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.


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 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!

A Career in Permanent Makeup: Becoming a Microblading Technician

If you have heard of eyebrow microblading and are looking for a new course to add to your cosmetology bag of skills, maybe microblading is something you want to explore? Or do you want to begin cosmetology courses but don’t know where to start? Or maybe, you just have a deep interest in helping people regain their eyebrows? Whatever it is, you can get your training for microblading and come work at SMP Ink.

What is Microblading?

It’s the latest beauty trend in eyebrows and it’s taking the world by storm. Microblading is a permanent solution so you can just wake up with eyebrows. No need to draw them in or worry about them looking perfect or fading away during the day. They are there and they look perfect! You can even shower and swim with them and you will still look fabulous.

Who is a Good Candidate for Microblading?

Microblading is wildly popular in the beauty industry. There are many reasons people get it done. Some may have lost their eyebrows as a side effect to a medicine. Some people’s eyebrows may have thinned out as a result of getting older. Thin eyebrows can also be stress-related or maybe their eyebrows have just always been sparse. No matter the reason, the good news is that Microblading is here to stay and it can give most anyone the perfect eyebrows they have been dreaming about. 

Get Trained in Microblading

Microblading training is offered in most large cities and even online! Most full training programs cost between $4000 – $5000 and are about a week long. Programs usually include:

  • 3-5 days of in-class training
  • Training manual
  • Marketing materials
  • Practice on live models
  • Temporary tattoo license 
  • Microblading full-service kit
  • Certification

During the programs, you will learn: 

  • Microblading techniques
  • Color theory
  • Proper use of tools
  • Workstation preparation
  • Various brow designs
  • Rules of safety and sterilization
  • Shading

How much can I make?

Microblading technicians are the highest paid technicians in the permanent makeup industry. The average microblading procedure costs between $450 to $800 and lasts about 2 hours, so, accounting for the cost of tools and overhead, if you work about 6 hours per week, you can make around $60,000/year. Not a bad gig.

Before choosing a school

All microblading programs are not created equal. Make sure the training program is established and has a good reputation. Google the company and check ratings and reviews. Check their testimonials and see how long they have been in business. Ask what is included in the training and make sure there is a certification included and post-graduation support. Don’t forget you must get licensed by your state as well, it gives you and your client peace of mind. 

Where Can I Work as a Microblading Artist?

If you are in the Las Vegas area, head over to SMP Ink, we offer Microblading and we will keep you busy. In addition to microblading, we offer plasma fibroblast and scalp micropigmentation as well, so there is room for expansion. We also offer training programs for scalp micropigmentation so you can expand your skills and keep busy. Come see us today!   


How to Become a Scalp Micropigmentation Specialist

Though dealing with stress or trauma may cause temporary hair loss, the majority of men and almost half of women will experience some type of significant, permanent hair loss in their lifetime. These are sad statistics because hair loss can cause low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and other emotional issues. 

What Causes Baldness?

Causes of baldness vary widely from genetics to medications for cancer treatment to an underactive thyroid, but, unless one can rock the bald-is-sexy look, they are probably self-conscious about their looks and want to find a solution that works for their lifestyle. This could include medications, hair implants, extensions and wigs, even spray-on hair. 

What is Scalp Micropigmentation?

But what if none of those work for your lifestyle, and you don’t want to use spray-on hair? What solution will let you go natural, but not look and feel bald? Do you want to still be able to swim and shower and not have to worry about fixing your hair or attaching a wig? Scalp Micropigmentation may be the solution. 

Scalp Micropigmentation is a non-surgical procedure for advanced hair restoration. Tiny, micro-sized needles are used to insert permanent, organic pigments into the scalp to replicate your own hair follicles. The color pigments are carefully chosen and will never fade to a blue or green color.

Where Can I Learn the Technique and Get Certified?

Think it may be a procedure you’d like to try? Or maybe you would like to learn the technique and help other people regain their confidence and their smile? If so, our staff at SMP Ink would like to train you in Scalp Micropigmentation. We offer a quick two-day course or a four-day course that is more in-depth that could be done while visiting Las Vegas. If you are a Las Vegas local, you also have the choice of a 6-month apprenticeship course to become a certified SMP specialist.  

What Can I Expect?

In our hands-on training, our instructors will be with you every step of the way. Our unique, one-on-one training sessions are the best way to learn this challenging skill. It begins with the basics of industry theory, then we’ll move on to workshops and observations and finally to hands-on training with real clients! Of course, we also provide tips on the best ways to market your own SMP business.

Whether you want to help people feel better about themselves or you would like to get the procedure done because you would like to improve your own looks, or both, contact SMP Ink today! 


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! 


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.”


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.

The Bald-Sexy Club

We tend to see our celebrities as better looking and more immune to physical flaws than the rest of us. Of course, this isn’t true. In fact, we enjoy seeing how they really look: without cosmetics,  air-brushing, photoshop…and wigs.  

It used to be that bald actors were a select few, and easy to name, such as Yul Brynner and Telly Savalas. It seems like not until the 1980s that it was possible to be a big star without hair: Ben Kingsley and Patrick Stewart come to mind. And then in the 90s, Bruce Willis ushered in the era of bald-sexy. 

Balding Is Not a Choice…But Being Bald Is

While women have endless image issues, men really have only one outside their locus of control: baldness. The balding process is a traumatic one, and it’s bewildering that here in the 21st century, we have neither flying cars nor a cure for baldness. While there are rogaine, Propecia, and several cosmetic solutions, it takes confidence to keep a clean-shaven scalp. 

It ain’t easy being a balding actor. Just as female actresses get exponentially fewer roles as they age, bald actors often get reduced to secondary roles. While not necessarily a celebrity pin-up, Michael Chiklis comes to mind. He became famous for starring in the early 90s show The Commish, where he played a semi-comical hapless police commissioner. As he became ever balder, his next role was as Curly in the 3 Stooges. Not exactly an upward trajectory. 

Then, his wife convinced him to shave it all off. He then hit the gym, and he went from the hapless Commish to the bad-ass Vic Mackey in The Shield, for which he is now synonymous. He even won an Emmy in 2002 for best lead actor. 

The Bald-sexy Club

After Yul Brynner, Bruce Willis might be the first bald-sexy hunk. He was a thinning-haired actor who went from the dramedy Moonlighting to the iconic John McClane in Die Hard. But he became bald-sexy in the early 90s with Pulp Fiction and ushered in the era of the clean-scalped hero. 

And now look who we have: action heroes like Jason Statham, Vin Diesel, and none other than The Rock!  (Dwayne Johnson) 

There are, of course, several other handsome bald stars like Sean Connery, Patrick Stewart, Ben Kingsley, Samuel Jackson, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Billy Zane, Taye Diggs, and myriad other household names. What it shows is embracing nature, and being comfortable in your own skin. A decided lack of insecurity in an industry infamous for insecure people. 

The Helpful Solution to Hair Loss 

While shaving your head is certainly one way to go, not all of us have the luxury of being rich and famous. For the rest of us, we need a fix for maintaining our looks and confidence. Here’s where SMP INK has your solution. 

Some people may think that hair transplants can help them retrieve their full-head-of hair look, however, they are expensive and involve more medications and procedures. Let your scalp rest with scalp micropigmentation procedures with SMP INK. Our team has a long history of covering up injury scars, treating male pattern baldness and alopecia. Get a free consultation today! 


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