Remember when microblading was a major buzzword in the beauty industry a few years back? What was this magical brow treatment? Could we all go to sleep and wake-up with perfect eyebrows? Could those of us with sparse brows save time and lose the pencils?
Microblading is a form of semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo that enhances natural brows; but things have changed since the technique first gained popularity in North America. Considering getting your brows done? We asked Sabrije (Sabria) Bullaku, owner of Brows & Beyond, to give us the update on what you need to know before you make the jump to a semi-permanent brow.
We’ve graduated from microblading and turned our attention to nanobrows!
Microblading is only one technique for dye application but there’s actually a few different methods, including nano-needling and shading. Sabria gives us the skinny:
I’ll explain in detail the difference between all three. Keep in mind that they are all semi-permanent and all use the same pigments (not tattoo ink).
Microblading is done manually with a blade (instead of machine). This blade makes a gentle scratch/cut to help deposit pigment.
Nano Needle Brows are created using a tiny flexible needle (similar width to an acupuncture needle) to tattoo “hair strokes” onto your skin.
Shading is hands down my favorite technique because it has the nicest most natural healed result out of all the methods. With shading you don’t see hair strokes it’s more of a makeup/powdered look. A lot of people will say “well no, I want hair strokes” but many who have had the procedure done, especially more than once, realize that the hair strokes don’t always look as natural as they wanted them to. Powdered / shading tends to have the best healed result due to the machine work technique.
Overall, I prefer Nano Brows + Shading because it doesn’t cause any trauma to the skin and the scar tissue is far less than microblading.
How long does the procedure take?
Each procedures takes roughly 2.5-3 hours. In order for me to do what I do and do it well I can only do 3 clients a day. I find the busiest day of the week is Friday because clients feel like they need to hide for a few days due to their eyebrows looking bolder than usual. That being said, we do very natural looking brows and this is just a part of the healing process.
What types of dye are best for your brows?
There are so many types of dyes out there; from vegetable and vegan based to iron oxide free. Iron oxide & vegan are my favorite because you can halfway predict how they will heal.
Do your eyebrows really fade and how semi is semi-permanent?
Your eyebrows will fade gradually over a period of 2 years. Although there are cases where it takes longer. For example, if you’re elderly or have dry skin, the dye tends to stick there for a greater period of time. We do offer removal but that is something we try to avoid since it does cause scar tissue. I’m going to tell you the truth; which a lot of people won’t. I would love to say the procedure fades beautifully for everyone but that’s not always the case. Some artist may tell you “well my pigments don’t do that”. Yes, the pigments make a difference but A LOT of it is based on SKIN and only SKIN. So how your body heals and how the dye takes is completely different than someone else. It’s been proven that microblading has the coolest (grey/blue) healed results out of all semi-permanent cosmetic procedures. As I mentioned, one of my favorite techniques is nano + shading since it, hands down, has the best healed results a week after, a month after and years down the road. It doesn’t change color and fades slowly.
What should you look for when you’re choosing a brow artist?
When it comes to choosing and artist, some of the things you want to ask are:
How long they have been practicing (over a year is generally best)?
Where did they receive their training?
What techniques do they offer?
Definitely, ask to see close up (detailed) work that they have done. This job is all about detail, just like traditional tattoos that we ink in our bodies.
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What else do we need to know?
Not everyone is a candidate for the procedure. If you are, make sure you stay with the original brow shape, in other words enhance what you currently have. If you completely change the shape you will forever have to do this procedure since it will look incredibly off as things fade. I hate making my clients feel like they have to be stuck with something for a longtime.
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Brows and Beyond specializes in procedures for the face including Microblading, Nano Needling, Lash enhancement, Lip tattoo, Fibroblast skin tightening, Microneedling and more.
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