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Microblading: See the sweet spot

Microblading “Sweet Spot”

While you are Microblading, you need to look VERY CAREFULLY to find the “sweet spot” in order to assess if you are in the right depth of the skin’s dermis.

 

 

What to look for:

  • A fine channel or “split” in the skin
  • Clean and smooth strokes with same channel depth

Tips:

  1. Work SLOWLY in order to see the channel reveal itself with your hand pressure
  2. Always wear a headlamp. You will not be able to see the “sweet spot” easily with only overhead lighting
  3. Bleeding is a sign that you are in the dermis but not all skin types bleed. Sensitive skin will bleed much easier regardless of Fitzpatrick skin type and you will need to lighten your pressure to prevent additional bleeding which will dilute the color.

Microblading for Artists

 MICROBLADING 101

Microblading is rapidly increasing in popularity and new artists are entering our community daily. Whether you are brand new to Microblading are have thousands of procedures under your belt, here are 10 things you should know.

Microblading for Artists

1. You can microblade ALL of the skin types 2-6 on the
Fitzpatrick scale (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitzpatrick_scale) including people with large pores, thick skin, thin skin, young and mature skin, alopecia sufferers can all enjoy the benefits of microblading. The only exception is people whose skin is extremely thin AND suffer from rosacea. This combination of skin that bleeds very easily and is also very thin makes it almost to microblade without excessive bleeding, which dilutes the color, leading to very weak and poor results.

2. Well-executed strokes consistently heal crisp and clean with no blowout or spreading. The majority of the strokes heal exactly how you place them. This is because unlike machine work, there is no reciprocating needle trauma to the skin. Less trauma = cleaner strokes.

3. Before you start Microblading you will need proper permanent makeup foundation training. Microblading is an advanced technique and requires prior knowledge of permanent makeup basics such as skin morphology, color theory, safety standards, hygiene, contraindications, design, and most importantly, understanding the risks of blood-borne pathogens.

4. Check your needles with a loupe before starting every single procedure. Why? Because you cannot check your needles with the naked eye. Be on the lookout for barbed, damaged, and poorly aligned needle arrangements. These needle defects can cause scarring in the skin and poor outcomes.

5. You can start working on live models only after you’ve acquired proficient pattern-making muscle memory. You need to practice your patterning for hours on end. Once you can repetitively whip out a set of eyebrows with ease, then you’re ready for skin.

6. Stretch is EVERYTHING. Never underestimate the effectiveness of a perfect 3 point stretch. Good stretching will elevate the level of your work from “good” to “great”.
7. Clients needs to return every 12-18 months for maintenance touch-ups. The hairstrokes will fade but the work will not become solid and blurred. The pattern will still be visible and all you need to do is retrace the same strokes or add new strokes. It is also possible to do a touchup over machine work with microblading.

8. You need to use disposable needles and handles for each and every client to prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens. Reusable handles must be sterilized by steam autoclave for reuse. Bottom line: if you can’t autoclave it, you can’t re-use it.

9. Results will vary based on 3 factors: 1.) client skin conditions 2.) technique 3.) tools. Some people come back with great results, some, not so great. After about 1000 procedures, your experience and time-on-the-skin will lead you to produce consistently great results because you will know how to vary your technique with the different skin types you come across. Tip: you’ll speed up your learning curve by obtaining using high quality training, tools and pigments from the start.

10. You can use any reputable pigment line of your choice
Always source your pigments from authorized distributors. They will guide you with the products and provide MSDS (material safety data sheets).

Microblading Prepare & Aftercare

Small Details Make a BIG Difference

What to do Before &  After your microblading procedure

I’ve been performing permanent make-up now for more than 15 years, focusing exclusively on microblading over the past 3.5 years.  In this time I’ve completed over 15,000 procedures including touch-ups, experimenting  with numerous techniques to help my clients get better results.  I have literally tried EVERYTHING.

What I’ve found is that the right precare and aftercare can truly make a massive difference on results. Knowing just how important prep and aftercare are, I’ve researched and experimented with many techniques and combinations.  I’ve done dry techniques, wet techniques, washing, no washing,  I’ve tried various products, creams, ointments… you name it, I’ve tested it.

To help you get the best results possible from your microblading procedure I’ve outlined my lessons learned and provided a formula that will help to ensure you get the best results possible.

The Prep:If you’ve ever hired a professional painter they will tell you that “it’s all in the prep”.  Professional painters know that they get the best results when they spend extra time sanding, filling holes, making sure edges are smooth and applying the right primer.  Well microblading is very similar.  You will get much better results when you properly prep. It all starts with a good canvas! The eyebrow area must be healthy, strong, non-sensitive and non-irritated.  Here’s how to get your skin ready for the procedure.

  • Do not pick/tweeze/wax/perform electrolysis one week before procedure
  • Do not tan two weeks prior or have sunburned face
  • Do not have any type of facial/peel 2 weeks prior to treatment
  • Discontinue Vitamin A/Retinol products one month prior to treatment
  • Do not work out the day of the procedure.
  • Do not have botox 3 weeks prior
  • Do not take Fish Oil or Vitamin E one week prior (natural blood thinners)
  • Do not wax or tint your eyebrows 3 days before the procedure.

In order to avoid excessive bleeding and poor color deposit:

  • Do not drink alcohol 24 – 48 hours before your tattoo
  • Do not consume coffee before your procedure
  • Do not take an aspirin or ibuprofen for pain relief (this thins the blood)

Now that you know what  NOT to do, it’s time to share my secret recipe for amazing microblading results! I love a good acronym so here’s one to help you out, just think of:  A – W – M which stands for Absolutely Wonderful Make-up or better yet, Absorb, Wash, Moisturize!

The day of the treatment: Absorb

Gently blot the area with clean tissue to absorb excess lymph fluid. Do this every 5 minutes for the full day until oozing has stopped.  Removing this fluid prevents hardening of the lymph.

 

Days 1-7: Wash
Wash daily to remove bacteria and dead skin. (Don’t worry….THIS DOES NOT REMOVE THE PIGMENT!)

Gently wash your eyebrows each morning and night with water and an antibacterial soap like Dial Soap, Cetaphil or Neutrogena.  With a very light touch, use your fingertips to gently cleanse the eyebrows. Rub the area in a smooth motion for 10 seconds and rinse with water ensuring that all soap is rinsed away. To dry, gently pat with a clean tissue. DO NOT use any cleansing products containing acids (glycolic, lactic, or AHA), or any exfoliants.

Days 1-7 Moisturize
Apply a rice grain amount of aftercare ointment with a cotton swab and spread it across the treated area. Be sure not to over-apply as this will suffocate your skin and delay healing. The ointment should be barely noticeable on the skin. Never put the ointment on a wet or damp tattoo.

AWM should have you covered, but here are some extra tips to help with a smooth and easy recovery:
Important Reminders

    • Use a fresh pillowcase
    • Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate away. Picking can cause scarring or loss of color
    • No facials, botox, chemical treatments or microdermabrasion for 4 weeks
    • Avoid hot, sweaty exercise for one week
    • Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 4 weeks after procedure.  Wear a hat when outdoors.
    • Avoid heavy sweating and long hot showers for the first 10 days.
    • Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 10 days
    • Avoid swimming, lakes, hot tubs for the first 10 days
    • Avoid topical makeup including sunscreen on the area
    • DO NOT rub, pick or scratch the treated area.

Important note about showering:
Limit your showers to 5 minutes so you do not create too much steam. Keep your face/procedure out of the water while you wash your body, then, at the end of your shower, wash your hair. Your face should only be getting wet at the very last end of the shower.  Avoid excessive rinsing and hot water on the treated area.

Remember, with the proper prep and aftercare routine you will have much better results with your microblading procedure. Don’t forget your new favourite acronym: AWM – Absorb, Wash, Moisturize!