Are you tired of sparse, overplucked eyebrows that won’t grow back? Do you spend countless hours filling them in with makeup, only to have them smudge or fade by the end of the day? If so, then microblading or nanoblading might be the solution you’ve been searching for. Both are revolutionary semi-permanent makeup techniques that can give you natural-looking, perfectly shaped eyebrows without makeup. This article will explore the procedure and the essential aftercare for flawless results.
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a form of cosmetic tattooing that involves manually depositing pigment into the upper layers of the skin using a handheld tool with tiny, sterile needles. The needles create fine, hair-like strokes that mimic the appearance of real, natural eyebrows. The procedure is performed by a trained and certified microblading artist who carefully designs the shape and color of the brows to suit your facial features and desired look.
What is Nano Blading?
Nano brows, also referred to as nanoblading, is a semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing technique used to enhance or create the appearance of fuller, more defined eyebrows. The process is similar to microblading, but with some differences. Nano brows are created using a dotting technique that uses a needle as small as an acupuncture needle. The dotting pen vibrates at a high frequency. It is much safer for the skin because the skin can heal quicker and is not damaging.
Nano Blading vs. Microblading
Both nano blading and microblading are popular eyebrow enhancement techniques, but they come with their own sets of advantages. Here’s why someone might choose nano blading over microblading:
- Precision: Nano blading utilizes a much finer needle, allowing for the creation of extremely fine, detailed, and natural-looking hair strokes. This is especially beneficial for those looking for a very subtle and natural enhancement.
- Less Trauma to the Skin: Due to the use of a fine needle and digital machine, nano blading can cause less trauma to the skin compared to the manual tool used in microblading. Less trauma can mean less scaring, reduced redness and faster healing.
- Suitable for Most Skin Types: While microblading is not always recommended for those with oily or sensitive skin because the pigment might spread or blur, nano blading can be more adaptable and versatile, yielding better results for a broader range of skin types.
- Longevity: Some people believe that nano blading might last slightly longer than microblading due to the precision and depth at which the pigment is inserted.
- Better Retention: Nano blading might have better pigment retention for some individuals, meaning fewer touch-ups might be required compared to microblading.
- Versatility: The digital machine used in nano blading can be adjusted to various depths, allowing the technician to tailor the procedure more specifically to individual skin types and conditions.
- Less Painful: Some clients report that nano blading is less painful than microblading. This is likely due to the smaller needle and the reduced trauma to the skin.
However, it’s essential to note that the best technique for any individual will depend on their unique needs, skin type, desired results, and the expertise of the technician. Always consult with a reputable and experienced technician to discuss which option is best suited for you.
Here’s a Breakdown of the Nano Blading Procedure:
Nano brows utilize a digital machine with ultra-fine needles to create hair-like strokes. The needle used in nanoblading is typically even finer than that used in microblading, hence the name “nano” (meaning very small).
- Consultation: Before the procedure, you’ll typically have a consultation with the technician to discuss your desired eyebrow shape, thickness, and color.
- Numbing: An anesthetic cream is applied to the eyebrow area to minimize pain or discomfort.
- Design: The technician will sketch the desired eyebrow shape based on your facial structure and preferences. This is often done using a brow pencil.
- Nanoblading: Using the digital machine with the nanoneedle, the technician will start making precise, hair-like strokes, implanting the pigment into the outer layer of the skin. The fine needle allows for very detailed work.
The results of nano brows can last anywhere from 1 to 3 years, depending on factors like skin type, skincare routine, exposure to sun, and more.
Benefits of Nano Brows:
- Natural Appearance: The fine needle can create very thin, natural-looking hair strokes.
- Less Trauma: Since a digital machine is used instead of a manual tool, there’s often less trauma to the skin.
- Suitable for Most Skin Types: While microblading might not always be recommended for individuals with oily skin (as the strokes can blur over time), nanoblading can be more suitable because of its precision.
- As with any semi-permanent cosmetic procedure, it’s crucial to choose a reputable technician who is experienced and certified.
- There is a healing process involved, and the brows will typically appear darker initially, then fade to the desired color after a few weeks.
- A touch-up session might be needed a few weeks after the initial procedure to perfect the brows and fill in any areas that might have faded.
If you’re considering getting nano brows, it’s essential to research and perhaps even consult with a few different technicians to ensure you’re making an informed decision.
Aftercare for Beautiful Results
Aftercare is crucial to ensure the longevity, color retention, and overall success of a nano blading procedure. Proper care can also reduce the risk of infections and other complications. Here are common aftercare instructions for nano blading:
- Avoid Touching: Do not touch the brow area with your fingers, as they can introduce bacteria and lead to infections. If you need to touch your brows (for example, to apply ointment), ensure your hands are thoroughly clean.
- Keep Dry: Avoid getting your brows wet for at least the first 7-10 days. This includes avoiding swimming, saunas, steam rooms, and hot showers that can create steam.
- No Makeup: Do not apply any makeup on or around the eyebrow area for at least a week or as directed by your technician.
- Avoid Sun Exposure: Direct sun exposure can cause the pigment to fade quickly. Wear a hat when outdoors and avoid sunbathing.
- No Exfoliating: Avoid any exfoliation around the brow area for at least 2 weeks. This includes not using retinols, acids, or any other exfoliating agents.
- Avoid Sweating: Try to avoid activities that cause excessive sweating for at least a week. Sweat can push the pigment out of the epidermis, leading to less retention.
- Moisturize: Your technician may provide or recommend a specific ointment or balm to keep the brows moisturized. It’s important to follow their instructions on how and when to apply it.
- Avoid Scratching or Picking: As your brows heal, they may become itchy or flaky. It’s crucial not to scratch, rub, or pick at them, as this can pull out the pigment or even cause scarring.
- Sleep Carefully: Try to avoid sleeping on your face for the first few days. Using a travel or neck pillow can help keep your head in a position that prevents putting pressure on your brows.
- No Facials or Chemical Treatments: Avoid any facials, chemical peels, or other skincare treatments for at least 4 weeks.
- Touch-Up Session: Schedule a touch-up session if recommended by your technician. This is often done 4-6 weeks after the initial procedure to refine the brows and fill in any areas that might have faded during the healing process.
It’s always essential to follow the specific aftercare instructions provided by your technician as there may be variations based on the technique used, the products applied, or individual needs. If you notice any signs of infection, such as excessive redness, swelling, pus, or if you experience any other unexpected issues, contact your technician immediately.
What are Powder Brows?
When it comes to comparing nano brows to powder brows, there are some notable differences. Although the implementation method is the same, each procedure provides a different look, making it ultimately a matter of personal preference.
Powder Brows are a technique that involves shading the brows using a PMU (Permanent Makeup) machine. The pixels are strategically placed close together to create a shaded, powdery effect similar to filling in your brows with makeup products like brow powder or pomade.
Typically, the shading is done in an ombre gradient, so this treatment is often referred to as ombre powder or simply ombre brows. The shading starts lighter at the head of the brows, the portion in the center of the forehead, and gradually darkens towards the tail, the outermost part of the brows. This technique results in an attractive, glammed-up look.
The intensity and opacity of the color can be adjusted, allowing you to choose how solid or natural you want your brow enhancement to appear. With an experienced artist, powder brows can be achieved in a subtle and well-blended manner.
For more information about powder brows, feel free to explore Lash Pilot’s comprehensive powder brows guide. Additionally, you can check out our powder brows before and after gallery to see more examples of this treatment.
Nano vs. Powder Brows
The main difference between nano brows and powder brows is the style that they produce. Nano brows, for instance, give a look very similar to microblading. Sometimes referred to as digital microblading or digital hair stroke brows, this treatment is achieved by adding marks that look like natural brow hairs into the brow arch to create hair strokes, which are created by placing pixels very close together into a line formation. On the other hand, powder brows give a much denser and more defined look to the brow area, as they use a stippling technique to achieve a powder-like effect.
In conclusion, nano brows are an excellent option for those looking to fill in their brows, but who also want to maintain a natural look. However, those looking for a denser and more defined look may opt for powder brows instead.
How Much Does Nano Blading Cost?
The cost of eyebrow microblading, be it nano or powder can vary depending on location, the technician’s experience, and the extent of the work needed. The cost can range from $161 to $750, with the average price being around $428, according to RealSelf members. Researching and finding a qualified technician who can provide you with the best possible results is important.
In conclusion, nano balding is an excellent solution for those struggling with overplucked or sparse eyebrows. This semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing technique can help create natural-looking, fuller brows and enhance the face’s overall appearance. With the right technician and proper aftercare, nano blading can provide long-lasting results and boost your confidence. Say goodbye to the hassle of filling in your brows every day and hello to a more defined and symmetrical look without makeup.
For more about microblading, nano brows, or powder brows, call Lash Pliot at SANTA MONICA (310) 319-9595 – NEWPORT BEACH(714) 260-3910 or book online on our website.