Microblading is a form of semipermanent cosmetics where a manual tool with microneedles pushes pigment into the skin at the layer of the epidermis (when done right!). This process may have recently gained the spotlight in the US over the past few years, but it is by no means "new". This process dates back thousands of years!
More recently, microblading has acquired many names such as:
Hair like strokes
This form of semipermanent makeup simulates real hair and fills in missing eyebrows or partially filled brows.
Whether you are looking for a completely new brow look or want to enhance your natural brow beauty - this technique is a win!
What is the difference between microblading and standard tattooing? Some people will argue that any ink placed into your skin, at any layer, is a tattoo. I would argue that the main difference between microblading and the standard tattoo is the depth of pigment delivery into your skin.
Standard tattoos enter the dermis of the skin. When the ink reaches the level of the dermis lines become wider/thicker, darker and colors are at a risk of fading to another (ex. Black tattoo fades to a blue/grey, red fade to pink/orange). This happens because our bodies are naturally trying to eliminate a foreign material that we placed, the pigment. Some of the elements within the pigment are absorbed leaving you with a less than desired color. Tattoos, into the dermis, result in a tattoo with wide spread lines and eventual faded color.
Microblading is different in the sense that it is semipermanent. The ink, when done properly, enters the epidermis. It is a superficial cut where the ink will sit. The process takes 2 visits. After the touch up, results last 1 year and you can expect the brows to fade. This is because of the natural shedding that occurs at the layer of the epidemis. Results vary based on skin type and aftercare: oily, dry, rough, smooth, sensitive, sun exposure, exfoliating, scrubbing, etc. After about a year the microblading should be mostly faded and it will be time to start the process over again.