…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.
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.
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?
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