Running a brow bar entails much more than just making people’s brow dreams come true. There’s also quite a bit of paperwork you have to think about.
A part of it is the brow lamination consent form. Yes, eyebrow lamination is totally non-invasive, there’s no breaking of the skin like with permanent makeup and there’s very little that can go wrong.
But you still need a signed consent form from your client before you do anything to their brows!
Here’s why brow lamination consent forms are necessary and what the form should contain.
What Is the Brow Lamination Consent Form?
The brow lamination consent form is a short and simple document that every client needs to sign before the treatment and that you need to keep on file. It’s a prerequisite for performing the treatment and you should never perform brow lamination without the client having signed one.
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Why Is It Important?
A brow lamination consent form is very important because it absolves you from liability should anything go wrong during the treatment, even if you do everything properly.
It also prevents the client from seeking refunds in case you do everything right and they just don’t like the results, or if they do something to ruin the results and try to blame you.
In general, there’s little that can go wrong with a brow lamination treatment, but there’s still the risk of allergies and skin irritations, especially if the client’s skin is particularly sensitive, or they had allergic reactions to cosmetic products in the past.
But still, getting a signed consent releases you from liability and you should never work without one.
It’s always advisable to perform a patch test before the procedure. If you’re doing a patch test (which you should!), you should get a signed consent for that, too.
What Should It Include?
Your brow lamination consent form should include the following points:
- Client information: name, address, email address, phone number, emergency contact.
- Medical information: list the contraindications and have the client confirm they are not suffering from them, or that they’ve obtained a doctor’s consent, and that they’ve revealed all relevant medical information to you.
- A statement that they consent to the treatment, have been made aware of the risk and side effects and that they accept the responsibility.
- A statement that confirms that they’re over 18 years old, or they have their parents’ consent.
- A statement that confirms they’ve been made aware of the aftercare instructions, that they understand that the success of the treatment depends on their adherence to them, and that they agree to follow them.
- A statement that confirms that the client will take on the expenses of medical treatment should they need it if you do the treatment properly and some adverse effects emerge anyway.
- The date.
Take the time to go through the consent form with your client and make sure they understand all its points. It’s your responsibility as a professional.
If you’re doing a brow tinting, either with a chemical dye or henna, as part of the treatment, you should have a consent form for that, too. You can include an additional paragraph, or get a separate form.
This is a general outline and the wording and contents of the form may vary from state to state, and may need to be modified. If you’re not sure what you need to include in the form, consulting an insurance expert or a lawyer is advised.
Important Addition – Photography Release Form
You know how important before and after pics are for building your portfolio and showcasing your work to potential clientele. But your clients aren’t obliged to let you use their photos for your marketing – it’s their good will.
If you’re planning on using their photos or videos publicly, you need to have their consent, and it’s not really enough to just ask them; you should get it in writing.
You need to get a signed consent to save yourself from legal trouble. It probably won’t come to that, but better safe than sorry.
Even if you get verbal, informal consent and go through with posting the photo, they can change their mind after a while, demand you take it down, or go even further and report you. This is just unnecessary drama that can be avoided.
Put together a short statement that says the client agrees to have their photo shared on your business’ social media and have them sign it. Should they refuse, don’t get worked up about it – it’s their face and they have the right to do so.
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Where Do I Get These Forms?
You can find downloadable brow lamination consent forms online, which you can further customize, adapt and brand. Or, you can make one yourself, just be very careful with your wording. It’s not a bad idea to get some legal advice.
More and more beauty pros are switching to digital consent forms, for many reasons. First, there’s the fact that you don’t need physical storage for your consent forms, but there’s also the eco-friendly aspect to it. Why waste all that paper? There are numerous apps you can use for this – do some research and find one that suits you.
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