We’ll say it outright: we’re fans and advocates of organic microblading.
The long and short of the matter is that organic microblading is safer and more effective. When it comes to permanent makeup, we’ve long abandoned the idea of using traditional permanent makeup pigments.
Table of contents
- The histories of (inorganic) microblading
- The Japanese origin of microblading
- The Chinese origin of microblading
- The emergence of organic microblading
- Why organic microblading is better than traditional microblading
- Organic microblading is good for your business
The histories of (inorganic) microblading
To understand the importance of organic microblading, one needs to know the history of permanent makeup.
While permanent makeup artists have always had good intentions, their circumstances weren’t always ideal.
There’s no single account of how microblading—or permanent makeup in general—came to exist. There are different, contrasting accounts regarding its origin.
The Japanese origin of microblading
One popular origin story points at Japan as the origin of microblading.
Although there existed a ban on tattoos during the Edo period in Japan, nothing stopped the Japanese from getting tattoos. Horimono (or the traditional Japanese art of tattooing) was extremely popular, particularly with the common Japanese folk.
Japanese woodcarvers (known as Ukiyo-e) earned additional income from tattooing, as their incomes from woodcarving proved insufficient. Others even shifted permanently to tattooing despite the ban. Tattooing gave them a fixed weekly income, as opposed to their less reliable woodcarving businesses.
These woodcarvers-turned-tattoo-artists would dip a bamboo rod in ink made from charcoal and cadmium. The needles affixed to the rod would then be used to etch designs into human skin.
This specific technique is known as tebori, which literally means “to carve by hand.” Many permanent makeup artists today cite tebori as the inspiration, if not the ancestor, of modern microblading.
There are, however, contestations to this account.
The Chinese origin of microblading
Contrary to popular belief, microblading may have originated from China, and not Japan.
Brow artist Rabab Kelani attempted to find microblading artists during a trip to Japan. To her surprise, she found not a single microblading artist in her search.
This led her to rethink the idea that microblading originated from Japan. Instead, she looked to the country with the highest number of microblading artists: China.
Kelani wrote that, when she first started microblading, the tools she used came exclusively from Chinese manufacturers. This fact strengthened her hypothesis that microblading did not, in fact, come from Japan.
A research paper published in Quaternary International posits that microblading originated in Northern China. Their research of archaeological data from Siberia, Mongolia, the Japanese archipelago, Korean Peninsula, and North China supports the idea that microblading was birthed in Siberia.
So where did microblading come from?
The truth is that no one knows for sure. It’s possible that the technique we now know as microblading cropped up in different countries and slowly evolved to what it is today.
One thing, however, is for sure: when microblading entered modern times, its commercialization signaled its downfall.
Microblading in the modern era
As women entered the workforce, their need to look “presentable” became an ideal marketing standpoint.
Manufacturers and distributors would produce and develop new makeup products to cater to the evolving needs of women.
Microblading became an attractive option for many working women, because it eliminated the need to get ready in the morning. For just one session plus a one-time fee, women could save both time and money.
As the demand for microblading grew, people turned to cheaper pigments to maximize profit. Unfortunately, this meant metal-based pigments that, eventually, revealed themselves harmful.
When the health risks of microblading surfaced, the demand for microblading dipped and dipped until, eventually, permanent makeup lost steam altogether.
The emergence of organic microblading
It was a waste. Microblading offered benefits that traditional makeup couldn’t dream of offering.
In addition to saving on time and money, microblading could:
- Help hair loss and cancer survivors regain their self-confidence. With treatments like eyebrow and scalp microblading, these survivors could have healthy-looking arches and scalps once more.
- Help breast cancer survivors develop self-love. Areola reconstruction can improve the appearance of breasts affected by cancer treatments.
Thankfully, someone had the idea to develop a type of pigment that would cause no harm to clients.
In some ways, organic microblading harkens back to the earlier days. Back when our ancestors had no choice but to use pigments sourced from nature.
Organic microblading pigments are food- and mineral-based. So, in addition to being healthy for clients, they’re also incredibly environmentally friendly.
A number of metals used for commercial purposes are sourced from irresponsible mining practices. By eliminating the need for these metals altogether, organic microblading helps on both a micro and a macro scale.
Lorine Mikhaeil, a permanent artist and licensed nurse, developed the first organic microblading pigments in the US.
She specifically aimed to fill in the gaps—there were potential clients who disliked the health risks of traditional microblading. And yet these clients are keen on trying microblading anyway. Therefore, the existence of a safe and healthy option will turn potential clients to loyal customers.
Mikhaeil currently practices as a permanent beauty artist at her own microblading clinic. She has also established her own training academy and sells her organic pigments to microblading artists all over the country.
Why organic microblading is better than traditional microblading
Traditional and organic pigments function the same way. Their main difference really is in what they’re made of.
However, there are a number of key improvements made by organic microblading, namely the following.
1. Organic microblading lasts longer
Some permanent makeup treatments last only a year or so. Organic microblading lasts up to two years.
Because it is made with natural ingredients, it is better retained by the skin compared to its inorganic counterpart.
2. Organic microblading doesn’t fade into a different color
Who hasn’t run into a lady with faded blue or orange brows? These women are victims of traditional microblading.
Traditional microblading pigments fade into a different color than the original ink pigment. Again, the metals at work are at fault. They aren’t as compatible with the skin as natural ingredients-based pigments.
As you might have guessed, organic microblading does not have this issue. Faded organic permanent makeup simply looks faded. It doesn’t morph into a weird color like traditional permanent makeup does.
3. Organic microblading is compatible with all skin types
Speaking of compatibility, organic microblading once again beats traditional microblading.
Because it is made with all-natural ingredients, organic pigments rarely produce allergic reactions in clients. (With the exception of clients who, under any circumstances, aren’t allowed to have permanent makeup.)
4. Organic microblading is safer and healthier
We’ve already said this, but it bears repeating. If you’re going to insert ink into your skin, don’t you want that pigment to be organic, safer, and healthier?
The interest in organic microblading isn’t a fad. By now, there are organic versions of almost anything on the market. This isn’t a coincidence.
Consumers are realizing that they don’t need to settle for commercially produced products. Sometimes, it’s better to invest in something slightly more expensive if the health benefits outweigh the cost in the long run.
Organic microblading is better for your business
We said it: organic microblading may be slightly more expensive than traditional microblading. If you’re a starting entrepreneur, this might make marketing your business more challenging in the beginning.
However, as you build your customer base, you’ll establish yourself as a microblading artist (and/or business) to be trusted.
Offering organic microblading shows clients that:
- You care about their health and well-being.
- You care about the environment.
- Quality matters more to you than profit.
- Your services are guaranteed to be safer than other services.
But, of course, it’s not just about branding, either.
When you know you’re making the world a better place, you feel more fulfilled. You fall in love with your career even more. And you sleep at home every night, knowing that you’re bringing some good to the world.
And perhaps that’s the best investment of all.
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