Since 2017, microblading has gone mainstream mainly due to the fact that social media has increased the hype of #browsonfleek.
Nowadays, it’s commonplace to see pictures of women and men with beautifully made-up eyebrows on Instagram and Facebook. And a lot of these people have spent hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on eyebrow products, including brow pencils, pens, pomades, powders, and gels. These cosmetic products can go from less than $5 to almost $50.
Although some of these products do last for a few months to a year, once you’ve hit the pan on a pomade or powder or have used up a brow pencil or gel, you’ll surely need to spend another $5 to $50 for a replacement or refill. If you sum it all up, you could be spending hundreds of dollars and hours in fixing your eyebrows in a year.
A revolutionary eyebrow solution
People can and will afford to buy countless numbers of brow products in a year just to achieve the #browsonfleek look. But drawing your eyebrows on a daily basis can be tedious and, well, unnecessary. Especially when you can have perfectly shaped brows for a much longer time.
Thanks to the invention of microblading, people can wake up in the morning with already beautifully made-up brows.
Why microblading has gone mainstream
For one, it’s durable. It doesn’t smudge or budge even while you’re sweating like crazy under the heat of the sun. Even when you’re swimming or taking a shower, nothing will ruin your on-fleek brows.
Another reason why microblading is so popular is that it’s low maintenance. Unlike eyebrow products that need to be constantly retouched in a day, microbladed brows don’t need any of that. 1 appointment to the technician after you’ve had microblading to check if your brows are healing properly is all that’s needed to make sure those arches are on point.
Microblading is also a non-invasive solution, which means that it doesn’t require a long recovery period. It’s also safer than tattoos. Aside from that, your brows will be fully healed in just a few days so you can take them out for a spin almost immediately.
How to be a microblading technician
The surge in popularity of microblading and the cost per procedure have encouraged beauticians and aestheticians to learn the craft.
It’s important that you choose a trusted institution to learn microblading from. They should have a county permit and be approved by the Department of Health to fully and legally conduct microblading training. You should also see to it that you check their modules to get a good idea of what you’ll be learning and whether or not you are comfortable with what they are offering.
If you want to be a microblading tech, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do permanent makeup.
1. Enroll in a Bloodborne Pathogens Training.
Your county may require body art practitioners to obtain a Blood-borne Pathogens Training to qualify for a permit. Any worker who will be exposed to blood on the job is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to undergo this training. In this seminar, you will be taught how to handle infectious materials safely. You will also learn proper hand-washing and waste-disposal techniques. You need to check with your state if you are required to submit tests for hepatitis and other communicable diseases.
2. Complete microblading training and apprenticeship program.
There are schools or microblading training centers that offer courses or apprenticeship programs. Some states only require microblading artists to complete a training program, while others might require both training and apprenticeship. Program lengths can vary from 24 hours to 300 hours. You will need to undergo proper training to get practical experience under the supervision of a licensed tech. Once you’ve completed the program, you will then need to submit a certificate to your state or county department to be eligible for a permit.
During the training, you will learn about the following:
· What microblading is
· Who the ideal candidates are
· Client profiling and consultation
· Skin anatomy
· Color and pigment theory
· Facial structure and eyebrow design
· Sterilization and sanitation of your tools
· Client preparation
· Shaping and drawing brows
· Hair stroke patterns
· Hands-on training
· Aftercare tips
3. Apply for a Body Art Practitioner Certificate.
A microblading school or training center is not allowed to offer a state license or county permit. They are only allowed to provide a certificate of completion to students who have completed a core curriculum. You may also be required to pass an examination, including a practical demonstration of skills.