What does it take to become a permanent makeup artist?

What does it take to become a permanent makeup artist?

Becoming a makeup artist involves hours of hard work and dedication. The average makeup artist completes 300 hours of training before they are granted a cosmetology license. Permanent makeup artists are no exception. Their training is just as, if not more, intense as the artists before them. They even undergo new health and safety procedures. Here are just a few of the requirements you need to meet before becoming a full-fledged permanent makeup artist:

  1. Complete a training course or apprenticeship. The requirements for this vary from state to state, but you’ll generally have to complete a set number of practice hours before you’re able to finish your training and move on to the next step in the process. These practice hours can be obtained through either an apprenticeship or training course, and typically involve shadowing someone before practicing on their own.
  2. Finish the written coursework. Although this is a hands-on type of work, there’s still a ton of studying involved. Tests are administered to check the progress of the artist-in-training. They can identify problem areas the student may be facing, and in turn help the trainer teach more effectively. Many schools have online modules that need to be finished before the hands-on can begin. An example of a school that uses online modules as a part of training is Trillium Ink. More information about this step in the process can be found at https://www.pamneighbors.com/training/. After the tests, most students practice on a dummy before moving to practicing on an actual person.
  3. Complete the proper first-aid training. Many states require a certain level of first-aid training to be completed before someone can obtain their license. CPR training is usually included with this training, alongside dealing with allergic reactions. Because many clients have never gone through the permanent makeup application process before, they may be allergic to the ink without knowing it. Proper training reduces the risk of serious injury to both the client and the artist.
  4. Get trained on how to deal with bloodborne pathogens. Because needles are used during both permanent makeup application and scalp micropigmentation processes, an artist needs to be trained on bloodborne pathogens. Training on these procedures include training on proper hand-washing techniques and waste disposal methods. In some states, the artist must take tests for hepatitis to reduce the risk of spreading the disease. This ensures that everyone involved can remain as safe as possible. Failure to complete these trainings can result in major legal troubles, as well as posing safety issues.

These requirements vary from state to state, and some states have additional required training that must be done prior to the completion of the course. If you’re not sure what all you need to do to become a permanent makeup artist, look up your local and state laws before signing up for a course! You don’t want all your hard work to be for nothing.

Avoiding Hair Loss

Avoiding Hair Loss

Hair loss is usually a problem that people deal with when the problem reveals itself, but hair loss is actually something you can prevent — somewhat. While many forms of hair loss are genetic and sometimes inevitable, many other forms of hair loss are avoidable.

If you’re looking to keep more hair on your head — most of us are — take a look at some activities you should avoid to keep your mane looking luscious and full for as long as possible.

Avoid Hot Showers
All of us love hot showers. After all, there is nothing more relaxing than stepping into a steamy shower after a long day at school or work. Unfortunately, those showers that we love cause damage to our hair follicles. The hot water strips the scalp of the essential oils that it needs to thrive, leading hair follicles to become inflamed and hair strands to become brittle. This can lead to hair that falls out when your brushing your hair or taking a shower. 

Avoid the Extensive Use of Hair Gels and Other Products
Again, many people love hair gel. Hair gel can be useful for taming pesky fly aways or getting that slicked back look that makes you feel super confident. However, studies have shown that hair gels and other styling products can lead to hair loss. This is because the chemicals in these hair gels linger on your scalp, which keeps new hair follicles from rising to the surface. If you must use some type of hair gel, try to use one without the chemicals.

Avoid Hair Styling Tools 
As alluded to in the first item on our list, hot temperatures are not good for hair. This applies to styling tools as well. The high temperatures of hair dryers, straighteners, and curling irons can render hair dry and brittle, making it more vulnerable to falling out when the slightest bit of pressure is applied to it. However, sometimes using hair styling tools is unavoidable. If you must use hair styling tools, you should invest in a high-quality heat protectant spray that will coat your strands in protective chemicals that will mitigate the harmful effects of heat.

Avoid Tight Headbands
Something else you can do is to avoid tight headbands. While these headbands may be fashionable, they can cause damage to the hair strands by applying excessive force, leading to a condition called traction alopecia.

What to Do
While all these tips are beneficial in avoiding hair loss, some of you reading this may already be experiencing hair loss for a variety of different reasons and avoiding the above activities and behaviors may not help you much. 
Fortunately, there are many different treatments available for those who are experiencing hair loss. One new treatment is called scalp micropigmentation, where pigments are applied to the hairline to make it appear much more dense and full. Companies offering this procedure, such as SMP Australia, will work with you to create a customized hairline that is perfect for you and your needs.

Ringworm in the Scalp

Ringworm in the Scalp

Many of us know about the dangers of ringworm and take active steps to avoid it. No one wants to deal with going to the doctor and having to follow a course of treatment in between all of our other obligations.

Ringworm can also infect your scalp and cause hair loss. If you’re like me, you didn’t know ringworm had this much power. Keep reading to learn more.

What Exactly is Ringworm?

Contrary to popular belief, ringworm isn’t actually a worm. Ringworm is a skin infection that is caused by fungi that come in contact with the skin.

You can get ringworm by coming into contact with the following:
● Touching the skin of another infected person
● Touching pets (mainly cats and dogs) who are infected
● Touching objects that have the ringworm fungi on them
● Touching soil that with ringworm in it either by walking on the ground or gardening
You can get ringworm from other sources, but these are the most common.

Ringworm on the Scalp

You’ll notice you have ringworm on the scalp if there is a small bump or sore. That bump or sore will eventually turn flaky and scaly. At this point, your scalp will probably begin to hurt and will feel tender to the touch.

When ringworm infects the scalp, it can cause hair loss that causes your hair to fall out in patches. With this particular infection, doctors call it tinea capitis.

What to Do

If you’re noticing hair loss due to a ringworm infection, the first thing you should do is schedule an appointment with a doctor. They’ll be able to recommend an ointment or medication that can get rid of the ringworm.

In terms of hair loss, you have many options. There are pills and shampoos that are designed to boost hair growth, and there is even a clinic in Chicago that uses micropigmentation to fill in the hairline!

All about Hair Loss Concealer

All about Hair Loss Concealer

If you’re like me, you probably have no idea what hair loss concealer is. I didn’t know either, until I ran into the term on the internet while reading about hair loss. I was immediately perplexed — I always thought concealer was for the face, not the hair. 

When I read more about the product, I found out about its use by those experiencing hair loss. This post will answer all the questions you have about hair loss concealer, so that you can make the best treatment decision for you and your hair.

What is Hair Loss Concealer?

The million dollar question. Hair loss concealer is a product applied to areas experiencing hair thinning that contains hair building fibers. These fibers match the color of your hair and blend in, creating the appearance of a completely full mane.

Why Use Hair Concealer?

Hair loss concealer is the ideal hair loss treatment for many for a variety of reasons. It requires no prescription, so a trip to the doctor is not needed. Hair loss concealers are also readily accessible, available for purchase online at websites such as Amazon.

These products are also ideal for those who want a more natural approach to their hair loss. Hair loss concealers can blend in easily to the remaining hair, allowing users to conceal their hair loss in a less obvious way.

Hair loss concealers are also appealing because of their cost. Especially compared to pricey procedures like hair transplant surgery, hair loss concealer is a much more affordable option.

Other Options Of course, hair loss concealer may not be the best option for you and your hair loss. Luckily, the market is rapidly expanding. Other available options include scalp micropigmentation — similar to concealers but with pigment — offered by places like DC Micro, topical treatments, hair caps, special shampoos, and more!

Tips on Shaving your Head

Tips on Shaving your Head

Whether for a fashion statement or due  to hair loss, shaved heads are certainly becoming far more common than they were in the past. Despite popular belief, shaving your head isn’t as simple as it looks.

If you’re ready to commit to a shaved head, check out these tips!

When to Shave Your Head

Determining when to shave your hair is crucial.  Going from a head full of hair to completely bald is a huge risk, especially because you cannot see what you look like. If you’re contemplating making that big of a leap, make sure to speak with your hairdresser and ask for their recommendation. If you’re already halfway balding, you pretty much already know what you look like.

How to Shave Your Head

Rely on the expertise of a hairdresser, at least for the first time you’re shaving your head. The shaved head will be easier to maintain in the future and you’ll avoid any issues.

The Actual Process

The entire process goes much smoother if you cut your hair short first, rather than just going in with the razor. After you’ve cut your hair, it will be easier to get rid of the rest of your hair with the razor. As for the actual shaving part, consider shaving your head in the shower. It sounds weird, but your scalp is the most soft when wet, which makes shaving way easier.

Of course, not everyone is shaving their hair is doing so by choice. Aging or illness can lead many to go bald sooner than they would like. If you want you’re suffering with hair loss and want to try out scalp micropigmentation, a new service that can fill in the hairline with pigment, check out companies like Team Micro. No matter what you choose, leave the stress about your hair in the past!