What Is SMP Hair?

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Hair loss takes an emotional toll, whether you're experiencing a receding hairline, thinning hair, bald spots, or pattern baldness. Thankfully, scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is an innovative cosmetic treatment that restores your hairline and your confidence.

Want to learn more about how SMP hair treatments work? Scalp Evolution has extensive experience offering SMP treatments to both men and women. Read on to learn everything you need to know about SMP hair.

What is Scalp Micropigmentation?

Scalp Micropigmentation (also known as hair tattoo) is a non-surgical treatment that uses micro-needles to deposit pigmentation into your scalp throughout the dermal layer. SMP creates the illusion of a close shaved head or a buzz-cut, fills receding hairline, and covers scar tissue with pigment deposits mimicking the appearance of hair follicles. SMP pigments are designed to match natural hair tones, ensuring a seamless and natural-looking result.

What Does SMP Treat?

SMP hair can be used to treat a wide variety of hair loss conditions. These include:

  • Receding Hairline: If you’re struggling with a receding hairline, SMP restores your look by filling in areas where hair has receded.
  • Thinning Hair: If you’re experiencing diffuse thinning or overall hair thinning, SMP can add density to the scalp to make your hair appear thicker and fuller.
  • Bald Spots: SMP can camouflage bald spots and patches on the scalp, making them significantly less noticeable.
  • Scar Coverage: Whether due to previous surgeries, injuries, or hair transplant procedures, SMP can effectively conceal scars on the scalp.
  • Pattern Baldness: Both male and female pattern hair loss can be addressed with SMP. Even in areas where hair loss is pronounced, the treatment can mimic a full head of short or buzzed hair.
  • Alopecia: SMP can be an excellent solution for individuals with alopecia, including alopecia areata, alopecia totalis, and alopecia universalis. The “hair tattoo” can restore the appearance of hair where it has been lost.

How Does SMP Hair Work?

Being completely non-surgical, SMP is like applying permanent makeup to your head. Your physician will use tiny needles to perforate your scalp and inject ink into your skin, creating the illusion of individual hair follicles. Unlike traditional tattooing, which penetrates deeper layers of the skin, SMP only targets the epidermal layer. Combined with pigment that’s meticulously matched to your natural hair color and skin tone, you get a highly natural-looking result. 

These treatments are typically applied over the course of multiple sessions, with the exact number of treatments depending on the physician and the extent of hair loss.

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First SMP Session

Initially, your physician will analyze your head and determine the ideal hairline based on your preferences. Consider this consultation a rough sketch that informs the basis for your new look.

Once a good hairline is mapped, your physician will apply light-colored pigmentation. This first application takes the longest as your baseline is created. After the session, your scalp will need to heal for approximately a week before the next session is conducted. During the healing process, you can expect the light pigmentation to fade slightly, but this is normal. We also recommend avoiding direct sunlight and showing during this time.

Second SMP Session

One week after your first session, you’ll return to the physician for a second SMP treatment. This treatment will focus on adding density to your scalp, with different shades of pigmentation being used. The colors are chosen according to your natural hair color to achieve a more natural look, and the use of multiple pigments allows for realistic depth. 

This session is generally shorter than the first, but the same healing recommendations apply post-treatment.

Additional SMP Session

The third session, as well as any additional sessions, will serve as an opportunity for final touch-ups. It typically occurs about a week after the second session and is the fastest treatment of the three. 

Why Get SMP Hair Treatment?

There are many reasons to consider pursuing scalp micropigmentation treatments. These reasons include:

  • Natural Appearance: By mimicking natural hair follicles, SMP creates a remarkably natural-looking result that resembles a buzz cut or shaved head.
  • Permanent Solution: As a tattoo-like pigment applied directly to the scalp, SMP is considered a permanent procedure. Once the treatment is complete, you can enjoy long-lasting results without daily maintenance or upkeep.
  • Versatility: SMP works for male or female pattern baldness, and can address many different types of hair loss.
  • Low Risk: Unlike hair transplants or other surgical interventions, SMP carries minimal risk of complications or side effects.
  • Confidence Boost: By restoring the appearance of a full head of hair, you’ll experience a renewed sense of self-assurance and empowerment.


Are You a Good Candidate for SMP?

If you’re considering this highly effective “scalp tattoo” in your future, but aren’t sure if you’ll be a good candidate, don’t fret. SMP treatments are highly effective and versatile, looking good on people with a variety of skin tones, hair types, and hair loss conditions. You’ll likely be a good candidate if you are:

  • At an age where your hair loss pattern has stabilized.

  • Are in good overall health.

  • Have realistic expectations about the results.

  • Are willing to follow post-treatment instructions diligently.

  • Don’t have any concerns about allergies or skin reactions.

Regardless of your current situation, it’s vital to consult with an SMP physician before you decide to go through with treatment. During a free consultation, they can assess your individual needs and goals, providing personalized recommendations based on your unique situation.

Scalp Evolution Helps Treat Your Hair Loss

If you want a bold look that eliminates the look of hair loss and restores your confidence, scalp micropigmentation is the perfect solution. Scalp Evolution offers long-lasting SMP treatments in Miami, Florida, and Manchester, UK.

Whether you struggle with thin hair or pattern baldness, this treatment is a highly effective and professional way to restore scalp coloration. We can work around anything from existing gray hairs to completely shaved hair.

So, if you want a new hairline that works for you, contact us at (305) 988-5338 to schedule a free consultation today!