A Brief History

The technique of implanting pigment while creating hairline fine strokes in the dermal layer of the skin may date back thousands of years however the trend towards using the technique for eyebrows emerged in Asia and was known as feathering or embroidery prior to becoming known as microblading. Microblading is classified as a semi permanent cosmetic tattoo.

To date Microblading has advanced in leaps and bounds, if carried out by a professionally trained Microblading technician to deliver the exacting art of perfectly shaped and natural eyebrows.

But what exactly is Microblading (PMU)?

The exacting art of Microblading or Hair Stroke Brows must be carried out by a trained technician who will perform the process by way of using a specialised cosmetic tattoo needle. The pigment is implanted into the upper dermal layers of your skin as micro fine hair strokes, made to resemble real hairs. The final outcome after the completion of the procedure will be totally natural looking brows saving you hours each day trying to mimic the perfect brow using a pencil.

Unlike Microblading or "Hair Stroke Brows" - Shading/Ombré brows makes use of a fine tipped cosmetic tattoo needle to implant small points of pigment into the skin which in turn fills the entire brow with a light pigmentation to fill in sparse areas and creates a soft and natural looking powder affect. This technique also works well to cover old cosmetic tattoo work which has faded over time as the shape and colour can be refreshed with this procedure. 

The evolution of Microblading and Micropigmentation has seen various techniques and styles in the approach to the craft including 1D Eyebrows, where the "hair strokes" all go in one direction. 3D Eyebrows where the hair strokes are laid out in a specific pattern across the eyebrow ridges subject to the client's requirements. The latest and more realistic form of Microblading used today is known as 6D which delivers an even, realistically dimensional natural result, applying individual hair strokes.

The Brow Lab. specialises in the 6D technique of Microblading, HD Brows (Hair Strokes), Powder/Ombré Brows and Combo Brows (combination of Hairstroke and Shading Brows).


Will I Look VERY Different?

This will depend on your own natural brow. Generally the Microblading artist will follow your natural shape to enhance and fill them in but in some cases it is necessary to reshape your brows to better suit your facial features.

How Long Will it Take?

The appointment is typically 2-3 hours depending on how long it takes for your approval of the eyebrow shape and drawing. Preparation, measuring and drawing can take up to 1 hour. Microblading or Shading/Ombre itself will take approximately 50 minutes.

You will require a touch up appointment within 6 weeks of your initial procedure for corrections since each clients' skin will react differently to the pigments and will heal differently. It's impossible to accurately predict how a pigment will be affected by a client’s undertones.

Is it a Tattoo?

Yes it is a tattoo. Any procedure used to deposit a pigment into the dermal layer of the skin is known as a tattoo.

Brow Lab Aimee Before And After

Before & After Pic

Your brows will look darker for the first few days after the procedure and will soften in colour once completely healed.

Does It Hurt?

Everyone has different pain tolerances. Most clients barely feel a thing – some even fall asleep while others find the pain intense, but manageable. The therapist will always try her best to make you are as comfortable as possible and manage any discomfort.

Here’s how:

The therapist will use a numbing cream prior to the procedure as well as a topical anaesthetic during the procedure. Less or more anaesthetic can be used as needed.

*Please note that if you are on your cycle or if you have had alcoholic beverages, coffee, or energizing drinks the day of and/or the night before, you may be more sensitive to the procedure.

How Long Will My Brows Last?

The result will vary from person to person as there are variables in terms of skin conditions e.g. oils and medication which can shorten the durability of your result, lifestyle, skin type & age. Results are more positive on a dry skin and can last anything from 1 - 3 years.


  • We reserve the right to refuse services.
  • Prices are subject to change without notice.
  • Due to the nature of Microblading & Lash Lifting procedures and the confines in which we work absolutely NO visitors/children will be allowed into the studio during the procedure.


In the event you would like to reschedule or cancel your appointment, you may do so by emailing us on info@thebrowlab.co.za, anytime up to 24 hours before your scheduled appointment.
Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be subject to a 50% fee of service booked. This amount will be added to your next appointment. Please note that “NO SHOWS” will not be rebooked in future.

The BrowLAB Durbanville, Cape Town

m: 082 684 9234
e: info@thebrowlab.co.za
23 Church Street
Durbanville, Cape Town
South Africa

Why Book With The BrowLAB?

We're dedicated to our craft, fully qualified with international training and certifications and are passionate about what we do.
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