Does Scalp Micropigmentation Look Real?

Hair loss is extremely common. How common? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, over 80 million people in the United States are affected by hair loss.

Luckily, now there are real options to help get rid of hair loss entirely. ENTER: Scalp Micropigmentation. Chances are you’ve seen something online or heard from a friend that there is a new hair loss treatment that gives guys the look of a short buzz cut. But what is scalp micropigmentation and will it actually look like real hair?

It’s one of the most asked questions we hear from clients during their consultation. Is scalp micropigmentation detectable? Will anyone at work notice? We completely get it. It’s a big decision and you want to make sure this isn’t just another Instagram ad product like that wrinkle-free t-shirt you clicked on during lunch.

First, let’s start by breaking down what is scalp micropigmentation and how it works to eliminate hair loss. Scalp micropigmentation is a drug-free, non-invasive, permanent solution to hair loss that uses tiny micro-needles to replicate hair follicles on the scalp. The results are immediate and there is little to no maintenance. If you are thinning plus receding in some areas or gone completely bald, we can give you the look of a full hairline. Unlike hair transplants or hair systems, scalp micropigmentation is a very subtle, yet effective change.

Aside from the eye test, there are 3 main factors in making sure the scalp micropigmentation treatment looks real. But before that lets first understand SMP in little more details.

How Scalp Micropigmentation Works

The Scalp micropigmentation look follows processes that are very similar to a tattoo because it works with the same principle that skin on the head consists of layers just like the skin on the body. However, what sets it apart from traditional tattoos is that the color pigments used in micropigmentation for scalp do not go beyond the epidermis. Permanent dyes are also never used when achieving the scalp micropigmentation look. The preferred dyes are anti-allergic so that clients/recipients do not develop side effects to its application.

Instead of creating the appearance of strands of hair, SMP employs the artistic method of pointillism to create dots on the scalp of individuals who suffer hair loss. It follows a strategic process of making the hair look fuller, in the case of balding men, a buzz cut, and in the case of women with thinning hair follicles, hiding the scalp with dark pigments applied in microdots.

Before the commencement of each Scalp micropigmentation session, the scalp area that has experienced hair loss and requires treatment will be cleansed thoroughly then an outline will be marked on the skin that will serve as an indicator for where the hairline will begin. After this, the microdots will then be applied one by one with a particular device that utilizes between one to three needles that will not penetrate your skin as much as a tattoo gun. This will appear real, imitate the rest of the scalp, and not look overly bold.

It takes between 3 sessions spread over 2 weeks for the scalp micropigmentation (SMP) treatment to be fully applied, which gives the professional time to evaluate how the micro dotting looks on the scalp if it’s the right shade, and so on to give that natural look. Once completed, the results should last 3 to 8 years without a touchup.

What to Expect From Scalp Micropigmentation?

The primary aim of scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is to create the illusion of a fuller head of hair by creating microdots of hair follicles. However, many people going through the scalp micropigmentation procedure for the first time will often have a lot of concerns about what the treatment entails for them, how it will look, and different expectations of the aftermath of its application.

 From issues such as their scalp micro color unnaturally changing to the scalp microdots posing as hair follicles being too large and lacking that natural look, these complaints, and fears are often a result of the ‘professional’s’ proficiency and patience to deliver a natural scalp micropigmentation look for their client. Some technicians are not even into micropigmentation but just regular tattoo artists who want to make a quick buck. If you have seen the results of their error anywhere, it is okay to have your concerns but just remember this can be avoided if you entrust your scalp to a professional SMP practitioner. With that explained, below is a list of what to expect before and after the scalp micropigmentation process.

Before the micropigmentation scalp treatment, most clients are advised to shave their heads to give a uniform look so that the SMP professional can determine how to make the procedure real.

During the scalp micropigmentation treatment, the area of focus will be cleansed thoroughly. Then, the new hairline will be outlined then microdots will be applied one by one till the required result is achieved.

For the first week after the scalp micropigmentation treatment, the scalp should not contact any form of moisture or sunlight, and the client should avoid all forms of strenuous activity.

Scalp Micropigmentation Blending

The realism of this SMP treatment has to do with the blending of your existing hair follicles. Whether you only have hair on the sides or some areas of hair on top, we can strategically blend the treatment into your existing hair. This helps to create a seamless look across the entire scalp. Also, we’ll use your existing hair follicles to create a 3D effect with the SMP treatment blended in.

SMP Color Matching

We match your existing hair color to that of our scalp micropigmentation pigment for an undetectable treatment result. We do this by buzzing your head down and closely evaluating where you fit on our color scale. This makes for a flawless buzzed look across your head.

Scalp Micro Pigmentation Experience

It sounds obvious but experience is a critical factor in ensuring scalp micropigmentation looks real. We are the innovators of SMP® Scalp Micropigmentation. SMP® was developed by internationally-recognized HIS Hair Clinic in the United Kingdom over 18 years ago. Our experience, expertise and results are widely regarded as the best in the world. We are recognized as the FIRST company to specialize in cosmetic and medical SMP®. We spent many years developing and fine tuning the SMP® technique as a non-surgical, effective, affordable, and immediate solution for hair loss sufferers.

Scalp micropigmentation can look incredibly real when done correctly. Most clients tell us that their co-workers or family members say they look younger or ask if they got a new haircut, but they won’t be able to pinpoint the exact change. Visit for more info.

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