We have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about Scalp Micropigmentation below. If you have a question that you can't find the answer to here, contact us and we'll happily answer any questions or queries you may have.

Frequently asked questions

How long does SMP last?

Scalp Micropigmentation is a semi-permanent treatment that will last years with proper care, However, over time as your skin naturally sheds it’s layers and absorbs the pigment, the treatment will fade and require touchups. Everyone's scalp is unique and factors such as sun exposure, and dry or oily skin type may cause this to happen at an accelerated rate. The average individual will require touchups every 2-5 years to freshen up the colour. Inkd SMP offers a 12 month treatment guarantee to cover any fading or changes to hairline etc requiring a touchup within the first year of your treatment. Touchups are one session and will cover all areas needing blending to ensure your treatment stays even and fresh looking.

Will it look natural?

Each client’s natural hair follicle size and colour at the root are matched during the SMP treatment. We use multiple needle sizes and custom colour shades to blend the tattooed follicles within your own. Our technique ensures a natural and undetectable result. We also take into consideration the age of the client and their hair loss pattern to blend into an area of hair that allows for any future hair loss that may occur. We always fade out the tattoo about an inch into the existing hair to create a seamless blend. If clients are to experience any further hair loss, we simply touch up the area and blend it into the exisiting SMP.

Do I have to shave my head?

If there are any areas of your hair that are completely bald, then generally speaking: YES. We generally advise to shave it down to a 0.5 -1 which is the easiest length for our artist to work with. For the best overall look clients must keep their hair shaved every 2-4 days to ensure a seamless transition between the long hairs and flat tattoo. We offer in house shaving on the day of treatment for your convenience. If the client has thinning hair and wishes to just add some density then shaving isn't necessary. This goes for Women as well, you do not have to shave your head as we work in between the hair strands.

Is SMP the same as a regular tattoo?

While they share some similarities such as using a gun and a needle to deposit ink into the skin, SMP and regular tattoos are very different for multiple reasons, the top ones to include:

Needles: Only SMP specialised micro needles are used.

Ink: As well as SMP specialised carbon based inks.
Technique: Ink is deposited just below the epidermis layer of scalp, using a detailed dotting method rather than lines and shading.
Pain: Pain most often described as 2-5/10.
Permanence: SMP is semi-permanent and because of the depth the ink is deposited + skin type and lifestyle factors; it will fade over time and require touch up.

What ink do you use?

At Inkd SMP we only use specialised carbon based organic pigments which have been made specifically for scalp micropigmentation. These pigments do not change colour over time. They will only soften and lighten over time as your skin sheds naturally. The pigments that we use are vegan and cruelty free.

What needles do you use?

The needles we use are medical grade specialised micro needles, essential for fine detail work which are created specifically for SMP. Each needle is single use and individually packaged.

How do you match my hair colour?

Did you know that at the root, eveyone's hair is a shade of grey. Black being the darkest, white the lightest etc. Our artist will carefully match your hair colour at the root on the grey scale. During all of our treatments we use a black ink which we then dilute or modify with a warm tone. The lighter your hair the more we dilute the pigment to blend with your natural follicles, etc. This is why SMP can be suitable for those with lighter or red hair, when performed by a technician who is properly trained and experienced.

How do I look after my SMP?

Aftercare is simple. Keep the area clean and dry, and avoid direct sunlight during healing. Avoid shampoos, chemicals, submerging your head under water, excessive sweating for at least 4 days after treatment. Loose fitting hats can be worn immediately after treatment but you must allow your head to breath. Apply sunscreen outdoors going forward to prolong the life your your SMP.

How long will it take?

Each SMP treatment is done over 2-4 sessions. This is to ensure we gradually build up and blend the tattoo, adjust the density and ink colour to create the most natural results. Sessions generally run between 2-4 hours depending on the area we need to cover. The majority of our clients complete their full treatment within 2-6 weeks depending on the treatment type. Our general timeline for treatments is 10-14 days in between treatments and 1+ month in between your last session and final follow up session. We leave a longer time before your final session as your skin regenerates every 28 days and we always adjust your tattoo based on healed results. Our artist will advise you otherwise based on your skin type.

How often do I need to shave after my treatment?

Clients who opt for the full hairline recreation SMP treatment must keep their head shaved to the appropriate 0 or 1 length to assure the difference between the tattoo and real hair is not visible. This requires trimming on average 2-4 days. We recommend using a quick shaver for convenience.

Does it hurt?

Most clients describe the pain from 2-5 out of 10, with the sensation being more of an annoying itch rather than feeling painful. The front temples, hairline and sides of head tend to be the most painful because of the nerve endings in those areas. Numbing cream is available for clients with very low pain tolerance.

Will it damage my existing hair follicles?

The needling of the micropigmentation stimulates the scalp and helps promote blood flow to the area so NO it does not damage existing hair follicles or prevent future growth for those considering hair transplants afterwards. In some cases it can even help to calm the appearance and discomfort of keloid scarring!

How much does it cost?

Pricing is determined by the hair loss treatment type, and size of area needing to be covered. On average clients can expect treatment costs starting from $450+ for scar camouflage and $1200-$3000 for density or full hairline creation. We base our pricing off of the Norwood Scale, the international standard for determining hair loss severity. We provide instant and obligation free picture consultations or in person by request!

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