Advantages and Disadvantages of scalp micropigmentation
If you are struggling with your hair loss and have tried vitamins and supplements, treatments and special shampoos, then you might be feeling all out of options. With hair transplants being a long, expensive and difficult process, it could feel as though your dream of having your hair back is out of reach.
However, you can get a realistic-looking head of hair back again thanks to scalp micropigmentation (SMP). But what are the advantages of this new way of recreating your hair? And what are the disadvantages of SMP? We dive a little deeper to find out. Read on to discover more.
1. Scalp Micropigmentation Looks real
Scalp micropigmentation is a process by which a small amount of black pigment is delivered to your shaven scalp with a needle. This is carried out all over your head to replace the look of balding hair with a well-groomed realistic look. Since SMP delivers the look of a sharp buzz cut, you always look ready for business, and it looks completely real. This is a relief since so many hair treatments can result in uneven or unconvincing results.
2. SMP Lasts a very long time without needing a top-up
SMP can be carried out across a few sessions to get the best results, but once you have finished your sessions, you do not need to go for a top-up for between four to six years. The ink does naturally fade, so you will eventually need to book another appointment, but the length between these times provides real freedom, as well as value for money.
3. SMP Works for practically every hairstyle
While you might think that SMP could be restrictive, it isn’t! It can work for nearly every hairstyle to give you the look you want. Whether you have short hair, long hair, grey hair, male pattern baldness or alopecia, SMP can work really well with all styles.
4. Scalp Micropigmentation is Safe
There is no danger or risk involved with SMP. The pigment is non-toxic and safe for use, and you should not feel any ill effects from having this treatment, nor should it be too unpleasant or painful to have carried out.
5. SMP is Cost-effective compared to the transplants
Hair transplants are another popular choice for those looking to get a full head of hair back again. And yet, as we mentioned previously, these transplants are prohibitively expensive for most people. When it comes to SMP, your financial outgoing is much smaller, and there is a lot more time before you need to top it up. It’s a win-win situation for your wallet and the look of your hair!
6. Scalp Micropigmentation Easy to maintain
There is no upkeep required when it comes to scalp micropigmentation. You do not need to invest in expensive products, or dye your hair, to achieve an ongoing great look. However, you will need to shave any parts of your hair that do grow naturally if this is spoiling the overall look you want to maintain. But that’s a small price to pay compared to other treatments available.
1. There are some bad SMP artists out there
You need to be very careful when it comes to selecting the artist who does your scalp micropigmentation. Even if you have a favourite tattoo artist, they will likely not be trained in this highly precise and detailed work. Make sure that you take your time finding the right SMP artist for you, and ask to see their work. They will usually work in a much more clinical setting and have a proven track record of impressive SMP work. If you don’t do this, you risk allowing a bad artist to alter your hair for a long time to come.
2. If you no longer want SMP, removing it can be a pain
SMP is essentially a tattoo, and we all know how hard tattoos are to remove. When it comes to SMP, the process is similar and painful. If you aren’t sure about SMP being right for you, then it is best to wait until you are sure, because removing it can be a big headache.
3. It’s more difficult to change up your look
Similarly, while it is great that scalp micropigmentation is made to last, this can make changing up your look a challenge. If you are someone who loves to alter your hair, SMP is quite restrictive, due to its semi-permanent nature, so keep that in mind before jumping into it.
4. You will need to shave
As SMP does not actually implant any new hairs, but rather creates a realistic buzzed look, the hair you have that grows through will need shaving. We know we mentioned this before, but it bears repeating; a head of SMP hair will not be completely free from a little maintenance work.
So, there you have it! As you can see, there are some disadvantages to choosing scalp micropigmentation, but the advantages outweigh them quite a bit. However, you should always think carefully and consult with a professional before seriously considering SMP as the right choice for you.
Done correctly, and by an expert, SMP could be the solution to your hair loss to give you the confidence you need!