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What Do You Call Someone Who Does Scalp Micropigmentation?

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) artists may refer to themselves using various terms to describe their profession and expertise.

Some common ways SMP artists refer to themselves include:

  1. SMP Artist: This is a straightforward and commonly used term for professionals who specialize in performing scalp micropigmentation procedures.
  2. Scalp Micropigmentation Practitioner: This term emphasizes the professional nature of the work and indicates that the individual has expertise in performing SMP procedures.
  3. SMP Technician: This term highlights the technical skills and knowledge required to perform scalp micropigmentation. It signifies that the individual is trained in the specific techniques and processes involved in SMP.
  4. Scalp Tattooist: SMP is often referred to as a form of scalp tattooing, so some artists may use this term to describe themselves. It acknowledges the similarities between SMP and traditional tattooing techniques.
  5. Hair Loss Specialist: Some SMP artists may position themselves as specialists in addressing hair loss concerns through SMP. This term indicates their focus on helping individuals with hair loss achieve a natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance.
  6. Hair Restoration Artist: SMP can be considered a form of non-surgical hair restoration, and some artists may use this term to highlight their role in restoring the look of a fuller head of hair.
  7. Cosmetic Tattoo Artist: Since SMP involves the application of pigments to the scalp, some artists may refer to themselves as cosmetic tattoo artists who specialize in scalp micropigmentation.

justin, jocelyn, and jose of ink & ashberry, with clients

Can any tattoo artist provide scalp micropigmentation (SMP)?

While any tattoo artist could learn how to do the art of SMP, they won’t just automatically know how.  Cosmetic Hair Tattoo is a specialized field, where the practitioners are meticulously trained on one small thing: Replicating the look of hair follicles. This might sound simple, but a full head of hair consists of over 100,000 hair follicles, that aren’t just lined up in a straight-forward fashion.

Those trained in this specific field will learn theory, practical solutions, how to mix pigments, & depth. SMP Artists also learn the mastery of hairlines, both feminine and masculine, hard hairlines and soft hairlines. It takes hundreds of hours of training to perfect their skill and a good cosmetic hair tattoo technician is worth their weight in gold. They will deliver a natural look, undetectable to the eye.

The single most important aspect of scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is achieving a natural and realistic appearance.

SMP aims to replicate the look of natural hair follicles on the scalp, creating the illusion of a fuller head of hair or a well-defined hairline. The pigments used in SMP should be carefully matched to the individual’s hair color and skin tone, ensuring a seamless blend and avoiding an artificial or “drawn-on” appearance.

To achieve a natural result, several factors come into play. These include:

  1. Skill and Technique: The SMP artist’s expertise and technique are crucial in creating realistic-looking results. They should have a thorough understanding of hair patterns, follicle direction, and shading to accurately replicate the appearance of natural hair.
  2. Pigment Selection: Choosing the right pigments is vital in achieving a natural SMP outcome. The pigments should closely match the client’s natural hair color and skin tone to ensure a harmonious and convincing look.
  3. Hairline Design: A well-designed and appropriately placed hairline is essential for a natural appearance. The SMP artist should consider factors such as facial features, age, and desired density to create a hairline that blends seamlessly and looks appropriate for the individual.
  4. Proper Depth and Density: The depth and density of the pigments should be carefully controlled to mimic the natural variation found in real hair follicles. This ensures that the SMP does not appear too uniform or artificial.
  5. Aging Considerations: The SMP design should take into account the client’s current age and potential future changes. The artist should consider how the SMP will age and ensure that it maintains a natural look over time.
  6. Continuity with Existing Hair: If the client has remaining natural hair, the SMP should seamlessly integrate with it, creating a consistent and cohesive appearance. This may involve blending techniques or adjusting the pigment shade to match the existing hair.

So! No matter what they call themselves, it’s important to note that while the terminology used by SMP artists can vary, and different professionals may prefer different titles to describe themselves, ultimately, the key is to find a skilled and experienced SMP artist who can deliver the desired results and meet your specific needs. And, hey, before you try expensive, invasive procedures…check out SMP. You’ll be glad you did.

smp artist justin johnson being held up by 4 very happy clients


Justin Johnson

Ink & Asberry



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