Microblading Near YOU!
When it comes to a semi-permanent procedure on your face, it is important to not settle for just the closest salon near you. However, how far is too far to drive?
Microblading has only been in the US for 6 years, and now it seems like everybody you know has had it done. It definitely is a HUGE trend, and as it has gained popularity, it has become more accessible to everyone. Several of my clients share stories of traveling all the way to Los Angeles from San Diego and neighboring areas just to get microblading done, but the good news is that today, microblading can be found near you!
Microblading San Diego By A. Samara Beauty often has clients coming in from San Diego and neighboring areas such as Chula Vista, Del Mar, El Cajon and more. We are located in Downtown, and are an easy drive away from the majority of San Diego suburbs. We also have free downtown parking for our clients to make it as easy of an experience as possible.
Initial appointment takes about 2.5 hours, and the touch up takes about 1.5 hours, therefore for the first full procedure it takes two sessions. Therefore making a trip more than 45 minutes away can get overwhelming! Thankfully with the increase in popularity and demand there is an increase in artists.
Each area has its own style, so finding somebody near you that specializes in the style you’re looking for can be such a relief! You will ideally be building a long term relationship with your artist so making sure it is comfortable in both the aesthetic and accessibility is a win/win situation! Los Angeles trends yield big, fluffy brows. I see this happening more often to mimic the “model brow” look that Cara Delvign and others are rocking. San Diego, Chula Vista, and neighboring areas have a more conservative, day to day perfection style. Microblading San Diego by A. Samara Beauty specializes in the “Naturally Perfect” brow. We do just the right amount of width and density to suit YOUR face, because although big trendy brows are beautiful, it is all about timeless beauty for such a semi-permanent procedure.
Take a look at more of our signature “Naturally Perfect” brows on our instagram (@a.samarabeauty)! No more need to drive over 2 hours and be stuck in LA traffic anymore.
So you’ve already taken the plunge and invested in a microblading training course, and now you’re wondering how to utilize this valuable skill set. I have outlined three vital points to keep in mind so that you can make the MOST out of your microblading training.
How to Pick the Right Microblading Training Course
Before purchasing any course make sure that it is the right fit for you. Do you learn easily on your own? Then consider an online course. Are you more of a hands on learner? Then in person might be the best option for you. Check to see if the course includes everything you are looking for and would need to learn the new skill set. And pick a top rated microblading training course.
What to Expect During Your Microblading Training Course
With so much information coming your way all at once, it is important to TAKE NOTES! At A. Samara Beauty we provide a very detailed manual with space for notes that will help you understand. We also provide educational videos and photos to help give visual memory of every detail. During the course, the most helpful thing to do is ask questions. With such a new skill set instructors are aware that students will have many questions that can really change the game of their microblading. One major tip is, the night of DAY 1 of the course, take your kit home and practice! Practice everything you have learned while the information is still fresh to solidify new information. This also helps because then you can take notes on what you feel you need help on and go back on DAY 2 of the training course with questions that will help you out specifically!
What to Do After Your Microblading Class
When the course is done the most important thing to do is to keep up with all your training. Drawing your patterns on practice every night will drastically improve your microblading. It will make your hands flow so much easier, and get your wrists in practice of how to draw. Additionally, following other microblading artists around the world on social media platforms like instagram and facebook gives you access to tons of high quality microblading inspiration and several tips and tricks. Lastly, schedule a shadow appointment with us! After you have taken the time to practice and accumulate all the questions you may have, schedule an appointment to allow time to answer all the questions that may occur!
Microblading training can be the single most career changing thing you do, it certainly was for me. If you are ready or are considering a course in Microblading, here are a few key points to keep in mind.
What should I expect in a course for Microblading?
Our course is one of the most informative Microblading courses out there. When I was initially trained, I was trained in the most fundamental and basic technique possible. This left me yearning for more information to become one of the leading microblading artists in the industry. I quickly realized that what was missing in beginner microblading courses were the vital tips and tricks that really make your work stand out from the rest. Anybody can learn how to hold a microblading tool, but we wanted and still want more for our students. We want to see them thrive by giving them all the tools to do so. This means a microblading course will include but is not limited to:
Microblading Theory, Color Theory, Skin Types, Pressure, Proper Grip, Proper Depth, Mapping, Shaping, Different Stroke Patterns, How To Use Social Media, How To Gain Clients, A Live Model, and so much more.
At first, acquiring a new skill will feel tough. Rest assured, this is normal! You should also expect a detailed plan of practice so that you can have a guideline for success and support after the course is over! This includes regular check-ins with master trainer Aateka, and live model shadowing for both initial sessions as well as touch-ups!
What Type Of Career Opportunities Open Up?
Mastering Microblading can open up so many doors! Many of our students have gone on to be successful business owners, or have worked alongside other Microblading artists while building a loyal customer base! The wonderful thing about microblading is not only that anybody can learn it, but anybody can get licensed for it! This means that all the states do not require you to be an esthetician or cosmetologist. The requirements put into place by your local county are all done to ensure the cleanliness and safety of both you and your client! Proper sterilization will also be taught in our courses. We give you all the tools to be your very own successful business owner or a very successful and talented microblading artist! This is a career change that will give you freedom over your schedule, freedom over your career, and most importantly high job satisfaction.
How Can I Make The Most Of A Microblading Course?
To make sure you get your money’s worth, make sure you are aware and PRESENT in class! This means you are taking down notes and asking all the questions you may have. It is our job as instructors to give you all of our attention, and we want to help you out with any detail you may need help in!
We also give direct access to our master trainers so that we can be helpful not just when the course is over, but in any part of your career as well.
After doing your research on Microblading, you find yourself really wanting to get it done but not sure what a good rate is. On one hand, you do not want to take the cheapest route for a semi-permanent face tattoo, and on the other hand you don’t want to overpay simply because somebody has claimed they are better than the rest. On average, Microblading can range anywhere from $400-$1200, however it is not all the same quality.
Some major factors affecting the cost of Microblading include location, technician experience, and whether or not the recommended second touch-up is included in the cost.
Where you get your microblading done often affects average prices. In more remote locations that do not have as many microblading artists, you will see rates that are higher than average. Conversely, highly populated areas might also have above average prices. For example, the average in Los Angeles is $900, whereas the national average is $500.
Although location affects microblading prices, years of experience has an impact as well. Technicians who have been microblading longer tend to charge more. The more advanced technicians have spent more time acquiring knowledge, have seen several different client skin types, and have had to create more shapes to accommodate facial features. This means that their expertise are worth the additional cost as their work will yield better results. It is very important to check their portfolio to ensure that you love what you see. Artists that have been microblading for years will also have a larger more exhaustive portfolio that will show different work styles. Find the one you like and the one that would suit your face!
Microblading is a two session process, the first session takes approximately 2.5 hours, and the second is 1 hour. Depending on how the artist decides to do their pricing, the session is either included in the initial price or paid for separately in the second appointment. Both sessions are equally as important. In the first session, the whole eyebrow is shaped, mapped, and microbladed. The second session, which is approximately 5-8 weeks after the initial appointment, is also important for longevity of the eyebrow. After the first session, the eyebrow heals with approximately 85-95% of the initial work remaining. The second touch up is also called the “perfecting touch up” because it is used to fill in the last 5-15% of the eyebrows that did not take the pigment right away.
Is it worth it?
When choosing your microblading artist you want to make sure it is worth the pretty penny. Microblading is definitely worth it for those who constantly have to draw on their brows, and no longer want to spend the time doing so. It is also perfect for those who never grew the right eyebrow shape for their face. However if you already have very full brows that only need to be fixed with threading or tweezing, then Microblading may not be worth it for you.
Microblading San Diego by A. Samara Beauty charges $600 for both sessions (with the occasional seasonal sales) due to several years of experience and exceptional expertise.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at email@example.com or 858-266-0116
Finding a Microblading artist you trust can be a daunting task, I mean come on, it’s a semi-permanent face tattoo! To make it simpler we have outlined 4 key qualities to look for when on your hunt.
- Portfolio – First and foremost, make sure the artist in consideration has their work publicly displayed and easily viewable. Brows can come in several different styles, and you want your artist to do the style that you are looking for. This may take some introspection to find out exactly what it is you want. Here at microblading san diego, we believe every pair of brows should be portfolio worthy work. To see more of our work visit our instagram or our microblading home page!
- Consultation – I like to offer all my clients a consultation to discuss their desired eyebrow goals. You should feel 100% comfortable with your Microblading artist, and fully confident in their ability to bring out your best pair of eyebrows. Feel free to ask questions about the procedure, the tools used, the various shapes and shades of brows, and what you think works best for you. Microblading San Diego offers 15 minute consultations for anybody who wants the chance to learn more in person!
- Certified & Licensed – This would seem like a no brainer because who would practice without a license right?! Well one would be surprised. Feel free to ask your tech things such as “Where were you certified?” and “Are you licensed in San Diego for Microblading?” Microblading San Diego is licensed and 3 times certified.
- Reviews – Loving the pictures, consultation, and licensing is all very important. However, checking in on other customers experiences is also a large component of quality microblading. Take the time to read the reviews that relate to Microblading. You want to choose a salon that takes the time to follow up with their clients and makes sure that they have an exceptional experience. Microblading technicians that do this repeatedly will build a good track record, and those reviews will reflect that.
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I always like to tell my clients that Microblading is a process. The healing time of your eyebrow is actually different than the time it takes for your brow to be complete. This may sound confusing, so here is a break down of what to expect day by day.
- Day 1-10: You are going to be totally in love with your brows, however, since the skin is open and the brows are fresh, this is considered an open scab. You should not get your eyebrows wet for at least 10 days, and 2 weeks maximum, directly following your procedure. This is considered the most vital time of the healing process because it is when the ink is taking to the skin the most! After the initial ten days, all the scabbing should have subsided and you are ready to wash your brows again! This is considered “healed” however, it will take another three weeks before you see the color resurface to its true and final color.
- Day 10-14: After washing your eyebrows on day 11, they may appear much lighter than what you would expect. Fear not! Because the color will resurface.
- Day 14-28: At this point you will slowly start to see a resurfacing in color, and the true healed tone of hair will appear.
- Day 30-42: After 5 weeks your true color will appear! This is when you are ready for the “perfecting touch up”
The Perfecting Touch-Up
Although the perfecting touch-up is not required, it is Highly Recommended. It is about half the time of the initial appointment. At the end of the initial healing process approximately 85%-95% of the eyebrows remain, and that last 15-5% is done in perfecting touch-up.
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a form of semi-permanent tattooing, also known as permanent makeup, 3-D brows, or brow feathering. Proper Microblading goes down to the third layer of skin and is done with a hand held tool called an 18 blade U-needle to create natural, hair-like strokes.
How Deep Does Microblading Go?
If microblading is only done on the surface level, or epidermis, then it will fade away very rapidly. If it done too deep, or down to the hypodermis, the ink will blur and loos its hair-like quality.
Microblading goes down to the second layer of the skin, known as the dermis. It is vital that the technician hits the “sweet spot” of the skin for clean strokes and great brow retention. By going down to the second layer of the skin, the microblading artist is ensuring that your brows will heal well with thin clean strokes, as well as last a minimum of nine months and a maximum of three years.
The Microblading Process
In order to get down to the right layer of the skin, an artist must do two passes. At Microblading San Diego by A. Samara Beauty, we want our clients to be comfortable throughout the whole process therefore we apply a topical numbing cream for 45 minutes for maximum absorption and relief. After that we map out the brow, show the client the shape, and get final approval before beginning. Then we begin the first pass. The first pass is where all the artistry is, and does not go down to the second layer of the skin. The second pass of Microblading goes down to the second layer of the skin and ensures you will have beautiful, long-lasting results.
The Touch Up
5-6 weeks after the initial microblading session, a “perfecting touch-up” is required. During the healing process approximately 85%-95% of the eyebrows remain, and the perfecting touch-up fills in any of the remaining strokes that may have faded during healing. After the two microblading sessions, your brows are all set and ready to go makeup free!
Top Rated salons are different for several reasons.
High quality Microblading begins with the Microblading technician. The majority of top rated microblading artists have gone through multiple courses and countless hours of practice to perfect their craft. Investment in SEVERAL trainings leads to higher quality work, which reflects in reviews and ratings as well as the price bracket of the work. Make sure to do your research on your artist and feel free to ask questions!
Top rated salons also do not take more than 2-3 clients a day. Why? Because they DO NOT rush the process. If salons are cutting costs, then odds are they are trying to get in as many people as possible a day, and speeding through the appointment. This is a process that involves intricate hair stroke work, and if it is rushed it will show in the work!
Top rated salons are ALWAYS licenced. We adhere to the strictest of safety rules and cleanliness rules. They have already jumped all the legal hoops that allow them to operate safely. One of those requirements is to be blood borne pathogen certified. This means we know how to prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens and only use 100% disposable items. Non top rated salons do not do this. The reusable tools means there is potential of improper sanitization which means potential infection and therefore you should NEVER set foot in a salon that cannot prove its credentials.
Top rated salons also offer a free touch up that is necessary for your brows to last a long time. Additionally, we do two topical numbings to make sure that you feel your most comfortable throughout the whole process, where most people do not do a pre-numb because it takes an additional 45 minutes. Once again, we NEVER rush the process. Perfectly healed and shaped microblading brows is our specialty.
3D microblading, shading and touch-ups, what is the price?
When considering microblading, the cost is something we often look at to make our final choice. Below are the various forms of microblading and their price range.
The average rate for microblading ranges anywhere from $500-$900, with some outliers in the lower/higher range. This all depends on location, talent of artist, and years of experience.
3D microblading, or what is known as traditional hair stroke microblading, is the most common form. It is also perfect for those looking to enhance their eyebrows with a natural look. Microblading San Diego rates are $600 for traditional microblading. Traditional microblading always includes one free touch up. It is highly recommended that the client does both sessions to achieve the perfect, long lasting microblading results.
Microshading, a different method that can be done with a hand-held or machine tool, can be combined with traditional microblading to add more depth and definition while still maintaining a more natural look. It can also be done alone for a more defined look “makeup” look. This is perfect for those looking for a bold brow. Prices for Microshading range from $600-$1,000. Microblading San Diego charges $700 for either combination brows (microblading & shading). This method involves additional time and tools after the initial microblading is done, to allow for darker more makeup finished brows. This process also includes a free touch up.
1-3 year touch ups are about half the price of initial appointments. They range anywhere from $250-$500. Microblading San Diego charges $300. One year touch ups, also known as color refreshers, are only one appointment. They do not require a second touch up, and they are meant to touch up anything that faded over the course of 1-3 years.
Hear from an expert how to craft the perfect eyebrow.
What is YOUR perfect eyebrow? When it comes to eyebrows, it is not a one size fits all. There are THREE major components to keep in mind when shaping the ideal brow.
Face shape, including eye shape and forehead width/height. What is YOUR golden ratio.
The Golden ratio, or the most timeless mathematical principles of aesthetic proportions, can directly be applied to your face for the ideal brows. This allows us to draw the brow according to each individual’s bone structure ensuring the brow beautifully frames the face and fits on the forehead.
How experts measure eyebrows according to the Golden Ratio.
Brows should begin directly above the middle of the nostril
– Avoid going too close or too far apart so that the eyes do not look to wide-set or too close-set
Brows should end where the corner of the nostril connects with the outer corner of the eye
– Brows that end too soon look too short, and brows that end too long drag the face down to create an expression of sadness.
Highest arch point should connect right in the middle of the nose and outside the pupil.
– Going in too far out or too far in risks the client looking startled or expressionless. Our eyebrows carry so much expression.
Natural Hair Color, what color will look most natural?
When it comes to color choice, I like to give three different options. Light, Medium, and Dark. It is important to remember that healed results are 15% lighter than fresh results, so choosing the initial color means choosing a color that will heal well with the root hair color of the client.
Client Preference – bold or thinner? Arch or more of a natural slope.
Last and often times most importantly, I like to ask all clients, what is YOUR preferred eyebrow. I give my recommendations and then factor in your preference, afterall, it is YOUR face.
Natural Brow Finish, prefect medium brown for her skin tone.