Microblading. When did this get so popular, and what on earth is it? - By Kendra E.

Microblading has taken off in the wave of new age esthetic services. What is microblading though? Is it essentially tattooing? We look deeper into the process of microblading and why its become so popular.

First, there are two different types of “microblading”. Manual Microblading or “Microblading” is a form of semi-permanent tattoo that involves using tiny needles (instead of a tattoo gun) that make up a small blade to help deposit pigment under your skin. There is also Machine Microblading or “Shading” that involves a machine creating the “hair like strokes for you.

Microblading eyebrows first became popular about 25 years ago in Asia. Its history is not thoroughly documented in the US, but what makes it very difficult to track is that it can go by so many different names: microstroking, feather tattooing, eyebrow tattooing, “the Japanese Method,” feathering, hair stroking, etc.

In Asia, the technique gained more popularity and got more exposure as artists experimented with different brow patterns, tools and application techniques. But why did microblading explode all of a sudden? The millennial & Gen Z generations took to microblading, among other permanent makeup options, mostly for the convenience. In this day and age, social media rules all. Young people feel more pressure than ever to live up to unrealistic expectations and constantly push themselves to look or seem “flawless” at all times. Permanent makeup makes that image of perfection easier when you don’t have to worry about makeup reapplication every single day.

Having beautiful brows is only one appointment away and the younger generation invests more into long term beauty than past ones at their age. Microblading is such an amazing procedure for women who don’t want to take the extra time out of their mornings to do makeup. So whether you love the convenience or just love looking glam at all hours of the day, microblading is such a great experience and is well worth the hour or so for the application.