Showing the results just immediately after a procedure is not the same as showing the entire process, and can leave clients with A TON of questions about their healing process. The procedure itself is only about 10% of the true microblading experience. The 30-60 days afterward contributes a large part to what the results will look like. Read the following to learn what you can expect during the healing process.

Day 1

On the first day, you may be excited but shocked by the transformation. Your brows look defined, fuller and they change your expression! Once you leave they can be a little bit red, but it’s a world of a difference. The color will be bold. If you aren’t used to filling them in a lot, they will look slightly more dramatic in appearance than normal. Your brow area will be tender, slightly swollen, and you may even experience some slight bleeding. But once they are healed you will be in awe of your fantastic new brows.

If you normally fill in your brows and are familiar with the bolder look, you may be in love. If not, do not panic. The permanent makeup has been applied to compensate for fading of 20-40%, so if they look darker than you normally wear your brows, stay calm, the color will fade over the next week.

Day 3-4

Day 3, you shouldn’t notice a huge difference from the previous two days, if anything, the pain and tenderness will start to subside and the brows will get slightly dark or thicker. At this point, you’ll probably be loving the convenience of getting up and having instant brows without the hassle of having to create them yourself. You’ll likely find yourself daydreaming about beach days with completely waterproof brows, but don’t act on this at LEAST until day 10!

Day 5

Day 5 is when things start to change. This can be the turning point in the healing process, where your brows are getting itchy and it is advised to NOT scratch them as the wound may still be open. A thick layer of scabbing may form, and the fine hair-strokes that were created may be hidden. You may feel like you want to start panicking. RESIST the urge to blow up your artist’s phone, firing off questions and accusations alike. You have a wound on your face, therefore your body is trying to repair itself, hence the scabbing. It’s all apart of the healing process, and if you’ve had any other kind of tattoos in the past, it heals very similarly.

Just know that this is totally normal and even if it doesn’t look pretty, you shouldn’t worry, they’re going to be #browgoals again in no time.

Day 5-7

This is a scary time period, when the serious scabbing will start and begin to peel away from the skin. If you’re anything like me – you will be extremely tempted to pick or peel the scabs. Do not give in to this temptation! It could affect your healing very negatively. If you pick at them, you could lose pigment that was deposited into the skin and could end up with patchy eyebrows. By gently rinsing the area regularly the scabs will slowly start to fall off – when they’re ready. This phase is definitely the hardest of the process. Clients may look on social media and tell themselves: “I haven’t seen anyone talk about or show this side of the microblading healing process. All we see is perfectly fresh strokes, but scabbing? Who knew your entire eyebrow would shed and go through this transformation?” It’s so important for clients to know and truly understand the whole process, and really be assured by their artist that what they experience is perfectly normal, and necessary for their eyebrows to heal properly. In the end they will have the brows they always wanted.

Day 7-10

At this point, your scabs will probably be all flaked off or flaking off on their own and you’ll start to see the light at the end of the healing tunnel. But, because the skin has not completely mended itself back together, proceed with caution. The color during these days may seem way too light or even gray and missing in spots. You might feel like your skin didn’t take the pigment, but that’s not the case. They’ll almost look like you’ve filled them in with a powder, so again just remain as calm and begin to start enjoying the fact that your eyebrows are already done for you every morning. It’s important to note that at this stage that the wounds should be closed, so if you’re feeling self-conscious about the look of them you can apply makeup to fill in for the time being. From there you can count down the days until your touch-up appointment.