Scalp micropigmentation procedure (SMP) is a non-intrusive hair treatment ideal for clients struggling with hair thinning, receding hairline, or baldness. The procedure focuses on re-creating hair follicles using a ‘Wanda’ to give a natural hair look, boosting confidence and happiness. However, bad scalp micropigmentation can make a client frustrated, feel more insecure, and disappointed with the results.
Common Scalp Micropigmentation Regrets and How to Avoid Them
Scalp micropigmentation regrets primarily stem from three causes:
- Poorly performed procedure
- Imperfect hairline shape
- Unrealistic expectations
#1. Poorly Performed Procedure (Not Done 100% Right)
While micropigmentation may look like a simple procedure, it’s not. The treatment involves implanting tiny dots of pigments into the scalp using microneedles, which is quite complex.
SMP’s success depends on various factors, and each can lead to scalp micropigmentation regrets if not considered. These factors include:
Initially, artists used tattoo ink to perform SMP procedures. Some practitioners are still using inks, but most have opted for pigments.
Tattoo inks are designed for body art, and their formulation ensures the color remains vivid and bright for a long time. Tattoo inks also usually have components that turn blue over time, something clients don’t want.
Every client wants to have their SMP results look real and natural. Therefore, colors must blend into the skin rather than stand out. Pigments also fade over time, meaning clients won’t get SMP results forever.
Numerous scalp micropigmentation regrets are due to the procedure performed with tattoo inks and not pigments. Unlike inks, SMP pigments look more natural and fade uniformly and consistently over a few years.
How to Avoid
Clients must ensure the SMP artist uses pigments – not tattoo inks. They should feel free to ask because they have the right to know what is about to go into their skin.
SMP usually doesn’t provide a lot of diversity in terms of pigment color. All new hair follicles appear ashy-greyish, no matter the client’s color, but it’s still imperative to get the dye right.
Dark shades of gray work best with dark-haired clients as both colors blend flawlessly. In contrast, relatively lighter pigments can be ideal for light-haired clients.
While that’s pretty straightforward, there’s also the concern about the color warmth/coolness scale. Since the pigment gets implanted into the scalp, it should match the client’s skin tone and undertone.
Skin layers surrounding the pigment will influence the appearance of the color. As such, the pigment color must be adjusted with this in mind, or else it will look unreal.
How To Avoid This
Clients should look for an experienced practitioner with the right SMP expertise. The artists should also examine their skin tone and undertone for excellent blending.
Depth of Micropigmentation
The SMP pigment should be implanted at the correct depth, about 1.5-2mm deep underneath the epidermis, for more realistic dots. If the implementation is shallower, the SMP results will fade faster. Deep implantation will result in the dots spreading on the scalp and may become blurred. They may also turn grayish-blue. An excellent scalp micropigmentation results will last 4-6 years before fading.
How To Avoid This Regret
Most clients with scalp micropigmentation regret often get treated by inexperienced and untrained practitioners. Clients need to work with licensed, experienced, and certified artists. They should take time to research the practitioner and ask for credentials before hiring them.
#2. Wrong Hairline Shape
Getting the hairline’s shape right is crucial for clients with very little or those who want to revive a disappearing hairline. A correct hairline shape helps give realistic and satisfactory SMP results.
If poorly done, clients end up with scalp micropigmentation regrets. Apart from the client’s desires, the hairline outline must be done based on:
- Shape of the head
- Forehead’s width
- Position of the ears, etc.
Scalp micropigmentation involves a series of procedures and not one. It takes thorough measuring and mapping to get the right hairline shape, and not all SMP practitioners are equally skilled in doing this. The hairline shape created in the first session is most likely modifiable. The problem comes in when the artist goes too far from the initially created hairline, and this can be not easy to reverse.
How To Avoid This Regret
Clients must insist on thorough consultation and participate in creating the hairline outline before the procedure begins. In some cases, clients will find it challenging to visualize what the final hairline will look like. Therefore, they should spend time analyzing the outline after the pre-draw. Clients should also request their SSMP artists to modify the hairline outline until they’re delighted with it.
#3. Unrealistic Expectations
Clients must be aware of what scalp micropigmentation procedures can and can’t do before treatment. SMP can help fix the appearance of hair loss by providing the appearance of hair follicles that are about to emerge.
SMP treatment also gives the impression of a buzz cut but not the actual hair strands. Clients who go for the treatment with expectations of getting their hair back often set themselves up for disappointment.
How To Avoid This Regret
Clients should get educated about SMP and how exactly the treatment works. They should also understand what the results will look like and have realistic expectations.
Avoid Scalp Micropigmentation Regrets by Working with an Experienced Artist
Unsuccessful micropigmentation can be devastating as it ruins one’s appearance and lowers self-confidence. Clients looking for satisfactory SMP results should work with a highly experienced, certified, and knowledgeable SMP practitioner. Such artists can also help fix poorly done scalp micropigmentation.