SMP, or scalp micropigmentation is a technique used to create the illusion that someone has thicker, fuller hair. This technique can also be used to disguise scars and other blemishes on the scalp when used in combination with color correctors and camouflage pigments. Scalp micropigmentation is a great option for either men or women who desire the appearance of fuller hair. If you are interested in this technique, let us answer some of the most common questions about SMP.
How is scalp micropigmentation done?
SMP aims to recreate the look of individual hairs or follicles on the scalp much like microblading and other eyebrow techniques do. However, the skin on the scalp is thicker than on the face so more power is required to place the pigments under the skin. Therefore, scalp micropigmentation is not possible with a hand tool and requires the use of an electric device. Artists use a rotary machine that is set specifically for the requirements of the skin on your scalp and the vibration required to deposit the pigment. Scientific studies have been done to determine exactly how deeply to place the pigments for best results. As a result, there is now increased consistency industry-wide in how the pigments are applied.
A skilled artist will take into account both your skin tone and your hair color when choosing a blend of pigment colors for your application. Because each person's natural hair is made up of several different colored hairs, using several colors of pigment creates a more natural look. To help provide an outstanding look at any age, Quantum even carries gray tones like popular Gray.
How long does SMP last?
If done properly, scalp micropigmentation can
last 4-6 years before it begins to fade and require touch ups. It is important
to use only the
best scalp micro pigments and have your work done
by a highly skilled artist in order to prevent premature fading or unintended
colors. For example, our
Deep Black will not fade to blue over
time like other blacks.
Make sure to follow your artist's aftercare instructions carefully and use a high quality Aftercare product to ensure that your SMP lasts as long as possible. Avoiding sun exposure and wearing sunscreen after your SMP heals will also help increase the lifetime of your application.
How much does scalp micropigmentation
The total price of your scalp micropigmentation is going to depend on many factors including how much of your scalp requires coverage, the severity of your hair loss, and how much scar camouflage or cover up work is needed. This process is done over the course of several sessions. You can expect each session to cost between €500 - €2,000.
Where you choose to have it done will also factor into the price. Expect to pay more for scalp micropigmentation in larger cities like London, Paris, Berlin, or Rome. Just like with tattoos and permanent makeup, you get what you pay for with this process. Skilled artists with consistent outstanding results are going to come with a higher price tag. However, the €1,500 - €5,000 that you may pay to a skilled SMP artist byt the time your work is complete is still less expensive than adding up the alternatives like medication, concealers, wigs, and transplant surgery.
Does scalp micropigmentation work for long hair?
The answer to this is both yes and no. While SMP cannot imitate the appearance of having long hair for someone that does not already have it, for women and men with long hair who are experiencing thinning or bald spots, scalp micropigmentation can still be very beneficial. It provides scalp coverage so that people can mask the appearance of their scalp showing through bald spots or thinning hair. Scalp micropigmentation can help mimic the appearance of thicker fuller hair for those who already have long hair.
Who is a good candidate for scalp micropigmentation?
- People who are experiencing hair loss due to health conditions like alopecia.
- Cancer survivors who have thinning hair or bald patches due to cancer treatment.
- Men with thinning hair or male-pattern baldness who want to choose where to place their hairline or fill in bald patches.
- People with scars on the head or scalp who wish to camouflage the scar and fill in missing areas of hair.
- Anyone experiencing hair loss who would like the look of thicker, fuller hair.
- It is ideal for people wanting the appearance of buzzed or close cropped hair.
While scalp micropigmentation does not actually increase hair growth, it does provide a confidence-boosting youthful appearance by making your hair look thicker and fuller. We look forward to helping people with hair loss experience the version of themselves they would like to see when they look in the mirror. That is why we provide only the highest quality vegan and cruelty free scalp micro pigments in Europe. To learn more about our current REACH approved pigments visit the REACH Silver Label Scalp Micro Pigment section of our website and follow us on social media for new color releases coming soon!