history of microblading

History isn’t always particularly interesting, but microblading history certainly is. Why is it important to jot down how microblading came to be? Why, because in a few years, we’ll be part of that history. Here’s how.

Like the rest of the beauty industry, microblading has a pretty interesting backstory. While the trend only began to gain traction in the last few years, it’s been around for centuries.

Knowing microblading history can tell us if this current trend will last or if it will fade away once more. It also reminds us of our profession’s humble beginnings and shows us that if we’ve gone this far, then we can go even farther.

Why we should write down our microblading history

We don’t mean on some large ancient, mystical book. You can include the history of microblading anywhere from your website’s About section to your blog posts. What matters is that it’s there.


  • It gives clients an idea of how microblading started. It’s not just about some quirky interest in history. Knowing the cultural significance of microblading helps clients understand how seriously we take our craft. They’re more likely to trust us if we show that we honor our work.
  • It helps us understand the importance of what we do. We understand that, sometimes, work feels like we’re just drawing one eyebrow after another. Work can be tedious. However, understanding what microblading went through can be inspiring and motivating. Knowing history can turn an eyebrow into a labor of love.
  • It shows our place in the timeline. By writing down microblading history, you’re not just demonstrating your knowledge. You’re also staking your claim in the timeline. What do we mean? Well…

Organic microblading is the future

In ten or twenty years, this decade will be known for the emergence of “natural” and “organic” beauty.

It’s everywhere. More and more brands are turning cruelty-free and are emphasizing “natural” ingredients like Vitamin C, aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, and witch hazel. Even snail gel is a beauty product now!

On top of that, there are startup brands popping up that cater to zero-waste movement followers; they offer refill stations and plastic-free packaging.

Similarly, organic microblading is the future. Not only is it safer for clients, but it also helps the environment. Organic microblading lessens the need for mining metals, upon which traditional microblading pigments are based.

Instead, organic ink pigments use mineral- and food-based dyes. These last longer and never fade into ugly blue or green shades, as well.

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A history of microblading

But what is microblading history anyway?

The technique itself likely comes from the Japanese tattoo tradition Horimono. At the time, woodcarvers found their livelihood insufficient in providing their needs. A number of them took up tattooing—even though tattoos were prohibited at the time.

Horimono artists used natural inks made from charcoal and cadmium. Their tools were made of bamboo. These artists carved by hand in a technique known as tebori.

Microblading is likely a descendant of tebori, in that both use natural inks and hand carving to create tattoos.

Fast forward a few centuries, and people all over the world were using tebori to create “permanent” makeup. Permanent makeup became popular at the same time that people were shifting to a busier, more industrialized period.

Tools and inks were made from cheap materials both due to accessibility and affordability. Unfortunately, this caused many failed microblading attempts. Health risks became a concern for many women as a result. The unnatural colors that came out of early microblading also discouraged people from trying permanent makeup. Understandably, microblading popularity began to decline.

Moving forward with organic microblading

It’s hard to pinpoint when organic microblading became a trend outside of the United States. Within the country, however, organic microblading found its founder in Lorine Mikhaeil and in OPM.

Organic microblading is a direct response to traditional microblading. Organic microblading was designed to be safer, less painful, and longer lasting than its older counterpart. The goal was to encourage people to give microblading another shot.

And it succeeded.

Today, organic microblading has found its place alongside other organic beauty products and services. And it will only continue to rise in popularity as more people discover the benefits of choosing organic.

What do you think of microblading history and making sure we keep record? Sound off in the comments below!

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