one as that’s when the shape is decided. Daxita uses all sorts of tools and instruments along with her artful eye to sketch out how the shape will look. This stage is done with pencil and I had ample opportunity to ask for changes before things become semi permanent. The colour is also decided at this stage and again Daxita discussed this with me.
The next part involves the blade and while it might sound scary it really isn’t. The blade is extremely thin and is used to scratch the individual ‘hairs’ into the skin and the ink is deposited at the same time. The pain level hardly registered for me. After this first layer, Daxita applies a topical anaesthetic and then goes over them again.
Initially they look darker and denser than how they’ll end up and I was a bit disconcerted by this but they quickly faded over the next few days. I was given a care kit of a little soap, cream and pads and comprehensive instructions on looking after them. This didn’t involve much more than washing them gently with the soap and applying the cream for a few days. The least convenient aspect was not being able to exercise for 10 days.
The colour from the first treatment tends to fade away quite quickly which is why a second treatment is needed after 4 weeks. This appointment is much quicker (45-60 mins) as the shape has already been established and it’s just a case of going over them again. After the second treatment the results should last for about 18 months. It’s been at least two months since I’ve had mine done and the colour and shape hasn’t diminished at all so I’m confident that they’ll last as promised.
I’m really pleased with the final result which is natural but helps give my face more dimension, definition and evenness. However, it is the kind of treatment that you could end up regretting as the results will be visible for some time. So while it’s definitely a treatment I’d recommend and repeat having myself I would advise seeing one of the best (if not the best) in the business such as Daxita who has a lot experience at analysing people’s faces and a skilful hand.
Daxita carries at treatments at Atherton Cox who can be reached on 020 7487 4048 and Harvey Nichols on 020 7259 4410. More info can be found on Daxita’s Site and her Instagram has lots of further examples of her great work.
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