Powder/Nano Brows vs Microblading – What’s the Difference?

Powder Brows vs Microblading – What’s the Difference?

I often get asked by clients what the difference is between Powder/Nano/Machine brow procedures and Microblading so I thought I would clarify it for you.

Powder brows are also known as Nano brows or micropigmentation – just to confuse you more but they are the same thing. With the use of a small hand held electrical “pen” with tiny needles is used to implant pigment in the skin to a depth anything from 0.5mm to 2mm depending on the skin type and area. The benefits of this method is that it’s quite gentle, the pixelated dots create a lovely soft powdery effect and it lasts very well (usually from 12 months to 3 years). It is perfect for every skin type and is generally more comfortable for the client than microblading.

Microblading is a procedure using very fine blades that create tiny cuts in the skin into which pigment is applied. It has been around for a very long time and although still widely used, is not quite as popular these days as the Powder/Nano method. It creates life like hair strokes, however if the skin is oily, has large pores or is very thin, can cause the strokes to blur so it’s important that this is used on the right skin types.

I sometimes like to use it for the fronts of the brows for clients who want very distinctive hair like strokes and sometimes the tails and then use the powder (or nano) method over the entire brows afterwards to create a lovely 3D effect – this is the Combination brow. Powder brow is straight machine implantation and hair strokes can also be created using this method alone.

At the six week follow up (touch up) we look at how they have healed and fill in any patches.

At the the first appointment it is always advised to go lighter and thinner because some clients suffer “brow shock” intially after having light and thin or non existent brows. For a few days following the procedure they will look very intense and dark before gradually softening and lightening as they heal. Once you are used to your new brows and we can see how they have healed, you may want them darker and thicker.

It shouldn’t be more than a little uncomfortable and numbing cream is used throughout the procedure.

Good aftercare is as important as the preparation and procedure itself. I provide a free full aftercare kit for you to take home and I can’t stress enough how important it is to follow the aftercare Instructions.

The quality of the technicians training, the pigments and equipment also make a huge difference to the quality and retention of the work so it’s really important to select a technician based on these and not just on price. Please read my About page to see this information about me and my products and download from the Home Page my FREE Ebook for loads of useful information and my Price List.

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