Nano Brows

I got Nano-ed.

It was intense.

But so worth it.

In case you are not aware let me catch you up…

I suffered from “Bad Brows” and “REALLY Bad Brows” after over 15 years of over-plucking.  I managed to grow them back ONCE, about 7 years ago, but after trying to grow them back again from 2013-2016 I realized that inevitably I had done irreversible damage.  They were not growing back.  Not only were they not growing back but I was stuck with MINIMAL natural brows to work with, not to mention the sheer asymmetry of them.

Makeup was fun the first few years.  The “freedom” to change my brow shape, shade, and overall look was very appealing to me.  In the recent years this has felt more like a chore and became more and more necessary if I desired some eyebrows on my face.  It began to make me more and more self conscience about my face, I felt that my lack of brows and/or my waning eyebrow application skills were making me less attractive then I needed to be.  For the most part super thin 90’s brows are NOT attractive.

I had heard of Eyebrow Tattooing many times but I was always very wary of getting a “standard tattoo” on my face.  I also wanted to make sure that I got the best possible brows for my buck and as much as I wanted nice eyebrows I just didn’t trust anyone to do them for me.

I just learned about Microblading a little over a year ago.  My boyfriend’s sister had gone to a Brow Place and though she did not get Microblading, the results were astounding.  Her eyebrows were and are beautiful, I couldn’t stop looking at them.  I wanted them.  I needed them.

I found the Brow Place she went to on Instagram and I learned that her Brow Artist does Mircoblading.  I did not know what that was but after some scrolling and reading I quickly came to the conclusion that it was just what I needed. Since EVERY SINGLE PICTURE was spot on, every eyebrow this girl touches became beautiful, I HAD to have her help me fix my terrible eyebrows.  I felt like she really knows what a perfect, natural brow looks like and that I could trust her fully with my face.

Click here for more information about Microblading.

I wasted very little time contacting this amazing Brow Wizard and before I knew it [6 months later… she is so good I had to wait which was hard but totally fine] I got Microbladed.  It was well worth every minute of waiting and every penny I saved and invested into my face (if memory serves me correctly it was $500 CAD for entire procedure).

Click here to read about my Microblading experience.

Fast forward to 6 months later.  Scrolling good ole Instagram I see that my Eyebrow Artist has a new semi-permenant eyebrow technique and tool that is like Microblading but BETTER.

NANO BROW.

Nano Brows use ultra-sharp nano needles to deposit pigment under the skin.  It also, as far as I have read, is a deeper pigment deposit then Microblading thus is lasts longer (up to 5 years vs 1-3 which can also mean less scar tissue because you don’t need to touch them up as often or at all).  Nano needles are more precise and can actually mimic the look of real hair on the skin.  Since my Microblading was already starting to fade and actually ended up more warm in colour then what I was hoping for I immediately decided that this was to be my next investment.

I thought about it for awhile before making an appointment.  I knew I wanted them but I didn’t know if I could afford them anytime soon.  To my pleasant surprise, because I had Microblading done when I did I was able to take advantage of a promo that my Brow Artist was offering.  It was too good of a deal and way affordable for me.  It was a sign.

So. Long story made a little less longer, I booked.

I had them done yesterday.  Almost exactly 24 hours ago to be exact (1:30-ish pm).  I was actually more nervous about then I thought.  Luckily I took a preventative-ativan before I even left the house, it kept me nice and calm while I waited 15-20 minutes for the numbing cream to take affect.  I was more then fairly warned that it would be painful and I have many tattoos so I knew what kind of pain I was in for.  Some parts were worse then others and it LITERALLY felt like my face was getting tattooed.  I don’t know if the numbing cream worked or not *but* PHEW, that was intense.  There were times I was thinking “it’s okay, it’s not that bad.  Breath.” And other times I was just thinking “ow, ow, ow, OW, ow, ow,ow, OW, OW, OW”.

On the upside it went fast.  It was over in about 1 hour.

As soon as I looked in the mirror I knew it had all been worth it.  My nerves, the drive, the OW factor.  My eyebrows are even better then I ever pictured them to be.

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This photo was taken towards the end of the procedure.

Luckily because of the numbing cream they did not hurt afterwards.  I put on my big sunglasses and a/c and drove for over an hour to get home, happy and proud of myself for doing this for myself.  In the past I would have not only felt that I did not deserve such a service and I was afraid of the drive (into a city I don’t often go to, very busy, I used to find it intimidating).  These days I do feel that I deserve this.  I did it strictly for me and my self esteem.  I needed this to make myself feel better about my outer appearance.  In a lot of ways I am starting over [in life] and feeling less depressed about my outer appearance will help me to pursue my future; school, a new job, whatever it may be.  I have been able to make the trip with no hiccups, in a mini-van no less [the one thing I never wanted to drive], and it isn’t nearly as scary as I would have once thought.  I drove by myself to the city, parked and paid for parking in the city, and took myself to my appointment in the city, all with more confidence and less fear then ever before.

Another step completed in becoming the “new and improved” me.

Now I must muster through the healing process.  Today my eyebrows feel kind of heavy and tired, much like when I had my first Microblading application.  Their not overly tender though I am avoiding touching them at all and I plan to wear my hair back all week.  This afternoon I dabbed them with a lukewarm, damp washcloth and then applied coconut oil.  I washed my face simply by wiping it with a warm washcloth (avoiding my brows!).  I pat dry with a towel and applied some moisturizer, again, avoiding my brows.  I usually use a toner but I skipped it today.  Hec, I might skip it all week.  I cannot get my brows wet for a couple of days nor can I expose them to sunlight or excessive sweat.  And no face sleeping! VERY HARD for me.  But so far so good.

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BEFORE Nano Brow (Microblading done 8 months ago).
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AFTER Nano Brow (mind the blood, I was waiting for her to come and apply aquaphor).
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AFTER both Brows. They were a little tender.

I was told I may NOT need a touch up but if I feel that I need one that it is included in the price if done within 6-8 weeks.  I hope to not need the touch up but if I think I might I will pursue it after healing.  I should know in 2 weeks or so.

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My aftercare instructions.

I can’t wait for 9 days from now when I will see the final appearance of my new Nano Brows.  Doesn’t seem too long to wait though and my Brow Artist told me that healing is easier and/or faster with Nano Brows.  I suppose I will find out over the next 7-10 days.

I have managed to film some clips and I hope to film a few more for a Nano Brow Vlog video that will be available on my YouTube Channel  [hopefully] within the week.

I could not be happier with my overall experience with Microblading and Nano Brow.  I am so happy in fact that I would like to look into learning how to do it.  Again, time will tell.  This week it’s all about healing 🙂

I got Microbladed

My eyebrows have been an issue for me for a very long time.

I originated with very thick, slightly uneven brows.  When I was 13 the kids on the school bus called me “bushy eyebrow lady”.  I was not allowed to pluck until high school and my mom always warned me about over-plucking and getting stuck with half an eyebrow. It was the late 90’s and pencil-thin brows were all the rage, I really didn’t care about ye old legend of half-brow, I was desperate to pluck.  Oh how stupid I was…

Once I got a hold of a pair of tweezers it was pretty much game over.  I had NO KNOWLEDGE of eyebrow structure whatsoever.  I desperately wanted a high arch and the thinner the better seemed to be my motto.  I recall plucking them particularly terribly in 10th grade, I literally plucked myself a new arch and in doing so pretty much took off most of the tail end of both of my brows.  It looked HORRIBLE but I thought I had it GOIN’ ON!. Ugh. It almost makes me shudder.

Over the years I managed to do all the things you are not supposed to do whilst trying to shape a beautiful brow.  I tried with no avail to get them even – one brow always seemed higher then the other and this drove me INSANE.  I wanted them EVEN! This desire for evenness led me to pluck MORE.  I over plucked the inner AND outer areas and always seemed to have that “sperm” look.  So not hot.

In college I discovered I could “draw them on”.  AHA!  A solution to my problems.  Or so I thought.  Again, I still had no legitimate eyebrow knowledge, this was loooooong before the days of YouTube tutorials and what not.  I overdrew the inners, I overdrew the outers, and again thought I was rockin’ it.  Good grief no.

In my mid-20’s I finally gave up and ditched the tweezers for awhile.  Sick of looking at uneven eyebrows and hearing my mom yell “YOUR GONNA END UP WITH NO EYEBROWS!!!” I figured I had nothing to lose.  It took a good 2 years and a few tubes of Billion Dollar Brows (I don’t even know if that stuff worked but it gave me hope) to get some brows back.  By this time I had become so paranoid of over plucking that my eyebrows HAD actually become overgrown.  Going to Beauty School I learned about eyebrow mapping and proper structure.  My teacher actually told me one day that I could “use a pluck”.

Well.

That was all I needed.

Within a few weeks I was back to my super-thin brows only this time there was a little more evenness to them and nothing was too over or under plucked.  For a brief moment there my natural brows were looking pretty good.  I could add a little brow powder or gel and I was good to go.

And then I just kept plucking.

And plucking.  I could not just LEAVE THEM ALONE.

Before I knew it I was back in sparse-town.  Before I knew it I was buying and trying every brow powder, pencil, wax, and mascara on the market.  There was a wrinkle in time where I thought that penciling them on was just my lot in life.  I was just destined to have bad brows.  I became VERY good at filling them in.  For a good year I was obsessed with M.A.C.’s “quite natural” paint pot, with a good angled brush I could give myself brows I only dreamed of having.  Even my teachers in Beauty School would compliment me on how good my brows looked.

The paint pot had a good run but after a couple of years I was getting weary.  Filling in my eyebrows was not quite the fun beauty ritual it once was.  It was tedious and as good as I once was at doing them, after becoming lazy with it I began to lose my ability to beautify my brows.  Could have also been my complete loss in faith for the upper region of my face. I had begun to look back at my 13 year old eyebrows with sorrow.  I started with such a good base, my brows could have been great but I ruined them.  Not just once either.  Enough times over the course of almost 20 years that they were to the point of no return.

Ohmygawd. The legend of half-brow is TRUE.

For awhile I totally gave up on my eyebrows.  I stopped plucking but they weren’t growing back.  I didn’t want to fill them in.  I just wanted them to be naturally pretty but I had let it sink it that that would most likely never happen.

And then I heard about Microblading.  It sounded too good to be true.  It looked too good to be true.  What is this sorcercy? Natural looking semi-permanent brows? WHAAAAT?!?!?! Long before I ever found a Brow Artist or ever made an appointment, I made up my mind that this is what I needed. This is what I wanted.  SO BAD.

It took me another 2-3 years of research, scrolling before and after photos, and watching YT videos before I made the actual call.  Once I found an Eyebrow Artist that I was confident in I contacted her immediately.  I want to say it was May/June when I called.  I got a consultation for the end of July.  I was both super excited and a little disappointed.  Super excited to obviously address this problem but bummed that I had to wait over a month.  I wanted new brows, like, YESTERDAY.

Before I knew it July was here and it was consult day.  I was in and out in literally 10 minutes.  We talked about what I dislike about my brows (haha. EVERYTHING.), and what the procedure entails.  I put down $100.00 and scheduled my first Microblading appointment.  Then I found out I’d be waiting until the end of October.  Again, I was bummed but I wanted this particular Artist to do my brows, her work is stunning and I figured I’ve waited almost 2 decades, what’s another 2 (errr 3-ish…) months?

I almost literally counted the days since July.  It was like knowing Christmas is coming when your a kid only 100X MORE EXCITING.  Again, before I knew it October was here and it was *BROW DAY* YaY!!!

It has been almost one week since I had the Microblading done and I LOVE IT.  It was totally worth the wait… and the itchiness that I am dealing with at the moment.  I’m not going to go into detail about the procedure itself, there is a ton of info about that if you search for it.  I will tell you that the numbing cream works for the most part.  For most of the procedure I could not feel a thing aside from her pulling on my face a bit. There was some spots in my arch that must not have taken to the numbing cream because it HURT. A LOT.  Luckily it was only for a few strokes on each side but oh my.  I could feel a tear coming to my eye.

Once finished she handed me a mirror.  I looked at myself and immediately felt on top of the world.  I HAVE EYEBROWS! AND THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL! I was assured that they would look even better when healed and after my touch up appointment but even so, I am BLOWN AWAY.  I (now) know how important eyebrows are in terms of framing one’s face but seeing it, WOW.  I feel so much better about myself.  What a difference.  I will never go back to those bad brows EVER.

I cannot say enough good things about this experience.  I can’t wait to go forth with my beautiful brows.  I feel pretty and more confident.  I don’t feel like people are looking at my uneven, barley there eyebrows.  They are looking at me (and my beautiful eyebrows).

My only advice aside from PUT THE TWEEZERS DOWN is to do your research (if Microblading is something that interests you).  Find a reputable Artist whom you trust with your face.  Also, start saving.  Prices vary by location but regardless this is not cheap (nor should it be).

Be prepared to not wash your face/ get your eyebrows wet for 24 hours – 5 days, don’t sleep on or touch them, and the itching, oh lawd the itching.  The desire to scratch is real my friends. Not unbearable. But real.

Below are my before and after pictures that I took myself.  The before photos are from the day before I had the procedure done (October 25, 2016), and the after photos are from 1 hour following the procedure (October 26, 2016).

COMING SOON : Days 1 – 7 blogs & vlogs.

 

 

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October 25, 2016 – BEFORE BROWS
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Left Brow
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Right Brow
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October 26, 2016 – AFTER
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Left Brow AFTER
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Right Brow AFTER
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HELLO BROWS!
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Before & After
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Left Brow before & after