Obviously, we are huge passionate fans of microblading, as part of our passion for microblading we want all not just our clients to be happy and informed. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there. As with all industries there are huge variations in the quality of service delivered.
We want all that are considering permanent cosmetics to be as informed as possible before choosing to undergo any work on their eyebrow, eyeline or lips.
With this in mind, we have compiled some basic checks that you need to carry out prior to letting an individual carry out any cosmetic tattooing.
After all the work is called permanent make up for a reason, far better to get it right first time and avoid both unsightly work or infections.
No matter where you go, there are 6 big questions to ask before you go under the blade...
ARE THEY LICENSED?
You would be amazed how many people are undertaking cosmetic tattooing both at home and in salons who do not have a license. Why would you let someone give you permanent make up who is not licensed, just to save a few dollars?
If they do not have a license what other corners are, they cutting? Is the potential for skin damage and an infection really worth the financial savings?
ARE THEY CERTIFIED?
Do they have the required training to have certification from VIHA? This certification has specific requirements for a reason. They want you to be safe and not risk the likelihood of infections. Not all microblading training is the same. You need to clarify the level of training your technician has obtained, then decide if that is sufficient for your needs and health.
Many great technicians have traditional permanent makeup training but be sure to look for microblading specific training.
DO THEY LISTEN TO YOU? (UP UNTIL A POINT?)
Some technicians can only apply certain styles of microblading. You are the client and your technician should look to you for shape and color approval, not try force a particular style on you because that is all they can do. You must sign off on design and color before the procedure begins.
However, although your technician is an artist, they should refuse to do anything that is dangerous, won't heal well, or isn't aesthetically appropriate. This could be a great way to test their integrity.
ARE THEY OPEN AND HONEST?
A great technician should answer all of your questions, show you the tools and pigments they use, and be transparent about their training, experience, certifications, and licensing.
A great technician will encourage you to look at their reviews and social media content.
If you feel they are not being transparent, pause, carry out further research and then decide. Trust your gut feeling, after all this is your face.
At this point it is worth bearing in mind that a great technician is going to be busy and may take a little time to answer any questions via email or social media.
DO THEY HAVE HAPPY CLIENT REVIEWS?
This is critical, ensure that their reviews are coming from geninue happy clients and not friends leaving reviews to support a friend with their business. It is quite easy to see which have the variety of clients and reviews compared to someone who is asking friends to leave reviews.
Look at their social media posts, are clients leaving positive comments on photos etc. Do not be afraid to message a selection of clients.
DO THEY HAVE BEFORE & AFTERS?
Look at their before and after work, does it fit with your needs? Microblading combines both science and art, and every technician as their own unique style. Does their style fit in with what you are looking for?
Although only six things you should look for you can see that some need a little bit of research to find your answers.
A little bit of research before committing to any work will save you heartache and grief.
Make sure you feel comfortable! This is your face, after all! It's not the best time to try to find a deal or make compromises.
If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to reach out via email, or social media or look at our FAQ. We're happy to answer anything!
And of course, if you have already done all your research….