Eyebrow Extensions vs. Microblading

Perhaps your eyebrows have thinned as a result of over-tweezing or you have suffered hair loss due to alopecia or cancer treatments. You’ve always envied celebrities who seem to have perfect and thick eyebrows, and have decided you no longer want to apply eyebrow makeup everyday. First of all, rest assured, the majority of celebrities and models need as much help as mere mortals when it comes to beauty. Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, and Beyoncé are just a few of the gorgeous women who regularly wear eyebrow extensions.

Celebrities with eyebrow extensions - Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, and Beyonce

Obviously, money is no object for these glam girls, but for the rest of us, it’s wise to do some research on available options before making this beauty investment. Here is a comparative look at two popular trends.



Eyebrow Extensions

Eyebrow Extensions

What are Eyebrow Extensions?

Eyebrow extensions are created with tiny fibers of mink or synthetic hairs. Individual hairs are glued to existing brow hairs and directly to the skin around brows using surgical adhesive. It’s best to start with a smooth surface, so the treatment typically begins with cleaning and exfoliating the eyebrows and surrounding skin. A brow pencil is used to draw in the outline of the new brows.

Who Can Get Eyebrow Extensions?

If you have patchy, uneven, or sparse eyebrows, eyebrow extensions are a natural-looking and painless solution. They are a great option for those who have over-plucked their eyebrows in the past. 

How Long Do Eyebrow Extensions Last?

The salon appointment usually lasts 30-45 minutes. The hair glued to brow hair typically lasts 2-3 weeks, while the hair glued to skin only lasts 5-7 days. The extensions will last a shorter period of time if you often touch. Extensions should retouched every two weeks.

How Much Do Eyebrow Extensions Cost?

While every salon varies, professionally applied eyebrow extensions start at around $50 and go up to $250 or more, depending on the thickness, type of hair used, and shape of the extensions.

Post Eyebrow Extension Care Tips

  • Keep them dry for the first 24-48 hours, which means avoiding showers, pools, heavy exercise, or saunas.
  • Do not put any products containing oil on your eyebrows, especially oil-based makeup remover.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyebrows when cleansing the face, and do not exfoliate.
  • Take care when changing clothes to prevent buttons, zippers, or the edge of clothing from touching or rubbing against your eyebrows.
  • Sleep on your back or side and avoid resting your face on the bed pillow.



Eyebrow Microblading

Eyebrow Microblading Example

What is Eyebrow Microblading?

Eyebrow microblading creates a semi permanent tattoo on the eyebrows. Although it is a form of tattooing, microblading is not as deep as traditional tattooing and less painful. The brow technician applies a topical anesthetic to numb the area, reapplying this as needed during the process. Pigment is selected to match the natural or desired brow color and skin tone and deposited under the skin. The technician uses a manual, non-vibrating tool with tiny precision needles to etch thin strokes resembling fine individual eyebrow hairs.

Who Can Get Eyebrow Microblading?

Microblading is a longer-lasting option for those with sparse hair or hair loss due to alopecia, cancer treatments, or other diseases. However, if you do have a medical condition, make sure to consult with your doctor before getting eyebrow microblading.

How Long Does Eyebrow Microblading Last?

The process takes about 2 hours, with a 30-minute touch-up session recommended 4-6 weeks after the initial session. Microblading can last 1-3 years with proper care.

How Much Does Eyebrow Microblading Cost?

The cost of microblading is considerably higher than eyebrow extensions and varies depending on the salon. A quality job can cost between $700 and $1,500 and touch up is required in about a month (although this is typically included in the initial fee). Keep in mind, however, that eyebrow microblading lasts considerably longer than eyebrow extensions.

Post Eyebrow Microblading Care Tips

  • Gently clean your eyebrows with distilled water on a cotton pad.
  • Apply a light layer of healing balm morning and night for at least 5-7 days, but do not over apply.
  • Avoid going to the gym during the healing period, because even a small amount of excess sweating around the eyebrows will prevent pigment retention and may cause infection.
  • Stay out of the sun, because this can fade the pigment. Wear a sun hat to help shade the face and prevent the pigment from fading.
  • Avoid putting exfoliating lotions (e.g. retinol and glycolic acid) near your eyebrows, because this will remove top layers of skin and the pigment.


Eyebrow Extensions vs. Eyebrow Microblading


What if neither one of these options is right for you? There are lots of other alternatives available for those on a budget or with other limitations. Human hair eyebrow wigs, temporary eyebrow tattoos, and eyebrow makeup are all great ways to try out thicker brows.


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