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All About Brows: Henna vs Microblading vs Nano Powder vs Nano Hair Stroke

I get a ton of questions, often rooted in mislabeling of services and misunderstandings of the techniques used to create brows. I have done my best to summarize the commonalities, each technique, and differences, hopefully 🤞🏼 without overloading you.


Firstly, what do all brow services have in common?!


They Are Not One-and-Done services: Each of these sevices will require a level of maintenance and commitment over time to maintain your best result. Let me tell you... I wish my highlights/hair, bikini wax, working out, eating healthy, and botox were all one-and-done. Amuh right?!? Amuh?!

Realistic Expectations: Us artists do make magic on the daily, but I can assure you we cannot change our canvas. We can enhance and improve, but not change! For example, your natural symmetry, facial expressions, hyperpigmentation, scarring, etc. These are all elements that effect the overall result of the service.

Variables Unique to Each Person: Skin type, skin and hair turnover, prep/post care, and exposure to the elements. Let's not forget diet, medications, hormones, and skin care routines will all have an effect on your specific result. So many things outside of the hands of the artist!


I know what you are thinking...And the answer is "no", not everything is on you. Your artist selection matters. Many artists, like myself, are dedicated to learning all the things about you and educate you to help you make YOUR best decision.


Henna, Tint, & Henna Hybrid Dye

Temporary service.

A cream product is applied to the area with tiny brushes.

Length of Service is around 30-60 minutes and will include grooming.

48 hour curing time on hair and skin.

Unless you have an allergic reaction, there is no trauma to the skin. The allergy is temporary.

Temporary services that will last 7 to 14 days on skin and around 3-4 weeks on hair. Henna hybrid dye is what I use and tends to have a longer lasting result.


Nano Powder Brows

The nano powder brow technique is performed with a tattoo machine gun using a needle size range of .25-.35mm. The need configuration can range 1-3, depending on the needs. The machine uses the tiny needle to deposit pigment into the skin one pixel at a time. Think about how a printer prints pixels.

Semi-permanent tattoo.

Lasts 1-3 years.

Annual touch up recommended to bring the tattoo back to life.

Minimal pain.

Appropriate for all skin types and skin tones.

Less traumatic to the skin than micro blading.

This procedure requires 2 passes, the initial pass and then a 2nd pass known as a "touch-up", 3 to 6 weeks after the first pass.

Each appointment is 2-3 hours.

The brow area will be healed over within 7-10 days. Fully healed 3-4 weeks.


Microblading

The microblading technique uses a small handheld tool, made of several tiny needles in a row, like a blade. The number of needles vary starting at 9 in the grouping. The blade is used to deposit pigment in hairlike strokes ie drawing.

Manual tool.

Semi-permanent.

Lasts 8 months to 2.5 years.

Annual touch up required.

Medium pain due to the manual tool.

Not appropriate for all skin types and skin tones. ie Clients with oily skin should not choose this technique.

More traumatic to the skin than machine tattooing.

This procedure requires 2 passes, the initial pass and then a 2nd pass known as a "touch-up", 6 to 8 weeks after the first pass.

Each appointment is 2-3 hours.

Brows will be healed over within 7-14 days. Fully healed 6-8 weeks.


Nano Machine Hairstrokes or Nano Strokes

The nano machine hairstroke technique is performed with a tattoo machine gun using a needle size range of .25-.35mm. The machine uses the tiny needle to deposit pigment into the skin tiny pixels at a time in the form of a natural looking hairstroke.

Semi-permanent tattoo.

Lasts 1-2 years.

Annual touch up recommended to bring the tattoo back to life.

Minimal pain.

Not a solution for all skin types and skin tones.

Less traumatic to the skin than micro blading.

This procedure requires 2 passes, the initial pass and then a 2nd pass known as a "touch-up", 3 to 6 weeks after the first pass.

Each appointment is 2-3 hours.

The brow area will be healed over within 10-12 days. Fully healed 4-6 weeks.



DISCLAIMER: Keep in mind that my blogs are based on my review of the industry and my personal experience. Please, do your own research when you are in the market for such services. If you would like specific info on services I offer, ie service length, pricing, and results, please go to my booking page. You are most welcome to email me directly with specific questions.

 



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