SMP Treatment for Women

Scalp micropigmentation makes hair appear thicker and fuller. It disguises thinning, receding, or patchy hair. SMP is low maintenance and has long-lasting results. It’s also ideal for women. SMP is perfect for women who have long hair but are experiencing some thinning as well as women whose hair has low density or for those suffering from Alopecia. 

SMP is a good solution for women who are experiencing one of the following:

  • Hair thinning
  • Low hair density
  • Undergoing a hair transplant
  • Alopecia
  • Female Pattern Hair Loss

Common Types of Hairloss for Women

Widow’s Peak

This type of hairline comes in a V-shape. For some people, it can be extremely distinctive. SMP treatment can disguise a receding widow’s peak by giving the appearance of a more natural, fuller hairline.

Hair Thinning

Hair thinning typically refers to the early stages of hair loss. The hair strands usually start to lose their thickness. As time goes on, you can see your scalp through the thinning hair. SMP is a solution that can add pigment to the thinning areas to give the appearance of a full head of hair.

Female Pattern Hairloss (FPH)

As the name suggests, Female Pattern Hairloss is a form of hair loss that affects women. At the first stages of FPH, you’ll notice a small vertical cut at the top of the head. The vertical cut gets wider as time progresses, which makes the baldness much more visible. SMP treatment can cover up this type of hair loss by applying pigment to the affected area.

Causes of Hairloss

There are a number of things that can cause hair loss. However, the most common causes of hair loss are:

  • Hereditary 
  • Illnesses
  • Cancer treatment
  • Stress
  • Weight loss
  • Iron deficiency

SMP Might Be the Answer You’re Looking For

While there are many options when it comes to hair loss, scalp micropigmentation is among the least invasive. The procedure is performed by adding pigment to the scalp as opposed to surgical alternatives. At SMP Ink, our team has over a decade of experience performing this technique. Contact us to schedule a free consultation. 

Alopecia in Women and Scalp Micropigmentation Treatment

There is no one face of alopecia, as the condition can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or race. However, women with alopecia often face unique challenges and stereotypes. Because hair is often seen as a symbol of femininity, women with alopecia may feel like they are not meeting social expectations of what it means to be a woman. They may also feel like they are not attractive or desirable. 

In addition, women with alopecia may have a hard time finding hair products and styles that work for them. They may also feel self-conscious about their appearance and worry about how others will react to their baldness. However, it is important to remember that alopecia does not define a person, and there are many ways to be beautiful and confident without hair.

What is Alopecia?

Alopecia causes hair loss and comes in many forms. Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease that may cause hair loss on any part of the body. It can affect both men and women. With Alopecia Areata, the body actually attacks the hair follicles, causing unpredictable hair loss and regrowth cycles. The lost hair may regrow without treatment but can also leave some bald areas or patchy hair growth.

Androgenetic Alopecia is commonly referred to as pattern hair loss. It’s one of the most common types of Alopecia. It’s a genetic condition that is characterized by heightened androgen activity in the body. Androgen is the hormone that’s responsible for the growth and reproduction of hair follicles in both men and women. 

Alopecia in women is typically more common after menopause. Women differ from men because they rarely go bald due to alopecia. Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) usually begins with thinning at the parting line of the hair before it gradually spreads throughout the top of the head.

What Causes Alopecia?

While genetics are the main factor when it comes to alopecia, there are some other hormone-related factors such as:

  • Birth control medication
  • Pregnancy
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Menopause

The Scale of Female Pattern Baldness

There are three types of general types of female pattern hair loss, according to Ludwig’s Scale. These are:

  • Type I – thinning of the hair in the scalp is noticeable
  • Type II – the hair loss is more pronounced and the scalp is easily seen
  • Type III – baldness within the crown of the scalp

Treatments

While there’s currently no cure for alopecia at this time, there are some treatments available to help with hair loss.

Anti-androgens

An anti-androgen is a type of hormone therapy that stops the overproduction of androgen to regulate hair loss. This type of treatment is usually prescribed to women with hormonal disorders such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS. There are some possible side effects when taking anti-androgens, such as an increased risk of depression, low sex drive, fatigue, and diarrhea. 

Minoxidil

Currently, Minoxidil is the only FDA-approved OTC topical drug available to treat hair loss. Minoxidil can be found in 2% and 5% formulas. Minoxidil reduces hair loss and stimulates new hair growth but it’s not a permanent solution to hair loss. In order for it to continue to be effective, you need to continue to use Minoxidil. 

Hair Transplant

Hair transplants are surgical procedures where small pieces of scalp and hair are removed from a donor area and transplanted to the thinning or balding areas. 

Wigs

Different types of wigs can be used depending on the affected area, such as hair toppers for the crown, fringes and lace front wigs for thinning hairlines, and hair extensions for the bald or thinning spots. 

However, it should be noted that hair extensions can make alopecia worse due to pulling and traction.

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)

Scalp micropigmentation, or SMP, is a non-invasive treatment that utilizes microneedles to insert pigments through the upper dermis of the skin. It’s similar to microblading and adds density to thinning areas by tattooing ink that mimics hair follicles onto the scalp. Scalp micropigmentation can be applied to both short and long hair. 

SMP doesn’t have the same risks or side effects as other treatments. It’s also much less painful than hair transplants. Scalp micropigmentation takes between 2-4 sessions depending on the severity of the hair loss. However, clients see improvements from the very first session. 

Scalp micropigmentation also has very little recovery time and lasts for years.

The Scalp Micropigmentation Experts

At SMP Ink, we have over a decade of experience and hundreds of happy clients. Our scalp micropigmentation technicians are experts in their field and you’ll be able to tell from their work and attention to detail. Contact us for a free consultation.

SMP Hairline Styles for Men

Have you decided that SMP might be right for you? If so, you might be thinking about which style is best for your scalp. When deciding which type of hairstyle is best for you, you should take hair color, skin type, age, and personality into consideration. Choosing the correct style is important, so we’ve outlined some of the most popular hairstyles below. Continue reading to find out which SMP hairstyle is best for you.

Hairline Design Considerations

It’s often best to choose a natural, realistic style when it comes to your hairline. In order to achieve a natural look, the position, shape, and design of the frontal hairline are of the utmost importance. 

Hairline Position, Shape, and Design

The hairline position is how far forward or low the beginning of the hair will start. The hairline shape is the curvature of the hairline. The design is the way the edge is formed. This is usually achieved by either having a more defined edge or a lighter “graded in” effect so that there’s no defined edge.

These are all factors that need to be considered when choosing your new hairline. It’s best to go on Instagram or other social media platforms to look at designs of different SMP styles. It’s also a good idea to bring old photos of yourself to see what looks most natural. 

Over 40

Men over 40 might want to consider SMP in moderation with a higher or receded-looking hairline in order to look natural.

Hairline Design Styles

Broken or Jagged Hairline

These hairlines are popular because they resemble natural hair patterns most. The process of creating this type of hairline involves scattering random pigment deposits below your actual hairline, stimulating the natural distribution of real hair.

Lightweight Hairline (Also known as Feathered, Faded, or Gradient Hairline)

This type of hairline is applied with a light touch. The process of creating this type of hairline involves using gentler shades of pigment and building up with less density. This type of hairline works well with lighter-colored hair. 

Edge Up Hairline (Hard Line)

This style of hairline is popular with men. It also works very well with darker skin tones. Pigments aren’t scattered and the process doesn’t involve further blending from the intended hairline position. 

Peaked Hairline (V-Shape)

This style is a V-shaped hairline. It recreates a widow’s peak, which is common with age-related hair loss. This makes the hairline look more natural than most other styles, especially for older men. 

Choosing the Right Style For You

While there are many different styles to choose from, our experts at SMP Ink can help you choose the best scalp micropigmentation style to best fit you. Our technicians have over a decade of training in SMP and have recreated all the different styles of hairlines available. Contact us for a free consultation today.

Balding and Dating

Balding can be detrimental to confidence, especially for men. While some men can own it with ease, it isn’t always the easiest thing for everyone to accept. More often than not, men can feel too insecure about hair thinning. Most guys feel that their baldness will affect their attractiveness when meeting new people. Everyone deals with change differently. Continue reading to find out the most common way men deal with thinning hair and balding, especially when it comes to dating.

Work With It

Just because your hair is thinning doesn’t mean you need to go with a completely shaved head. That’s not your only option. You can simply shave down your hair to a grade that works with your level of thinning.

Style It

You can also choose certain hairstyles to work with your level of balding. For example, a trendy hairstyle for men with thinning hair is the combover. You can couple this style with things such as hard parts or other variations.

Do Nothing

You don’t even have to change your hairstyle just because your hair is thinning. Just own it. Rock your baldness. Just remember that you more than likely will stand out. However, use this to your advantage. You must remain confident, no matter what. You need to display your confidence proudly. Women tend to be attracted to confidence. When you’re naturally confident, you tend to attract more people. Confidence is an alpha trait. Women are naturally attracted to alpha males, regardless of the negative stigma around masculinity.

Some men have even stated that their dating life has been enhanced drastically since their hair started to get noticeably thinner. Just remember to accept your baldness and own it. Own it with style and confidence.

Shave It

Of course, the most common response to balding is shaving off all your hair. This is the most common response for a simple reason: it works. Many men finally learn to accept their hair loss and chop off their hair completely. It might take some getting used to, but many balding men find that their dating lives improve drastically when they finally shave their heads. This is also an instance where self-confidence is necessary. You need to own your baldness, embrace it.

You can also grow out your facial hair when you shave off all your hair. Some men feel that a full beard goes well with a bald head; many women agree with that notion. Some men on several Reddit posts openly state that their dating lives have improved dramatically since they shaved their heads and wish they would’ve done so years ago.

If you need a boost of confidence as a bald or balding male, check out the Subreddit for bald men. You can get some great ideas on how to own your baldness here as well.

Other Solutions

Of course, there are other solutions when you notice your hair thinning. Various products can help thicken your hair and even advertise that they can grow your hair back. Since these products come with a lot of variables, different users’ experiences may vary.

Another solution increasing in popularity is getting a hair transplant. There are two common types of hair transplants. One is known as FUE or follicular unit extraction. The other method is known as FUT or Follicular Unit Transplant. FUE is better for smaller areas and generally doesn’t leave a scar. FUT is usually reserved for those who have lost a substantial amount of hair and typically leaves a small, linear scar.

Scalp Micropigmentation

In addition to these solutions, there’s yet another method that’s been gaining a lot of attention. This method is called scalp micropigmentation or SMP. Scalp micropigmentation, in lamens terms, is just a scalp tattoo. It’s minimally invasive and simply involves getting a tattoo on your head to cover up your thinning or balding areas.

SMP is a great way to own your baldness without actually going completely bald. A scalp tattoo allows you to either use your existing hair and make it seem like you have thicker hair than you actually do by darkening your scalp or shave your head entirely and go with a thicker buzzcut look. Either way, you have options. SMP Ink is here to provide you with a minimally invasive solution to your balding scalp. Our professionals take pride in their work. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Building Confidence While Losing Your Hair

Are you starting to lose your hair? If you are, it doesn’t matter how old or young you are, it is a difficult journey to embark on, through no choice of your own. If it were your choice, you’d never lose any hair in the first place! But, today is, as they say, the first day of the rest of your life. If that life does not include the hair you had in your younger years, it’s ok. It just means you’re now turning into a Badass.

How to Be Confident When Dealing With Hair Loss

If you are losing your hair, you have a few choices. Fight it and do everything you can to keep it, cover it up; or go with the flow, get used to it, love it, and be your badass self.

Never Mind the Questions

People are going to make comments, some supportive, and some that are downright rude. Ignore them all. You do you.

Others may think you have changed your personality along with your hairstyle, but it’s just because you are nervous about people noticing your hair loss. Although it may seem you are being shy, it’s really about you expecting awkward questions that you don’t want to answer.

“Is your hair thinning?” “Aren’t you a little young to be going bald?”

Ignore their boldness and take it with a grain of salt. Tell them to watch this video of Things Not to Say to Bald Men.  This is a traumatic time for most people, and who can blame you? But if you are prepared to answer these questions and face your future going forward, proud of yourself and accepting of your receding hairline as the badge of a grown man, then you, my friend, are ready to take on the world.

If you’re not quite so confident yet in your new hairstyle, then you can have an answer ready such as “Yes I am, and I’m fine with it. Is there a problem?” Or something you have prepared ahead of time so you will be ready when someone decides to blurt out something rude or hurtful.

You may not really be fine with it, but put on a brave face, and soon you will be. And because of your strength and confidence, maybe they will keep their comments to themselves the next time you meet.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Mirror

Whether you cut it short or take the plunge and shave it off, it will be hard at first to get used to your new look, but the more you enhance your style, the sooner you will begin your journey as a badass.

Embrace your new look and your confidence will grow, and the more of a badass you will become.

Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks of you. Confidence comes from looking good and feeling good. Now is the time to take care of you. The more you work you put into yourself, the stronger you become, mentally, and physically.

Your new journey will be rocky, but it will also be amazing. It is the road you are on now, and there’s no turning back. Make the most of your journey and create some great memories along the way. It all begins with how you feel about yourself.

Enhance Your Style

What is your style? Do you know? Or do you throw on whatever is clean? If you just jump into aa pair of  sweats and a t-shirt every day, remember, ZZ Top said it best: “Every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.” If you already have style, you’re on the right track, if not, pay more attention to your wardrobe. Make sure your clothes match, fit well, are clean and pressed, and make sure your hair is styled.

Your style says a lot about you. You can feel like a million bucks in a nice suit, whether you have hair to your shoulders, are completely bald, or somewhere in between. No matter how tall, short, wide, or narrow your stature, you will benefit from wearing clothes that make you feel fantastic. You don’t have to spend a million dollars to do it either. There are street brands and discount stores to help you look your best.

Take Some Selfies

Yes! Do it! If you were camera shy before, you need to get used to your new look. What is your best pose?  What is your best side? You are in the Badass Club now, learn how to work it!

Get Support From Friends and Family

Maybe avoid your cranky little brother for a while until your confidence is strong. Your parents and sisters, your cool big brother and your best friends, whoever you know will support you can encourage you on your journey and tell you the truth. They still love you no matter if you have that Billy Ray Cyrus mullet or the Dwayne Johnson bald-is-sexxxy look going on!

When you know your worth and that everyone who matters cares about you no matter how much hair you have or don’t have on your head, then even your crazy Uncle Louis, who loves to make fun of everyone, won’t get under your skin. You will be able to laugh right along with him.

A Little Boost of Confidence

If you feel that if you had some hair, or just covering up that bald spot would increase your confidence, please contact us at SMP Ink. Our scalp micropigmentation is a non-surgical procedure that will help you love who you see in the mirror!

Plasma Fibroblast Beauty Treatment

Are you feeling a bit wrinkly? Is your skin looking a bit down? When you catch yourself in the mirror, do you see lines that you wish you could make go away? Well, maybe you can! Have you ever thought about getting a facelift, but can’t afford the price or taking a month off work? Afraid of going under the knife? Well, now you don’t have to! You can get similar results with plasma fibroblast but at a fraction of the cost and very little downtime!

What is Plasma Fibroblast? 

Plasma fibroblast is a non-surgical, skin-tightening procedure that rejuvenates the skin and has very little side effects or downtime. A plasma pen is a small, electronic hand-held device with a metal probe tip. This device transfers energy when it nears the skin, by using the electricity in the air between the pen and the skin generating a plasma charge. 

The tip never comes into contact with the skin, but the dot made with the plasma charge instantly removes excess skin and tightens the area. Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt. They apply a numbing cream 30 minutes before the procedure, and you may feel a warm sensation.  

When will I see the results and how long will they last?

The results are noticeable right away. The dots made with the plasma pen are done in grid fashion and disappear in five to seven days, leaving no scars, just firm beautiful skin! The effects are noticed immediately but will be more noticeable after a month and continuing improvement up to three months later. The results should last two to more than five years.

Which areas can be treated? 

Plasma Fibroblast can give an entire facelift or can be used on specific parts such as on the eyelids, crows feet, lines around the mouth (Laugh lines or the vertical “smoker’s lines”). Moles, freckles, age spots, and skin tags can be removed. Plasma fibroblast can also treat wrinkles on the face or neck, improve the appearance of scarring- including stretch marks, acne, and surgical scars. They can even take care of loose skin from pregnancy. 

How long does it take to heal? 

After the procedure, the little red dots will take about 5-7 days to heal and fall off. If you don’t mind the dots, you can go back to work right away. If you have an important meeting or event, however, or are in a public-facing job, you may want to schedule it for a time when you will be home. Aftercare is simple but very important, just use the cream they give you to help with the healing process. 

Are there any side effects?

There will be little red dots on the treated area. Let the dots fall off on their own! Follow aftercare instructions carefully or hyperpigmentation could occur. There may be swelling in sensitive areas such as on the eyelid. Make sure you go to a professionally trained esthetician to avoid any negative side effects.

Where Can I Get Plasma Fibroblast? 

Let the professionals at SMP Ink give you a free Plasma Fibroblast consultation and answer any questions you may have. Come in and see what treatment could do for you!

 

Female Pattern Baldness, How it Starts, and What to Do

Female pattern baldness (or androgenic alopecia) is not talked about as often as male pattern baldness but its effects are just as prominent, if not more so. Considering it affects about a third of all women at some point in their lives, it’s essential to understand the less-discussed impact on confidence and mental health.

Causes of Female Pattern Baldness

Generally, the average woman loses about 50-100 hairs a day naturally. That amount’s very normal and a part of your body’s upkeep. Losing more than that means that your body can’t replace the hair it’s losing fast enough. Luckily, many cases are temporary and reversible, but this isn’t always the case. Your health, age, diet, and current medications all have an impact on the matter. Genetic hair loss is the biggest causes of permanent hair loss, and as the name implies is carried down through generations. 

Effects on Mental State

It’s an understandable feeling – nobody wants to lose their hair, and the stigma around the onset is daunting. People tend to associate a lot of negative attributes with hair loss like old age and disease – despite how many more factors play into the issue. When hair starts coming out in the shower, in a hairbrush, or onto the pillow, the mental toll can be intense. It’s not uncommon to develop low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and even reclusion from friends/family. What’s worse is that many people refuse to seek help when they notice the problem – deeming it unnecessary or vain. The thought that hair loss is just a natural part of life, or that it’s bound to happen someday, overshadows the reality that there are steps you can take now to fix it.

Solutions

As mentioned before, your overall health plays an important role in hair loss, and efforts should be made to reinforce that foundation. A good diet, exercise, and clearing out major stressors will alleviate a lot of the physical toll on your body. Sometimes, keratin or iron supplements are recommended to help the body get what it needs to keep the follicles healthy.

When it comes to permanent hair loss there are options available to keep you looking and feeling fantastic! Treatments with topical (minoxidil) or oral (spironolactone) medications are available, as well as hair transplant surgery, though they may prove to be prohibitive in health and cost. Talk to your doctor before considering these options.

Where We Can Help

For a fix that’s easy and effective, Scalp Micropigmentation for Women is an option that’s hard to beat! At SMP INK, we can offer consultation and procedures that will give you results you’ll be happy with, quickly. Take back your confidence and get back to looking your absolute best in as little as two or three sessions!

Understanding the Importance of Self Confidence For You!

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Experts say in order to truly succeed at life there is a certain degree of confidence most have to achieve in order to reach their goals. The importance of self-confidence in everyday life, relationships and business is a subject discussed in many self-help books and on many self-help podcasts. Today we’d like to discuss how self-confidence is important for you, specifically, and how it can improve your life.

The Importance of Self Confidence

Confident people lead happier lives. The Dalai Lama once said, “With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” Building a better world starts with you; it starts with you building your world up. Once you’ve done that, you will become better at your relationships with others and that is what leads to overall life success.

Understanding you

A major first step in making meaningful changes in your life involves understanding and loving yourself. Self-understanding defines self-confidence and will allow you to focus and be more effective in everything you do.

Recognizing your own weaknesses and learning from them without beating yourself up takes self-assurance. Learning to be okay with your weaknesses is what builds a confident person. It’s a circle that gives you purpose without having to model yourself off someone else. Understanding that you are different from any other person and accepting that is one of the more important things self-confidence can do for you.

Get motivated

When I bird is confident enough in their ability to fly, they leave the nest. Having confidence allows you to take steps, even small ones, towards your goals. The more you master confidence the quicker it will be to reach those goals.

Someone may say, “Well I was confident in my job interview, but I didn’t get the job!” Perseverance will allow you to pull through these events. Just because one place didn’t hire you, doesn’t mean another won’t and when that journey is over, the hard work you put it to get where you are will only make your confidence stronger.

Become a survivor

Much like how confidence keeps you calm, it also allows you to develop coping mechanisms for handling failure. Confident people know there’s no reason to beat themselves up over mistakes. You start to understand and believe that what failed this time with only lead to better results next time.

Making yourself into a survivor who can take failure will allow you to fail many times without feeling like it’s the end of the world. This is big when it comes to being able to survive people and situations that may get out of your control.

Keeps you calm

With confidence comes the ability to calm yourself down. Everyone has bad days or loses things. How we react to these events is how we reflect on ourselves and the world around us. Confidence allows you to control your inner voices who may be saying “You can’t do this,” allowing your responses to cause you less stress and anxiety.

With confidence, you also worry less about ‘what ifs’. This process of worry is known as rumination and having it regularly is linked to depression and anxiety. Confidence can help break the cycle of rumination because it allows you to cope with worry. Because you’re a survivor, you’ve developed systems for not having to worry about if you locked the door or if you paid a bill on time; you already have figures out its a trigger and systematically dealt with it. 

Don’t Lack Self Confidence

The first steps to gaining confidence are to move forward with steps to take care of yourself. At SMP INK we strongly believe that feeling great starts with looking in a mirror and seeing your best self —the person YOU want to be. If that means you’d like to improve yourself with a micropigmentation hairline, we’ve got you covered!

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