This summer I trained in a new technique for tattooing hair-like strokes on the eyebrows. Up until then, I had done microblading and powder brows (see two posts ago for more information), and the machine I use for powder brows or shading (same thing) is the same machine I now use for hair stroke brows. Now, there are NO more hand tools, and NO MORE MICROBLADING! Here are a few reasons why:
1) SKIN TRAUMA. Microblading uses a hand tool with a row of tiny needles that you dip into the ink and scratch into the skin, essentially making tiny cuts and filling those cuts with ink (see photo below). If you cut the skin often enough (or sometimes even just once if you use too much pressure), you can create scar tissue.
The needle I use with the device is thinner than ONE of those needles above. It's .only 20mm, so it's very tiny. Some call it a "nano" needle. The machine causes it to move up and down very quickly (around 100 times/second), so instead of slicing the skin, it is puncturing it. Moving the fine needle very slowly in the brows allows me to create a stroke that mimics hair, just like in microblading; however, there is rarely any bleeding, and the healing is SO much quicker and easier. I have clients that have gone through both microblading and machine hair strokes, and they will tell you that it's a night and day difference! As an esthetician, I want to do what's best for the skin long-term, and create as little trauma as possible.
2) LONGEVITY. Even though it is still a tattoo/permanent makeup (and not semi-permanent), you can only deposit so much ink into a scratch with microblading. With the device, the needle injects the ink into the upper layers of skin due to the very fast up and down movement. This can deposit more ink into the skin, which means it will last longer and not fade as quickly.
3) SENSORY EXPERIENCE. I have now had at least three clients that I know of fall asleep to the machine hair stroke brows! After the initial pass and the secondary numbing, you shouldn't feel a thing, and the sound of the machine is like white noise. Definitely soothing compared to the scratching noise of the microblading hand tools, which can be very grating. The sound is one thing I remember that would often bother clients in the past.
Even though it has been really challenging to learn -- holding a vibrating machine in your hand while trying to move it as slowly as possible in a gentle curve, anyone? -- and more expensive, I wish I would have done brows this way from the beginning. Not to throw microblading under the bus, but having seen the differences between the two when it comes to the skin, it was a no-brainer to me to make the switch.
Schedule your free brow consult for machine hair stroke brows in Bozeman or Boise (Star) today!