Does Microblading Hurt? Not if you have good products.
Every microblading artist has a different approach when it comes to the potential pain involved in the session. If you aren’t already familiar, microblading is when a needle is used to deposit pigment in the dermal papillae, which is the uppermost layer of the dermis. Because the needle does penetrate the skin, it can cause some pain, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be uncomfortable.
How much will microblading hurt?
While some microblading artists will attempt a dry pass first, where they do not use any numbing cream until the skin has been opened up, I do not believe in causing unnecessary pain. Rather than only adding numbing gel to open skin, I will begin the numbing process 15-20 minutes prior to the actual start of your procedure. During your Microblading session, you will have two different numbing agents applied. One before the skin is open and one after.
There are two main formulas that I have used for the numbing process before the skin is open. The first is Zensa Numbing, which contains Lidocaine. The second is BLT, which contains Benzocaine, Lidocaine, and Tetracaine.
How Zenza works:
Zenza’s numbing cream is 5% Lidocaine, lasts 2-3 hours, and has no effect on the ink. You can use it before and after the skin is broken in order to prolong the numbing if necessary. I’ll use just enough to make sure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure. Zenza is made of all-natural ingredients and is 100% cruelty free and for me this is something major to consider.
How BLT works:
BLT’s numbing cream contains 20% Benzocaine, 4% Lidocaine, and 2% tetracaine. Each of these ingredients are supposed to help the numbing in different ways. BLT is also known to have ingredients like tea tree oil to help subdue bacteria.
I’ve tried two different brands of BLT; NeuroMed and Plush. Their ingredient lists are exactly the same and from my experience, they work exactly the same.
So, which numbing cream is actually worth the money?
Finding the proper numbing cream for your microblading session will have a major impact on the overall experience. If your numbing isn’t good, it’s not only uncomfortable but it’s also harder for the artist and client. Let’s just say, no one has time for that! 😉
I was trained using BLT and never saw the need to switch to Zenza, the three combined numbing agents just felt more powerful to use than one alone.
Then I went to an Advanced Training Course (ATC) with Jen Boyd Ink, where she spoke about Zenza numbing cream. So many artists had been talking about it that I assumed it was just a new product getting lots of hype, but I was wrong!
Zenza works. The ATC taught me the power of the good first numbing cream and how to use it so that my clients don’t have to suffer through their first pass. I’m super grateful for everything I learned from Jen and that I have a product to keep my clients comfortable from start to finish with Zenza.
So yes, microblading hurts.
However, when you schedule your microblading session with me, I promise the pain will be minimal. Most of my clients are more bothered by the sound of the blade than the actual pain itself. I can’t tell you why Zenza works better than BLT (it’s counter-intuitive to me), but it does and that is all that matters!
When you’re ready, go ahead and book an appointment and we’ll get started on creating the eyebrows for you! I cannot wait to work with you.
Your Kirkland Eyebrow Microblading Professional
Beauclair Beauty Bar
Here’s how you can reach me:
Located in Downtown Kirkland inside of :
203 Kirkland Avenue, Studio 22
Kirkland, WA 98033
Our cancellation policy:
- Clients must cancel their appointment before 3 days of your scheduled service.
- Clients agree that the $100 deposit will not be refunded. The 3-day cancellation notice is required to cancel your eyebrow microblading appointment.
Our no-show policy:
- Clients who do not show up to scheduled appointments and fail to notify the business will be charged 100% of their scheduled service.
- If the client wishes to reschedule, a non-refundable $100 deposit will be due before the appointment date.
- Even though consultations and eyebrow microblading touch-up’s do not cost anything, if you do not show up without notifying me, you will be charged $30 dollars because this is time I am losing.
- Clients that are 15 minutes + late to their scheduled appointment may be rescheduled.
- This policy is due to the number of clients that are seen a day, as the eyebrow microblading artist cannot risk running late to following clients.
I am an independent and locally run eyebrow microblading studio. This means I truly respect the time of my clients and of my own. Please consider this when booking. I greatly appreciate it and am so excited to help you on your self-care journey!