Well-groomed eyebrows do wonders to your face, as they help define facial features. However, achieving “on-fleek” eyebrows requires regular waxing, threading and plucking. For many, these grooming procedures are time-consuming.
Today, people are turning to permanent or semi-permanent make-up to reduce the time spent to maintain their brows. A common procedure is microblading, in which a technician uses a manual handheld tool to implant pigment on the surface of the brow. The result is a set of semi-permanent tattoos that give eyebrows a natural shape.
Despite the benefits brought by microblading, the procedure is expensive. According to ELLE Australia, the first treatment can cost up to $900. Because of this, some people resort to microblading their eyebrows at home.
The Risks of Do-it-Yourself Microblading
Head to YouTube, and you’ll find hundreds of thousands of tutorials showing how you can microblade your eyebrows at home. Some of the vloggers perform the procedure using only a few items, compared to the countless supplies required of microblading technicians.
Although microblading at home is a cheaper alternative, experts caution against it. For one, it’s difficult to microblade symmetrical brows by yourself in front of the mirror. If you’ve made a wrong outline on your eyebrows, you’ll be stuck with it for many months.
Do-it-yourself microblading also poses health risks. A wrong cut on your brow could cause long-term scarring or excessive bleeding. There’s also the risk of contamination, allergic reactions and infection when the procedure is poorly executed.
Choosing the Right Microblading Studio
Microblading by an expert certainly doesn’t come cheap, but you’re more likely to get better results than doing the procedure yourself. When you’ve decided on having your eyebrows microbladed, it’s a matter of choosing which studio to visit.
Here are the important factors to look for when choosing a microblading studio:
Technician Training and Certification
Microblading artists are not required by law to undergo professional training or certifications. However, it’s reassuring to go to a studio knowing that the technicians have been trained and are licensed to perform the procedure.
When browsing through microblading studios, check their websites for artist credentials. You can also book a consultation with the studio and look for certifications. Make sure to familiarise yourself with the companies offer reputable microblading training courses, whether it’s in Sydney or other cities in the world.
Since a microblading technician performs a blood-related procedure, it’s highly recommended and sometimes required that he or she has completed blood-borne pathogens training. This course teaches them how to avoid blood exposure and what to do if blood is exposed to infectious material.
A microblading studio most likely has a Facebook or Instagram page that shows their technicians’ portfolios. This gives you an idea of the artists’ styles of work. Also, check reviews and the studio’s list of customers. If the studio has a reputable list of clients – say, celebrities – there’s a high chance that it provides good customer service.
The cleanliness of the studio is non-negotiable, as unsterile tools and other equipment are among the leading risks for transmitting infection. During your consultation, ask the staff if you can see their tool packages.
Microblading is expensive, and it’s tempting to perform the procedure at home. However, DIY microblading without the proper qualifications will likely cost you later on, both in terms of money and emotional distress. Having your eyebrows microbladed by a qualified technician is a worthwhile investment and helps you achieve the look that’s best for you.