While determining the cause of hair loss is a priority, the drop in self-confidence it can lead to can be just as damaging to a person’s quality of life.
Luckily, PMU artists have perfected scalp micropigmentation, a non-invasive, failproof way to camouflage hair loss for up to 6 years!
Scalp micropigmentation or SMP is a permanent makeup procedure done on the scalp. It implies injecting organic pigments into the skin in tiny incisions, but not as deep as with facial permanent makeup, resulting in a more natural look.
Specialized tools and the pigment in the shade of your natural hair is used, although the procedure is most effective on people with dark hair. Unfortunately, SMP can’t give much improvement on blondes.
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When they hear scalp micropigmentation women may picture the perfect buzzcut hairline on a man, but in fact, SMP artists report that up to a quarter of their clients are women!
Women scalp micropigmentation is done slightly differently, though, with the main goal being re-densifying and creating a shade, instead of recreating the look of individual shaved hair follicles for men.
You can see some fabulous examples of SMP for women before and after in our gallery!
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Scalp micropigmentation is sometimes called medical hairline tattoo, which may lead to misconceptions. Scalp micropigmentation isn’t only used to modify the hairline; it can be used on the entire scalp to camouflage sparse patches, not matter how large.
SMP can also be done between the natural hairs no matter how long they are to create a so-called underlayer, or shade. Any area of the scalp can be treated, including the temples.
One thing to keep in mind though, is that SMP isn’t a great solution for a receding hairline, as there are no natural hairs to blend the strokes into.
The artist divides the hair into sections and injects pigments around each one. Some artists like to use two shades, one slightly darker, in order to enhance the 3D thickness effect.
No, the specialized tools and the organic pigments cannot cause any damage to the existing hairs, nor can they affect future hair growth.
As the artist works around the actual hair, there is no damage to the healthy follicles. The depth at which the needle is inserted under 2 mm, so even if the artist works directly over the follicle, there is still no damage.
In fact, some clients report an improvement in the quality of the skin due to the cycle of microtrauma and regeneration and even a stimulation of new growth!
SMP is the most effective treatment for the camouflage of scars anywhere on the scalp by filling in the scar tissue area.
However, the effectiveness of the treatment depends on the type of scar. It works best on scars that are light and aren’t raised or sunken in comparison to the rest of the skin.
The so-called hypertrophic scars, which are raised or are darker can be diminished, but not completely erased. In any case, it’s best to consult an experienced artist.
You can find more information on scar camouflage through micropigmentation here!
Scalp micropigmentation is done in 3-4 sessions scheduled at least a week apart from each other. After each session, there is a certain degree of fading as the excess pigment is washed out. With each session, the shade is gradually built up until the desired result is obtained.
Each session can take up to 4 hours, as thousands of tiny incisions are made.
Some time before the actual needling starts, a topical anesthetic is applied to the area that will be treated. The amount of pain involved is individual, but most clients only report a slight discomfort.
With SMP, there is hardly any pain during the procedure and no downtime.
However, there are some aftercare rules you must follow in order to retain the pigment. You mustn’t wet your scalp (including excessive sweating) for 4 days following each micropigmentation session.
Avoid sunlight exposure for up to 5 days. Somewhere around the fifth day, you should start moisturizing the treated area. Your artist will recommend products you should use.
For several weeks, you mustn’t go swimming in either pools or the ocean, and you should avoid saunas and steam-rooms.
When choosing an artist for any permanent makeup treatment, it is essential you go to a trained, certified and experienced artist in order to stay safe, healthy, and get the results you want.
If there are several certified artists in your area to choose from, it comes down to your preferences. Feel free to research their scalp micropigmentation for women before and after portfolio and choose the one whose work seems most appealing.