Microblading & Micropigmentation: Designing the Perfect Hybrid Brow

Creating the hybrid brow is a cutting edge technique that enhances and defines brows. The advantages of microblading is successfully combined with micropigmentation to provide “eye popping” results.

What is Microblading & Micropigmentation?

Microblading originated in Asia for cancer patients who had lost eyebrow hair due to chemotherapy and it’s gained popularity as microblading provides a natural looking finish. Microblading is a form of tattooing and is often compared to embroidery as precise, crisp and fine strokes are created. Unlike a traditional tattoo using a rotary/coil machine to push ink the border of the epidermis and the dermis layers, microblading uses a handheld pen with a blade comprised of microneedles to deposit pigments etched into the skin, creating individual hair-like strokes. Microblading provides amazing definition appearing as natural looking hair as fine strokes. Microblading can dramatically correct or reconstruct lost eyebrows where there is no brow hair.

Micropigmentation is also an eyebrow tattoo, but this method involves the application of hundreds of dots to gradually build up the eyebrow. Rather than filling in the brow solid, this method uses a machine to gradually build up the brow, creating definition and softness for a naturally looking eyebrow. This method has advantages as well as it is suitable for a variety of skin types, where microblading by itself is not. Micropigmentation uses a machine needle and may blur under the skin while microblading will appear more crisp.

The Hybrid Brow

The hybrid brow brings together the best of both procedures. By combining microblading and micropigmentation tattooing techniques, brows look natural with individual hair-like strokes, complemented with the soft definition from micropigmentation. The hybrid technique is based on the understanding that microblading heal in a crisp way and micropigmentation heals a little bit richer; hence, the ideal 3D eyebrow will have the edges where the hair follicle starts done by microblading and the fluffy part of the eyebrow (the middle part) will be created with a machine. The machine adds volume and texture to the manually created microblading technique, with softer shading and a more natural appearance.

The procedure is performed using a sterile, single use hand tool and ultra fine needles to implant pigments into the skin. Hair-like strokes, mimicking real eyebrow hair are created. A manual or digital tattoo machine with a special needle is then used to create the more powered look of micropigmentation.

Often the procedure requires only one visit; however, a follow-up 30 to 45 days later may be needed for a few touch ups. Designing a custom brow, specifically tailored to the client, takes precision.


Hybrid brows do not smudge or smear. Clients can participate in any athletic activity or reside in a humid environment without any degradation to the brows. However, hybrid brows can last 1 to 3 years, depending on internal and external factors. Since the pigments are only etched into the top three layers of skin, shedding and replenishing of skin cells will eventually fade the brows, requiring a periodic touch-up.
The NPM Difference

The NPM Permanent Makeup Machine ORON60 creates crisp, delicate hair strokes rapidly, and smoothly without erupting the skin. NPM also holds a wide variety of needles to help achieve optimal results. The hybrid eyebrow picture above was done using a PROBROWS manual pen and 14curved needle and machine needles 5ST Slope and 0.171RL. Pair the ORON60 with NPM mineral-based pigments, and the results will exceed expectations.

For more information on hybrid brows, visit NPM USA, an international leader in permanent makeup.  NPM is a pioneer in permanent makeup, creating revolutionary high tech tools and unparalleled pigments, while adhering to strict international quality assurance standards. Learn more at www.npm-usa.com.


Scalp Micropigmentation: A Hair Raising Solution to Baldness!

Scalp micropigmentation is the process of replicating the appearance of shaven hair by applying thousands of tiny pigment deposits into the scalp. When applied correctly, the scalp appears to have a full head of hair, shaved to a very short height. Scalp micropigmentation is a form of permanent cosmetics.

Scalp micropigmentation is one of the fastest growing solutions for male hair loss. Scalp micropigmentation is also known as micro scalp pigmentation, SMP, MSP, hair follicle simulation or replication and tattooing. Whatever you call it, the reasons for its popularity is that scalp micropigmentation is non-invasive, fast and permanent. Scalp micropigmentation or as we’ll call it, Hair Follicle Simulation, is the only truly permanent hair loss solution to offer instantaneous, guaranteed results.

The inventor of Hair Follicle Simulation or (HFS) is difficult to ascertain as many clinics boast to have been in business longer than they actually have. Some believe the process was developed by a hair clinic in 2002, and later commercialized. However, people have been experimenting with hair tattooing or replication techniques for some time so it’s tough to know.

Over the years, HFS has grown in popularity as a solution to male pattern baldness and alopecia, camouflage scarring or blemishes from transplants or to blend birthmarks into the scalp. Men and an increasing number of women are choosing this procedure in favor of traditional remedies such as hair transplant surgery, concealers, hair systems and chemical-based solutions.

The Process

Hair Follicle Simulation consists of applying small dots of pigments into the skin. Rather than filling in the scalp, this method uses a machine to gradually build up the area, creating definition and softness for a natural look. HFS has advantages as it is suitable for a variety of skin types. The process usually requires 2 to 3 sessions, each lasting at least an hour or so.  The process is repeated until the technician and the client are satisfied and cannot distinguish the scalp micropigmentation from the surrounding real hair.

Clients often experience a small amount of discomfort during the early stages of the session. However, any discomfort seems to ease as the session progresses. Sometimes, though, the side of the scalp may be a bit more sensitive and more of a challenge as this area has a dense collection of nerve endings.

Once pigments are applied, the skin needs to heal. Typically, recovery of one week is long enough so the skin closes and the pigments are assimilated. Often there is a minimum of one week between each session; however, many technicians leave several weeks between the second and third sessions to allow for pigments to fully settle and to determine if a third session is necessary.

HFS Side Effects

Hair Follicle Simulation addresses the visual symptom of hair loss and not the underlying medical reason. Aside from tenderness, HFS has few side effects. Clients should follow the post-procedure instructions following each session to ensure optimal results.


Even though HFS is a permanent cosmetic, it will fade over time due to skin type and environmental conditions. Even though pigments will likely remain visible for up to 20 years or more, touch ups will be needed. Clients often get refreshed every 3 to 5 years.

To get the most out of HFS, the scalp should be kept in good condition. Daily cleansing and moisturizing is recommended as well as the use of sunscreen. Any products with alcohol should be avoided as it is a drying agent for the skin.


The cost of HFS  treatments can range from $1200 to more than $6000, depending on the session. Treating scars is often on the low end of the range, while treating severe alopecia being at the high end of the range.


Only certified technicians should apply scalp micropigmentation or HFS. Technicians should complete a certified course to ensure proper technique and optimal results.

NPM offers a certified Hair Follicle Simulation course, providing a thorough review of the equipment needed and actual hands-on work. Students will master the art of HFS while using the NPM ORON-57 permanent makeup machine and learning the tips and tricks from professional instructors. This course is perfect for the permanent makeup professional wanting to add HFS to their service portfolio or anyone wanting to learn the fundamentals of permanent cosmetics. Visit the NPM website to learn more about certified NPM trainings.

For more on an exciting career in HFS and permanent makeup, contact NPM and check out our onsite or online trainings that will help you kick start your career. Visit our permanent makeup trainings page or contact us for more information. Please note: NPM permanent makeup trainings are regulated by your individual state so contact NPM for additional information.