Fundamentals of tinting & microblading
Did you think brow maintenance stopped at shaping? It’s a whole new world out there, and brow enthusiasts are so dedicated that some are even looking at semi-permanent tattoo treatments to maintain that bold look. Of course, not every client is going to want to go that extreme, so before you start stocking up on microneedles, let’s look at two very different ways to make those brows stand out.
As thick, dark brows came into vogue, so too did treatments to help brow enthusiasts achieve that look. These days, tinting and microblading are as mainstream as eyebrow waxing, but though they achieve similar results, they’re very different processes.
Of the two, tinting is faster and easier, but the results don’t last as long. As the name suggests, eyebrow tinting involves dying eyebrows much like you would the hair on your head. It’s often used by those with blonde or very light hair to make those brows more dynamic while still keeping them looking natural. Tinting only takes a few minutes, and the results last for several weeks — that’s in line with the natural touch-up cycle for those who regularly color their hair.
Microblading produces more permanent results, but it’s also a lot more intense. Basically, brow masters use microneedles to inject ink along the top layer of skin of the browline, creating the appearance of naturally full, dark brows that last for up to two years. However, just like getting a tattoo elsewhere on the body, microblading requires aftercare and carries risks like damaged skin and infection.
Before recommending either of these services, make sure your client is fully aware of the pros and cons of both. Tinting is a relatively risk-free way to test the waters, so that’s a good place to start. However, for clients who are over the frequent upkeep that tinting requires, microblading can give them the long-lasting results they desire — so long as they’re willing to take care of their skin after the procedure is over.