Microblading, brow lamination, bleached brows; it’s clear that brows are all the rage. Ever since thin brows ‘officially’ went out of style, most people are in pursuit of getting fuller and thicker brows. And a new cosmetic technique is here to make it easier for you to get the brows you want: microfeathering.
Microfeathering is a brow technique similar to microblading, but with more natural results. If you’re looking to fill in the gaps, microfeathering might be exactly what you’re looking for. Keep reading to find out exactly what it is.
What Is Microfeathering?
Microfeathering is a microblading technique that utilizes needles to color the skin, mimicking real hair growth along your brow. It aims to make the brow more prominent, without making it look unnatural. Once the microfeathering is completed, you’ll enjoy natural-looking brows that frame your face perfectly.
While you will have to go to a professional to get microfeathering, you may already know how it feels if you’ve gone for microblading before. Also, be sure that the cosmetician that you are seeing uses new blades/needles, microblading handles, and other equipment for the process.
Microfeathering vs. Microblading
Microblading is basically a brow tattoo, and the results can last anywhere from six months to thirty months. Because microblading uses easily distinguishable marks to fill up the gaps in the brow, it can be a huge difference for people who have sparse brows.
For some people, microblading may be a long term commitment about which they are unsure. With microfeathering on the other hand, you don’t have to worry about forever results since it’s semi-permanent to begin with. It’s perfect for those who don’t want to commit to microblading and its lasting results, but still want their brows to appear fuller.
You might decide that you don’t like the shape of your brows, and want to go for something different after a while, and microfeathering gives you the liberty to make that choice. Both techniques require the same equipment, including microblading handles, needles, tinted pigment, and so on.
Compared to microblading, microfeathering seeks to complement existing brow hairs and is ideal for filling in the gaps. It enhances the natural shape and appearance of your brow for a fuller look. If you already have a full-looking brow but have some gaps, it is better to opt for microfeathering rather than microblading.
Getting Ready for Microfeathering
In addition to having a good skincare routine in place that can prepare your skin for microfeathering, you also need to take care of other aspects before your microfeathering appointment. Not disturbing your brows through any other treatment or routine, like tweezing or waxing, is crucial. The technician will generally want to mimic your natural brow shape as much as possible, and knowing how the hair grows is important for that.
Try not to touch your brows for up to six weeks before your appointment. If you experience sparse eyebrow growth, you may even want to start twelve weeks beforehand. To ensure that your brows look as natural as possible, technicians will want to use their tools to complement what’s already there.
What to Expect
If you’ve gotten microblading or even a tattoo before, you might feel that microfeathering is similar. A typical microfeathering session can last a few hours, as the technician will first need to match the pigment to your natural hair color and then work slowly to replicate natural hair growth. It might end up taking more than one session if the technician feels that the pigment needs to settle and heal first.
Your technician may also administer numbing cream during the process, especially if you’re sensitive to the pain. Most people may even become accustomed enough to the sensation to sneak in a quick nap during the session!
What’s the Aftercare Like?
When you want your new brows to last as long as possible, aftercare is essential. Cosmetic technicians will usually recommend keeping your brows as dry as possible for up to two weeks after your session. Using products like retinol, AHAs, and BHAs is also not recommended during this two-week duration because they can tend to remove the pigment from the brow area.
Use sunscreen as much as possible, since the sun can lead to pigment bleeding under your skin and make your brows look more blurry than defined. With the right care and technician, microfeathering just might be the best way to fill in those gaps and enhance your natural beauty. While the results of microfeathering may fade after a year, you can always look into touch-up appointments to make it last longer.