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Salon brings microblading trend to town

Friday, December 29, 2017

Zen Nails has opened at 1111 W. Morton Ave., Suite 12, and in addition to doing manicures, pedicures and makeup, its staff is offering microblading.

Microblading, also known as embroidery, microstroking and feather touch, is a form of 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, according to Wikipedia.

“Microblading goes on the top of your skin and lasts two to four years,” Zen Nails employee Luu Loan of Jacksonville said. “Unlike tattoos, there is no blood with microblading.”

She said the microblading procedure usually takes two visits to complete.

“The reason we do microblading is because a lot of people who have cancer have lost their eyebrows because of chemotherapy,” Luu said. “Also, many other people have thin eyebrows because they overplucked them when they were young and they now want to make them fuller.”

Zen Nails also offers acrylic nails, waxing, shellac, eyebrow tint, eyelash extensions, dipping powder and gel.

“The reason we opened a nail salon in Jacksonville is because my sister, Kendall [Allan], already lived here and our family is very good at doing nails,” Luu said. “We want to bring new techniques for doing nails and makeup to Jacksonville.”

Allan is the owner and operator of Zen Nails.

The Luu family also runs the Luubrows salon in Springfield and previously owned nail salons in Macomb and Carbondale.

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