Microblading vs. Nano Machine Hairstrokes: What is the difference?

As a PMU artist, I am frequently asked about the distinction between microblading and machine hairstrokes. Let’s delve into the answer!

Transform your eyebrows with two semi-permanent makeup treatments: Microblading and nano machine hairstrokes. The latter method makes use of a device to implant pigment, whereas the former is completely handcrafted for an individualized look that lasts longer but can cause more trauma – something worth considering in terms of cost as well.

Curious about which eyebrow treatment is the optimal choice for you? Wondering if one is superior to the other? Keep reading to discover the answer.

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Machine Hairstrokes Amsterdak

What is Nano Machine Hairstrokes?

Machine hairstrokes method, also known as “nano brows,” deposits pigments into the skin using a digital machine and needle cartridge. PMU machines differ from tattoo machines in that they operate at a higher speed and lower frequency, resulting in a more natural-looking outcome. This technique has gained widespread recognition in recent times since it can create various effects such as shading, hairstrokes, and lines, and can be used across several treatments. It is ideal for all skin types, has a longer lifespan, and causes minimal damage to the skin.

Pros and Cons of Nano Machine Hairstrokes

Pros Cons
Suitable for all skin types Most people are unfamiliar with the procedure
Can replicate cosmetic make-up Can be more expensive
Causes less damage to the skin  
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Microblading Amsterdam

What Is Microblading?

Microblading involves a semi-permanent tattooing process for eyebrows, in which a manual hand-held tool comprising 12-16 needles is employed to implant pigment into the skin. The goal is to simulate the appearance of natural hairstrokes and generate an extremely natural-looking outcome.

Pros and Cons of Microblading

Pros Cons
Results are soft and natural Not ideal for oily skin and large pores
Enhances the natural brow shape Might be more traumatic to the skin
Popular and well-known  

What Are the Main Differences Between Microblading and Machine Hairstrokes?

The primary distinction between microblading and machine hairstrokes lies in their application techniques, resulting in distinct outcomes across various parameters.


Nano brows are achieved using a machine, hence the name “machine method.” The equipment consists of an extremely thin or “nano” needle that vibrates and deposits pigment simultaneously by piercing the skin. The needle’s thin and flexible nature results in minimal damage to the skin. This process takes longer than microblading.

During microblading, PMU artists employ a manual hand-held blade comprising needles, typically ranging from 12 to 16, to implant pigment into the skin. This is accomplished by dipping the blade into the pigment and making small hair-like incisions into the skin. The blade utilized in this technique is also thin, with some artists even using the same thickness as a nano-needle. However, the blade is not flexible, resulting in reduced control over the pressure and movement.

Skin Trauma

Machine hairstrokes result in lower skin trauma and minimal chances of scabbing due to the device’s high precision, which does not involve cutting the skin. The skin remains intact with this technique.

In contrast, microblading may result in high skin trauma as the process involves cutting into the skin. Poor technique may lead to cuts that are too deep, resulting in scarring. Scarring is inevitable if microblading is performed 2-4 times over several years.

Pain Level

A frequent concern among clients is which technique is more painful. The answer is that neither treatment should cause pain as a topical anesthetic can be applied to the area beforehand. However, some discomfort may be felt during the session. While some clients may experience more pain during microblading, the majority of clients describe the sensation during machine hairstrokes as tingling or stinging.


Both microblading and machine hairstrokes are semi-permanent treatments, which means they will eventually fade away.

These treatments typically last 1-2 years, but they may fade more quickly on oily skin.

Machine hairstrokes are well-suited for individuals with large pores, as the high precision application technique minimizes the potential for pigment blurring.


The average cost of microblading is approximately €350, but the price may range from €100 to €1000, depending on the location and exclusivity of the facility.

In contrast, the average price of nano machine hairstrokes is around €500, slightly higher than microblading. The price range for this treatment is typically between €400 to €1500.

The variance in price between the two treatments is primarily due to the higher technical difficulty involved in machine work, which requires more expertise to master. As a result, only the most dedicated PMU artists can offer this treatment, leading to higher prices.

Healing and Aftercare

The healing and aftercare for all eyebrow PMU treatments are similar. With microblading, a second session is typically scheduled six to eight weeks after the initial treatment. However, the scabbing, itching, and flaking may last longer due to the skin receiving more trauma. These symptoms should subside within ten days for both treatments. With machine hairstrokes, a touch-up appointment may be scheduled 12 weeks after the first treatment.

Although the aftercare routine may vary among artists, dry healing is a common approach. This process involves keeping the brows dry for two weeks, avoiding touching or using makeup in the area, and keeping the treated area away from direct sun exposure. The aftercare period typically lasts for 14 days after the treatment.

Is Machine Hairstrokes better than Microblading?

There is no straightforward answer to this question. It depends on your personal preference, the look you want, and your skin type.

If you have normal, young, healthy skin, then it’s ok for you to have Microblading once in your life.  Do it too many times and you could develop scars.

Nano brows is suitable for all skin types, it’s gentler on the skin, therefore it won’t cause scar tissue.

Both are beautiful treatments, but if you care about the long term health of you skin, I would suggest Machine Hairstrokes over Microblading.

If you are still uncertain about which treatment you should choose, consult an artist to assess your skin and suggest the best option.

If you’re based in Amsterdam you can always come and see me for a free consultation

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If you still have some questions, I’d be more than happy to help, so please call, text or email me on the below contact details:

Tel: +31 0640446517

Email: kim@microbladingamsterdam.nl

Kim Loy Permanent Makeup
Kim Loy, Microblading Amsterdam
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