Microblading is a rediscovery and further development of a manual, Asian pigmentation technique that has been around for centuries. Even as far back as Cleopatra and the Egyptians, fine needles and pigments were used to enhance the eyebrows, so in that regard microblading is not new, but revived.
It's very fashionable in Europe and is gaining popularity here in the UK. It allows the therapist to pigment very accurate hair-stroke brows without the need to invest in a machine. The hand tool is easy to hold and there is no vibration or machine noise to cause any nervousness for the client.
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Each hair stroke can be drawn extremely precisely with a variety of needle combinations or blades, ranging from seven to 18 needles in a row. When pigmenting hair strokes with a semi-permanent make-up (SPMU) unit, the line or stroke is not always so sharply defined and may look like a powder brow when healed.
When the pigment is implanted with a blade, the strokes remain clean and precise. The pigment is implanted into the upper layer of the dermis, so clients may require a refresher annually. With SPMU the pigment goes into the skin deeper and at a different angle so it lasts for longer. Also, the machine does the work, whereas with the microblade the technician must apply more pressure.
Treatments are fairly quick to perform and there is very little bleeding, which means healing is usually rapid. The brows will appear very bright and sharp immediately after the treatment and even after the healing time of about five days, they will still look defined but very natural.
Brenda Griffin is director of training for Beauty Concepts International, the UK and Ireland distributor of German beauty brand LCN. LCN has offered training in semi-permanent make-up for over 20 years and is now also offering classes in microblading across the UK.