Frequently Asked Questions
What is Microblading?
Microblading is the artistic technique of tattooing individual hair strokes with a handheld tool called a microblade. Unlike traditional tattooing, which uses a machine, microblading artists hand draw each hair to match the color and coarseness of your eyebrows. The result? Gorgeous, natural looking eyebrows.
Who Should Avoid Microblading?
While microblading is great for most people, there are some people who are ineligible for microblading:
Those prone to keloids or post-inflammatory hypopigmentation. Unfortunately, since microblading punctures the skin as we add ink, we cannot work with clients with these conditions.
If you have a transmittable blood disease such as HIV or Hepatitis. Again, microblading artists cut the skin so it is our policy not to work with these conditions.
If you’ve had Juvederm or other fillers in that area. Depending on the timing, we recommend to get microblading first! Otherwise, check with your doctor. Many artists may request a note from your doctor first.
Patients undergoing chemotherapy. Although microblading is great for restoring eyebrows, we would require a doctor’s note in order to perform the procedure for anyone undergoing chemotherapy.
If you have any kind of skin condition on or near your eyebrows. This includes eczema, shingles, rashes, or anything else near eyebrows.
Those with oily skin. Those with extremely oily skin are unfortunately not good candidates for microblading. Those with less oily or combination skin, may consider a microblading plus shading combo or microshading/soft powder ombre look.
Those with a dark pre-existing eyebrow tattoo or permanent makeup. The tattoo or permanent makeup must be light enough for us to draw hairstrokes. We ask anyone with a previous eyebrow tattoo to send us an email with a picture of their eyebrows with no makeup on, so we can evaluate. Otherwise, your option is to only do microshading.
Those with allergies to alcohol or numbing agents. If you think you might have an allergy to our ink, numbing cream, or alcohol (which is in the ink), then you may have a reaction to our work.
Children. Microblading is for adults only! We do not recommend microblading for anyone under the age of 18. It is our policy at Microblading LA not to work with children, even with a consent form.
Microblading and Pregnancy
A question we hear all the time is, “Can I get microblading while I’m pregnant?"
Our policy at All Better Brows is we do not perform microblading during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. This is the policy for most permanent makeup artists if you research online. In truth, there is very little scientific medical research on tattoo ink and pregnancy, nor is there any research on the ink we use (the ink in microblading is different from tattoo ink). Until there is clarity on the subject from medical professionals, our policy remains no.
How Long Does It Last?
Microbladed eyebrows last 1 to 2 years for most people, before it usually needs a touch up.
Does It Hurt?
Most clients report little or no pain! We use a topical anesthetic before the procedure to numb the affected area.
How Long Is the Appointment?
It usually takes 2 hours, with most of the time spent going over paper work, colors and drawing eyebrow shapes. The microblading portion lasts 30-45 minutes.
How Should I Prepare For My Appointment?
Before your appointment, we highly encourage our clients to check out Instagram and "shop" for eyebrow looks. Eyebrows comes in many shapes and styles, from feathered to bold, arched to straight. We will work with you to customize your best brows. In the week before your appointment, we recommend avoiding blood thinners, aspirin, alcohol or using retinol creams.
Who is Ineligible for Microblading?
Microblading is not recommended for those with oily skin or large pores. If that's you, you may want a shading or combination shading and microblading technique. We also do not provide microblading for people: under 18 years old, pregnant or nursing, if you have diabetes, glaucoma, skin diseases such as Shingles, psoriasis or eczema on the area of treatment, allergies to makeup, Keloid disorder, HIV/Hepatitis, skin cancer, hemophilia, or if you're taking skin medications like ro-accutaine and steroids. Please read our complete Terms and Conditions.
Can Microblading Hide/Cover My Scars?
It's great for that! But we recommend sending us a photo of your eyebrows without makeup so we can review and let you know whether you’re a candidate for microblading.
Does It Look Like Real Hair?
Yes! Because we hand draw every hair stroke, you'll marvel at this super precise technique.