19 Jun MICRO BLADING & THE FINE ART OF STROKE DEPTH
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Wow, time is ticking & these hot days are whizzing by like crazy. I can’t believe it’s the middle of June & we are officially one day away from the first day of summer! #happydance
Today, I want to touch on “stroke depth” for micro bladers who struggle with placement of pressure for proper pigment absorption during a micro blading procedure.
One of the most often asked questions by students is micro blading depth. How do we know our “strokes” are deep enough to deposit pigment into the skin to stay, or that it’s not deep enough to hold the pigment deposit? Great question, but somewhat difficult to answer. The truth is, it comes down to the thickness of your client’s epidermis & understanding skin types.
Skin comes in 4 different thicknesses, as identified on the Fitzpatrick scale, and it’s imperative that you recognize your client’s skin “thickness” before you begin. Believe me this is something that can take years of experience before it becomes second nature, to identify skin thickness and match it with the proper stroke depth. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it is possible! You know what they say, practice makes perfect & it really does get easier.
Here’s a guide to follow, that is simple to follow and completely relates to identifying stroke depth.
Type 1-HYPERSENSITIVE & THIN
An egg would be an example of thin skin, closely relating to skin Type 1 on the Fitzpatrick scale.
- Very thin skin
- Pinkish skin tone
- Very translucent with barely any upper skin layer
- No pores on brow area
- Prone to rosacea or dermatitis
- Bleeds on needle contact
Type 2-THIN SKIN BUT NOT SENSITIVE
A grape or cherry would be a good example of thin but not sensitive skin.
- Skin is thick but not as thin as hyper-sensitive.
- Very tiny pores.
- Skin is not translucent.
- Ivory or a fair skin tone.
- Bleeds easily.
Type 3-AVERAGE SKIN TYPE
Can be compared to the texture of the skin of an apple.
- Small pores
- Non-translucent skin
- Does not bleed easily
- Prone to sensitivity
Type 4-THICKER SKIN TYPE
Can be compared to the thickness & texture of an orange skin.
- Can be sensitive or insensitive.
- Larger pores.
- Oily skin.
- Can bleed easily or not at all.
What are the most difficult skin types? Type 1 & Type 4 as they take greater control for proper stroke depth.
REMEMBER this is merely a guide & won’t always provide 100% accurate results, but it will provide an understanding when determining the skin type of your client.
Once you determine the skin type, you will know how to automatically adjust your pressure to the proper depth. A sign that you are providing correct pressure is when you see a fine split in the skin and/or very slight pinpoint bleeding. If your technique is proper, you should get to the correct depth in 2 consecutive passes. Make sense?
Depth is the name of the game here and is critical because if you go too shallow you will land only in the epidermis, and the color won’t stay. If you go too deep, you can cause scarring and the color will heal too ashy. So how do you figure out the perfect depth? The truth is, it’s very tricky as every client has a different skin type and often the skin will be much thinner at the tail of the brows than the bulb of the brow. In order for the color to stay, you’ll need to micro blade to the upper dermis, but not further.
When you are more familiar with working on different skin types, you start to understand if you need to treat your canvas like an egg, cherry, apple or orange. When you understand the skin and micro blading to the tolerance level of that part of the skin, it will help you blade properly without distressing the skin and/or causing tissue trauma.
Wendy Lee is an owner, educator/instructor & technician, at Beautiliscious for micro blading, permanent makeup, lash extensions & is a lash lift pro with over 8 years experience in brow shaping, and correction. She has trained & worked in Europe and North America and is sought after for her treatments and instruction, and her ease of guiding, approachability & teaching students with a hands on approach.
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