Permanent Brows are an excellent option for both men and women wishing to have more symmetrical brows, thicker or brows that are more filled in, a more complimentary brow shape for their face, or brows that resemble real hair due to the lack of natural brows they may have due to age or medical condition.
Brow style is determined by both the client's personal preference as well as the type of natural brow they have. There are two main styles of permanent brows:
Nano Hairstroke and Powder Brows.
Both styles are Cosmetic Tattoos, and are created with the use of a tattoo machine to implant pigment into the skin. Unlike traditional body art tattooing, Cosmetic Tattooing is a specialized area of tattoo artistry with a goal of implanting pigment at a more shallow depth into the skin, to provide a soft natural look that fades naturally over time. Below is a description of each, as well as information on techniques used, and examples of each style.
Nano Hairstroke, also called Digital Microblading, is a style of brow that mimics the look of real hair. I am one of the only artists in the state of Florida who offers this advanced technique. I have many clients visit from out of state to have this style of brow applied. Nano Hairstroke translates to “tiny hairstroke” and tiny individual hairs are carefully created to provide the look of natural hair and an all-natural brow.
Although Nano Hairstroke looks similar to Microblading, there is no cutting of the skin or risk of scarring. Microblading (or simply “blading”) uses a tool to manually cut slices to implant pigment in the skin. It’s not recommended for clients who have oily skin, mature skin (over 40), combination skin, sun-damaged skin, sensitive skin, or very vascular skin, which is the majority of all people.
Nano Hairstroke uses a 1-point needle and a tattoo machine to poke the skin rather than cut the skin. Because there is no disruption in the integrity of the skin, it is much less painful, the healed results are much better, and the long-term healed results are much better as well. Also, because there is no cutting of the skin, pre-numbing is not needed, and while I do apply topical numbing during the application, the majority of clients don’t feel any pain, and many even fall asleep during the procedure.
Clients with an unflattering brow shape, or sparce brows can opt for Nano Hairstroke to provide a new or more complimentary brow shape while seamlessly blending with the natural hairs.
Many clients don’t have any natural brow hair due to age, chemotherapy treatments, alopecia, thyroid disease, chemotherapy treatments, and medical conditions. Nano Hairstroke provides a 3-D realistic brow look against the flat surface of the skin.
Many men wish to have a brow re-shape or a thicker looking brow, without looking like they are wearing makeup.
This style of brow is just like it sounds, it’s the traditional “permanent makeup” look that mimics the appearance of brows filled in with soft powder makeup. The goal for this technique is that no one should know the brows aren’t actually filled with makeup, but it should NOT look like “a tattoo”. Application for this technique is important as color, shape, thickness, and saturation of the pigment all play a vital role in making the brows appear soft and “natural”.
This style is created using a tattoo machine with a technique that implants the pigment in an even and consistent pattern. Often the style is combined with an "ombré" effect, with the front of the brow being lighter and softer, and the tail of the brow being darker, to create a more natural looking brow.
Clients who have brow hair, but would like a more enhanced arch, more complimentary shape and/or thickness may opt for Powder Brows. Often brow maintenance (plucking, waxing, or shaving) is required to remove natural hairs outside of the treatment area to maintain the new brow shape.
For clients who wear makeup daily, Powder Brows is a great option to provide the look of soft powder makeup, all while improving symmetry of the natural brow, and providing symmetry and balance.
On-fleek brows typically have a sharp outline creating a defined and symmetrical brow shape. This bold look is excellent for those who want their brows to make a statement!