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microblading for minors

One of the first things we learn about microblading is that they’re not allowed for minors (or people under 18). But is there a loophole that lets kids get their brows microbladed? Read on to find all about microblading for minors.

When you’re still establishing your career as a microblading artist, it can be tempting to get as many clients as possible. Unfortunately, there’s a number of people you should absolutely not work on. Among them are people who are/have:

  • Keloids
  • Transmittable blood diseases (e.g. HIV, hepatitis)
  • Skin complications
  • Skin diseases
  • Fillers, Juvederm, or Botox in the desired treatment area
  • Undergoing chemotherapy
  • Allergic to numbing agents
  • Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • Underage

Yes, minors included. But why can’t kids get their brows done by a microblading artist?

Microblading is tattooing

Despite the many names it’s called (microblading, permanent makeup, microfeathering, etc.), at the end of the day, microblading is a form of tattooing. As you well know, microblading involves the injection of ink pigments into a person’s skin.

That means state laws on tattooing regulate permanent makeup, as well. Here are the different regulations surrounding tattooing:

State laws on microblading for minors

Alabama Needs prior written informed consent from a parent or legal guardian
Arizona Needs physical presence of a parent or legal guardian
Arkansas Needs the written consent and presence of a parent or legal guardian
Alaska Illegal to tattoo a minor in all cases
California Illegal to tattoo a minor in all cases
Colorado Needs express consent from a parent or legal guardian
Connecticut Needs permission from a parent or legal guardian
Columbia Illegal to tattoo a minor in all cases
Delaware Needs the written informed consent from a parent or legal guardian
Florida Needs written, notarized informed consent from a parent or legal guardian
Georgia Only a licensed osteopath may tattoo on minors
Hawaii
Needs the written consent from a parent or legal guardian
Idaho Needs the written informed consent and presence of a parent or legal guardian
Illinois Illegal to tattoo a minor in all cases
Indiana Needs the written permission and presence of a parent or legal guardian
Iowa Illegal to tattoo an unmarried minor in all cases
Kansas Needs the written, notarized consent and presence of a parent or court-approved guardian
Kentucky Needs the written, notarized consent of parent or guardian
Louisiana Needs consent and presence of parent or guardian
Maine Needs prior written consent of a parent or legal guardian
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan Requires prior written, informed consent and presence of a parent or legal guardian
Minnesota Needs the written consent from a parent
Mississippi Illegal to tattoo a minor in all cases
Missouri Needs prior written, informed consent and presence of a parent or legal guardian
Montana Needs consent and presence of a parent
Nebraska Needs prior written consent of a parent or court-approved guardian
Nevada No regulations on tattooing
New Hampshire Needs consent and presence of a parent or legal guardian
New Jersey Needs prior written permission of a parent or legal guardian
New Mexico
New York Illegal to tattoo a minor in all cases
North Carolina Illegal to tattoo a minor in all cases
North Dakota Needs consent and presence of a parent
Ohio Needs consent and presence of a parent
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania Needs consent and presence of parent or guardian
Rhode Island
South Carolina Illegal to tattoo a minor in all cases; needs parental consent from ages 18 to 20
South Dakota Needs signed consent form from parents
Tennessee Needs consent and presence of a parent or legal guardian starting from age 1
Texas Needs consent of parent or guardian
Utah Needs consent of a parent or legal guardian
Vermont Needs the written consent of parent or guardian
Virginia Needs presence of parent or guardian
Washington Illegal to tattoo a minor in all cases
West Virginia Requires prior written consent of parent or guardian
Wisconsin Needs to be part of a physician’s professional practice
Wyoming Needs consent and presence of a parent or legal guardian

Microblading shouldn’t be for underaged clients

Even though it is legal in some states, we still advise against microblading for minors. Semi-permanent makeup is a big decision and, to be honest, it’s often a purely cosmetic procedure.

There’s always traditional makeup; surely, permanent makeup can always wait a few more years.

If you really have to perform microblading for minors, however, keep these reminders in mind:

  • Always make sure it is legal in the state you’re operating in!
  • Always store a record of the written consent or the consent form for at least a couple of years. Some states require that you store records for at least two years, but to be sure, keep it for at least five.
  • As much as possible—even if it’s not legally required—have a parent or legal guardian present during the procedure.

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