Scalp Micropigmention (SMP)
Scalp Micropigmentation or SMP, what is it?
SMP is a non-invasive treatment that uses micro-needles to deposit pigment into the scalp. The result creates the appearance of tiny hair follicles or short hair stubble. If you are starting to thin, recede, or if you are completely bald, we can give you the look of a short buzz cut.
Is this a procedure for women as well as men? You probably know about microblading to get a fuller brow, well this works the same way but for your scalp. Some women have thinning hair at the temples or crown, we can add color to the scalp so it appears you have more hair.
Should I shave my head or get SMP? This is a very personal decisions - shaving your head has become very popular and shaving your head doesn't mean you need to look bald. SMP allows you to look clean and updated with the benefit of not looking like you lost your hair.
How long does SMP take?
The SMP treatment typically takes 2-4 hours per session depending on your degree of hair loss. These treatments are usually spaced about 10-14 days apart.
How do I know what color SMP to ask for? The pigment we use is called Folicule. This diluted black, organic, carbon-based pigment. When hair is shaved it is all a tone of grey and we can dilute the black to match you, it's about matching in either a strong tone or a softer tone.
How many treatments should I expect?
SMP should never be considered a one treatment process. Most clients can expect between
2-3 sessions to complete their treatment depending on the extent of hair loss or scarring. These treatments are usually spaced about 10-14 days apart.
How long do the results last?
After completion of your treatment (2-3 sessions) a client should expect the strength of the color to last for many years. Over a longer term, a client will very gradually begin to notice slight lightening (not discolor) of the treatment. When this occurs they can undergo a brief “touch up” session to restore any fading and secure many more years of their style this is typically 4-6 years.
Do I need to shave my head after SMP? You want to maintain the look of the buzz cut, to keep that look you will need to shave two - three times a week. We recommend making it part of your morning routine a few times a week.
Do I need to stay out of the sun? No. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. They also recommend a sunscreen that’s water resistant so it can last longer. Because the sun has UV rays this will help your SMP fade faster and that means it's even more important to protect your SMP and a hat and/or sunscreen is going to be your best protection.
Is scalp micropigmentation detectable?
This treatment has become such an effective hair loss solution because of its consistently natural and undetectable results. We pride ourselves on the ability to seamlessly replicate each individual hair follicle to create a perfect match for each client.
Do I need to take time off work?
SMP is non-invasive and requires no down time. In most cases, you will not need to take any extended time away from work, school, or other functions. After treatment it is common to notice slight redness on the scalp for 2-3 days post session. This redness subsides quickly and most clients return to work either right away or within a couple days. Clients are also allowed to wear hats or headwear should they feel the need.
How do I choose a hairline?
If you are unsure of what style or type of hairline will work for you, your treatment specialist will be there to help. With artistic experience on how to fit a hairline to head shape and age, your specialist can help recommend what’s best. Over the course of your sessions you can also tweak and adjust the hairline for a perfect result.
Is SMP permanent?
Often referred to as a cosmetic hair or scalp tattoo, this treatment typically lasts 4-6 years. After that time, a client may experience some slight fading, to which they can come back in for a quick touch up. This cosmetic solution will not wash off but can be tweaked as years go on.
Will it change color like tattoos?
No. SMP is a form of permanent cosmetics, but unlike tattoo ink, the pigment is designed to fall within the same color spectrum of short cut hair.
Scalp micropigmentation also utilizes different equipment than traditional tattooing, ensuring the needle and machine are designed specifically for micropigmentation of the scalp.
If I have hair left, can I leave it long?
Depending upon the pattern and extent of the thinning hair, some clients are able to maintain a longer length of hair. SMP can help thicken areas so that less of the scalp is seen showing through. However, if there is a strong pattern of hair loss or just not a lot of hair density left, the client is recommended to crop it shorter.
Will Scalp Micropigmentation work with gray hair?
Yes, those with gray hair can still benefit from the scalp micropigmentation procedure. First, most clients are recommended to cut their hair to a short buzzed length. When this is done, gray hair does not appear as gray because the hair root itself is darker. Hair only shows gray as it gets longer. Second, we use a gray-scale pigment that can be adjusted in shade to blend with lighter hair tones. We simply create a lighter dilution for blending into the existing gray hairs.
Can Scalp Micropigmentation camouflage my transplant scar?
Yes! By replicating tiny hair follicles inside the scarring and blending the color around the scarring area, transplant and surgical scars can see massive improvement in concealment.
If I am lighter or darker skin tone will this treatment still look good?
Yes! We are able to match the shade of our pigment to a wide range of skin tones. Whether you are Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic, Asian, or Pacific Islander and much more...scalp micropigmentation can work for you.
Does the SMP procedure hurt?
For most clients, the pain minimal and it's consistently less painful than traditional tattoos. After your session, you won't experience any further discomfort.
Is SMP for long hair?
SMP is used to add density to thinning areas. We are able to add thickness to areas common areas like the crown, hair parting and more. For people that are using SMP to rebuild their hairline, we recommend keeping your hair short for a more balanced look.
What equipment is used for a SMP procedure?
The equipment used for a scalp treatment is considered micropigmentation or “permanent cosmetic” equipment. There are many different brands and designs and equipment includes a digital power source, a hand-piece, and a disposable micro needles for the insertion of pigment. Most technicians of SMP use different equipment than standard tattoo artists to ensure the deposits are delicately placed at the appropriate depth in the skin.
Can I still use Propecia and/or Rogaine after my treatment?
Clients can continue using Propecia during and after their scalp pigmentation procedure. Rogaine (topical minoxidil) should be suspended during the course of treatment and for 30 days post your final session. This is to ensure the proper healing and settling of pigment without interference of the chemicals found in Rogaine foam.
Can you help with hair transplant FUE/FUT scaring?
Yes! We use our specialized SMP technique to deposit color matched pigment into the scar to reduce visibility.
Do you charge for a consultation?
No, we offer free consultations for anyone looking to learn about how SMP can help their hair loss.
What is the difference between SMP, hair tattoo, micropigmentation and scalp tattoo?
SMP is not just a traditional tattoo. SMP is a form of permanent cosmetics, but unlike tattooing or permanent makeup, the treatment replicates the look of short cut hair by using pointillism techniques. SMP utilizes different equipment than traditional tattooing, ensuring the needle and machine are designed specifically for micropigmentation of the scalp.