It's not that my training was worse than any other, it's just that like all the other trainings I've ever taken in a new subject, it left me feeling like I only know enough to get started. The basics. It never feels complete. I always end up feeling like the training was more a way for the company putting on the training to sell their products to us then a concern about educating us to the best ability.
I got a distinct feeling, as I often do, that the trainer had done this class one-too-many-times and was tired of hearing the same questions and having to teach the same thing over and over. I get it. But if this is your first time, the questions you're going to have are going to be basic and that has to be ok. After all, you've just paid $3,500 or more for the training.
I did a lot of research before deciding on my training, and I'm no slouch to research. In fact, I consider myself really adept at research. And yet here I was, after tons of research, with a sub-par training for a premium price.
"Unfortunately, it comes down to who markets themselves best."
There's nothing more frustrating than doing all your homework and still have the training not turn out to be the best choice.
Unfortunately, it comes down to who markets themselves best.
Besides her obvious lack of patience, my trainer was not a bad trainer, nor was it a horrible training. It's just that the information was rushed, maybe because there was too much to cover in 3 days.
The training was only enough for me to realize that I needed more training, which I not only did not plan for but also could not afford.
So, what was wrong? Why do so many of us leave the training room feeling lost and completely unprepared, with more questions than answers?
The training was a standard training. First was theory, then practice on paper, then on a practice skin and finally on to the models provided. That's what most trainings consist of. So why wasn't it enough?
I think that part of the problem is that most of us can't possibly remember everything we just learned in 3 or 5 days, even with notes. The workbooks you receive in these trainings are usually too rudimentary and poorly put together, so not very helpful as a reference but not totally useless either.
Having said that, the other part of the problem is that when we listen to the class we are listening with beginner's ears. We listen like someone who knows nothing or very little about the topic. We listen for different things then we would listen for if we were intermediate, and again differently as experts. This is why assisting for a period of time has always been the best model for teaching and learning. As you grow your questions and focus will change. Of course, assisting in microblading is not really an option so we're left with our 3-10 day training courses.
"At first, I thought it was just me"
At first, I thought it was just me (my memory is rather poor), but the other girl I took the training with, although she faired better than I did, still had a lot of questions after the training and she also felt lost. I know trainers always promise support after the class is over, but remember, these trainers have hundreds if not thousands of students reaching out for help daily, and the more trainings they give the more students they have to support. The trainers are also always traveling so getting them at the right time of day to get an answer is almost impossible.
Then there was the irritability factor.
She always seemed to get so irritated by all my questions. It didn’t make it easy to ask the hundreds of questions I still had, questions I didn’t have at the training but that came up once I was on my own.
Yes, I'm sure she already covered my questions during the training, but I didn't have the ears for them at the time.
I found myself turning to the other student I took the course with more than the trainer, and although she was way more helpful than the trainer, it was a case of the blind leading the blind.
As I joined the microblading facebook groups I saw the same lost feelings coming out of other people who had just finished a training. It wasn't just mine, other people were having the same experience with their trainings. The students that loved their trainings best were the ones that did a 10 day training for $10,000. Most of us don't have that kind of available cash or time when looking for a new direction to take our careers.
After my class, I looked around for something more. Like most of us, it was all I could do to scrape up enough money for the course and then the added supplies invariably needed. They all provide a kit along with the course, but the kit is never complete (even if they say it is). That's why they always show up to the trainings with lots of supplies for sale. That's hundreds of dollars more added to the price of the training. Taking an advanced class was out of the question at this point.
I looked for a book on the subject but at the time there was only one and it was more of a pamphlet on microblading than a how to book.
A good book on microblading would have been so helpful at this point. Something to refresh the course for me. To give me a few more pointers and tips. You always hear things differently when you hear them for the second time, and certainly different after you've had a little practice.
That's when I decided a good microblading book was needed, and since there were none, I would be the one to write it. Who better? Written by a beginner documenting her journey to becoming an expert.
The deeper I dug into the subject the more questions I had. Questions I didn't even know I had when I started out on this journey. Luckily, research is what I do best and I was going to research this subject until I knew it like a pro and I would record everything I learned for the next student to have. I would hopefully answer all the questions we have after our training is done.
"All the experts and professionals I spoke to were beyond helpful"
All the experts and professionals I spoke to were beyond helpful. They never got tired or irritated by my constant barrage of questions.
I went to the facebook groups where everyone in those groups is genuinely concerned about helping each other. It is a great community of people where I learned the most.
I highly recommend you join them before you take your training, but definitely after.
There are girls on those boards that give amazing webinars on color theory for the pigments you use, or how to use pigment removers and more. They share their color formulas and patterns and what size blades or needles they've used. They hold back nothing and they are extremely generous with their knowledge.
There are people at every level of expertise.
I learned as much from the newbies as I did from the experts.
By the time I had finished writing my book, I felt like an expert. I knew things I didn't know I needed to learn when I started this journey. I had perfected my strokes, I understood the difference between blades and which one to use on different skin types.
I understood color theory and how the skin tones affect the colors you use.
I understood which shape eyebrows best suit which face shape and why. How to remove an unwanted stroke.
How to measure and draw a perfect brow.
I even understood the sanitation laws which we were not taught because our trainer was not from this country.
By the time I was done writing the book, I felt I knew the subject like an expert.
I was confident in my ability to do a good job.
My hope was that reading the book would do the same for the student just finishing up a course.
I've had really good feedback on the book and scores of schools are using it for their students. I've heard from trainers that said they've read a lot of books on microblading but this is the most informative one they've read and are recommending it to their students. I feel really good about that. If you want, you can read the first 2 chapters for free. Click here!
As for the best way to take a course, I recommend that:
1) Before taking your training read a book on the subject to get you beyond the total beginner stage. (there are lots out now)
2). Get on the microblading boards, read the posts and ask a lot of questions.
After you do this you will know which training to take and who to take it from. When you do take your training you will be better prepared than a complete novice, which means you will be listening to the class with intermediate ears and you will leave feeling like an expert, or at the very least confident.
All in all, this has been a very rewarding journey. I highly recommend the microblading field to any professional interested. Once you master the art, it is fun and super creative with high client satisfaction.
Could my training have been a better experience? To be sure.
If I had this hindsight it would surely have been more rewarding.
Well, here it is for you. If my former challenges can help new students then they were more than worth it.
Oh, and what is the name my book? The Microblading Bible by me, Corinne Asch. You can buy it on Amazon.com and/or you can read the first 2 chapters for free by clicking here.
What was your training experience like?
What did you like and didn’t like about the course you took?
How did you feel afterwards? Did you feel ready or ill prepared?
What would have made the course better for you?
I’d really love to hear from you. Let’s help the next students get more from their course.
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Good luck on your journey (and don't hesitate to reach out to me for any help you may need).
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