What is scalp micro pigmentation?

Scalp micro pigmentation is a hair follicle replication procedure. Similar to a tattoo, micro-needles are used to deposit ink pigments into your scalp resembling tiny hair follicles. Those pigments create the illusion of a denser head of hair. Scalp micro pigmentation is an excellent solution for anyone who wants long-term results without the hassle of daily maintenance.

Who is a good candidate for scalp micropigmentation?

Scalp micropigmentation is ideal for individuals with:

  • A receding hairline
  • Areas where hair is thinning
  • Partial or total baldness
  • Various forms of cancer
  • Alopecia
  • Scarring

What is the process of scalp micropigmentation?

To begin the process, schedule a consultation with your selected SMP practitioner. During the consultation, the SMP practioner meets with you to explain the process, understand your expectations, review hairline options and styles that will work best for you, answer questions, and provide post-care guidance. You should feel confident after your consultation that all your questions were answered and that you received all the info you need to ensure that the process is safe and successful. Then, the SMP procedure is scheduled.

You’ll have approximately two to four sessions of treatment before you’re finished. Each session lasts around two to four hours. You’ll go back for a new session every couple of weeks until your desired results are achieved. Maintenance may be needed, but not for many years.

General Procedural Guidelines

There are some basic guidelines to follow before and after each round of scalp micropigmentation treatment.


Shower before your appointment. After each treatment, avoid getting your scalp wet for several days.

Between Treatments

Avoid swimming, steam rooms, saunas, and hot showers. Excessive time spent exposed to water or steam may delay the progress.

Wear a hat right after your treatment if you’re going to be outside a lot. Protect your scalp from the sun. The less exposure you have to the sun, the longer your results will last.

Moisturize your scalp every day.


You’ll need to continue to protect your scalp for a full month after your final treatment. This means no swimming, steam rooms, saunas, or hot showers.

In addition to avoiding the heat, you’ll need to use SPF 30-50 sunscreen on your scalp. While this is imperative for the first month after your treatment, it’s highly recommended to continue using SPF on your scalp. Doing so will protect your head from the sun, and prevent the scalp micropigmentation from prematurely fading.

Sweat is another risk factor when having scalp micropigmentation. For the first five days after your final treatment, it’s best to avoid heavy exercise.
Begin moisturizing the treated area four days after your final treatment.

How much does scalp micropigmentation cost?

Scalp micro pigmentation treatments aren’t the least expensive hair loss solution, but the lasting, long-term results justify the price. The exact cost will be determined by your SMP practitioner at your consultation. But treatments generally range in price from $1000 to $5,000.

How long does scalp micropigmentation last?

If you properly care for your scalp, your scalp micropigmentation treatment should last for years. However, the color does fade over time since the scalp naturally exfoliates itself. That exfoliation slowly strips the pigmentation away.

Five O’Clock Ink

So, are you ready to take control of your life and try scalp micro pigmentation? You’ll be among the thousands of people who have had this procedure done. Your hair will look fuller, and your self-confidence will increase. You’re ready to get started but not sure where to start? Here’s our advice:

Find an SMP Practitioner who…

  • Is SMP certified
  • Is certified in bloodborne pathogens
  • Has a health permit through their local county
  • Has a clean, sterilized environment
  • Has a sink
  • Has needles that are in a sealed package- You should see the practitioner remove the needles from the package right before they begin using them.
  • Has proper protective equipment- This includes gloves, masks, barrier tape, and guards on the treatment tools.

Here at Five O’Clock Ink, all of our practitioners consistently meet these criteria. We take the safety of our clients very seriously; it’s our number one priority. An SMP practitioner who doesn’t meet each of these criteria poses a risk to you.  Do your homework before deciding on your SMP practitioner.

Ready to schedule a FREE consultation for your scalp micro pigmentation treatment? Start the process by scheduling your free consultation with Five O’Clock Ink today. We’ll be happy to get you started and answer any questions you might have along the way.

Scalp micro pigmentation can be a life-changing experience for individuals with thinning hair, bald spots, alopecia, scarring, and more. So, what are you waiting for? Contact Five O’Clock Ink today!