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  • Writer's pictureTara Motamed

What is Scalp Micropigmentation?

Updated: Oct 22, 2021

The easiest explanation is: it's a tattoo on the scalp. Say what?!

Scalp Micropigmentation or SMP for short is the process of placing micro dots between the dermis and epidermis to create the look of hair growing in the follicle at skin level. It can be done on both men and women to camouflage varying degrees of hair loss. There are 3 types of SMP services- hair line rebuilding, density, scar camouflage post hair transplant.

Hair Line Rebuilding

This service is done on men that shave right to the skin or are willing to keep their head totally shaved. By layering pigment with slight tone variations the artist is able to achieve 3-D like realism. But keep in mind that no matter how real it looks when the head is fully shaved it is still 2 dimensional and will be obvious if the hair is allowed grow. It is done over 4 sessions to achieve the multi dimensional look while also allowing the scalp heal in between.


Density SMP is great for both men and women that want to camouflage thin areas. It cannot be done on any bald patches. It is used to enhance the hair that you have and make it look thicker and fuller. The technique is similar to Hair Line Rebuilding but the placement differs. For women it can conceal female pattern baldness (aka: androgenic alopecia) with a maintenance free result. For men it can conceal an excessive amount of scalp to make hair look thicker.

Scar Camouflage post Hair Transplant

Scar Camouflage after a hair transplant is a great way to conceal the look of the scar on the back of the head. By using a carbon based pigment and careful placement the technician can help to blend the scar into the hair for a seamless transition. This can be used on both traditional and FUE transplant scars.

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