What is Scalp Micropigmentation?

The Scalp Micropigmentation Treatment Explained

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Scalp Micropigmentation or SMP for short is a non-surgical hair loss treatment for anyone that experiences any form of natural hair loss. It is a safe and non-surgical treatment which is also known as a cosmetic tattoo, hair tattoo or scalp tattoo. Using a micro-needle, thousands of tiny ink dots are deposited into the scalp (like a tattoo). The microdots replicate natural hair follicles at their shortest length which gives the final appearance of a natural-looking shaved head of hair.

It can be used for male pattern baldness, female pattern baldness, alopecia, scar camouflage and to thicken thinning hair. It is suitable for all ethnicities, all genders and any skin complexion and it doesn’t even matter what colour your hair is. It is the most effective and instant solution to hair loss. Scalp Micropigmentation is also good for clients that wear hair systems or hair fibres as it can help to blend in any visible edges, making them look more natural.

Additional benefits of the Treatment

If a client has undergone a hair transplant procedure and they are not happy with the desired result, this non-surgical hair treatment can camouflage the scars. Whether it is from a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) or a Follicular Unit Transplantation (Strip), Scalp Micropigmentation can really boost a client’s confidence and self-esteem.

Before & After Scalp Micropigmentation Results

Here is a before and after picture of what you can expect from Scalp Envy:

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SMP Process

For the best Scalp Micropigmentation results, most clients require 3 sessions after the initial consultation and each session usually lasts 3-7 hours depending on the client’s needs. These are spaced 14-21 days apart to allow the pigment to settle and the scalp to heal fully.


It`s important to see whether Scalp Micropigmentation is for you, the process starts by either meeting in person at our studio or over a video call. We will assess the scalp, discuss hairlines and answer any queries you may have. This is completely free of charge, and you are under no obligation to proceed.

Session 1

In a typical pigmentation treatment, the first session begins by filling out the relevant medical forms and the technician will map out your treatment. We will shave your hair down with clippers on a zero setting, clean the scalp with antibacterial wipes then we will select a conservative pigment colour to match your existing hair and skin tone. It`s important to start with a lighter shade and not go too dark as we can always add but not take away, this will help achieve the most realistic look possible. This session usually lasts between 3-6 hours depending on the size of the head and how bald the client is.

Session 2

After a two-week period, we will assess the healed result of your first Scalp Micropigmentation session. Then, we will decide whether we need to go lighter or darker with the pigment, this will help give the scalp texture and to create a natural-looking result. Timewise, this session is usually slightly longer than the first, as we add density so you will really notice the difference. 

Session 3

This is usually the final treatment of your SMP Cardiff series of sessions and is three weeks after the second session. We’ll add the finishing touches to your scalp and perfect your hairline so you can walk out in confidence with your new look! Now the treatment is complete it is up to you to follow the necessary aftercare guidelines.


To ensure your SMP treatment lasts as long as possible it is essential you follow some aftercare advice. It is important you avoid washing and shaving your scalp for 5 days post-treatment. Avoid getting your scalp wet for 5 days, this includes protecting your scalp from rain, water and sweat. On day 6 after your treatment you are able to rinse your scalp, moisturise, lightly sweat and shave your head. On day 10 you will be able to sweat excessively and resume any exercise activities. You must protect your scalp from the sun in-between sessions and after your treatment using a minimum factor 30 sun cream. If you do have sunburn we will not be able to begin your treatment. You should also avoid swimming, saunas, and steam rooms for 30 days after your final treatment.

How long does Scalp Micropigmentation for hair loss last?

Scalp Micropigmentation permanent procedure that can last for several years, usually between two to five years. The longevity of Scalp Micropigmentation depends on several factors such as the quality of the pigments used, the skill of the SMP practitioner undertaking the treatment and you need to follow any post-treatment care instructions. It’s important to note that while this treatment may last for up to five years, there are no guarantees as to whether or not it will last that long. To make sure your SMP results stay bright and last for a long time, you must keep good hygiene and protect your head from UV rays. With the best possible care, the results of Scalp Micropigmentation should last for a long time.

What are the advantages of this treatment?

1. Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a non-invasive treatment with no downtime, which means it is a safe and effective solution for hair loss.

2. It Can provide immediate results, making it a popular choice for those who don’t have time to wait for hair transplantation treatments to begin working.

3. SMP is very affordable when compared to transplants or other more invasive treatments.

4. The procedure does not require any surgical incisions or anaesthesia, making it a much less intimidating option than other hair loss treatments.

5. It is permanent, meaning that once the pigments have been applied they will stay in place until they naturally fade away over time.

6. SMP offers an even distribution of colour pigment into the scalp, creating a natural look that closely resembles the appearance of hair growth patterns.

Interested in having the treatment? Not sure if you’re a suitable candidate for SMP? Get in touch with us at scalp micropigmentation Cardiff studio, Paul West’s Scalp Envy to see if Scalp Micropigmentation can help!

What to expect at your SMP Treatment?


Book your consultation in with us. This assists in giving you a better understanding of what we can do to help you.


We are very aware of health and safety regulations and adhere to strict standards, ensuring constant cross-contamination procedures and infection control. You are safe with us.


Aftercare helps to avoid infection and premature fading. We will give you instructions over the weeks following treatment to ensure you get the best possible results.

Treatment Overview

Treatment Duration

3/4 Sessions of 2-6 Hours

Recovery Time




Touch Up

Every 2-5 Years

The Benefits

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