The pros and cons of microblading vs machine hair-strokes.

Pros of microblading:

1. The microblading process uses a manual tool with a blade which makes it very easy to operate and draw strokes.

2. Unlike with the machine, micoblading doesn’t have an intimidating sound for the client to have to overcome. This also means that there are no vibrational distractions either so you can better control a manual tool while placing strokes more easily than you could with a machine.

Cons of microblading: 

1. Microblading makes small cuts where ink is to be placed in the skin that could be comparably similar to a papercut. Unfortunately, some inadequately trained artists can damage the skin of their clients even though the cuts are only small in scale. Moreover, at this point, any touchup procedures will just further damage their client’s skin.

2. After the ink has been trapped, the skin starts to lock the ink. It takes more effort to lock ink in the whole cut, as well as chances are ink is not distributed evenly. You may notice also if It bleeds, it will be almost impossible to keep ink inside.

3. After first ink injection, there is a second, third path you may need to perform, to make sure ink has been placed. This would trigger potentially over thicken the stroke which during the healing process will turn into a fatty blurry stroke,  far from natural-looking

Pros of Machine Hairstrokes:

1. The hair-strokes process uses a machine that has one tiny needle that inserts small dots of ink inside the skin. This procedure is almost painless and you can perform machine hair-strokes without any numbing cream. This method tightly locks the ink within as the dots increase and align together to create a stroke.

2. Another major benefit of machine hair-strokes is that the skin rarely will bleed which assists with keeping the results of the ink.

3. Once you do the stroke you can make it easily darker just by going through the same path again until you are satisfied with the intensity of the outcome. With microblading, if the result doesn’t appear dark enough you can only perform limited stroke paths to avoid scaring. This means that at a certain point if the outcome isn’t ideal then there is not much you can do and you must leave it until you can provide a touch-up.

Please note: The darkness of the machine hair-strokes isn’t created by going deeper into the skin but are created by inserting more ink at the same depth.

Cons of machine hair-strokes:

If you operate with the needle too deeply into the skin you’re at risk of overusing the machine. Ideally, your hand movement should be light and the needle should delicately touch the surface of the skin.

It is also important to keep in mind that it is hard to control the machine because of the vibration so you’ll need to confidently keep your hands stable with practice and overall I would suggest moving on to learning hair-strokes after mastering microblading.

In addition to this here is some further comparison: 

1. The potential for unwanted blurry healing:

2. Ink Placement :

3. Healing process and healed result :

4. Healing timeframe: Microblading will take twice as long than machine procedures.


3 Responses

  1. Thank you for the detailed information.
    It is hard for me to do something by just learning and doing, I got to understand (technically) in order to do something that is required of me.
    My brain works well and develops easily a skill when I have a solid comprehension and grasp the fundamentals principles of the matter.

    1. Thank you for your continued support, Jessica! I hope my blogs and videos have helped you with your microblading career. If you have questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to email me. <3 <3 <3

  2. Hi I’ve watched a lot of your UTube videos. I am very new to this. I have done a phi contour course and also a 3 day brow course with somebody else. I am still very nervous and lacking confidence. I find all ur videos very helpful. Thanks. I have a machine I got w my phi contour kit for eyebrows and lips. I could use this for doing brows right? U seem to prefer machine. I guess I need to do a course on how to do machine brows? What do you think. Do you have any tutorials on that? thanks for ongoing help

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