OMBRE BROWS V MICROBLADING – WHY I OPTED FOR OMBRE BROWS?

If you are anything like me and have been a little over-jealous at plucking your eyebrows over the years and are now fed-up of pencilling in the blanks every morning, then Ombre or the Powdered Brow could be for you!

I was originally on a mission to have my brows Microbladed, however after researching a really good salon in Bournemouth, and after my very thorough consultation with the lovely Magda, I was advised I would be best suited to the technique of Ombre.

WHAT ARE OMBRE (POWDERED BROWS)?

A soft, misty, powder filled brow similar to the look of make-up meaning the tails of the brow are darker, and fade into a light start to the brow, giving it a very subtle look.   Over time, pigment fades leaving the skin and your natural brows behind – lighter at the bulb (front) of the brow and going darker towards the tail, the colour is a little fuller than the replicated individual brow strokes created by Microblading.

WHO SHOULD HAVE OMBRE (POWDERED BROWS)?

This technique is best suited to anyone who fills in their brows with makeup and has hair.  My natural brows are dark and quite full, however I felt that I needed them re-shaping due to over plucking!

CONTRAINDICATIONS

None, Ombre brow heals for almost everyone and I did read that Microblading has more contraindications, for example I have a thyroid condition so should avoid Micro blading!

THE PROCEDURE

We first chose the colour together using various shades of dark brown, the shades vary and also come in warm or cool tones. I chose a colour called ‘Cocoa’ which was a cool shade of dark brown. Myself and Magda both felt that the colour resembled my natural brows and as I have olive skin, matched my skin tone.

Next Magda went through a few pictures and measured my new brow shape. I was a little nervous to be honest, however Magna put me at ease and was very re-assuring throughout. My brows were numbed with an anesthetic cream and then Magda carefully opened up the skin in order to fill in with the dye. The first part of the procedure took about an hour.

DID IT HURT?

I wouldn’t say it hurt as such, I do have a high pain threshold though. I would compare it with a little sting, it is a little uncomfortable and is more irritating than painful. Magda was very gentle and kept re-applying the anesthetic cream throughout, and to be honest the hour flew by as we chatted away for the duration of it.

THE AFTERCARE

Once my brows were finished I was given a small pot of cream (a little like Vaseline) and told to apply a small amount every evening for 5 days. I was also advised that I was able to get my new brows wet, however to avoid the sun. I spent the next 5 days as instructed, applying the cream and wearing very large sunglasses. They were a little bit sore that evening, however I was very lucky and my eyebrows did not scab at all!

THE TOP-UP

A top-up appointment is required 4 weeks later as the dye does fade significantly (I was very daring and went for one of the darkest shades of brown), so it did fade but my eyebrows still looked very effective. The top-up appointment as Magda explained is to perfect the brows, and if you wanted to change the shape or the colour then the second appointment was the opportunity. I loved my initial colour so had the same applied again, and Magda just filled over a little more towards the ends of the brows. This procedure was a little quicker (and didn’t sting as much), I repeated the aftercare religiously too, the aftercare is so important for maintaining a lasting brow.

HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?

The procedure lasts for 2-4 years with artists using a digital machine with micro-needles (it cannot be performed using a microblade).

THE SALON

I had by brows perfected at Studio 888 Hair & Beauty Salon in Bournemouth and I cannot rate the salon highly enough. The salon was very clean, slick and unassuming. Magda was so professional and I felt at ease with her from the very moment I walked into the salon, it was evident that she enjoyed her profession as she was very passionate about her work and training, and was very complementary towards me, in a very genuine way.

HOW MUCH DOES THE TREATMENT COST?

I am assuming the treatment varies from region to region and is dependent on the salon. As a comparison Ombre Brows generally cost the same as Microblading with prices ranging anywhere from £180 to £400.

WOULD I RECOMMEND OMBRE BROWS?

Absolutely! Now that I have grown accustomed to their new shape, I love them! No more colouring in every morning with pomade and pencils, trying to draw an identical pair! I am so glad that I took the plunge, I will definitely be visiting Magda again in a few years’ time for a top-up, and who knows I may try experimenting with other semi-permanent procedures too!

I hope you found this review useful and please feel free to ask me any questions via the comments.

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