Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) equipment is not created equal. It’s important to consider the quality of the equipment that is used, whether you're giving or receiving a newly styled scalp. This is because both you and the equipment are integral parts of the equation for the best SMP results.
Above any concern over the needles, digital rotary tool, or ink is the artistic skill of the practitioner—the person actually applying the depth and strokes of the pigmentation. That being said, you could be the Rembrandt of scalp tattoos, but it won’t matter if your machine has broken down or the ink doesn’t match the right hair and skin tone of the client.
Of course, there are even more SMP tools to consider that play a role in the final result as well as the comfort, procedural experience, and safety of both the practitioner and the client. Let’s take a closer look at them.
The equipment used in scalp micropigmentation can vary considerably in price and quality, from $200 to $2,000 digital rotary machines or pigmentation ink that’s two shades too dark or too light. Some artists overlook these differences in order to cut costs, but this may likely end up costing you more money down the road as an SMP practitioner.
On the client side, if your cheap ink fades prematurely or your bargain artist was not as skilled as he or she claimed, then you’ll be shelling out even more to get the job fixed by a properly equipped and experienced SMP technician.
The top SMP artists are fully stocked with equipment they can trust and can handle the personal differences between clients, not to mention the natural attrition that comes from servicing scalp after scalp.
Here is a break-down of SMP equipment you should not compromise on:
- Digital rotary tool.
- Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) Pigments.
- Power Supply.
- Ink Caps Kit.
- Scalp Micropigmentation Pen.
- Treatment Chairs.
- Barrier Film and Cord Strip Covers.
- Medical Grade Sanitizing Wipes.
You can lump all these tools into two primary groups: precision and safety. You need precision tools to achieve the desired illusion of hair follicles, which requires matching the hair and skin tone and reaching the correct depth of administration.
Safety is largely self-explanatory. Every SMP professional needs materials like sanitizing wipes, surgical gloves, and face masks to prevent the spread of infection during the procedure. This is an industry standard.
Scalp micropigmentation comes with its own special tools, differing from both conventional tattoos and forms of permanent makeup known as microblading.
The biggest factors are the rotary machine that runs the needle, the needle itself, and the ink.
Arguably, the most important equipment is the ink, because it’s what you (or the client) will permanently sport for the world to see. One of the most trusted and versatile forms of SMP ink comes from Folicule, which is available in a classic black pigment that is versatile and a brown pigment for lighter hair.
Beyond the ink itself, is the machine and needles for its administration. Most professional SMP artists can rely on a select-few brands—namely Microbeau and FYT. Known for their reliability, they have a reputation for providing equipment that allows for accurate lining and shading.
There are numerous kinds of scalp micropigmentation equipment that range in value and price. If you’re considering getting SMP or looking to become an artist, then think twice before saving money on materials. To be clear, this means scrutinizing SMP supplies that are well below the average market rate.
Similar to buying a clunker from a used car dealer, it might work for a while...until it requires a repair that costs more than your initial purchase.
So don’t be cheap, this is your head; buy the best you can get.