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Microblading, eyebrow embroidery and advances in needle technology


…is the new buzz-word on the lips of anyone interested in having beautiful hair stroke eyebrows. But, I won’t be microblading any time soon and I’ll tell you why not.

Firstly, its important to understand the difference between microblading and the machine method of implanting semi permanent make up.

There are, in fact, quite a few similarities. Both methods give the client semi permanent eyebrows. Both methods use pigments rather than ink. Both methods allow the pigment to fade slowly over a period of time. Both methods should be subjected to the same rigorous health and safety standards.

However, the method of implanting the semi permanent pigment and the final finished treatment differ hugely in several ways.

Microbladed Eyebrows or Eyebrow Embroidery
Microblading originated in China and the technique involves using uses a small, very sharp scalpel, which is actually made up of between 10 and 16 very fine needles configured into a blade shape, to deposit the pigment into the skin. Some, but not all technicians use anaesthetic to numb the area before they begin. If anaesthesia is not used, this can be distressing for the client, especially if they have sensitive skin or a low pain tolerance. Some clients find the sound and feel of microblading a little distasteful since small cuts are made slowly in the skin.

Microblading tool for semi permenant make up hertfordshire

Using the scalpel method can be rather hit and miss. Depending on the pressure used, the pigment can be implanted too deeply which means the colour will fade very quickly or even appear grey-ish in the skin. This can be unsightly. If the pressure applied is not great enough, the hairstrokes will fail to hold at all meaning the possibility of up to three treatments to get the finished result. When the pressure used is correct, the implanted hairstrokes appear incredibly crisp and sharp and are almost indistinguishable from natural hairs.

The method of implanting the pigment with microblading is to make the cuts with the blade which is dipped in the pigment. Once this is completed, pigment is liberally smeared over the treated area and left to dry for several minutes. At this point, anaesthetic is usually applied which is easily absorbed into the broken skin and makes the rest of the treatment virtually painless.

Once the treatment is completed, the implanted strokes do indeed appear extremely fine and realistic, they do however have a shorter period of staying put and microbladed brows will need more regular top-up’s, around every 9 months.

Semi Permanent Eyebrows, Micropigmentation or Cosmetic Tattooing
In comparison, eyebrows created with a machine and needle have traditionally had minutely thicker hairstrokes. Anaesthetic is applied prior to the first pass with the needle and during the procedure to ensure client comfort.

It is marginally more simple to apply the correct pressure to implant the pigment to the correct depth, especially as the needle can be adjusted to sit only 0.75mm outside the cartridge. This makes it impossible to implant pigment to more than the correct depth. It is of course possible to implant the strokes at to shallow a depth which means the strokes will be at risk of fading.

Nano needle from Finishing Touches for hair stroke eyebrows in hertfordshire

The method of implanting pigment with a machine is a much cleaner process than microblading. The very tip of the needle is dipped into the pigment and the vibration pulls the pigment into the cartridge. It is then dispensed gradually down the needle and into the skin. The excess is wiped from the skin and the area is kept clean and sterile during the procedure.

Hairstrokes implaned with a needle last a little longer and should only require a colour boost after 12 months.

There is no doubt that, currently, the fashion is for extremely life-like brows and microblading certainly offers this.

However… the reason I won’t be microblading is that there are advances being made in needle technology and I plan to be right on top of the game! Finishing Touches, the semi permanent make up company I trained with, are launching their new Nano needle in March.

It’s super fine and very flexible and will allow me to create hairstrokes which are as fine, as crisp, as lifelike as microbladed brows and, best of all, they’ll stay in place!

Finishing Touches highly experienced trainer and all-round mistress of the eyebrow, Susie Bavister, has been trying out the new Nano needle and I defy anyone to look at the results and see a huge difference between microbladed brows and brows created with the new Nano needle.

Take a look at these beautiful eyebrows below and let me know what you think?

Nano needle Microblading eyebrows

And if you want to be kept up to date with when I’ll be offering these beautiful brows, why not follow my Facebook page?

Nano needle for hair stroke eyebrows hemel hempstead

Susie Bavister
Alina Soloveva
Finishing Touches

Bollywood Eyebrows – Wow Brow!

These fantastic Bollywood eyebrows were created especially for my lovely client…

And I love them!

She came to me asking for a dramatic change from her sparse eyebrows and we worked for a long time to create a striking new look for her. She described the type of brow she wanted as ‘Bollywood eyebrows’ and by that I took it to mean dark, sleek and arched.

The initial consultation took longer than usual. Of course, this was absolutely fine as I always book plenty of time for an eyebrow appointment. Its important to take plenty of time drawing the brow on and getting it just right when making such a big change.

Once the shape and colour had been decided, I used a combination of techniques, powdered brow and hairstrokes, to give a strong look that will definitely last well for several years.

As with many of my clients, she was quite surprised at how dark her eyebrows were after the treatment and looking at these pictures you can see why… what a transformation!

Bollywood eyebrows are a big commitment so, I was thrilled to get the following text from her a few days after her second treatment.

Bollywood Eyebrows - client text

Another happy customer!

If you are looking for dramatic Bollywood eyebrows then doing your research is so important. I always encourage my clients to spend a good amount of time looking at the type of eyebrow they think they want. If you want to bring pictures to the consultation or even email them to me before we meet, this is great too. I can make sure I’m fully prepared to give you the look you’re after.

Once you have explained the look you want to achieve and we’ve discussed your options, I will take some measurements and photo’s and draw the bows on with pencil so you can check what they will look like. We don’t tattoo until you are completely happy.

With this type of treatment for you eyebrows, it is really important to come back for the second treatment. Its a two step process, the first treatment will define the over-all shape and placement and the second will add the detail for the finished look.

The Healing Process

If you are wondering what to expect during the healing process

then his short video will tell you everything you need to know.

I am regularly asked about the healing process for the semi permanent make up I apply and regardless of the area treated, lips, eyeliner or eyebrows, the advice is the same…

Don’t Touch and Don’t Pick!

I can’t express how important it is not to do those two things. To be clear, if you don’t follow any other advice, please try following those to golden rules and I’ll explain why.

Touching the area, no matter how clean you think your hands are, will introduce dirt and germs to the area. This can mean infection and the last thing you want is an infected area on your face. In the worst cases, your body may decide to create scar tissue and this is much harder to implant pigment into although it is certainly possible.

Picking the scab will do two things. Firstly, from an aesthetic point of view, it will remove colour from the area which means a patchy final result. This can be corrected at the second appointment and it isn’t the end of the world. However, if the scab is removed from the healing area too soon, the exposed tissue can be exposed to dirt and germs and we have a situation where infection could occur.

I also advise my clients to try and keep the area dry for a good 48 hours after treatment. This is harder for lips than for eyebrows and eyeliner of course. Some of my clients worry that they won’t be able to clean their teeth for example. Of course you should definitely clean your teeth but if the tattooed area is exposed to moisture just dy i gently, a hair dryer on a cool setting is best… yes, really!

Th main thing to remember is that if you are worried or have any concerns, call your technician, they’ll happy to help.

Cara Delevingne and her beautiful eyebrows

It is really not possible to work with peoples eyebrows

and not consider Cara Delevingne and her utterly gorgeous brows.

Lots of clients refer to Cara’s brows when I first see them and I’ve even tattooed the odd brow which would certainly give Cara’s a run for their money.

The main thing about this type of brow is that they contrast so dramatically with her colouring and her blonde hair. If this is the type of brow that you’re looking to achieve, it certainly takes commitment and a leap of faith! Known as a powdered Brow, this treatment would take at least two sessions to achieve and a whole lot of consultation before we got started.

Powdered eyebrows are great for longevity. They involve implanting a wash of pigment into the skin which takes longer to fade than a hair stoke brow for example.

With Cara’s bows, she has a more sparse area at the blub of the eyebrow which stops them from looking too ‘blocky’. This is certainly an attractive feature of her eyebrows and one I try an emulate when creating a powdered eyebrow for my clients.

The other aspect of Cara’s eyebrows which makes them so striking is the heavy contract between her blonde hair and the darkness of her eyebrows. When working with my clients, it is an important consideration to make when deciding on a pigment colour to use.

I spend a considerable amount of time discussing colour options and I use a very small palette of standard colours which I then mix to create a bespoke colour completely tailored for my client. It really is a case of one size NOT fitting all when it comes to creating a beautiful new brow for my clients.

While Cara’s bold brow won’t be suitable for all my clients, there are elements of them which I will take and use in the design process. Of course, if it’s dark, dramatic and Cara-esque you’re after and you’re happy with the consultation, then that’s what I will create for you!