What is Microblading ?


​Microblading (also known as Eyebrow Embroidery , 3D Hairstrokes or Hairstroke Eyebrows) is a semi-permanent eyebrow procedure that is carried out by a qualified artist. It involves using a specialized manual hand-tool that holds a disposable microblade and is pulled gently across the skin, leaving behind individual tiny hair strokes that mimic your own natural eyebrow hairs.


What does my appointment involve? 


When you arrive, you will have an initial consultation. The consultation involves the explanation of the procedure, assessing your current eyebrows and skin type as well as establishing your desired shape. 


  • You will then be asked to fill out an informed consent form.
  • A topical anesthetic will be applied to your skin and left to sit for approximately 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Once the anesthetic has come off, your natural eyebrows will be shaped ( We take care not remove your own hairs) and a new shape will be drawn on with a waterproof pencil. This shape is then tweaked until approved by you. 
  • The microblading takes place after this, and generally takes around 45 minutes to an hour.
  • You will then leave with a touch-up appointment date , aftercare gift pack (including instructions, ointment and a step-by -step of the healing process) and an amazing new set of eyebrows.

Frequently Asked Questions 


The original hair-stroke brows. Natural, realistic hair-strokes suitable for those that want a softer result. First session. 2hrs



Shading adds a fuller powdered look to your brows. Choose from a light ombre effect, combination of Microblading and Shading or Full Powdered Brows. 2.5hrs


Jess's Signature Ombre

These brows are a Brow Boutique favourite, "Instagram styled brows" - a combination of microblading & microshading. A unique bold shaded brow layered over crisp hairstrokes 2.5hrs


First Touch Up 

6 - 12 week perfecting touch up. Crucial to ensure colour perfection & longevity. 1.5hrs


Annual Touch Up 

8 - 18 months colour boost and shape refinement session



Shading added on to any touch up ( If shading was not done at the first appointment) +0.5hrs


Brow Cover Ups 

Reworking any microblading/ tattooing done elsewhere. This services requires a prior consultation. 3hrs



Jess Hollingdrake is the owner , head trainer and senior artist at Brow Boutique SA.

Jess is a highly qualified Master Artist with over 6 years of experience and more than 6500 happy clients under her belt. 


Specialising in all Manual Brow Techniques ( Microblading and Microshading). Jess has developed a unique approach to achieving the most natural brows possible. 


"Microblading, when proformed correctly, should be a harmonious combination of shape, symmetry, proportion, technical application and colour to achieve the most complimentary eyebrows for each individual client." 


How does it work?

Once we have carefully mixed a colour pigment that is perfect for you - the colour is then is deposited into the superficial epidermis layer of the skin with a tiny sterile disposable microblade which allows us to create bespoke, crisp hair strokes - mimicking the natural look of natural eyebrow hair.


How long does my appointment take? 

Your appointment will take around 2 hours, this is split up into a few sections:

10 minutes for your consultation , 45 - 60 minutes for your anesthetic, 20 minutes to perfect the drawing of your brows and then 35 - 45 minutes for the actual microblading procedure. 


Will my eyebrows look fake? 

Absolutely not.  When done by a qualified, experienced artist, microblading yeilds the most natural looking hair stroke eyebrows. We take care to make sure that the colour and shape chosen is perfect for you and that your healed results look flawless and realistic.


How long does the pigmentation last?

Microblading requires a 6-12 week touch up following the first procedure. After which the pigment tends to last between 12-24 months depending on how your skin heals. After this period of time, you may need a colour boost or refresher annually to maintain the longevity of your brows. 


In what case is a person unable to have Microblading done? 

Microblading is not suited to anyone undergoing chemotherapy , radiation or acne treatment ( you must be off any of these treatments for a minimum of 6 months). Use of any blood thinners, steroids, acne treatment or heart medication and certain chronic medications is not allowed. You cannot have Microblading if you have recently had botox around your eyebrows or a chemical peel on your face.  Pregnant women CANNOT be microbladed under any circumstances. 

Microblading is not suited to very oily or damaged skin or in cases when a person has hyper pigmentation, eczema or keratosis. 


PLEASE NOTE: We do not work on previously microbladed/tattooed eyebrows without a prior consultation. 


Does it hurt?

We make use of a topical anesthetic which is then topped up throughout the procedure making Microblading relatively painless.  The sensation is similar to dry shaving or threading.  NB: Please inform us prior to your appointment if you are allergic to Lidocaine or Tetracaine , if you are pregnant or nursing or if you have any auto-immune diseases such as diabetes or HIV.


Can I wear makeup after I've had my brows done ? 

​Yes, although NO makeup will be allowed on your eyebrows until the scabbing is completed, Roughly +- 10 days. Eyeshadow and foundation around the brow area is advised against.


​How long does it take to heal? 

​Healing time differs from person to person. Scabbing usually lasts around 10 days , in which the eyebrows need to be kept clean of any creams and makeup. You will also not be allowed to wet your eyebrows or sweat during the healing. Once your scabs have come off naturally and the brows appear much lighter, penciling/filling in can resume (if needed) until your touch-up at 8 - 12 weeks ( Thereafter the same 10 days applies )


What should I do / avoid before my appointment? 

Do not pick/tweeze/wax/perform electrolysis one week before the procedure.

Do not tan two weeks prior to your microblading, or have a sunburned face.

Do not have any type of facial 2 weeks prior to the procedure.

Do not work out the day of the procedure.

Do not have botox 4 weeks prior to the procedure.

Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior to the procedure (they are natural blood thinners)

Do not wax or tint your eyebrows from when you make your appointment until the procedure.

In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor colour deposit:

Do not drink alcohol 24 - 48 hours before your Microblading

Do not consume coffee before your procedure

Do not take an Aspirin or Ibuprofen for pain relief (these also thin the blood)


How do I care for my brows? 

Treatment Day
2 Hours after procedure, gently wash brows with provided soap, rinse and pat dry with cotton pads. Apply a very thin layer of ointment with a clean earbud. Repeat the above every 2 hours on the first day only to keep the wound clean and avoid scab formation. If your brows were done late in the afternoon, please cover them with a thick layer of ointment overnight and wash off in the morning. Apply cream 10 minutes after this.
Washing your brows is only allowed on the first day of treatment. 

For The Next 10 - 14 Days
Avoid wetting your eyebrows at all. Apply a very thin layer of ointment with a clean earbud in the mornings and evenings only. No heavy sweating , swimming or activities that would get your face dirty.  Do not rub, pick or scratch the treated area. Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally fall off. Picking can cause scarring pigment loss and delayed healing. Absolutely no water, cleansers, creams, makeup, Vaseline, Zambuck, oils  or any other products on your brows for 10 days or until healed. 

For The Next 30 days
Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 3-4 weeks after procedure.
NO facials, Botox, chemical treatments, laser therapy or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks. 
Once brows have fully healed, apply a thin layer of sunblock daily to protect them from fading. 


Eyebrows will appear darker and bolder due to natural scabbing and healing for the first 10 days. 

This is very common for all permanent cosmetic procedures. Once your scabs come off, your eyebrows will be noticeably lighter, please do not panic, 

the colour will resurface.