No. Scalp Micropigmentation involves the same theoretical technique as tattooing, but it’s very different in application. One of the biggest differences between SMP and a normal head tattoo is ink placement. SMP involves the use of tiny needles that are only a fifth of the size of a tattoo needle. These needles deliver a specialized, color true type of ink directly into the upper layer of skin, providing precise and controlled application. A regular head tattoo would create larger, less natural-looking “follicles” and would also come with some added risks, like color spreading and color changing (standard tattoo ink can oxide in the sun over time, causing it to look green or blue). We advise against getting an SMP-like treatment from a normal tattoo artist who is not trained in SMP, since it’s unlikely to give you natural-looking results.