Microblading or Hairstroke Brows

Microblading is all over the media these days. Unfortunately the majority of the information is misleading or outright wrong, so let me set the record straight here.

Microblading is permanent. Let me say that again: PERMANENT. Microblading is an advanced cosmetic tattoo procedure. Microblading is a technique only, and is alternately called microstroking, hair stroke brows, embroidery brows, & feather brows.

Microblading uses a hand tool with attached needles fused together in a curvilinear grouping. This hand tool is dipped into pigment/ink and then slices through the skin in a long, stroking movement that places the pigment/ink into the dermal layer of the skin. This action is done repeatedly as the brow is literally drawn into the skin. Pigment/ink is then rubbed into the strokes and left to ‘soak in’ for 10 minutes. It is then wiped off and the client is sent on heir way with aftercare instructions. When practiced by a properly trained artist this technique produces individual, crisp hair strokes that can be very natural looking.

The same look can be achieved using a tradition tattoo machine, or digital machine, using cartridges or traditional tattoo needles, and is usually called Hair Stroke.


The bad news is that, because of the income potential and lack of regulation, unscrupulous people are offering ‘certificates’ in microblading technique. These courses are offered online or in hotel rooms. There is zero fundamental training, very little sanitation and blood-bourn pathogens training, and little to no practical, live-model training. If you are considering microblading, please please please do your research to ensure you are not putting yourself in danger of infection, scaring or a horrific, permanent brow.