Nano Brows: What are they and how are they different from Microblading?
While microblading one’s eyebrows has long been the preferred semi-permanent option for those who struggle with brows they don’t love, a new treatment method has emerged for those who want perfected, low-maintenance brows. Nanoblading is the new, ultra-precise brow alternative to Microblading. If you’re curious about the emerging treatment and how it stacks up to microblading, here is, everything you need to know about nano brows.
What Is Nanoblading?
Named for the ultra-fine needles used to ink on impossibly lifelike brow hairs, Nanoblading is the latest method for achieving true “woke up like this” brows.
Nanoblading is the newest semi-permanent makeup technique that creates fine, realistic hairlike strokes on the brows. The process implements a handheld tool and one extremely fine needle (as opposed to microblading, which uses a thin blade made of up 12-16 needles which are dragged through the skin) to semi-permanently lay pigment under the skin in tiny dots that add up to strokes, approximating the look of actual eyebrow hairs. Nanoblading typically consists of hairstrokes towards the front of the brows and transitions into shading for an incredibly natural, fuller look.
Similar to microblading, the hair-like strokes are individually created along the eyebrow to enhance, reshape, fill (cover gaps of lost hair), to extend the eyebrows, or to fully reconstruct brows with little to no hair.
However, Nano Brows give more precision and a crisp, extremely defined look. The strokes are thinner and they look more like natural hairs making this technique a superior option to standard Microblading, especially for those with little to no brow hair.
Nanoblading produces a more effective result as the procedure involves less trauma to the skin and not only provides a more natural and crisp result, but also with less risk of the pigment being implanted too deep. Basically, see Nanoblading as Microblading but with more precision and accuracy.
As with Microblading, the dermal pigment is designed to fade over time to allow for future augmentation—though Microbladed Brows fade faster than Nano Brows because the pigment is placed more superficially under the skin.
Benefits Of Nanoblading
Nanoblading comes with a number of potential brow benefits. With Nanoblading the needle is flexible and thin and thus causes very little trauma to the skin. There is also less scabbing, and the possibility of scarring is far lower as the machine offers maximum precision. While a skilled Microblading Artist is fully capable of avoiding excessive trauma too, because the blade is thicker than the needle, Microblading causes more scabbing and the initial side-effects like redness, scabbing, flaking and itching last slightly longer and they’re a bit more intense, as there is more trauma to the skin.
- Lasts longer than Microblading
- Helps brows appear fuller
- Customizable for each individual
- Nanoblading tools allow for more controlled application than Microblading for ultra-precise hair strokes
How Long Does Nanoblading Last?
The upside of Nano Brows versus Micro Brows is how long they last. Where Microblading lasts around 1-2 years due to the depth of the pigment placement, Nanoblading can last up to three years—though the timeframe is largely dependent on the pigment color, depth, ink type, intensity of work, and the client’s skin and age. Oily skin, for example, may fade nano brows faster because oily skin by nature has a quicker cell turnover rate. Touch-ups are usually required once every year or three to keep the brows looking fresh.
Nanoblading Vs. Microblading
Nanoblading is similar to Microblading, the main difference is that Nanoblading uses a finer needle which can create more of a natural look compared to Microblading.
The design of the tool used with Nano Brows also tends to cause less trauma to the skin and allows for more precise pressure and controlled movement to create crisp hair strokes. With Microblading, the procedure is slightly more invasive as the tool has a blade that cuts into the skin—due to this, the precision and skill level of the artist is incredibly important towards achieving a natural-looking result.
Nanoblading also tends to produce more lasting results compared to the six to 18 months that you can expect from Microblading. This may sway your decision depending on your skin type. While microblading is best suited for those with normal to dry skin, Nanoblading technology is available for far more skin types. People with very oily, scarred, textured, or thick skin can be great candidates for the technique, as well as those with previously tattooed brows who may be looking for corrective work. Both Microblading and Nanoblading are ideal for anyone looking for easy, budge-proof brows as no amount of sweat, water, or contact will rub them off.
Like most tattoos and cosmetic procedures alike, the price of Nanoblading largely depends on geographic location, techniques used, and the artist’s level of expertise—and reputation. Typically, the service starts at around $600 and can climb to $2000 or more. One major consideration to factor in is the cost of post-Nanoblading maintenance. Because of the semi-permanent ink, annual or biannual maintenance appointments are required but these are generally offered at a reduced price.
What To Expect
Before committing to nano brows, it is important that you perform some research to make sure both the technique and artist align with your skin’s needs and desired results. At PLEIJ Salon+Spa, each eyebrow tattoo is entirely customized and individualized to suit each client, a bar to consider mentally setting for any studio before scheduling an appointment. We strive to create the most realistic results by adding strategic details and dimension that complement the client’s natural features and choose colors that best suit their skin.
A typical Nanoblading session runs between 2-4 hours, with the first half of the appointment focusing on the consultation and brow design. During this time our artist will discuss everything from desired brow shape, style, and size to deciding the right pigments and shades. An assessment of the client’s skin type is also important to determine if there may be more technical skill required to achieve the end result. A “before” photo is taken, prior to the use of a special pencil to temporarily draw on each hair stroke for final review and approval before the start of the inking process. If you’ve ever had a regular body tattoo, you’ll be familiar with this pre-draw stage—it’s like when your tattoo artist places that temporary applique where the art will go.
How To Prepare
One point to not stress over? The pain level. While tattoos, in general, are usually at least somewhat painful, the numbing cream we utilize mitigate this almost entirely. Nano Brows can be mildly uncomfortable the process is rarely considered painful. While there will be some minor redness and swelling immediately following the procedure, it should subside within a day or two.
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We get asked about permanent makeup a lot. And the question we get the most, is: what’s the difference between the microblading, ombre powder fill, nano brows and hybrid methods, and which one is best?”
We get asked this question so often that we decided it was time to do a post about it. So here it is: the guide to microblading and semi-permanent eyebrows!
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