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Scalp Micropigmentation

what is scalp micropigmentation

What is Scalp Micropigmentation?

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP), or medical hairline tattoo, is a highly effective non-surgical solution in for treating male and female scalp conditions. This advanced procedure applies natural pigmentation to the epidermal layer of the scalp to simulate the look of natural hair, and can be used in different ways to create whatever sort of look is desired. Hair thinning and premature balding in men and women is a very common issue, and can cause sufferers distress and loss of confidence, with few user-friendly and effective treatments available to counter the effects. Scalp micropigmentation can reinstate this self-esteem and create the look of a full head of hair from even a completely bald head.

Hailed as the world’s most effective treatment of its kind, scalp micropigmentation uses only natural pigments, and application is mild and safe, with all practitioners fully qualified to Diploma level in the administration of permanent cosmetic and scalp micropigmentation treatments. Treatments are entirely individual, with practitioners taking care to study and replicate the natural patterns of your hairline, as well as using combinations of pigment to give the most authentic colouring possible. The accumulation of scalp micropigmentation typically takes a few 3-4 hour sessions, with at least a week’s rest in between treatments. The procedure involves a cartridge of three needles that work to safely and comfortably inject natural pigment into the skin’s second dermal layer. This method allows for a discreet and natural-looking build-up of rejuvenated hairline, that even friends and family almost always fail to spot.

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Scalp Micropigmentation - Treatment For

Crown Balding

One of the most widespread degenerative hair issues around is crown balding, which often has an adverse ageing effect on sufferers and damages self-confidence. Scalp micropigmentation gives a refreshed and completely natural look that can be topped up over time should further balding warrant it.

Receding Hairline

While crown balding is a very common annoyance, the age-old inhibition over a receding hairline is just as prevalent among men. Regardless of shape or pattern, scalp micropigmentation can fill out any problem area to give the appearance of a full and consistent hairline.

Complete or Near Bald

Those suffering from complete hair loss often feel out of options, but scalp micropigmentation can restore hairlines even on completely bald heads. Partial or complete scalp micropigmentation gives the look of a full, healthy buzz-cut head of hair.

Alopecia in Men

The effects of alopecia vary dramatically from person to person, but the very personalised service that forms a core part of scalp micropigmentation can ensure that any circumstances are catered to, to achieve the most natural and desirable finished look.

Alopecia in Women

Around 5% of women are alopecia sufferers, and we are able to provide the exact same treatments for women, regardless of hair length, and reverse the visual effects of undesirable hair loss.

Diffuse Hairloss

Diffuse hair loss can be the product of many causes, from emotional stress to hormonal imbalance and deficiency of nutrients, and affects both men and women of all ages. Scalp micropigmentation can effectively counteract the appearance of diffuse hair loss.

Skin Type

Scalp micropigmentation is suitable for all, regardless of hair colour or skin type. White, Afro-Caribbean, Asian, Latino and mixed-race skin types can all get the desired effects from micropigmentation, with the assurance that practitioners will provide the pigmentation best suited to the individual’s needs.

Treatment Reversal

Although it is rarely requested, all scalp micropigmentation treatments are completely reversible, using laser application. This can be done in order to enable a new look, colour or hairline style, or to remove the look of scalp pigmentation completely. Removals are relatively simple and painless, usually requiring only one or two sessions for complete restoration to a natural hairline.

Who Is Scalp Micropigmentation For?

One of the many advantages of scalp micropigmentation is how widely usable it is. Hair thinning and balding, despite often being associated with older people and mostly men, affects all sorts of people, so it is to be expected that a wide range of sufferers want an effective solution to their problem.

Because of its specialised method and natural pigments, scalp micropigmentation is safe, recognised by trichologists as a viable and gentle solution to hair loss. So even particularly young sufferers of hair loss can have the treatment (parental consent may be required), as can older people.

Unlike many other non-surgical hair treatments, skin and hair colour has no adverse affect on results or sensation. White, Afro-Caribbean, Latino, Asian and mixed-race skin are all perfectly suited to scalp micropigmentation treatments, as are all hair colours, regardless of how light or dark.

Although scalp micropigmentation of the scalp is mostly used by men with relatively short hair, the versatility of the treatment means that any hair length can be worked with, and all solutions are available for females experiencing hair loss.

Those who have previously had a hair transplant, or plan to have one in the future, can also enjoy the results of scalp micropigmentation. Any past or planned treatment should be disclosed to the practitioner, who can ensure treatment is best suited to individual circumstances. Although it should usually cause no problems in treatment, anybody considering scalp micropigmentation who has previously had forehead botox should disclose this information to their practitioner or consultant, just to make certain that no adverse interactions take place.


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We understand it can be a nerve wracking task choosing the right clinic for you, however our dedicated scalp micropigmentation treatment experts are at hand to put your mind at ease. During the consultation we aim to educate and reassure, informing you of all the details involved in the scalp micropigmentation treatment, so you can make your own educated decision.

Your scalp micropigmentation consultation is completely free and easy to book, all you have to do is contact one of our friendly team by telephone or email and arrange a time and date, you can either arrange a Skype consultation or arrange to meet at one of our clinics.

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Once you have arranged your time and dates to go ahead with the scalp micropigmentation procedure, it is time for you to start your journey with Follicle. You will be greeted by your practitioner who will do their utmost to make you feel comfortable and ease any nerves that you may have before starting the treatment.

You will sit and discuss your desired hairline before the practitioner starts drawing any ideas, once you have decided the practitioner will draw a few designs until you find the perfect shape for you, bearing in mind on the first session the hairline always starts a little bit further back and will be lowered over the three sessions, this is so you have time to get used to seeing yourself with a hairline again, then you can decide exactly how low you want it for the next session.

The next step is choosing the pigment colour, the scalp micropigmentation practitioner will analyse your follicle colour and skin tone to chose the right pigment to start with, the pigment colour on the first session is always done a few shades lighter, so that it can be matched perfectly on the second session, however all follicles are not the same shade so having the different shades adds to the effect of the perfect illusion of a shaven head. You have to understand that this treatment is a gradual procedure and is done over the three sessions, so don't expect to the see the end result after the first session.

Exactly a week later you will then come in for your second session, this will involve lowering the hair line if needed, also going darker with the pigment. The second session focuses on adding double density giving you that full look, also focusing a lot on the blending so you can not distinguish where the real hair stops and starts.

A month or so later you will come in for your third session, which is to perfect the full scalp micropigmentation treatment and add any pigments which may have faded slightly.

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After completing your three scalp micropigmentation sessions, you will have achieved the perfect illusion of a fully shaven head. However due to the scalp micropigmentation treatment being affected by the sun light over time, you will find you'll have to come for touch ups every 3-4 years to maintain that fresh new look.

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Scalp Micropigmentation Aftercare


Because scalp micropigmentation is minimally invasive, there is very little keeping you from returning to your normal routine after treatment. However, there are a few guidelines that are recommended to ensure that the scalp heals properly and retains the pigmentation it has received.

For four days after each treatment:
  • Avoid showering and touching the head
  • Do not shave the head or apply moisturiser
  • As much as possible, avoid excess sweating
  • We will be glad to see you anytime at our salon.
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For three weeks after each treatment:
  • Do not swim in chlorinated pools
  • Do not use saunas or steam rooms
  • Avoid exposing the scalp to sunlight or extreme heat

Once these periods have passed, there is nothing stopping you from living life the way you’re used to. Only this time, you can enjoy a fuller head of hair too.

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