Owner Mina Michael uses microblading and digital hair-stroke tattooing techniques to fill in clients' patchy brows and give them an improved shape.
For the uninitiated, microblading is a hand-tattooing technique that uses fine, hair-like strokes to enhance or create natural-looking eyebrows. It can be paired with cosmetic tattooing, which uses a rotary machine to embed special cosmetic pigments in the skin, for the most natural-looking end result.
A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, Michael shares her new space on Pierce with a friend and classmate, Genevieve Dupre of Huahine Tattoo. The pair previously worked from a space in the Castro before moving to the Lower Haight.
Already licensed as a practicing tattoo artist, Michael first learned about microblading four years ago, before it became a bigger trend, she said. Her clients were some of the practice's earliest adopters.
Complete brow packages, which span multiple appointments, run $750.
"Every appointment starts with a drawing and consultation," Michael said. She also requires clients to come back for a touch-up four to six weeks after the initial session. "I always make sure my clients are feeling comfortable."
With extensive experience in a field that's still relatively new by beauty-industry standards, "I do quite a few [brow] corrections," Michael told us.
Those who've had microblading work done elsewhere and didn't like it can book a design consultation with her to discuss a possible fix.
Asked why she chose to open in the Lower Haight, Michael cited the "old-school San Francisco vibe" of the neighborhood and the adjacent bike-sharing station as high points. She said she's excited to share her craft with her new neighborhood.
"I’ve always been really into brows," she added. "It's a convergence of beauty and art."
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