If you're learning how to put pigment in the skin, you should learn how to take it out.  Even though I've been doing permanent makeup for nine years now, there’s still elements in the Botched Ink® course that are a bit of a lightbulb moment. 

Talking about organic and inorganic pigments, how they're healing underneath the skin, what changes in terms of the removal methods that you're using, and how that affects the different types of pigments in the skin. When colours turn a bit pinky and salmon you understand the colour theory, but when you start removal, and the changes you see happening to the colours over a period of time, it begins to make more sense.

When you learn permanent makeup, colour theory is one of the biggest things that students struggle with, and actually, when you start to understand how to remove pigment, how it's lifted out and how it takes three months to settle underneath your skin… and yet we're taught you can go back in with a top up four to five weeks later, it's all those kinds of things that help you as a technician, puzzles piece together.



Having used other saline methods in the past, I feel that Botched Ink® is far superior, and I’m seeing better results.  It dries quicker in the skin, so clients are not weeping when they leave; before they would keep blotting and blotting it and you'd still have lymph and that kind of wetness to the brow, whereas Botched Ink® dries out pretty quickly.  And I think the quicker it dries, the quicker it's going to heal and the better results you're going to have, and less damage it does to the skin.

Getting feedback from clients, sharing how they found a Botched Ink® treatment, especially the ones that have had removal done elsewhere or with a different product, they're the ones that say “last time it was a really bad big scab” or “it was really wet and moist for ages” or “it just didn't seem to dryor heal out very well”.  With Botched Ink® clients say the scab’s really small, it doesn't even feel like a scab, it just dries out and flakes off.  It’s almost a better scab if you like, a better healing process. 

Now, obviously, there's got to be something different with the ingredients that go in to Botched Ink® to make this saline method work better.  Since the beginning, Botched Ink® has been spoken about by techs everywhere, and because I wasn't overly enamored with the products I'd been using, I thought this looks really good, I’ll give it a go.  And now I’m a trainer for Botched Ink®

Generic saline tattoo removal training is available, but I don’t believe in it as salt and saline doesn’t work particularly brilliantly, and there isn’t enough information to pass on to others.  It had its purpose at the time, but training and saline removal has evolved.  It's a bit like believing in the product that you sell, and I believe in Botched Ink®.  And then there’s the Facebook support group,you know there's hundreds of us now helping each other out on the group, which I think is vital.  You get that bigger sense of community with Botched Ink®, so you're not sat there at home thinking, I don't understand why that's happening, or why isn't that working that way.  You can get the answers.



With Botched Ink® live in person or via Zoom training, you get to see first hand what happens when you're doing removal, making sure that you've got somebody there advising and guiding you.  You’ve got that kind of safety net in the background, so if something unexpected happens, or you're unsure what to do next, you can ask rather than continue proceeding in the wrong way. You can have your technique checked and observed, making sure that you're carrying the treatment out safely.  The trainer can also identify if there's any weak spots in your current knowledge or skills that can be improved to get better results

The additional model class is definitely the confidence thing.  Even for somebody like myself who’s been doing removal for a long time, I would still have a Zoom one to one.  There's so many online courses now, which is great, but it's not the same.  I remember my first eyeliner model, she had the worst swelling.  I was thinking it's got to be me, I'm doing something wrong, but I’m really light in my pressure and couldn't understand it.  

She’s still a client, and every time she comes in for eyeliner she still has the swelling, but I've learnt to adjust and do different techniques over the years and I'm prepared for her. But it would have been so much easier to have been told that excess swelling can just be normal for some people, I was put off doing eyeliner for along time afterwards.  I would always opt to do a model class and be able to ask the trainer questions


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