Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) has quickly become one of the most popular hair loss solutions out there and it’s easy to see why. It’s compatible with men and women, it delivers super-realistic results, and it’s designed to be a permanent solution to a variety of hair loss problems like thinning hair, receding hairline, and even alopecia.
But one of the main questions regarding scalp micropigmentation is how the treatment works with different hair colours. Does the colour of your hair matter when getting scalp micropigmentation? In this article, we’ll be discussing how SMP artists blend the pigments and match it perfectly with your hair colour.
What kind of ink is used in scalp micropigmentation?
Scalp micropigmentation treatment uses a different type of ink called pigments. Unlike a conventional tattoo ink that’s made out of composite sources, SMP pigments are carbon-based, meaning the ink is organic and doesn’t separate into blue and green hues over time. Also, SMP pigments are able to retain their hue and saturation better when compared to tattoo ink which helps contribute to the longevity of the treatment itself.
The heavy metals in scalp micropigmentation ink are fairly low and each drop of ink is strategically deposited to create that natural look. Because the pigments are deposited into the epidermis, (the outermost layer of the skin), tattoo ink is not used for SMP treatments due to it being susceptible to fading under the sun’s rays.
How do SMP artists match the pigments to the client’s hair colour
Each client has unique needs and it’s the SMP artist’s job to ensure that the treatment matches their hair colour perfectly. To achieve this, the artist dilutes a black, carbon-based pigment by using distilled water. Water is slowly added to the pigment and is blended until the right colour and tone is achieved. SMP artists can control the shade of the pigment by using more or less water when diluting the pigment.
For example, if the client has lighter hair, the artist will add more water to achieve a lighter tone. Conversely, less water will be added to a client with dark hair. Sometimes the artist doesn’t even add water at all if the client has fully black hair. This practice requires a ton of experience which is why we recommend going to a reputable SMP practitioner to get the right colour for your hair.
What if the client has light skin and a blonde hair colour? Will scalp micropigmentation still work?
Absolutely. Regardless of your skin tone, scalp micropigmentation will work for you. For clients with a blonde hair colour, the SMP artist will only need a few drops of distilled water to create a blonde hue. The amount of water added needs to be precise, which is why SMP artists use a syringe to measure the amount of water needed to create the right shade. The artist will also factor in your skin tone during the pigment-diluting process to ensure a flawless look that looks undetectable to the naked eye.
Can I change the colour of my scalp micropigmentation treatment?
Yes you can. The beauty about scalp micropigmentation is that it’s highly customizable. From changing the way your hairline looks to changing the colour of the treatment itself, you can alter your SMP treatment according to your preferences. During a touchup, you can request for a lighter or darker shade and the SMP artist will do their best to mimic the hair colour of your choice. You can choose to have fuller, thicker hair or resemble a closely shaven buzz cut. It’s this customizability that makes scalp micropigmentation an appealing solution for people suffering from hair loss problems.