Nano Brows / Machine Hair Strokes

Nouveau Contour Nano Needle

Machine Hair Strokes or Nano Brows are permanent eyebrow makeup created using a tattoo machine and a tiny flexible needle called a Nano Needle. Precision hair stroke patterns are tattooed onto your skin to give a natural, subtle look. While at first glance they may appear similar to microblading, nano brows are very different as the tool we use to introduce the pigment into the skin for these is an actual tattoo machine with a single nano needle as shown above.  This needle has a tiny width of just 0.18mm. In microblading a hand tool is used with micro blades which are multiple needles that are slightly larger than a nano needle, aligned to form a blade, as shown below.


While both nano brows and microblading are hair stroke procedures, nano brows are more suited to some people, especially those with oily skin and/or large pores. This technique may be used to help cover old permanent makeup.  Pigment retention tends to be much greater with nano brows than microblading, and machine work may cause less initial trauma to the skin.  A tattoo machine perforates the skin during the procedure, while a microblading tool slices tiny cuts into the skin in order to create the signature hair stroke pattern.  Some people that are contraindicated to microblading may be the perfect candidates for for this procedure…  And no one but you will know the difference!

Nano Brows can be combined with Ombré, Powder & Shaded Eyebrows creating a combination brow to add additional texture and feel.


Special considerations for people wanting eyebrow tattoos are:

  • Botox injections of the forehead and brow area should be avoided for at least 3 weeks prior to treatment and for 2-3 weeks after.
  • Use of brow growth serums should be avoided at least 4-6 weeks prior to the appointment. Growth serum use may cause extensive bleeding and bruising of the brow area during the brow procedure.

For further information and in order to prepare for your cosmetic tattoo appointment, please check out our Before Your Appointment page, in addition to the Aftercare Instruction page.

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