Crystal Weinstock, 37, from Houston, Texas, has been left with bizarre eyebrows after a botched micro-blading procedure.
Her daughter, only three, was left terrified and did not want to come to her mom.
The emoji-esque brows found their way to TikTok, and the video of the mom of two went viral.
If you know anything about the procedure, it is that it does not come cheap. Here is what Crystal shared about her horrific experience.
Crystal Thought Microblading Would Help Her Busy Life
Crystal, a dental hygienist, said:
"I had been thinking about getting micro-blading on my eyebrows for quite some time."
Like many others, she thought it would save her time and money in the long run:
"As a busy mother, I found that trying to fill in my brows and make sure they were the right shape took so long. I thought that having micro-blading would be a great idea."
Speaking about the disaster, she said:
"I never in a million years could have guessed that they would have turned out as they did."
Microblading is quite a popular technique, and it involves using superfine needles to deposit pigments into the skin, giving the appearance of a thicker brow. The procedure is similar to tattooing or surgically painting your brows.
The Procedure Turned Out To Be A Disaster From The Start
Weinstock went to have her brows done in the fall. She began bleeding during the first two treatments, which prevented the pigment from attaching to her skin.
Due to this, she found a "semi-permanent make-up artist" who "did some study on how she could get the pigment to stay longer."
Describing what happened next, the Texas native said:
"After lots of back and forth, I didn't get my next session until the end of April. She told me her equipment had arrived and to meet her at the salon."
"It was quite late and last minute, but I was looking forward to hopefully having some better results."
Weinstock was specific about her desires, as she explained:
"I said that I just wanted my brows to be filled in rather than made any bigger."
The person performing the micro-blading reassured her that her brows "wouldn't be too thick because she would be filling in within the lines," adding that she "couldn't wait to see my eyebrows."
It should be noted that Crystal paid 340 dollars for this botched micro-blading procedure.
The Lengthy Procedure Had Crystal Worrying
Mom of two said that "After a couple of hours, it felt a little too much."
"She said she thought she might have gone too high with the hair stroke — but it was fine because she would order remover to correct it."
The extremely bushy brows left Crystal in shock:
"When I took that first glance in the mirror, I couldn't believe my eyes."
The cosmetician assured her that it would look better once the swelling went down. When she got home, her daughter was scared:
"My daughter, Elena, came into my bedroom to wake me up, and she got such a fright. She started freaking out. I saw the fear in my daughter's eyes, and my heart dropped."
She added she was "trying to stay calm and do some research on how I could fix them, but I was mortified."
Crystal googled "botched eyebrows" and then "realized mine was much worse than the ones I was seeing, so I started panicking even more."
Weinstock went to have an emergency removal at Houston's salon. The follow-up is in California,2500 miles away.
"I have recently had my second removal session by Erica Kovitz of Beverly Hills Microblading in California."
Kovitz is trying to give her client the best she can offer:
"She is committed to helping me on this reversal journey and has even set up a GoFundMe page for travel expenses that I will incur for the remainder of the process."
Weinstock uses a saline solution to break down the pigment from the botched procedure, which she splashes on her open wounds:
"Then you have to wait for it to scab over, and then you have to wait for the results."
Weinstock estimates that removing the mess "may take up to a year of removals and laser despite her several operations."
"Some of the harsher lines seem to be lessening, but it is still so obvious."
She had to share her story to prevent others from making the same mistake:
"Although it is embarrassing to share my story, I hope it makes people realize how important it is to check credentials and show artists that are getting into the field that their clients are real people that have to deal with the consequences."
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