What is the Difference between Microblading and Hairstroke Brows?

What is the Difference between Microblading and Hairstroke Brows?

Both procedures resemble the look of eyebrow hair and help enhance the appearance of your eyebrows. Both can look very similar, especially after healing. However, they differ in their applications and longevity. 

Here, we will go over the details of each type of eyebrow application.

Microblading:

  • Microblading is applied using a manual hand tool. The blade is made up of micro pins that are dragged through the top of the Dermis layer of the skin. This leaves tiny scratches. Pigment is then soaked into these scratches, creating the appearance of hair.
  • Microblading is considered semi-permanent, especially on thicker, oilier skin. It lasts 6-12 months on average. On thin, drier skin, it may last up to 3 years in rare cases.
  • However, due to its shallow placement and the diversity of skin types, microblading is usually only guaranteed for one year. 

Hairstroke Brows:

  • Hairstroke brows are applied with a scaled down tattoo machine called a rotary machine. This machine utilizes microneedles to implant fine dots of pigment into the bottom of the dermis layer of the skin. These dots are implanted in tiny lines, creating the appearance of hair.
  • Hairstroke brows are considered permanent, lasting 3-5 years on average on most skin types.
  • Not even regular tattoos are forever. Hairstroke brows will eventually fade, and are only referred to as “permanent” in the Industry, because they last more than a year. 
  • Not even regular tattoos are forever. Hairstroke brows will eventually fade, and are only referred to as “permanent” in the Industry, because they last more than a year.

Comparison:

Due to its shallower implant, microblading will look more natural immediately following the procedure, however, it does not have the same longevity for the same reason. Hairstroke brows may look thicker than its microblading cousin for a few days following the implantation, due to swelling from its deeper implant. However, their final healed results are similar.

Many of our clients have a difficult time determining which technique is best for them. I usually tell them to start with microblading if they aren’t sure which to choose. Since microblading is more temporary, it will give them a chance to wear it and see if permanent eyebrows are something they want to commit to before moving onto the longer lasting hairstroke method. However, if your goal is to have permanent brows for the foreseeable future, the hairstroke method is for you.

With both procedures, be prepared to have darker, swollen brows for four to five days afterwards. A small price to pay to wake up to beautiful brows every day.

Author,

Tammy Bratcher

Master Artist / Tainer

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