As soon as one treatment (session) is finished, clients obviously want to get back to their regular life. Naturally, a great deal of questions we receive concern different activities once a treatment has been completed. Below is a list of the most common questions

What can I do in the first three days following a treatment?

Take it easy. In the first three days after a treatment, there should be no sweating, no water on the head, no shampoo, no washing of the scalp, no running, cardio activities, weight lifting or other gym trips. Simple walking around the house is fine and doing daily office tasks is fine.

When can I first shave my head following a treatment?

By day four with a foil shaver. If you decide to shave at this date, please use an electric foil shaver like the Remington R91 and be careful not to run it over the top of any scabs that have not flaked off.

When can I first shave my head following a treatment if I want to be extra safe or if using a razor blade?

By day ten. The reason is so that the razor blade does not remove still healing scabs and pull up and out any minute amounts of pigment with them.

When can I first allow water to run over my head (without shampoo)?

By day four and after.

When can I first have a light shower?

By day four and after.

When can I have a regular shower?

By day ten after any treatment.

When can I first use moisturizer on my scalp?

By day four after any treatment.

What is the best anti-shine lotion on the market?

Prior SMP clients rate Milk of Magnesia lotion very highly for reducing shine and it is generally agreed to be the best. Other products which receive good reviews are L’Oreal Pure and Matte Lotion for Men and Headblade Headlube Matte lotion.

When can I first use a matte lotion on my scalp?

By day seven after any treatment.

When can I first sweat lightly?

By day four.

When can I first sweat heavily?

By day ten.

When can I first do weight lifting?

By day four after any treatment, provided you don’t work up too much of a sweat.

When can I first do cardio exercise (like running 5K)?

By day ten after any treatment.

When can I first go to the beach and go swimming in the ocean with sunscreen on my head?

By day thirty (30) after all treatments are finished. Please use a sunscreen with SPF 30 to 50, or greater.

When can I begin to use spray tanner on my scalp?

By day thirty (30) after all treatments are finished.

When can I go swimming in a normal pool with chlorine?

By day thirty (30) after all treatments are finished.

When can I go to a sauna?

By day thirty (30) after all treatments are finished.

When can I go to an outdoor pool or the beach in the sun without sunscreen?

Never. The ultraviolet rays from the sun will damage the SMP pigments if no sunscreen is used over the course of many months or years. The end result would be fading and the need for a touch-up. Some clients report that they have spent much time in the sun with their SMP and no sunscreen without negative effects but we do not recommend it. This is not covered under warranty.

Aftercare Products

A very common set of questions from most SMP clients concern how best to take care of their SMP treatment after their appointments are finished. Below are a few products which may help to maintain a healthy and positive SMP appearance.

What is the single best anti-shine lotion available?

Milk of Magnesia. (Magnesium Hydroxide)(M of M) Yes, it is surprising that this antacid agent reduces shine, but it is indeed the single best lotion for creating a matte appearance. It is also by volume and weight, much cheaper than other popular anti-shine products currently on the market.

How did someone discover that M of M was a stable anti-shine agent?

Apparently, Hollywood makeup artists in Los Angeles discovered this by accident in the 1930s.

What are some other popular anti-shine solutions on the market currently?

Two other products that many prior SMP clients speak highly of, are L’Oreal Pure and Matte Lotion for Men and Headblade Headlube Matte lotion. Both are available from many online retailers and even major drugstore chains.

Will Milk of Magnesia affect my SMP treatment in the long term?

We do not believe so, but cannot be 100% sure. HIS does not have the facilities and research budget of a major drug company to test for all compound interactions so we cannot say with definitive assurance, especially if a compound is used on the scalp for many years.

Is there any other matte lotion on the market which is also a fairly high SPF sunscreen?

We do not yet have a good recommendation in this category. If you come across a product you feel is excellent, please let the forums moderator Damien aware of it.

Is fading or damage caused to my SMP by Milk of Magnesia or another after care product covered by the HIS warranty?

No. Any after care product is a choice for the client. We at HIS do not believe the vast majority of major over the counter lotions will be harmful, but we cannot be certain, especially if used continually for several years. For this reason, we cannot cover damage to SMP treatments from after care products.

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