Eyebrow microblading is currently in very high demand and technicians, some of whom adequately trained and some with no training at all, are popping on every corner. The Instagram hashtag “microblading” has multiplied by epic proportions in a matter of one year. Facebook Market is saturated with offers on microblading with prices starting as low as $75 when costs for this treatment can range from $350 to $850 in Michigan and up to $1,800 on other states.
If you are thinking of getting your eyebrows microbladed, here are some things you should consider when deciding where to go:
First and foremost, choose a facility or practitioner listed as “licensed” with your state department of health. This is imperative for your safety. Why? Well, with microblading, we are opening the skin and exposing you and ourselves to infectious diseases such HIV and Hepatitis B. I think everyone would agree with me that a beautiful set of eyebrows is not worth contracting a deadly disease. With that said, I recommend licensed professionals because they undergo training for disease control and are knowledgeable about cross contamination and prevention.
Second, choose a certified practitioner. Granted not all certifications are equal, but an individual who has been through hands-on training will know a little more (I hope) than someone who watched a few Youtube videos and proclaimed themselves a microblading artist. So, ask if the person who will be working on your brows is certified. There is nothing wrong with asking. If your technician is qualified, they will find no offense in your question. Trust me. I get asked all the time. Besides, this is a treatment that is permanent, AND it is ON YOUR FACE. So, if you feel that the technician does not realize the magnitude of responsibility they are taking on with microblading, then run and don’t look back.
Third, ask to see healed microbladed eyebrows of past clients. Even though results will vary with each person, your technician should have at least 2-3 photos of healed work. Big red flag if they don’t. No excuses. You see, microblading looks its best immediately after the procedure. This is what you see all over Facebook and Instagram. Very rarely do you find photos of healed brows because to get good healed results, you need experience with skin and proper microblading technique. No pictures of nicely healed eyebrows = No skill level = Not a good option.
Last, but certainly not least, is pricing. We all want a bargain. Sadly, with this service, a bargain can come with a high price. I am not saying that the higher the price, the better the service. Not at all. What I am saying is selecting a microblading tech-based ONLY on low price can come at a high cost. Here is a scenario I see almost monthly: Someone is offering microblading for $100. A client takes advantage of this “bargain” and goes there for microblading their eyebrows. My phone rings the next day. The client hates their brows. I cannot touch them for 4 weeks waiting for skin to heal. 4 weeks go by. Now they need removal. Removal will cost $200-$500 per session and trauma to the skin. No one can remove the pigment in only one session by the way. Do the math. To that add $500-$650, my fees to microblade and fix this client’s eyebrows.
In short, save yourself the heartache and save your skin the trauma; do your research! Find a licensed, certified, and experienced microblading artist who is willing to take the time to answer all your questions. Happy microblading, and choose wisely!