A Career in Permanent Makeup: Becoming a Microblading Technician

If you have heard of eyebrow microblading and are looking for a new course to add to your cosmetology bag of skills, maybe microblading is something you want to explore? Or do you want to begin cosmetology courses but don’t know where to start? Or maybe, you just have a deep interest in helping people regain their eyebrows? Whatever it is, you can get your training for microblading and come work at SMP Ink.

What is Microblading?

It’s the latest beauty trend in eyebrows and it’s taking the world by storm. Microblading is a permanent solution so you can just wake up with eyebrows. No need to draw them in or worry about them looking perfect or fading away during the day. They are there and they look perfect! You can even shower and swim with them and you will still look fabulous.

Who is a Good Candidate for Microblading?

Microblading is wildly popular in the beauty industry. There are many reasons people get it done. Some may have lost their eyebrows as a side effect to a medicine. Some people’s eyebrows may have thinned out as a result of getting older. Thin eyebrows can also be stress-related or maybe their eyebrows have just always been sparse. No matter the reason, the good news is that Microblading is here to stay and it can give most anyone the perfect eyebrows they have been dreaming about. 

Get Trained in Microblading

Microblading training is offered in most large cities and even online! Most full training programs cost between $4000 – $5000 and are about a week long. Programs usually include:

  • 3-5 days of in-class training
  • Training manual
  • Marketing materials
  • Practice on live models
  • Temporary tattoo license 
  • Microblading full-service kit
  • Certification

During the programs, you will learn: 

  • Microblading techniques
  • Color theory
  • Proper use of tools
  • Workstation preparation
  • Various brow designs
  • Rules of safety and sterilization
  • Shading

How much can I make?

Microblading technicians are the highest paid technicians in the permanent makeup industry. The average microblading procedure costs between $450 to $800 and lasts about 2 hours, so, accounting for the cost of tools and overhead, if you work about 6 hours per week, you can make around $60,000/year. Not a bad gig.

Before choosing a school

All microblading programs are not created equal. Make sure the training program is established and has a good reputation. Google the company and check ratings and reviews. Check their testimonials and see how long they have been in business. Ask what is included in the training and make sure there is a certification included and post-graduation support. Don’t forget you must get licensed by your state as well, it gives you and your client peace of mind. 

Where Can I Work as a Microblading Artist?

If you are in the Las Vegas area, head over to SMP Ink, we offer Microblading and we will keep you busy. In addition to microblading, we offer plasma fibroblast and scalp micropigmentation as well, so there is room for expansion. We also offer training programs for scalp micropigmentation so you can expand your skills and keep busy. Come see us today!   

 

Why Does My Hair Fall Out While Washing?

We’ve all been there – absentmindedly running fingers through our hair or just showering as per usual. As if prompted by nothing at all – those pesky strands of hair decide to come loose in your hand. 1 or 2, 5 or 6 – at some point, you can’t keep track. Everyone sheds hair, not entirely unlike a household pet would. Rationalizing it doesn’t explain away anything, though – just why does your hair fall out periodically?

Hair’s Natural Life Cycle

Hair’s life begins under the skin at the follicles or “roots” underneath your skin. Every single hair is planted firmly in a follicle, and every follicle has a blood vessel deeper under your skin. It’s there that the roots get the nutrients they need to start growing hair! Our biology doesn’t keep the hair growing nonstop like fingernails, though. The hair follows a set of “phases” it goes through.

Anagen (Growth)

The growth phase of the hair is when it is the most active, and this phase lasts the longest. During this process, blood vessels are actively feeding the follicle and creating new hair. During this phase, hair grows (on average) about a centimeter a month. This phase is capable of lasting years at a time, and the length of anagen will correlate to your hair’s maximum length. The hair on the rest of your body is very different – only having an anagen phase of 30-45 days. 

Your hair spends about 90% of its time in this phase – giving the impression of continually growing. However, the body has adapted the need for hair to stop growing and begin anew now and again. Whether this is for cleaning purposes or to prevent overworking the cells is unclear, but it serves its purpose regardless.

Catagen

This is the phase in-between “growing” and “resting.” As such, the catagen phase is characterized by hair growth slowing to a halt, and preparation processes taking place. The outer sheath (where hair meets to the root) adheres to the hair and follows it out of the scalp. This results in the “club hair”, including the small white bulb on the end of old hair. 

Between this phase and the next, the hair is not rooted in the scalp by any means. From even the smallest stimuli like walking, showering, or absentminded hair touching, they can fall out. 

Telogen

The resting phase of the hair does exactly what it says on the box. No hair growth, no gland activity, no blood flow to the root, and it waits until it’s time to grow the next hair. The length of this phase, again, is entirely variable. On average, though, it’s expected to last 100 days – but there’s no reason to fret! Compared to the length of time the hair is in anagen, telogen lasts about 1/20 of the time. Only 6-8 percent of your hair is in this phase at any given time, and the rest is still growing! 

As the hair falls out during this or the last stage, though, it’s easy to stress and worry about the amount falling out. In truth, even 100 hairs falling out daily is a reasonable amount! Hair sheds and regrows with time, but the worrying voice inside of you can easily rationalize that as “going bald.” With time, though, the hair will grow back, and you won’t even notice.

Hair Loss Doesn’t Have to Be That Bad!

Hair loss happens naturally, and it can be triggered by several outside factors, too. Age, illness, medications, stress – you name it. The hair on your head, as hale and hearty as it seems, can be fragile under the right circumstances. For some people, hair is a lot less kind than it is to others – but thin/weak hair doesn’t mean your look has to suffer! SMP Ink offers scalp micropigmentation treatments to touch up your hair and keep it squared away! Check out our line of services, and contact us today for a consultation!

 

Understanding Male Pattern Baldness

Male pattern baldness is what seems like the inevitable end of an otherwise robust and charming hairline for men everywhere. The onset of old age leads to hair turning gray, thinning out, and eventually leading to those same patterns. Some cover it up, comb over it, and otherwise hide the fact. Others will take it in stride and live with their new look. In the interest of knowing what to expect, though, male pattern baldness is easy to explain. Know the causes and forms of hair loss before it happens!

What Causes Male Pattern Baldness?

Male pattern baldness, primarily, is attributed to aging. However, explaining it away as just that isn’t telling the full story. Essentially, the hairs on your head start at the follicle, deeper down in the scalp. There, they produce your hair from keratin and old cells, pushing out new hair not dissimilar to a biological 3D printer. On a biological level, your hair isn’t always slowly growing – it goes through 4 phases of growth (anagen, catagen, telogen, and exogen). They boil down to a growing phase, shrinking transitional phase, resting phase, and then shedding phase. As time goes on, the anagen (growing) phase of hair production gradually gets shorter and shorter – meaning hair will go through the process of falling out and starting anew more and more frequently. Eventually, the anagen phase will stop altogether and will result in baldness in that area.

 

The gene for male pattern baldness starting is carried on the X chromosome, meaning you inherit it from your mother’s side of the family. While male pattern baldness happens naturally through age and genetics, it can also begin as a result of disease or medication. Steroids and thyroid conditions are the most common from these lists because they increase the amount of androgen in the body. Androgen is a sex hormone similar to testosterone, and excess amounts will speed the process of hair loss along significantly.

What to Do About Pattern Baldness Starting

By the time the hairline is getting pushed back, and the telltale spot is forming on the crown of the head, it’s not going to stop. Tactics to dealing with hair loss revolve around prevention and slowing the process – there is no way to reverse its onset. Thankfully, if hair loss is a result of disease or treatment, your hairline may return afterward.

 

Before your hair begins to go, you can take care of your hair and give it what it needs to stay healthy and robust, hopefully delaying the onset of male pattern baldness. Protein and biotin are nutrients required for the body to make healthy hair, and incorporating them into your diet is never a wrong solution. Eggs, spinach, yogurt, avocados, salmon, and nuts are high in both. Another way to reduce hair loss is to reduce stress in your life – stress will age your body in many ways.

 

If prevention is out of the question, though, dealing with your hair loss is the next best option. As mentioned earlier, different men will take different avenues to handle their hair loss, and many men will accept their lack of hair for what it is. Sometimes, a wig or hairpiece is sufficient, or maybe a choice of a hat will take its place. For men who aren’t willing to let their natural hair go, though, there are prescriptions available to re-stimulate the hair follicles and promote growth once more. Your doctor can prescribe minoxidil, sold under the brand name Rogaine. Alternatively, a doctor can give a hair transplant – removing hair follicles from healthy areas and re-applying them to the sites of thinning or balding. This type of procedure is the most invasive, of course – requiring surgery that can result in scarring, scabbing, and rejection.

A New Option for Hair Loss

For a hair loss solution that looks natural, is minimally invasive, and is guaranteed to last, scalp micropigmentation is your best option. SMP Ink can give you the best looking and least expensive option for taking the unsightliness out of bald spots and restoring the natural-looking thickness of your hair. Scalp micropigmentation is quick, easy, and long-lasting – contact us today if you want to learn more or book an appointment!

 

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