Microblading horror stories are becoming more prevalent. From skin shedding to infection to scarring, as the microblading trend continues to rise, so does the risk for botched microblading.
Search the term microblading online, and you may see the phrases botched microblading or microblading gone bad pop up. If you're considering microblading, the articles that appear when you click on these searches are worrisome.
But there are a number of factors that play into botched microblading. And these stories shouldn't deter you from exploring the possibility of being a candidate for microblading.
To safeguard yourself, watch out for these four red flags.
Red Flag 1: No Consultation
If the business doesn't offer a consultation beforehand, or refuses your request for one, do not proceed. Before committing to microblading, you need a consultation with a skilled artist to evaluate if you're a candidate for microblading.
Microblading, a form of eyebrow tattooing, is a manual method of tattooing. Not everyone's skin is ideal for microblading. Medical conditions, medications and procedures, lifestyle habits, and prior tattooing will affect whether microblading will work for you.
If you proceed with microblading when you shouldn't have, and end up needing a microblading correction, you'll need to find out if 1.) a correction is even a viable option, and 2.) if it is, what kind of results you can realistically expect.
Safe yourself time, money, and bad results by avoiding businesses that don't offer consultations.
Red Flag 2: No Examples of "Healed" Work
Being a candidate for microblading isn't the only thing you need to worry about. You may check all the boxes to be cleared for microblading, only to end up with results you don't like due to inadequate microblading courses or education (more on that in a sec).
To see if the artist's skills match your expectations, ask for examples of "healed" work. Brows take 6 to 8 weeks to fully heal from the date the microblading was performed. During the healing process, at the beginning, your brows will appear dark, and more solid. Toward the end of the process they will lighten up. To give you a proper idea of what to expect, you'll be able to tell from pictures of "healed" work.
If the artist doesn't have any examples or refuses to give you any, then you have no benchmark for what to expect. Let's say their idea of powder ombre brows is completely different from what you've seen. Or worse yet, they aren't trained to do them. That can open you up to not only disappointment, but risk of being unable to correct their work. And that's a major red flag not worth risking.
Red Flag 3: No Copy of Training Certificates and Business License
As we previously mentioned, inadequate microblading courses and a lack of proper education are one of the major sources of botched microblading.
Ask for a copy of their body art license, business license, and insurance. Also ask to see their training certifications, too. Research the company that issued the certification to make sure they're also qualified.
If the business you're considering doesn't have copies of these documents visible (or available for clients upon request) how do you know for sure that they're properly trained and licensed? You don't, and that puts not only your appearance but your health at risk, too. Here's why....
Red Flag 4: Non-Sterilized Equipment and No GLoves
Microblading is a form of tattooing which breaks the skin. Businesses that improperly (or don't) sterilize their equipment increase the chances of bacterial infection as well as spreading bloodborne pathogens.
During your consultation, if the artist doesn't mention sterilization is used, ask them. Ideally, they should be using one-time use disposable tools to avoid cross-contamination. And the artist should be wearing gloves, too!
These are four major red flags you need to watch out for. We can't emphasize enough to do your homework. And if it sounds too good to be true, or something doesn't feel right, trust your instincts and don't go forward with the procedure.