Scalp Micropigmentation and Hair Loss – What You Need to Know

On 3rdMarch of 2015, a study revealed that scalp micropigmentation is the newest modality for cosmetic dermatology. The procedure was deemed beneficial for both dermatologists and transplant surgeons who wished to expand the scope of their practice. Even though some hair loss blogs like Hairverse already provide in-depth scalp micropigmentation guides, it is a relatively new procedure.

Since the inception of this noble idea in the cosmetic industry, skilled personnel have been increasingly making hair loss a relic of the past – the elegance of the results following a successful scalp micropigmentation reflect artistic skills and technical know-how in a manner heretofore never witnessed since the beginning of hair tattoo.

But only a few really understand the specs of this beneficial treatment method for hair loss. What is it? How does it work? Does it have any side effects? Is it temporary or permanent? Is it painful?

Stay put, as we explore these basic concepts about scalp micropigmentation.

What is scalp micropigmentation

Scalp micropigmentation is a sophisticated scalp pigmentation process that uses ink to conceal cosmetic deformities of the scalp permanently.

Currently, there are millions of women and men who are suffering from problems of the scalp and hairline.

While these problems can be traced to genetic predisposition, diseases, and certain medications, other people have scalp deformities due to failed hair restoration procedure done before the ’90s or done by incompetent service providers.

Does scalp micropigmentation work for both men and women

Scalp micropigmentation is a proven strategy. Its efficiency is backed by scientific research and physical evidence – including several positive reviews online.

It is a misguided opinion to believe that only men can experience hair loss. Actually, women reach peak hair loss rate of 80% earlier than men at just 60 years old.

Men, on the other hand, reach a peak 75% hair loss rate when they are 70 years old. This clearly indicates that women are severely affected by hair loss when they are still young in age.

Scalp micropigmentation will manage alopecia in men but will significantly improve the density and thickness of hair in women.

How scalp micropigmentation helps men and women

Male pattern baldness is the leading cause of hair loss in men. It is a type of hair loss which usually begin at the crown of the head or at the temples.

Male pattern baldness is seen only in genetically predisposed men. There are two patterns to this type of hair loss:

Either the hairline will start receding spontaneously until you have no hair at all, or you may have a single bald spot at the crown of your head.

Female pattern baldness is also a leading cause of hair loss and thinning of hair in women. These patterns of hair loss increase with age and have a predictable pattern.

The expertly tattooed inks of scalp micropigmentation replicate a real head that has just been shaven. In men, it conceals hair loss by the tiny ink dots artistically calibrated in the head.

The scalp can also be pigmented in layers to give the scalp a brilliantly looking scalp reminiscent of the head with recently grown hair.

This is the strategy that is mostly preferred by women who have alternately lost hair. A denser scalp micropigmentation camouflages the regions of hair loss and gives an illusion of bulky and darker hair.

How long does scalp micropigmentation last?

Scalp micropigmentation is a permanent hair concealer. When done appropriately with cutting edge equipment and experienced personnel, scalp micropigmentation offers a permanent solution to hair loss. The procedure is different from the usual hair tattoo which may involve the use of temporary inks.

Is scalp micropigmentation painful?

Most users have stated that they do not find scalp micropigmentation to be a painful procedure. However, there is some little pain which can be well tolerated. If you have had a hair tattoo before then, you should be able to appreciate this fact.

There are regions of the scalp that are more sensitive to pain than other areas. For instance, if your tattoo will encompass the part just above your ears and your temples then you are likely to experience some discomfort.

On a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 represents the most severe pain, scalp micropigmentation pain is usually graded between 3 and 5. That’s very tolerable for a majority of people.

Conveniently, you can significantly lower your pain by asking your doctor to prescribe a pain reliever during the procedure. Percocet is the most preferred pain reliever by most practitioners in the field of scalp micropigmentation.

What are other side effects of scalp micropigmentation

There are literally no significant side effects reported in people undertaking scalp micropigmentation. However, non-standard clinics may perform the procedure for you using low-quality ink, albeit at lower prices.

Chances are that these cheap inks are loaded with impurities, most commonly heavy metals, which can predispose you to cancers of the skin.


 Millions of men and women suffer from hair loss caused by various factors. The good news is that there are similarly various treatment options for hair loss. However, most of these remedies are overly expensive and may not be easily affordable for the ordinary person. Despite the cost, treatments such as scalp micropigmentation are worth the investment. You are sure of getting quality that matches or even exceeds the amount you paid for the service.

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CARLY – every time she comes in to see me she has a different hairstyle, from long to bob to this little cute longer pixie. She looks fabulous with all lengths and is so photogenic. Always a pleasure Carly. #razorcut #pixie #davines #pliablepaste #movement #beforeandafter #sfstylist #asianhair


I first heard about this when one of my clients decided to go to New York to try this new technique called Microblading for sparse and thin eyebrows. Its a technique that creates more natural looking brows rather than the old type of tattooed brows that look blocky and faded.

A form of tattoo whereby the operator will use a special microblading pen (looks like an exacto knife to me) to draw individual strokes of hair to either fill, define, cover gaps or totally reconstruct to whatever shape is desired, ink is then added onto the lines to make it permanent. Here’s a picture taken from the  to show you the look of the brows.

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Meanwhile I came across this article from the Revelist that shows that microblading has gone one step further to use on hairlines to fill in receding areas, this could be a game changer for all the ladies who are losing their hairlines either with age or pregnancy. Read the full story and more examples following the  link below…

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Moody Blues by Kieran Tudor

Moody Blues Collection extract taken from Behind The Chair:

‘Forget about rigidity, structure, formalism and order. Here we have a slouchy, chic, mix-and-match vibe. Somehow still proper, but with huge dollops of innovation and a fresh take on the standard beehive, blunt bob, shag and long layers. All doused in the dusky light of a midwinter afternoon – that time of exquisite anticipation between day and night.’

Hair by Kieran Tudor from D&J Ambrose, Middlesex, UK (Shortlisted for British Hairdressing Awards London, Hairdresser of the Year.

Photography – Gabor Szantai, Make Up – Katie Moore

Wardrobe Styling – Jackie Ambrose, Website

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Dove Palmer from Mazella & Palmer

I’ve already talked a lot about Dove and his work and you can check out other works I’ve posted by clicking Here, Here and Here..

Ex Artistic Director of Vidal Sassoon London who left to set up his own educational hair cutting and coloring institute along with his partner Jean-Baptiste Mazella –  Mazella and Palmer.

The school has become world renowned but mostly thanks to their fantastic creative work, which comprises of beautiful and sharp shapes, precision cutting and angles at its best.

Here are 2 more to add to his collection, both for showing at educational classes.

1. Long disconnected layers with a round fringe..

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2.  A textured Salon Contemporary presentation model.

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The ‘IT’ style

I would call this the extreme wig version of the ‘it’ style that you see everywhere, as in, the bob, one length, no layers with an added heavy fringe.

This cute look was done by Arturo Swayze  (editorial stylist) on Rila Fukushima (Japanese fashion model and actress).

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Here’s another version I came across on Christine-lewis/tumblr which showed the similar look, sharper, stronger with a shorter fringe, love them! (Make up by Christine Lewis, Photo by Franklin Thompson)



My Pick ~ Modern Bowl Cut

Really love this modern take on the Halo Haircut. Not quite as precise as the classic bowl cut, but I love this one because it’s abit rougher around the edges and the sides are abit shorter giving it a cross between a halo and a touch of mullet. Love it!

Unfortunately I came across this haircut but it had no credit for the haircut, and you know how that bugs me so much, I will continue to hunt down the producer of this great look and once I find out, I’ll let you all know..

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My Pick ~ Precision Cut and Color Combo

Haircut and Color by Francesco Group Creative Team (which, to me means someone who’s left the company) Picture by Jack Eames.

Lovely precise graduated bob/pixie shape haircut on Asian hair enhanced by the mixing of colors – Brunette with Cobalt pieces streaking through it. Lovely work!



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