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What is Scalp Micropigmentation?

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02 . 21 . 19
Emilie Branch

Emilie Branch

Writer at Mane Addicts
Emilie is a writer and editor based in New York. Though she writes about beauty, she has written for a variety of lifestyle and industry publications over the last ten (plus) years. Find out what color Emilie’s hair is now by following her on Instagram @emiliebranch.
Emilie Branch

 Every so often we see a before and after that leaves us wondering—how’d they do that? Such is the case with micropigmentation, which transforms thinning manes with serious a wow-factor. To find out what exactly micropigmentation is and how it works, we tapped an expert in the treatment, Christopher Drummond, Licensed Aesthetician and Microblading Master at PFRANKMD Skin Salon.

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How Scalp Micropigmentation Works

Scalp micropigmentation is for anyone dealing with hair loss or thinning. The process involves tattooing pigment into areas where there’s noticeable hair loss, concealing and blending with the surrounding scalp and hair. Alternating between pigment works to fill in areas that have thinned, giving the appearance of “a more natural look,” explains Christopher.

The treatment relies on a digital machine for the “hair follicle simulation,” says Christopher of the technical terminology. “By using a combination of micro fine hair strokes and micro-dots (pixels) you can get a very realistic-looking fill of an area that has thinning, sparse hair. The average appointment takes 2-3 hours per area and a full head generally takes two days,” he says.

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Pigment Selection and Application

Since micropigmentation literally involves covering the hair follicles with pigment, all colors are entirely customized. To ensure quality with each application, Christopher uses all organic colors, which he notes are mineral-based and definitely not synthetic.

Results from scalp micropigmentation are considered semi-permanent and will generally last for 1-2 years. For the most realistic color that really blends, Christopher advises that the color be applied away from the hairline. “Anytime it is directly on the hairline, it risks being more obvious,” he shares—even in scalp micropigmentation, you want to be subtle.

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Modern Micropigmentation

Ultimately, Christopher feels that best candidates for scalp micropigmentation are women experiencing thinning, receding hair. “It’s a better solution than a hair transplant,” he explains. Of course, like all semi-permanent tattoos, results cannot be guaranteed. With that being said, Christopher emphasizes that most people see dramatic results. “Many don’t realize, but this is not a traditional tattoo—modern micropigmentation uses different machines and pigments, allowing for more realistic-looking results.”

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