How Sun Exposure Affects Scalp Micropigmentation
We all know that prolonged sun exposure can be harmful to your skin. That’s why dermatologists recommend using sunscreen as a form of protection whenever you’re under the sun. Many cosmetics companies continuously expand their use of SPF in their products to better protect consumers from harmful UV rays. If you’ve recently undergone scalp micropigmentation, it’s important to protect your new hairline from the sun so it doesn’t fade. Today we’ll be discussing how the sun’s rays can affect your scalp micropigmentation and what you can do to protect it from fading.
Why you should avoid direct sun exposure on your scalp
Directly exposing your scalp to the sun’s rays can accelerate the fading of your treatment, which is why it’s crucial to invest in an SPF-containing product to preserve your new hairline. Ultraviolet rays can cause your scalp tattoo to fade much like it does on car paint or leather fabrics. Ideally, you want to use a sunscreen that has an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30-50 which blocks 97-98% of UV-B rays.
Wearing suitable clothing can also provide the necessary protection your scalp needs from the sun. Wearing a hat shades your scalp, but you don’t want the material to be too thin or else the sun’s rays will penetrate from the hat. Aside from using sunscreen and clothing, you should also moisturise your scalp so that your skin remains healthy. Dried out skin will cause your hairline to look blotchy and uneven so make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your skin’s elasticity.
Water-based skincare products are great for your scalp. These types of moisturisers are formulated with aloe water and hyaluronic acid that provides long-lasting hydration.
When to use sunscreen and moisturiser
Most people don’t want to use sunscreen every day and it’s totally understandable. Sun protection creams are oily and can create a shiny effect on the scalp (which looks totally embarrassing). If you’re not frequently exposed under the sun, then you can make do with a hat that’s thick enough to shield your scalp from the sun’s rays. But if you’re going to be exposed under the sun for long periods, that’s the perfect time for you to use sunscreen. Your practitioner will advise you on the best sunscreen for your scalp micropigmentation treatment so make sure to ask them first before buying.
As for using moisturiser, you’ll want to use it after each shower. Soap is great for removing dirt and germs, but it can also strip the natural oils secreted by your skin. It’s also a good idea to apply water-based moisturisers from time to time whenever your scalp gets exposed under the sun. Lastly, you should moisturise your scalp before going to bed. Waking up with a dried out scalp can speed up the fading of your hair tattoo so don’t forget to moisturise before turning the lights off.
What happens if you don’t protect your scalp?
Quite simply, your scalp micropigmentation treatment will fade faster and require more touch-ups to keep it thick and vibrant. This can add up to your costs significantly over time, which is why it’s smart to invest in clothing, sunscreen, and moisturisers that protect your scalp from the sun and keep it nice and healthy. In general, a scalp micropigmentation treatment will last for about four to six years before it exhibits any form of fading.
Your practitioner will determine how frequent your touch-up sessions will be based on the shade and overall look of your hair tattoo. This also provides a good opportunity to update your look. After all, hair trends change every so often and you can always refresh your scalp micropigmentation treatment so you can rock an up-to-date hairstyle.
How a patient cares for his hair tattoo will go a long way towards preventing it from fading. The most important thing is to keep your scalp hydrated and shield it from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Scrubbing your scalp is not recommended as this can accelerate the fading of your tattoo as well.
Other aftercare tips for your scalp micropigmentation treatment
Aside from moisturisation and limiting sun exposure, there are other aftercare tips that’ll allow you to get the most out of your new hair tattoo. These are:
- Avoiding contact with salt/chlorine water for 7 days after your treatment.
- Avoid excessive sweating for the first two weeks. Saunas and steam baths should be avoided as well.
- Do not use alcohol-containing products on your scalp as these can negatively affect the pigments of your hair tattoo.
- Use a cooling scalp spray to minimise skin irritation and redness after your treatment.
By following all of these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy a renewed hairline that will last for years. Prevent your hair tattoo from fading and discolouration with proper aftercare treatment.