Microblading – a semi-permanent brow technique that promises fuller, natural-looking brows – has been generating such a buzz in the beauty sector for several years that it has 4.7 million hashtagged mentions on Instagram alone.
But Is it possible for other techniques to surpass brow tinting? It’s certainly conceivable, especially since the newest Brow Tinting technique, called “nano blading,” is gaining traction.
What is nano blading?
“Nanoblading is a new brow treatment that employs ultra-sharp nanoneedles to imitate the diameter and length of real hair in the skin,” says Laura Kay, founder of Laura Kay London and nano blading expert.”
A microblading procedure, also known as microblade tattooing, is a form of cosmetic tattooing that does not penetrate the skin’s dermis. It’s similar to a laser hair removal treatment in that it damages the top layer of your epidermis but not enough to cause significant suffering.”
How is it different from microblading?
Defined, it’s microblading done with tiny, bendable needles.
Microblading and nano blading provide natural-looking fine hair strokes, but nano blading delivers greater precision and accuracy because it employs tiny needles compacted together into an ultra-fine blade.
The method allows the artist to apply more accurate pressure and pigment that is finer, resulting in a more natural-looking brow shape.
What’s the process?
After the consultation, you’ll be able to select your ideal brow shape and colour based on the patch test results (at least 24 hours before). Your chosen style is then tattooed onto your brows for you to see before treatment begins.
You’ll require two treatments, with the second about four to eight weeks after the first, to get the finished appearance; nevertheless, you’ll be able to take home beautifully groomed brows that don’t look half-finished.
Does it hurt?
Yes, but it depends on your pain threshold. It will hurt more than a brow wax or tweezing, but they can vary from discomfort to severe agony. To reduce sensitivity, use some numbing cream.
What you may observe is that your brows appear very dark and prominent at first, and you’re likely to get some redness (for a longer duration than, say, a brow wax), which can be unsettling.
How long does it take?
On average, your first visit will last at least two hours, with the follow-up taking somewhat less time (about an hour) as it will focus more on fine-tuning your selected style.
You should avoid exercising for the first seven days after getting your brows nano blade, and you should avoid using soaps, lotions, or make-up around your brow area. This includes SPF, which is crucial to do afterwards.
You should also avoid getting your brows wet for the first week—if you do, dab dry and use the aftercare lotion provided. This balm helps your brows heal (by blocking some of the flaking that may occur) as well as minimize fading.
Finally, sun exposure, light and laser treatment, facial massage and peels are all not recommended until after your second visit to avoid unwanted effects such as an increased risk of skin coloration and burns.
How long does nano blading last?
The first session is considerably longer than traditional waxing or tweezing because the space between the two sessions allows your brows to heal fully.
The life expectancy of your nano blade brows is one year, although some clients may need up to 18 months for a follow-up session.