Brow treatments have been trending for a while now. It doesn’t matter whether you like your eyebrows arched and slick like Naomi Campbell or bold and feathered like Carla Delevingne, your brows are arguably your most important facial feature.
If you’re not satisfied with the brows you have, microblading is a very natural option that delivers cost-effective, semi-permanent results. It’s a technique that’s at the forefront of the bold brow trend and there are some great microblading therapists in Dubai that can help you achieve the look you’re after.
One Microblading specialist in Dubai is Chelsea Gregory, a name that’s synonymous not only her beauty transformations but also for her friendly approach. She’s proud mum to her 8 year old son and has spent much of her 12 years in Dubai helping women feel more confident.
Having that blend of passion for both creativity and beauty is what first took Chelsea down the road towards Eyebrow Aristry. “It’s a job that provides me with a huge amount of satisfaction, especially when you are able to completely transform someone’s face and provide them with a stepping stone towards being more confident” she says.
Chelsea first qualified as a Phibrows and then Deluxe Brows artist and having performed more than 1,000 treatments across Dubai, refreshingly, she still feels that every single client is a new experience. “It’s a huge responsibility to work on someone’s face so its important to have a personable character as often clients are nervous.”
Having previously owned a Dance and Fitness Studio and experience launching one of Dubai’s popular photography businesses, Chelsea’s known for her natural artistic talent and is a natural to put any newcomer at total ease. “You must have the ability to make them feel totally comfortable and explain the treatment to them in detail so they understand everything” she says.
In Dubai, like many cities in the world, some women are really embarrassed about their eyebrows and frustrated with the daily rigmarole of having to spend so much time applying makeup to create or correct their brows. Chelsea adds “It’s an absolute necessity for the artist you select to be just as creative as they are technical because there are always new technologies, methods and products that become available so it’s important to find someone you can trust with your feature.”
So how does Microblading work exactly?
It’s a process that can be used to improve or create eyebrow definition, cover gaps of lost hair, or extend the eyebrows, especially if they’ve been over-plucked. It can add density or can be used as a full reconstruction if the brows have very little or no hair at all.
Each microblading stroke is applied individually, and your therapist will add control of the shape, colour and density of your eyebrows. It’s important therefore, that before meeting with your therapist, that you’ve had a good long look in the mirror, studied the brows that you have, telling her the type of look you want to achieve.
Microblading provides eyebrows with the appearance of simulated hair using fine deposits of coloured pigments. The technique of implanting pigment after the creation of fine incisions in the skin may date back thousands of years, however the trend towards using the technique for eyebrows emerged in Asia and was known as feathering or embroidery prior to becoming known as microblading today.
It’s an extremely meticulous process that normally takes around two hours to complete and involves drawing individual, crisp hair strokes that can be very natural looking and mimic real brows. However, over time the strokes can blur and fade and will need to be refreshed but the good news is that results typically last for up to 18 months depending on your skin type.
There’s no doubt that Chelsea’s passionate about what she does for women, day in, day out. “It’s a blessing to get to do a job that brings you so much satisfaction. My job is dynamic, its not just about eyebrows, its about human connections, running a business, being part of a community, learning, and making a positive contribution where I can.”
So by now you might well be asking yourself ‘Is Microblading for me?’ Many British mums have said that Microblading has literally transformed their face for the better, but there are a few important facts to be aware of when considering it:
• Microblading will fade faster for those with very oily skin, as oil does not hold pigment well.
• Always seek out a qualified and reputable artist. Word of mouth recommendations are best and you should ask to see their portfolio of work beforehand.
• The healing process is 4 to 6 weeks and the shade will fluctuate during this time, but once you’ve had your 2nd procedure, the colour and shape will look more finished off.
• Microblading requires a touch-up 5-10 weeks after treatment
• The treated area will feel sensitive for a day or two
• Avoid alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen, any anti-inflammatory for 1 or 2 days before your microblading as these thin the blood, making you bleed. Pin prick bleeding is fine but once the blood gets thinned it interferes with the procedure and the more you bleed, the less likely your skin is to hold onto the pigment. You can pop some painkillers before the actual procedure if you want to; but just ensure they are not Aspirin based.
• It’s not a good idea to partake in any vigorous sports (especially outdoors sports) for at least 4 days after your microblading. You don’t want sweat seeping into your brows and causing an infection.
So who is NOT a good candidate for microblading?
• Pregnant women, diabetics or those suffering with severe rosacea.
• If you’ve been on a course of Roaccutane or Accutane, you need to wait at least 6 month to a year before doing microblading.
• If you’ve had Botox or Fillers, wait at least 30 days before microblading.
• Cancer patients cannot have microblading whilst undergoing chemotherapy. However, you can have microblading done before or after.
• Waxing and electrolysis can be done 5 days prior and from 2 weeks after microblading.
• If you suffer from keloids or scar badly, you are probably not a candidate
And when it comes to Aftercare…
What IS the healing process exactly? Known in the industry as 1 Heal – 2 Peel – 3 Fade,Chelsea explains that “the colour of your brows will appear very sharp and dark immediately after the procedure. This is because the pigment is still sitting on top of your skin, and has not yet settled in completely. Chelsea advises that the colour will soften gradually so you shouldn’t be alarmed if you see some pigment on the cotton swab, as this is excess pigment or body fluid that is naturally exiting your skin.
The result that you see on day 1 after treatment will fade approximately 30- 40% lighter during the healing process and once the healing of the skin starts taking place, it most likely will look like dandruff flakes or dry skin. This might give you the impression that the colour pigment is fading too quickly. However, don’t fear as this is just the superficial colour and dry skin being naturally removed from your eyebrows.”
Normal side effects
Redness, tenderness, flaking, peeling and temporary scabbing are completely normal, and most definitely worth the end results of a professional microblading make-over.
Chelsea explains that before the microblading begins, the shape is drawn on carefully so you will be able to see the shape and make some changes as per your preference.
If you’re worried that the process is painful, a numbing agent containing 6% Lidocaine is applied which is extremely effective. You may feel a slight discomfort, but according to Chelsea, most of her clients say that it’s relatively painless.
The treatment takes approximately 90 mins to 120 minutes and best part about the technique is that there is no down time so your new set of brows will be ready for a selfie immediately after the process!
Where can I get Microblading done in Dubai?
There are many Microblading artists in Dubai and so it’s important that you take time to ask around for recommendations from fellow customers, see examples of the types of brows they have enhanced and that you feel confident that the expert has listened to your requirements and has the ability to transform your brows exactly the way you want.
Should I be scared?
Put simply, no. Many ladies have had this done and are a testament to Microblading, but for anyone that loves the idea of having it done but is too nervous to take the plunge, Chelsea says “Its perfectly natural to be nervous about having a semi permanent makeup treatment done. I suggest to anyone to do their research comprehensively about the treatment available and the artist too.”
Any good Microblading therapist will guide you with their expert opinion of what suits your face, and whether you should opt for a more natural or structured look. Our advice is always go to a qualified and experienced artist who comes with recommendations and be sure to check the artists portfolio to see if their style is the style you like. Not all artists work is the same and it’s a good idea to go along for a complimentary consultation so that you can have all of your questions answered and feel more at ease with the treatment and the therapist as well.