You were probably scrolling through Instagram and found posts on microblading and nano brows (also known as blade and shade brows). First time hearing it? Don’t worry, we’re here to keep you in the loop on one of the newest combination brow techniques. And it’s not that complicated!
In this article, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about microblading and nanobrows: what it is, how it’s done, cost, healing, aftercare, and more. Let’s dig in!
Simply put, it is a combination of two cosmetic tattooing techniques: microblading and nanobrows.
Microblading gives you realistic-looking brow hairs using a hand-held tool, whilst nanobrows, also known as powder brows, gives you an added pop of sheer color on your brows. In other words, microblading and nanobrows is adding a “wash of colour” behind the microbladed brows. The result? An added depth and definition to your brows, making it more natural-looking.
Microblading yields very light results, so the brows of clients who have a small patch of dark, coarse hair could end up looking unnatural with microblading alone. Nanobrows saves the day by adding an extra layer of depth and creating a bolder, striking look.
We recommend microblading and nanobrows for clients who:
Microblading and nanobrows brings you the combination brows: microbladed brows and powder brows. The microblading part is done using a blade-shaped tool to draw hair-like strokes along your brows whilst depositing pigment into your skin. The nanobrows part is done by using a small machine to place extremely thin dots of pigment along your brows, creating a soft shaded brow pencil look.
The beauty of microblading and nanobrows is that it suits whatever style you want to have, whether subtle or bold brows.
You might already have an idea of their difference, but allow us to shed light on that. The main difference is how it’s done and the results.
Microblading and nanobrows is doing two procedures: adding the hair-like texture, then creating the powdered look, so you get the best of both worlds. Whilst, microblading is only adding individual hair-like strokes that resemble natural brow hairs, so the brows look fuller.
Like mentioned, microbladed brows can look textured and wispy, so in some cases, it might not give you the bold and striking look you want. In such cases, microblading and nanobrows together might be the best option.
The short answer is yes, you can expect some level of discomfort. Long answer: the pain is much less than getting a tattoo. Some clients say the pain felt similar to tweezing, whilst others say they only felt the pressure from the tool. But your brow artist will use a numbing cream before and during the procedure to make you as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
Here’s another thing that we like about microblading and nanobrows: it can last longer than microblading alone. Because the added powdered look is done using a machine, the brow shape holds longer than only microblading.
With microblading and nanobrows, you can wake up to fuller and more defined brows for the next 12-24 months. However, remember that a lot of factors can affect its retention, such as your skin type, health condition, lifestyle, cell turnover rate, and sun exposure. An annual touch-up can help extend the longevity of your brows.
The cost of microblading and nanobrows treatment depends on where you’re located and the salon you go to, but most likely it’ll cost around $500 to $1,000. It can be a bit pricey, but there’s no going wrong when you get amazing results from a skilled professional artist. And remember, don’t base your choices on the prices, always do your research.
Now, about the healing process. Here’s what you can expect. Initially, as you leave the salon, your brow area will look darker and bolder. This may healing phase can last for a week or longer.
During the second week, you can expect flaking of the skin or scabbing. Please don’t panic because it’s completely natural. It’s super important to NEVER pick the scabs, no matter how tempting it is. The scabs will fall off naturally, and your brows will look lighter and softer.
It can take an average of six weeks for your brow area to completely heal, at which time your brows’ true color and density will appear. A follow-up touch-up may be done to even out the imperfections.
The healing phases take time, so it’s important to book your appointment accordingly. Never get your microblading and nanobrows treatment done if you plan to go on a beach vacation or have special events planned.
Here are a few aftercare rules you have to follow to not risk infection and for the health of your skin:
In general, the microblading and nanobrows is considered safe, but it is not free from risks, such as infection. But the chances are minimal when you work with a skilled professional brow artist and follow the aftercare rules.
Though considered safe, it is not for everyone. Those with skin irritations, health conditions, and those who are pregnant or nursing are not ideal candidates for microblading and nanobrows treatment. It’s important to let your brow artist know if you have any concerns before signing up for the procedure.
If your brow goals aim for hair-like texture, definition, and density, then the microblading and nanobrows is definitely for you!
Getting the combination brows, microbladed brows and nanobrows, is perfect for those who want fuller and more striking brows every day. What’s more, you can say bye to the pain of filling your brows every day with all the brow products imaginable.
If you want to know more about the microblading and nanobrows procedure, feel free to book an appointment with us today!