Would you have an electrician do plumbing work in your house? Or hire a vacuum repairman to fix the transmission on your car? I would hope the answer would be “no” in both cases. So why would someone hire a technician to put a tattoo on their head? It may be called SMP, however it’s no different than the tattoo parlor down the street putting anchors and hearts on drunken sailors. The dark secret that many permanent SMP companies don’t want you to know is simple. There are no strict standards in the scalp micropigmentation industry and therefore what most SMP clinics offer is nothing more than a standard tattoo on your head. In other words, you are getting a “hair tattoo”. There is no standard for training and there are no regulations for ink safety (depending on country of treatment) or procedure. Unfortunately very few in the scalp micropigmentation industry truly understand what a natural hairline is supposed to look like. Slick marketing campaigns and false claims can give this industry a bad rap. SMPclinics.com was developed to set the record straight..

A Hair Tattoo in Sheep’s Clothing


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Can you really trust permanent SMP clinic claims?

In an industry that is completely unregulated, scalp micropigmentation companies are free to make a lot of false claims. Most will say they are the “pioneers” of scalp micropigmentation or claim to have “the smallest dots” (which is important to have).  But in the end most SMP clinics are just mimicking the next clinic down the street and this gets worse each day. It then becomes a numbers game and quality control really suffers.  This in turn produces a lot of poor results and many unhappy clients who are now left with a permanent tattoo on their head.


It’s difficult to know what ingredients are used for pigments and carriers in a particular tattoo  (referring to tattoo inks) because some tattoo artists mix their own ink, while others buy unregulated commercial products. – Roy G. Geronemus, M.D.

In scalp micropigmentation clinics you will have a variety of inks or pigments that may be used in your procedure but the problem here is that you could be putting yourself at risk for unwanted outcomes.   According to Dr. Roy G. Geronemus some tattoo inks even have ABS plastic as an ingredient which is the same plastic used to make bike helmets, golf club heads and even Legos. It can be a potential health hazard when you consider what ingredients are being deeply injected into your scalp.  This can certainly make a client feel unsafe about having permanent SMP done.

The quality and safety of the pigments used is only one of the potential problems with permanent SMP. Because there are so many competing companies there is no set standard for training and continued education.  This is one of the many reasons why you see so many different results from the permanent SMP clinics popping up all over the world. There are no real standards for materials, equipment and training is somewhat suspect..

The pigment in permanent SMP is indeed PERMANENT.  It can last as long as a traditional tattoo, and like a traditional tattoo fade unevenly into unwanted colors and shades.  In regards to “touch ups” where do they apply the new dots?  Do they place them in between or on top of the old dots?  If the pigment from the first procedure is spreading when will it stop?  What happens when a client ages and the permanent hair line is no longer appropriate for his age? And what happens to those discolored dots that are now green or blue in coloration?  These are all legitimate questions and concerns of the permanent SMP industry.

Technically permanent SMP is nothing more than a “hair tattoo” which is being used appropriately for the end goal here.  Fortunately Tricopigmentation as developed and refined by Beauty Medical in Milan Italy is quite different.  This premier scalp micropigmentation procedure is designed to mimic hair naturally.  It gives clients the options to continually maintain a natural looking full head of hair look, without the expensive and timely surgery or ineffective drugs or messy topical treatments.

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