Most articles and ads you see for microblading are geared towards women. But the truth is that men too have been eyebrow shaping and sculpting for hundreds of years, albeit often with more subtle goals. This is why microblading for men actually makes a lot of sense. In fact, an increasing amount of cosmetic technicians have been offering this service to male customers.
What is Microblading?
Though microblading itself is a newer cosmetic treatment that has only become popular in the past decade, the concept of eyebrow tattooing is nothing new. After all, many people waste a lot of time every day trying to shape their brows to perfection, only to have to do it again the next day and the next! Others spend a lot of money each year on brow cosmetics to achieve their desired look. Wouldn't it be nice to not have to do any of that?
Microblading is a form of superficial tattooing, using short, small strokes to achieve a more natural look than traditional eyebrow tattooing (or even brows drawn on with cosmetics). The results typically last between one to three years, sometimes longer if they are cared for meticulously. In a sense, microblading technicians are artists who can create a wide variety of brow looks by carefully planning out where they will tattoo in "hairs" and by choosing a tint that complements the customer's natural features. Most people who receive microblading will have to go in for a follow-up session after the initial treatment just to make sure the results are as desired.
How Microblading Works for Men
There's nothing particularly different in the microblading process for men, except that the brow goals may be a bit different. While most women tend to opt for trimmer, more elegant brows, men often desire thicker, stronger brows that still appear neat and well-groomed. The desired effect actually varies greatly for men, and there is no "one size fits all" template. Because of this, it is particularly important for men to come in for a pre-treatment consultation to go over their goals with their brow technician.
There are often subtle differences in the technique itself. Whereas microblading for women tends to used longer, more curved strokes, men often receive slightly thicker, flatter strokes. This artistic technique often yields a more masculine-looking brow, while still appearing neatly and subtly sculpted.
What Men Are Good Candidates for Microblading?
Microblading may be the right option for anyone who is dissatisfied with their brows. That said, people who make particularly good candidates for the treatment may meet the following qualifications:
Want fuller, natural or bold-looking brows (it's a great option for men who have experienced hair loss!)
Do not like to use makeup or self-grooming methods to achieve an ideal eyebrow shape
Have no known allergies to cosmetic ink
Are willing to practice proper aftercare on newly microbladed brows to ensure they last
Are willing to come in for a follow-up treatment if necessary
Strong Brows = Confidence
Research from MIT has shown that people with thicker, more pronounced brows are often perceived as more trustworthy, strong and confident and also assists people with facial recognition, which many men will no doubt find appealing. Microblading offers an efficient semi-permanent to permanent option for men who want to strengthen their brow area. The recovery time is short, and most men will find that the benefits far outweigh the cons. In time, microblading is set to become a popular choice for men everywhere!