How Long Does it Last?
Scalp Micropigmentation is relatively new as far as hair loss solutions go. There are a variable of factors that make it almost impossible to give an accurate answer. As a general rule of thumb clients shouldn't need any touch ups or refreshers for at least 3-5 years.
Will It Blend With My Existing Hair?
When performing SMP we usually cover a much larger area than is currently needed. We have to consider the age of the client, hair loss pattern and the reason for hair loss to determine an area that allows for any future hair loss that may occur. We always fade out the tattoo about an inch into the existing hair to create a seamless blend. In short -yes it will blend with your existing hair.
Will I Have to Shave My Head?
For guys with short hair, generally speaking: YES. If the client is going for the shaved head look, then its time to commit and shave it! We generally advise to shave it down to a 0 or 1 which is the easiest length for our artists to work with.
If the client has thinning hair on top and wishes to just add some density then shaving isn't necessary. This goes for women as well, you do not have to shave your head, we can always work in between your hair!
What Types of Inks/Pigments Do You Use?
At Ink Barber we only use our own charcoal based organic pigment. They are all of grey scale to help mimic the colour of the base of a hair follicle. These pigments do not change colour over time. They will soften and lighten a little but at that points its just a matter of coming in for a refresher session!
What Needles Do You Use?
We use our specialized Ink Barber SMP needle which is a very fine single needle tattoo cartridge.
What Is The Aftercare Like?
Aftercare is simple. Keeping the area clean and dry is the most important. We advise rinsing once a day with warm or cool water and patting it dry. Avoid shampoos, chemicals, submerging your head under water, excessive sweating, anything that may rub the surface, and scrubbing.
Do I Have To Do Anything Before My Procedure?
We always advise that you do not heavily drink the night before as alcohol can thin the blood which will cause you to bleed more than needed. We also say to have a good night sleep and a meal before hand. This will all help make your session go as smooth as possible!
When Can I Come Back For My Next Session?
Sessions are generally spaced out between 10-14 days apart. This allows the skin to fully go through the healing process.
Will The Sun Affect My SMP?
Its no secret that UV rays can fade any tattoo. It’s perhaps not as dramatic as people think but its always a good idea to look after your skin and wear sunblock or a hat whether you are tattooed or not!
What Will It Look Like If I Grow Out My Hair?
This question comes up a lot and theres really no ONE answer. If the client still has hair but its thin than the SMP can help make it look fuller as it has eliminated the contrast between hair and scalp. If the client has no hair at all than we advise keeping it shaved to keep it looking its best. It is ultimately up to the individual but everyone will be able to find that sweet spot that works best for them!
How Often Will I Need To Shave My Head?
We usually advise our clients to shave their heads around every 2-3 days. This is obviously dependant on how fast their hair grows. Again this is a personal preference but the shorter you keep it the less chance that someone can pick out that you have had SMP!
Can You Tattoo Me While I am Pregnant or Nursing?
We always advise our clients to wait till after pregnancy and nursing to avoid any issues. The chances of infection are slim but we always take the utmost precautions and put your baby first!
Does It Hurt?
We use Zensa numbing cream that desensitizes the scalp and helps to alleviate any discomfort. Most clients feel little to no pain!
Will It Damage Healthy Hair Follicles?
The micropigmentation stimulates the scalp and will actually help promote blood flow to the area and will not damage the existing hair.
How Will I Look Immediately After My Session?
Most people look fine after a session, there is the odd occasion that someones skin turns a bit red. This will subside after a few hours. You are welcome to bring a new clean hat to wear after your session if you are concerned about the redness!
How Old Do I Have To Be To Get Tattooed?
At Ink Barber we will not tattoo anyone under the age of 18 years old.