Feathering vs Nano Brows

Difference Between Feathering and Nano Brows

Both nano brows and microblading are a form of cosmetic eyebrow tattooing. Feathering and Nano Brows (known as Nanoblading) are different techniques for enhancing eyebrows. The technique is the main difference between nano brows and microblading, which entails specific differences in the final results. Let’s take a deeper look at nano brows vs. microblading:


Feathering: Feathering, commonly known as micro feathering or microblading, entails manually creating delicate, hair-like strokes using a handheld tool and pigment. This technique replicates the natural appearance of eyebrow hairs, providing a classic and well-established option for eyebrow enhancement.

Nano Brows: Nano Brows, also called Nanoblading, represent a more recent approach that produces hair-like strokes. However, it employs a specialised device equipped with even finer needles, renowned for its precision in crafting exceptionally natural-looking brows. This innovative method offers a heightened level of detail and finesse in achieving the perfect eyebrow look, making it a preferred choice for those seeking the latest in brow enhancement techniques.

Needle Size:

Feathering: Typically uses slightly thicker needles, resulting in marginally bolder strokes.

Nano Brows: Utilises ultra-fine needles, allowing for even more detailed and delicate strokes.

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Healing Time:

Feathering: Typically, feathering is associated with a shorter healing period because of the slightly thicker strokes.

Nano Brows: In contrast, Nano Brows may require a slightly longer healing duration, primarily due to the finer strokes used.


Feathering: Feathering is a versatile technique suitable for various skin types and conditions, making it a practical choice for many individuals.

Nano Brows: In contrast, Nano Brows are especially ideal for individuals with delicate or sensitive skin and those with larger pores. This precision technique excels in addressing specific skin characteristics.


Feathering: Feathering is generally the more economical choice, making it accessible to a broader range of budgets.

Nano Brows: In contrast, Nano Brows typically come with a slightly higher price tag, reflecting the specialised equipment and technique involved in the process.


Ongoing Care: Both methods call for regular touch-up appointments to sustain the desired eyebrow aesthetics.

Sustaining the Look: Maintenance sessions are crucial for upholding the chosen brow style in both techniques.

Continuous Upkeep: Regular touch-ups are essential for both feathering and Nano Brows to keep your brows looking their best

It’s essential to consult with a trained and experienced brow artist to determine which technique is best suited to your individual needs and preferences. Factors such as skin type, desired brow thickness, and budget can influence the choice between feathering and Nano Brows.

Feathering vs Nano Brows: FAQs

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Brow Feathering, Microblading or Nano Brows, what does all this mean?

Brow Feathering is the technique name used for creating hair strokes.  Microblading and Nano Brows is the instrument used to deliver hair-like strokes.

What are Nano Brows?

Nano brows are a new, fast-growing technique in cosmetic tattooing that delivers very realistic, natural-looking hair strokes with minimal discomfort and downtime. The number of needle/s used in Nano brows is much less than those used in a traditional microblade, Nano allowing for finer, more intricate hair strokes. Nano Brows are created using an electric, cordless instrument with an attached cartridge, which uses ultra-fine needle/s, making fine, realistic hair-like strokes on the eyebrows as the cartridge has fewer needles (than a microblade) and implants the pigment superficially into the skin through the nano needle motion. The nano needle/s is super fine; hence, there’s minimal skin trauma, which results in quicker skin healing and shorter downtime. Nano Brows is particularly ideal for those who are sensitive. The duration of the pigment varies for each individual and depends on factors such as skin type, aftercare and homecare. Colour Refresh sessions will be required to maintain the brow shape and colour.

Which is better: microblading or nano brows?

Nano Brows is the preferred technique to be used when wanting to achieve natural-looking hair strokes. WHY – because Nano Brows is far less intrusive to the skin than microblading. Nano Brows is most suitable for clients with oily skin and large pores as the strokes are more resilient. It is also well suited for mature or drier skin types as there’s only single needle penetration (as opposed to a microblade, which has 7-14 microneedle heads).

What lasts longer: microblading or nanoblading?

Both microblading and nano brow last up to approx 18 months  – this is with vigilant aftercare home care, and results always vary depending on skin type, lifestyle and home care. Longevity will vary based on skin type, care and lifestyle. Generally, both techniques provide long-lasting brow enhancements with your skin care and home care, greatly resulting in the duration of these super fine hair strokes remaining. Your skin care contains active ingredients to break down skin blemishes, fine lines, pigmentation, and sun spots – most moisturisers and serums contain active ingredients, so if these are applied to your forehead, they will penetrate and migrate towards the brow. With the warmth of your skin and gravity, the moisturiser/serum will migrate to the brow bone (which protects your eyes) and are now sitting in your brow. The moisturiser/serum on your brow will begin to break down the brow pigment prematurely.

Should I get nano brows or microblading?

The choice is yours, to have nano brows or microblading; this is a decision for you. Given nano brows are substantially less painful and less intrusive to your skin, healing is much quicker, and you still achieve a natural hair stroke result, Nano Brows is my recommendation. The less trauma caused to your skin, the better, too. It is cosmetic tattooing, and we are penetrating your skin, so the option for the least skin trauma caused the better it is, and that’s Nano Brows. We always recommend consulting with a trained technician who can help answer any questions you may have to help you make the right choice tailored to your preferences.

How long does nanoblading last?

Nano brows deliver lasting results. However, client expectations concerning how they want their brows to look vary greatly. Hence, the exact duration is variable, and the time will vary greatly depending on your skin type, home care and lifestyle. It is advisable to seek personalised advice during your consultation.

How long does it take for nano brows to heal?

The visible skin surface healing of nano brows is typically within 5-10 days, while the internal healing generally takes 4 weeks. You can expect the brows to be fully healed in approximately 4 weeks following the procedure.

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