Firstly, consider your tool. There are many ergonomically designed microblade pens on the market that will save an artist’s hands and wrists if he or she performs microblading all day, every day. As business owners we often work 6 days weeks, right? Hand tools may be weighted, counterbalanced, have a larger shaft for gripping, or a very thin shaft that might hurt hands. Therefore, the right tool is essential. However, what can interfere with your choice of pen is your local health code. If you are operating in an area that requires all the tools to be at your disposal, this might include your entire pen. This can be costly in the long run. The artist must find the best possible scenario. Either adapt to fully disposable pens, many of which do come with ergonomic features, or continue to use reusable pens and dispose of them, setting your profit margin accordingly. 

We, favor100 percent disposable implements. It is the best approach for preventing cross contamination of blood borne pathogens. That is not to say that artists cannot use reusable implements, but it is the artist’s local health code that dictates how all reusable are sterilized. This could be autoclaved in some parts of the world, or cold sterilization in others. At all times, your clients need to witness your dedication to sanitation in your studio. 

If a brow that is entirely missing needs to be completely reconstructed, the artist will select a couple of blade configurations to create long and short hair strokes. Often a completely recreated brow can look so precise and flawless it appears unnatural!!! Manual shading overtop of the hair strokes adds intensity, depth, and a more natural appearance. A skilled artist can use their curved microblade to create a shaded brow, or he/she may opt for a round shader configuration. A brow that is sparse may need some filled in hair strokes and this may require only a smaller blade configuration to squeeze in strokes between the existing brow hair, creating dimension. 

All microblades are sharp. Some are sharper than others. A flexile microblade is bound with a vinyl covering creating “give” when working on skin. It is important that flexible blades are used by new artists and by artists who are working carefully on skin to implant pigment at the “sweet spot”–the DE (dermalepidermal junction). Microblades are individual needles clustered together in a line which either end in a sloped shape or a curved (rounded) end. Which one to use is often the artist’s preference. However, the curved bladed has no sharp point on it, so for learning artists, it is often a good one to become comfortable with it initially. The individual needles the blade is comprised of will have different gauges. The smaller the gauge of the individual needles, the sharper the overall “blade”. A microblade is, in fact, not a blade at all. 

All artists must understand how to read microblade descriptions. Every individual microblade is sterile packed and made of surgical grade stainless steel. Each package has a lot number and expiry date. These must be opened in front of the customer and the paper backing should be stapled to your client’s file, forms, or comment card. Furthermore, since micro blades are most often delivered to an artist from an online order, it is critical that they are inspected carefully under a strong light and a magnifier to determine if any imperfections exist. Even the slightest imperfection can harm the skin. 

Another type of microblade is known as hard or rigid. This is because it is made of a single piece of surgical grade stainless steel with the individual needles made separate in the manufacturing process by precision equipment. These blades are very sharp and are not recommended for newer artists. Because of their sharpness they can do damage to the skin if used on very thin or sensitive skin, or if too much pressure (and it does not take much!!)is applied. These blades are best suited for oily skin that is thicker due to compressed skin cells held together by excess sebum, or for clients with thicker skin overall. Often men seek out the services of a skilled microblading artist as they are not immune to the loss of brow hair. A rigid blade would be a good choice for a male face. However, this depends on the skin assessment–ALWAYS!