Pre and Post Scalp Micropigmentation Care Tips

Both men and women struggle with pattern baldness. Thankfully, there are many options for those struggling with hair loss. These options range from home remedies to medications to surgeries. However, there’s another option that has been gaining popularity recently. That option is scalp micropigmentation or SMP. SMP is a scalp tattoo. This option allows people to look like they have a full head of hair without undergoing any surgical procedures. This procedure is non-invasive and has a much faster recovery time than a hair transplant surgery. There are also fewer complications involved. However, hair tattooing is still a procedure, and like any procedure, there must be some preparation and aftercare involved. Continue reading to find out the preparation and aftercare tips to see if SMP is right for you.

SMP Preparation

Two Days Before

As with most procedures, it is recommended that you abstain from alcohol for at least 48 hours before the procedure. Since alcohol is a blood thinner, it’ll make you bleed more. Avoid certain medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, since these medications can prevent blood clotting, causing you to bleed. Certain drinks, such as tea, coffee, and energy drinks, should also be avoided since they are also blood thinners.

The Night Before

Be sure to get a good night’s sleep to prepare for the operation. You should also make sure that you are well hydrated at least a day before the procedure so that your scalp accepts the ink better. Remove dead skin cells by exfoliating your scalp the day before the operation.

The Day Of

Have a well-balanced breakfast on the day of your operation. It’s also recommended to wash your head since you won’t be able to take a shower for a little while after the operation. Refrain from exercising or adding any oily, waxy products to your scalp. Excess oil can prevent the pigment from retaining.

SMP Post-Procedure Tips

Remember that your scalp will be sensitive for a few days after the procedure. Although scalp micropigmentation is non-invasive, there are still some aftercare measures you need to take.

Immediate Aftercare

Make sure your head isn’t exposed to water. Avoid activities such as swimming, showering, and exercising. Avoid activities that may cause you to sweat, such as hiking, sauna, and others. Three days after the procedure, you can wash your head without soap or shampoo. You can use a mild soap or shampoo after one week. 

It’s perfectly natural for your scalp to itch as it heals. Be sure not to pick at it or scratch it. Allow it to heal on its own to prevent the spread of bacteria and ensure the pigment stays.

Long-Term Aftercare

Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun for at least a month after the procedure. If you can’t avoid going out when the sun’s out, apply sunscreen and wear some type of covering. 

Be sure to moisturize the tattooed area with a lightweight cream or gel to help the micropigmentation settle. Skip any type of tanning for a while, whether through sun exposure or tanning products, because it might quickly fade the pigment.

The second session of your SMP should happen about a week after the first. Once your scalp has fully healed, the ink should last about five years. This depends on your skin and the lifestyle you live.

Get the Procedure Done by a Trusted Source

Although scalp micropigmentation is non-invasive, you should only get the procedure done by a specialist with SMP certification. SMP Ink has over ten years of experience in the scalp micropigmentation procedure. Our experts can help you rebuild your confidence. Contact us for a free consultation.

What Style Microblading is Right for Your Brows?

Microblading has taken over traditional eyebrow tattooing. With microblading, many new techniques are emerging like powder brows, microshading, ombre brows, and microfeathering. You’re probably wondering if all these terms mean the same thing, but they are very different from one another. Here is a comparison to help you choose which technique is right for your brows.

Microblading

Eyebrow microblading started getting popular within the last 25 years. This technique uses microneedles to implant pigment into your skin’s surface layers. The artist uses a manual hand tool and draws each stroke by hand. This gives your brows more of a natural look. 

Traditional eyebrow tattooing would use black ink that would, in time, turn a bluish-green color and make your eyebrows look unnatural. 

With microblading, your brows will have a more natural look because the hair strokes are drawn to match your hair’s natural growth pattern. Pigments with orange and yellow undertones are used, so when your brows are healing, they have more of a natural brown color. Your artist will work with you to find the correct shade to match your brows and skin tone!

Is Microblading Right for You?

Aside from style preferences, when choosing microblading there are other things to consider. If you have normal to dry skin, you are the perfect candidate for microblading. Since this technique is done with a manual hand tool, the pigment doesn’t go very deep into your skin. When attempting this technique on oily skin, retention might not be as great, and the results may not last as long. 

Microblading can last anywhere from a few months to a year, depending on the individual. This is considered semi-permanent makeup, so you may need to come in for touch-ups 3 to 6 months after your initial appointment. 

Microshading

Microshading works great on individuals who have oily or shiny skin. This is also a more suitable technique if you have sensitive skin. The main difference between microblading and shading is the technique. 

Instead of creating strokes, microshading creates small pinpoint dots repeatedly within your eyebrow. This is what allows the pigment to set better in oily skin.

Microshading Styles

There are two ways microshading can be done, ombre brows and the ‘Instagram brow.’

Powder brows have a softer and gentler finish. This helps make your brows look more natural. This technique is also great for people who fill in their brows with a lighter shade. 

Instagram brow uses more tools and gives the artist more creative range. They can tweak their technique to give your brows a more full and bold look. If you love the look of makeup, this is perfect for you. 

Is Microshading Right for You?

Besides maybe having sensitive or oily skin, clients may choose microshading over blading for the look. Your artist may also recommend Microshading if you over plucked your eyebrows. Microblading requires you to have some sparse, stray hairs so they can follow your growth pattern. 

Microshading lasts longer than microblading, so they require less touch-up.

Combination Brows

Combination brows are a combo of microblading and shading. This helps achieve more dense and defined brows. Your brows will look natural with a hint of makeup. This technique works on all different skin types giving clients more of an option. You can also choose to add an ombre look to your brows. 

Combination brows have more of a feathered hair stroke from the beginning to the middle of your brows. Towards the end of your brows, it is more of a powdered finish. This creates an added definition.

Ombre Brows

Microblading allows for all different types of techniques and the ability for all techniques to be combined. Ombre brows go from light to dark and have a two-tone effect. Ombre brows are defined and fashion-forward.

This style is great for a wide range of people and is also widely popular.  

Microblading with SMP Ink!

If you’re thinking about whipping your eyebrows into shape, contact the experts at SMP Ink! Microblading is the newest trend in the beauty industry. Our accomplished specialist has worked in the beauty industry for years and has perfected many microblading procedures. Clients leave our studio with their heads held high, confident, and ready to show off their new brows!

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