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July 11, 2021

The Low-Down: Microblading in Philly!

Microblading has become the hottest new trend lately and we get questions about it all the time. With the popularity of this treatment on the rise, now is the perfect time to get a microblading certificate. A microblading certificate is best used after getting your license as an esthetician or cosmetologist.  We’re going to give you the low-down on what microblading is and how a microblading certificate can make you more versatile after pursuing an education in your cosmetology or esthetics journey

What is microblading?

Let’s begin with the basics: What is microblading? It’s a form of semi-permanent tattooing on the eyebrows using a handheld manual blade. This ‘blade” is actually a group of extremely thin needles aligned to resemble a blade, but we’re not here to discuss semantics! The blade is used to draw individual eyebrow hairs while depositing pigment into the skin, to give the appearance of a natural eyebrow that’s not drawn on. It can last up to three years!

Microblading isn’t necessarily for everyone and it has a contraindication (a medical reason not to receive a treatment) that every artist needs to know. This is something that before working on a client should be evaluated by understanding their skin type to prevent scarring and removal.

Why you should get your microblading certificate

Getting your microblading certificate after being licensed in esthetics or cosmetology can make you more versatile in your future career. The more services you offer, the more clients you may open yourself up to. Getting yoru certification after having a background as an esthetician or cosmetologist is highly beneficial because you’ll have an advantage over other microblading artists. The training you get in school and in practice can elevat eyou to a higher standard and add more value to your services. Some of the trainings that you could get during your licensure as an esthetician or cosmetelogist that can help you are:

  • Skin Anatomy
  • Function
  • Contraindications
  • Color Theory
  • Sanitation
  • Sterilization

Another reason to get certified is because not every esthetician/cosmetician is a certified microblading artist. Which means one thing: supply and demand. You could get more clients because not everyone offers this service.

One thing many women love is fabulous brows, but another thing they love is an easy makeup routine. And with microbladed brows, you’re giving your clients not only a boost in their appearance, but also extra time in the morning. You may get an extra sense of accomplishment while helping your clients enhance their already beautiful features.

How to become a microblading professional?

Although it’s not required to have an esthetics education to get certified in microblading, it’s highly recommended.The City of Philadelphia says to legally practice microblading, you have to get certified as a body artist by the Department of Public Health. This means you have to receive a Bloodborne Pathogens training (yes, there’s blood involved) offered by the Dept. of Public Health as well. There is also a fee you will have to pay. . You can find the requirements and a link to the application here.

Screenshot of certications needed for microblading

That’s not to say that microblading professionals don’t have a good education, they’re just not legally required to get their esthetics license. So, if you see a licensed esthetician offering microblading services or microblading classes, be sure that the individual is a body artist certified with the Department of Health. They should have their certification out for your viewing pleasure! And yes, this time, we’re talking Certificates, not Licenses.

But just for safe measure, why not have a license and a certificate? Ideally, a microblading professional will have an Esthetics or Cosmetology License, AND a body artist Certificate. All bases covered!

Due to the lack of regulation in our industry for so long, some services can be seen as dangerous or risky; our goal is to educate you all to make the best decisions for yourself and/or your clients! If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re more than happy to help. If professionals work together, we can make the industry a little bit safer for everyone.

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