Since 2013

choosing the right smp technician

Headways provides an innovative, non-invasive, permanent and semi permanent solution for hair and brow loss, as well as hair transplant scars!

The right SMP technician

Scalp Micro-Pigmentation Technicians are increasing all the time.  Many places are now offering training by unskilled trainers because, quite frankly, they want to make a quick buck.  At $3500 or more per person for a few days training, many trainers out there are making a small fortune – and you could be one of the clients that these new technicians get to work on.

My first training in 2013 was in Vancouver at a clinic that sold me a cheap ‘knock off’ machine,  We were told that it was the genuine machine for SMP.  I paid $3500 for the machine and it was worth about $100 – at most.  The trainer was merely interested in getting as many people to train as possible.  The pigments we purchased were not suitable for SMP and I quickly discarded them.

Bigger companies are not always better.  I worked for a year with Scalp Aesthetics, one of the biggest companies out there.  I was disappointed to find out that after being told the company had been around since 1983 (and wearing the coverall for work that had the date printed on it) discovered that in fact,  the company has only been around since 2013!!

I have seen many clients recently who have been to clinics for consultations and been shown pictures of other artists work!  Also, technicians should ALWAYS do a test patch on a potential client to see how your skin will look once the test pigment is healed.  It takes about 10 minutes to do and I pretty much insist on it. l It helps me and it helps you.

Look for a technician who has a good portfolio of work and has been doing SMP for at least a year or two.  Is their work the style you like?  I like a very natural hairline and will not do an angular ‘square’ look – because nobody has a square hairline!


Make sure to go for a consultation- mine are free, and get an idea of your tech.  Does he/she seem pushy or aggressive? If you have a patch test you will get an idea of how light, or heavy handed they are too.

Once you’ve had a patch test (mine are $60) you will be able to see a small area  of your scalp with pigment on.  This will help you decide whether SMP is for you.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have – I’m truly happy to help you.

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“Kay’s work has been tremendous, I have been seeing her for the past year and she has outdone herself. You can see so yourself on her posts of her work, “spectacular”. Above all she is very professional, very diligent in her work, and confident. She makes the entire the experience worth it, so comfortable, easy going, and gives you her honest opinion. No bullshit. She is on point with you and honest about every aspect and detail when working with you. If your looking for an honest, confident professional, Kay is your person.”

“Wow Kay it looks so awesome! I don’t think I really noticed it in the shop because it looked so natural, I am super happy with how it looks. Thank you so much for doing such an amazing job”

“HI There. I booked micropigmentation with Kay Manuel after a great deal of research. I was very satisfied with Kay’s professionalism and expertise. The price and results exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend Kay and wouldn’t hesitate to use her again for future touch ups. She’s the industry leader in micropigmentation in Western Canada. Do your research and book yourself in for an appointment….you’ll be glad you did”
Dr. M Kelly



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(inside The Courtyard Spa and Laser)
Edmonton, Alberta
T6X 0B1




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