Scalp Micropigmentation

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The Treatment

Scalp micropigmentation is a cutting-edge non surgical hair loss treatment to help you enhance your look easily and naturally – ‘the natural solution for crown balding and a receding hairline’.

Fast Questions and Answers

  • A solution for baldness and receding hairlines, ‘scalp micropigmentation’ is essentially the process of having your scalp tattooed with tiny dots that resemble the appearance of stubble, giving you the appearance of a short, ‘buzz-cut’ hairstyle. It’s touted as an ‘immediate solution to hair loss’ and there’s no invasive surgery, no scarring and no down time.

  • A natural hairline is the most crucial aspect of the treatment.  Renée is an experienced practitioner and her approach is to restore and improve.  A suitable hairline will be agreed with you before your treatment.  This will be based on your previous hairline and face shape. The hairline should be appropriate for your age so this will also be considered.

  • The length of your hair loss treatment will depend on the size of the area that needs to be treated and the desired result.  A tailored treatment plan will be made for you. You will need 2-3 sessions to reach the desired result and sessions usually last around 1-3 hours.  It is a process of building up layers in order to gain a natural and even finish and to blend with your existing hair.

  • It hurts less than having a regular tattoo, and certainly a lot less than a hair transplant. Scalp micropigmentation doesn’t penetrate the skin as deeply as normal tattooing.  Most clients feel very little discomfort or none at all.

  • Scalp micropigmentation is semi-permanent but should be considered permanent as it lasts a very long time.  We offer a temporary option.  This means it should last between 1 and 3 years.  We also offer a more permanent option which lasts up to 5 years.

    Long term maintenance is required for both options.

    Please visit the FAQ page for more information.

The Process

Customer Before & After Images

True likeness pictures ~ A selection of Renée’s recent smp work. Click on the images to enlarge.

A Typical SMP Process

Hair loss can affect you both emotionally and physically.  By discovering Micropigmentation we hope that we can inspire you to have the hair you deserve.

Hair loss doesn’t only affect older men, it can affect younger men too and can even start as early as one’s teens.  Every case is different but hair loss can be particularly hard for younger men to handle and often results in making hasty decisions out of desperation.

While SMP is a fantastic solution it can be a daunting experience as it involves changing your appearance.  We provide help and support throughout the whole journey which includes adapting to the transition post treatment.

After an SMP treatment it is important to keep the rest of the hair as low as possible in order that the SMP looks realistic.  It will look darker around the edges if the natural hair is left too long.  Most people find this easy to maintain as in most cases they are already keeping their very low prior to their SMP.  It is important to understand that hair should be kept low before commiting to an SMP treatment.

Sometimes it may be difficult to adjust to a new routine.  While some men are happy to shave every day others prefer to know how many days they can maintain good results before having to shave so they can take the lowest maintenance approach.   For most people it’s between 2-4 days and this varies from person to person according to the density and thickness of one’s hair.

In Melvin’s case it took a little more time than usual to adjust after his SMP treatment.  He developed some problems after his return for his follow up a year later.  Here is his story.

It normally takes on average 3 sessions to build up enough layers to finish the treatment but in this case it took 4.  This is not unusual as Melvin had really dark and thick hair around the edges so the extra session was necessary in order for the SMP to blend with his own hair.

In order to maintain results a follow up session is usually required within 6-9 months.  Melvin came back at 12 months and in his case the sides were so dark it would take a further 4 sessions to blend with the rest of his hair again.  It is not unusual for results to fade alot after 12 months as it is a soft procedure and considering several factors including your maintenance and environment.

After the 4th session I was reluctant to add any more as I felt that anything more would become too heavy and look questionable but although I had added several layers, the hair around the edges was still much darker.  This was strange so I decided to take a step back and investigate.

Upon closer assessment I noticed it was not the lack of SMP that was causing it to look dark around the edges.  Nor was it that his hair was too dark or too dense in those areas.  I noticed that his skin was slightly darker in some areas than others but was not inflamed or red.  It was subtle but it was spreading around the back of his neck and was not the healthy skin I was used to. So rather than adding more I decided to take a different approach.

scalp micropigmentation for receding hairline
scalp micropigmentation for receding hairline
scalp micropigmentation for crown balding
scalp micropigmentation for crown balding

Naturally Melvin wanted me to add more SMP in order to camouflage the darker areas which would have been a quick fix, however I felt this would be wrong.  If I added more SMP and his skin later lightened again in those patchy areas, then this would result in a dark patch.  This would make the whole treatment look overdone and questionable and again not match the rest of his hair.

In the summer months sun damage can occur and it is important not to have SMP on freshly tanned skin. It is better to hold off and delay the treatment for at least 6 weeks after tanning as the skin tone can change as the tan wears off.  However in Melvin’s case because the dark skin was around the sides only and patchy, it was not sun damage as that would occur everywhere, unless of course he was wearing a hat, which he did not.

Initially I thought it may be an allergy, irritation or a skin condition so I recommended Melvin to seek medical advice from his GP and perhaps a referral to a Dermatologist before proceeding. Even if just to rule out any medical condition and to be on the safe side.  The outcome was good as there was no allergy or medical condition but neither the Dermatologist nor the GP could give Melvin any answer or solution as to why his skin was changing and the problem seemed to be getting worse.

So I continued with some further investigating of my own as I knew Melvin’s skin was healthy before so I knew that something had changed.  I asked Melvin if there was anything different he had been doing since the irritation had started and to walk me through his routine in detail step by step.  I knew that he was using a razor and had recommended a machine before but he didn’t want to use a machine and that’s ok as some men prefer a wet shave.  Melvin said he tried several types of machine, was not satisfied and prefered the results of a razor. He felt that he couldn’t find a machine that cut the hair low enough.

Melvin was using a razor for a whole year already but since I used to perform wet shaves I was particularly interested in the details.  Not all skin reacts well to a razor, especially if shaving in the wrong direction.  Melvin worked with me together with close communication and we tried a few things.

The outcome was as follows.  Melvin needed to shave every 2 days for the perfect result so what he did differently was to shave every 2 days rather than 3 as he previously did.  What we found to be the issue was that when he shaved at 2 days, it was causing irritation.  However when shaving at 3 days then there was no irritation and skin was happy but his hair was too long.

I recommended that Melvin stop using the razor and after a few weeks the patches were totally gone, the skin was healthy again and his SMP was perfectly even without the need to have any further work done.  I recommended a more professional barber level clipper which he had not tried before and he found the hair did get low enough and he was much happier with the result.

Melvin returned for his follow up session in 2019 a year later, he had a single top up session with no issues and I will see him again soon.  We have discussed transitioning to a more permanent SMP option and perhaps a slightly softer hairline.


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