Microblading is all about making women feel better about themselves. However, not everyone can receive the five-star permanent makeup treatment we can offer them. Here are the clients who should avoid microblading and why.
Why microblading isn’t for everyone
Permanent makeup exists to make our day-to-day lives easier and more convenient. With microblading, we can say goodbye to hour-long routines and hundreds upon hundreds of dollars spent on makeup.
Microblading is also a brilliant solution to rediscovering our self-esteem and learning to embrace our true selves.
Which is why it’s a shame that not everyone can get permanent makeup.
Certain ailments and skin conditions prevent some clients from getting microblading. Others, of course, need only wait a few weeks or months, like pregnant clients or clients who recently got Botox.
If you haven’t yet, memorize this list of clients who can’t actually be clients. And don’t hold back from refusing treatment. After all, it’s for their safety and yours.
Breaking down the bad news
Being the bearer of bad tidings is never easy. It can be heartbreaking to tell an excited client that you can’t perform microblading on their brows or lips.
Here are a few tips to make The Talk easier for both parties:
- Be upfront. On your website or upon initial consultations, list the specific conditions that will bar clients from getting microblading. Don’t get their hopes up. There’s no point. Letting them know early on will save both of you the time and disappointment that comes with explaining why they can’t get permanent makeup.
- Be informative. Make sure to explain why their condition is incompatible with microblading. Don’t just turn them away. It’s your responsibility to spread awareness and information about permanent makeup, and that includes explaining why certain clients are unqualified from microblading.
- Be firm. Under no circumstances should you give in. It’s not worth it. If the procedure backfires, you might end up facing a lawsuit—not to mention the guilt that comes with endangering a client. You’ll also lose the good reputation you’ve so far built. If a client should not get microblading, then that client should not get microblading.
But which clients are unqualified from microblading? Let’s list them down.
Who should avoid microblading?
Here is a list of clients who should not be allowed to undergo any microblading procedure.
1. Clients prone to keloids
Tattooing on a client prone to keloids may result in keloid scarring. Additionally, the skin may also have difficulty taking to the pigments.
For both the clients’ health and comfort, refrain from performing microblading on their keloids-prone skin.
2. Clients with transmittable blood diseases (e.g. HIV, hepatitis)
While we don’t want to discriminate against people living with transmittable blood diseases, performing microblading on these clients will endanger the safety of other clients.
There is sufficient evidence supporting the risk of syphilis and hepatitis B and C through tattooing.
Although you should practice proper sanitization and sterilization for your tools, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Clients will also rest easier knowing that you do not perform procedures on people with transmittable blood diseases.
3. Clients with skin complications and diseases, particularly in the area of treatment
Regardless of what skin complications the client has, the bottom line is that any form of tattoo will stress out their skin and possibly exacerbate the situation.
We actively discourage microblading for clients living with psoriasis, eczema, keratosis pilaris, and dermatitis.
In addition to any health risks, skin that often sheds will not be a good candidate for microblading. Shedding skin does not hold pigment very well.
4. Clients who have had fillers, Juvederm, or Botox in the desired treatment area
5. Clients in the process of chemotherapy
Clients undergoing chemotherapy will have sensitive tissues. They will be more prone to bleeding and infections. Not only will their microblading procedure be uncomfortable, it will also be extremely risky.
A microblading session is best scheduled six weeks before or after chemotherapy.
Note that clients will also need a touch-up after the first session. Therefore, for clients opting to have microblading before chemotherapy, you should schedule their touch-up at a date that doesn’t interfere with their chemo.
6. Clients with extremely oily skin
We don’t want to discriminate against skin type. However, extremely oily skin does not respond well to tattoos.
For one thing, the excess oil in the skin will impede the healing process after the procedure. For another, the pigment may not last as long as it would on other people.
You may perform the procedure on clients with mildly to moderately oily skin. However, we would advise against attempting the procedure on someone with extremely oily skin.
7. Clients allergic to numbing age nts
A client who is allergic to your preferred numbing agent will be unable to sit through a microblading procedure.
Numbing agents are essential to ensuring client comfort and safety. Enduring too much pain can become too physically and emotionally stressful. Therefore, performing microblading procedures without the appropriate numbing agents can present health risks to the client.
8. Clients with “oversaturated” skin
Clients with skin oversaturated from previous permanent makeup procedures are not good microblading candidates, as well.
Depending on the state of the previous procedure, you may decide not to proceed with microblading. It’s possible that the skin will not respond well to the new pigment or that the end result will look unappealing afterward. If both or either of these are the case, it’s best to not give the client a microblading procedure.
9. Clients who are underage
Microblading is a tattoo technique. And, like all tattoos, microblading should not be performed on minors or underage clients, according to varying state laws.
Some states will allow a tattoo on a minor as long as there is parental consent. Be sure to check state laws before begining your microblading business.
The American Academy of Pediatricians has also released a list of guidelines for parents discussing tattoos with their teens.
Some of the guidelines we would like to emphasize:
- Remind teens and their families that tattoos are permanent and removal is difficult, expensive and only partially effective.
- Assess the sanitary and hygiene practices of the tattoo parlors and tattoo artists.
- Seek medical care if there are signs and symptoms of infection. Lesions that appear to grow or change within a tattoo require evaluation for neoplasms.
Read the full list of guidelines here.
10. Clients who are pregnant or breastfeeding
There is no research proving that microblading is harmless for babies, both unborn and born.
Microblading involves inserting ink pigments into the skin. There is reason to question if these pigments will somehow affect a mom’s breast milk in a significant, negative way.
Even if the client is willing to risk it, you shouldn’t be. When you have pregnant or breastfeeding client, you become responsible not just to the client herself but also the baby. Why? Because the baby is directly affected by any procedure you perform on their mother.
To read more about microblading for pregnant or breastfeeding women, check out this article.