Microblading healing day by day

Brianna Microblading Healing Day By Day

 is changing people’s lives - creating convenience, building confidence, and letting people sleep in longer in the morning - seriously. Having the opportunity to have a microblading procedure took 20 minutes off of my makeup routine every morning. 

But with social media showcasing people’s airbrushed lives, artists and clients tend to showcase perfect, immediately after work, often leaving out the raw experience and the ups and downs that go along with the healing of permanent makeup.

Showing the results just immediately after a procedure is not the same as showing the entire process, and can leave client’s who get the procedure with A TON of questions about their healing process. The procedure itself is only about 10% of the true microblading experience, and the next 30-60 days after are the real deal. 

So for anyone considering a procedure, and for artists who want to show their clients what they can expect during healing, below is the real experience of the healing process for the first month - the good, the bad, and the scabbing.

For a detailed look at my pre and post aftercare instructions as per Tina’s recommendation see our blog post on Prep & Aftercare  and PMU Aftercare 101.

I used the Tina Davies Aftercare Healing Gel  throughout my healing process for days 1-7, you can read more about this on our blog here.


Here are my natural eyebrows - pre-microblading:


Brianna Before Microblading Procedure Eyebrows




Day 1, you're excited! You get to go into your artist’s studio with patchy uneven brows, or no brows at all and voila, you come out with legitimate hair strokes that you want to show off to the world, literal #browgoals.


Brianna Before and After Microblading Procedure

Before and Immediately After

They look textured, dense albeit a little bit red, but it’s a world of a difference, you feel like a changed person. Your brows are bold in colour. If you aren’t used to filling them in a lot, they will look slightly more dramatic in appearance than normal, tender, slightly swollen, and you may even experience some slight bleeding. The day you get them done you may be in awe of your fresh set of brows.

If you’re used to filling them in and are used to bolder brows, you may be in love. If not, don’t panic. The permanent makeup has been applied to compensate for fading of 20-40%, so if they look darker than you normally wear your brows, stay calm, the colour will fade over the next week.


Brianna Immediately After Microblading Procedure

Brianna After Microblading Procedure



You will try really hard not to sneeze, because of the multiple tiny paper cut-like wounds on your face, but I had mine done during allergy season, and there’s no avoiding it. Your brows will be reddish, still quite tender, and maybe even a little bit thicker in texture than the day before. You may really notice the difference in your brows and feel like people are looking at them, but chances are you’re more self-conscious about it rather than people noticing them being darker than normal.

At this point, I really loved the way that they looked and was super happy with them. I could still see every hair stroke that was made and the redness for me had subsided a lot. They had not started to form hard thick scabs yet. Day 2 was pretty easy.

Brianna Day 2 After Microblading


DAY 3-4

By Day 3, you shouldn’t notice a huge difference from the previous two days, if anything, the pain and tenderness will start to subside, and the brows will get slightly dark or thicker, but nothing major. At this point, you’ll probably be loving the convenience of getting up and having instant brows without the hassle of having to create them yourself. You’ll likely find yourself daydreaming about beach days with completely waterproof brows, but don’t act on this at LEAST until day 10!




Brianna Day 5 After Microblading Procedure

Day 5 is when things start to change. This can be the turning point in the healing process, where your brows are getting itchy and it is advised to NOT scratch them, as the wound may still be open. A thick layer of scabbing may form, and the fine hair-strokes that were created may be hidden. You may feel like you want to start panicking. RESIST the urge to blow up your artist’s phone firing off questions and accusations alike. You have a wound on your face, therefore your body is trying to repair itself, hence the scabbing. It’s all a part of the healing process, and if you’ve had any other kind of tattoos in the past, it heals very similarly.

Just know that this is totally normal and even if it doesn’t look pretty, you shouldn’t worry, they’re going to be #browgoals again in no time. 


Brianna Day 5 After Microblading Procedure


DAY 5-7

Brianna After Microblading Procedure Healing Day 5-7

This is the scary time period when the serious scabbing will start, and begin to peel away from the skin. If you’re anything like me - you will be extremely tempted to pick or peel the scabs. Don’t give in to this temptation, it could affect your healing very negatively. If you pick it, you could lose pigment that was deposited into the skin and could end up with a holey, patchy eyebrow. By gently rinsing the area regularly the scabs will slowly start to fall off - when they’re ready. This phase is definitely the hardest of the process. As a client looking on social media, I haven’t seen anyone talk about or show this side of the microblading healing process. All we see is perfectly fresh strokes, but scabbing? Who knew your entire eyebrow would shed and go through this transformation? It’s so important for clients to know and truly understand the whole process, and really be assured by their artist that what they experience is perfectly normal, and necessary for their eyebrows to heal properly.

At the end, they will have the brows they always wanted.


Brianna After Microblading Procedure Healing Day 5-7

Brianna After Microblading Procedure Healing Day 5-7

DAY 7-10

Your scabs will probably be all flaked off or flaking off on their own by this point and you’ll start to see the light at the end of the healing tunnel. But because the skin has not completely mended itself back together, there may still be some cause for concern. The colour during these days may seem way too light or even grey and missing in spots. You might feel like your skin didn’t take the pigment, but that’s not the case. They’ll almost look like you’ve filled them in with a powder, so again just remain as calm as possible and begin to start enjoying the fact that your eyebrows are done for you every morning. It’s important to note that at this stage, the wounds should be closed so if you’re feeling self-conscious about the light look of them, you are able to apply some makeup to fill in for the time being.

Brianna After Microblading Procedure Healing Day 7-10

Brianna After Microblading Procedure Healing Day 7-10


DAY 14-21

Healing is almost complete! YAY! You’re almost there.

Brianna After Microblading Procedure Healing Day 14-21

The colour and definition of the hair-strokes will return at this point. The colour is beginning to even out and look more natural and brow-like. People you tell about the procedure won’t even believe that it’s a tattoo. It’s truly amazing. You’ll be settling into your new shortened makeup routine - oh and those waterproof brow beach days? AMAZING!


Brianna After Microblading Procedure Healing Day 14-21


DAY 30

Guess what? Your healing process is complete! Your skin is completely healed and colour is looking great. They should look soft and natural. This is the point where you’ll be able to tell if there is anything you want to add or change, there could be a couple spots from loss of pigment, which is all dependent on how well your skin took the pigment, but this is OKAY because your follow-up appointment should be just around the corner!


Brianna Healed 30 Days Post Microblading Procedure



Healed Results:

Brianna Healed 30 Days Post Microblading Procedure


Brianna Healed 30 Days Post Microblading Procedure


All in all my experience with microblading was amazing! Through the ups and downs of the healing process, I was always assured that everything happening was normal, and was guided on how to take proper care to ensure the best results!

Hopefully, this guide to a typical healing experience is helpful to artists looking to give client's an in-depth look at what they can expect!


You can watch my full experience below:



Touch Up: Tina recommends that a client does not come back for a follow-up microblading procedure until the skin is fully healed, and suggests 3 months after their initial procedure as the optimal time to come back for their follow-up!

Are you waiting for your touch-up appointment and need something to give you a bit more definition until then? Check out how you can use the Pro-Pencil or Skinny Pencil to touch up your brows in the meantime, here.


Fast forward 2 years and here are my results. Flawless!

Brianna Microblading Healed 2 Years Post Procedure



Loved what you read and want to see more Healing Day by Day experiences?

Check out our other blog posts below:

Combo Brow Healing Day by Day

Lip Blush Healing Day by Day

Microblading: My Healing Journey


Healed Results:




The best description of healing that I’ve found online although on the day my clinician gave me good info about what to expect. Day 5 and my brows are flaky, faded, patchy and rather yuk. I’m very self conscious and can’t wait to get through the next couple of days and be able to use makeup to tidy them up. Great to know this is all the natural process and that they will come good in the end!

Zoe C March 25, 2021

Thank you so much for this information. I am currently on day 7 & was a bit worried as although I expected the “scabbing” I didn’t realise the colour would fade as much. I feel happier now knowing this is normal

Karen Hainey January 31, 2020

Amazing! Its genuinely amazing article, I have got much clear idea about from this article.| а

сценарий ромашки January 28, 2020

What a fantastic piece you have prepared- I’m on day 2/3 (not sure if you include the day you have them done as day 1)
Anyway your blog is SO informative – everyone should read this.
I was a 56 year old brow-less person 3 days ago – & waiting patiently to see the results.
Thanks again for helping me through the journey!!

Frances Cannon October 04, 2019

I’m on day 7 and all I’ve had is a tiny bit of itching, that’s it. I’m older and my therapist made a miracle, I didn’t want them too obvious, but they are or seemed it, but pleased she followed my natural shape etc and I’m thrilled with them. lots of people have said how great I look and some said that there is something different but only one ( brow mad) person really knew.I even fell asleep after the initial scratchy scrapy slight pain stuff. A fantastic decision for a browless 64 year old.

Patricia Kafel June 10, 2019

Thank you! I am on day 7 and panicking as, just exactly as you say above, it looks like the pigment hasn’t taken in a couple of places. I’m feeling much better now!

Gemma May 27, 2019

This is really amazing and has stopped me panicing too much! Im on day 1, one brow looks okay ish and the other still very light and patchy. Just need to get to day 21 and hopefully i’ll feel better about it!
My artist did tell me not to panic if they ‘disappear’ , i didnt think they’d go away this much. Looking forward to my results!

Leanne April 16, 2019

Found this article so interesting and you’ve given so much more info than i was told at my appointment! I’m only on day 2 so will be ready for the changes in my brows!!

Thank you xx

Kayty April 16, 2019

I’ve had my second top up nearly 20 months after my first treatment i am on my 6th day and they are so itchy and scabbing like black snow. It looks like there’s lines missing but after your step by step pictures i am now confident i will have perfect eyebrows once again. Fab blog thank you.x

Pamela Davies April 16, 2019

Awesome!! What a great little blog Brianna! I’m on day 6, itchy and dying to pick! Holding off now though because I wasn’t sure if that would affect the pigment or not. Now I know! Thanks :)

Niknak January 04, 2019

I’m on day 11 and my eyebrows are really light and look like some bits are missing trying to stay positive after what I’ve read but really nervous that they are not right 4 more weeks until I go back

karen January 04, 2019

Hi, your step by step has helped me a lot! I had NO brows before so it’s a huge change for me. I have to be honest and say I cried for the first 2 days! I’m on day 4 and I still feel like Groucho Marx!! All my work colleagues are men and I feel like they’re laughing at me, but they have been really kind. One guy’s wife had it done and he showed me her day to day healing. Give it time he said! Hopefully by day 7 I will start to feel good about them. But after 30yrs of no brows it’s a huge change for me

Mandy January 04, 2019

Thank you so much for this day by day account. I’m on day 2 and it’s so good to have something like this to refer to and be aware of. Great reading x

Rachael Burrows October 17, 2018

I’m on day 4 and was so relieved to read this I was thinking I’d made a massive mistake having the procedure done as one eyebrow looks bald and patchy this morning it’s put my mind at rest roll on to day 30 though

Gail September 11, 2018

Thanks for sharing your journey! I’ve had microblading and shading and I’m now on day 10 and they look dreadful with lots of scabbing still! 😪 I’m so hoping that these fall off asap as I can deal with the loss if pigiment but struggling with the scabbing.

Elena September 11, 2018

Phew! My mind has been put at rest! I am on day 4 and I would say days 2&3 they looked they business and today starting to look a lot lighter and quite patchy :-( I have also just had a mini panic, thinking if they have faded so much now why should I believe they will not fade loads after the top up :-( I shall be checking back often to check my process. I am going away in 3wks (before my top up) I hope the sun doesn’t fade them too much! Thanks for your reassuring words.

Emma. C August 10, 2018

So glad to read all this. Getting mine done tomorrow and spent ages looking at pics and almost drooling over some! But I was dubious about the healing times and process so chuffed to read this! I am getting them done 5 weeks ahead of a special holiday so glad I have time for them to be fully healed and looking good! I was going for my tip up at week 7 but wondering if I should wait til nearer week 10 for that now?
Thanks for sharing!

Amanda August 10, 2018

Omg i am so happy to have read this article, i am on day 6, and i am torally freeking out, my left brow is percect but my right looks patchy and uneven,

One question, did you have feek out with both brows, or did anyone experience only one brow making you freekout x

Sam Thompson July 24, 2018

I couldn’t have managed without this day-by-day, blow-by-blow account of the 30 day healing process. I had the first session several weeks ago where I was a ‘text book’ healing case, everything in the process above was me except I was a day or two behind the lady writing the guide. I am now on day ten of the top up and once more I am addicted to this web page! This time I seem to be keeping pace with the guide – which means I am at the frightening stage of scabs falling off but nothing much underneath. I need to keep my nerve and get through to days 14-21 where the pigment starts to reappear … I just can’t wait!

I’ve given this web page to two ladies, one who is at the three week stage and is beginning to come out of the process, and another who is waiting to see my finished brows prior to undergoing the procedure herself.

Thank you so much for writing this guide – you are a real star, you probaly don’t know how many ladies you are helping through microblading and putting their minds at ease that everything is perfectly normal. So very well done.

Barbara Jibson August 10, 2018

Hi your tips and comments are great!
I am now on day 7 and I was starting to panic as my eyebrow look patchy I thought the eyebrow had gone but I got reassured from reading your information that is quite normal phew!!!!
Thanks for your advice😋

Maureen July 24, 2018

OMG! Thank u so much for this absolute on point detailed journey of having yr brows microbladed. I had mine done only 5 days ago and although the brow artist I went to is totally accredited and is more than experienced… I too am currently going through the ‘freaking out’ period as we speak!

Reading this as assured me that what I’m freaking out about is totally normal! (Praise the lord!!) yes.. this phase is difficult, the hardest phase of all! As I’m basically walking around with what seems to b faded colour and scabs alongside my darker uneven lop sided brows… let me just say, Iv never appreciated my brow pencil as much as I do right now!!!!

I have a painstaking 3 week wait until I go back for round 2… perfect brows r on the facial horizon!!!! It can’t come quick enough!!

Thank u so much for explaining the woes and the waayyy-heeeys!!! My mind is at ease! 🤩🤩

Emma Scallan June 21, 2018

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