Nano Brows

Nano Brows vs Microblading: Which is for You?

Numerous new techniques for eyebrow PMU have emerged over the past few years, and one of the more popular ones in 2020 is nano brows. Although the idea is the same as microblading, this technique is done in a slightly different way using a special tool.

So if you’ve been wondering what is nano brows vs microblading, PMUHub gives you a detailed comparison!

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What is Microblading?

Microblading is a permanent makeup treatment for eyebrows done by depositing pigments between eyebrow hairs in thin strokes in order to make the brow arches, fuller, thicker, and symmetrical.

The artist uses a special microblading tool made up od 10 to 16 fine blades of different thickness which are dipped into a liquid pigment solution and dragged through the epidermis.

Want to find out more about microblading? Follow the links:

Microblading Eyebrows – The Ultimate Guide

Microblading Before and After

Microblading Cost

Microblading Salons

What is Nanoblading?

Nanoblading is a more precise version of microblading. With nano brows, the artist uses a single-needle device, the nano needle machine, which works like a tattoo machine, but uses an extremely fine needle to inject pigments into the epidermis. 

The nano needle is flexible and as thin as a hair. The most common thickness is 0.18 mm. Some artists call it 3D nano brows, because the thin strokes are indistinguishable from the natural hairs. 

Want to find out more about nano brows? Follow the links:

Nano Brows – The Ultimate Guide

Nano Brows Before and After

Nano Brows Cost

Nano Brows Salons

What Is the Difference Between Microblading and Nanoblading?

The results of both treatments are natural-looking, but enhanced brows, which last a relatively long time. The main differences between microblading and nanoblading are the tools and the technique.

The biggest difference and main reason why many clients go for nanoblading over microblading is the fact that nanoneedles cause significantly less trauma to the skin than the microblading tool.

The flexibility and thinness of the nanoneedle prevent the pigment from going too deep into the skin, which sometimes happens with the rigid microblading tool and creates an unattractive shadow. As the nanoneedle is extremely thin, the cuts are very narrow.

There is less scabbing than microblading scabbing, and the possibility of infection and scarring is minimal.


microblading by @phibrows_by_ana, nano brows by @phibrows_ozlemaydin

Do Nano Eyebrows Hurt More Than Microblading?

No, on the contrary. When it comes to pain involved with nanoblading vs microblading pain, the degree of discomfort is individual and depends on the toughness of your skin.

But generally speaking, nano brows hurt less than microblading, as the nanoneedle is much thinner. On the other hand, nanoneedling sessions last longer, since each stroke is done individually.

Both procedures are done after applying a numbing cream onto the skin, so chances are, it won’t hurt more than a wax.

How Long Does Microblading Last?

Generally, the results of microblading last up to 18 months and can be prolonged with touch ups and proper aftercare, which implies avoiding sunlight, exfoliation, and skincare products which contain particularly aggressive ingredients like glycolic acid.

Microblading also fades significantly faster on oily skin.

How Long Does Nanoblading Last?

Nano brows’ results last from 2 to 2.5 years on average, depending on skin type and lifestyle.

However, nanoblading is better suited for oily skin and is more resilient to excess oil produced within the pores. Likewise, it is also more suitable than microblading for skin with large pores.

How Much Does Microblading Cost?

The price of the microblading treatment start at $400, but can go up to $1000, depending on the artist.

Take a look at a detailed cost overiew in our Microblading cost guide.

microblading by @master_ecaterinacioban

How Much Are Nano Brows?

The price of the nanoblading treatment is from $500 to $1000
and depends on many factors, like your city and the artist you choose.

Learn more about nanoblading cost and what determinates it in our Nano brows cost guide.


nano brows by @microblading_by_gonca

How Long Does Healing Take with Nano Eyebrows vs Microblading?

The healing process for both treatments is considered complete after about 6 weeks, depending on your skin and age.

Yet, the initial consequences, like redness, scabbing and itching last slightly longer with microblading, as there is more trauma to the skin.

Generally, they should subside within 10 days for both treatments.

Is Nanoblading Better Than Microblading?

The answer depends on the look you want and your skin type.

Nanoblading gives more precise and meticulous looks. Each stroke is individual and thinner than a microblading stroke, so they are better incorporated into the natural brows and the artist can modify the arch with much more precision. Nanoblading also looks more natural on people with thin eyebrow hairs.

In addition, nano brows treatment is more suitable for clients with oily skin and large pores since thin strokes are more resilient, and clients with alopecia who have no brow hairs, as nanobrows tend to look more natural than microblading (which doesn’t mean a skilled microblading tech won’t give you super realistic brows too!).

On the other hand, microblading is the slightly cheaper option, so if you’re looking for a more enhanced look and don’t insist on perfect precision, microblading may be the right choice!


It pretty much comes down to your likes when choosing between microblading and nano brows treatment.

Whichever you choose, make sure you find a reputable aesthetician with proper certification and lots of experience who will do their best to give your desired set of arches.

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