A simple and cost-effective hair treatment, scalp micropigmentation (SMP) offers you the appearance of hair if you’re suffering from hair loss or thinning. Hair to Ware is a hair clinic specialising in hair treatments to rectify hair loss, including SMP treatment. 

How does scalp micropigmentation work?

Scalp micropigmentation is a non-invasive treatment that uses layered dots of different tones to give the appearance of a shadowed look on the head. A qualified hair practitioner uses detailed micro-needles to deposit pigment into the scalp which replicates hair follicles, blending seamlessly with your personal complexion for a natural look. Our Hair to Ware hair loss specialists will work with individual clients to determine how many sessions will be needed to achieve the desired result. 

Who can use scalp micropigmentation?

This particular hair treatment is usually performed on men and women experiencing balding, hair thinning and hair loss. It can restore the look of the hairline and giving the impression of higher hair density.

  • Pattern baldness

Although more common in men, pattern baldness can affect women too, resulting in thinning or loss of hair. Scalp micropigmentation will create a ‘follicle look’ on the balding areas, giving the appearance of short-cropped hair in men, and a thicker, lusher look for women. 

  • Scar covering 

If you’ve undergone a hair transplant procedure or plug treatment, or have scarring as a result of an accident and are looking to reduce the visibility of this scalp scarring, then micropigmentation is the ideal treatment. 

If you suffer from alopecia and are looking to create an appearance of thicker hair, then scalp micropigmentation can help you achieve this desired look.

How long does scalp micropigmentation last?

One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to scalp micropigmentation is how long the procedure will actually last you. As a ‘permanent cosmetics’ procedure, micropigmentation results will differ for the individual, but the appearance will usually remain between 4 and 7 years. 

Some of the factors that could influence the duration of your scalp micropigmentation include:

  • Your particular immune system
  • Sun exposure or exposure to any ultraviolet rays
  • Your lifestyle 

After some time, the effects of scalp micropigmentation will fade, but practitioners are able to perform a touch-up to extend the length of the overall effect. Touch-ups can also be done to enhance the original appearance, to adjust the shape of the hairline, side profiles, or if you want to try a different look. 

What are the disadvantages of scalp micropigmentation?

At Hair to Ware, we ensure all our clients have been given a realistic picture of what to expect with every hair loss treatment option. This means providing a full understanding of the disadvantages of this treatment, alongside the many benefits of scalp micropigmentation

1. Maintain by constantly shaving

The appearance attained by scalp micropigmentation is that of a shaved head for men, but this will require you to continue shaving after the treatment to maintain this look. Without shaving, the existing hair will grow inside of the demarcated hairline. And, while you might have had to shave before the scalp micropigmentation treatment, the appearance after the treatment will be much better than before. 

2. Your hairstyle will remain the same

Because scalp micropigmentation is a permanent cosmetic procedure, you will have to accept the chosen hairstyle for as long as the pigmentation remains. For many people, this is not really a major issue, it’s beneficial to have the appearance of hair rather than worrying about the change in hairstyle along the way. However, if you do wish to change your look, you can simply go for an early touch-up procedure. 

3. The pigmentation eventually fades

Despite this falling under ‘permanent’ cosmetic procedures, the pigmentation will fade over the years, which means that after about four years, you will need to consider having a scalp micropigmentation touch up. However, if you follow the SMP aftercare routines, you will be able to enhance the longevity of the procedure and get the most out of SMP. 

4. SMP doesn’t go grey

We will all succumb to nature’s aging process which means that our hair will start to grey eventually – for some it is a lot sooner than others. The scalp micropigmentation will not go grey over time as your natural hair does, but with continual shaving, this will not pose much of a problem. 

5. Slight discomfort

The scalp micropigmentation process is not painful, but it’s not exactly a comforting experience. It’s certainly not an unbearable experience, but some might find it to be slightly uncomfortable. Fortunately, the procedure shouldn’t take more than a few short treatments and the effects will last years. 

6. The 2D appearance

The process of scalp micropigmentation is a form of tattooing, so it is effectively a 2-dimensional appearance. This is why maintaining the image of a shaved head for men is so important. However, people don’t look that closely at your head, so the overall appearance is completely realistic. 

For many, hair loss or thinning hair can be an emotional experience that relates directly to an individual’s self-esteem. Scalp micropigmentation is an effective, non-invasive hair loss treatment that can be a life-changing decision for men and women. 

At Hair to Ware, we provide every client with a complete consultation to ensure we are providing the ideal hair loss treatment for you and your needs. Once a treatment has been chosen, our trained and licensed treatment specialists will offer a customised solution that suits your personal complexion and tastes.