Finding the right scalp micropigmentation provider can be daunting. Many providers will offer a free phone or in-person consultation to discuss whether they are the right provider for you. If you’re unsure what questions to ask or what to look for when searching, you have come to the right place!
First, do some online research and make a short list of a few promising providers. Look at various review websites for each one to find the best place in your area that offer great value in their services. Once you have selected one or two providers, give them a call!
During Your Consultation
Don’t be afraid to ask any questions! SMP is a permanent and potentially life-changing procedure, and it isn’t a decision you make lightly. Ask questions like:
- What are your qualifications?
- Can I see a recent portfolio with a diverse clientele?
- How long with the results last?
- How much is this procedure?
Expect your technician to be realistic with you about your results. SMP isn’t like a traditional tattoo, as SMP uses natural pigment and has a softer appearance. Discuss your lifestyle during your consultation; those who spend more time outdoors with their scalp exposed may experience faster fading. Here are more things to consider when doing your research.
A Quality Portfolio is Important
An excellent portfolio of SMP clients is a crucial indicator of their experience and credibility. Their portfolio should include before and after photos of past clients of varying ethnicities, hair lengths, and from different angles. Written and recorded client testimonials are also strong proof of their credibility.
Selecting an SMP provider that has been in the market for years and has results to show client satisfaction is crucial. The scalp micropigmentation industry has only recently become more mainstream and socially and medically accepted. Practitioners and procedures require a lot of time to be perfected. A provider that just opened their doors is not in a solid position to make claims regarding longevity in their results.
Learn what type of guarantee is provided by any SMP provider. It often requires touch-ups, particularly in clients who have undergone hair transplant surgery or other trauma that has caused scarring. Are touch-up services provided? If so, for what period after the procedure and at what cost?
NO Traveling Salesmen
“Traveling” SMP providers or having multiple temporary locations rented to lessen client travel time aren’t great options. SMP equipment is not portable, and it isn’t a guarantee that the equipment is transported from one location to another safely and sterilely. It is also possible that a provider with multiple locations is not properly licensed to do so and is not adequately monitored in their biohazard compliance.
SMP is a stand-alone procedure!
Scalp micropigmentation should never need to be coupled with surgery to look natural and undetectable. True SMP is maintenance-free, non-surgical, and permanent. Beware of the “combo deal.”
Scalp micropigmentation could potentially be a life-changing experience for you! To make this experience even better than you imagined, follow the above tips to find the right provider. We at Rainier Ink and SMP Academy would love to help you through your SMP journey, so don’t hesitate to contact us!