Microblading with Shelley Hendrickson
Microblading is a new trend which many corporate women have embarked on to produce the perfect semi-permanent make-up solution for very thin or non-existent eyebrows. It involves using a handheld tool with a very thin blade to draw individual hairs and inserting pigment, thus creating the illusion of full and perfectly shaped eyebrows to enhance the face and frame the eyes. Flair got a one-on-one with PhiBrows Microblading expert Shelley Hendrickson from Eye Beauty Ja, to get a better understanding of this procedure.
"Microblading can last from two to three years, depending on the lifestyle of the person. If you live a very active life, which involves a lot of sweating, being in the sun or going to the beach, then it will not last as long," said Hendrickson.
Microblading is done in two phases. In the first phase, the shape of the eyebrow is created, using specific measurements from the shape of the brow bone. It is here the client can determine their desired thickness and get consultation on what would be the shape of their face. The second phase is done four weeks after or is dependent on the person's healing time. This is where clients will get a touch-up, which brightens and fills in the overall look of the brow and give it a realistic appearance.
Here are the steps associated with a successful microblading procedure.
The eyebrows are sterilised to remove any excess dirt or eye make-up from the face. This is followed by the threading of the brows to remove unwanted hair and provide a clean canvas to work with.
The shape of the eyebrow is marked out with a stencil, using a PhiBrows Golden Ratio Divider. The divider is used for precise eyebrow measurement according to the golden number 1.618.
Using the PhiBrow app, the eyebrows are then lined up for even more accuracy and precision. The client then analyse the brows and suggest adjustments to their liking.
The PhiBrow pigment, which contains zero per cent heavy metal, lead, cadium, nickel, mercury, cobalt and tartrazine, is mixed according to the natural hair colour.
Micro strokes are then cut within the stencilled brow. "You never numb on the first stroke, you numb after. The skin can get too hard and will cause you to cut too deep," said Hendrickson. "Forming hair-like strokes is a science and you need to follow the natural hair pattern," she continued. After the strokes are created, numb the area then apply the pigment to each stroke.
"You cannot tell the difference between her hair strokes and mine," said Hendrickson, as she enthusiastically displayed the finished product. "The procedure itself is not painful but bearable," said client Sherice Norton, who drifted into a light nap during the procedure.
The aftercare for microblading includes applying the eye candy ointment, which allows the area to stay moist. This is given in a care package, which is created by Hendrickson herself for each client.
Microblading by Shelley Hendrickson is done by appointment only at 15 Ardenne Road, Kingston 10. Call 876-383-6324 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.