Creating the perfect “Hair strokes”

Hi All,

We would like to welcome you to our first blog post of 2017. We will continue you to post regular posts, that will hopefully be insightful and helpful to your SPMU journey. Enjoy x

For our first topic, we would like to discuss how to create the perfect “Hair-stroke” design using semi permanent makeup techniques.

This subject tends to be quite a popular point of conversation when speaking with students and qualified technicians a like. Many find this technique quite frustrating and hard to grasp. Hopefully some of my tips may help to put some of your troubles at ease.

I personally feel that creating the perfect “hair-stroke” is one of the most difficult applications to apply. It is purely down to skill, that takes years of practice to perfect. With constant practice required in your downtime to achieve great results, Yes that’s right, practice really does make perfect.

As any committed spmu artist I like to follow a few of the technicians in the industry, that I feel have really perfected the this concept to a fine T and I also find inspiration in their work. I recommend in particular Claire Hobson, Kerry Emma cosmetics and Lauren Keegan. I also have found that watching you tubes videos is very helpful and doodling my own designs on paper or practising on latex skins is a must.

I have over the years adapted a my own techniques and I generally find that the main issue is getting the strokes to look as natural as possible.

Hair growth tends to be quite sporadic so as a simple guideline, brows tend to grow in 3 directions:

  1. Upward
  2. Across
  3. Downward

Study the natural brow below and take note of the growth pattern;

To produce the most natural finish, I would advise to follow the “3 stroke rule” for example:

  1. Front section of brow: Upward strokes
  2. Middle section of brow : Across strokes
  3. End section of brow ( Tail): Downward strokes

My tip to you would be to try breaking your brow into 3 sections, this will help you determine a fluid pattern in which to work.

  • Section one will consist of upward strokes
  • Section 2 should consist of strokes going across
  • Section 3 should consist of downward strokes

The strokes must never be poker straight and sit like dominoes, this is very unattractive.

To give the most natural finish aim for soft, smooth curves, with fluidity in pressure applied throughout the stroke. Work nice and slowly and try to space strokes at least 1mm apart to prevent migration of the pigment.

Remember that correct pressure and skin type are key in producing the perfect hair stroke. We would not recommend this technique for oily skin or sensitive skin that bleeds a lot during treatment.

I know this may be hard to put into practice at this moment in time but I will shorty follow with a breakdown diagram for you to follow.

In the meantime, remember the key is Patience and practice.

Stay tuned for part two on how to create the perfect “Hair-Strokes” .