Digital Hair Strokes Or Microblading? What’s the difference?

There are many different salon-based treatment for creating the perfect brows and this can become confusing when they all seem to promise the same longed-for look.

I have chosen to specialise in two methods, both are permanent make-up but each have different benefits and are suited to different skin types.


During a Microblading treatment the technician will meticulously hand “draw” each hair into the dermal layer of the skin using a pencil-like tool and pigment. The hand tool is dipped into pigment and then delicately grazed into the skin. The treatment is still considered a tattoo because the pigment is implanted into the skin but the use of a hand tool and not a machine means that the results are less accurate, giving  realistic hair-like strokes which can mimic the flow of a natural brow.

The results of a Microblading treatment are a very natural “fluffy” look which is great for filling in gaps, extending the brow or creating brows where hair has been lost through over plucking or conditions such as Alopecia.

Microblading only suits people with very “normal” skin, very dry skin or eczema prone skin can be too delicate for Microblading, very pale translucent skin also causes a problem as the pigment heals a lot cooler and more oily skin will not retain the pigment.

Every clients skin retains pigment very differently, the healing process affects the longevity of the treatment, I personally feel microblading is more traumatic to the skin and as a result the skin heals and the strokes fade quicker than digital machine techniques. This however works well for someone who may be nervous about having permanent makeup and is unsure as to whether they will like it. If a client is uncertain I would recommend Microblading over digital as it fads a lot quicker.

Microblading also suits very fair skinned, fair haired clients with baby fine hair, who want very natural looking results.

I can however create more dramatic brows and build colour by adding shading with a 19 pin shader Microblade.

After the first treatment and 6 weeks top up treatment, I would recommend booking a colour boost appointment at around 6-8 months.


Digital Hair Stroke Brows

Digital Hair Stroke Brows are created using a cosmetic tattooing machine with a tiny needle which injects pigment into the skin.  The pigment is implanted much closer to the surface of the skin than in a traditional tattooing, also the pigment used in cosmetic tattooing is totally different to those used in body tattooing.

I find the digital hair stroke technique to be much less traumatic to the skin than microblading, so causes less bruising and bleeding, saying this depending which needles are used, it can be more uncomfortable, and can take longer than Microblading as you have to work very slowly to ensure the pigment is implanted accurately.

I can still create natural hair strokes with digital technique using tiny 1 point needles or Nano needles, but I can also add depth and strength easily

Results can vary from dramatic looks, mimicking the look of makeup or individual hair strokes for a subtler more natural look.

Digital hair stroke brows tend to retain pigment and last longer in the skin than microblading, after the initial treatment and 6 weeks top up I would recommend a colour boost at around 9-12 months.

What’s The Difference?


So, to conclude there isn’t a great deal of difference in the 2 techniques, your skin type and life style will ultimately dictate which treatment will work best for you.

Feedback from my clients seems to favour digital because it lasts longer, also there is a distictive grating noise with Microblading, most clients cringe at, which your don’t get with digital.


Which do I prefer doing?

I think if I’m honest I prefer the digital method, the grating noise and physically cutting someones skin isn’t the most pleasant part of my job, whereas the buzzing noise (like and electric toothbrush) and sensation you get with the digital technique I find quite relaxing, I have had clients nod off during the digital treatment because the buzzing is like white noise to a baby!