There’s nothing quite like the feeling of having fresh brows done; when shaped just right, they frame your features and add that all important definition and structure to your face.
While the classic tint and shape is always an option, there’s now a wealth of innovative treatments to consider – from microblading and microshading to powder brows, there’s now a whole host of options without the need for a monthly tint or gels and pencils every morning.
Just like you can get laser hair removal instead of the dreaded monthly wax, microblading offers a semi-permanent solution for perfect brows.
Microblading is a type of semi-permanent tattoo which creates the look of perfect brows that won’t wear off in a few weeks like a tint.
If done well, your brows should be indistinguishable from the real thing and should last anything from one to three years depending on your skin type, so choosing a reputable microblading practitioner is very important.
But with so much choice out there it can be hard to know where to start, a quick search on the booking platform Treatwell pulled up a whopping 332 microblading venues in London alone.
Whether you’re thinking microblading, microshading, or powder brows, keep scrolling for our guide to the best salons in London for fuller and more defined brows.
How to choose a salon for microblading
The first thing to look at when deciding on a practitioner for microblading is the artists portfolio. As a minimum you would want to see five or six fully healed brows.
The most important thing is to ensure you’re looking at pictures of fully healed brows that were taken three to four weeks after the treatment.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of looking at pictures taken immediately after the treatment when the brows are a lovely shade of brown but you need to ensure the brows won’t heal red and will also hold the colour.
Always remember to schedule a consultation prior to the treatment itself (it’s usually offered free), this will help determine if the treatment is suitable with your skin type, what treatment would work best for you.
What’s the difference between microblading and microshading?
Microblading is a type of stroke effect semi-permanent tattoo used on the brows, giving a fuller and lifted brow effect.
Microshading combines both microblading and shading, it uses a blade for the strokes and a 1-point needle for the shading. It is recommended over microblading if you have an oily t-zone, for individuals with medium to darker skin tone or if your brows are very thin with little to know brow hairs.
What are powder brows and ombre brows?
Powder brows, also known as ombre brows, are a slightly newer semi-permanent brow technique. They are perfect for you if you’re looking for a fuller filled in look rather than brush strokes.
Powder brows are also recommended for individuals with who have an oily t-zone with medium to thicker hair as it typically lasts longer than microblading alone.
Keep scrolling for our 5 go-to spots for microblading in London – based on personal experience and as seen on people whose brows we love.
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Best Salons for microblading London
Based in the heart of Kensington, Nez has cultivated a cult industry following among many influencers and social media stars alike thanks to her attention to detail and precision results.
Nez is known for her transformative results and her patience with achieving the perfect result is second to none.
Prices: The microblading cost is £600, microshading is £750, and powder brows are £650.
Find her at: Nez Hasan, 19 Abingdon Road, High Street Kensington, London, W8 6AH
Since graduating from ‘The London College of Fashion and Arts’- Robyn has become one of London’s leading specialists in microblading.
Robyn’s expertise delivers her clients the most natural brow enhancement and ensures each treatment is a bespoke, tailored experience that adds structure and balance to the face, ensuring a perfectly natural look.
Prices: £350 for microblading including a consultation and top-up session
Find her at: Inanch London, 220 Great Portland Street, W1W 5QP and The Melrose Clinic, Leigh-On-Sea, 109-111 Broadway West, SS9 2BU
Shavata Singh London
Kicking off her career as a beauty therapist over 20 years ago, Shavata Singh launched her first brow studio in 2004. Since then we’ve seen her brow bars dotted across the country, with two standalone brow bars in London in Knightsbridge and Chiswick.
It’s safe to say that Shavata Singh is a brow connoisseur. Shavata and her trained technicians focus on delivering high-quality treatments.
While Shavata herself specialises in semi-permanent powder and ombre brows, two of her highly-acclaimed senior artists deliver microblading.
Price: £1,200 for semi-permanent brows with Shavata Singh; £800 for microblading with Chermaine Kyriacou and £600 for microblading with Sunita Ghalan. All include a consultation, top-up session and after-care
Find her at: 274 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 1PD; 60 Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge, SW3 1NZ and Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ
Daxita Vaghela has a career in brows spanning over 30 years which means she has an innate understanding of how brows can lift, balance and frame the face at any age.
This results in a beautiful natural, flattering and bespoke finish.
Price: £490 including a consultation, a top-up session six weeks later and an after-care kit
Find her at: Daxita Vaghela, Atherton Cox Salon, 18 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 8UR
Kallinika Aynsley at Dryby London
Kallinika’s ‘hyperrealism brow’ treatment is the most popular. The semi-permanent treatment uses a machine to create soft and natural-looking results.
Our only advice is to book in as soon as you can – her waiting list is long.
Prices: start at £600 and go up to £750 for the Hyperrealism Brows
Find her at: 74 Mortimer Street, DRYBY, W1W 7RZ, London, London