What Exactly Are Nano Brows?

April 14, 2023

If you have been doing research on permanent makeup for your eyebrows you must have heard about Nano Brows, or if not, now you will know everything there is to know. If you are hoping for a natural way to fill in your eyebrows with realistic looking hair strokes, Nano Brows is definitely a good option. Nano Brows is a fantastic treatment to give that perfect natural shape. Fine, crisp hairstrokes performed with a digital machine, quality pigment, qualified Nano brow artist, and a very small nano needle is the combo you need to make your eyebrow dreams come true. Read this article to learn more about Nano Brows and if it might be a good option for you.

What Exactly are Nano Brows?

Nano Brows is one type of semi permanent or permanent makeup. To perform the treatment, the permanent makeup artist uses a very small needle or a cartridge as it's called in the permanent makeup world, and a handheld digital machine to insert pigment into the skin to create these fine, crisp hairstrokes that Nano Brows are known for. The creation of the hairstrokes can be versatile, and the artist can create your desired look depending on your preferred style.

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The word Nano stands for something “very small” which is to describe the needle that is used to perform the hairstrokes. This is one of the smallest needle on the market, therefore the technique enables the artist to create fine hair strokes that complement your natural brows and look very natural.

What Distinguishes Microblading from Nano Brows?

The main difference between Nano Brows and Microblading is that Microblading is performed with a manual handheld tool (a blade). The microblade is used to cut the skin and insert pigment. Nano Brows are performed with a machine and usually a one point needle. Microblading can be better for people with combination or dry skin, while Nano Brows can work well for people with oily or aging skin.

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What I love about Nano brows is that you can achieve very good and versatile results, and the hair strokes will appear very fine and crisp. If the Nano Brows artist performs the treatment well, the Nano brows may occasionally last longer than microblading, despite the fact that they are very similar treatments that are just performed with different types of tools. Some people also say that they feel less pain with the Nano Brows treatment.

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Can Everyone Get Nano Brows?

Most people should be able to get Nano Brows. However, there are a few factors that could affect if you are a good candidate or not. The permanent makeup artist will inquire about your health and inquire about any medications you may be taking that could interfere with the healing process. Beware if you are not required to answer any health form, that is a red flag. They will also examine and analyze your skin type to determine whether it may be too sensitive or whether you may have any skin conditions that could interfere with the healing process, such as those who have skin conditions like eczema or rosacea. People who have severe acne or conditions resembling that might not be good candidates for nano brows. People with oily skin, however, may be better suited for Nano Brows than microblading.

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How Much Does Nano Brows Cost?

The price of Nano brows can vary greatly depending on where you live or where you want to have the procedure done. It can also depend on how well known or experienced the permanent makeup artist you select is and how popular the procedure is in the city you select. The costs I've seen range from around $300 to as much as $1,500 or even $2,000 Just be cautious because a price that is too low may indicate that the permanent makeup artist is not qualified or might be using pigments or tools that are not high quality. I would also recommend asking if the touch up appointment is included or not, since you always need to have one, typically six weeks after your first appointment. I would always recommend you to do a thorough research on the typical pricing in your area and get a good sense of what is typical.

Does Nano Brows Work Well on Oily Skin?

Yes, as I mentioned above, people with oily skin may be good candidates for Nano Brows, but the permanent makeup artist will need to assess each individual skin type. You can read more about the skin types here.

How Long Do Nano Brows Last?

For some people, the treatment lasts shorter, and they might need a touch up after 9 to 12 months, this all depends on each individual's lifestyle and skin type. And of course it depends on the quality of the products, your aftercare, and experience of the artist. In normal cases, Nano Brows should last from 18 to 24 months if done correctly and if you follow the aftercare process correctly. There are other factors, such as a lot of sun exposure, retinol use, smoking, or medication, that can affect the treatment's longevity in addition to the permanent makeup artist's level of experience.

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How Should I Prepare For a Nano Brows Treatment?

How you prepare for your treatment depends a lot on each individual, that could be skin type and other factors. When you book the appointment, you should ask the artist to give you some good preparation tips. But here below, you can find out the most important things to consider:

Preparation 4 to 6 Weeks Prior to The Treatment

  • Stop using any acid based skin care products, such as retinoids or glycolic acids. Your skin will become more sensitive and thinner as a result of using these products.
  • No laser treatments.
  • Stop using products that stimulate hair growth, such as Rapid Brow.
  • Read the instructions on the salon's website if you haven't already.
  • 2–3 weeks prior treatment
  • If possible, do not sunbathe. Your skin becomes very sensitive and if sunburned it is not wise to do the treatment
  • Skip your botox appointment
  • 1 week prior to the treatment
  • If you have very light/white eyebrow hairs, and you are used to tinting them darker, now is a good time to do so. Then you can be sure that the tint will not be stuck in the skin when you have your treatment
  • Do not use any fake tanners on your face
  • Stop taking any medication that can thin your blood. For example, Ibuprofen and Fish Oil. Some salons might require you to stop taking other medication. Do your research and do not be afraid to ask your artist
  • If you're on blood thinners for a medical reason, ask your doctor if you can take a few days off them. It is not advised to perform a treatment on people who are on blood thinners
  • Alcohol is not recommended (especially 48 hours before)
  • Some artists recommend not having any coffee 24 horse before
  • Treatment day
  • Wash your hair, that will help you, since the first few days after the treatment you are not supposed to wet your face in the shower or the bath. Of course, you can be careful and wash your hair, but if you can do that after a few days that is much better.
  • Clean your skin and remove your makeup
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How is The Aftercare Treatment for Nano Brows?

Your artist will give you detailed information on the aftercare depending on your treatment, lifestyle, skin type and so on. The aftercare period lasts about 7 to 14 days, depending on how long the scabbing lasts for you.  But the most important things are the following:

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  • Avoid sun exposure for up to 14 days
  • Avoid getting your eyebrows wet. That means no splashing water on your face in the shower
  • Avoid exercise and the gym for up to 14 days
  • No sauna
  • No swimming pools or hot tubs
  • Do not use any chemicals on your skin around the treated area
  • Be careful when putting on makeup, we do not want any product going on the area  
  • You might be given a specific balm or cream to put on the eyebrows, follow the instructions the artist gives you
  • Some artists will make you wipe your eyebrows with a cotton pad and water that has been boiled and therefore sterilized (but after it has been cooled down)

How seriously you take the aftercare process can seriously affect your final results, so do not take it lightly. Achieving the perfect eyebrows is a process and this can be a total of 3 to 4 months if you take into account the touch up. Do not give up because it will all be worth it in the end.

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Kristjana has years of experience as a Customer Success and Marketing Manager in the Permanent Makeup industry. Her passion is to share information in a simple way in order to assist everyone in making well informed decisions about which treatment and PMU Artist to choose.