Struggling with hairstrokes? You're not alone. But we have some good news for you. First, a bit of history...
Dr. Linda Dixon (that's me) has been observing the way brow "hairstrokes" heal in the skin over a period of many years. First I looked at needles, examining different configurations and needle textures, tapers and sizes under the microscope, comparing them to my own brow hairs that I plucked out "for the sake of science". My own attempts to master "hairstrokes that stay put", rather than spread or blur or merge together has finally resulted in crisp, clean hairstrokes when using a Microblading technique with needles and pigments I've has developed specifically for this purpose. It's no wonder we've all had trouble with hairstrokes when you realize the needles we have used are 3-5 times bigger than the actual human eyebrow hair.
2005 South Korea: Tiny Park invited me to judge an eyebrow competition in Seoul where over 400 professionals did hairstrokes on dummies with a handtool and black ink. Professionals from China and Japan joined the South Koreans doing a technique known as feathering or embroidery. 2009 Moscow, Russia: I nearly froze to death in Moscow, as a guest of Anna Savina, I judged yet another eyebrow competition with my friend Massimo who owns Biotek. "Their work was beautiful, amazing". "In the end, I was the one who learned a lot in addition to sharing my new Slope® needles". There are many gifted artists in our profession, but I'm not one of them". So I had to analyze, research and study how to make brow hairstrokes friendly "to the rest of us".
I had long observed the different directions eyebrow hairs grow in various ancestry groups. My technique evolved to mirror the direction of each hair when doing hairstrokes. But my clumsy attempts to connect hairstrokes resulted in leaning picket fences connected by a diagonal line. Patients would point out an area between hairstrokes and politely say "Dr. Dixon, you missed some color here". Just when I was gaining a little confidence that I could do hairstrokes, someone wanted a more "solid brow". Over the years, my Bootcamps included experts in brow techniques, including hairstrokes. But I was always too busy to observe them. The experts included Tina Davies, Jody Stoski, Paula Pilmanis, Carol Packman, Joyce Cirasuola, Joyce Bamburg and Mary Ritchersen. Rhonda Vacanti, Shauna Magrath and Tina Bryson were gifted artists who helped with their invaluable experience as well. "We all wanted the same thing", I realized. "We wanted to be the best and to share our information with others who also wanted to be the best."
I often refer to my Microblading Hairstrokes as "The Emperor's Clothes" Hairstrokes. "You don't want to see them [the hairstrokes] sometimes when you just need to add a few hairs in here and there among sparse eyebrows." "Even if you do need to put in a lot of hairstrokes, as in an alopecia client, it's nice to not observe a tell-tale tattooed brow look", she chuckles. That's why, in May, I will be joined by Tina Davies and Joyce Cirasuola in Florida for BROWMASTERS™ 2-Day Workshops on May 4-5 (class full) and May 6-7. "I'm eager to help you get the competence and confidence you need to master hairstrokes!"