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A Career in Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a cosmetic hair restoration technique that involves tattooing micro-dots on the scalp to replicate hair follicles. Scalp Micropigmentation can be a lucrative business if the quality of your work is kept persistently high. If you are interested in becoming an SMP artist in Vancouver BC, your first step must be finding the right trainer or training academy. Here are some helpful tips on finding the right SMP trainer or training institute and how to acquire the necessary skills to become a competent, successful SMP artist:


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  • Research: Look for experienced SMP artists in your area, find out if they offer mentoring or SMP training courses. A quality trainer should be able to provide you with a high quality SMP training experience, that should cover everything from the basics of SMP application to advanced techniques, as well as how to start and run a successful clinic.
  • Request an SMP training consultation: Contact an experienced SMP artist and request a consultation either in person or via facetime. An SMP training consultation is a good opportunity to find out more about the industry, see if it really suits you and find out a little more about the instructor.
  • Practice: Once you have finished your training it’s all about practicing and honing your new skills. Consistently practicing on synthetic skin in between your initial clients or models, is a good way to further develop your skills and build confidence.

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Practice makes perfect

  • Mentor: Once you have found and trained with an experienced SMP artist, hopefully they can guide you through the learning process. A good quality trainer can provide consistent feedback regarding your work and offer advice on how to improve.
  • Portfolio: As you gain experience, start building a portfolio of your work. This will showcase your skills to potential clients and employers. A good SMP trainer will provide models during training. The models provided for you are usually used to kick start your portfolio.
  • Stay up-to-date: Staying up to date with industry trends via industry events or through communication with your chosen teacher is a great way to keep up with the latest techniques and equipment in SMP. This will help you stay competitive and provide the best possible service to your clients.

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A good SMP teacher should provide mentoring post training

Remember, SMP requires lots of patience, precision and attention to detail, so it is important to invest time and effort into your SMP training. With the right training and practice, you can become a skilled SMP artist and provide a valuable service to those seeking hair restoration solutions.

Rob James is one of Canada’s most requested and experienced SMP artists and SMP teachers. Operating out of his private clinic in Vancouver BC, Rob James is always available for SMP training consultations. For further information visit:

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