If you experience pattern baldness, thinning hair, alopecia, or scalp scars, Scalp Micro Pigmentation. SMP is a non-surgical, non-invasive, life-changing hair loss solution. Using a state-of-the-art tattoo-like device with detailed micro-needles a trained SMP artist gently deposits natural pigments into the scalp. The treatment gives the appearance of a close shave or a buzz cut. For men and women suffering from balding or thinning hair SMP can drastically improve your self-esteem and boost your confidence. But the treatment is only as good as the artist who administers it. Here are our tips on how to select the right one.
How do I Choose the Best SMP Artist?
This is a loaded question and the answer depends on several factors. Your first consideration should be to identify the artist who has the most relevant experience for the type of hair loss you’re experiencing. We recommend that you opt for an SMP artist who has perfected the exact treatment you need. Once you’ve identified SMP artists who are proficient in working with your particular needs, inquire about their years of experience. Also inquire about where they trained.
SMP Treatment Process
After an artist has been identified it’s time to find out about their process. How may sessions will you require? What is the anticipated length each treatment session? How long between sessions must you wait? Typically, clients require two to three sessions depending on the amount of hair loss and desired density of pigmentation. A professional, experienced, SMP artist should be able to easily answer these questions.
Pigments and SMP Equipment
The most coveted scalp micro pigmentation artists only use the the finest scalp micro pigmentation pigments. Unlike traditional tattoo ink, micro pigmentation pigments soften in tone overtime but will never change color. Inquire about which pigment the artist uses; confirm that it’s the highest quality and consists of natural ingredients.
Hairline and Style – How to Choose
The SMP technician you select should have the artistic experience and vision to restore your hairline and add density. It’s important to voice any concerns and ask questions during your sessions so that adjustments can be implemented for perfect results. The best scalp artists will create a sharp, defined, and realistic hairline. The hairline should compliment the shape of your head and your facial structure.
How Long Does it Take to See Results?
Results can be seen almost instantly after your first session. Clients with a light complexion or sensitive skin may experience redness after treatment. The initial color of the pigment will appear darker at first culminating in your ideal color after your scalp heals.
Are There Reasons to Avoid SMP?
Most SMP candidates are thrilled with their results. However, there are a few reasons that SMP may not be right for you.
- SMP is a permanent treatment. Undoing the results requires using a laser removal process, which can be costly and painful.
- Fading is expected after three to six years and touch ups will be required. However, the sun’s UV rays expedites the rate of fading. So if you like to tan, you may need touch ups more frequently.
- Since the procedure (for men) replicates a buzz cut, it’s important to keep hair short and well groomed. If you desire longer hair, SMP may not be your best option.
Cost of SMP Treatment
Pricing can run the gamut from $1,000 to more than $5,000, depending on the client’s hair loss. Reputable SMP artists schedule free consultations for new clients in order to provide a personalized plan with an accurate price. It’s also worth asking if financing or payment plans are an option.
Choosing the right SMP artist to administer your life-changing treatment is paramount. The best scalp artists have worked with a diverse clientele. They showcase a robust portfolio with before/after pictures, videos, and testimonials. A reputable SMP artist should be eager to connect you with past clients. Consider it a huge red flag if this is not the case.
If you still have unanswered questions or if you’re ready to change your life, contact the experts at Five O’Clock Ink. Based in Frederick, Maryland, just outside Washington DC, our SMP artists are professional, reliable, reputable, and expertly trained in the art of scalp micro pigmentation.