Eyebrow care and maintenance has always been an integral part of the beauty industry, and with the value of the UK brow market reaching £20 million in 2017, clients are finding ways to perfect their brows through several different options. Very few of us are lucky enough to be blessed with perfect eyebrows, but luckily modern technology has allowed ways for people to create beautiful brows through a form of semi-permanent tattooing, which can enhance the eyebrow’s natural shape and colour to create a fuller, more defined brow.
Recently the industry has seen a rise in the popularity of the Ombre Brow, a style popularised by the likes of Gigi Hadid, the Jenners, and Jennifer Lopez. Essentially, the Ombre Brow is a fluffy, gradually manicured eyebrow that starts and ends gently but is bold in the middle. But why would someone choose the Ombre Brow over other alternatives? A what are the benefits, risks and costs of the ombre brow?
With such a high demand for treatments in a rapidly-growing industry, this blog post will discuss everything you need to know about the Ombre Brow technique.
How the Ombre Brow is Achieved - Micropigmentation
‘Ombre’ is a French word meaning ‘shaded’ when translate into English, and that is what the Ombre Brow seeks to achieve - a smoothly shaded brow, starting lighter at the front and gradually getting bolder through the arch, until it gently fades again at the wing of the eyebrow. This effect is achieved by the cosmetic technique of micropigmentation.
But how is it done? The treatment involves an SPMU artist making several dotted incisions into the dermis, which is the second layer of skin below the surface. These incisions are then filled with a coloured pigment suited to the client’s needs. Through several insertions of pigment into these dotted incisions, the technician can create the desired shape, structure, and colour of the Ombre Brow.
The appeal is obvious - instead of having to spend lots of time every morning drawing on your eyebrows with a pencil to create bold, voluminous brows, you could undergo a small procedure to have natural-looking, beautiful eyebrows with no stress. And what’s more, the micropigmentation technique leaves brows looking luscious for around 3-4 years.
The Alternative to the Ombre Brow – Microblading.
There are many different ways to boost your brows, but the main competitor of the Ombre Brow is the Microblading method. The main difference lies in how the pigment is injected into the skin; whilst micropigmentation uses a number of dotted injections, microblading involves a technician emulating the physical shape of a hair by making a number of stroked incisions into the skin with a scalpel-like instrument. The incisions are then filled with the coloured pigmentation, leaving the client with fluffy, natural-looking brows. However, a drawback of the microblading technique is that the results do not last as long as micropigmentation, so clients who microblade can expect to have the procedure every 1-1.5 years.
What are the Risks of the Ombre Brow Procedure?
The Ombre Brow procedure is safe as long as it is carried out by a well-trained technician. In order to maximise the level of safety of the procedure it is very important that the technician is aware of the client’s pre-existing medical conditions, allergies, and skin-sensitivities. Another popular question that clients often ask when considering potential risks is in regard to how painful the procedure is. At the end of the day the Ombre Brow method does involve a number of injections into the skin via a needle. Everyone’s pain threshold is different, and some may be much more sensitive than others to the sensation of micropigmentation, but a well-trained practitioner using the correct method will minimise the pain as much as possible.
What are the Steps in the Ombre Brow Procedure and How Long Does it Take?
The Ombre Brow procedure can be performed in one session and is formed of two components: the
consultation, and the procedure. In the consultation, the client will talk to an SPMU artist to talk through the effect they want and to clarify preferences regarding style, structure, and colour. Once the client’s ideal brow has been understood by the technician, the procedure can begin, using the method described above. The whole process takes around 2-3 hours to complete.
What Should You Do Following an Ombre Brow Procedure?
After the procedure there are a few elements of self-care for the client to take on board in order to ensure their own safety and to optimise their results. Simply, the client should just relax and keep their brows clean to reduce the chances of infection, whilst avoiding extreme exposure to the sun, sweating heavily, or getting other facial treatments done for about 2 weeks after the procedure. Since the treatment does involve breaking the top layer of skin, there is a risk of infection, however if a technician uses sterile, hypo-allergenic equipment, and the client maintains brow cleanliness after the procedure, the chances of infection are incredibly slim.
How Much Does an Ombre Brow Treatment Cost?
Obviously costs will vary from technician to technician, and clients should be wary of practitioners offering very low prices, as the low price often comes at the cost of safety and quality. According to market research, the average cost of an Ombre Brow treatment is £295, but can often range up to and above £375.
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