-"I've just finished my microblading course and now I feel like I need another one before I can start working on clients".
I can't tell you how many times I've heard that from new graduates of a microblading trainings. In fact, it's probably the thing I hear the most. I should know, I was one of them. When my training was done and I was holding my certificate, I had mixed feelings. On the one hand I was thrilled to have my certificate (not that there's ever any doubt. No one doesn't get a certificate once they've paid for the course and taken it. Scary thought, right?) but on the other hand, I knew I was not trained enough, or ready to do someone's eyebrows. Ask my best friend who bravely (kamikaze?) volunteered to be my first. My next course was how to do pigment removal. The good thing about microblading is almost anything can be fixed.
So, are we going about this training thing the wrong way?
Learning is a very deep subject, one that could fill volumes of books. We've only recently figured out that we may not have been teaching in the best ways. That there are best methods for different learners, and now that we know that not everyone learns in the same way we can apply these methods.
There are 7 learning styles:
1. Visual- You learn best by seeing images and pictures
2. Aural- You learn best through sounds and music
3. Verbal- You prefer words. Both in speech and writing
4. Physical- You learn best using your sense of touch
5. Logical- You are a mathematician and learn through logic and reasoning
6. Social- You prefer to learn in groups or with other people
7. Solitary- You learn best alone
It's important to know which one(s) you are, and you can be more than one.
For example, I am number 1, 5, and 7. Knowing that gives me a huge edge when I want to learn something new. For example, if online courses are available, I know those are my best options because they are 1.Visual, 5.Logical (I hope), and 7. Solitary. That may not the best option for someone who, let's say is a 4.Physical and 6.Social learner.
You can see why it's important to know what kind of learner you are so that you can choose the best vehicle for your learning the subject (microblading) you want to learn. This is important information that can serve you for the rest of your life, much like knowing what your body is allergic to.
So what do you do if your best learning style is not an option for learning Microblading?
You might need to supplement your education but it's easier (and less disappointing) if you know that going in.
Supplementing a training may not be a bad idea no matter what kind of learner you are.
A lot of tattoo artists are looking down their noses at the new microblading artists, their main complaint being that the microblading artist does not have enough training.
As a general rule, it's always a good idea to continue our education. Many experts say that we should continue our education for the rest of our lives. Makes sense.
Maybe you've just spent the last of the borrowed money to do this course and buy the supplies you need to get started. What do you do?
Well, if you're a visual, verbal, logical or solitary learner, a book would fill that void just right. A good book on Microblading will refresh all the things you've just learned plus give you more tips and information you didn't have before. It's a known fact that repetition is a great way to retain information. You can read the first 2 chapters of The Microblading Bible here.
If you're a social learner the Microblading Facebook groups are for you. Even if you're not a social learner, I highly recommend visiting the Facebook boards often. They are highly informative and where I learn the most no matter what the topic.
If you're a physical learner, you're going to have to learn by doing. Get a lot of friends and relatives to volunteer, and my advice to you is, be super-conservative. Go minimalist until you get comfortable with what you're doing. Small flaws are easy to correct, not so the big ones. My advice is don't take a client until you've done at least 25 models. A free ad in Craig's list will get you as many models as you can handle. People also use Groupon for that purpose. I've never liked or used Groupon but I could see how it could be useful in a situation like this.
And finally, if you're an aural learner I don't know how to help you. I can't think of a way to turn microblading into a sound or a note. Hopefully, you have more than one learning style (most people do) and you can rely on one of the other styles.
Being armed with this knowledge should help to minimize the disappointment of not walking out of your training an instant expert and give you the tools to become one.
The Microblading Bible
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