I heard about eyebrow cloning around 4 or 5 months ago, before working on my last drama show. It’s meant to give you the appearance of thicker, bushier eyebrows by scratching thin, shallow lines into the skin and letting ink seep in the wound.
I know! It sounds nothing near glamorous! Don’t worry, there’s more to eyebrow cloning than my barbaric explanation. Let me continue by comparing it to your tita who’s had eyebrow tattoos as long as you’ve known her.
- Tattoos are there for life, brow cloning lasts two to three years. It’s much more forgiving to the changes in trends. (do you remember when skinny brows were in?)
- Tattoos can scar deep. The scaring can prevent any existing hair follicles from surviving the treatment, compared to the thin scratches in between your natural brow hair growth.
- Ink can change colour over an extended period of time… and I’m just gonna assume here, but you probably don’t want green or red brows in the future.
- A tattooed brow is “on fleek” 24/7… forever. It can challenge you to wear tons of makeup everyday just to even out the look. So, you’ll have defined brows, but suffocated skin. Cloning on the other hand, can look quite natural, making it easy to go out without glam makeup if you wish. (I chose a brown colour on mine for a more natural effect)
Okay, without further ado, here are what my brows used to look like, pre-cloning.
Pretty scarce yeah?
So, the steps to better brows:
- Topical anaesthesia. This is a cream that numbs the area of skin it’s placed on. You pretty much can’t feel the surface. They put a piece of cling wrap on top to help the skin absorb the cream.
- When they wipe the cream off, the brows get drawn on by pencil. This is so you can decide on the shape that you’d like. I suggest to keep it natural.. but if you’re dead set on changing you’re look, that’s up to you really =)
- Thin scratches are made into your skin with a small blade and ink. It’s called micro-blading.
- When you’re happy with the shape you’ve achieved, they put an extra amount of ink on your brows for the small wounds to absorb.
- The ink is wiped off, and you can go on with your day.
I cut the scratching part out incase you’re squeamish.. but here’s a chill version of that shot for reference.
Alta micro-blading my brows into submission. and yes. you get a blanky for comfort.
I must warn you that when the scabs come out, they don’t always come out even. That’s when retouch session is recommended. For best results, I have some tips to follow.
- All scabs, the world over, are itchy. Try your best not to scratch these ones if you don’t wanna pull the ink out.
- They give you an ointment to put on your brows to avoid scarring. This goes on twice a day.
- You can’t wet them for 3 days. Wash your hair and body when you shower. Wash your face separately (AND CAREFULLY!)
- If water can’t touch ’em, sweat shouldn’t either. Wear an absorbent headband when you run/workout.
On the 5th day, they started scabbing and peeling.
After about another 2 days, you get the finished product. I decided to take a couple no-makeup selfies to show you the most realistic result. Sorry if I’m a little blushy, my rosacea is acting up.. but that’s a whole other story.
I’m incredibly happy with the results. I think that Alta did an amazing job!
On a regular day, I wear zero makeup. On light makeup days, I still don’t touch my brows. For a more glam makeup look, I only ever add a couple lines of brow liner and comb over brow mascara.
I always tell my girl friends that the 2 best cosmetic investments you can make is Laser Hair Removal at Belo, and Eyebrow Cloning by Alta at Xtensions.
I definitely need to give you some final reminders that’ll make ALL the difference:
- Choose a natural colour! Base this on your skin tone and hair colour.
- If you are not sure if your brows are even or equal, take a selfie from a straight angle. This will show details in a way your eyes won’t notice. It helps if you know how to do makeup.
- Religiously follow the post-procedure instructions. Remember, these will be your brows for the next couple years. Don’t mess ’em up.
Enjoy spending zero time and money on daily makeup!
If you/your friends have any more questions, leave a comment and I’ll be happy to answer =)
Xtensions – @xtensionsmanila