What is Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)?

June 04, 2021

What is Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP)?

June 04, 2021

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is an increasingly sought after treatment. With more people reaching out to hair loss professionals and a growing number of SMP practitioners boosting awareness of this effective hair loss solution, it is clear to see why. 

In this article, we look at what Scalp Micropigmentation is and the different types of SMP treatments that can help those in need.


So, what is Scalp Micropigmentation? 

SMP is most commonly known for its confidence restoring ‘shaved head look’ procedures. However, the SMP industry has evolved over recent years with more treatments involving density boosting and surgery complementing treatments.  

The evolution of SMP has seen an increased uptake of the diverse treatment options available for both men and women with different hair loss concerns. 

Scalp Micropigmentation is an advanced, non-surgical hair loss treatment. Specialised needles and pigments are used to disguise and camouflage hair loss. The treatment can add the appearance of increased density to thinning areas on the scalp or give the illusion of a shaved head in areas of hair loss. 

The treatment is incredibly effective for many different hair loss conditions varying from those with advanced alopecia, male pattern baldness, receding hairlines, female pattern hair loss, thinning hair, surgical scars, scars from burns, injury or medical conditions.

The results are expected to last 3-5 years depending on the client’s lifestyle and skin type.


Types of SMP


This confidence-boosting treatment is effective for both men and women. As with other SMP procedures, this type of treatment involves implanting microscopic ink ‘dots’ into the scalp to replicate hairs growing out of the skin. The result? The illusion of naturally thicker and fuller hair. As you can see from our picture below, this can be a game changer for men or women suffering from hair thinning. 

female hair loss scalp micropigmentation treatment

Head scar or skin camouflage

Whether you have a scar from an injury, surgery or a hair transplant procedure, scar camouflage on the scalp can help reduce the appearance and naturalise it into existing hair in the area. Sometimes for this treatment to be effective, skin needling may be required first to help heal and smooth the scar and achieve the best possible result. Natural, undetected and effective SMP!

The shaved hair appearance

And last, certainly not least, SMP can help to achieve the illusion of a natural, full head of close‑shaven hair, also known as a ‘buzz cut’. This look is very popular among men who have suffered from extensive genetic hair loss and can give an amazing confidence boost.


Although these are the most common types of SMP treatments, the procedure offers so much within the hair, hair loss and surgical sectors the potential to help those in need continues to grow. 


If you are interested in learning how to perform Scalp Micropigmentation and join this amazing industry sector, check out our Scalp Micropigmentation training course page to find out more. We can’t wait to share this fantastic skill with you and welcome you to the wonderful world of SMP!

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