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Microblading: everything you need to know to improve your technique

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Microblading can enhance and reshape eyebrows, but it requires precision and skill to achieve realistic and long-lasting results.

As a microblading artist, you must be aware of the common issues that can arise during and after the procedure, including those related to product quality and eyebrow design.

What is microblading?

Microblading is a a form of semi-permanent make-up treatment used to enhance the appearance of the brows by depositing pigment into the skin. It uses a small blade formed of tiny needles to give the effect of naturally-growing brow hairs.

Firstly, it's important for brow technicians to understand the reasons for thinning eyebrows and the treatments that can help

How can I avoid uneven pigmentation in microblading?

"Uneven pigmentation can occur due to several reasons including poor product application, unstable pigments and improper aftercare. To avoid this, use premium blades and high-quality pigments to ensure longevity of the results," says Monika Ludwiczak, senior educator at microblading and semi-permanent make-up brand Everlasting Brows.

"Make sure to educate your clients on proper aftercare procedures, including avoiding excessive sweating and sun exposure, as well as using gentle skincare products that don’t contain abrasive or exfoliating ingredients."

How can I achieve better pigment retention in my SPMU services?

"Achieving the best possible pigment retention is crucial for semi-permanent make-up artists to ensure long-lasting and satisfactory results for their clients," says Ludwiczak. "Great results, time and time again, mean more happy clients and at the end of the day that is what all SPMU artists want."

Tips to help you achieve optimal pigment retention:

  1. Use high-quality, reputable pigments that are specifically designed for semi-permanent make-up. Choose pigments that are free from heavy metals and other impurities and have a proven track record not only for their safety but also in vivo stability.

  2. Comprehensive training from a reputable institution is a must so that you fully understand the skin's anatomy, different skin types, and the correct techniques for applying pigments.

  3. Maintain a clean workspace and use sterile single-use tools whenever possible to prevent cross-contamination and infection.

  4. Prepare the client's skin by cleansing and exfoliating the area to remove any oils, dead skin cells and make-up. A clean and slightly dehydrated canvas will allow for better pigment absorption.

  5. Ensure that you deliver pigment to the correct skin depth. Shallow implantation can lead to premature fading, while too deep may result in an unnatural appearance.

  6. Choose appropriate needle configurations and sizes for different procedures. Fine needles are mostly used for precise technique like hair strokes or lip contour, larger needle configurations are used for lip blush or ombre brows.

  7. Use a gentle and controlled movement to minimise the skin’s trauma. Avoid overworking the area, as this can lead to prolonged healing and pigment loss.

  8. Provide clients with clear aftercare instructions. Highlight the importance of following it closely, as how they look after their fresh SPMU at home is part of the success. You perform a great job at the salon, and they need to do their part at home to guarantee best healed results. Remember that aftercare needs to be treatment specific and correctly matched to their skin type.

  9. Schedule follow-up appointments for touch-ups as needed. Some clients may require multiple sessions to achieve the desired results.

  10. Keep up with the latest techniques, pigments, and tools by attending workshops, seminars, and staying connected with industry professionals.

  11. Maintain a comprehensive record of each client’s procedure, including pigment used, needle selection, technique performed and any issues or concerns. This will help you refine or adjust the techniques over time.

By following these tips and continuously improving your skills and knowledge, you can achieve the best pigment retention for your clients, leading to greater satisfaction and a strong reputation.

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What are the best products for microblading?

"Poor product quality can not only pose a threat to your clients’ wellbeing (think of blades that haven’t been sterilised) but also prevents you from creating great results. Blades that are not sharp enough fail to create crisp, natural-looking strokes," adds Ludwiczak.

"Unstable pigments cause poor retention or 'rainbow effect' fading. Products that are not designed for skin use can cause irritation or allergies. It is important to only use safe, certified products to ensure the wellbeing of your clients and safeguard your reputation."

What if a client is unhappy with their microblading results?

"One of the worst scenarios that can happen is when the client is completely unhappy with the final result. Eyebrow design issues can result in the need for additional touch-up appointments or even removal," says Ludwiczak

"To avoid this, it’s crucial to have a thorough consultation with the client to understand their expectations and preferences, and to make a note of these for the record. Take into account their facial features, natural brow shape and hair flow to create a design that looks natural and suits their style and features."

What qualifications and skills do I need for microblading?

"Microblading requires skill and expertise to create undetectable and natural-looking results. Ensure that you are qualified and experienced enough to create customised designs that cater to your clients’ unique features and preferences," adds Ludwiczak.

"It’s also essential to be knowledgeable about alternative procedures, such as combination or ombre brows, which might be better suited for some clients. By having diverse skills and knowledge, you can best serve your clients’ needs and establish a strong reputation for your business. 

"In conclusion, attention to detail is crucial for delivering successful and long-lasting results for your clients. By using high-quality products, educating clients on proper aftercare, and addressing any issues promptly, you can ensure a positive experience and excellent retention for your clients, and establish a strong reputation for your business."

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