More so than ever before eyebrows are a big deal. I’m not exactly sure when the craze escalated to it’s current state; social media and celeb influencers definitely being a contributing factor, but it’s got to the point where eyebrows are the first thing you notice about a person. Always on the look out for the latest and greatest beauty fads, I made it my mission to read up and find out everything there is to know about the perfect eyebrow.
Tweezing; tinting, threading, shaping, eyebrow extensions, henna semi-permanent tints and of course the most popular approach these days – filling and shading in your brows. Endless options and different tips and tricks to try, yet nothing seemed to provide that perfect full eyebrow without spending a good 30 minutes on them in the morning. I mean, whilst not ideal I don’t really mind taking the necessary time to perfect my brows, but I hated going for a swim or washing my face only to wash away all that hard work (and remain seemingly ‘browless’). Introducing MICROBLADING! Microblading has become a relatively common word amongst society, but like most people, I actually had no idea as to what it really entailed. Microblading is the refined technique of eyebrow embroidery and permanent eyebrows. Drawing in each fine hair with a tinted gel and special microblading pen, seven layers underneath the skin, which then pushes to the surface leaving you with the perfect full brow.
Seeing that it is also a more modern trend to hit South Africa (Durban specifically has been lagging behind) I didn’t know of any salons or beauticians that offered this service. After tirelessly scrolling the internet and coming across numerous different beauticians whose work I was not entirely convinced of, I found Rox-zee. Her before and after pictures were phenomenal! I loved that she created the full eyebrow using hair like strokes, rather than just ‘colouring in’ your eyebrows as I had seen so many others do.
The first fifteen minutes of the appointment Rox-zee and I discussed problem areas I had previously experienced with my brows, the shape and colour I would like them to be and general eyebrow maintenance moving forward. After waiting a few minutes for the numbing cream to set in we began the process. I’m not someone who considers myself having a low pain threshold but I didn’t seem to have any difficulty during the microblading process (the numbing cream being a game changer of course) but apparently some people can really have a hard time with it. Whether it be painful for you personally or not – wow is it worth those 45 minutes! I always thought I had pretty good eyebrows before I met with Rox-zee, provided they had been prepped accordingly, but looking back now I honestly I don’t know how I managed with my old brows.
In the days to follow after my appointment my eyebrows did look very dark and very defined, making me a bit anxious. They were very striking and a bit bolder than I had anticipated – keeping in mind I had specifically told Rox-zee to go all out with them and make them larger than life (I told you, I love a good brow). My eyebrows were pretty sensitive and had begun to scab, which is a good thing because it means they were healing. It was also a bit challenging not being able to wash my face properly, as your eyebrows need to stay dry for the first three days to avoid the gel spreading. But by the end of the first week I had adjusted my schedule to sleep in an extra 20 minutes in the morning (now that my make up time was cut in half) and that made it all worth the while! By the end of the second week I was receiving compliments from nearly everyone I came into passing with and was loving my new and improved look. My eyebrows had healed so nicely and looked so natural! I still can’t fathom how perfectly they came out.
Normally Rox-zee see’s her clients a month later for a routine touch up to go over certain areas that, since having healed, need to be gone over or the shape enhanced, but I was so jam-packed at work I only saw her six weeks later. By that time I was deliriously excited for a touch up here and there and was a lot more at ease as I knew what to expect from the appointment.
What I enjoyed so much about my microblading experience with Rox-zee was not only that she was extremely talented, you can just tell that this sort of thing comes very naturally to her, but was that I felt as though she was with me every step of the way. Microblading is a fairly new fad and can be a bit overwhelming at times, especially post your first session and pre touch up session; but Rox-zee was constantly texting me, checking up on me and wanting to know how I was doing. I can tell that she generally cares about her clients and wants their experience with her to be a positive one, right from the start through to the finish.
All the important info
You can find Rox-zee at her private salon in Hillcrest; Mondays and Tuesdays, and at Flanders Mall in Umhlanga; Thursdays and Fridays. Rox-zee also works alternating Saturdays at either her salon in Hillcrest or Umhlanga. Along with microblading she focuses her efforts on eyelash extension and semi-permanent make up (Next on my list of things to try I think!). For more information or to book an appointment with her, check out her social media information below.
Facebook – Microblading eyebrows by Rox-zee.
Instagram – @eyebrow_microblading
Contact number – 082 778 7654