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Located in historic Fort Lee, New Jersey, Ahead Ink is a Scalp Micropigmentation clinic dedicated to performing modern, highly refined procedures. Ahead Ink uses the same equipment and techniques as Milena Lardi, a well-known pioneer and leader in the field of Scalp Micropigmentation and permanent make-up (PMU). All Ahead Ink technicians are personally trained by Milena at her Beauty Medical facility in Milan, Italy and all the equipment and pigments are the same as those used in her clinic.

Erik Cavagnuolo, the owner and Lead Technician of Ahead Ink, was introduced to Milena Lardi when she visited the office of world-renowned New York hair transplant surgeon Dr. Alan Feller in 2011. Erik had been dealing with his own hair loss issues and had surgery with Dr. Feller in 2006 to restore his hairline and crown. While the hair transplant was successful, Erik felt the crown zone was still a bit thin, so he planned another surgery. That’s when Dr. Feller suggested he try Scalp Micropigmentation as an alternative. So Erik served as a model for the procedure with Milena along with another completely bald/Shaved Look client who had flown in from Seattle. The refined results from Beauty Medical scalp micropigmentation (aka tricopigmentation) were very impressive to Dr. Feller because of the realistic appearance of stubble that can be created for shaved scalp patients. 

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The experience also left an impression on Erik who had been searching for a career switch (he previously worked in the entertainment publishing industry as an editor and writer for Playboy Magazine) and possible business opportunity.
Shortly after, with Dr. Feller’s endorsement, Erik was on his way to Milan in order to train with Milena and learn Beauty Medical’s specialized Scalp Micropigmentation techniques. He returned to Milan a year later for an advanced training, and has since been recognized as one of the leading SMP artists in the world with clients traveling to his Northern New Jersey clinic from as far reaches as California and Europe.
It’s Erik’s passion for hair loss and hair restoration, as well as helping other’s find a solution, that drives Ahead Ink as a business. And the sole focus at Ahead Ink is Scalp Micropigmentation. You will not find any other services being offered. This streamlined approach ensures flawless SMP results every time.

"A successful Scalp Micropigmentation Shaved Look result should be subtle, yet tremendously impactful on a client's appearance. I want people to think you look amazing without realizing you had any SMP work done.”

Erik Cavagnuolo Owner/Head Technician
Jeremy K
Jeremy K
2022-04-19
Had a great experience, definitely would recommend to others
Lorenzo Martinez
Lorenzo Martinez
2022-04-08
Was skeptical on getting the procedure done. Erik was super informative and transparent on the process. Super happy with the results and wish I had done it sooner. Recommend Erik 100 percent. Great person who does great work.
Benny Hoxha
Benny Hoxha
2022-04-07
Thank you so much Erik , the best experience , you did an amazing job, I will recommend to anyone who is looking to do it , truly wish I can give you 10 ⭐️ Thank you Thank you
samski 66
samski 66
2022-02-16
Thank you Erik for the wonderful job you did for me! This was an A+ experience from the consultation to the actual procedure. I would tell anyone thinking about doing this to jump in and get it done without hesitation at Ahead Ink. It feels liberating to no longer worry about appearing bald. It looks so real and natural!
Ray gage
Ray gage
2022-02-08
Best work in the world. If you want to do smp this is the only place you should go. Amazing!!
Eddie G
Eddie G
2022-02-03
Erik is a knowledgeable person when it comes to SMP. Office has free parking, nice and clean office. Don’t hesitate and go get it done, the transformation is worth it.
debbie ton
debbie ton
2021-12-03
“5 star” isn’t enough for Ahead and Erik. Erik is Caring, skilled, and professional; and the Ahead office is Clean, conveniently located, and comfortable. This has been a blessing! I am so grateful!
Good King Entertainment Inc
Good King Entertainment Inc
2021-10-17
During my search for the right person to do my SMP, I found that many places were overpriced, under-informed and just in a rush to get my money without addressing my questions or concerns. I found Erik on YouTube and he struck me as being a person who truly understands the craft that is SMP. I called him and found a true gentleman who was knowledgeable, patient and understanding. I decided to go through with the procedure, and I must say I’m thoroughly pleased. During the 3 sessions I got to know Erik the human being. He is a true professional who is obsessed with details, order and cleanliness all while being extremely pleasant. Erik is a true professional and a man of great integrity. All at a great price! Most importantly the results of his work are amazing. I love my new look. Go with Erik, you can’t go wrong.
Big Homie
Big Homie
2021-10-10
Sorry for the late review, but Erik is a true gentleman & is an expertly skilled SMP artist. His quality of work far exceeded what I was charged & it looks so realistic that even my family didn’t know the difference. Thanks, Erik & God bless! 🙏🏽
Louis Finamore
Louis Finamore
2021-08-31
Eric is very professional and does incredible work. Very glad I chose ahead ink.