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Are you trying to fill out your brows? Possibly an over-plucker or a victim of the thin-brow trend in the 80’s and 90’s? If you pencil in your brows everyday, you are probably looking for something that will save you time and money. This leaves you with microblading and eyebrow growth serum as two very viable options.
Overall, microblading lasts for a long time, but can be a pricey procedure. Eyebrow growth serum is less expensive and uses less chemicals, but it takes a few weeks to see the results. Microblading can come with some risks, like infection and loss of hair. So which one is the right choice?
In this article, we will review the pros and cons for both microblading and eyebrow growth serum. You will be able to make an informed decision about what is best for you and your brows. Ready to dive in? Let’s get going.
According to Harper’s Bazaar, “Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo technique used to create the illusion of fuller brows.” Tons of women (and men) have been getting this treatment on themselves to reduce prep time in the morning. There are some pros and cons that one should consider before getting microblading done.
The greatest bro of microblading is that it saves some serious time getting ready every morning. If you pencil or fill in your brows every morning, then you could save on average, 10 minutes per day. That’s nearly 60 hours over the course of a year. What could you do with all that extra time? Not only that, but microblading could save you some money over time, if you consider how much your eyebrow make-up costs. This depends on the treatment though, as some microblading treatments can run up to $800!
Another huge pro for microblading is that it never smudges or smears off. Since this treatment is essentially tattooing your face with eyebrows, you never have to worry about smearing or smudging, no matter how active you are. Additionally, the ink/pigments should never change color, if the microblading treatment is done right.
The last pro for microblading is that it can last anywhere from 1-3 years. This is a semi-permanent procedure, so it lasts long enough that you don’t have to maintain it very often. It also wears off at a certain point, so if you get tired of having them done, you don’t have to worry about committing to a life-time of bushy brows.
Microblading is expensive. A treatment can cost anywhere from $350-$800, and the shading portion of the procedure is usually extra (costing around $60-$150). Since the average procedure costs around $400, this is no small expenditure. Additionally, it only lasts between 1-3 years, depending on environmental factors like sun exposure. You may have to go back for touch-ups often to keep your brows looking flawless.
According to PopSugar, another big con with microblading is that there is a lot of room for user error. When you get a microblading treatment, there are a ton of rules that you must adhere to after the fact. One mess up could seriously compromise the healing and look of your brows. You must make sure that your brows don’t get wet with water or sweat for up to 10 days. You also shouldn’t wax or tweeze them for 5 days leading up to it, and for 5 days after the treatment. There are also tons of other things that you need to do beforehand to prepare yourself...
Lastly, with microblading, there is the potential that you may not like the job that they do. There might be spots that show up splotchy or they may end up being too dark for your face. In this case, it’s incredibly expensive to get the color removed and it takes at least a year for the color to start to fade on its own. Make sure you really want to do this and have done all the research before you commit to a semi-permanent tattoo.
Eyebrow growth serums have been hitting the market like crazy, and for good reason. Eyebrow growth serums are any type of serum that you apply to your brows to accelerate growth. Like anything, there are pros and cons that come with them as well.
Eyebrow growth serums have many pros. For one, they are significantly cheaper than getting any sort of microblading treatment. Eyebrow growth serums usually cost between $20-$50, which is in some cases, 20X cheaper than microblading treatments. Not only that, but since they grow your natural brows out, they eliminate the need for filling them in with brow pens, etc. as often. They can save you time and money.
Many people love microblading because it keeps their eyebrows looking fire 24/7. Eyebrow growth serums do the exact same thing, since they grow and fill out your natural brows. After a few weeks of use, you will have thicker and bushier bros 24/7. You can rest easy knowing that you will 100% wake up like that!
Eyebrow growth serums are also much more natural that microblading treatments. Since microblading is essentially using chemicals to tattoo pigments onto your brows, it's pretty safe to say that it is not the most natural process. Not all eyebrow growth serums are made the same. Some can be full of chemicals, so make sure that you do your research! Eyebrow growth serums with Biotin and Castor Oil extracts are great for providing natural growth to the brows.
Eyebrow growth serums have a few cons as well. For one, you will need to apply them everyday for maximum results. It will take you a few weeks to achieve the look that you are going for. Also, remembering to do something everyday can be difficult, but if you set an alarm on your phone, it shouldn’t be too bad!
Another con with eyebrow growth serums is that maintenance will likely still be required to keep them looking make-up ready. You may still have to purchase an eyebrow wax or brow brush to keep them looking great.
In conclusion, microblading is much more expensive and comes with a risk for infection and permanent hair loss, but it can give you quick results. Eyebrow growth serums take longer to get results, but they are much less expensive and grow out your actual brows.
Whether you go with microblading or eyebrow growth serum is up to you! You may even want to utilize eyebrow growth serum while you have microblading on your brows, to mitigate the damage that the treatments will do. It never hurts to double up!
When picking an eyebrow growth serum, you will want to select one that is natural and uses amino acids and polypeptides to grow out your brows! ForBrow by ForChics is a great choice, as the formula is 100% vegan, paraben-free and cruelty-free. ForBrow works by utilizing special plant extracts (like Biotin and Castor Oil) to nourish, moisturize and lengthen brows from the base of the follicle to the top!
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