Microblading Explained

What is Microblading

Microblading, also known as micro-needling, microstroking, and feather stroking, is a form of semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing in which fine needles are used to fill in areas of the eyebrow where hair is sparse or missing. No electric tattoo machines are used: instead, technicians use hand tools to create fine, shallow lines to emulate strands of hair. The result is a brow that looks more natural than the look achieved by tattoo machines that use thicker needles.

The use of hand tools is confirmed by archaeological evidence to date back at the earliest to the Neolithic era, 5000 years ago. During this period, tattoos were created using tools and a tapping motion to create thin parallel lines, with charcoal serving as pigment. Permanent cosmetic tattooing emerged in the 1980s as a method of treating those with hair loss due to alopecia and other diseases, along with burn victims and chemotherapy patients. However, the method of filling in the eyebrows was not satisfactory: the only look that could be achieved was a solid black line.

Originating in Asia, microblading emerged as a response to the artificial looks created by solid eyebrow tattoos and the rediscovery of the fine lines created by hand tools. Microblading has come to the United States only recently; the term began to surface on social media at the end of 2014 and has skyrocketed by present day, emerging alongside the terms micro-needling, microstroking, and feather stroking. This rise in popularity is presumably due in part to social media and the multitude of before-and-after photos that showcase the semi-permanent, natural-looking eyebrows that result from this cosmetic procedure.

Who Should Receive Microblading

Any microblading candidate- male or female- who desires fuller brows. Some actual quotes from individuals who’ve received microblading, when questioned why they chose to have the service:

“I wanted to play tennis without my brows sweating off.”

“I was spending 15 extra minutes each morning making sure my drawn-on brows were perfect. Microblading saved me an extraordinary amount of time.”

“My thyroid condition made my hair and eyebrows very thin. After I received microblading, my brows looked normal again. My friends could tell I had something done to my face, but the results were so natural, they couldn’t quite guess what it was. Perfect, in my opinion!”

“I wanted the appearance of having had an eye lift without actually having surgery. A friend of mine had her eyebrows microbladed, and it took 10 years off her face! I wanted the same thing, and I’m so glad I decided to do it.”

“I discovered microblading on Instagram, and loved the “after” photos more than the “before” photos. I wanted to look like an “after” photo all the time!”

From a male client:

“I’m getting older, and my brows are thinning. I just wanted them to look less patchy without looking like I was wearing makeup. No one can tell!”