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  • Clare Jennings



Bold beautiful brows are having a moment. And in the pursuit of the perfect brow, we answer the question ‘are HD Brows the same as microblading?’

Whether you were born with the thinnest and lightest brows imaginable, or you’ve subjected your brows to years of waxing and tweezing to be left with patchy tadpoles, there are more chances than ever before to give your face framers a face lift.

With a range of salon friendly treatments and procedures available, you can give your brows a boost in around 45 minutes. But knowing where to begin can be difficult. Here we’ll look at the differences and similarities between two of the most popular eyebrow treatments in the UK, so you can decide for yourself which one is for you.

So, are HD Brows the same as Microblading?

No, HD Brow treatments are not the same as microblading. The two eyebrow techniques can be used separately or can be combined to get effective results.

The HD Brow treatment is made up of a design formula to find the best shaped eyebrow for your face. This design is used at each appointment, allowing for any regrowth needed to perfect the unique shape whilst working with your natural eyebrow hair growth. The HD Brows process involves an in-depth consultation tinting, waxing, threading, trimming, makeup (if following a regrowth programme) and aftercare, to achieve a perfect brow shape that works with your features.

Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup. Thin brushstroke lines of pigment are tattooed along the brow to give the illusion of eyebrow hairs. The tattoo pigment is blended to suit your natural colouring and once applied gives the appearance of a fuller brow.

HD Brows Vs Microblading

What are HD Brows?

HD Brows are designed to accentuate your natural brow and enhance your shape to suit your face. The tint is selected to suit your skin tones and hair colour for a subtle effect, lifting the shade and working with the shape to give you a more defined brow.

A initial HD Brow appointment usually takes around 1 hour for a consultation and the treatment itself. 45 minute follow up appointments can be arranged every 4-8 weeks depending on the rate of hair regrowth to help maintain your brows new shape. Each visit to your HD Brows Elite stylist at Sofia Rose Beauty will cost £25. You'll get extra value for money too, as Jen is the most highly trained HD stylist in Widnes.

If your brows are sparse or patchy, your HD stylist may recommend a regrowth programme or offer advice to promote growth of your eyebrow hairs, helping to restore some or all of the thickness of your natural eyebrow over several weeks or months.

Over 80% of HD clients follow a regrowth programme. This may simply be regrowing one row of hairs to perfect the shape, or four rows of hairs if they want a bigger brow. 10% of clients have no regrowth as hair follicles have died, so microblading is an ideal solution. But remember to do your research - cheap is not necessarily best.

What is Microblading?

Microblading is applied to the skin and can take several applications before achieving the desired result. Initially the effect is a bold brow as the tattooed area scabs over and heals, but as the skin softens and the pigment starts to fade, you’re left with a more natural looking result.

Your eyebrow hair will continue to grow around the shape of the tattooed brow, so you may also require an additional eyebrow shaping treatment and occasional tint to help keep your brows looking neat and tidy.

A microblading session can take in the region of two hours and usually costs around £500 for a first treatment including an initial top-up, with touch up appointments recommended every six months or so. The results of microblading can last up to two years, so it’s a long term commitment if you decide to go ahead.

Because microblading penetrates the skin, there is a risk of infection and scarring. People with certain medical conditions may also not be suitable for the procedure. Always choose a fully qualified and skilled microblading technician if you do choose to go ahead.

If you’re eager for bigger brows, but are unsure about microblading, give a HD Brow treatment a try. Non-invasive and working with your natural features you can see what effect you can achieve with your brows before going under the needle.

At Sofia Rose Beauty we don’t make a secret about our love of HD Brows, so if you’ve got any questions about the treatment or want to book into our professional home beauty salon in Widnes, contact Jen at Sofia Rose Beauty who’ll be happy to give you expert advice or arrange an appointment for you.

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