Brows are all the rage as of late. I’m sure you’ve seen hashtags like #browgamestrong or #browsonfleek. The bigger or more defined the better and brow beauty supplies are everywhere. For me, brows have always been a big thing. Literally. I recall a time in eighth grade when I was asked “what’s your favorite color?” My response was blue or green or whatever I was feeling at the time. To which the person responded “are you sure it isn’t black? Like your eyebrows?” Ya. Nice, right?
Eyebrows are the first thing I notice on a person. They frame your entire face. Science literally says it is your most important facial feature as they have a strong impact on emotional expression and facial recognition. It’s not just in our heads! Plus, with people like Cara Delevingne plastered in every magazine, how can we not have brows on our mind? I’d like to thank Cara for making brows big again. I think Brooke Shields may have been the pioneer for big brows before her. Which may be the reason I was constantly told I looked like a baby Brooke growing up.
I’ve always had thick brows and they have been substantially darker than my hair color for years. In college, I started dying my hair darker so it was not as much as a difference, but even today with an array of hair colors, my brows are quite noticeable. Also in junior high, I remember a few girls who became obsessed with plucking their brows. One continually asked me if she could pluck mine despite my repeated declines. My parents warned me not to touch my brows. She made everyone’s pencil thin, so I am so glad I declined, although at the time it came with some eye rolls. After begging my parents to take me to get them groomed a little, I decided I would attempt on my own. I had no intention of making them paper thin, but did want to clean them up. I ended up with two different shapes (one more rounded and one more structured) and took a little more off one side than another. Cute! Haha. Middle school is such a fun time. My brows were still thick and dark, but they weren’t as well shaped as they once were. I’ve always combed my brows or applied clear eyebrow gel to hold them in place and over the past two years, as more and more products have come out, I’ve been filling them in. I was so obsessed with the look when they were filled in that I didn’t want to leave the house without it done! It was very time consuming in the morning, especially for a perfectionist like myself, and as much as I wanted them to be perfect, they seemed to be like hair on your head, some days are just better than others.
A few months ago I heard of microblading. Basically, getting your brows done so that you don’t have to spend so much time doing them yourself. You wake up, done. Shower, done. Super hard workout where your dripping sweat, done. I loved the idea and began researching.
What the heck is microblading you ask? Microblading (or eyebrow embroidery) is a relatively new, manual method to enhance your brows. It is semi-permanent, lasting anywhere from 6 months to a year, depending on your skin type. A pigment-filled needle is used to make tiny strokes that look like tiny hairs to deposit color and fill in your brows. The color and technique is so precise that you can’t tell the real hairs from the tattooed ones. Plus, there is no machine used, like you may expect from a ‘tattoo’ which allows much more precision and only impacts the top layer of your skin.
My research about microblading brought me more specifically to Phi Brows. Phi Brows is European technology that gives the most hyper-realistic results. The shape of eyebrows is calculated only according to the morphology of the face. The color is determined only according to the natural color of the hairs in the eyebrows and the hair. Symmetry is determined digitally when the facial muscles are relaxed (when the client’s eyes are closed). The pigment used with Phi Brows includes non of the following: heavy metals, lead, cadmium, nickel, mercury, cobalt, or tartrazine. It’s also vegan friendly and is not tested on animals.
After learning more about Phi Brows, I began researching technicians in Dallas qualified for microblading. I stalked their work on social media, read every review I could find, and checked into their qualifications. After much research, I landed on Leeza at Leeza’s Browtique. Leeza utilizes Branco Babic method of microblading and has been trained and certified by Branco Babic, the world renowned European microblading artist.
Before the microblading procedure, Leeza sits down and works with you by shaping your brows with a pencil, allowing you to agree on the best color and shape to fit your face. During the procedure, a topical anesthetic is applied for comfort of the. Aftercare Kit and instructions are provided accordingly to your skin type. Refreshing of the color is done once in 6 months to a year and a half, depending on skin type. Below is a before, during (when they were outlined before the procedure), and immediately after photo. They are always darker and strokes appear thicker right after, so they’ve only grown to look better and more natural since that picture! Also, the area is a little red because it is tender from the procedure.Leeza is a perfectionist and is so passionate about her work. She loves helping women to feel naturally beautiful and to enhance their natural beauty through microblading. She was calming during the entire process and was so patient when answering questions or when dealing with a fellow perfectionist such as myself. I cannot recommend her enough for anyone considering microblading. Even just going in and talking to her about the procedure and finding out more from her is worth it! She knows what she is doing and is committed to making sure you are 100% satisfied with the outcome.
As I mentioned before, the results of microblading come out much darker at first, as the pigment is fresh so strokes appear darker and thicker. I’ll admit, I had some freak out moments where I wondered what I had done. But, as promised, it fades and looks so natural. Leeza walks you through the heeling process including the fact that they will be darker. It is a little tender the first day or so after the procedure and you have to be careful about getting it wet (including with sweat) so a few adjustments might need to be made with your schedule or workout routine, but it’s no big deal. I’d gladly skip a workout for a few days to have effortless brows every day. If you want to reach out and ask me any questions about the procedure or the healing process before/during/after your procedure(s), please feel free! Leeza was so great through the whole process and messaged me to check up and remind me of the healing process and to be patient. She is seriously so dedicated to her job– it’s amazing.
Want to learn more about pricing and other information? Head to her site by clicking here. She also has some amazing before/after pictures of her work. You can also learn more about microblading by brows-ing (get it? ha) these articles in: Instyle, Allure, Marie Claire,
Leeza has been kind enough to offer the first three of my readers who mention this post a $200 discount on the procedure. That is such an amazing deal! Hurry in and claim your offer and meet with Leeza to find out more. I am so in love with my brows and love that I wake up having them just how I want them every day with no further effort.
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