Cactus WAX Studio

Full Professional WAXing Services for Women, Men, Teens, and Tweens with Parent, (All Facial and Body Areas including Brazilian, Eyebrow, Bikini, etc.), Custom Facial Spa Services (including Dermaplaning & Microdermabrasion), Eyelash Extensions, Lash Lifts, Brow and Lash Tinting, and LED Light Therapy and Teeth Whitening.

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What is Microblading?

Microblading is a form of a cosmetic semi-permanent makeup performed using, a manual (not a machine) disposable handheld tool, composed with very fine needles resembling the shape of a blade (we call it a microblade), to hand draw each individual hair and simultaneously implant the pigment into the skin.

Microblading is a process. It entails proper prep and aftercare, the healing brings about some unexpected side effects, and you only get to see the final result after the touch up healing ends.

At Cactus Wax Studio, we want you to be aware of the nuances of microblading, so you can make informed choices, and understand the expectation of results. You might come in expecting to get your dream brows overnight, or don’t know what you need to avoid before the treatment. Then, there’s the brow shock! If you suddenly have eyebrows, this can be overwhelming to some and quite the surprise when you look in the mirror. Particularly as they will be 40% darker than you were expecting! (The pigment reduces during and after the healing process- scabbing… yes there will be some scabbing… we’ll talk about that in a minute).

CHECK OUT THIS INFORMATIVE VIDEO ON MICROBLADING PROCESS. Not Cactus Client: For informational purposes only)

1. The Importance of Proper Prep

The success of a microblading treatment depends on proper preparations. 

What you need to avoid before the treatment and why. You need to discontinue the use of certain products and meds, and refrain from certain activities in the days before the treatment.

The basic rules are:

  • No Retinol, Chemical peels, or Vitamin A products one month prior. These thin out the skin adn it bleeds more.
  • No Botox for at least 2 weeks before the treatment. It has to settle before performing PMU.
  • No facials at least two weeks before the treatment. They can change the texture of the skin.
  • No sunbathing or tanning for about 2 weeks. Tanned skin is more sensitive.
  • No tweezing or waxing the brows eyebrows at least 1 week before the treatment.
  • No alcohol, caffeine, ibuprofen, aspirin and fish oil supplements for at least 24 hours before the treatment. They thin out the blood and cause more bleeding
  • If you take blood-thinning medication, please consider a consult your doctor and see if it’s possible to discontinue the use for a few weeks before the treatment.

2. The Need for Careful Planning of the Date of the Treatment

The microblading process takes time and the final result isn’t visible until after around 8-10 weeks. After the first appointment, the skin needs 4-8 weeks to heal, and the brows might not look too great during this time. First they’re too dark, then scabby and flaky, then too light. After the touch up, there could be some more scabbing and darkness, and only after that ends can you consider your brows finished. Microblading is a process. You have to be patient.

Consider the date of your appointment carefully. It is not advised to book an appointment close to a special event or a holiday by the sea. You don’t want your brows to look scabby in the photos, plus it’s difficult to keep up proper aftercare on a summer vacay.

Another factor in planning the appointment is the menstrual cycle. Getting the treatment during your period can be more uncomfortable. The changes in hormone levels cause the skin to be more sensitive. This doesn’t mean you can’t get the treatment during that time of the month, but you should decide whether you can tolerate some extra discomfort.

3. The Immediate Side Effects

The skin in the brow area gets irritated during the procedure. The treatment makes the skin redsensitive, and perhaps even tender to the touch once the numbing wears off.

It is possible that you will experience swelling of the brow area. This is normal, and no cause for concern. It might cause an appearance of temporary asymmetry of the brows. The swelling should subside within 24-48 hours.

4. The Post-Treatment Itchiness

The brow area gets very itchy in the days following the procedure. As with any wound, microblading heals through scabbing, and any scab goes through an itchy phase.

You might find you get itchy eyebrows after microblading Please do try to keep your hands away from the brow area, and do not scratch/pick . If you do, you will rip off the scabs and risk ruining the results, plus hurting the sensitive skin in the area. We don’t want to ruin the results!

Please be sure to use your aftercare ointment (such as Aquaphor) to relieve itchiness. The Aquaphor also reduces scabbing and crustiness. If you use your ointment, you will have nice, soft scab that slide off the brow area- rather than hard ones that pull out the pigment of the microblading process.

5. The Too Dark Phase

Right after microblading, your brows will look darker than you might expect.

You and your technician will agree on a color beforehand, but they won’t appear to be this color until after the touch up. Your brows will look around 40% darker than what they’ll heal into in the days after the treatment. Don’t panic Your brows will fade up to 40% during healing.

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6. The Ghosting Stage

Then, there’s the too-light phase.

After the scabs start flaking off, the pigments underneath will look light. For some clients, it can look so light they might think their brows disappeared after scabbing. This is normal, it’s just the way PMU heals and pigments settle. Once scabs fall off, the new skin is very light, so it contributes to the pigments looking lighter, too. The color darkens over the weeks leading up to the touch up.

Extra Note

Scabs coming off with pigment. The scabs will catch a bit of pigment and that’s normal- this is normal, and a reason why the initial application is darker than the end desired result. It’s a process.

7. The Brow Shock

Unless you already have very thick, voluminous brows, getting them enhanced with PMU will be a big change. Suddenly, it will seem that you have much more prominent eyebrows, and your initial reaction may be the so-called brow shock! This is a normal reaction- particularly if you had very few or blonde brows previously. You will need time to get used to your new look. While some clients fall in love with it at first sight, others might perceive the change as a bit of a shocker! We want to emphasize the fact that you need to wait until after the touch up has healed to finally judge the results.  Other people will just notice a great enhancement. As mentioned earlier, your brows will appear 40% darker directly after the initial pigment is added, and will lighten with scabbing (the scabs extract some pigment as they fall off), and also after the new skin grows over the area.

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Microblading Healing Process: Day by Day

Find out what to expect physically, mentally, and emotionally throughout the microblading healing process. We break it down for you – day by day.

Image source: Instagram @thearcherymn

Trends may come and go, but it seems that microblading eyebrows is here to stay. 

Women around the world are crazy about microbladed brows because they look natural and chic.

However, the result is not seen immediately after the treatment. In order to achieve the final look, you must go through the microblading healing process, which lasts about a month and entails stages of swelling, tenderness, scabbing, and finally total healing and the end results.

During the healing, it’s essential you follow all prescribed aftercare instructions as closely as possible.

The microblading recovery process can be very demanding, physically and emotionally. It is better to get yourself informed and prepared for microblading healing before booking an appointment so you know what to expect – you’ll deal with it more easily.

It is also vital to know how to treat the brow area properly during the microblading healing and avoid any complications.

Read all about the microblading healing process in this article.

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How Long Do Microbladed Eyebrows Take to Heal?

The healing process of microblading lasts 4-6 weeks. After this period, you will see the outcome. Microbladed brows will take their final shape and color after the pigment sets in and the skin heals completely.

Want to find out more about microblading? Follow the links:

Microblading Eyebrows – The Ultimate Guide

Microblading Before and After

Image source: Instagram @lianneleroux

What Can I Expect During the Microblading Healing Process?

The microblading healing process is an emotional rollercoaster.

There will be moments when you will think that the color is wrong and that you didn’t get what you wanted.

It will also be hard to resist scratching and picking the scabs. You might freak out when you wake up one morning and realize your brows are gone!

The microblading healing process requires a lot of patience and discipline, but it will be worth it in the end.

It is important to know that not everyone’s skin heals the same way. Some people might go through microblading recovery quickly and without any scabs at all, while others need as long as 6 weeks or more for their skin to heal.

The pace of microblading recovery depends on several factors:

  • your age
  • your skin type
  • your overall health

Keep on reading to learn about the microblading healing stages, and what to expect every day during recovery. Also, find tips on how to treat your freshly microbladed brows.

What are the Stages of Microblading Healing Process?

Usually, there are 6 stages of microblading healing, some of which overlap:

  • eyebrows swollen and dark (days 1-5)
  • flaking and scabbing (days 5-10)
  • eyebrows too light, almost disappeared (days 8-11)
  • the color is back, but the brows look patchy (days 11-21)
  • touch up (4-8 weeks after the initial procedure)
  • full recovery (after a few days of microblading healing process after touch up)

These are the most typical stages of the microblading recovery process, and some general time spans within which they occur.

The beginning is the hardest to overcome, especially because you have to be extra careful not to damage your freshly microbladed brows and the skin.

If you are lucky, some of the stages of microblading healing won’t be too unbearable, but be prepared for the worst – some of them might be pretty irritating and tender.

Image source: Instagram @hannahdoesmybrows

What Does the Microblading Healing Process Day by Day Look Like?

Days 1 and 2

Your eyebrows are swollen and there is redness around them. The area is tender to the touch. The strokes look too dark and thick and you might feel that this was a bad idea.

The area around your brows is very sensitive and prone to infections, so you have to be careful.

What to do?

Don’t panic!

The color will change into the desired one. Brows will become almost 50% lighter once the microblading healing process ends.

Follow the microblading aftercare instructions religiously. Don’t get your brows wet, don’t apply any makeup, don’t sleep on your face, avoid extensive sweating, swimming pools, saunas, and sunlight exposure.

Days 3-4

Your brows will look better and you will be satisfied. You are getting used to the fact that you don’t have to draw or fill them in with a pencil every morning. They are still too dark but are slowly starting to fade.

What to do?

Keep taking special care of the microbladed area. Don’t be worried if your brows still look too dark – this is perfectly normal, the pigments just haven’t settled yet. 

Your brows are a fresh wound and need to be cleaned properly

Days 5-7 

Somewhere around day 5, the scabbing stage begins. The microbladed area is itchy. You might feel irritated, but scratching is strictly forbidden. The area is still pretty sensitive and scratching can cause complications.

The pigment has been inserted relatively shallow into the skin (just under the basal membrane between the epidermis and dermis). It does not go as deep as with traditional tattoo.

Because of this, scratching can take it off, and picking at your scabs can literally rip out the pigment from larger areas and leave you with patches.

The flaking starts and the scabs emerge.

If you are not familiar with the stages of microblading healing process, you might freak out. Bear in mind that this is quite normal and almost everybody has to deal with the scabs during microblading healing.

Some people’s skin flakes extensively, while others barely have any scabs.

What to do? 

Calm down and patiently wait for the scabbing stage to finish.

Clean your brows regularly and apply an ointment if your artist prescribed one. Do not scratch the area around your brows because you might pull the pigment out. If you accidentally scratch and take off the pigment, it can be fixed at the touch-up.Microblading Healing Process Day by Day

Image source: Instagram @brow_geeks

Days 8-10

The scabs are starting to come off and your brows are much lighter than they should be.

You might think that your skin is rejecting the pigment, but this is usually not the case. After all the scabbing and peeling, your brows are still recovering. Now they are light and patchy.

You might notice the baby skin beneath the scabs looks unnaturally light – don’t worry, it will blend in within a few days.

What to do?

Again, don’t freak out. This happens to almost everyone who has had their brows microbladed.

If you are really unhappy with them, you can wear makeup, but only if the scabbing is over so as not to cause an infection. Otherwise, relax and wait for the color to come back.

Days 11- 28

The hardest period is behind you and your microblading recovery is almost over.

Your microbladed brows are taking their final shape. They might look patchy at the beginning, but some microbladed strokes will reappear. This is still not the end of the microblading healing process, and you need to be patient just a bit longer.

You might feel excited because the final look of your brows is just around the corner. You are also relieved because all the scabbing is over. The skin of the treated area is not so sensitive anymore, so you can slowly start behaving normally, but keep following your artist’s instructions and avoid certain products and activities.

At the end of the third week, you will see what the brows look like and how the skin has taken the pigment.

If it is still patchy, don’t worry, they can be corrected at the touch-up appointment.

What to do?

Schedule the touch-up. (

It is supposed to be done at the end of the healing process, i.e. 4-6 weeks after the treatment, but some artists prefer to wait as long as 8 weeks to pass.

The touch-up is there to correct all the imperfections. For example, if the brows look uneven or if they are patchy, additional strokes are added.

Days 28-42 

The microblading healing process is finally over.

Some brows heal faster, some take more time. It depends on:

  • your age
  • skin type
  • overall health
  • and daily routine and lifestyle.

After the touch-up, your brows will take their final shape and color.

If you followed the aftercare tips and if the microblading artist has done a good job, you will probably be head over heels about your new brows. They will make your self-esteem go through the roof.

PMUHub Tips to Endure the Microblading Healing Process

Tip #1

Before even booking a microblading appointment, make sure you don’t have an important event at least a month after it.

If an unexpected celebration pops up in the middle of your healing process, you will probably have to go with scabbing and swollen brows.

So, plan the date of your microblading treatment carefully, bearing in mind that your brows will not look their best for a few weeks after that.

Tip #2

Try to spend less time in front of a mirror.

If you are obsessed with your brows you might check them every couple of minutes. The color does not change that fast. The redness goes away gradually.

Do something else instead. Read a book, watch TV, try not to think about them.

Tip #3

Don’t let scabbing freak you out.

The fear that you will tear off scabs in your sleep or by accident might bother you, but don’t worry about it too much. If something like this happens, contact your microblading artist.

Tip #4

If you feel desperate when you see how dark and swollen your brows are after the treatment, go online and search for pictures of microbladed brows immediately after the treatment and after the first touch-up.

You will see that it just takes some time for them to be perfect.

Tip #5

Some people take more time to heal, and if you are one of them, don’t be devastated.

Don’t compare yourself to other friends whose brows took less time to heal. Think about the future and how pretty you will be with your brand new brows.


Tip #6

If you notice any symptoms other than the ones described, like intense redness, swelling, or itching not subsiding when they’re supposed to, you might be dealing with a skin infection.

Contact your artist. They’ll probably ask you to send them some pictures of your brows and assess whether there’s any reason for concern.

If you follow aftercare instructions, the chances of getting an infection are extremely low, and even if it does happen, most of them are mild. Nevertheless, don’t ignore signs of an infection – severe ones can happen and antibiotics might be necessary.


Microblading Healing Process After a Touch Up

The microblading healing process after a touch-up, be it the first, mandatory one, or a later one, depends on the amount of work done.

If many additional strokes were done, or if there was some additional shading, you might go through all the described stages. The amount of scabbing you’ll experience depends on the number of new incisions made.

Generally, it will only take a few days for your brows to heal, since the skin didn’t suffer as much trauma. The patches of first darker, then lighter pigment may be visible for a couple of days, but they’ll soon blend in with the rest of the strokes.

Your Microbladed Brows Months Later

Once you soldier through the microblading healing process, you’re set for months.

Six months after the treatment your brows will still look great. Microbladed brows generally last from 9 to 15 months without the need to refresh them.

It depends on your skin type and lifestyle, but also how well you treat them.

Frequent touch-ups will prolong them.

Microblading Healing Process – Main Takeaways

For some people, the microblading healing process can be emotionally exhausting.

If you prepare for it properly, read about all the microblading healing stages and side effects, you won’t be caught off guard and you’ll deal with it more easily, as you won’t be as anxious.

Microblading is definitely worth all the trouble because once the healing process is through, you can enjoy your perfect eyebrows for months, even years.

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