There are plenty of balding remedies in the market today. They could range from the simplest of anti hair loss shampoos to the more complex hair transplant methods. The effectiveness of these remedies depends on the kind of hair loss condition as well as the degree of its onset. Perhaps the most dynamic out of all the current treatments available is a scalp micropigmentation procedure.

A shaved scalp hairstyle is probably what comes to mind when someone thinks about SMP. It does after all work best in most cases when the head is entirely bald. This is because the pigments are two-dimensional in design and each one works together to create a uniform look of a semblance of hair. Any existing hair on the other hand is three-dimensional. It could potentially upset the balance depending on its placement in relation to each other. A sharp contrast between the two will make the pigments recognisable to the eye, betraying the very purpose of what SMP is truly for.

SMP with longer hair - front

Getting scalp micropigmentation to work with existing hair requires more components before it can be implemented properly. The hairline should still be intact and the vertex area must only be exhibiting diffuse thinning. This would make it most suitable for female pattern baldness. The same however could not be said about using this during the latter stages of male pattern baldness or alopecia areata for that matter. Any kind of balding that already has large areas of the scalp exposed will make this method highly detectible. The “open spaces” would create the clear distinction between the two-dimensional pigments and three-dimensional hair strands. This would cause an SMP procedure to fail because its very purpose is to create an illusion of hair to the casual observer, no matter the hairstyle pattern it is working with.

In any case, an SMP requires that the entire scalp be shaved free of hair before proceeding with the treatment. The specialist can work better with a “clean canvas” in order to fully appreciate how the pigments have settled in and faded. It could also inadvertently provide a chance to witness a “just-shaven” look for a few days while waiting for the hair to grow out. Whichever style the SMP patient chooses however, he just has to be aware that his hairline and vertex region can complement the pigments below to remain inconspicuous.

Maintenance requirements

I recently posted how scalp micropigmentation can work with longer hair, because in some cases it is actually feasible. But how best to maintain your hair at this length?

As detailed in this post, there are a lot of reasons why people may prefer using clippers. There is a certain 3D effect which can be enjoyed by those who are ‘diffuse’ thinners, and for these guys clippers may be the best option. Also some men are not comfortable with shaving their head completely. If you suffer from sensitive skin on your scalp, this might be your best bet.

For those who want to keep their hair longer however, clippers offer the only feasible option. The regularity of your required cuts makes it impossible to use your local barber, and other options like electric face shavers or wet shaving cut the hair too short.

A word of caution

Be wary of providers who promise that SMP can work with longer hair. While this is true up to a certain extent, there are also those instances that the difference in length is just too obvious. It would result in an awkward looking outcome making a shaved style the only logical option to implement in the first place.

Sometimes, SMP is done with poor quality because of the knowledge that the longer hair can be used to conceal its defects. The SMP specialist merely tries to make the existing hair look denser without considering the progressive shedding upon the scalp. This will eventually expose the pigments beneath it making it more open to scrutiny. SMP should always be layered with this possibility in mind. It is to be completed at the highest standard regardless of the absence or presence of existing hair.

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