Scalp Micropigmentation is a non-invasive treatment that uses detailed micro-needles to deposit pigment into the scalp. The result creates the appearance of tiny hair follicles that help thicken and restore the look of fuller hair.


There are many considerations to be made when choosing the right artist to perform SMP. Once you boil the considerations down, there is really only one that is of up-most importance. Results. Flawless and natural results. Results so undetectable, people will not believe you when you tell them its not your real hair! Results we can provide at Pittsburgh International Hairlines.

  • Look closely at the results. This does not include a before and after photo of a good looking man in a nice suit from 5 feet away. Look closely at the fine detail of the SMP result.
  • There is not many artists who can produce such a natural result, regardless of distance or lighting. Some providers will tell you no artists results can pass an up close inspection and still look indecipherable compared to real hair, but the truth is, it absolutely can be done.
  • This is a cosmetic procedure that will be exposed and scrutinized by friends, family, and work colleagues. How important is it to you to get SMP from the best artist in the industry? We provide the best services for scalp micropigmentation in Pittsburgh, PA.
What is the difference in needles used for SMP?

As a consumer, you probably wouldn’t realize the difference between needles used in the industry by separate providers. To the informed, one could simply see from the results just what type of needle and skill a particular artist uses.

What to look for:

The proper sized needle used will create the best work. All around more appealing and natural results. The right needle size should measure the same size as a real hair follicle. Each individual and ethnicity have different types of hair and also different thicknesses of hair. With that said, the differences in thicknesses are so minuscule, a larger needle would never be necessary to treat a scalp. Look for dots larger than any natural hair follicle. You will need to see close up to identify this flaw.

There is NOTHING special about different needles being used among the industry. The simple “trick” here is utilizing a needle that can make an impression the same size as a real hair. Keep in mind, tattoo needles have been around for centuries. There are dozens of different types of needles that can be purchased which will create the perfect SMP result. A patented needle or just a ‘special’ needle is simply used for marketing. The results lie solely in the artist. Just the same as any type of art or other procedure. Why is there a surgeon in Beverly Hills well known and booked out for months, while other surgeons that have access to the same advanced technology as the Beverly Hills surgeon, not known, not busy, and not recommended by others? After identifying the proper equipment, it is all in the hands of the artist.

How is SMP different than a conventional tattoo?

Although similar in the sense that both processes involve depositing ink underneath skin, the two treatments are completely different.

People have been getting tattoos for centuries as a form of expressing oneself through words, pictures, or images. SMP on the other hand, is an alteration of appearance. It is purely a cosmetic treatment, a treatment designed to go unnoticed as the result seems so natural when done correctly.

Application of each are different. A conventional tattoo requires a deeper approach while dragging or drawing a needle under the skin. Shading and/or the use of colors are also necessary for a conventional tattooist, which have no place in the SMP industry.Machines used are indeed interchangeable, although not recommended. Since SMP is a more delicate application, the need for as much power as a standard tattoo is not necessary. Other than the power of the motor in a machine, there is no functional difference, making both styles of machine interchangeable. In other words, the only real difference in machines is the look or shell of a machine. SMP or permanent makeup machines are styled to have more of a medical appearance.

SMP requires a very delicate and precise technique. Placing each dot to the correct depth is extremely crucial, as each dot has to have ink deposited in the perfect amount under the skin. When applying Scalp Micropigmentation, an artist cannot cause a lot of trauma because the skin on a scalp is more sensitive compared to the rest of the body. You have to be very gentle and delicate. It would be difficult for a tattoo artist to change techniques from aggressive to less aggressive as its a completely different approach entirely.

Most states require a SMP artist and a tattoo artist to get the same licensing. This is because both methods involve breaking skin with a needle and potentially drawing blood (Blood will not be drawn in every case, it is especially less likely with SMP).  Although both applications fall under the same guidelines for regulation, they are completely different services.

Already had SMP done and want it to look better?

Whether you see big and natural dots, the color does not match the hair left on your head, or the hairline drawn does not look natural, we can help rectify the mistake to bring you to a state of not only never worrying about your hair loss again, but you will be proud and excited to show your new look!

Scalp Micropigmentation specializes in producing unrivaled SMP results. There are many providers that cannot create such a natural result.

If you have previously had SMP done, and know that the treatment does not look as real as you had hoped, give us a call to set a consultation.

We will guide you and set a customized plan to get your results looking the way they should, completely undetectable!

Candice Piroli


Candice has worked in the beauty industry for over 17+ years and was introduced to Permanent Makeup by a highly respected trainer. She is the owner of Pittsburgh International Hairlines, Estetique Solutions and co-owner of Estetique International. Candice began to research SMP and Permanent Makeup and instantly fell in love with the idea of helping men and women achieve their desired look. She completed and received 10 different certifications in SMP, Permanent Makeup, non-laser tattoo removal and Fibroblast Skin Tightening and is affiliated with local Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists and Medical Spas. Candice is an international trainer and offers classes for non-laser tattoo removal and permanent makeup and fibroblast skin tightening in her offices as well as on location. She prides herself on maintaining the highest standards of care for each and every client and student. Her facility is Department of Health Compliant and Inspected. The result of Candice’s work reflects her true artistic ability.

Candice Piroli with client



Regardless of your hair loss problem, scalp micropigmentation has proven to be an immediate, reliable and highly effective solution. Although scalp micropigmentation is offered by many, only a few gets it right. When delivered by a top specialist, SMP thickens the existing hair, restores receded hairlines, perfectly simulates the look of close-cropped hair and hides hair transplant scars. At International Hairlines, we are simply the SMP authority for men worldwide. The effectiveness of our techniques is unrivaled by any other in the industry. We incorporate only the latest state of the art equipment, along with medical grade pigment of the highest standard. And when you come to us, we do not only offer you the broadest hairline style options, but also a jaw-dropping aftercare and customer service.


There are many reasons why women may experience hair loss stemming from genetic predispositions, alopecia, stress and even menopause. Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a permanent solution for women with thinning areas on the crown and top of their heads.   SMP creates the illusion of a full head of hair by creating an under-layer.  For women with alopecia, SMP eliminates having to handle consistent spot balding. SMP is also used in camouflaging scars with the blending of surgical scars and temples of the face. With repeated insertions of the needle into the dermal layer of the skin is known to stimulate, or bring back, the hair follicles. Every treatment is tailored specifically to each person’s needs. Although SMP was originally designed for men, women are now taking advantage of its benefits


Alopecia is an autoimmune disorder, alopecia triggers the body to attack healthy hair follicles which often leads to hair loss. Scalp Micropigmentation is the only guaranteed and reliable solution for all types of alopecia—be it universlies (total body hair loss), areata (round patches/bald spots) or totalis alopecia (complete baldness).

SMP is also a very common procedure when concealing hair transplant scars. Ranging from FUT or FUE hair transplant scars to alopecia or accident scarring, we provide an impeccable scars-camouflaging service, making them nearly impossible to detect.

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