Quick Guide to Scalp Micropigmentation for Grey Hair

A Quick Guide to Scalp Micropigmentation for Grey Hair | Elegant SMP
Tommy T.
Tommy T.

Scalp Micropigmentation Practitioner
Buffalo, NY

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Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a highly effective hair loss solution that delivers realistic, natural-looking results for both men and women. However, people with grey hair often wonder if SMP can work for them. In this article, we will discuss how SMP can be adapted for grey hair, what to expect during the treatment process, and how to maintain the look of your SMP treatment.

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A Quick Guide to Scalp Micropigmentation for Grey Hair | Elegant SMP

How SMP Practitioners Match the Treatment with Grey Hair

One of the greatest things about SMP is that it can be customized to match any hair color, including grey. Professional SMP practitioners start by diluting a special carbon-based pigment with distilled water to achieve the desired color. Depending on how much grey hair the client has, the practitioner will add more or less water to match the pigment’s tone and shade precisely.

The practitioner’s job is to achieve an appropriate tone and shade for the client, which is why it’s essential to visit a reputable scalp micropigmentation practitioner for an individualized look. As a general rule, whenever hair is cut short, it appears in a tone and shade of grey—it just depends on how strong or soft that tone is.

What Happens to Your SMP Treatment When Your Hair Turns Grey

One big concern that clients have is what their SMP treatment will look like as they age and their hair turns grey. Contrary to what some may believe, your SMP treatment will not look out of place. This is because of the required hair length that you need to maintain after undergoing SMP. Most practitioners recommend clients shave their heads twice a week (depending on how fast their hair grows) to maintain that clean-cut look.

Whether your hair color is blonde, black, brown, red, or grey, it will appear greyish when you keep it closely shaved (known as a 5 o’clock shadow). The pigments used in SMP will fade over time, akin to tattoo ink. As such, the pigments will appear lighter compared to when you first had the SMP treatment and blend in more accurately with grey hair.

Fortunately, SMP practitioners rarely encounter any issues with SMP treatments looking unnatural when the client’s hair turns grey. Regular touch-ups are, however, essential to mimic the appearance of natural hair.

How Touch-Ups Are Done to Maintain the Look of Your SMP Treatment

Touch-ups are part of regular SMP maintenance. During the short touch-up session, the practitioner uses lighter pigments than the ones used previously to blend in the look. This combination of new and old pigments creates an ultra-realistic appearance of a buzz cut. You can customize your treatment further by adding a sharper hairline and more defined edges. How the practitioner addresses your treatment will depend on factors like how grey your hair turned out and how much pigment fading has occurred.

When cared for correctly, an SMP treatment will last anywhere from 3-5 years before needing a touch-up. Your practitioner will give you a timeline on when to undergo touch-ups to maintain a natural look.


In conclusion, Scalp Micropigmentation is an effective solution for hair loss, and it can be adapted to fit any hair color, including grey. Whether your hair is black, brown, blonde, red, or grey, SMP can deliver a natural-looking result. Good aftercare and regular touch-ups can help maintain the look of your SMP treatment as you age.

 Elegant SMP is a premier scalp micropigmentation located in Buffalo, NY, that provides the most natural-looking and undetectable SMP treatment using a highly sought-after technique in the industry. Contact us for a free 30-minute consultation to see if this treatment is right for you. While in town, make sure to check out our recommended places to visit in our beautiful and unique city.

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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.

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vamshi krishnavamshi krishna
23:17 28 Jan 23
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.
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14:38 16 Jan 23
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18:08 02 Jan 23
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03:18 23 Dec 22
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
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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.
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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!
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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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