It’s been a very long time since I had made any kind of post, whether it be personal or dog related. So much has changed since then and I have so much to share. The eyebrow debacle…boy, what an experience that was. I should have known better and had misgivings almost from the start. A then local spa was having a sale on microblading in celebration of this new service at this location. Being that it is a professional and long established business, I would expect professional results, regardless of it being a new service being offered.
When my then fiance booked the initial appointment, never once did anyone say that it would be over multiple appointments. We were under the impression that it was a one and done appointment. Should have known better.
When I arrived a few minutes early to my appointment time, I was asked if this was the waxing appointment. I responded with no, it is a microblading appointment. I was then informed that I would need my existing eyebrows waxed and dyed. I blinked a couple of times debating on how I want to address this mess and apparent severe lack of communication.
I decided to start from the beginning. I asked her what the steps would be in getting my eyebrows microbladed. She explained the first appointment would be the waxing and dyeing (to make the eyebrows a uniform colour…this I questioned in my head at the time) and about a week later, the first microblading appointment. And about 30 days later the second and last appointment would be scheduled to fill in the eyebrows. The waxing/dyeing is NOT a part of the sale pricing.
I opted to go ahead with the appointment and paid the waxing/dyeing fee. The woman who was the supposed professional, was friendly enough and got on with the waxing and shaping. Neither of which would have been a lot of work seeing as there simply isn’t a lot to work with. Red flag #2 was when she consulted her book as to the next step. I’ve already paid for it so I may as well continue. Should have known better.
She asked me to choose a colour. Well, I am a dark blonde naturally, but as I’ve gotten older, I have developed a silver streak that frames my face while the rest remains a dark blonde. My natural eyebrows are a dark blonde so they aren’t dark at all. Due to my colouring, to go dark would be insane as they’d look like giant dark caterpillars on my face. The choices were either a stupid blonde, chestnut brown or black. Like WTF?
So she mixed up a custom blend which ended up being quite close so that all worked out well. Then she dyed my existing eyebrows with that colour and we waited. The end result of the dyeing, I really liked. I should have stopped there. One day I’ll actually go with my gut and bring things to a halt when things feel wonky.
I was happy with the results so far so I felt somewhat confident moving forward. Went to my second appointment which was the first of the actual microblading appointments. She had the correct colour mixture all ready and confirmed by me. She again consulted her book and this is where I truly should have brought things to a halt. When she shaped my brows with a pencil to mark where she would microblade, I almost had a heart attack. She said she’d be doing it within the lines of the outline so they’d no be as thick as that. Thank the fucking gods for that as they’d be horrendous. So I cautiously allowed things to continue. It was a time consuming process but wasn’t uncomfortable at all. My tattoos were much more uncomfortable than that by a long shot.
I have no words for how I felt when I first saw my reflection. I wanted to cry. My biggest fear had come true…I had horrendous caterpillars on my face that were much too wide, piss poor shape and a horrid colour. All I kept thinking was that I had to walk out of this store into a highly populated mall in order to get my car to drive home after I’ve let loose the tears that were threatening to burst forth.
I was stunned…the staff kept looking at me and they seemed concerned, as was I, as to what she had done to my face. She told me not to scrub my eyebrows or scratch the scabs etc or the colour wouldn’t take. You can bet your arse that I went home and scrubbed the hell out of my brows. Thank the gods, that took most of the colour out..although it did make them bleed. Over the next week or so, I made sure to remove any scabs and remnants of colour that I could. Thankfully I was successful and there was no trace of colour to be found.
Now please do not misunderstand me regarding microblading. I am looking at trying it again…with a different company. One which I’ve done a lot of research on and I’ve seen a lot of before and after photographs. I’ve also seen her tattoo work regarding permanent make-up and have been very impressed with the results.
My complaints are with this woman and this particular business alone. I found the whole experience unprofessional from beginning to end. They should have also been clear that it wasn’t just the service that was new to them but that it was also new to their employee. Clearly she had little to no experience and the onus was on the company to make that known. As a customer, I am trusting that they know what they are doing as that shit is going on my face and is going to be seen by everyone for some time to come.
When I do make the move to have them done, properly this time, I will be doing so with complete confidence she knows what she is doing and that they will look fabulous!
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