Microblading eyebrows first started about 25 years ago throughout Asia. Microblading  or HDi embroidery brow is a form of semi-Permanent Makeup that provides a means to partially or fully camouflage missing eyebrow hair with the appearance of simulated hair using fine deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments. Over time the strokes can blur and fade and will need to be refreshed.
Its history is not well-documented, but it went by so many different names such as:
  • microstroking,
  • microblading,
  • HDi embroidery brow,
  • feather tattooing,
  • eyebrow tattooing,
  • “the Japanese Method” feathering,
  • hairstroking.
In Asia, the technique matured as artists experimented with different brow patterns and tools and application techniques.
A lot of modern techniques are now taken for granted and commonplace. Originally, many artists would cross hairstrokes in an “x” pattern, since in real life hairs do cross. However, this would injure the skin and looked less natural. These days, most artists are taught never to cross hairstrokes.
Today, more advanced techniques such as “3D Eyebrows” are popular throughout North America. Newer techniques are still being innovated in of Asia, such as the “6D Eyebrow” by artists like David Zhang.
In the last few years, microblading had a surge of popularity throughout Europe & Australia, where schools and artists have established themselves as the frontier of microblading for the West.
The history of microblading is very brief, but its future looks very bright.