It’s hard to believe that I’ve been getting microblading on my eyebrows for almost 3 years now, and natural beaded row hair extensions for about 6 months. I thought it would be good to do a post updating you all on both of these things and answer some common questions that I get about both. I feel kind of high-maintenance at times between the hair, the nails, the facials, and all that, but it’s so fun for me because I literally live for this kind of stuff, and I love covering it for you all so you can think of me as your official guinea pig 🙂 First, let’s start off with the basics.
Where do I go?
LiveSkin Nashville 5214 Maryland Way #201, Brentwood, TN 37027
What is microblading?
Microblading is using a pigment to scratch the skin to create hair like strokes in the eyebrows making them look fuller and decreasing the amount you have to fill in your eyebrows. Unlike old school eyebrow tattoos, microblading is more gentle and uses the look of hair versus the straight line across that old eyebrow tattoos produced.
Does it hurt?
It doesn’t hurt at all to me. Olivia typically does 4-6 passes and each pass gets less painful because of the numbing ingredient she has mixed with the pigment formula.
How often do you have to get it done?
I got my first microblading done 3 years ago and now I go every year for a touch-up. I don’t think the touch-ups are completely necessary, but I really want that bold brow look, so for me they are worth it. If you go for the first time you will come back six weeks later for your touchup, and then yearly after that.
Why did you choose to go to Nashville?
Personally, I looked up everyone in Memphis that was offering eyebrow microblading 3 years ago and I just didn’t feel comfortable going to any of them. I knew Olivia had thousands of sessions under her belt and had quite the portfolio of work on her instagram page, so it just seemed like a safe bet. Plus, I had a friend who had gone to her a month before and that made me feel a lot better.
How much is it?
I think each place is different, but when I got my first session done 3 years ago it was around $500. I think the prices have gone up though and it may be somewhere around $700 now.
NATURAL BEADED ROW HAIR EXTENSIONS
Where do you go?
I go to Nashville to someone named Angela Goff who has personally trained under the NBR creator and founder and does continuing education with her throughout the year.
Angela is in the process of moving, so the best way to contact her is through her instagram which is linked here.
What are natural beaded rows? Are they the same as hand tied extensions?
I went into this a little bit in my first post about NBR, but basically yes, they are the same thing. The creator of Natural Beaded Rows used to work with the creator of Hand Tied Extensions. NBR was around first and when they broke apart the other girl created Hand Tied Extensions. So they are essentially the same thing, just different brands.
Natural Beaded Rows are rows of wefts that are sewn into your hair on two part lines. One line is right at your crown and the other is about an inch below that. They are sewn into a line of thread that is anchored to your scalp at 4-5 anchor points. You can choose whatever length you want for your extensions. When I first got mine I did the 18 inches, but since my natural hair is just about as long, I eventually switched it up to the 22 inch extensions.
How often do you have to get them done?
I go every 8 weeks to get my wefts moved up. In that appointment she will take out the extensions completely, wash them, dry them, and reinstall them to be tight to the scalp again. You actually keep the same hair for about a year.
Do you like them? Are you going to keep getting them done?
I really do like them because they hold curl so much better than my natural hair and give me the ability to go longer in between washes. When I actually take the time to style them and curl them, I love them. When I just let them air dry I actually hate them 😛 It’s a love/hate relationship, but you have to remember, I have the longest ones available and it’s A LOT of hair, so I think I would feel the same way if all of this hair were my own hair, if that makes sense.
Do they damage your natural hair?
I haven’t personally noticed any damage to my natural hair, as a matter of fact, here is a picture of what my hair looks like when she takes out the extensions to wash them.
And here’s the after, as you can see it just adds a little length and a lot of volume
I hope that helps answer some questions you all may have had and as always, feel free to message me or DM me with any questions.