What's the difference between Microblading and Nanoblading? | Karen Betts
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What’s the difference between Microblading and Nanoblading?

One question I’ve heard many times from my clients over the past 6 months or so is this: “What’s the difference between microblading and nanoblading?”

With the popularity of nanoblading rising, there’s been a little confusion on what it actually is.

Nanoblading has been widely hailed as the new alternative to microblading. An upgrade of sorts. But to explain the difference between the techniques, we first need to recap on the basics.

What is Microblading?

Microblading is an eyebrow treatment where a handheld tool with ultra-fine pins is used to create a channel in the upper dermis of the skin. Specialist cosmetic pigments are then implanted into the channels. I designed my very own K.B Pro microblading hand tools with a variety of different needles. They allow me to create many different hair stroke effects and shading techniques.

My latest range has seen me add to my collection with several different handles and needle combinations which allow me to create tiny nano hair strokes.

Beautiful microbladed hair strokes using my Glider Art 14 Micro needle and 11 Nano needle | What’s the difference between Microblading and Nanoblading?

What is Permanent Makeup (using a specialist cosmetic tattoo machine)?

For permanent makeup, a specialist cosmetic tattoo machine is used. The machine allows me to use an assortment of needles comprising of different sizes and configurations to create different effects. Just like microblading, I can create ultra-fine strokes or create a shaded effect depending on my client’s preference.

The machine works at a much lower frequency than a regular tattoo machine, and doesn’t go as deep into the skin.

A close up look at the tiny hair strokes created by Nanoblading | What’s the difference between Microblading and Nanoblading?

What is Nanoblading?

Nanoblading is a unique technique which is typically performed using specialist needles in a digital cosmetic tattoo machine.

The finest singular needle on the market (the Nano NT Needle) allows me to have full creative freedom. This needle used with my unique nanoblading technique results in the finest, defined yet fluffy looking hair-strokes. They’re really comparable to microblading strokes, but in some cases, can appear even more refined.

So, is Nanoblading really new?

For years now, I’ve created brows that would typically be labelled as nanobladed brows. However, I’ve always called them ‘Realism Brows’. My realism brows technique is perfect for everyone, but it’s especially incredible for my clients who have alopecia. For my alopecia clients, I usually combine two techniques – I’ll start with a hand-held tool (my K.B Pro microblading hand tool) to add the initial strokes, then I’ll pick up my Nouveau Contour digital cosmetic tattoo machine and use several needles to add different thicknesses of strokes – especially in the body of the brow. Using a digital machine allows me to create fullness, which results in a more realistic looking brow. What’s more, the digital machine allows me to use more advanced techniques such as cross-stroking, which contrasts perfectly with the fluffy texture that can be created with a microblade, and again, creates a truly realistic looking brow for my clients.

Your questions answered

I hope this has helped to explain what nanoblading is – I know it can feel a little confusing when you’re not actually working within the industry. Techniques and equipment are evolving all the time, so it’s important for me to stay on top of the developments and bring you the most up-to-date techniques.

If you have any questions on permanent makeup and microblading, I’d love you to get in touch (leave me a comment below!) and I’ll answer them on dedicated posts coming soon.

Until next time, take care guys!

Karen x

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