The Facts About Scalp Micropigmentation

The Facts About Scalp Micropigmentation

Mar 30th 2022

Scalp Micropigmentation, or SMP, is a technique used to create the appearance of a thicker, fuller head of hair. In combination with camouflage pigments and  color correctors, it can also be used to disguise scars and other blemishes on the scalp. SMP is a great option for both men and women who want their hair to look fuller. Are you interested in the technique? Let Quantum answer some of the most common questions about scalp micropigmentation.


How is scalp micropigmentation done?


Similar to microblading and other eyebrow techniques, SMP aims to recreate the look of individual hairs or follicles on the scalp. Unlike eyebrow techniques that are often done with a manual tool, scalp micropigmentation is done with an electric device. Because the skin on the scalp is thicker than on the face, more power is required to place the pigments under the skin than is possible with a hand tool. The rotary machine is set specifically for the requirements of the skin on your scalp and the vibration required to deposit the pigment.  Scientific studies have been done to determine exactly how deeply to place the pigments for best results. These studies have led to increased consistency in how the pigments are applied industry-wide.

A skilled artist will choose a blend of pigment colors based on both your skin tone and hair color. Using several colors creates a more natural look because each person's natural hair is made up of several different colors. Quantum even carries gray tones like our  Charcoal Gray that can help create a natural look at any age.


How long does SMP last?

Scalp micropigmentation can last 4-6 years if done properly. After that time, it can begin to fade and will require touch ups. It is important to have your work done by a skilled artist and use only the  best scalp micro pigments in order to prevent premature fading or unintended colors. For example, our  Deep Black will not fade to blue over time like other blacks.

For long-lasting results, make sure to follow your artists aftercare instructions carefully and use a high quality  Aftercare product. Avoiding sun exposure and wearing sunscreen after your SMP heals will also help ensure that your application lasts as long as possible.


How much does scalp micropigmentation cost?


SMP is usually done over the course of several sessions with each session ranging between $500 - $1,500. The total price is going to depend on the severity of your hair loss, how much camouflage or cover up work is needed, and how much of your scalp requires coverage. Where you choose to have it done will also factor into the price. Like with tattoos and permanent makeup, you get what you pay for with the SMP process. Skilled artists with consistent outstanding results are going to be more expensive. While you can pay $1,500 - $5,000 to a skilled artist by the time you are done, that price tag is still more cost effective than alternatives like medication, concealers, wigs, and transplant surgery.


Does scalp micropigmentation work for long hair?


The answer to this is not so straightforward. SMP cannot give the appearance of having long hair to someone that does not already have it. However, for women and men with long hair who are experiencing thinning or bald spots, scalp micropigmentation can help. It is a great way to give the scalp coverage and avoid seeing the scalp through thinning hair or bald spots. Scalp micropigmentation creates the appearance of thicker fuller hair for those who already have long hair.

Who is a good candidate for scalp micropigmentation?


  • People who are experiencing hair loss due to health conditions like alopecia.
  • Cancer survivors who have thinning hair or bald patches due to cancer treatment.
  • Men with thinning hair or male-pattern baldness who want to choose where to place their hairline or fill in bald patches.
  • People with scars on the head or scalp who wish to camouflage the scar and fill in missing areas of hair.
  • Anyone experiencing hair loss who would like the look of thicker, fuller hair.
  • It is ideal for people wanting the appearance of buzzed or close cropped hair.

While scalp micropigmentation cannot regrow hair, it can provide a fuller look to your hair that boosts your confidence and gives you a more youthful appearance. We look forward to helping people with hair loss experience the version of themselves they would like to see when they look in the mirror. That is why we provide only the highest quality vegan and cruelty free scalp micro pigments. To learn more visit the  Scalp Micro Pigment section of our website and follow us on social media for updates.                                          

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