Need to Know for Maintaining Your Scalp Tattoo or SMP

Tommy T.
Tommy T.

Scalp Micropigmentation Practitioner
Buffalo, NY

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Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) has been celebrated as one of the best solutions for hair loss in both men and women. It is a non-invasive procedure that involves depositing pigments into the upper layer of the scalp, replicating the appearance of hair follicles. SMP provides a low-maintenance and hassle-free way to address baldness and thinning hair. However, even though SMP is relatively low-maintenance, proper care is essential to ensure its longevity and maintain its appearance. In this article, we will discuss some key aspects of maintaining your scalp tattoo or SMP to keep it looking great for years to come.

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Moisturize Regularly for a Healthy Scalp

Keeping your scalp moisturized is crucial for maintaining the health and appearance of your scalp tattoo or SMP. Just like any other area of your skin, your scalp needs hydration to stay healthy and avoid dryness or flakiness. Therefore, it is recommended to use a high-quality moisturizer specifically formulated for the scalp. Ensure that you moisturize your scalp at least twice a day, once in the morning and again before bedtime. This routine will help nourish your scalp and maintain the vibrancy and longevity of your SMP treatment.

Protect Your Scalp from the Sun with SPF50 Sunscreen

Sun exposure can have detrimental effects on your scalp and SMP. The harmful UV rays can cause the pigments to fade prematurely and compromise the overall appearance of your scalp tattoo. To protect your scalp, it is vital to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF50 or higher. Ensure that you cover your entire scalp, paying special attention to the treated areas. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially if you are spending prolonged periods in the sun. By protecting your scalp from the sun, you can extend the lifespan of your SMP and maintain its natural look.

Consider Using Hats as a Sun Protection Measure

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Don’t toss away those hats just yet. While SMP allows you to confidently embrace the bald look, it is still important to protect your scalp from excessive sun exposure. Wearing a hat is a practical solution to protect your scalp when sunscreen application is not feasible or sufficient. A hat will provide shade and shield your scalp from the harmful UV rays. You can choose from a wide variety of hat styles, including baseball caps, wide-brimmed hats, or even fashionable caps. By incorporating hats into your daily routine, you can provide an extra layer of protection for your scalp and SMP.

Invest in a Quality Zero-Gapped Clipper for Regular Maintenance

To keep your SMP looking flawless and undetectable, regular maintenance of your hair is crucial. Investing in a zero-gapped clipper or a head shaver will allow you to maintain a close shave, ensuring a seamless blend between your natural hair and the SMP pigments. Many clippers on the market cannot provide a close enough shave, resulting in noticeable contrasts between the hair and SMP. Opting for a zero-gapped clipper or even a razor will help you maintain the illusion of natural hair and enhance the overall appearance of your SMP. We would caution you to hold off on the razor blade until about 10 days after your treatment because you may run the risk of nicking at the pigments.

Utilize a High-Quality Matte or Anti-Shine Product

One common concern among individuals with SMP is managing the shine that can occur on a bald scalp. To address this, numerous matte or anti-shine products are available in the market. However, not all products live up to their claims. It is essential to find a high-quality matte or anti-shine product that effectively eliminates shine without compromising the SMP’s appearance. One such product is the Zero Shine 2.0, which has been praised by many for its ability to completely eliminate shine and offer a matte finish. Additionally, this product can also help reduce the SMP’s shade by a shade or two, providing a more natural look. You’ll need to wear sunscreen underneath this so allow about 10-15 minutes for that to dry before putting any matte product on your head. Remember to remove the product carefully and properly, as it can be long-lasting and require some effort to remove completely.


Schedule a Timely Touch-Up Session

While SMP is a semi-permanent solution, regular touch-up sessions may be necessary over time to maintain its optimal appearance. The general guideline for touch-ups is between 2 to 7 years, as it can vary based on individual factors and aftercare practices. Factors such as skin type and the body's natural breakdown of pigments can influence the frequency of touch-ups. Additionally, individuals who frequently expose their scalp to sun or neglect proper maintenance may require more frequent touch-ups. Consult with your SMP technician to evaluate the need for a touch-up session and arrange scheduling accordingly. A touch-up session typically involves refreshing the pigments and ensuring that the SMP treatment looks full and vibrant.

Factors Affecting Touch-Up Frequency
Skin type (e.g., oily, dry, or combination)
Sun exposure habits and sunscreen usage
Regularity of proper scalp maintenance
Individual body's breakdown of pigments
Environmental conditions (e.g., strong UV exposure)

Conclusion

Maintaining your scalp tattoo or SMP is vital for preserving its longevity and ensuring it continues to look great. By following these essential maintenance tips, such as moisturizing regularly, protecting your scalp from the sun, using quality grooming tools, and scheduling timely touch-ups, you can enjoy the benefits of SMP (and the health of your bald head) for an extended period. Remember to invest in high-quality products specifically designed for the scalp and consult with your SMP technician for personalized advice. By taking care of your scalp tattoo or SMP, you can confidently rock the bald look while maintaining a natural and flawless appearance.

Recap:

  • Moisturize your scalp regularly to maintain its health and the longevity of your SMP
  • Protect your scalp from the sun with SPF50 sunscreen or by wearing hats
  • Use a zero-gapped clipper or head shaver to maintain a seamless blend between your natural hair and SMP
  • Consider using a high-quality matte or anti-shine product to eliminate shine on your scalp
  • Schedule timely touch-up sessions to refresh the pigments and ensure the SMP looks vibrant
  • Take proper care of your scalp tattoo or SMP to prolong its lifespan and maintain its natural and flawless appearance.
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Elegant Scalp Micropigmentation was founded in Buffalo, NY with the goal of providing clients with a compassionate and understanding atmosphere for their hair loss troubles. We’ve been through it ourselves and at Elegant SMP, are devoted to providing our customers with the knowledge and confidence they need to make a well-informed decision about their SMP treatment plan. 

It is our pleasure to offer our premium SMP services that will unveil a rejuvenated, true version of yourself. With our continued dedication to perfecting this craft, we aim to help our clients rediscover their confidence and enjoy a renewed sense of self-esteem.

What our customers are saying

Hirschy Hoops
Hirschy Hoops
2024-02-26
Tommy T you’ve changed my life. I put all my trust in you and you made me so comfortable with this process. The reason I selected you is you want to master this art and customized a process to meet my specific needs. When I look in the mirror and am confused that I have hair or a hair line now that says a lot. Honestly I see you as the go to SMP artist in the future. All of your studying on this will pay huge dividends and you are able to change people’s lives which is so powerful. Thank you for treating my head like your own. God bless you and if you ever need a reference or anything I’d be thrilled to do so. Thanks again Tommy
byron culf
byron culf
2023-06-03
Sent me a mock pic of how my hair might look within a few hours. Great service! Shame I'm in the UK and didn't realise they are in the US
Eric Boone
Eric Boone
2023-03-01
Today I had a consultation with Tommy at Elegant Smp. He was very professional and informative answering all my questions. He made me feel confident that I came to the right place. His knowledge and understanding of Smp put my mind at ease going forward. I would highly recommend reaching out to Tommy if you are considering this procedure.
Krishna KV
Krishna KV
2023-01-28
I recently had a consultation with Tommy, and I was impressed with his professionalism. He spoke clearly and answered all of my questions about the procedure and Pre and Post-care instructions. I had a positive experience and I am looking forward to getting my SMP done with Tommy and I would highly recommend him to others.
Kendall Velarde
Kendall Velarde
2023-01-16
Great guy and very professional!! Highly recommended!!
jason velasquez
jason velasquez
2023-01-02
Talking with Tommy was great! He was very professional, and informative with all the questions I had.
Michael Marino
Michael Marino
2022-12-23
Tommy provided me with a image of how I would look with SMP his service was awesome, simple and quick id recommend Tommy’a website to anyone wanting to see what they look like with SMP
Akeem H
Akeem H
2022-11-11
Amazing professional that really takes the time to answer questions or concerns and does great work!
Matt T.
Matt T.
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Elegant SMP is the place to get your scalp micropigmentation if you are interested in quality technique. Not all SMP is the same and your practitioner's training really does matter. For me, understanding how my artist could achieve an authentic looking hairline was very important, and very few SMP artists have the training to achieve that. Tommy at Elegant SMP is a true professional who understands how to get a natural looking result that is difficult to replicate - which is a true testament to his training. My SMP results exceeded my expectations and I would recommend Elegant SMP to anyone who is interested in getting the highest quality work the first time, or repairing SMP work that missed the mark.
Jason V.
Jason V.
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I knew from the consultation with Tommy that he was a genuinely good guy. Their professionalism is top-notch and the work he does is amazing! I can't stop looking at my hairline and just how natural it looks. I'm 100 % satisfied with the results and highly recommend his services!
Eric B.
Eric B.
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I just finished my third session with Tommy over at elegant smp. He did a great job and was extremely professional. His attention to detail was amazing giving me the desired look I was going for. I would highly recommend his services for anyone looking to have this procedure done. Everything about the experience was pleasant and stress free.
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