Painful, yes. Expensive, yes. Worth it, 100%.

This might be a dramatic statement, but I honestly think one of the best decisions I have ever made was to get my eyebrows microbladed. For those of you unfamiliar with this procedure, it’s basically getting individual eyebrow hairs tattooed onto your face (yikes right?).

before & after


Back story for me, I was unfortunately blessed with the very thin, barely there eyebrows. It wasn’t a horrible look, but when big beautiful brows started trending it left me feeling super self conscious about my appearance. I have never been one to wear lots of makeup but I doubt you would EVER find me without my eyebrows filled in. Since 8th grade I had been hiding behind different pencils, powders and creams. That being said, when I came across these magical eyebrow transformations on instagram I was hooked. But, being that these are permanent tattoos on your face, a girl needed to do her research. My favorite page I came across for the Albuquerque area was @daobrows. I followed her for a year seeing her work and also gathered information about the procedure from many different blogs and youtube videos.

She posted a lot of information about the procedure, different styles you could get and the healed results. In the summer of 2018 I decided to book an appointment.


Dao was very professional & did a great job of informing me of every step of the procedure when I was in the office, she hand draws each of her clients brows (which is a super important technique, not all faces are the same so stencils are just not an option). She used a super-fine pen create many individual eyebrow hairs. This was part of the microblading technique. She also went over my brows with a tattoo gun as apart of the shading or powder look technique. Micro + Shading (powder) have different looks, but together they create a really natural, yet bold look. It’s also recommended for people with little eyebrow hair.

After 2 and a half hours of moderate pain I walked out of the office with what looked like sharpie on eyebrows. I looked in the mirror and just thought HAY WTF WERE YOU THINKING. I deadass looked like a chola and was already imagining the jokes my brothers and friends would make. I tried to remain calm and trust the healing process Dao had told me about. 3 days of extremely dark brows, 3 days of them peeling of, 3 days of very light brows then the color gradually returning. Still when I got in the car with my mom, I was scared and on the verge of tears. What had I done. I had decent eyebrows to begin with and now I sat there with the darkest eyebrows I had ever seen. Thankfully as the days went on I they began to run the cycle and I was left with the most gorgeous brows. Ones I could not have even imagined having on my face before the procedure. It gave me such a boost of confidence, I was able to swim, sweat and just live my life without fear of my eyebrows wiping off. Literally all my dreams had come true.

right after my first appointment – dark AF
day 4 – peeling
day 10 – slightly peeling but definitely lighter shade

Dao was also amazing with having a complementary touch up appointment four weeks after the initial session. This was used to make them extra perfect and help retain the color for longer. I’m not sure if she still has this deal, but if you find a technician that has that option I would highly recommend booking with them.


Like any professional beauty service, if you want to get good quality results, you have to be willing to pay for a well qualified technician. I would say that these procedures run from $300-800 dollars. Many of the best technicians say that if you’re paying less than that, don’t expect perfect results. I don’t know about you but If i’m getting something tattooed in the middle of my face I would want the best of the best. You also have to take into consideration the price of touch ups, which are about $250 every six months or so. I’ve had mine for about six months now, I won’t be back in abq to see Dao until the summer so my touch up will probably be more expensive since I’ve had to more than the recommended six months. Time for me to start saving up lmao.


On a scale of 1 to 10, I would say that the pain is probably a 7. The process of microblading involves a small scalpel etching the ink into the top layers of your skin. Like any tattoo there will be some pain, however, Dao used some cream to help ease the pain. Lidocaine cream was reapplies after each time she did each brow. I do have to say after two hours I was done, I really wanted out of that chair. With all the pain, I would still do it again for the same amazing results.


It’s been 7 months since I’ve gotten the procedure done and my brows look just as good as from the time they’ve healed. As I mentioned before, It’s recommended to get them touched up every six to 11 months. I’ll probably be visiting Dao again in the summer. There is nothing better than having these brows on 24/7. I would recommend this procedure to anyone thinking about getting it done. By far the best investment I’ve made into any beauty trend. If you have any additional questions please reach out to me!

xoxo hay

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