History of Scalp Micropigmentation

Scalp Mone’sigmentation as we know it is a marvel of modern cosmetology. For years upon years, when one’s hair was less than what they wanted it to be, there weren’t many options for how to fix it. Wigs, hairpieces, and very fashionable hats seemed to be the only alternative to going straight to shaving it all off. With the advent of SMP, people rejoiced at finally having an option to keep their hair looking as youthful as they feel. However, it didn’t get its start as glamorous as we have it today. To trace the development of this procedure, we need to look back thousands of years to the inception of body art.

Tattoos and The First Sub dermal Art

The first recorded instance of humans having tattoos dates back to around 3100 BCE – with a specimen known as Ötzi the Iceman. He was a prehistoric man found in the Alps in September 1991, and his story fascinated the world. Ötzi was noted to have over 61 tattoos across his entire body, with the majority of said inscriptions marked along his legs. We know very little about the purpose or meaning behind these tattoos, if any. However, we do know that they used very rudimentary needling procedures injecting fireplace soot-based ink under his skin. What resulted was a tattoo that, while crude, decorated his body for millennia to come.

His was not an uncommon story, either. Throughout the years prior and then to come, tattoos have been utilized for several purposes. Tattoos were used for marking thieves and criminals (like in ancient China) or as a core part of the social culture (like in Oceania). Tattoos have had a very mixed history with a lot of different stigmas, both positive and negative. Still, it wasn’t until late into the current era that tattoos were prominently a fashion choice.

The Evolution of Body Art

Across all cultures in Europe, body art has gained a number of different reputations and social connotations. By the Celtic people, for example, they were a decoration depicting symbology and intricate artistry that they celebrated. In other places, though, it had taken on the same disrepute of being reserved for the lowest of the population – thugs, brutes, and thieves alike. However, the trade had found its time to shine time and time again. Whether it’s the affluent wishing to have intricate and artsy designs spanning their body, or the ordinary folks wanting to mimic the ruggedness and valor of the Vikings. The art form became associated with a number of cultures after that, like the British sailors that would decorate themselves as a rite of initiation. 

By around 1850, there was a breakthrough in creating the rotary tattoo machine as well as the electric double coil model. The latter was so large and cumbersome that it had to be suspended from the ceiling and manipulated upon a large spring. The technology became more and more accessible to the public, and the drive to become inked up rose just as dramatically. Around now is when we see public figures as John O’Reilly or Emma de Burgh – people immortalized in history for their dense, intricate tattoos that spanned their entire bodies. As tools evolved and creative minds got to imagining something greater, we finally enter the era of cosmetic makeup.

The Era of Permanent Makeup 

By the 1920s, women had sought after a new, creative use for permanently inked skin – makeup that lasted for years and years at a time. A man by the name of Sutherland MacDonald is credited with performing the first permanent makeup procedures on the more daring of his clientele. The procedures he produced were simple by our standards but revolutionary for the time, with such products as lip liner, eyebrow shaping, or blush on the cheeks. It was an expensive procedure, no doubt, but the equally prohibitive cost of makeup was a significant deciding factor there.

Traditional tattoos had taken on an unsavory stigma yet again at that point in history, but the idea that tattoos could be as innocuous as makeup was attractive. Doctors and medical figures protested against these practices, concerning the permanence of such a procedure. As they claimed, only skin grafts would be enough to erase the damage to their fair skin. 

The ball had already started rolling, though, and permanent makeup continued to be a quiet, refined cousin to traditional tattoos. As ink adorning someone’s arm or chest ebbed and flowed in popularity in the years to come, permanent makeup remained popular.

Scalp Micropigmentation

Today, there is a bit of controversy over who is the true founder of Scalp Micropigmentation. However, it’s clear that the practice had taken root in the early parts of the ’00s, and has since drummed up a storm of popularity. Absurdly small needles, specially blended and crafted inks, and ultimate patience all coming together to create stunning results.

It was finally an alternative to the age-old dilemma of people worrying about thinning hair. Before, people had to resort to methods like hair-restoration medication, hair/follicle transplants, various oils or nutrients, or the classic comb-over hairstyle. The practice of scalp micropigmentation joins the likes of permanent makeup and traditional tattoos in the leagues of permanent body art that will live on for centuries to come.

Thinning Eyebrows? Microblading by SMP Ink Can Save the Day!

How are your eyebrows? Too thick? Too thin? Just right? Although eyebrows come in many different shapes and sizes, many people like to fill them in to get the look they want. Although you may not want the full-on Brooke Shields bushy brows, or the almost pencil-thin look of Marlene Dietrich or Drew Barrymore, perhaps something in between like Angelina Jolie or the iconic Marilyn Monroe? 

Eyebrows change as you get older. Women’s eyebrows seem to thin out and men’s just get thicker and thicker! Throughout the years eyebrow trends change too. In the early 1900s, eyebrows were thin and curved down on the ends. Into the 40’s they started to curve upwards on the ends. By the ’50s, the trend leaned more toward thicker eyebrows that lasted throughout the ’80s. Into the 1990s, however, eyebrows started to thin out again. Right now the coolest brow is more of a natural, happy, arched medium. 

What is the Big Deal About Eyebrows, Anyway?

Eyebrows seem like a small, almost insignificant feature until you don’t have any. Then, you start from scratch and check out all kinds of eyebrows to see which ones fit your face and style. Some are nearly invisible, some drawn on, some look like fuzzy little caterpillars and some even look like they are going to take flight! Which to choose? Luckily there are websites to check out what you would look like with different brow sizes and shapes. 

But, what if your eyebrows are sparse or non-existent as a side effect of a medicine, medical condition or unfortunate shaving accident? Or maybe you just were born with thin hair and your eyebrows are nothing to write home about? What are your choices? Well, you draw them on, fill them in, and go. 

Do you Wish you had a Makeup Artist just for your Eyebrows?

It’s quick and easy, right? Outlining and filling in your eyebrows? Oh, it’s not easy? It takes a long time and even then you can’t get them just right? On some days you can’t even get them to match: one goes straight the other one is perfectly arched? One is thick and one is thin? Well, just remember, they are sisters, not twins! 

Don’t you just wish that friend, the one with the perfectly arched, perfectly matching, perfectly perfect eyebrows could come over and add makeup to your eyebrows every morning? Me too. I don’t know about you, but my friend with the perfect brows lives in another state, so that’s out. What else is there? It drives me crazy when I forget or don’t have enough time to “put on my eyebrows.” I worry I may sweat them off in the summer or rub them off in allergy season. Oh, and to get a color that matches my hair? Forget it! Plus, trying to make them look like natural hair rather than look like they were drawn on with a Sharpie? No way! Do I have any other choice? 

What is Microblading?

What else is there? Apart from eyebrow stencils or your own personal makeup artist, there is one thing you can do. It’s called microblading. It’s easy, and it’s semi-permanent, so you can just wake up every morning with perfectly perfect eyebrows! They match the ink to your hair color and use a special blade to make tiny lines that resemble the hair in your brows. Does it hurt? They numb the skin, then afterward, it feels like you just had your eyebrows waxed or plucked. Hmmm… to be the girl with the perfectly perfect eyebrows and not have to worry about them washing off after a swim? Where do I sign up? Go to SMP Ink in Las Vegas, you will come out feeling like a million dollars! 

Confessions of a Bald Celebrity

Bald Celebrities are a thing these days. They have actually been a thing for a few decades now. The King and I, way back in 1951, thrust Yul Brenner to stardom and paved the way for the bald is a sexy look. With male pattern baldness he was just an actor, but once he shaved his head he became a legend. Not only did he win two Tony awards and an Academy Award, but he played the role 4,625 times! Telly Savalas, Ed Asner, Ben Kingsley, Michael Jordan all rocked the bald look through the years. In most recent years, however, the bald look is not only in, it’s hot!

Come on, tell me Dwayne Johnson, Michael Keaton, and Patrick Stewart aren’t sexy?! A lot of people just look better bald. Check out this website for photos of people before and after going bald and see what you think!  Billy Zane, Jason Statham, and Vin Diesel all started losing their hair young and just embraced it and they have been in such blockbusters as Titanic and The Fast and the Furious franchise. In fact, Vin Diesel has been bald for so long, you’d be hard-pressed to find a photo or a film of him with hair!

Difficult Decisions

Andre Agassi, with his big, long, blonde hairstyle of the 1990s admitted that it was a wig and that he had been bald since his 20’s. He saw his hair literally going down the drain and couldn’t imagine being without it. The night before the French Open in 1990 he stood under the shower and felt his wig fall apart. His brother helped him pin it down with 20 clips. He asked his brother ”Do you think it will hold?” His brother answered, “Just don’t move so much.” 

It was his wife, Brooke Shields, who suggested he shave his head. At first, he wouldn’t even consider it, but after a few days of contemplation, he slowly realized it would be best. After his 11 minute haircut, he said, “A stranger stood before me in the mirror and smiled.”

The Sexiest Man of the Century

Bond, James Bond. Sean Connery, the original, and some say the best, Bond went bald at a young age. In fact, he wore a wig in every single James Bond movie! This was the choice of the directors, though, because he was totally comfortable with his lack of hair. He was voted Sexiest Man Alive in 1989 for People Magazine. It was his confidence and charm that earned him that title, not his hair, or lack thereof. He then earned the title of Sexiest Man of the Century at age 69, over Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise! 

Germaphobe

Comedian Howie Mandel, a germaphobe, was not losing his hair, he just decided that being clean shaven felt better. Soon after he began sporting the bald look, his career had a resurgence with Deal or No Deal and America’s Got Talent.

Samuel L. Jackson

“I kept ending up on those ‘bald is beautiful’ lists,” says Samuel L. Jackson. He wasn’t comfortable with losing his hair at first, because everyone back then had long hair or big afros. But, when facing a comb-over or going bald, he chose to go bald. He has made 125 feature films so far, including Pulp Fiction and The Avengers so a few people must like his lack of locks.

Bruce Willis

Another bad dude from Pulp Fiction fame has been on screen from an early age. From Moonlighting with a hairline beginning to recede to The Sixth Sense with a very receding hairline, Bruce Willis embraced every stage of his hair. He finally shaved his head for his role in Pulp Fiction. He has said, “I’m a man and I will kick anyone’s butt who tries to tell me I’m not a man because my hair is thinning…” Now he has no hair at all and still rocks every role he plays.

Patrick Stewart 

Patrick Stewart, of Star Trek fame, lost his hair when he was 19 years old. He was a young actor with a comb-over and one afternoon his friends invited him over for a nice lunch. When lunch was over, his friends got up, he assumed to make coffee. His friend, a Judo Master, grabbed him from behind, and his friend’s wife brandished a pair of scissors. He knew what was coming. He fought it, hard, but she cut it all off. His friend told him, “Now you be yourself, no more hiding.” After that, he stood taller, more confident, and embraced the new him. 

Once a reporter asked Gene Roddenberry (writer/producer of Star Trek) that it didn’t make sense to have a bald actor (Patrick Stewart) for this part, (Picard) surely by the 24th century they will have found a cure for male pattern baldness? Mr. Roddenberry responded, “No! By the 24th century, no one will care.”

SMP Ink

Are you ready to top the ‘bald is beautiful’ list? Or do you feel better with hair? If you’re not ready yet for the fully bald look, try SMP Ink. We excel in Scalp Micropigmentation, no drugs with strange side-effects, no surgeries, no wigs, no more hats. Just you, handsome you, confident and bold, showing the world what you’ve got.

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