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Launching a successful microblading business involves more than having the right skills. Sanitation and sterilization are essential to keeping customers safe and happy.

In this second installment, we continue our guide to microblading sanitation and sterilization. The first part features information on general guidelines and glove use. Read the first installment here.

For more in-depth discussions on client health and safety, enroll in one of our beginner microblading classes. Check out our course list here.

Using needles for microblading

Microblading artists should make their needles a high priority. Some microblading schools may tell you it’s okay to reuse needles, but we recommend that you think it through first.

Some states don’t require health professionals to always use new needles. And, sure, autoclaved needles are technically safe to use.

However, there’s a possibility that used, dull needles will damage your client’s skin. Not to mention, it can also be damaging to your clinic’s reputation if clients find out that you reuse needles.

Again, autoclaved needles are safe to use. But the thing is, most clients will not feel reassured or confident about scheduling their microblading appointment with you. Not everyone knows what an autoclave does or how it functions. For most clients, it’ll just seem like you’re being cheap about buying more needles.

Other needle guidelines are as follows:

  • Always sterilize needles prior to use.
  • Make sure pre-sterilized needles are packaged individually before buying them.
  • Opening an autoclave bag containing multiple needles requires you to re-sterilize all needles inside the bag before use.
  • Never throw needles in a regular trash bin. Place needles in a sharps container for proper disposal after each procedure.
  • Make sure clients sign a procedure report, testifying that they witnessed you disposing of the needle in a sharps container.
  • Immediately dispose of a full sharps container by contacting your local Health Department.

Storing needles properly

Your needle containers must be:

  • Closable
  • Puncture Resistant
  • Leak-proof
  • Color-coded
  • Labeled in accordance with regulations
  • Placed 52 inches off of the ground

Guide to microblading sanitation procedures

These general tips can help you get an idea of what measures are required for microblading procedures. Note that these tips and these articles are not substitutes for proper microblading training.

Before the microblading procedure

  • Ensure that you sanitized all your tools and equipment. Sanitize the treatment area, as well.
  • Make sure all the necessary tools and equipment for the client is present before the procedure begins.
  • Open sterile needles, tips, tubes, and other tools in front of the client. This will make them feel more confident in your sanitation practices.
  • Wash your hands and put on gloves and a face mask before every procedure.
  • Change gloves and face masks for every change of client.

After the microblading procedure

  • Discard all pigments, needles, blades, cotton swabs, and barrier by placing them in a double bag.
  • Place needles in your sharps container. Do not dispose of them in a regular trash bin.
  • Clean up your treatment area immediately after the session is over.
  • Place all used linens in a covered laundry receptacle.
  • Make sure you and your client signs and dates all forms.
  • Double bag all trash for disposal.
  • Replace all headrests, bed coverings, and table coverings after every client.
  • Sanitize tools and equipment after the procedure to eliminate bacteria that can cause infection.

For a more thorough discussion on proper microblading sanitation and sterilization, enroll in any of our beginner microblading courses.

Our academy provides several comprehensive education and training programs that involve:

  • The history of microblading
  • Color theory
  • Different microblading stroke techniques
  • Choosing and dealing with different kinds of clients
  • Marketing your microblading business
  • And many others!

We also provide hands-on training where you get to perform microblading on a real, live client. Click here to see our full list of classes.

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