1. Definition:

  • Head Tattoo: A general term for any tattoo applied to the scalp.
  • Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP): Scalp Micropigmentation is a specialized cosmetic tattooing technique designed to mimic the appearance of hair follicles on the scalp.

2. Equipment:

  • Head Tattoo: Typically involves standard tattooing equipment, including a tattoo machine with needles.
  • Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP): Utilizes specialized microneedles and pigments designed specifically for the scalp, ensuring a natural appearance.

3. Ink Used:

  • Head Tattoo: Uses a variety of tattoo inks, which may not always replicate the natural look of hair.
  • Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP): Employs pigment shades tailored to match natural hair colours, creating a realistic and seamless result.

4. Appearance:

  • Head Tattoo: The appearance can vary widely, from intricate designs to simple patterns or text.
  • Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP): Aims to replicate the look of a closely shaved head or a full head of hair, depending on the client’s preference.

5. Expertise Required:

  • Head Tattoo: Requires a skilled tattoo artist proficient in traditional tattooing techniques.
  • Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP): Demands specialized training in scalp micropigmentation techniques to create a realistic hair follicle simulation.

6. Results:

  • Head Tattoo: Results can be diverse and may fade or blur over time.
  • Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP): Delivers long-lasting and permanent results that maintain their vibrancy with proper care.

7. Healing Process:

  • Head Tattoo: Follows the standard tattoo healing process, with potential scabbing and peeling.
  • Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP): Involves a quicker and less invasive healing process, with minimal scabbing.

8. Suitability:

  • Head Tattoo: Suited for various artistic expressions, including symbols, portraits, or decorative elements.
  • Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP): Specifically tailored for individuals seeking a natural-looking solution for hair loss, baldness, or thinning hair.

9. Who Can Perform It:

  • Head Tattoo: Any skilled tattoo artist with expertise in traditional tattooing.
  • Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP): Ideally performed by trained SMP specialists with a deep understanding of scalp anatomy and hairline aesthetics.

10. Maintenance:

  • Head Tattoo: Head Tattoo: May require touch-ups over time to maintain clarity and vibrancy.
  • Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP): Generally requires minimal maintenance, and occasional touch-ups can be performed as needed.

In summary, while head tattoos offer a broad spectrum of artistic possibilities, Scalp Micropigmentation is a highly specialised technique designed explicitly for replicating the appearance of hair on the scalp, providing a natural and enduring solution for those dealing with hair loss. Choosing between them depends on individual preferences and the desired outcome.


So what are the top SMP hairlines for 2022.

Getting a realistic-looking head of hair can be achieved without gtting a hair transplant thanks to scalp micropigmentation (SMP). But the realistic appearance can depend on the style of the scalp micropigmentation and the quality of work performed by the SMP artist.

1. The Top Scalp Microppigmentation hairstyle for 2022: THE FADED HAIRLINE

scalp micropigmentation before and after faded hairline

In the number 1 spot, it's got to be the faded hairline with that real soft edge that just fades out, you don't know where the SMP starts and stops. In with that is the receded hairline. It's the same, it's faded in the front but it just recedes back slightly, so I'm putting them together. The Faded Hairline was created to give clients a softer look at the front edge of their SMP hairline.

2. Our Second Favourite Scalp Microppigmentation hairstyle of 2022: FAUX SCAR HAIRLINE

In position number 2 is the faux scar,  we like to drop a little faux scar in there. It isn't a real scar. It gives you a little story to talk about after you have had your  SMP treatment, "How did you get that scar, mate?” The Faux Scar is a great way to add authenticity to your SMP procedure. These ‘scars’ can be added through the front edge or set back behind, the possibilities are endless.

3. Our Third Favourite Scalp Microppigmentation hairstyle of 2022: THE DEFINED HAIRLINE

In the third and final spot we have the defined hairline. The Shape up, the edge up, whatever you want to call it, probably from back in my barber days.  I'm quite attracted to this style as well. There you go, Top Three SMP hairstyles just for you. The Defined Hairline was created to replace what was traditionally known as an ‘Edge-Up’. We created a look that achieves the Edge-Up style but looks and ages better because of the techniques we use with shading and needle sizes to avoid over saturation on the front edge.