What are the micropigmentation requirements in Los Angeles?

Scalp micropigmentation is a method of tattooing that simulates the look of follicles resulting in a fuller and more youthful-looking hairstyle. As SMP gains traction in the states the demand for SMP artists is increasing at a rapid rate. With scalp micropigmentation being a high ticket item, more and more consumers are gaining awareness about this relatively new treatment for hair loss. Lack of regulation and training results in the hundreds of botched jobs you can easily find with a simple google search or, worse yet, the spread of communicable diseases. Having said that, this is a procedure that should be, and is, regulated by a governing authority and Nevada has very defined rules on licensing. In this article, I will discuss the laws and regulations that need to be met to become a scalp micropigmentation artist in Nevada.?

The California Department of Public Health is the governing authority on tattooing in Los Angeles County. They regulate all types of tattooing by requiring each artist to obtain a body art card. Los Angeles is a central hub for some of the most amazing tattoo artists in the world. The tattoo industry in Los Angeles is one of the largest in the nation. Given that so many people want to become tattoo artists and take advantage of the money that can be made, the Department of Public Health has placed the following requirements for all of those looking to gain a body art card (the license needed to perform any type of tattooing in Nevada).?

Bloodborne Pathogens Certificate

The biggest concern CDPH has with tattooing is the spread of communicable diseases and infection. Since we are using needles to puncture wounds into the skin of our clients, bodily fluids are transmitted from client to machine and the surrounding environment. A bloodborne pathogen certificate shows the CDPH that you have been educated on all of the major communicable diseases like HIV and Hepatitis to name a few. The bloodborne pathogens certificate can be obtained online through the American Red Cross.

Make an Appointment- Site Evaluatiopn

When you have completed your Bloodborne certificate, make an appointment with the department of health to get your body art card. At this point you will have to go through the site evaluation process with the department. The site evaluation consists of an inspector visiting your tattoo studio to make sure it is up to standard before your body art card is issued.

I hope this article has helped you gain the knowledge needed to become an SMP artist

If you’re interested in our one on one private scalp micropigmentation training at Scalp King in Los Angeles, feel free to call us at 818-660-5750 or email us at scalpking702@gmail.com