The Difference Between A Hair Tattoo And Body Tattoo


While it may seem as if body tattoo artists are the same are SMP practitioners, there is a big difference between the two. It is important to understand the differences to avoid making the wrong choice when it comes to hair treatment.


Over the years we’ve seen and heard many horror stories about poor SMP tattoos. This usually happens when a body tattoo artist applies a ‘hair tattoo’ with disastrous results. Some people do this because it is a cheaper option and they think they’ll get the same look. Unfortunately you get what you pay for, which is why using highly trained specialists is the only option you should take.


SMP hair tattoo and regular tattoo

The top 5 differences between a hairline tattoo and regular tattoo:

1.Training and experience

Many body tattoo artists come from art backgrounds and work using freehand techniques. SMP practitioners undergo specific training to create realistic looking hair follicles on the scalp. A body tattoo artist will not be able to perform SMP and the reverse is also true. An understanding of hair loss, hairlines, hair density and skin anatomy is also an essential requirement. Without this sort of background the hair tattoo results will prove to be a disaster every time.


2.Size of the needle

This plays a big part in determining how a hair tattoo will look on the scalp. Recreating hair follicles requires the use of a much smaller needle. This means needles used for body tattoos are larger than those SMP practitioners would rely on. A 3-point microneedle along with a 3-steel needle system is used to ensure the best results. These have been specifically designed for micropigmentation. A body tattoo needle would be too large and look considerably different.


regular tattoo and hairline tattoo

3.Pain threshold

Customers who have had both body tattoos and scalp micropigmentation always comment about the different levels of pain experienced. SMP involves a small pin prick due to the needle quickly going in and out of the skin to place the ink. This means there is far less pain experienced during the treatment. On the other hand, a body tattoo presses into the skin for a far longer period of time. This is because the designs are larger, creating lines across the skin which makes it far more painful.


4.Different purposes

Everyone has their own reason for getting a body tattoo. It can be purely cosmetic, or it may have an emotional meaning attached to it. A hair tattoo is extremely practical and life changing. The only reason for getting the treatment is to create a new, realistic looking hairline on your scalp. Not only does it mean you look fantastic, but you feel just as amazing too. This can give you back much needed confidence and self-belief to go and enjoy life to full once more.


5.Care and attention

Body tattoo artists are expert professionals and skilled at what they do. However, the level of care given before, during and after tattoo treatment is far lower than hair SMP. With micropigmentation you get a free consultation and expert advice before proceeding. It also takes 2-3 sessions to ensure we finish the hair tattoo to perfection. This is a service to help those experiencing hair loss which means customers should always feel safe and reassured about the procedure.


before and after hair tattoo for hair loss

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