Scalp Micropigmentation Explained

Scalp Micropigmentation replicates the natural appearance of real hair follicles by depositing pigment into the skin with a micro needle. This treatment gives you the look of a full head of hair that has been closely shaven with any hairline you like, it can also be used to add density to thinning hair.

You can forget about hair loss, look younger and regain your confidence. Stop hiding under your hat, using messy hair fibres, sprays, medication or hair systems.

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Scalp Micropigmentation is a hassle-free and 100% effective hair loss solution for balding, receding hairlines, thinning hair, hair transplant scars and alopecia. The treatment is non-surgical and the results are instant.

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  • Steve Anderson

    Absolutely amazing! Never thought I would get my hairline back. These guys have given me a more natural and realistic result than I thought was possible.

    I have been bald on top for 17 years and now I look like a have hair.

    Best in the business.
    Thank you.

  • Steve cole

    These guys are a different level when it comes to SMP. Can’t recommend them highly enough!

  • John Kemsley

    I cannot recommend Skalp more, I had been thinking about SMP for three years now, I wish I had done this sooner. From my first phone call I was put at ease and listened too, So happy wth my results Thanks again Skalp!

  • Mickey Patel

    I had my hairline done at Skalp at the start of this year and it is unbelievable. The results are astonishing and the team are extremely welcoming and professional. Skalp have completely changed my look for the better, my only question is why I didn’t do it sooner!!! I couldn’t recommend Skalp more.

  • Justin R

    Skalp rescued me from poor work done by another technician at another clinic. I would not hesitate to recommend Skalp because they are very competitively priced and genuinely look after their customers starting from the consultation stage all the way through to the final session. In general, for any person who is considering SMP I would highly recommend it.

  • M Fayez

    For a long time I was very apprehensive about doing the micropigmentation but after long research I decided to go ahead with Skalp London. From the very first consultation they made me feel very comfortable. They were extremely professional and I’m very happy with the results. People are convinced I’ve had a hair transplant! I could recommend it to anyone.

  • Adam Thomas

    I researched SMP for 1 year before actually getting it done, went for 5 consultations and in the end Skalp were the very obvious choice, professional, experienced and most importantly by far the most natural results. Can’t thank everyone at the London clinic enough. I love my new hairline. Thank you. Adam

  • Graeme

    Brilliant from start to finish! Absolutely amazed with how my treatment turned out, dean was great really puts you at ease and a pleasure to talk too. If your thinking of getting Smp I highly recommend Skalp as the place to get it!

  • Mattia Gonella

    Skalp is the best SMP company in Europe and most probably in the world. Vinny is an artist, very professional and nice . The result after 3 sessions is unbelievable, so natural and real !! Don’t hesitate, go to Skalp if you wanna look 10 years younger.

  • John Kemsley

    I cannot recommend Skalp more, I had been thinking about SMP for three years now, I wish I had done this sooner. From my first phone call I was put at ease and listened too, So happy wth my results Thanks again Skalp!

  • Ben Keyte

    Different class from start to finish, Attention second to none, Felt at ease, Highly recommend, Thank you

  • James Faulkner

    Was recommended to me by a friend. great experience and my head looks great. fantastic staff and well worth the money paid. Great job Skalp UK and i will be recommending you to other people i know who have issues with hair loss.

  • Imran Jamal

    Brilliant experience from start to finish. Vinny at skalp made me feel comfortable and reassured that I was in competent and professional hands. He is a brilliant practicioner, giving me excellent results. Im so glad I chose to go to skalp!

  • Benny

    Great service from start to finish, anyone considering having SMP procedure done I would highly recommend going to Skalp. Top marks a very happy customer!

Best Scalp Micropigmentation clinic London

Skalp® has treated over 20,000 happy clients and offers the most natural and realistic results possible.

Our practitioners are world renowned for being the most experienced in the whole Scalp Micropigmentation industry. We were one of the first few SMP clinics to open in the world and were the first clinic to develop and offer ultra natural & realistic hairlines.

All Skalp® practitioners undertake at least 3 months of rigorous training before performing treatments, compared with the industry standard of 3-5 days.

Frequently asked questions about Scalp Micropigmentation

Scalp Micropigmentation is suitable for all types and stages of hair-loss, on all ages, hair colours and skin tones.

Scalp Micropigmentation is a life changing treatment, at any stage of hair loss, or at any age, hair loss affects men and can make you lose your self confidence. If hair loss is having a big negative impact on your life or you just fancy improving how you look, Scalp Micropigmentation can help.

Scalp Micropigmentation will give you a more youthful appearance, cover any bald areas and frame your face with a new hairline, the hairline can be as subtle & natural or as defined as you like.

Scalp Micropigmnetation treatment process

The treatment takes place over 3 sessions, each taking approx 1-4 hours with one week between the first two sessions, then a 3rd and final session one month later. The process allows for a gradual build-up of density over the 3 sessions, we start with a lighter colour and a slightly higher hairline on session 1, so you can get used to your new hairline over the week and make changes to the shape, height, colour and density on the following session.

During the SMP treatment, a needle deposits pigment into the 2nd dermal skin layer to replicate each hair follicle. Pigment spacing is determined by replicating the remaining natural hair follicles. Our practitioners have unrivalled experience and reputation and won’t rest until they reach perfection.

By 50 years of age, about 85 percent of men will suffer from hair loss, 20% of them will experience significant hair loss by the age of 20, usually making sufferers look older than their years and affecting self-confidence.

Scalp Micropigmentation can restore your hairline and give even coverage to any balding areas, we also blend a few inches into your remaining hair to cover future hair loss, so you can stop worrying about hair loss forever.

When it comes to hair loss a receding hairline is what our clients say they is the worst part of them losing their hair, and getting their hairline back is the most exciting part of getting Scalp Micropigmentation.

A receding hairline can make your forehead look too large and out of proportion with the rest of your face. Scalp Micropigmentation frames the face with a natural looking hairline and gives you a more youthful look.

Alopecia can vary hugely in severity from one person to the next, from patches of missing hair to the loss of all the hair on the scalp. Scalp Micropigmentation can restore the look of a full head of hair for all forms of alopecia helps our clients regain their self-esteem.

Diffuse hair loss can affect men at any age and can be caused by anything that interrupts the normal hair cycle, including emotional stress and nutritional deficiencies, It can be a stressful event for any one. Scalp Micropigmentation is an incredibly effective solution, restoring confidence and looks by making thin hair appear a lot thicker.

Scalp Micropigmentation is suited to all skin types and colours, White, Afro-Caribbean, Latino, Asian and mixed-race. Our world class practitioners can match the treatment to any hair or skin colour to provide a seamless, perfect match.

Laser revision can be used to completely remove the treatment or make changes to the hairline shape. You may want to adjust the hairline position or design to create an older, more receded look as you age.

As we age, we will tend to change our opinion on the best design for our hairline and hair.

Although we have not had any requests for it, you can be reassured that complete reversal is an option, albeit an unlikely one.

Our pigment goes far less deep than regular tattoos so the laser removal is a much more straightforward and an easier process, usually requiring only 1-2 sessions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Scalp Micropigmentation (also known as SMP or a hair tattoo) is a non-surgical hair loss treatment where pigments are deposited into the scalp to replicate the natural appearance of real hair follicles, giving you a new hairline and the look of a full head of hair that has been closely-shaven or to add density to thin hair.

Camouflage scarring from previous hair transplant surgeries and boost the visual effect of a hair transplant.

Restore the look of a full head of hair on even a completely bald head due to alopecia.

Make thin hair appear a lot thicker by camouflaging the scalp. By not seeing so much skin on the scalp your hair appears thicker.

Scalp Micropigmentation, when done by an experienced practitioner, gives hyper-realistic results. Clients say that even up close in the mirror, they can’t even tell the difference between their real hair follicles and the treatment.

Scalp Micropigmentation is classed as a permanent treatment. Although the results are permanent, they can fade slightly over the years to a lighter color. We recommend a short touch-up every 3-6 years.

The price depends on your level of hair loss. You can see a visual price guide on our website here, but we do recommend visiting for a free consultation or sending pictures to get an accurate quote.

Scalp Micropigmentation takes place over 3 sessions and a standard session lasts 1-4 hours depending on the amount of area that requires treatment.

There is one week between sessions 1 & 2. Then a 3rd session takes place 1 month later.

Colour and density are gradually built up over 3 sessions to ensure a perfect colour match and blend with your existing hair.

We always start slightly too light with the colour on session 1, then make small adjustments in the following sessions to get the perfect result.

The hairline design is a very personal choice. A hairline design is drawn on before each session starts, your practitioner will guide and work closely with you to ensure you get the exact hairline you want. You can decide exactly how soft & natural or sharp & defined the hairline is.

Skalp has been the Scalp Micropigmentation industry leader for over 10 years and has changed the lives of over 20,000 happy clients. Skalp practitioners are known worldwide for being the most experienced practitioners in the industry and producing the most natural results possible. It is easy for every clinic to claim to be the best but we have the reputation, reviews and testimonials to prove it.

Skalp practitioners are trained for 3 months before performing a treatment compared to the industry standard of 3-5 days.

When your Scalp Micropigmentation treatment is carried out by a Skalp® practitioner you can relax knowing you have the most experienced practitioners in the industry performing your treatment, Scalp Micropigmentation is a highly skilled treatment and should only be carried out by a highly trained and experienced professional.

When SMP is performed by an inexperienced or undertrained practitioner you may not get the desired result.

Click here for more info on when Scalp Micropigmentation is performed by an inexperienced practitioner.

No, Scalp Micropigmentation is a highly specialised treatment, the technique, machine, needles and pigment we use are all different from what is used in a regular tattoo. An SMP practitioner could not perform a regular tattoo and a regular tattooist could not perform an SMP treatment. Sadly we have seen quite a few examples of a regular tattooist attempting to perform an SMP treatment without the correct training

Yes. We offer a finance option where you can split your treatment cost into affordable monthly payments, with 0% interest available at some clinics.

You can apply to finance your SMP treatment here.

The pigment we use for treatment is designed just for Scalp Micropigmentation hair tattoos, it does not change colour like a regular tattoo. The colour will get lighter over the years, but will not change colour after any period of time.

You can expect to see visible results and your new hairline instantly. Straight after each session, there may be some redness. Redness usually lasts 24 hours after each session. We gradually build up the density and make small adjustments to the colour and hairline shape over 3 sessions to get the perfect result.

In most cases, yes. For a standard SMP hair tattoo, you will need to shave your hair using hair clippers, a facial shaver, or a razor. We recommend the best length to shave your hair for your treatment to look natural would be a 0.5-grade length or shorter. Of course, we encourage you to experiment with what shaving routine looks and works best for you.

Scalp Micropigmentation can work on long hair to give the appearance of thicker hair if you have enough remaining hair. A thickening treatment works the same as on a shaved head by mimicking the appearance of hair follicles so that less of the scalp is visible. If there is not enough remaining hair for the treatment to blend with, we may advise that you would need to shave.

Scalp Micropigmentation Density treatment

Yes, Scalp Micropigmentation works very well on women with thin or thinning hair, by camouflaging the scalp and not seeing so much skin it gives the appearance of thicker, fuller hair. Click here for more info on SMP for women.

Scalp Micropigmentation works with any hair colour, as when any hair colour is closely shaved down to the follicle you are left with a grey shade. We match the treatment to how dark your shade is. So it makes no difference if your hair is grey or turns grey after the treatment. Click here for more info on Scalp Micropigmentation and grey hair.

After 5 years your Scalp Micropigmentation hair tattoo will look a lighter version of how it did when it was first done. You can then decide if you want to have a short touch-up to return the treatment to its original colour when you first had it done, or you may reach a certain age and let it keep fading.

Yes, If you have had hair transplant surgery then you may have been left with scars. We can camouflage all forms of Hair transplant scarring, Strip/Punch/FUE, so you can wear your hair as short as you like.

Not only can we cover your scars but we can also enhance the results of your transplant by adding density thin/thinning hair.

Click here for more info on Scalp Micropigmentation and Hair Transplants.

Scar Camouflage with SMP

The shaved hair look is a style that has stood the test of time. It’s easy to maintain, looks smart, and is effortlessly cool. If you are not sure if a shaved head will suit you, we offer free virtual hairline mock-ups to give you an idea of how you will look with the treatment and your new hairline. Click here to send us your picture to get your virtual hairline.

Yes it is totally safe and non-invasive. The treatment only goes half as deep into the skin as a regular tattoo. We have never seen any adverse effects due to a hair tattoo.

As Scalp Micropigmentation is non-surgical, like a regular tattoo, it does not affect the real hair follicles and cannot cause hair loss.

No, for most of our clients the pain is minimal and described as a lot less painful than a regular tattoo. No pain medication is needed and any discomfort is only during the actual Scalp Micropigmentation hair tattoo treatment.

Following the treatment, the treated area will look slightly red for roughly 24 hours, a lot of our clients go back to work the next day. Scalp Micropigmentation requires no downtime as it is a non-invasive treatment. We do recommend you avoid rubbing your head or sweating heavily for 4 days after each session. Click here to view our aftercare guide.

Compared to a hair transplant that can take up to one year to recover and see the results, the results from Scalp Micropigmentation are instant.

We know that when you have decided you want the treatment, you’ll be keen to get started ASAP, however, our clinics are very busy and can get booked up for a while. When you are ready, let us know and we will find you dates that suit you.

Scalp Micropigmention is reversible. We’ve never had a customer to date want to remove the treatment however the removal process would be similar to that of tattoo removal. The difference is that Scalp Micropigmentation is only situated within the 2nd dermal skin layer compared to a regular tattoo being twice as deep. So a Scalp Micropigmentation treatment is a lot easier to remove and can be fully removed with a laser within two sessions. We can imagine our clients looking to change their hairline, perhaps soften the hairline or maybe even recede slightly as they become older.

After 3-6 years you may feel the need for a touch-up. Whether you want to adjust your hairline, freshen it up or just fancy going a bit darker. Touch-ups are charged at an hourly rate which is £300+VAT, ($450)(€300). A touch-up is usually only one hour long, sometimes two hours depending on the size of the area needing treatment.

Yes of course! Our clinics are always busy and we are happy to arrange for you to meet another client that has finished their treatment or are mid-way through their treatment.

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