The consultation is important but not necessary. However, if you are a new artist, I highly suggest having consults with every client in the beginning. If a client is unable to meet you in person for a consult, have them send you a few photos of their brows. They should be makeup free and taken in good lighting. It is best to face natural light when taking their photos. The angles of the photos that should be sent to you are:
directly head on of both together
a close up of each one individually
one of each from the sides
It is important you send your client a “confirmation email” when the appointment is booked. In it, there should be a link to the forms/waivers the client must fill out electronically prior to their appointment or send as an attachment and the client can print it out, sign, and bring with them. This will give them time to read about the procedure and make sure they don’t have any contraindications. You can tell them to bring their eyebrow pencil they normally use to the consult so you can see what color they like.
We suggest charging for the consultation as you don’t want anyone wasting your time. $50 is reasonable and the $50 can be put towards the full price of the treatment. When just starting out, you could always offer them complimentary consultations.
List of things to ask your client:
How long have you been researching Microblading?
What do you like about your brows?
What do you want to change about your brows?
Do you have a favorite brow? (This is good to know because you can try to match the other brow to their favored brow)
If they have existing permanent makeup, it might need to be color corrected first, remember that blading is SEMI-permanent which means that their permanent makeup will always be there, so as they fade, the other color will show through. We do NOT suggest taking on color corrections when you are a new/unexperienced artist.
Go over the procedure, after care, and how to prepare.
Discuss the cost.
Always ask if they have any questions or concerns.
Take notes on the client.
You can draw on their brow and measure them during their consultation. Clients love seeing this.
If they want/need to wax, tweeze, or thread before the treatment, they need to do so 48 hours before and they have to wait 2-3 weeks after blading.
Ask them if they want to book.
Make sure their paperwork is filled out/signed.
Give them your card and tell them to call you if they have any other questions.
Does the client have unrealistic expectations and/or want you to create a brow that isn’t possible (for example, long strokes, filled in, etc)? If so, this needs to be addressed immediately.
Long strokes don’t last long because of the pressure applied. Hash tags (overlapping strokes) are not recommended and will not look natural at all. Block eyebrows are not what we do. When a client likes a more filled in look, permanent makeup might be a better option.
If a client is trying to have the procedure done immediately before a vacation or event, a client can’t sweat, get the brows wet, or be in direct sunlight for 10-14 days, therefore, depending on the vacation, they likely will not want to have their brows done before. They likely won’t want to be at an event with scabbing brows.