Let me preface this post with a little story about yours truly at age twelve: On the school bus, after school, I was sitting in the very front, as any good nerd does, reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with my good friend C.J. It was our usual routine; we'd take turns reading each other a paragraph at a time, doing our own renditions of accents and butchering all the pronunciations. The scene we were reading on this particular day featured a couple of sentences on Hogwarts' resident pyromaniac, Seamus Finnigan, and his missing eyebrows which he had burnt off in an potion's accident. After, reading the segment, I laughed: "Could you imagine only having half an eyebrow? That would be so silly." Without missing a beat, C.J. turned to me and very earnestly, without any malice said, "But, Kiani, you do have half an eyebrow".
Seriously. . .what was wrong with me?!?!?
Exasperation with my genetic lottery loss + pitiful skills led me to seek other methods to fix my face and get me look on fleek. I was connected with Angelina Mancinas of Salon Neihule in Downtown Los Angeles by my good friend Dillon and we both tried eyebrow extensions. I. Was. Hooked. Goodbye brow cremes, goodbye pencils, goodbye shadows. I was basically a whole new woman and my addiction to perfect brows grew strong and strong. Like any good addict, I started looking for a bigger and better fix and that's when Angelina suggested: Feather Strokes.
Here's What You Need To Know
Feather Stroking or Microblading, as a technique is not new. In fact, it's a much more primitive way of tattooing than using a gun, but it's picked up steam in recent years as a method of semi-permanent cosmetic procedure for brows. The procedure takes a little over an hour, with thirty minutes of preparation including shaping and allowing your brows to numb. Then comes the fun part.
The tool used is a pen, that looks one part calligraphy pen, one part Exact-o knife. The technique involves cutting the skin of your brows with little fine strokes and filling them with ink. I know. It sounds intense. These cuts are light and superficial and don't penetrate the second layer of skin, hence the semi-permanence of the procedure. The whole process is a little METAL & it was a little bloody, definitely nothing like the YouTube procedures I had watched the nigh before. With my numbed up brows, the whole thing registered the same amount of discomfort as plucking would and my eyes watered as a natural reaction, but I didn't feel a lot of pain. Even immediately afterwards, I started wriggling around my brows in the mirror and except for some redness (like the kind you get after a threading treatment), they didn't feel sore. I even went out to have a few drinks right after getting them done & I felt great.
AS THEY SAY, BEAUTY IS PAIN. . .
Without hesitation, I'd recommend this procedure to anyone in a heartbeat. The end result looks so natural and the time it takes cuts a normal brow extension procedure in half. If you've ever gotten a tattoo before, you should be able to handle the amount of pain you might feel. Aftercare so far has been applying a swab of coconut oil onto my brows in the morning and Vitamin E, if they feel itchy. I'm currently scheduled for a follow up appointment to get them filled in three weeks, because the ink will naturally fade in some spots, which will allow my brow technician to fill them lighter and darker in some places to create an even more natural 3D effect. Then, my next procedure won't be for another month, if needed. This procedure is currently not formally regulated by the FDA and licensing is fairly easy to obtain, I would like to stress, only go with a brow specialist you trust, or if you're in the LA area, contact Angelina at Neihule for a consaltion. I mean. . ,
She's a miracle worker.