Nano hair stroke is a more precise version of microblading. With nano hair stroke, the artist uses a single-needle device, the nano needle machine, which works like a tattoo machine, but uses an extremely fine needle to inject pigments into the epidermis.
The nano needle is flexible and as thin as a hair. The most common thickness is 0.18 mm. Some artists call it 3D nano brows, because the thin strokes are indistinguishable from the natural hairs.
Microblading is a permanent makeup treatment for eyebrows done by depositing pigments between eyebrow hairs in thin strokes in order to make the brow arches, fuller, thicker, and symmetrical.
The artist uses a special microblading tool made up od 10 to 16 fine blades of different thickness which are dipped into a liquid pigment solution and dragged through the epidermis.
A soft, misty, powder filled brow similar to the look of makeup meaning the tails of the brow are darker, and fade into a light start to the brow, giving it a very subtle look. It's personally, my favorite style! Over time, pigment fades leaving the skin and your natural brows behind - lighter at the bulb (front) of the brow and going darker towards the tail.
The results of both treatments are natural-looking, but enhanced brows, which last a relatively long time. The main differences between microblading and nanoblading are the tools and the technique.
The biggest difference and main reason why many clients go for nano hair stroke over microblading is the fact that nanoneedles cause significantly less trauma to the skin than the microblading tool.
The flexibility and thinness of the nanoneedle prevent the pigment from going too deep into the skin, which sometimes happens with the rigid microblading tool and creates an unattractive shadow. As the nanoneedle is extremely thin, the cuts are very narrow.
There is less scabbing than microblading scabbing, and the possibility of infection and scarring is minimal.
The answer depends on the look you want and your skin type.
Nano hair Stroke gives more precise and meticulous looks. Each stroke is individual and thinner than a microblading stroke, so they are better incorporated into the natural brows and the artist can modify the arch with much more precision. Nano hair stroke also looks more natural on people with thin eyebrow hairs.
In addition, nano brows treatment is more suitable for clients with oily skin and large pores since thin strokes are more resilient, and clients with alopecia who have no brow hairs, as nano hair stroke tend to look more natural than microblading (which doesn’t mean a skilled microblading tech won’t give you super realistic brows too!).
On the other hand, microblading is the slightly cheaper option, so if you’re looking for a more enhanced look and don’t insist on perfect precision, microblading may be the right choice!
Ideal Candidates - Microblading
Ideal Candidates - Ombre
Outcome - Microblading
Outcome - Ombre
Contraindications - Microblading
Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for hair-strokes. If you answer yes to any of the following below your hair-strokes will either blend or disappear so don't ran the risk of damaging your skin, wasting your money and time. The Ombre style is best for you!
Contraindications - Ombre
For the first Microblading/Ombre session, the entire procedure should take about 2.5-3 hours. During this session, the brow artist will shape and style the client’s brows for client approval. We then follow with pigment color selection. Once the client is satisfied with the choices, we begin the procedure.
The second Microblading/Ombre session (if required) takes place after 4-6 weeks after the initial session which take approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete. During the second Microblading/Ombre session, the client will have any minor necessary touch ups
The eyebrow area will be slightly red after the procedure and color will appear very dark. This is normal for the procedure and part of the healing process. The color will fade by up to 40% as it heals. In the following days, the eyebrows will continue to be dark and you will notice slight scabbing. Do not pick at the scabs as this may damage the skin and the outcome of the microbladed/shaded area. The eyebrows will lighten up in color as it heals. It takes approximately 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and about 1 month for the color to fully set in. You'll notice the color is very light right after the two weeks after healing; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. This is known as the milk skin and is common in tattooing. This is due to the the tissue still healing from the inside out even though the surface of the skin is healed. True color will reveal itself once healed.
Touch up sessions should not be done earlier than 4 weeks after initial microblading/ombre session as pigment color has not fully settled into the skin. Most importantly, this is to prevent scar damage as the tissue requires time to completely heal.
The pain level for the procedure is considered mild to none. Prior to the procedure your brow technician will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area, and also reapplied during the procedure. Everyone responds differently to anesthetic; depending on the client, the feeling of the procedure has been described as light paper cut. Topical anesthetics used may contain lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and epinephrine.
After the procedure, redness and slight swelling in the area is normal. Clients describe the area feeling similar to a light sunburn. Clients can take Tylenol but not aspirin or ibuprofen.
The purpose of cosmetic tattooing is to enhance the natural features of a client. Cosmetic tattooing is softer and more subtle - it is meant to be a natural-looking enhancement. Body tattoos use ink, while cosmetic tattoo procedures involve pigments. These pigments are designed to gently fade over time. Fading is desired as it allows the artist to make changes to color and shape over the years as client's natural coloration and facial changes occur.
Video of POPSUGAR Kirbie Johnson microblading experience