Micropigmentation (both cosmetic and medical) has become an incredibly popular procedure over the last few years. Googling the word ‘micropigmentation’ boasts over 3 million hits from websites all over the world. Micropigmentation is a procedure that can be performed in order to enhance certain areas of the face and body; eyebrows, eyes, lips, scalp, hairline and the areola area are some of the most common parts of the body that can benefit from a micropigmentation procedure. But what is micropigmentation? Put simply, micropigmentation is a process which involves injecting coloured pigment into the skin in order to add shape, colour and definition to a chosen feature. Micropigmentation is essentially like drawing on eyebrows or applying eyeliner, yet it lasts for a prolonged amount of time and therefore eliminates the application of such products every day. Micropigmentation is an incredibly versatile procedure and can be performed on both men and women.
Whilst micropigmentation is a service offered all around the globe, it is an intricate and complex procedure, making it hard to master. The are hundreds of training academies all over the UK, the US and other parts of the world who offer micropigmentation training courses for those wanting to learn how to perform micropigmentation. Once a technician has completed one of these courses, it means they are able to perform micropigmentation procedures from the comfort of their own home, on the move or in a beauty premises.
However, due to the difficulty of mastering the micropigmentation technique, it is super important that budding technicians do their research and choose a high-quality training academy that will teach them how to consistently produce outstanding results. This way, every new technician can end their training course feeling confident in their own abilities and happy in the fact that they have spent their money in the most effective way. Read on to find out what you should expect from a micropigmentation training course.
What should you expect to learn and achieve during your micropigmentation training course?
Every micropigmentation training course is structured differently. Some last three days, some last seven. Some ask you to complete the theory part of the course at home before you start your practical training in house. Others teach you the theory in a classroom setting with other students.
None of these itineraries are the “right” way to conduct a course and all can work just as well as each other! However, there are a few key aspects you should expect from every micropigmentation course which have been proven to help students perform micropigmentation procedures to the highest standard.
Number One: Theory
Because every micropigmentation procedure involves injecting coloured pigment into the skin, every practitioner needs to know what colour to use on each individual client to achieve the right results. Practitioners can make these decisions by understanding colour theory. Colour theory underpins every micropigmentation procedure and is therefore often the first and most vital lesson you should learn during your micropigmentation course.
What is colour theory?
Colour theory is the science behind what colour you should use on your client during any micropigmentation procedure. All skin tones can be separated into three categories: cool, medium or warm. Once you have established a client’s skin tone, you can then use colour theory to decide which colour pigment to use on their skin. For example, if a client’s skin has cool tones to it then you can balance this out by using red, yellow or orange pigment. Complex colour theory provides you with the knowledge needed to rectify previous pigment mistakes made by other practitioners.
Some advanced and more detailed courses will also teach you marketing, business and sales techniques so that you can transfer your new skills into a prosperous and successful business.
Number Two: Demonstration
Once you have been taught and successfully learnt the theory behind micropigmentation procedures, your technician will usually then demonstrate how to perform a micropigmentation procedure. Using a live model, your technician should tell you how to conduct a micropigmentation procedure. An experienced and well-informed technician should firstly teach you how to conduct a consultation with your client. This will help determine what skin tone they have, what shape they want to achieve (for example, one eyebrow client might want a high-arched eyebrow whilst another may want a a more subtle brow) and what kind of colour they want (for example, one lip micropigmentation client may want a pink pigment colour injected into the area whilst another may ask for a darker colour injection). After the consultation, your technician should then slowly perform the procedure on their model, making sure to talk you through everything they are doing in precise and minute detail. Your technician should allow you to observe their work closely and encourage you to take notes on and/or videos of the procedure. Your trainer may perform more than one demonstration so that you really understand how the procedure should be executed. They should also allow you to ask any questions you may have.
Number Three: Practice
Once you feel like you understand both the theory and practical side of the micropigmentation process and your trainer believes that you are ready, the course structure should then allow you to perform your own procedure. Some practitioners might organise and provide models for you, whilst others might ask you to bring your own models. Your course should incorporate enough time for you to perform your chosen micropigmentation procedure on at least two models. Your technician should be next to you during the whole procedure to offer guidance and detailed feedback.
After you have practiced your micropigmentation technique on a sufficient amount of models to make you feel comfortable in your technical abilities, your trainer should then solidify everything you have learnt over the course period and provide the answers to any remaining questions you may have.
Number Four: Case Studies
Most training academies will ask you to complete and send in evidence of at least ten case studies after the course itself has ended. This means that they can monitor your progress and ensure that the results you are producing are of the highest quality. Only when your technician is happy with the standard of your work should they sign you off completely and provide you with your certification.
Do your research!
Becoming a successful micropigmentation technician is no easy feat and you must choose a reputable training academy if you want to learn how to perform these procedures to the highest standard. Remember, the cheapest option is never the best option – it is much better to spend more money on a good course instead of having to fork out a load of money for a second course later down the line!
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