Many of my clients often ask me the difference between microblading and the machine needle technique and which is best suited for them. I perform both procedures.
The truth is that both techniques are a form of permanent make up and therefore a form of tattooing the dermal layer of the skin. Microblading has been a huge buzz word in the beauty industry over the last 3-4 years and it truthfully can give beautiful results. Blade work rather than needle work is a manual technique where the technician dips the blade into the pigment and then scores the skin. The blade has to be held extremely straight at a 90 degree angle to the skin and the skin must be held and stretched extremely taut for the most precise result possible. The idea is that with each stroke of the blade, an artificial hair stroke is created that can mimic real hairs. This is no different to machine needle work however in my experience the hair strokes created with the blade are finer and if done correctly can heal to a ‘crisper’ result. Hair stroke width depends on the size of the blade, the skin type and age of the client. The long and short of it is that microblading is a hand drawing technique and can create fine lines less likely to bleed. The healed result is very natural.
Machine work uses needles and creates a lot of tapping motions in order to penetrate the skin. The machine I use is the ‘Cosmedic’ machine and is a super gentle micropigmentation machine NOT a tattooing machine. This technique is usually a better idea if you want to create fullness and thickness and want a longer lasting darker result. If a client has naturally darker, thicker hair and wants a more noticeable result, I would recommend machine work which is still very gentle but the needles are slightly thicker than the blade and therefore more pigment is implanted into the skin. It is possible to create hair stroke brows with the machine however the lines will not be as fine. Powdered brows can be created with the machine for clients who wish to create a denser result.
Microbladed brows will usually fade sooner and to a lighter less noticeable result due to the fact that less pigment has been applied during the process.
During the consultation it is possible to discuss which technique is best suited to your needs.