Scalp micropigmentation (SMP), aka hair tattoo, was initially developed to help men with thinning hair or baldness. Back then, it wasn’t a good fit for those with long hair. The technique just wasn’t sophisticated yet to accurately mimic the appearance of long hair.
Fast forward to today, and scalp micropigmentation has evolved into a universal hair loss tool. It’s a fantastic option for anyone, of any gender, and for almost every type and stage of hair loss.
So yes, scalp micropigmentation can and will work for long hair!
With that said, SMP for long hair works best for certain types of hair loss. In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about scalp micropigmentation for long hair. We’ll outline the types of hair loss it’s best suited for, the benefits, the process and more. Let’s dive in!
How does scalp micropigmentation work?
First things first, let’s quickly cover how the procedure works. Scalp micropigmentation is a non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment that involves applying tiny dots of pigment to the scalp.
These dots imitate short hairs and create a fuller, denser-looking finish. On a balding head, this generally looks like shaved hair or a buzz cut. The process is very similar to traditional tattoos, except the needles used are much finer and deposit less pigment. This ensures a realistic-looking finish you can trust will last for years to come.
In fact, you can see it for yourself – here are real-life, before and after pictures of our scalp micropigmentation clients!
Men & women with long hair that are perfect for SMP
Again, scalp micropigmentation will work for both long-haired men and women. It’s especially effective for these types of hair loss issues:
Female pattern baldness
Female pattern baldness is different from male pattern baldness in that it doesn’t cause a receding hairline or thinning crown. Instead, it usually results in dispersed thinning hair across the head.
As long as you have sufficient existing hair volume and density, scalp micropigmentation can provide a much-needed boost. We can achieve that by using pigment that matches your current hair color and scalp, then carefully filling in the thinning spots until they’re virtually undetectable and look like thicker hair.
The result is a thicker, fuller appearance that doesn’t sacrifice your hairline or length.
Thinning at the crown
For men and women with long hair, thinning hair near the crown of the head can be a difficult problem to solve. In this case, scalp micropigmentation will target the crown area, using the same process as above. We’ll then go a step further and add additional pigment to the area so that everything blends in beautifully.
Scalp micropigmentation can also be used to hide any scarring, bald patches, or discoloration on the scalp. This could range from a hair transplant scar to discoloration caused by alopecia, wounds, or burns. Using a light layer of pigment, we can match the color and texture of your existing hair to effectively conceal any scar.
Depending on the nature and age of the scar, we may need to use a combination of treatments. These could include laser therapy, microneedling, hair regrowth, and/or SMP to achieve the best results.
The exception here are individuals who are prone to keloid scarring, as scalp micropigmentation isn’t recommended for this condition. If this is you, don’t give up just yet – come in for a consultation and we’ll help you explore other options.
There are many possible reasons for a receding hairline. For example, some people experience it due to genetics, while others may lose hair following an illness or surgery. It can also be caused by stress and lifestyle choices, such as prolonged smoking, hair styles like tight cornrows, or the use of certain hairstyling products.
Regardless of the cause, scalp micropigmentation is often a great option for receding hairlines in those with longer hair. By filling in the gaps, we can return the hairline to its former shape, or any custom shape you’d like.
It’s important to note that scalp micropigmentation won’t stop further hair loss. If you are worried about balding or further thinning, contact us so we can discuss your concerns and identify a solution together.
Limited diffuse thinning in men
Men who want to maintain their long hairstyles but are experiencing limited thinning in certain areas can also benefit from SMP.
By using a custom combination of pigment and shading, we can fill in the missing areas and blend them into your hair. This works for both thinning in certain spots, and thinning across your entire head or scalp.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that causes patchy hair loss. What happens is that the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles and causes them to stop producing new hairs.
The results are round, bald (or thinning) patches across the scalp. Scalp micropigmentation can help camouflage these patches and restore a more even, balanced look.
The Benefits of SMP for Hair Loss
When it comes to hair loss, the advantages of scalp micropigmentation are clear. Not only is it a noninvasive and long-term solution, but it can also help you look and feel your best.
Some of the benefits include:
A natural, undetectable result
The ultimate goal of SMP is to make it look like you never had anything done. To do that, we work with you to create a look that is tailored to your individual needs.
It’s also important that the results are undetectable to the human eye. This means that nobody will be able to tell that you had scalp micropigmentation – not even close family members.
Immediate restoration of a full head of hair
This is a major benefit of SMP. With just one session, you can restore your hairline and create the look of fullness you had before your hair loss.
It’s also a great solution for those who have undergone hair transplants, as it can help fill in any remaining gaps.
The ability to customize results
With SMP, you have the option of creating a custom aesthetic that suits your preferences. Whether you want to restore your original hairline or create a whole new look, our team of experts can help make it happen.
No need to worry about styling or maintenance
Once your SMP procedure is done, you don’t need to do anything special to keep it looking its best. All you need to do is keep your scalp clean and moisturized, and you’re all set.
Avoid the side effects of medications or other treatments
Some medications and treatments for hair loss come with a host of side effects, such as nausea, headaches, weight gain, and more.
With SMP, you can avoid these side effects and enjoy the benefits of a full head of hair without worrying about any negative consequences.
No long recovery time
Unlike hair transplants or other procedures, scalp micropigmentation doesn’t require a long recovery time. In fact, each session only takes just a couple of hours and you’ll be able to go back to your regular activities almost immediately.
Works for any length of hair
Whether you have short, long, or medium-length hair, SMP can work for you. The results are the same no matter what hairstyle you have.
Hair loss, no matter the reason, can take a toll on your self-esteem. Scalp micropigmentation can help you feel more confident about how you look, and in turn, improve your quality of life.
FAQs about SMP for Long Hair
You probably have more questions about SMP for long hair, and we’d love to answer all of them! Meanwhile, we’re sharing the answers to some frequently asked questions about this treatment:
Does scalp micropigmentation work for long hair?
Yes, definitely. SMP is perfect for restoring the appearance of hair density and filling in any gaps left by hair loss for those with long hair. It can also be combined with other treatments, such as hair transplants, to create even more amazing results.
Does SMP damage existing hair follicles?
We understand this is a major concern, especially if you have long hair. The answer is no, scalp micropigmentation will not harm any of your existing hair.
The pigments we use are completely safe for both your skin and hair follicles. Expect your hair to grow as normally as possible after you undergo the treatment.
Do I need to shave my head if I have long hair?
This is another common misconception about SMP, and we hope you don’t let that stop you! The truth is, you don’t need to shave your head at all before getting SMP done. In fact, you don’t even need to trim your hair – the procedure works just as well with long locks.
What hair length is best for SMP?
Those with bald or thinning scalps are certainly more straightforward cases, but SMP works for basically any hair length to create the look of thicker hair.
No matter what length your hair is, our team of experts can work with you to create a natural-looking result without compromising the health of your hair follicles.
Who is a good candidate for scalp micro pigmentation?
Most men and women experiencing various types and levels of hair loss are excellent candidates for scalp micropigmentation. If you are unsure if the treatment is right for you, our team is always available to answer your questions and provide personalized advice.
How long does it take for scalp micropigmentation to look natural?
Not too long at all! It’ll take a few sessions spaced apart to get the full effect. We’ll be letting the areas heal, then continue building on the look until we achieve the final look.
After the last treatment, give it a few days for the ink to settle into your skin and finish blending in. The results of scalp micropigmentation will last for several years with minimal fading.
Book Your Free Consultation with Studio Conceal!
Hopefully, this article helps you understand the potential and benefits of scalp micropigmentation for long hair. I invite you to book a FREE consultation so we can discuss your options further.
During our conversation, feel free to share your expectations and goals, as well as any concerns you might have.
We understand that no two cases are the same and we’ll work with you to create a hair restoration plan tailored specifically to your needs. Let’s work together to restore your hair and make sure you feel confident in how you look!
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