Frequently asked questions

What if i'm not bald?

Contrary to popular belief, SMP is not just for men who have lost all their hair – it can be even done to add density to Women who have thinning hair, Men with receding hairlines, people with scars, and Alopecia sufferers. Sometimes, men will opt for SMP alongside a hair transplant for even denser and thicker looking hair. The shaved head is globally considered acceptable in both social and business situations and is arguably considered the most popular hairstyle.

Do you have to shave your head to have SMP?

Not necessarily, SMP can also be used to disguise thinning areas and by having some hair growth on your scalp already, We can fill in uneven patches to make the scalp hair look more dense and thick.

How long does the procedure take?

2-4 treatments. The first session will require deposition of lighter pigments, the second will use darker pigments to add density and build a natural hairline. The last session will be focused on completing a natural and highly detailed overall appearance.

How do you choose the right hairline for you?

Everyone naturally has different shaped hairlines, which is why it can be difficult choosing a SMP hairline to suit you. Clients can opt for a well-defined hairline to give a strong overall look, a soft hairline which gives a natural and subtle look or recreate their original hairline based from old photographs. We can help you decide and tailor the final result to your individual requirements.

Will anyone notice my SMP?

Many clients choose not to disclose that they have had an SMP procedure to friends and family, usually for personal reasons and to build confidence. The end result is so natural looking it is unlikely anyone would question it. We carefully select pigments that match the shade of your natural hair and create hairlines which can flawlessly blend in with your face.

How much does it cost?

Price's from £400 - £1700. Send in pictures or come in for a consultation for an instant quote.

Can I pay in instalments?

Yes, its possible to pay the total fee in smaller chunks as you proceed through the sessions.

Aftercare Guidelines

Day 1-6
You should try to avoid any physical effort which might make you sweat. Don’t wash your head or get water on it.
Don't touch your scalp for the first few hours.
If your head is itchy, gently pat it.
No saunas, swimming pools, sun exposure, sweating (the dots are very easy to sweat out/fade during the healing process) If you don’t follow the aftercare instructions it may cost you more money for further treatments! Take care and you’ll get good results.

Day 6-7
You can consider shaving your head at this point. Use an electric foil shaver or hair clipper as these are less likely to disturb your pigments. However, keep them away from scabs that are still present on your head and don’t try to peel them away.
Now is also a good time to get some water on your head. A light shower will do the trick, but avoid shampoo.
Now start to moisturise the full treatment area 1-2 times a day to prepare the skin for the follow up session. We recommend Headlube Matte Moisturiser by Headblade (buy online), Bulldog Original is also good, availble in most supermarkets. If you can't manage that pure coconut oil (one ingredient) will do for now. Avoid products with chemicals/alcohol, these can fade the ink. Tattooing on flaky skin isn’t ideal and can affect the final results, so make sure you have your skin in the best possible condition. Now you can perform activities from which you sweat lightly, such as lifting weights at a low pace but avoid tough cardio sessions.

Day 7 onwards
At this point, you can resume your showering sessions and get back to your usual schedule. There won’t be any issues with the water or with the shampoo when you wash your scalp.
This is the time when you might consider using a razor blade to shave your head. However, avoid using it if there are still healing scabs on the skin.
If you’re itching to get back to the gym, you can now get back to your usual routine and sweat as much as you’d like.

Day 30 onwards (after all sessions are complete)
Fake tan, saunas and swimming pools are fine from here on.
If you live in a warm, sunny climate, take adequate precautions. Such as a hat quality non-greasy sunscreen.
Moisturize daily
After 30 days you can resume all your usual activities.

For those who don't want to go for the razor shave look we recommend the corded Andis T Outliner hair clippers for the closest trim (0.2mm), or Renpho clippers (£25-£30 on Amazon) also 0.2mm

Isn't it the same as a normal tattoo?

No, Scalp Micropigmentation is a highly specialised procedure which requires proper training to carry out. We use tiny needles to replicate the hair follicles on your head. Subtlety is absolutely key! We also use Ink specifically made for the scalp, to match the exact shade of your existing hair. Using standard tattoo ink, needles, and inproper technique can leave you with that undesirable blue look you see a lot online. You won't have any bleeding during or after the treatments. Only a little redness on the treatment area, which usually goes away within a few hours.

How real will it look?

Our clients tell us that even close up in the mirror, they themselves can't tell where the real hair ends and the pigmentation begins!

How long will it last?

A one session top up is recommended 4-7 years after your last treatment, for £200-£300. This will enhance the colour again, which can slightly fade over time, due to sun exposure.

Is there a guarantee?

Yes, there is a 1 year guarantee incase you experience any issues. Please note, any style or colour changes are chargable at an hourly rate.

What Is SMP?

Scalp Micropigmentation is a non-invasive treatment that uses micro-needles to deposit pigment into the scalp. The result creates the appearance of tiny hair follicles that help thicken and restore the look of fuller hair. When administered by a trained specialist, the Scalp Micropigmentation treatment can restore receded hairlines, thicken remaining hair, camouflage transplant scarring, and create the look of close-cropped hair. Scalp Micropigmentation is also effective for those suffering from minor hair thinning or recession. By accurately replicating your own natural hair follicles and hair color, scalp micropigmentation can help strengthen and add density to thinning areas, creating an undetectable illusion of thicker, stronger hair. Scalp micropigmentation requires little to no continued maintenance and carries no strict lifestyle or daily restrictions. It replicates the look of a buzz cut, fresh out of the barbershop. Our clients spend half the time getting ready! Scalp Micro Scotland allows you to fully customize your treatment, with input on hairline design, style preferences, and final goals. Scalp Micropigmentation is sometimes referenced to as a Hair Tattoo, Head Tattoo, Scalp Tattoo, Micropigmentation, Scalp Pigmentation, and SMP. Suitable for: - Women with thinning hair - Scars/Hair transplant scars - Alopecia - Thinning or bald Men

Can you have the treatment if you have gray hair?

Yes, those with gray hair can still benefit from the scalp micropigmentation procedure. First, most clients are recommended to cut their hair to a short buzzed length. When this is done, gray hair does not appear as gray because the hair root itself is darker. Hair only shows gray as it gets longer. Second, we use a gray-scale pigment that can be adjusted in shade to blend with lighter hair tones. We simply create a lighter dilution for blending into the existing gray hairs.

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