The Truth About Scalp Micropigmentation

After having scalp micropigmentation for over 5 years, I’ve realized it is the best decision I ever made for my mental health. I no longer worry about what people will think when I take off my hat. I know exactly how I am going to look in pictures and no longer worry about looking like a shiny cue ball. From a mental health perspective, I stopped compulsively obsessing over my hair loss and sometimes even forget that I’m bald. It’s actually funny how SMP became a part of me. I don’t even remember how bald I was before the procedure and from time to time an old picture pops up and I am thinking… I was never that bald… was I? Then I smile to myself and think… no worries, I am one step ahead of mother nature.

Does scalp micropigmentation actually last?

Yes, scalp micropigmentation lasts for many years with very minimal care. While the procedure has obviously not grown my hair back, having that hairline to frame your face makes all the difference. My SMP procedure by Renata still looks amazing and natural. I did have a touch up session to make it look fresh and to darken it a bit. Of course, I have taken all the precautions to prevent it from damaging. Such as protecting it from the rays of the sun and moisturizing regularly to keep the skin healthy. SMP can be touched-up if you have a big event like a wedding and want to look extra fresh. A touch-up is only needed every few years depending on how you take care of it.

Does scalp micropigmentation look real?

Yes, it is highly realistic. Simply put, scalp micropigmentation creates the look of a freshly shaved, full head of hair. If you asked your barber for a skin fade, that is what you would end up with SMP. To this day, friends, relatives and dates ask me why I don’t grow out my hair. I guess since I know I have SMP, I find it surprising people think I have a full head of hair and shave by choice. And it is the impression that you have a choice and are not forced to shave that can really make you feel like you have more control over your life. You are no longer passive to what mother nature has given you. 

Is scalp micropigmentation noticeable?

Scalp micropigmentation is not oddly noticeable. but there is periodic maintenance that you should be aware of. You obviously cannot let your hair grow out. Remember, you are still bald. So if you let your hair grow, the sides will grow while the top won’t. Making it really obvious that you are bald.

The key to scalp micropigmentation looking realistic and not being noticed as an irregularity is to not let your hair (or what’s left of it) grow out. Invest in a good foil shaver or bald shaver, and get into a routine every day just like brushing your teeth,  it only takes couple of minutes if you do it daily.  Scalp micropigmentation is noticeable in the way you would notice someone who looks like they have a really nice shaved head, or someone looks really good because it doesn’t look like they have a spot or they have a lot of thinning. All in all, scalp micropigmentation is much less noticeable than hair loss is. So if you have scalp micropigmentation in order to cover hair loss, then it’s going to be much less noticeable.

The final verdict on scalp micropigmentation

So there you have it folks. While scalp micropigmentation won’t magically grow your hair back, it will magically give you a lot of your confidence back. I cannot stress enough that going to the right practitioner will make all the difference. Make sure you do your research and go to someone who is globally recognized such as Renata! There are more and more places offering SMP and let me tell you, experience and attention to detail from your technician really matters. 

This post was written by one of my scalp micropigmentation clients who wishes to remain anonymous.

Renata Pruszewski – Master Scalp Micropigmentation Technician


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