Choosing SMP Treatment

We lose our hair for many different reasons. It’s normal for our body to grow and shed hair continually; anywhere between 50 to 100 hairs daily. Yet hair thinning, balding hair and receding hairlines are just a few of the symptoms of hair loss you may experience. While losing your hair can feel like a big issue, there are many hair loss treatments available. They can prevent and slow down hair loss or even grow hair back, naturally or via cosmetic treatments. 

Scalp micro pigmentation (SMP) or hair tattooing, is a form of non-invasive hair loss treatment that creates the look of shaven hair by using micro-needles with special pigmentation inserted into the scalp to represent a hair follicle. Hair loss can happen to anyone at any stage of their life. Hair loss treatments, such as scalp micro pigmentation, are not only an effective solution to hair loss but also to growing your confidence and changing how you look and feel.


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What causes hair loss?

Whether it’s hair thinning or balding hair, there are various reasons that could be the cause of your hair loss. While some people lose hair gradually over time, others wake up noticing a bald spot overnight. More than 80% of men and 50% of women will suffer from pattern hair loss during their lifetime. The most common causes of hair loss include:

  • Hereditary hair loss
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Medication/Cancer treatments
  • Hair care
  • Stress

Hereditary Hair Loss 

Hereditary hair loss, or androgenic alopecia, is the most common cause of pattern hair loss worldwide. Both men and women can inherit genes that cause hereditary hair loss. These genes cause your hair follicles to shrink and eventually stop growing hair. The condition is caused by a combination of genetic and hormonal factors, which lead to a gradual shrinking of hair follicles and a shorter hair growth cycle. This eventually results in thinner, shorter, and weaker hair that falls out more easily.

The first sign for women is generally noticing a widening part, while for men it’s heeding a receding hairline. In men, hereditary hair loss typically begins with a receding hairline and thinning at the crown, eventually leading to baldness. In women, the hair loss is more diffuse and is typically characterized by a widening part or a reduction in overall hair volume. There is no cure for hereditary hair loss, but there are treatments that can help slow down the progression of the condition and improve the appearance of the hair.

Hormonal Imbalance 

There are many different reasons people may have hormonal imbalances. It can affect both men and women and these imbalances can cause thinning hair and pattern hair lossPolycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal imbalance in women. A cyst grows on the ovaries and among other signs and symptoms, hair loss is one of them. Hormones are constantly changing through pregnancy and childbirth and women may experience postpartum hair loss. People with thyroid disease, affecting the balance of hormones, may notice thinning hair as a symptom. There are certain vitamins and minerals that aid in the hair growth cycle. Deficiencies in these vitamins can cause hair loss when not working at an optimal level. Simply being stressed can also alter hormones. You may notice thinning hair and hair loss after particularly stressful events. 

Medication and Cancer Treatment

Hair loss is a possible side effect of some medications. Some blood-thinning medications, oral contraception, antidepressants and anti-inflammatories can cause drug-induced hair loss. Hair will generally grow back once the medication has stopped. However, consulting medical advice is crucial before stopping any medication. Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy result in a partial or full head of hair loss. Cancer treatments harm the cells that help hair grow, generally occurring within weeks of starting treatment. Once completing cancer treatments, patients find the hair gradually starts to regrow. 

There are medications available that can help reduce hair loss during cancer treatment. One example is scalp cooling, which involves wearing a special cap that cools the scalp to reduce the amount of chemotherapy that reaches the hair follicles. This can help preserve hair and reduce the severity of hair loss. In addition, topical medications, such as minoxidil, can be applied directly to the scalp to stimulate hair growth. These medications are generally most effective for mild to moderate hair loss patients.

Hair Care

Simply the way you style your hair could be a result of your hair loss. Extreme hair cair can be damaging to the strength of the hair. It can result in irreversible hair loss if the hair follicle is destroyed. High-heat styling products used repeatedly can weaken your hair. While pulling and styling hair too tightly pulls on the scalp and weakens hair follicles. Even the type of hair brush can affect hair strength. Damaged-induced hair loss can also be from chemicals involved in colouring and perming hair. As well as the harsh chemicals in some shampoos and conditioners. Over time, hair issues can be a consequence of the damage and stress put on the hair to create the perfect and desirable hairstyle. 

  1. Tight hairstyles: Wearing hairstyles that pull on the hair, such as braids, cornrows, or ponytails, can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia. This is particularly common in people with naturally fine or delicate hair.
  2. Heat styling: Regular use of hot styling tools such as flat irons, curling irons, and blow dryers can damage the hair and lead to breakage and hair loss.
  3. Chemical treatments: Chemical treatments such as hair coloring, bleaching, and perming can damage the hair and cause it to break and fall out.
  4. Overwashing: Washing your hair too frequently or using harsh shampoos can strip the hair of its natural oils, leading to dryness, breakage, and hair loss.
  5. Poor nutrition: A diet that is lacking in essential nutrients such as protein, iron, and vitamins can contribute to hair loss.

How to Stop Hair Loss

Considering there are so many factors as to when and how you may lose your hair, it is important to look at ways to prevent hair loss. Improving your overall hair health can reduce hair issuesIt’s unlikely for you to be able to stop hair loss naturally, especially if it’s caused by genetics. However, if the hair loss is from childbirth, cancer treatments or autoimmune conditions (such as alopecia areata) then it usually grows back on its own with time. Looking at your hair hygiene is an easy way to create healthier hair habits and prevent breakage. This can be achieved by: 

  • Reducing the use of heated hair styling tools. There are more heat-less hair styling tools becoming available. They are good alternatives to styling hair without heat damage.
  • Avoid hairstyles that pull on your scalp. Too-tight hairstyles can loosen the bond between hair and scalp, and this damage can be irreversible.
  • Avoid excessive colouring and dying of hair. Over time the hair structure changes with the use of bleach and chemical treatments, making it more prone to breakage.
  • Using suitable shampoo and conditioners. Find a suitable hair care routine for your hair type and avoid shampoos with sulphates as they can strip the natural oils from the scalp and hair.

If you’re experiencing hair loss, speaking to your doctor can help identify what the underlying cause may be. A blood test may be required to see if any supplements would be beneficial, or suggest changes in diet. There are certain medications that can be prescribed that have been proven to help with hair loss. Dermatologists are another healthcare provider who can help manage hair loss. They specialise in conditions that affect hair, skin and nails and will gather information to determine what the cause is and appropriate treatment. 

Treatments for Hair Loss

Hair loss treatments aim to help prevent hair loss and even help re-grow your hair. Some lifestyle and dietary changes can help reduce thinning hair and overall hair health. There are many hair loss treatments available and speaking to your doctor or dermatologist will help decipher what would be most beneficial for your circumstances. Some common hair loss treatments include: 

  • Prescription Medication
  • Hormone replacement therapy 
  • Hair transplants  
  • Wigs and hairpieces
  • Scalp micropigmentation

Prescription Medication

There are topical and oral prescription medications that help with hair loss and thinning hair. Finasteride is a prescription for hereditary hair loss in men, whereas Spironolactone would be prescribed for women with pattern hair lossFinasteride is a long-term oral hair loss treatment that helps stimulate new hair growth and slow down hair loss. It usually takes 4 months to notice changes and must be taken continuously to see continual results. Spironolactone is available in oral form and promotes increased hair thickness and stops further hair loss for women. 

Minoxidil can be prescribed for both men and women who suffer from hereditary hair loss. It comes in both an oral and topical form and stimulates hair growth and slows balding. Upon stopping the medication you may find any new hair will not continue to grow. These are generally long-term treatments that require a few months for you to start noticing a difference. But can often come with some unwanted side effects.

Hormone Replacement Therapy 

When hormones increase or decrease this can cause physical changes and various symptoms. For women going through menopause or experiencing sudden changes in hair, hormone replacement therapy can be an effective hair loss treatment. Key ingredients in hormone replacement therapy are estrogen and progesterone, which are also the same hormones associated with hair growth. Increasing these hormones helps reduce hair loss. Hormone replacement therapy is not intended to be a long-term treatment and usually, treatment stops once the phase of menopause has passed. 

Hair Transplant

Hair transplants are a hair loss treatment if you suffer from thinning hair. Both men and women can be eligible for the treatment. Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure that removes healthy hairs on the head to the balding or thinning areas of the scalp. Some people may require a few sessions to complete the hair transplant, depending on the area being covered. Changes in hair thickness and quantity will begin to show between 6 months to a year and have noticeable results. 

Wigs and Hairpieces

While medication and surgical treatments may not always be an option, there are other methods to still feel confident when dealing with hair loss. Wigs, hairpieces and wraps are simple and sometimes affordable alternatives. 

Scalp Micropigmentation

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is an increasingly growing (no pun intended) option for hair loss treatment. A non-surgical alternative, it can help combat a number of hair issues and creates the illusion of fuller hair and is suitable for almost anybody suffering from hair loss. SMP is also referred to as hair tattooing. An electric machine is used to deposit small dots of pigment onto your scalp. These micro tattoos give the appearance of a real shaven head and achieve a natural-looking dense head of hair in both males and females. Both men and women may opt for SMP as a hair loss treatment as it can also help disguise scars and other blemishes on your scalp. It is a very versatile technique and pigmentation can be adjusted to your skin tone and hair colour, to achieve a natural look with guaranteed results.

SMP is a lasting treatment, generally between 4-6 years before it begins to fade. It can help people who suffer from hair loss from: 

  • Cancer treatments that cause thinning hair or balding spots
  • Those experiencing hair loss due to health conditions, such as alopecia
  • Male pattern hair loss and those who want to create the illusion of thicker-looking hair on the scalp
  • People wishing to camouflage scars or fill in missing hair  
  • General hair loss and hair thinning in both males and females

A few sessions of scalp micropigmentation are required to achieve this dense and full-looking pigmentation over the scalp. Generally between 2-3 sessions, but has a lasting impact. Unlike some other hair loss treatments it requires little down time or maintenance. SMP does not stimulate hair growth. Instead the ink is inserted in the scalp in the same direction that the hair grows to replicate a true hair-like follicle that looks completely natural. This treatment is increasing in popularity and becoming the preferred hair loss treatment method for its many benefits such as: 

  • It’s safe and secure, minimally invasive and does not involve breaking the skin. The procedure is quick and most experience little discomfort. 
  • Creates a natural looking hairline and even texture of the scalp can be achieved. 
  • It’s a reliable hair loss solution and can be used after other hair loss treatments. 
  • The results are guaranteed and require very little maintenance. 

You’ll see immediate results from scalp micropigmentation and all in all is a safe and effective form of hair loss treatment. Whether you are achieving the buzz cut image or filling in balding spots, the end result looks very convincing. 

Find the Hair Loss Treatment for You

With hair issues, prevention is better than cure. Preventing hair loss and finding the right hair loss treatment for you is critical to avoid irreversible damage. Small steps can be taken each day to ensure good hair health and maintain a healthy head of hair and scalp. While it’s natural to experience changes in your hair during your lifetime, severe hair loss and thinning hair can be stressful. There are countless reasons as to why your part is widening, your hair is thinning or you’re starting to bald but there are hair loss treatments that can help you. Identifying the underlying cause of your hair loss is the first step. Speaking to a doctor or dermatologist can help you get to the root of the cause. Then it’s about finding the best treatment for your situation. Scalp micropigmentation helps with many hair issues and could be the lasting, natural-looking hair loss treatment for you. Our hair is a part of our identity and it’s natural to want to feel confident and comfortable. The sooner you address the symptoms of your hair issues, the sooner you can regain your confidence. 

About your SMP Technician

Jackson Cross - Owner / Award winning SMP technician / Master trainer

A wealth of knowledge and a passion for both barbering and tattooing Jackson has all the skills and capabilities to deliver award winning Scalp Micropigmentation results. Years of industry experience combined with Determination to strive for nothing short of excellence and perfection is the perfect recipe for his success within the SMP industry!


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