Like a lot of women in their 20s, I’m suffering the fallout of the thin brow trend of the early to mid 2000s. Since then, I’ve spent countless hours trying to refill my sparse eyebrows, often quietly chanting the mantra “they’re sisters, not twins” to myself as I give up on trying to make my brows the same shape.
Microblading was a no-brainer for me, but I was still nervous when I gave Silky from Silky Smooth D.C. the power to control part of what my face will look like for the next three years.
If you don't know what the magic of microblading is, let me explain: Microblading is a semi-permanent type of tattoo. Unlike a regular tattoo it is done with a hand-held tool that puts pigment into the skin, but doesn't go as deep as a normal tattoo would. It looks like real hair and no one can tell if it’s your own hair a tattoo. Microbladed eyebrows can last up to two to three years, depending on your skin type.
It was jarring to see the outline of the new eyebrows she sketched onto my face, but after negotiating a color that would work with both my current, unnatural hair color and natural shade, I left everything in Silky’s well-trained hands.
The first round of using a blade to outline my eyebrows was like receiving a lot of deep cat scratches on my face. My eyes immediately streamed with tears, but it was more about the proximity of my eyebrows to facial nerves rather than the pain - the same thing happens when I get my eyebrows threaded. Still, it was a relief when Silky applied a topical anesthetic for the second round of microblading, which filled in my eyebrow gaps.
The grossest part of the 20-minute procedure was being able to hear the blade cutting into my skin, but after white-knuckling my way through the unpleasant noise I was stunned by the immediate results. Silky warned me that my eyebrows would initially seem dark for my face, but I was thrilled by what their sharpness - is this how Cara Delevingne feels every day?
The healing process required a lot of petroleum jelly, but it was painless. As Silky promised, my eyebrows did thin out slightly and lighten, meaning I still have a few gaps in my eyebrows. However, it’s standard for microblading to require a second appointment after 30 days to fill in those remaining patches. After your touch up, you can enjoy your fuller brows for the next three years.
Still, the results so far make the procedure absolutely worth it. I can get out of the house more quickly in the morning because my face somehow looks more ‘done’ and polished without any effort. The shape Silky created is so natural that it looks like I was born with full, arched brows - unsullied by tweezers. My face is more balanced in a way I didn’t know I lacked.
When my eyebrows fade out in about three years, I’ll definitely reschedule another appointment.