Techniques for Keeping Your Brow Game Strong Part 2: Threading, Microblading, & Tinting
Last month we went over a few ways to take your brows from blah to bodacious, including tweezing, waxing, and filling — but it doesn’t stop there. Threading, microblading, and tinting can also boost your brow game and update your look.
One of the earliest methods of eyebrow shaping, threading is basically tweezing using cotton thread, and with multiple hairs at once. A cotton thread is twisted and rolled over hair follicles, sometimes removing small rows of hair all at once through teasing the hair at the root. Although the sensation isn’t exactly soothing, some say it is much gentler and more pain-free than tweezing and waxing.
Threading creates precision shaping by going through each hair row by row. This method lasts around the same length of time as waxing, with a two- to four-week regrowth period. If you have sensitive skin, this might be a good option for you, as it doesn’t involve harsh chemicals and the thread does not make direct contact with the surrounding skin.
Microblading is one of the more recent eyebrow trends, and has made loyal fans of celebrities such as Bella Thorne, Mandy Moore, and Lena Dunham. Using thin needles, your brow technician will create fine, feathery strokes and fill them with medical-grade pigmented ink to create fuller, more natural brows.
The difference between microblading and permanent brow tattooing is that microblading is a much more natural-looking technique, with the ink filling shallow cuts on the epidermis rather than penetrating a deeper layer of the skin.
Microblading sounds like it might be uncomfortable, but technicians apply a topical numbing cream on your brow and surrounding skin beforehand so that your discomfort will be at a minimum. Microblading is definitely the most expensive technique, costing anywhere from $300 to $800 a session, but it also lasts the longest, only fading after around 18 months.
Brow tinting is the process of applying semipermanent dye to your eyebrows in order to make them appear bolder or fuller while enhancing their natural shape and arch. Tinting is an easy, quick, and affordable brow filling technique that normally lasts between four and six weeks. Tinting is completely painless, and most people set up multiple appointments to achieve the desired effect, much like any other hair dying appointment.
If you’re a dye-hard DIY-er, dying your brows at home is fairly simple. A lot of places sell brow box dye just as if you were dying your hair. Just remember to read the directions carefully.
Whichever method is your go-to for shaping and defining your eyebrows, do your research and never be afraid to ask questions before getting them done.
Pinup Salon offers brow shaping services, and we would love for you to set up a consultation or appointment today!