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Becoming a Microblader

Pursuing a career in cosmetics takes dedication and careful training. It’s not for everyone; this kind of job requires true passion. There are several different areas to study, but one that’s becoming increasingly popular is microblading. A microblader fills in a person’s eyebrows by using a thin blade with pigment to make small cuts in the skin. Though the procedure isn’t permanent, the longevity of the results can last between 3 to 5 years, should the client go back for the necessary touch-ups.

This profession isn’t for everyone. It takes time to become masterful with the tool and even more so when performing the actual technique. Many microbladers exist, but it’s vital to do your research when picking the right one.

If you are someone who wants to become a professional microblader, there are several aspects to keep in mind.

Training

Yes, there are two-day schools (surprisingly). Should you use this method? Possibly, but with discretion. The Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals recommends either choosing a class with one other person or going to someone who will train you privately. Being taught privately may only take one week or even a year. The American Academy of Micropigmentation states that even though most states don’t require specific training, doing an apprenticeship sharpens your skills and provides an invaluable network of peers. If you put things into perspective, tattoo artists spend one to two years during an apprenticeship alone before they work on someone. Quality always counts.

Tattoo HQ also highlights the importance of certification. Not only does it give you authority as a professional, helping to build relationships with clients, but it allows you to set your pricing according to your qualifications.

What You Learn

Beginning courses should follow basics to start; how to do eyeliner, eyebrows, and lip liner. DO NOT work with a class or school that say you will learn to do full lip color, camouflage and/or skin pigmentation. SPCP warns that these techniques are far advanced and should not be included in a beginning class. Be sure to question how many students will be participating. There should always be hands-on training with live models. Having too many students will not allow for individual attention.

Be Aware of State-by-State Cosmetic and Tattoo Regulations

As cosmetic makeup becomes a stable in most states, new guidelines, requirements, and regulations are being refined to distinguish between professionals and the frauds. Take the time to look at them and learn so you can have the proper certification.

Ask Others About Their Training

According to SPCP, all good instructors should be continuing their education courses at least once every year. As the industry changes, new techniques and skills will be required. A trainer who is not current or keeping up with trends won’t be able to teach you new advanced methods and procedures. Check for certificates, if you can, to ensure you are learning from a reliable source.

The world of cosmetics is continuing to find new trends and styles. The need for teachers and specialists is a never-ending job venture for young, up and coming professionals. Just be sure you know where to go!

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/

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Committing to Microblading

Most people think of microblading as a tattoo for your eyebrows or permanent makeup. Microblading is categorized as permanent makeup, and the same type of procedure that is done when getting a tattoo is used in microblading. However, microblading isn’t entirely permanent. Unlike tattoos, microblading involves a different tool and the ink is placed shallower in the skin. Since microblading is largely on the surface of the skin, it will fade over time.

This can be a good thing if you choose to view it as a safe guard. If your eyebrows didn’t turn out the way you wanted because you chose the wrong shape or your technician didn’t understand what you wanted, you don’t have to worry. While it can seem disappointing when the color fades, salons know that your beauty preferences can change with time. By not permanently tattooing your eyebrows, salons are giving you the freedom to change your mind.

All Things Fade with Time:

Fading will happen more rapidly after the first initial treatment. This fading can be anywhere from 40 to 60 percent due to the healing process. This usually involves scabbing and peeling. Remember, this first treatment is not the final product. The first touchup will be used to fix any fading you have along with color tone and any irregularities.

A few other things can affect how fast the ink fades. Oily skin typically causes faster fading than dry skin, along with Iron deficiencies, sun exposure, exfoliants, strong immune systems, exposure to salt water, and smoking.

But There’s Hope:

If you have these symptoms or work in circumstances that require you to be exposed to the sun or salt water, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get the treatment. If you are concerned about whether you are a good candidate for microblading, you can get a consultation with a technician.  If you are approved but have these symptoms, more touch-ups may be required over time. Regardless, you will eventually have to get a touch-up.

Most people need a touch up every year or so to keep their brows looking fresh after the first initial procedure. The first treatment normally includes one touch-up after 5 to 10 weeks. This first touch up is part of the cost of the first treatment, and subsequent touch-ups will be significantly less.

Microblading is a commitment. It isn’t something you can do once and never worry about again. Like all beauty procedures, microblading must be maintained, and appointments should be made periodically. It’s easier than spending ten minutes every day with an eyebrow pencil trying to fill in the gaps and make your eyebrows look natural. Microblading is the perfect solution for the person who wants full natural brows without much effort.  If you go once a year (less than the number of times you go to the dentist), you could have full and well-shaped eyebrows for life.

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/

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How to Care for Your Eyebrows After Microblading Treatments

Microblading is a new, innovative, semi-permanent makeup procedure that can last up to three years. It’s a perfect solution for someone short on time. However, there is a certain level of commitment that goes into the microblading procedure. Below are just a few tips and ideas to keep your eyebrows looking sharp.

1. Go to the Follow Up Appointment: After your first initial treatment, you may lose some ink or experience some fading after your eyebrows have healed. Browstyling.com states the color can fade up to 40% during the healing process. To ensure you get the results you wanted, go to the follow-up appointment. This appointment is often part of the fee you paid for the first procedure, so going to this is really just getting your money’s worth.

2. Clean Your Eyebrows After the Procedure: To clean your eyebrows, you need to use a Q-tip and distilled water on your eyebrows, or you can use baby wipes. This will help wipe away any healing balm or build up from after the procedure. After your eyebrows are clean, reapply healing balm that your technician has provided.

3. Use Healing Balm for 5-7 Days After the Treatment: This does not mean applying an over the counter product. Any balm or ointment you apply should be something your technician recommended or gave to you. In fact, Zoe Milan Studios, a leading company in Micro-blading in Tampa, Florida recommends not using ointments and creams as they can slow down the healing process or ruin the technician’s work (wasting your money).

4. Don’t Apply Makeup Near Your Eyebrows: Applying makeup, like applying ointments, can affect how your eyebrows heal. It can also potentially cause infections.

5. Avoid Water: Water is another substance that should not meet your eyebrows after microblading. This includes steam or any other type of moisture. You want to keep your eyebrows completely dry for up to 14 days.

6. Avoid the Sun: UV light from the sun or tanning beds will make the ink from microblading fade faster. After the initial procedure, the cuts are still open, and the ink is more directly exposed to the light. If you want your results to last, be cautious about how much sun you expose your eyebrows too.

7. Most Importantly Don’t Touch or Pick at Your Eyebrows: This can be very tempting because the skin often peels or is very dry after the procedure, but picking at the area is just like picking at a scab or scratching when you have the chicken pox. It can leave scars, and nobody wants that.

8. See A Doctor If: While dry, flaky skin and a certain level of discomfort are normal, there are a few things you need to watch out for after having your eyebrows microbladed. If you experience severe pain, have puss, swelling, or excessive redness you should consult your doctor as soon as possible.

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/

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Slow the Fading

Microblading is making an impressive entrance into the makeup and fashion world. It has become an overwhelmingly popular process for women looking to fill-in and shape their eyebrows. While it does require follow-up appointments, it is a procedure that when managed properly can last up to three years! The small blade will make incisions in the skin that are filled with color pigment, just like any tattoo. This concept is much different though because this dye has a greater risk of fading, mostly due to the healing process after the first session. New skin covers the cut skin and causes pigment to be pushed out. And although fading is unavoidable there are methods you can use to ensure you get the most time that you can out of your newly formed eyebrows.

After the first session, avoid direct contact with water, exercise, jacuzzi’s, soaps, etc.

  • The first five days are crucial to making sure the color in your eyebrows doesn’t fade too quickly. The pigment needs time to stabilize in the dermis so the color can nestle within the skin.

 

Do not peel or scratch at the scabs or dry skin

  • Scarring can occur if the scabs are picked at and can accelerate the loss of pigment. Allow the scabs to fall off naturally. After that, a new, shiny layer of skin should appear. The hair strokes from the microblading will slowly reappear in a lighter shade than the initial pigment color.

 

Do not put makeup on the area for the first two weeks

  • This can affect how the area heals and change the color of the tattoo. It also puts you at risk for infection.

 

Wear sunscreen when coming into contact with the sun

  • For the first two weeks, you should avoid direct contact with the sun near your eyebrows as much as possible. After this though you might want to consider consistently putting sunscreen on them whenever you go out. The sun can cause discoloration in the pigment over a period of time.

 

Be aware, if your skin is oily, dark, or more mature, the results will vary

  • Oily skin can cause the pigment to be pushed out quicker, darker skin will not show much detail and might look more solid when healed, and mature skin is very thin and delicate and can cause the pigment to look powdery after healing.

 

These are just a few things you can do to increase the longevity of your microblading session. Don’t forget touch-ups are always recommended and though it may take more than one the results are more than worth the price!

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/

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Touch-ups are Necessary

Nothing that is truly worth having comes without time and dedication; that includes your eyebrows! Microblading is a process that inserts pigment into the skin, like a tattoo, to create small strokes that appear hair like. Touch-up sessions are needed after the initial appointment but can end up lasting for 1-3 years. It is a rather expensive cosmetic process. The lowest price can range between $400-$500 and can extend into $1000. This matters more depending on who the artist is and the quality of their work.

No matter how well you care for your eyebrows after the first appointment, a touch-up is always necessary if you want to preserve the whole process. Now, most business’ includes the second session in the pricing when you receive your first session. After that, you will pay for the rest of the touch-ups. Prices for that can range from $100-$300 depending on how long after the touch-up is from the initial appointment. Certain packages are offered for better pricing options but, after the first two touch-ups, it should only be necessary to go back every 3-6 months.

You may be asking though; why do I need to keep going back? Well, there are several reasons.

  1. You may need to change things up
  • Sometimes the pigment isn’t dark enough, or you didn’t like the way your eyebrows came out the first time. Having a follow-up appointment allows you to talk with your microblading artist about changing up the pigment color, the amount used, and how the eyebrows are shaped.

 

  1. The color will fade
  • After your eyebrows heal the pigment will start to fade. New skin layer, sun exposure, and scabbing all contribute to this.

 

  1. The whole process isn’t permanent
  • While your eyebrows can last up to three years, it still isn’t a permanent process. Refilling and touch-ups will be necessary should you want to maintain your results.

 

Caring for your eyebrows is not a hard task and is necessary to get the most bang for your buck with microblading. To keep the shape and fullness, be sure to follow up with your sessions and follow the proper aftercare procedures!

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/

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Microblading is a Commitment

Everyone wants eyebrows! Thick, lush, perfectly arched eyebrows are the “it” things on the home page of Instagram and so beautiful to watch be formed and shaped. It almost is like an art and microblading, in a sense, is just that! It takes a skilled artist to correctly fill in your eyebrows while at the same time shaping them to the desired effect. And so, of course, it is not a one and done operation. The microblading process is an overall lengthy commitment. One session alone will not give you the consistently filled in eyebrows you seek. Just like with a tattoo, touchups are required for long-term results. Why is this? For a couple of reasons actually:

It’s a two-part process:

The bottom line is that you are already expected to know you will need more than just one appointment. After four or six weeks your skin will start to heal, and a new layer will form. This causes pigmentation to fade. Also, a follow-up appointment gives you the chance to make any necessary color changes, shape changes, or figuring out if you need even more pigment.

The initial color fades:

 As previously mentioned, the original pigment used on the eyebrows will start to fade over time. New skin layer, oils, and sunlight are all things that contribute to this. There are aftercare instructions to help minimize the effects of this but is inevitably unavoidable.

It isn’t a permanent fix:

Even if you go back for several follow-up appointments, the process will likely last you from 1-3 years. The blade is much smaller than a standard tattoo needle, so the penetration of the pigment is not very deep. While it will get you a long way, as long as you follow proper aftercare maintenance, it isn’t a permanent solution.

It’s a pain to watch your eyebrows fade, but the results are worth it. Microblading makes it possible for you to have lush, beautiful eyebrows and you should treat them with the proper care!

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/

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Notify Your Technician if You Have Any Concerns

Any procedure, whether cosmetic or medical, can come with potential complications. Though the percentage is small (about 1% or 1 in 100 people), getting an infection after your microblading session is a possibility. By following proper aftercare steps you significantly decrease this likelihood. However if do find yourself with concerns regarding your eyebrows than contact your microblading technician and, if necessary, visit a medical practitioner should a serious issue arise.

But first, let’s go over what to expect after your first session:
– slight redness or swelling
– tenderness (last 2-3 days)
– scabbing (may last up to 7 days)
– peeling of skin or darkening pigment

These symptoms are normal and need no cause for alarm. The healing process in total lasts about 3-4 weeks with a touch up session after 6 weeks. If you are unhappy with the results then talk to your microblading technician about changes that may be needed at your touch up.

What are the signs to look for with an infection?

– heavy, red, inflamed, or discolored pus from scabbing
– odor coming from eyebrow
– a greenish/brownish discharge
– extreme tenderness when touched
– redness at the procedure site but not beyond it

These are early signs of a possible infection. Contact your microblader and ask about topical treatments or referral to a doctor.

An infection that is left untreated has the potential to spread and create a serious medical issue. Immediately see a doctor if you experience:

– swelling extending to the eyelids or other areas of the face
– tenderness and/or pain to eyebrows or face
– redness extending beyond the eyebrow and up toward your scalp or cheeks
– warmth when touching red areas
– fever, chills, or increased sweating

All are signs of a potential infection known as “cellulitis” where the inner layer of skin becomes infected and can spread if not treated appropriately.

*Be aware if you have an allergy to nickel. It is possible that the pigment being used for your eyebrows contains nickel sulphate. Contact the microblading technician prior to your appointment.

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/

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Fading is Normal

They are bold, beautiful, and you see them everywhere on Instagram: eyebrows. Yes, well-shaped, thick eyebrows have become the fashion trend most girls, and even some guys, desire. The more defined, arched, and full, the better. So for those who might not have gotten so lucky in that department, microblading becomes the saving grace!

What is microblading you ask? It is a tattoo on your eyebrows. A specialist uses color pigments to draw hair-like strokes along your brows with a small, manual tool to fill in any gaps, giving the desired full brow look. The big difference is that microblading does not go deep into the skin, so the results are only semi-permanent. This means your brows will begin to fade over time but do not get discouraged!

Here’s why:

Oil on your skin causes the pigment to be pushed out

Believe it or not the oil in your skin is a contributing factor. As the hair strokes heal the oil in your skin slowly starts to push the pigment out, essentially lightening the overall color. If your skin is oily though, do not worry because the technique for microblading can be adjusted.

The pigment needs to settle in the skin

This process does not have the specialist digging into your face like a normal tattoo job. The tool is manual with a small blade at the end, not a needle. Your skin will start to heal over the hair strokes and allow the pigment to settle into the skin under it. This act alone will cause some slight fading.

Everyone’s undertone is different

Any makeup guru can tell you: undertones affect what shades of makeup you buy. This can also be said for how well the pigmentation will appear on your skin. In some cases, the brow artist might need to add color for a bolder appearance.

How your brows handle the process overall matters

The pigment color may need to be adjusted; certain areas did not pick up the color during the first session after care instructions were not followed well or your brows might not have healed correctly. Some factors can affect the appearance of your microbladed eyebrows even if some of them are elements beyond your control. The thing to remember is that it can be fixed and changed to meet your brow needs.

Touch-up sessions are essential for long-term results so expect to go back in 4-6 weeks. But if you take care of them properly and follow the necessary aftercare instructions you can get away with having a touch-up once every six months. The best part of this process? The results can last up to three years! So say goodbye to those pencil lines and get ready for a killer arch!

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/

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Anticipate A Touch-Up

After all the makeup pencils, the gels, and the creams, you finally found the answer to all your eyebrow prayers; microblading. It’s a quick fix to getting back in the eyebrow game that only cost you a couple of hundred dollars, but it’s so worth it.

However, after learning all the rules of the procedure, you can’t help but mess with your brows still. Luckily, if you mess with your eyebrows too much, you can relax because there will be a follow-up, touch-up appointment after the initial procedure. This is also good if your brows did not heal exactly as you anticipated. So here are some things on what to expect after the microblading procedure.

How Long Does It Take To Heal?
Right after the procedure, the eyebrow area will be red, and the color of the brows will appear very dark. This is normal and all part of the healing process. Rest assured, the darkness will fade as the brows begin to heal.

In the next couple of days, you will also notice some scabbing. Again, this is normal and part of the healing process. It is important to remember, to not pick at the scab, as this may damage the skin and the micro-bladed area.

Later, the eyebrows will begin to lighten up in color. This is due to a successful healing process. Another good outcome to this is, the true color of the brows will come out once everything heals.

Is The Touch-Up Necessary?
Yes. A touch up is necessary because, after four to six weeks of healing, outcomes and results will vary. This is because everyone heals differently, and certain areas may not have picked up color during the first session, but will in the next. The Touch-up appointment is also good because the color of the brows can be adjusted, so can thickness, and even if you need to add more strokes.

Most important of all, the touch-up session is when the brow technician refines your brows again to ensure they stay on fleek for the whole year.

Can I Get A Touch-Up Sooner?
Because they love their initial outcome of their brows, a lot of new customers are anxious to get their next session done sooner. However, customers cannot get a touch-up right after the first procedure and are advised to wait for at least four to six weeks before the next. This is because the color of the brows has not fully settled into the skin. Most importantly, this is to prevent scar damage because the skin tissue around that area needs time to heal fully.

With that said, we know a lot of women are excited to test out their new brows after the procedure is done, but before you start picking and playing away, always be sure to make your follow up appointments as needed. You will be glad you did.

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/

 

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Swelling and Bruising

You shouldn’t be alarmed if you notice bruising, swelling, or redness while your brows start healing. All of these are typical and occur with most patients. Fortunately, eyebrow tattoos are less affected by swelling and bruising compared to other cosmetic tattoos such as eyeliner and lips. There are various ways to alleviate the slight pain or discomfort you may feel during the microblading healing process.

• Stay Dry
Avoid getting any harsh soaps, shampoos, or water on your brows, as these can be detrimental to the setting of pigment in your skin. Only use a baby wipe to touch them, keeping them as dry as possible.

• Let Them Breathe
The most important component to the overall healing of your brows is oxygen. The temptation may be to cover up your eyebrows to hide any swelling or bruising, but it is highly recommended that you let them breathe.

• Pain Medication
An over-the-counter pain medication is your best option for treating the pain without interfering with the healing process.

• Antiseptic Ointment
Some stylists recommend placing ointment on the brows to alleviate some of the pain or scabbing, while others advocate completely dry healing. Consult with your stylist before using anything, as ointment—along with sweat, water, etc.—may cause you to lose pigment.

Swelling and bruising should not last beyond a day or two. If these persist, this may be a sign of infection, and you should contact your doctor right away.

Keep in mind the many factors that determine the speed, time, and effectiveness of the healing process. These include age, skin type, estrogen levels, ease of bruising, diet, stress, smoking, and medications, among other things. Healing won’t happen the same for everyone, but if you take proper care of your eyebrow tattoos, you can achieve the seamless appearance you’re looking for over the course of several weeks.

Remember: microblading is permanent, and you should only have the procedure done at a location you trust and feel comfortable with. Furthermore, care needs to be taken in order to ensure the pigment stays as vibrant and stunning as possible. If you’re ready to take the next step toward perfect brows, visit http://www.zoemilanstudios.com/

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