Is It Necessary to Shave Eyebrows Off for Microblading?

Do you need to shave your eyebrows off for microblading? This is a commonly asked question among those who want a natural eyebrow look.

The short answer is: no.

Unlike other types of micropigmentation where the entire brow is removed, microblading doesn’t require this. Instead, it works with your current brow shape and color to create beautiful brows.

Here’s what you need to know about microblading and how you can prepare for this procedure.

About the Microblading Process

Microblading artists use a handheld, manual tool rather than a cosmetic tattoo machine. A small blade with numerous needles is used to make strokes in the skin, which are then filled with pigment to resemble individual brow hairs.

What’s the Expected Result?

Microblading creates beautiful, natural-looking brows that complement your natural facial features and blend in with your existing brow hairs. The procedure is not only for those with minimal brow hair, but it’s also effective for those with sparse brow hairs. Additionally, the eyebrows will be waterproof and smudge-free.

How Do I Need to Prepare?

There are a few things you should know before scheduling a microblading appointment. Before care instructions include:

  • Avoid getting a chemical peel sixty days prior. Your new brows will peel faster because the chemicals will travel under the skin.
  • Don’t get any Botox treatments three weeks prior.
  • Waxing or tinting your brows three days before the procedure is not recommended.
  • Don’t take any vitamin E, aspirin, fish oil, niacin, CoQ10, or ibuprofen up to 40 hours before your appointment.
  • Refrain from consuming any caffeine or alcohol for 24 hours before treatment.
  • Don’t use retinol, Retin-A, or any other anti-aging or acne creams or serums that include acids, as they will prematurely fade brows.

When Should I Avoid Microblading?

Please reschedule your appointment if you are unwell with a cold, flu, sinus or respiratory infection, and stay at home to recuperate. More reasons why you won’t be a good candidate for microblading are listed below.

  • If you’re pregnant or nursing.
  • Under the age of 18.
  • If you’ve used Accutane in the last 12 months.
  • If you have diabetes.
  • If you suffer from epilepsy.
  • If you’re going through chemotherapy.
  • If keloid scarring is an issue for you.
  • If you have a pacemaker or are suffering from serious heart problems.
  • If you’ve had a transplanted organ.
  • If you are infected with a virus or have a sickness.
  • If you have HIV or Hepatitis, or if you have a blood illness that can be transmitted.


Microblading is an excellent permanent makeup technique that anyone who qualifies should consider for its appearance and durability as it can last from 1-2 years. The quality of the brows will be determined by the quality of the job. Make sure to do your research before hiring a licensed and skilled esthetician and follow the proper aftercare.

Looking for the best in permanent cosmetics? Book a treatment or a consultation to discuss your requirements and treatment options available.