Hair Stroke Eyebrow Tattoo: All You Need to Know

By Katarina V.| Last updated on November 30, 2022
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⏱️ 5 min read

New versions of eyebrow tattoos have been here for years, but some people still dread getting one because the first thing that they think of when they hear brow tattoo is a traditional tattoo that looks like a block of color and lasts forever.

The truth is completely different.

Contemporary eyebrow tattoos look much more natural and attractive and are meant to fade after a couple of years. Let’s talk about the most often requested hair stroke eyebrow tattoo.

So let’s find out how you can achieve natural-looking eyebrows with a tattoo.

Can Brow Tattoos Look Like Natural Hairs?

Yes, this is now completely possible. There are different treatments that will help you achieve a natural hair stroke look on your eyebrows.

The most popular one is, of course, brow microblading. It is done with a handheld blade but there are also other versions of hair stroke eyebrow tattoo that are done with a machine.

hair stroke eyebrow tattoo natural lookImage source: Instagram @lisatranbrows

What Is the Difference Between Hair Stroke Brows and Microblading?

There is no difference between hair stroke eyebrow tattoo and microblading – the former is just an umbrella term that includes the latter.

Microblading uses a manual blade that is dipped in the pigment and then the incisions are made in the skin to create hair strokes. Once they are healed, they resemble your natural brow hair.

So microblading is actually one version of a hair stroke eyebrow tattoo.

Let’s find out what other ways of achieving hair stroke eyebrows are.

What Are Nano Hair Strokes?

Nano hair strokes are thinner and more delicate because they are done differently than microblading. We can make the distinction between two treatments:

Nanoblading is microblading with a .15/.16/.18 diameter blade. The blade is composed of thinner needles and produces finer hair strokes.

Here’s more information about nanoblading.

Nano brows will also give similar results as microblading and nanoblading. The difference is that nano brows are done with a machine and that’s why this treatment is also called machine microblading or digital microblading.

Nano brows hair strokes are thin and delicate and are said to last longer than microblading. They’re also great because they are suitable for almost all skin types.

Most clients with oily or extremely oily skin are not good candidates for microblading and they’re advised to turn to Nano Brows. They are also a better option for people with mature skin.

Here’s more information about nano brows.

nano hair strokes brows after alopeciaImage source: Instagram @mybrowandbeauty

Pixel Blading for Hair Stroke Eyebrow Tattoo

Pixel brows is another treatment that can provide hair stroke eyebrows tattoo, but it’s not as popular as microblading or nano brows.

While microblading is done with the manual tool that slices the skin to insert the pigment, pixel brows poke the skin. A specially designed pixel blade is used to tap in the pigment. It’s pressed against the skin, so it creates punctures, not cuts.

The reason why this treatment is not as popular as microblading is because the hair strokes have a soft pixelated look not all people are fans of.

Aren’t Combo Brows Also Hair Stroke Brows?

Kind of. Combo brows combine two techniques – microblading and shading.

These are perfect for people who have thin and sparse eyebrows. The head of the brow is covered in hair strokes, giving it a natural look, and the middle of the brow and the tail are shaded for fullness and density.

This is a good option for people with oily skin, as well as those who like wearing makeup on their brows.

combo brows or combination brows are a mix of microblading & shadingImage source: Instagram @custombeautybrows

How Long Does Hair Stroke Eyebrow Tattoo Last?

How long your hair stroke eyebrow tattoo will last depends on which treatment you choose. If you choose microblading, you can expect it to last from 12 to 18 months, while nano and combo brows last a bit longer.

The longevity of your hair stroke eyebrow tattoo depends on your skin type as well as your lifestyle.

If you spend a lot of time in the sun or in the water or sweat a lot, you can expect your brow tattoo to last shorter than average. If you have only skin, the sebum will push the pigment out more quickly and your brows will fade sooner than expected.

But if you want to prolong the lifespan of your hair stroke eyebrow tattoo, you need to book touch ups – color refreshment treatments that are required when your eyebrow tattoo starts fading.

Is the Hair Stroke Eyebrow Tattoo Process Painful?

Not really. The level of pain is definitely not the same as getting a real tattoo.

The main reason for that is that permanent makeup artists use a numbing cream to reduce discomfort. So most people don’t see this treatment as painful, just a bit uncomfortable and unpleasant.

How Much Does Hair Stroke Eyebrow Tattoo Cost?

Depending on the eyebrow treatment you choose, they can cost from $300 to $2,000. The average price of most hair stroke eyebrow tattoos is somewhere around $600.

If you want more specific information, here’s the Microblading Cost Guide and here’s the Nano Brows Cost Guide.

What Else Should I Know About Hair Stroke Eyebrow Tattoo?

  • It needs some time to heal. The healing period is a bit uncomfortable and it entails different stages – the brows will change during this process. They will look too dark, then scabby and then too light.
  • The aftercare is very important. The first 2 weeks after the treatment are crucial – you must care for your brows properly to ensure your hair stroke eyebrow tattoo heals well.
  • Any hair stroke eyebrow tattoo is a 2-session treatment. A touch-up session 6-8 weeks after the initial session is required to correct imperfections that may occur during healing – fill in patches, add more pigments, adjust the shape.

hair stroke eyebrow tattooImage source: Instagram @ebh_browjam

What Are the Benefits of a Hair Stroke Eyebrow Tattoo?

  • It’s waterproof and sweatproof, it won’t smudge or wear off
  • You don’t have to fill in your eyebrows for months or even years
  • You don’t have to worry about whether your eyebrows will come off if you swim or wash your face.
  • They are low-maintenance
  • They are a great confidence booster – artist will find a perfect shape to compliment your face.
  • They can create brows from scratch, which means that people who have very little or no brow hair at all can get nicely shaped, full eyebrows.


So, as we’ve explained above, a hair stroke eyebrow tattoo is very much possible. They’re very popular, they look very natural and most people claim that choosing to get their brows done has been the best decision ever made.

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