Microblading has become the latest craze in the beauty industry. It is the new solution to getting the eyebrows you’ve always envisioned. The procedure is simple and quick but takes a delicate hand. Using a thin blade, the cosmetologist will make tiny cuts along the eyebrows inserting pigment into the skin. The result should be fuller, more defined brows.

As is expected, there are various levels of expertise, but were you aware that there are also different types of needles? Yes, one needle doesn’t fit all. There is an entire hierarchy of blades, and it’s important to know how to distinguish them.

First, let’s discuss the difference between ‘flexi’ and ‘hard’ blades.

‘Flexi needles’ are best used by beginners. Their flexibility allows for some of the pressure to be absorbed, giving a softer, superficial hair stroke and are ideal for sensitive or thin/aged skin. The needles are bound by a soft leather or synthetic fabric, which gives them their flexibility.

More skilled and confident artists should use ‘hard needles’. They are easier to control and are better for thicker skin with bigger pores. There is no shock absorption, unlike the flexi needles, so the cut goes deeper into the skin with less pressure. They allow for more definition in the strokes since they are wrapped with metal.

Now that we’ve discussed the style of needle, it’s time to talk about their configuration. Blades will be called by different numbers, depending on how many needles there are. The needles are put together in a straight line of a fixed size and range in about four different categories of a build.

7 Flexi Angled or ‘PeeWee’

This blade style is recommended to those who are comfortable with their pressure skills. It gives the hair strokes high definition, ideal for targeting two existing hair strokes with accuracy. These are suitable for all skin types.

9 or 12 Angled Flexi ‘Helpful Auntie’

A good starter needle for students. The flexi style doesn’t let the needle go too deep, allowing for fine lines. Beginners can use it to repeat the hair stroke to get a more defined result and this blade helps to avoid color migration.

18-21 U Shape ‘Picasso’

The number of needles in this blade provides no gap between them. The ‘U Shape’ works best at the inner corner of the eyebrows, as it can create smooth, angled curves in a short space. It has the unique distinction of combining attributes of a multi-flat needle and a single needle. Depending on if you angle the blade more or less, you can make a variety of hair strokes, from curved to straight, with just one needle.

14-21 Angled Needles

This needle count is ideal for creating longer and thicker hair strokes, showing the best results in hard, thick skin types. Because of their fat base, thin tip ends, and gaps between them, the needles are great for shadow effects through different shading techniques.

It’s clear that a lot more goes into microblading than one might expect. Choosing your tool is just as important as knowing how to use it. It’s always best to do your research and understand what option is best for you!

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/