Scalp micropigmentation, or SMP, is a non-surgical restorative procedure that enhances the client’s appearance and self-image. It involves the strategic implantation of pigment into tiny incisions to match the scalp’s natural follicles for a more natural appearance.
The pigments used for scalp micropigmentation are usually made from natural components, but the main ingredient is carbon. The pigment is completely black, unlike tattoo ink which has a metal base and many different colours that are used to create the colour, such as black, which is made of bluey/green tones. Many people believe they cannot undergo this treatment due to the pigment being black and having light coloured hair, but this isn’t always the case.
All scalp micropigmentation pigments can be diluted to create lighter shade pigments. To ensure proper dilution of the pigment to achieve the correct ratio, a dilution scale should be followed that will give the correct ratio measurements. The steps taken in preparing the final pigment before injecting it into your skin are
- Ensure you use a dilution chart to know you are using the correct colour to match the client and find the correct ratio.
- Measure the water content and place it into a treatment cup. The millimeters of water measured should be equal to the colour you chose on the scale.
- Measure the pigment and place it into the distilled water. This should not be more than 1 milliliter of pigment.
- Finally, stir the water and pigment together.
If a lot of water is added to this pigment, it looks translucent on the skin and would be more suitable for clients with naturally lighter hair. On the contrary, if less water is used, then the colour of the pigment will go on darker, giving your clients with black hair a deep colour of choice. Water amounts between these two extremes are recommended for hair colours that sit on the medium range from blonde to brown.
Usually, the artist will select a light shade during the initial session to ensure that the pigment will not look too dark after succeeding sessions. In most cases, patients will choose a shade that’s a few shades darker than their natural hair colour purely for aesthetic reasons, but this requires them to wet shave on a regular basis in order to avoid a clash between their scalp and natural hair colour in the long run. Scalp micropigmentation works well with people of any skin or hair color, so there is no worry about whether or not it is going to look right with you as we can guarantee natural-looking results.