Hybrid brows are one of the most sought-after treatments at the moment. Some permanent makeup artists call them combo brows because they are created by combining two different cosmetic brow tattoo techniques – microblading and microshading.
We answer all your questions about hybrid brows.
Hybrid brows are a semi-permanent brow tattoo, created in two steps – one is microblading, and the other is microshading. The microblading part is done with a manual tool for creating hairstroke-like incisions. Microshading is done with a brow tattoo machine that adds the shadowy effect. Hybrid eyebrows, like any other cosmetic tattoo, are done with pigments of natural origin, and will start fading after some time – they last up to 2 years.
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As said above, two techniques are combined – microblading and shading. But which one comes first?
Most of the artists choose to do hair strokes first, so microblading, and then add the shade. Some of them, on the other hand, say that the results look better if the shading is done first. It all comes down to the artist’s preferences and it is important that the final result is satisfying.
Most artists add hair strokes at the beginning and shade the rest of the brow. Very few of them will microblade the entire brow.
Microblading is done with a manual tool dipped in pigment that creates tiny incisions in the skin that resemble natural hair strokes. Some artists use nano blading or nano brows instead of microblading – the same technique but done with a machine. Shading is done with a PMU machine.
As said above, people with oily skin are great candidates for hybrid brows. Also, those who want to cover up an old brow tattoo, on condition it is faded enough. Microblading only is not a good choice for covering up old tattoos, because the pigment residues make the strokes look blurry and messy. So, adding microshading will look much better.
Some people should not get hybrid brows, due to their conditions. Here is the list:
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The preparation for getting hybrid brows include:
After the treatment, your eyebrows are a fresh wound that needs to heal. The complete hybrid brows healing process will last up to 6 weeks, but you will see the real results much sooner.
First, your eyebrows may look too dark, but don’t worry – they will fade up to 50%. When they start healing, somewhere around day 4, you may notice small scabs falling off. It is important not to touch them and let them fall on their own.
After the scabbing period, which will last for 5-7 days, you may notice that the eyebrows look lighter than they should. It is a normal part of the hybrid brows healing process – the pigment will reappear before the healing period is over.
Also, your eyebrows may heal patchy – that is also okay. You will get them fixed at the touch up, which should be done 6-8 weeks after the initial treatment. It is done to finalize the tattoo, fill in the potential patches and add more pigment if the client wants darker brows.
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Aftercare is very important for the success of the brows. The rules are strict, but not too hard to follow. And you only need to be careful for about two weeks – after that, the brows continue healing and you can go back to your normal daily routine
Here is what’s important to know about the hybrid brows aftercare:
Hybrid brows tend to last longer than microblading, but you will probably need annual touch ups. The frequency of touch ups depends mostly on your skin type and lifestyle and may be required more often if you have oily skin or if you spend a lot of time in the sun or water.
When your brows start fading and when you notice you need to fill them in with a pencil, that is the right time to book a color boost.
The average lifespan of microblading is 12-18 months without a touch up, but since hybrid eyebrows involve shading, they can last up to 2 years.
However, they will probably start fading after a year, so don’t let them fade completely – you will pay more for the full treatment instead of just the color boost.
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Hybrid brows involve breaking the skin with a manual tool and the shading machine, so yes, there are some risks.
Some swelling and redness are normal after the treatment, but if you experience unpleasant itching and redness you can’t stand and that doesn’t look normal, you may have developed an infection.
Infections are not common if you find a certified and experienced hybrid brows artist and if you follow the aftercare tips. Most complications happen because a client goes to an unskilled artist who doesn’t know the right depth and may cause scarring and a botched tattoo.
Allergies are another possible side effect, but that can be avoided if you do a patch test before the treatment to check if you are allergic to pigment ingredients.
Yes hybrid eyebrows can be removed and it is usually done with one of these three treatments:
These removal treatments can be done only when your eyebrows are completely healed. If you are looking for emergency removal, it can be done with saline solution or glycolic acid but only in the first 48h after the treatment, before the brows start healing.
The average price of hybrid eyebrows is $600, but the prices vary, depending on the location, competition in the area, expertise and popularity of the artist, etc.
Hybrid eyebrows are perfect for all skin types and for clients who like the combination of hair strokes and powdery effect. They are done by combining two techniques – microblading and microshading. They are becoming very popular and in demand, because the results are really outstanding.