FARGO, N.D. (KVLY) A Missouri woman thought she was going to a certified specialist to get her eyebrows microbladed last November, Only to leave with botched brows.
The woman says she then went to another brow tech who claimed she would be able to camouflage the disaster, but instead she left with four eyebrows.
"The second thing she did wrong is she had microblading done twice in one day. You could akin it to road rash, and then road rash right on top of it on the same day and in the same spot," Lisa Anderson, a local microblade specialist at Dead Rockstar, said.
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"You can tell with her, her eyebrows stopped right here. But we were able to actually fill them in for her," Anderson says as she flips through a photo book of past clients.
Anderson says for those wanting to try microblading here North Dakota, it's best to do some detective work beforehand.
"Unfortunately there is no set training that you have to have. There's no regulations on training, you only have to have a body modification license," she said.
Anderson adds to make sure your brow tech has their license, as well as to check out their portfolios and chat with past clients.
"You need to make sure that you are able to talk to that person that is going to be doing this work on you. Don't just go for the cheapest price, don't just go for the most expensive because you think more expensive means better quality," she warns.
Anderson says she took a six-month class and did a year apprenticeship at Dead Rockstar under her husband Josh, before she officially took any clients.
Adding that she wishes the state was stricter on licensing, so local brow techs had more experience before they take the tiny razors to clients' faces.
"There's a lot of people doing it without licensing or without proper training. A lot of people will take a two-day online class or two-day hands-on class and it's just not enough time to actually learn," Anderson said.
Anderson says microbladed brows last anywhere from one to three years, depending on your skin type. She also says the procedure takes about an hour, with an average cost between $400-700.
Anderson says she always has a consultation with potential clients to demonstrate the outcome of microblading, as well as to go through her past work and any possible concerns.
The Missouri woman says she's working on getting her microblading disaster removed. However, it can only be done in eight-week intervals and will cost around a thousand dollars.