How to Maintain and Clean Practice Makeup Mannequin Heads
Practice Makeup Mannequin Heads are patterned after human heads. Their eyes, nose, lips, and other facial and head features are designed to be an inanimate palette for cosmetologists to put their magic on. They allow both expert and newbie make-up artists to start from scratch, make multiple mistakes, correct them, and repeat techniques and applications. Because of these, they are a staple in the cosmetology industry.
Quality is a determining factor if you want your mannequin heads to stay with you for quite some time. However, proper maintenance and cleaning can also take you and your mannequin head on a long journey together.
Characteristics of a Makeup Mannequin Head
A mannequin head has the same features as a real human head. This is to provide makeup artists and beginners the closest experience possible to applying to make up on a real person.
A mannequin head is made of styrofoam, plastic, vinyl, or rubber. These materials do not absorb the cream, foundation or any other make up the way real human skin does. Its eyes are also fixed and immovable making the application of eye shadows difficult for some. If looking forward to practicing on eyelash beautification techniques, it also poses limitations on the eyelash length and its inability to be replaced.
On the other hand, mannequin heads can also offer flexibility as you can play with changing its skin tone. It is also considered safer to practice on than real persons. Since it is not real human skin, it is not prone to allergic reactions that sometimes come in using a wide array of make-ups. It is regularly advised however to be careful and selective when using tints, as this might discolor the mannequin permanently.
How to Clean your Mannequin Head
As a palette for make-up applications and techniques, a mannequin head would accumulate grease, oil, and dirt in the process of using it multiple times.
To keep it clean, it is important to remove makeup from the mannequin head as soon as possible. This will avoid permanent staining and discoloration. To remove makeup, household materials such as vinegar and warm water with soap are advised to be used. Using an alcohol-based wipe and regularly makeup removal kits can also be used.
In cleaning your mannequin heads with warm and soapy water, spray it first with the water-soap combination and dry it with a lint-free towel using circular motions.
How to Maintain your Mannequin Head
A Practice Makeup Mannequin Head can be used for a long time. Aside from keeping it clean, there are other ways to maintain it in its tip-top shape.
Some mannequin heads come up with a cover. If not in use, make it a habit to put it over your mannequin head to avoid the accumulation of dust. Avoid putting them in storage bags too when they are still wet. This would attract the formation of mold and dew on their surface affecting their appearance and quality, or worse, rendering them useless.
Mannequin heads should also be supported by a tripod, a stand, or a clamp. This provides the stability you need when working with them. This keeps them secured in their place. Accidental falls are limited and thus, avoided, keeping their good appearance and their lives longer.
Extreme temperatures must also be avoided when storing or displaying them. As heat expands and cold contracts the material, they are prone to falling apart easily.
Mannequin Heads and State Board Exams
Mannequin heads are required when taking a State Board Exam in order to be a licensed cosmetologist. The exam includes testing knowledge on hair cutting, hair treatment, and basic facial services. A candidate is expected to bring his or her own mannequin head for the practical part of the exam observing the provided rules or else, he or she gets disqualified from taking the exam.
But what does a disqualified mannequin head look like? These are mannequin heads that are marked or pre-marked. In order to avoid getting prohibited to take the state board, it is a must that you keep you practice mannequin head in the best and cleanest appearance it could be.