What is scalp micropigmentation?

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a procedure that uses tiny, layered dots of a special pigment to resemble a hair follicle on your scalp. The pigments are designed to either blend in with your existing hair to create the appearance of thicker hair, or if you’re completely bald they can give the appearance of a full scalp of hair or “buzzcut” that will blend seamlessly with any existing hair or blend with a razor shave scalp. Also known as a hair tattoo, hair micropigmentation replicates the look of a textured shadow on your head, allowing your hair to look fuller. This style of tattoo art that utilises many small dots is done to create depth and definition for a more natural-looking result.

At ScalpRevivalSMP, Jackson Cross is a qualified and experienced SMP technician. Our state-of-the-art equipment and techniques ensure that you receive the highest quality treatment available. We work with you to create a customised treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals, and we are committed to providing you with the best possible results.

Don’t let hair loss hold you back any longer. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about how SMP can help you look and feel your best. With SMP, you can enjoy a natural-looking, low-maintenance solution that will help you regain your confidence and feel great about your appearance.


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Micropigmentation vs. Microblading

Micropigmentation and microblading may sound similar, but they are two different practices. Microblading is primarily conducted on an individual’s eyebrows, whereas micropigmentation is focused on the scalp.

The two procedures also differ in the standard tools used. Microblading is typically done with a manual blade, but scalp micro pigmentation is performed using an electric tattoo device. This is because more tool power is needed to penetrate the skin on your scalp, which is thicker than your eyebrow skin. Practitioners trained in microblading cannot perform scalp micropigmentation unless they have been trained and certified. Not only are the tools and equipment different but the process is too.

What are the benefits of scalp micropigmentation?

Scalp micropigmentation is a non-surgical procedure that is less expensive than many other hair loss solutions and requires minimal downtime. Oftentimes, losing your hair is scary and causes huge emotional distress, regardless of your age, gender or background. While there are many options out there to address hair loss or thinning, such as over-the-counter medications and hair transplants, they have noticeable downsides such as high cost, inconsistent and often no results and long rest time. Unlike scalp micropigmentation, these solutions also won’t cause an immediate visual change in your hair’s appearance, making scalp micropigmentation a great option for both quick and effective results that are 100% guaranteed. To put it simply, the main benefits of scalp micropigmentation include:

  • Guaranteed results
  • Natural and undetectable
  • Safe
  • Less invasive procedure
  • Less pain
  • Lower cost than alternatives
  • No downtime is required for recovery

Another great benefit of scalp micropigmentation is that you can combine the procedure with compatible topical scalp treatments and oral medications. With this approach, you get the immediate short-term results you want while also addressing the potentially deeper causes of your hair loss. Scalp micropigmentation can also be the perfect pair for your existing hair transplant or the one you’re planning on getting in the near future. Scalp micropigmentation will give your hair transplant the density that they can sometimes lack, as well as cover any scarring that is caused from extracting follicles within the donor areas. 

Am I a good candidate for scalp micropigmentation?

The most common cause of hair loss is hereditary androgenetic alopecia, there are many reasons one may experience hair loss and qualify for scalp micropigmentationBoth men and women can be good candidates for scalp micropigmentation, as it’s a process that is useful for people who experience all forms of hair loss. The treatment can create the appearance of thicker hair in people who have:

  • Alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition that leads to hair loss
  • Chemotherapy-related hair loss
  • Male pattern baldness, receding hairline or baldness at the crown of the head
  • Hormonal conditions that lead to hair loss, including polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Female pattern baldness
  • Menopause-related hair loss
  • Thin hair or scalp show-through
  • Extra wide hair part
  • Scars or birthmarks on the scalp

If you have any of the following conditions, scalp micropigmentation may not be the right fit for you, or you should consult your practitioner about the best time for you to get the procedure.

  • Extreme Scalp acne
  • Extreme Psoriasis
  • Skin sensitivities
  • Prone to developing keloids

Do you have to shave your head for scalp micropigmentation?

No, you do not have to shave your head for scalp micropigmentation. Scalp micropigmentation is a procedure that works around any natural hair you may have. Whether you’re fully bald or are experiencing milder thinning, micropigmentation can work for you.

What is the process for scalp micropigmentation?


Before walking into your scalp micropigmentation appointment, you want to make sure your scalp is ready for the procedure. For the week leading up to the appointment, you should focus on making your scalp as smooth and healthy as possible.

In order to prepare, you can moisturise your scalp, gently exfoliate to remove any dead or dry skin, pause the use of topical hair products and avoid drinking alcohol the day before your appointment. Since alcohol is a blood thinner, it’s best to avoid it before this procedure.

Below are the steps taken before a standard scalp micropigmentation procedure begins:

  1. Wash your hair and scalp before your appointment.
  2. You and your practitioner will then take some time to discuss the exact result you would like to achieve and address any questions or concerns you may have.
  3. When you arrive, your practitioner marks the areas of the scalp that they’ll work on. If you’re bald, you may work with your practitioner to create a hairline based on your facial structure and head shape.
  4. The practitioner will then thoroughly clean the area that they’re about to work on. 
  5. You and your provider choose pigments that match your hair colour.


After all the above steps have been completed, your practitioner will begin the procedure. They will use a needle to deposit medical-grade pigment on the scalp, in the areas you discussed earlier. The dots vary in size, shape, shade and depth to provide a natural, hairlike appearance.

Depending on the specific treatment plan you created with your practitioner, the length of the session can vary. Based on the size of the area being worked on, each session on average can take anywhere from one to four hours. 

Most people need two to three treatments, spaced several weeks apart, before achieving their final desired look. Each treatment adds more pigment to create the look of thick hair, allowing you to yield both more noticeable and realistic results.


Since scalp micropigmentation is a cosmetic procedure with no surgery or anaesthesia, you can get back to your daily life immediately. 

There are very few side effects of scalp micropigmentation. You may experience scalp sensitivity or have some redness on your scalp that lasts several hours, but the discomfort is minimal. You can wear a hat or scarf to hide any visible redness if desired.

While any redness should subside within two days after the procedure, you can expect to experience some pigment shedding by day three. Pigment shedding is part of the natural healing process after scalp micropigmentation, a side effect that all patients experience.

Pigment shedding is the result of your scalp undergoing both healing and naturally exfoliating. While your scalp heals, the skin forms small scabs. As the scabs fall off, so does much of the initial pigment, leaving behind a dot on your scalp that’s smaller and lighter.

You can use a petrolatum-based moisturiser such as Vaseline twice a day to keep the area hydrated, prevent new scabs from developing and speed up the healing process.

What should I do to make sure my scalp micropigmentation heals properly? 

Micropigmentation on the scalp can be sensitive following your procedure. In order to minimise discomfort and ensure proper healing, follow the below short-term and long-term aftercare steps.

Short-term aftercare

In the weeks after your procedure and between sessions, follow the below tips to encourage quick healing.

  • Avoid washing your scalp for at least 3 days to allow the ink to settle in.
  • Avoid swimming, saunas, and steam rooms for 28 days after your final treatment.
  • Keep out of the sun for 7 days after treatment. When you resume sun exposure, use sunscreen for protection.
  • Avoid exfoliants or any abrasive factors for at least a month after your final treatment.
  • Avoid heavy exercise, extreme heat, or excessive sweating for five days after your final treatment.
  • Begin to gently cleanse and regularly moisturise the treated area after the fourth day of each session, as well as your final treatment.
  • Keep yourself hydrated. Drink plenty of water and use a water-based moisturiser after every shower and before going to bed.

Long-term aftercare

After the short-term aftercare, you will want to follow the below advice in the long term to maintain optimal results.

  • Stock up on a quality sunscreen that has an SPF of 30-50. This will help preserve the pigmentation of your hair tattoo, especially if you spend a lot of time in the sun.
  • Use an exfoliating cleanser at least two times a week to remove dead skin cells and keep the area clean. This routine will allow your results to keep looking sharp and fresh.
  • Avoid using products that have high amounts of alcohol in them. This can negatively affect the pigmentation on your scalp and potentially lead to faster fading.
  • Use a moisturising lotion two to three times per week to keep the scalp healthy and looking fresh.

Does scalp micropigmentation fade?

Yes, scalp micropigmentation will fade over time. How quickly it will fade depends on a variety of factors, including your skin type, genetics, lifestyle and sun exposure. While each dot won’t fade away completely, it can pale to an extremely light colour. When the pigment does lighten, you can quickly get minor touch-ups to return your scalp to its prime. Touch-ups can even bring your hairline to a new level, as a fresh layer of micropigmentation on the scalp can add more dimension to the existing dots!

How much does scalp micropigmentation cost?

The cost of scalp micropigmentation varies depending on your customised treatment. Scalp micropigmnentation typically costs between $900 and $4,000, the price ranging based on how much of your scalp needs to be covered. Scalp micropigmentation isn’t a one-size-fits-all procedure, and the pricing reflects that. You can confirm a more specific cost for your treatment by booking a consultation with your local clinic.

How long does scalp micropigmentation last? 

Scalp micropigmentation can last on average three to five years, and the treated area will fade over time due to natural skin exfoliation and lifestyle factors such as sun exposure.

The pigments used in scalp micropigmentation are permanent cosmetic pigments, so they resist fading for longer than a standard tattoo. If you have very dry skin, however, any extra flaking or natural exfoliation can likely cause fading to occur more quickly.

Does scalp micropigmentation look real?

Yes, scalp micropigmentation looks realistic due to its customisable nature.

The biggest benefit of scalp micropigmentation is that it is a custom treatment that caters towards your specific needs. The pigments used are selected intentionally to match and compliment the colour of your hair, with each session adding more dimension and depth.

How realistic your results look are directly related to the skill of your practitioner. An expert practitioner will ensure the dots look like natural hair follicles and blend in with your complexion, giving ultra-realistic results.

Does scalp micropigmentation hurt?

No, scalp micropigmentation doesn’t typically hurt.

Before the procedure, your scalp micropigmentation artist will apply a topical numbing agent to your scalp to minimise any discomfort. With this cream, you shouldn’t experience notable pain, however, the level of discomfort you experience will depend on your own tolerance and sensitivity of your scalp. 

Since the pigment used doesn’t penetrate the skin as deeply as a tattoo does, so those who have experienced the procedure note that a standard body tattoo causes much more discomfort than scalp micropigmentation.

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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