So you’ve undergone scalp micro pigmentation (SMP) and you noticed that the pigments are starting to shed after a few days. Your scalp starts to feel a bit itchy and tiny scabs are falling on the floor. Many people become increasingly worried when they experience this phenomenon thinking that it may affect the outcome of their SMP treatment. While pigment shedding may seem alarming at first, it’s actually pretty common and is a good sign that your scalp is healing the right way.
It helps to better understand the healing process so you can adjust your expectations and be fully confident with your rejuvenated hairline. In this article, we’ll be discussing why pigment shedding occurs to help ease your worries and clear things up.
Why pigment shedding is completely normal
The shedding of pigments is a completely normal process and is part of the recovery period. Because the tattoo needles penetrate the scalp, it creates microscopic wounds that, once healed, creates tiny scabs on the surface. These scabs eventually fall off and reveal the pigments that are underneath it. Think of pigment shedding as a way for your scalp to exfoliate the dead skin cells and uncover fresh new ones that make your SMP treatment look denser and fuller.
As the scabs form, you may find that your scalp itches from time to time. While it may feel a bit tempting to scratch it, you want to resist the urge to avoid redness, swelling, and even infections. If you must, gently use your fingertips and rub the itchy area to minimise scalp irritation.
Does pigment shedding lighten your SMP treatment?
Many people are concerned about how pigment shedding can fade their hair tattoo. The good news is that it doesn’t affect your SMP treatment in any way, provided that you follow proper aftercare instructions as per your technician. It may look faded at first, but this is mainly due to the scabs concealing the actual pigments on your scalp.
Keep in mind that scalp micropigmentation is a multi-stage process and the healing portion is crucial to the final outcome of the procedure. Once the pigment shedding is complete, you’ll find that your hair tattoo is visibly vibrant and realistic-looking.
How you take care of your SMP treatment during the first few weeks will make a huge impact on the end result. In general, your technician will provide you with a detailed aftercare instruction so make sure to adhere to those as best you can. In addition to that, there are a couple of short-term care tips you can use to ensure your hair tattoo stays clean and sharp. Here are some examples:
- Don’t wash your scalp for at least 3 days after the procedure. This allows the pigments to settle in and promote the natural healing of the wounds.
- Refrain from participating in activities that lead to excessive sweating. Sweat can make the pigments appear blotchy, especially when they aren’t given enough time to settle in.
- Clean your scalp on the fourth day using a mild shampoo followed with a water-based moisturiser to keep it hydrated. Also, make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your scalp healthy and supple.
- Limit sun exposure as much as possible. The sun’s UV rays are harmful to the pigments and make your hair tattoo fade prematurely. Wear a hat or use a sunscreen with at least an SPF content of 30-50 before heading out.
Once your scalp has fully healed, it’s time to turn your attention to long-term scalp care. One of the major benefits to scalp micropigmentation is that it’s relatively low-maintenance. But that doesn’t mean you should neglect your treatment and leave it as is. Establishing a simple aftercare routine can go a long way towards extending the lifespan of your treatment and lower the risk of premature fading. Here’s how to do it.
- Invest in an exfoliating cleanser to remove dead skin cells on your scalp. This keeps your hair tattoo looking clean and sharp.
- Avoid using hair care products with alcohol in it. Alcohol can affect the pigments in your scalp and cause it to fade much faster than normal.
- Use a moisturiser twice a day to prevent dry scalp and improve the appearance of your hair tattoo. We recommend using water-based moisturisers as these have no ill-effects on SMP pigments compared to oil-based ones.
- Shave your head twice a week to maintain the look of your SMP treatment. This applies only to individuals who wish to maintain a clean, buzz-cut appearance.
All that’s left now is to rock your newfound hairline with greater confidence than before. Do note that scalp micropigmentation will require a light touch-up every few years to maintain its appearance as the pigments do fade over time. Consult with your technician to find out when is the best time for a touch-up session.
If you’re experiencing pigment shedding, don’t worry. It’s completely normal and won’t do any harm to your SMP treatment at all. As long as you exercise strict aftercare procedures while your scalp heals, you shouldn’t have any problems along the way. By following these tips, you’ll be able to make the most out of your hair tattoo and enjoy a newfound hairline for years to come.