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Nano Brows vs. Microblading: Which Technique Is Better?

Updated: Aug 19, 2023


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Hey there, lovely readers! I am Joey, Owner and Natural Brow Artist and this is my very first blog post. If there's one thing I've learned in my incredible journey as an eyebrow artist spanning more than 6 years, it's that no two brows are the same. I've had the privilege of working with an amazing variety of clients, each with their own unique skin profiles and eyebrow dreams. And let's get real, folks – the microblading vs. nano brows question comes up at every consultation. That's why I'm here share the difference between these techniques. Trust me, these 5 super important points will help you rock the brow game like a pro. So let's explore the wonderful world of microblading and nano brows together!


What is Microblading?

  • A manual, hand-held sterile microblade tool is used to create superficial scratches on the skin to mimic the appearance of hair strokes.

What is Nano Brows?

  • Machine with a very fine 1-point needle is used to create tiny pixels (dots) on the skin, when slowly and carefully applied to create realistic-looking hair strokes. The ink is inserted superficially into the epidermis, and does not go as deep as traditional tattoo.




1 - Which one is the most natural?


Both techniques provide the look of hairstrokes. However, microblading will result in thicker-looking hairstrokes since the microblade is thicker than the 1-point needle.


While nano's precision needle creates a more delicate stroke. Why? Because with the machine method, there's an artistic freedom to create curved, wispy strokes that are practically indistinguishable from your own brow hair.


  • Nano wins at being the most natural.


2 - Which one lasts longer?


The Longevity Enigma: A Tale of Individuality


Let's start with a fun fact: your skin is like a fingerprint, totally one-of-a-kind. So, when it comes to brow longevity, there are many factors. We're talking skin type (whether it's oily, dry, combo, or sensitive), your age, skincare routine (cue the serums and lotions), skin thickness, and even the texture of your existing brow hairs. Trust me, it's a symphony of factors.


But don't worry, I've got your back! Future blog posts will delve deeper into these factors, so keep an eye out.


The Great Debate: Microblading vs. Nano Brows


Microblading: The ink is inserted a bit deeper, nestled right between the epidermis and dermis – a prime spot for experienced artists.


Nano Brows: On the flip side, we have nano – the gentle dance on your skin's surface. The ink is applied with a lighter touch, creating those hyper-realistic strokes.


Your Story, Your Longevity

Now, here's the twist: There's no one-size-fits-all answer. Your personal attributes compose a unique story, making your brow longevity an individualized journey. While microblading generally has a longer stay power, both techniques will require touch-ups to maintain that fresh look.


Unfortunately, a quick note to our friends with oily skin – neither microblading or nano would work well. Microblading strokes will blur out and nano strokes will fade out. The third technique, Ombre Powder, would be your saving grace. But you want hairstrokes?Many of my clients combine it with half-set nano hairstrokes to give that perfect blend of the natural hairstroke effect.


Stay tuned for more insights in future posts, where I explain more in depth.


  • Microblading will generally require fewer touchups.


3 - Painful?


Ah, the age-old question: does it hurt? I totally get it – comfort is key. First things first, pain is as unique as you are. Just like some people rock spicy food like it's no big deal, others might be reaching for the nearest glass of water. When it comes to microblading and nano brows, the story's no different.


Microblading: Imagine a quick, sharp sensation – think of it like a paper cut. The pain level is a 7 out of 10. After numbing cream is applied, the pain level is a 2 out of 10.


Nano: Feels like a vibrational tickle. Its more gentle on the skin. The pain level is a 3 out of 10. After numbing cream is applied, the pain level is 1 out of 10.


  • In the realm of pain perception, Nano emerges as the winner.



4 - Cost


Let's talk cost! Your eyebrows are an investment, so let's break down the dollars and cents.


The Price Tag: What You're Paying For

When you step into my studio, you're not just getting a brow transformation – you're getting an experience crafted with meticulous care. And that's reflected in the time and technique required for each service.


Microblading: Picture yourself settling in for about 3 hours. It's a meticulous process that involves creating those stunning hair-like strokes.


Nano Brows: This technique takes longer – around 4 hours. The reason? Nano is all about precision, delicacy, and creating those incredibly realistic strokes. It's like adding the finest brushstrokes to a canvas.


The Bottom Line: Nano's Worth

With this attention to detail and the additional time spent perfecting those ultra-realistic strokes, it's understandable that nano comes with a slightly higher price tag. At $150 more than microblading, you're investing in a technique that goes the extra mile to give you brows that are practically a work of art.


Remember, the price you're paying isn't just for the service – it's for the craftsmanship, the precision, and the care that goes into every single stroke. So, whether you choose microblading or decide to splurge a bit on nano, know that you're investing in brows that are as unique as you are.



5 - Which technique is better?


And, the grand finale: the ultimate question – which technique takes the crown? Well, it's not a one-size-fits-all situation, but I'm here to help find the perfect fit for you.


Decisions, Decisions: Finding Your Brow Bliss


  • For those of you with normal to dry skin and hair that's on the thinner side, say hello to Nano – your go-to choice for brows that exude realistic, delicate, fine hair strokes, It's gentle, less invasive, and although it might call for a few more touch-ups to fill in gaps, the result is worth it.


  • Now, if your skin tends to be on the thicker side and your hair is coarser, Microblading steps up to the plate. It's the technique that effortlessly fills in those gaps, and with fewer touch-ups needed.



The Big Reveal: The Brow Artist Chat

You will need a discussion with your Brow Artist. Yep, that's where the true magic happens.

And guess what? For all you first-timers or those looking for a brow refresh, I've got something special for you. A complimentary consultation at the start of your visit, complete with a custom checklist personalized to your unique profile.


Ready to Embark on Your Confidence Journey?

So, whether you're ready to dive in or still pondering the brow universe, I'm here for you. Drop me a message if you have any questions, and don't forget to follow me @vancouverbrowbar on IG for a sneak peek into my portfolio.


There you have it, folks – your ultimate guide of Microblading Vs. Nano Brows. Let me know in the comments if there's anything else you'd like to know.


And hey, if you're all set and ready to take the leap, hit that "Book Now" button and let's get your brow journey started!







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