You may remember Alicia Yoon as one of the experts from our story about the seven-skin method or the Korean way to get better skin without spending a dime. Yoon, CEO of Peach and Lily, is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to the best in Asian beauty—which is often light-years ahead of the U.S. when it comes to innovations and trends (see: BB creams, overnight masks, the dewy skin trend, the list goes on). Today, she's offering up insight on one of the biggest new hair trends: hairline microblading. Intrigued? So are we. Keep reading for her full breakdown.
A great hairstylist will know which cut really works with which face shape—the way hair frames a face can make a big difference in your overall appearance. In Korea, this hair-framing concept has gone totally next-level.
A few months back, when I visited Lash Queen's Chemiwani (sidebar: trust when I say she's one of the best eyelash extension artists in town if you ever go to Seoul!), she was asking me if I wanted to get my hairline microbladed (yes, the tattoo that you get on your brows). To say I was intrigued was an understatement so I dug and got some more info on why women (and men) are taking microblading far beyond their arches. Keep reading to learn more about the process.
What Is Hairline Microblading?
Hairline microblading is a tattooing technique that uses a thin blade to apply semi-permanent pigment onto the skin to create a fuller, thicker hairline.
It's for women (and men) who feel like their foreheads are too big or if your hairline peaks back toward the top portion of your head in some areas. It's also great for those who don't love their hairline and how it frames their face and want the look of fuller hair, or to help mask the visibility of scars and alopecia. (In the U.S., the process is also called scalp micropigmentation and is offered in New York, LA and Houston at Scalp Micro USA.) She promised me that hairline microblading might frame my face so well that I wouldn't need to contour with makeup—she would give me the most flattering hairline for my face shape. Also, when done correctly, the hairline looks totally natural.
It's essentially a new way to "contour" the face (or at least part of it) that's smudge-proof and natural-looking. Of course, I needed to know more.
What to Expect
According to Chemiwani, it's the same process as microblading brows. There's a thin blade that's used to create tattoos one strand at a time right onto the hairline. For the middle of the head and on the scalp, other ink more compatible with the scalp is typically used, but for the hairline, it's the same ink that's used on your brows. (Take a look at the before-and-after images below!)
While this may sound too good to be true, there are some side effects involved. First off, you might not love it, and if you don't go to a good artist, it could look unnatural. Also, there's a small chance that the ink may never fully fade away, but this is a rare occurrence.
Similar to the ink used for brows that are microbladed, the ink used for the hairline fades over time and, on average, will last for about two years. This is actually a good thing because it doesn't stay forever and turn into that blue inky color, which looks unnatural, but will gradually lighten and fade away completely. Also, in case you don't love it, well, it's not forever.
To help keep the tattooing in top shape after it's first applied, however, you'll want to avoid direct sunlight, swimming, picking, skincare products, and makeup around the area for at least 10 days. It's also recommended to avoid intense exercise or sweating for 5-10 days after your treatment. Other than that, there's no downtime required.
The Final Takeaway
I didn't end up getting my hairline microbladed, but I have to say, I really love how my hairline looks when some uneven parts are filled in with makeup. (I get nervous even getting a flu shot, so who was I kidding with attempting blades on the forehead?) With my hairline made up, my face looks a little more symmetrical somehow, and I love how I have fuller-looking hair, even if it is just adding in small strokes along the hairline. Maybe I'll use Hair Shadow ($17), a great option for those uninterested in committing to the Full Monty like me.