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Our Guide To Scalp Micropigmentation

Published March 5, 2024
By Celebrity Ink

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) has emerged as a groundbreaking solution for hair loss, thinning hair or scalp scars.

This innovative cosmetic procedure, often called a medical hairline tattoo, involves applying natural pigments at the epidermal level of the scalp to mimic the appearance of natural hair follicles.

Whether you’re contemplating SMP as a potential solution for hair loss or are simply curious about what it entails, this article will walk you through every step of the procedure. From the initial consultation to the aftercare and everything in between, we aim to provide you with enough information on SMP to help you make an informed decision.

What Is SMP?

Scalp micropigmentation, also known as a hairline/hair tattoo, is a cosmetic tattoo treatment for thinning hair or hair loss.

The cosmetic tattoo artist uses thin needles to deposit tiny dots of colour (pigment) on the scalp. The tiny dots give the appearance of thicker hair and can cover bald spots, create a shaved head look or mimic the appearance of a natural hairline.

How Is Scalp Micropigmentation Done?

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a safe and non-surgical procedure that involves a cosmetic tattooist implanting tiny dots of pigment into the scalp to mimic the appearance of natural hair follicles and create the look of healthy hair growth.

SMP suits all genders, especially those with hair loss, thinning hair or scalp scars. Women with long hair can also get SMP to resemble a thicker head of hair.

When the artist implants the pigment into your scalp, the dots vary in size, angle and depth to provide a natural, hairlike semblance. Depending on the size of the treatment area, the procedure could take up to five hours. Unlike regular tattoos, people getting SMP need three or more treatments spaced several weeks apart to create the look of thick hair. Done right with a qualified cosmetic tattoo artist, the semi-permanent results of SMP can last between three and five years.

Aftercare For SMP

When pigment is implanted into the scalp, it’s essentially wounding the scalp. So, like with any wound, it’s important to take care of it until it is healed.

Some of the things to avoid in the weeks after your treatment include

  • Picking at scabs: As your scalp begins to heal, it will form scabs over the area where pigment has been implanted. Don’t pick at the scabs, as it will cause pigment loss. Instead, let the scab fall off itself once the skin has healed.
  • Touching the procedure area: After getting SMP, it’s essentially an open wound; touching it can attract bacteria and lead to an infection. Therefore, the best thing to do is avoid touching it.
  • Getting it wet in the shower: Do not expose your scalp to the pressure of the shower for at least ten days. When taking a shower or bath, wear a shower cap to prevent it from getting wet.
  • Strenuous exercise: Avoid doing any strenuous exercise for ten days. Sweat will expand your pores, swelling the tissue and allowing your body to absorb more of the ink pigment, quickly fading the pigment.

The Benefits of Scalp Micropigmentation

Are you thinking about getting scalp micropigmentation? Here are the many benefits:

Non-invasive and non-surgical procedure

Unlike hair transplant surgery, SMP is a non-invasive treatment that doesn’t require incisions or stitches. This means minimal downtime; clients can usually return to their daily activities shortly after each treatment session.


Does scalp micropigmentation fade? SMP offers durable results that can last for several years before any touch-ups are necessary. The pigments used are designed to fade slowly and naturally over time, allowing for adjustments in style or colour refreshments as desired.

Natural-looking results

SMP excels in creating an appearance that mimics that of natural hair growth. The procedure involves using pigments that match your specific hair colour and complexion. Due to the careful colour selection of the pigment, SMP resembles the look of your natural hair.

But does scalp micropigmentation affect hair growth? No, it only provides natural-looking results to hair; it doesn’t affect or promote hair growth in any way.

Low maintenance

Once the scalp micropigmentation process is complete, there is no need for expensive hair products or time-consuming hair care routines. The results of SMP provide a look of a full head of shaved head or a denser appearance of thinning areas without the ongoing maintenance hair transplants would require.

Safe with minimal side effects

Scalp micropigmentation is a trusted and successful hair loss method, providing natural-looking results for both men and women. This safe procedure has minimal side effects, the most common being redness and mild swelling in the treated area, which typically subside within a few days.


In contrast to hair transplant surgery, scalp micropigmentation is a very cost-effective treatment. With its semi-permanent nature and minimal need for touch-ups, SMP offers great value for a low-cost investment.

Instant results

From the first treatment session, clients will notice the appearance of a fuller head of hair. While the complete process requires a few sessions for optimal density and natural blending, improvements are visible immediately.

The Side Effects of Scalp Micropigmentation

These are the most common side effects of scalp micropigmentation:


As experienced by most people who get scalp micropigmentation, post-treatment redness is seen immediately after treatment and usually subsides after one or two days.

Itchy scalp

When you undergo SMP, it’s essentially wounding your skin, and when any wound begins to heal, it starts to itch. If your scalp begins to itch, don’t scratch it, as it can impact the healing process and distort the pigmented dots.


Some people may experience mild swelling in the treated area, especially if they have sensitive skin or if a large portion of the scalp was treated in one session. The swelling usually subsides a few days after treatment.


Though rare, there is a risk of infection if the treated area is not properly cared for or if the equipment is not sterile. Following aftercare instructions carefully and choosing a reputable practitioner who uses sterile equipment can minimise this risk.

Allergic reactions

Allergic reactions to the pigment or other equipment used during SMP are uncommon but still possible. Therefore, it’s important to discuss any known allergies with the practitioner beforehand.

Redefined Hairlines with Scalp Micropigmentation at Celebrity Ink

Forget spending thousands of dollars on a hair transplant. Scalp micropigmentation is an affordable and fast-acting treatment for those with hair loss, thinning hair and scalp scars.

This non-invasive, highly detailed process of tattooing tiny pigment dots on the scalp to mimic the appearance of natural hair follicles provides a cosmetic enhancement and a boost to self-esteem and confidence for those getting it. Our professional and experienced practitioners at Celebrity Ink’s meticulous approach and state-of-the-art equipment ensure that you receive personalised treatment to meet your specific needs and expectations.

Want to learn more about how you can get your confidence back with scalp micropigmentation? Book a consultation at your nearest Celebrity Ink studio to get the conversation started.

Get your next tattoo at Celebrity Ink

The team at Celebrity Ink can provide you with not only a tattoo that tells your story but also detailed aftercare information that goes beyond the question of how long does a tattoo take to heal.

Our team sets standards in tattoo design while working alongside you to bring your vision to life. Whether you’re seeking traditional tattoos, realistic designs, mandalas, or any other, we have artists specialising in a range of tattoo styles that can provide you with the tattoo you have envisioned.

Book a consultation to discuss your tattoo design, get in contact with the crew at Celebrity Ink, and we will lock you in for your next ink session.
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