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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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.