The Browtini Bar

BY HEATHER CELESTE, RN BSN

Cheaper is not better.

I like to think of microblading as the eyelash extensions of 2016.  It is new...it is revolutionary... and everybody wants to get their hands on it to either have it done or offer it to the public. Here in Texas, any Joe, Sally, or Susie can decide one day that they want to be a microblading specialist. All you need is the right tool and a place to do it. Some people will spend money to take a little two-day course and suddenly be "master-level specialists" and some will just turn to amazon and buy the tools necessary. Now, if you work outside of a medical facility, you need to get a tattoo studio permit, but those are relatively easy to get once you get past the cost. Long story short, there are A LOT of "specialists" out there offering this service who probably shouldn't be.
More and more, I am receiving messages from women wanting corrective work after visiting these so called specialists who claim to be "the best". They offer their service at a significantly lower cost than what is average and leave their clients with the same below average results. Most of the time, cheap price leads to cheap results. There is usually a reason why the price is so low. Unfortunately, for these women, even though microblading is semi-permanent, it is very hard to correct when done incorrectly. There are times I can make it look better and times when I have to turn them away until the old work has lightened up significantly.
The moral of the story is to DO YOUR RESEARCH and ask questions. Ask about training, as well as background. Ask about cleanliness and the tools that are being used. Another good question to ask is how many clients they will see a day. If you are seeing somebody who sees more than five clients a day, RUN! What kind of quality are you going to get when you are churning clients in and out all day? I like to spend at least 90 minutes with a client to ensure they are leaving with the highest quality results possible. Also, look at the before and afters! We are talking about a semi-permanent tattoo.... on your face. Sure, the price looks good and some of the photos are decent but are you willing to roll the dice? 
Microblading is incredible when done properly and can yield amazing results! It can also be done horribly wrong. 12-18 months is a long time to commit to a bad result. Make sure you are confident in your technician. After all, you are trusting them with your face. 

What made you get into microblading?

This is one of the most common things I get asked about and  I LOVE to answer it.  I have always been self conscious about my eyebrows. So much so, that I would dread going out sometimes.  It would literally take ten or more minutes to get them drawn on just right. I know that may sound crazy to some, but I went overboard in middle school with the tweezers. Thin brows were in back then, but I think I was going for more of a no eyebrows look. I look at pictures from back then and just CRINGE! My daughter loves it haha! BTW, she has the best eyebrows in the world!
I was working in the hospital when out of the corner of my eye, I saw someone looking at some fleek eyebrows on the computer. When I asked about them, she told me they were tattoos. I immediately yelled at her about how awful tattooed eyebrows were... Que the mental picture of tattooed eyebrows and the multi-colors they turned into (blue, green, pink etc).... It was then that she informed me the HUGE difference between traditionally tattooed eyebrows and microblading. I was intrigued to say the least. 
I began following microblading and all it's glory on social media. From the top players like Shaughnessy, to some of the local girls that offered this service near me. It took me about a year before I muscled up the courage to set an appointment.
As I stepped foot in the life-changing room that would change my eyebrow game for good, I had mixed emotions. I was excited to finally have my eyebrows back, yet terrified of the needle that would be closing in on my face... no big deal, right?
Long story short... It was amazing. So amazing, that I decided I had to learn. I had to learn this procedure and offer it to all of the women that hate their eyebrows (THERE ARE A LOT by the way)... The next month, I took a certification class and was ready to practice! I really think that it takes someone with an artistic eye to be good at microblading. The scary thing is, anyone can learn how to microblade, so DO YOUR RESEARCH!!! It is your face you know. Anyway, back to me haha. I started offering the micoblading service to women that I know and God bless them for putting their trust into me. Because I am a nurse and work in labor and delivery, the majority of my clientele was the nurses who I worked with. Let me just say this, there is no other unit with better eyebrows than us! We are rocking the game! 
So yes, this little microblading class that I convinced my husband to let me take blew up! This little side job has evolved into something huge. I am so thankful for all of the love and support I have received from friends, family, and even strangers. You guys encourage me every day to continue learning and growing! I have become so passionate about this business and love the joy I receive from making women feel more beautiful and confident in how they look. It's because of you that The Browtini Bar is thriving! Much much love to you!