Where is it safe to get microblading?
We see a lot of places offer microblading nowadays. Some places offer it when they shouldn’t be. Let’s discuss where you should and shouldn’t get your eyebrow microblading done.
If you rather read, below is the transcript. (Edited for easier reading!)
My name is Hannah Maruyama. I am the owner and master artist, here, at YAMA Studios. A semi permanent makeup studio based, here, in Honolulu, HI.
I am here today to answer some questions that are commonly asked about microblading and semi permanent makeup.
What’s a safe place to get semi permanent makeup or microblading done?
So, I know that there has been a rise in nail salons. I know that was true in Georgia, where I’m from. That there were a lot of nail salons offering microblading. And while every state has different regulations, and I would advise you to look up your state’s regulations, I think it’s pretty universal that states do not issue tattoo licenses to nail salons.
I believe the reason for that is something of a health code, I think it’s a health code issue because there can be bleeding and blood with microblading in nail salons and because you can expose yourself to different sorts of infections on people’s feet. There’s sometimes staph and MRSA on the ground and if people walk around they can sometimes get it on their feet. It’s just a lot, there’s a lot of room for cross-contamination and I don’t believe that there are any states that issue tattoo licenses to nail salons.
Microblading Sanitation Requirements
Unless, it’s a really upscale salon or spa that you go in and it’s very clean and they have separate area for their hair styling, and they have an area for their nail care, and they have an area for their esthetician, and an area for their waxer, make sure there is a designated area with running water, that’s actually a prerequisite. I think that every state requires that. There’s a prerequisite that tattoo artist has to have a sink in their work station. They have to have a sink. If they don’t have a sink around, you should be suspicious.
Even though microblading can be done with all disposable tools I would warn you against a place that has pushed a workspace up against a wall in a crowded nail salon. If you for a second feel doubt, it’s the wrong choice and you should not do it for your own safety and truly for the safety of the people around you as well because blood borne pathogens are a real risk and while typically microblading and other semi permanent professions have a lot lower risk. I strongly feel that it should not be done in nail salons or anywhere that’s not equipped to properly handle the sanitation requirements.
Licenses and Self Taught Microbladers
You should be able to see a valid license. You should be able to see a valid blood certification. Given nowadays the certifications, more people have certifications than they did but microblading and semi permanent makeup is still a new field and so sometimes people are self taught. And if that’s the case, I would make sure you find out through thorough questioning: how long they’ve been doing it, things like that, but no artist should be offended that you asked to see their qualifications. Never. Period. That’s it.
You should always be able to ask that and they should always be willing and happy to provide it. They should be glad that you’re so concerned and that you’re so informed. So, make sure that you don’t let anyone in a nail salon tattoo your eyebrows. Just don’t do it. That’s just not wise.
If you’d like to learn more about semi permanent makeup or you’re interested in learning about microblading, as well, click on any of my other videos. If you really want to dive deeper into this world and learn more about it, my book is also linked below. It’s called Before the Blade: What You Need to Know Before Getting Microblading or Semi Permanent Makeup.
Important stuff. It’s a good overview of what to expect, how your appointment’s going to go, how to choose your artist, how to care for your semi permanent makeup, who is a good candidate for it, and just general warnings and cautions, and things you need to know, things that might eliminate you. All kinds of good stuff in there.
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