Shedding of Pigments After Your Scalp Micropigmentation Treatment

One of the main concerns patients have with scalp micropigmentation is the shedding of pigment dots. This usually occurs within a few days after your first session (where a lot is happening to your scalp.) Most people go into panic mode thinking that their procedure has gone haywire, but that’s not exactly the case. Your scalp is undergoing tons of changes after the ink has been introduced and pigment shedding is certainly part of the whole process.

This phenomenon is a common source of anxiety for many scalp micropigmentation patients. Understanding the healing process will go a long way towards reducing your worries about your new hair loss treatment. Keep in mind that scalp micropigmentation is a 2-3 session process and you will experience pigment shedding at some point during each session. Let’s clear everything up so you can be more confident with your newfound hairline.

Is pigment shedding normal?

Yes. Pigment shedding is absolutely normal. All patients experience pigment shedding and one should expect it to occur after having scalp micropigmentation treatment. What’s actually happening is that your scalp is undergoing two processes – healing and exfoliation. While your scalp heals, the skin forms tiny scabs as a result of the tattoo needles penetrating the skin. These scabs appear much larger than the stubbles themselves which can seem alarming to patients thinking that their hair will appear unnatural.

As the scabs fall off, a significant amount of pigment comes with them, leaving behind a dot on your scalp that’s smaller and lighter. The natural exfoliation of your scalp helps facilitate this process until all of the scabs fall off.

Will the hair tattoo lighten as a result of scabbing?

It’s only natural to think that your hair tattoo is fading because of the scabs. But in reality, all that’s happening is the scabs are creating a lightening effect on your scalp after falling off. Most patients end up getting disappointed because of the dramatic change of how their new hairline looks. However, there’s no need to worry. Scalp micropigmentation is a multi-stage process and the pigment will look denser and thicker once you complete 2-3 sessions.

A skilled technician will be able to provide the results you’re looking for and give you a full head of hair that looks exactly the way you want it.

Patience is important

Part of a successful scalp micropigmentation treatment is having patience throughout the entire process. Your initial session is where the technician will map out your hairline and fill out the thinning areas with a light shade. The succeeding sessions are where they’ll add more thickness and density by using a darker shade. In between these processes, you are bound to experience pigment shedding at some point. Exercise patience as you go through this stage and you’ll eventually achieve a renewed hairline.

How to prevent your scalp micropigmentation treatment from fading

After treatment, your scalp needs time to heal. This is when the scabs will form and under no circumstances should you scratch, prick, or touch your scalp to remove them. Doing so will lead to more pigment shedding and cause your hair tattoo to look uneven and blotchy. Practicing proper maintenance will go a long way towards ensuring your new hairline looks good as ever. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Short-term care

  • Avoid washing your scalp for at least 3 days to allow the ink to settle in.
  • Sweating should be kept to an absolute minimum. This means reducing your exposure to the sun and hot environments as much as possible.
  • On the fourth day, use a mild shampoo to clean the scalp and start moisturising afterwards.
  • Keep yourself hydrated. Drink plenty of water and use a water-based moisturiser after every shower and before going to bed.
  • Sunbathing, exfoliating, and other abrasive factors should be avoided for at least a month.

Once you’re past the initial stage of recovery, it’s time to establish a healthy scalp care routine to minimise the risk of fading. It can be easy to neglect your scalp after it has fully healed, but doing so will only lead to more touch-up sessions in the future and it can cost quite the money. Here is how to care for your scalp micropigmentation treatment in the long-term:

Long-term care

  • Invest in a quality sunscreen that has an SPF of 30-50. This will help preserve the pigmentation of your hair tattoo, especially if you’re constantly exposed to the sun’s rays.
  • Use an exfoliating cleanser at least twice a week to remove dead skin cells and allow your hair tattoo to look sharp and clean.
  • Avoid using products that contain high amounts of alcohol as this can negatively affect the pigmentation of your new hairline.

How a patient cares for his/her scalp will determine how long the treatment will last. Occasionally, your technician will recommend light-touch ups to keep the shade from getting lighter. Pigment shedding is absolutely normal and there is nothing to fear about your hair tattoo going haywire. Everyone goes through this process and it requires patience on your end before you achieve the desired look.

The most important thing is to practice a healthy scalp care routine both in the short-term and the long-term to help preserve the pigments as much as possible. Keep these tips in mind to maximise the look of your scalp micropigmentation treatment.