Microblading is currently the semi-permanent makeup (SPM) treatment for eyebrows. Here’s how it works: during the session, special pigments are placed under the very top layer of the skin, resulting in tiny strokes that look like the hairs of your eyebrows. It’s done to create a natural, full look that can add depth, fill in sparse areas, and redefine the shape of brows. And aftercare is a breeze with our fabulous products!
But like all innovations, improvements are always around the corner. New techniques are expanding what can be done with microblading, and you’ll see two new SPMs making the rounds in 2019: microfeathering and nanoblading.
What Is Microfeathering?
Microfeathering is a newer technique that is very similar to microblading, but it’s designed for those with already full brows who need some gaps filled in. A popular SPM making its way out of Los Angeles, the goal is to mimic the natural hair and how it grows as much as possible. This will create the soft, natural look of the “feathered brow”, a shaping technique that uses tapered feathering. It is typically used on sparser areas of the brow that are surrounded with natural hair; these are filled in to create the most natural results possible.
Microfeathering isn’t destined to replace microblading any time soon, as different people have different eyebrow needs. But it’s an offering that makes semi-permanent brow techniques more inclusive; if you have fuller eyebrows with stubborn gaps, it’s definitely for you!
What Is Nanoblading?
Nanoblading is a brow treatment that uses ultra-sharp needles, rather than blades, to produce the effect of real eyebrows. These “nano needles” make it easier to mimic the real dimensions of the hair. Sounds a bit like microblading, doesn’t it? But like microfeathering, the techniques and effects are different, allowing the beautician to create different effects for different eyebrows.
The other obvious difference is in the tools used. Both microblading and nanoblading create the look of fine hair strokes with that tattoo-like treatment, but nanoblading uses tiny needles to bring further precision and accuracy to the procedure. The pigment is finer, too, allowing the beautician to create a more subtle fullness.
Do The After-Effects Change?
While they all have subtle differences, microblading, microfeathering, and nanoblading are all quite similar in how they’re applied. This means that there can be some pain and discomfort in the process, and you’ll definitely need to be careful as the fine scratches heal up. It can take 14 days for the brows to fully heal, and you’ll notice scabbing and flaking in that time. This time is reduced with our effective and all natural brow balms.
What you use to make the healing process more comfortable can actually speed it up, too! Ask your beautician what they use to soothe the brows, and try to make sure what you’re applying is all-natural and vegan. Plant-based balms are great for the skin, will be much more soothing on your sore eyebrows, and can even make the healing time a lot shorter!