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New beauty trend requires salons to get body-art permits

The health department wants people to be aware of regulations for microblading

Microblading — a beauty technique used to shape and fill in eyebrows — is a new trend in the cosmetology world.

Salons in Summit County have been eager to offer the semi-permanent tattoos meant to mimic tiny hairs, but Environmental Health Scientist Rebecka Hullinger says there are steps businesses must take in order to provide the service.

"Microblading is such a new trend that operators might not realize that they need to go through this process," said Hullinger, who works at the Summit County Health Department. "They need to start by contacting the health department to obtain a copy of the body-art regulations and work with staff to obtain a permit."

Like tattoos and piercings, microblading is considered a body art, because it requires artists to make cuts in the skin.

"We are contacting salons that are offering microblading and bringing them on board so that they are aware of the requirements and regulations," Hullinger said. "Though we welcome these new businesses, we also strive for safe practices for the well-being of the consumer."

The health scientist wants to notify potential patrons of the difference between microblading and other more typical salon services. She said it's important to ask salons if they are licensed and permitted by the County to perform the procedure.

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"Salons should have their permit posted, so people should look for such documentation during a visit," Hullinger said.

In order to get a body-art permit, salons need to have a license to operate as a business. Salon cosmetologists must also go through a blood-borne pathogen training course, which educates employees on blood-borne diseases and methods used to control exposure to pathogens.

The Summit County Code of Health also requires employers to draft "a written exposure control plan, applying to all those who perform tattooing, application of permanent cosmetics, body piercing, branding or scarification within a facility."

The plan should be designed "to eliminate or minimize employee and client exposure to blood-borne pathogens and other communicable diseases," the code states.

Once employers are trained and have drafted a plan, a health department employee will visit the salon to do an inspection, Hullinger said.

"We inspect the physical facilities prior to approval and look for items such as hand washing sinks and impervious work surfaces," she said. "Sanitation is of utmost importance with any type of body-art procedure."

Salons licensed to practice body art, like the tattoo parlors in Summit County, will be inspected annually. Hullinger said an annual inspection, however, isn't currently required for salons that don't offer body-art services.

"We don't currently perform routine inspections of salons," she said. "However, if there is a complaint, an inspector will respond on-site. "

The health department has issued one body-art permit so far to Bella's Full Services Salon in Coalville.

Hullinger encourages people who have questions about the new beauty trend and the best practices for it to contact the Summit County Health Department at 435-333-1500.