I just wanted to take the time out on this beautiful, sunny day to address a common (& important!) inquiry that I have been receiving.
"Hi, Alana. I am from Grand Rapids and I am very interested in Microblading- however I have had difficulties finding someone with experience because it is so new. I am curious to know how many patients you have worked on, and how long you have been practicing? Thank you. -Jill"
I love this question because it sheds light on an issue that I feel should be addressed at a state level. However since it is not, I always step up to the plate to tackle it alone!
This is an exciting time for permanent makeup artists, as new advancements are being made that allow our services to be more desirable than ever. However, it is increasingly easier in the states to become an "artist" or a "technician" within just a few DAYS of training. There are not state regulations that require any training or certification for how to actually do this work. Crazy, right?
The fact that there are so many training being offered in condensed periods gives off the impression that it is not a big deal to learn this trade, and that it would be an easy services to tack on top of other services. In my experience, this couldn't be further from the truth. Just like any medical practice, which deals with a variety of different biochemistries and body types, Permanent Makeup should be approached as a full time profession. The practice requires years of intense dedication and observation over time to truly master.
So, what do you need to know to ensure a positive experience?
The most important thing to know your technician is if they have been trained and certified by the state for operating. This means that the state has inspected their studio space and that they have personally gone through blood borne pathogen training. This ensures that the state is doing it's job to protect your health.
Now, your questions shouldn't stop there. In the state of Michigan as of 2016, there isn't anything beyond these measures to ensure that you are in the hands of a truly qualified professional. Important questions to ask when inquiring with an artist would be:
How long have you been practicing? It takes years to master the craft of microblading. It is recognized within permanent makeup communities all over the world, that 5 years of dedicated practice is the "magic date" when an artist is officially considered a master at their craft. Of course numbers aren't always everything which leads us to our next question.
Where did you obtain your certifications? Certifications are typically obtained with one week or less of study. Some courses will not honor certification for months beyond the coursework. Courses and academy's like this are ideal, as upon leaving a training a beginner still has a long way to go to work under the name of a certified academy. There are many courses that will grant certifications within only a few days of training. Check with the trainers to be sure that they meet your standards with safety and artistry.
How many clients do you see each week? An artist who is dedicated to their craft needs to be consistently working to observe how their work takes in different skin types, during different seasons of the year, and with different body chemistry's over time.
What pigments do you use? Not all pigments are created equal! This is very important. Be sure you know what you are putting in your body, and be sure to research the standards behind the company supplying the pigments.
My hope is that this helps to lead those interested in the beautiful results of microblading in the right direction! You can read more about our Commonly Asked Questions here.