If you’re going bald, don’t worry – you’re among great company. Many masters of industry are bald men, in fact the richest man in the world is a bald guy (see Jeff Bezos). It’s estimated that nearly 85% of men suffer some form of male pattern baldness in their lifetime. Hair loss is such a common problem that last year alone, the hair loss industry boasted $3.6 billion in revenue. Traditionally, the treatment options for hair loss were finasteride, minoxidil, hair transplants, or wigs. While effective, each of these existing treatments was either risky, costly, or too time consuming to maintain. Scalp Micropigmentation is a new treatment that carries none of these caveats – it’s easy to maintain, it’s cheap, and most importantly, it’s safe.
With that, let’s let’s take a deep dive into Scalp Micropigmentation and hopefully answer any questions you may have. We’re going to go fully in depth, covering the what it is, costs, reviews, risks, comparisons, everything.
- Understanding Scalp Micropigmentation
- Scalp Micropigmentation Pros/Cons
- Scalp Micropigmentation Reviews
- Bald Champions Opinion on Scalp Micropigmentation and Hair Tattoos
- Best Scalp Micropigmentation Practitioners in the US
Champions Guide to Scalp Micropigmentation
What is Scalp Micropigmentation?
Scalp Micropigmentation, SMP for short, is a procedure where ‘hair follicles’ are tattooed onto the scalp, essentially filling in the bald spots. SMP does not regrow hair or move any existing hair, but it gives the illusion that the person has a full head of hair and they just shave their head. SMP in short, is head tattoo hair. It’s a cosmetic tattoo that helps reframe the face and give bald men the appearance of a full head of hair with either a buzz cut or a close shave.
Is it different than a normal tattoo?
SMP is more than just a hair tattoo, it’s actually a highly specialized procedure that uses advanced pigment that doesn’t discolor like normal tattoos. Normal tattoos tend to turn blue over time, but SMP will only fade – never discolor. Additionally, Scalp Micropigmentation does not go as deep into the skin as more traditional tattoos. It only penetrates very shallow layers in the skin, making it easier to remove and makes the procedure less painful.
Does it look realistic?
After checking out hundreds of scalp micropigmentation review testimonials and case studies by men who have had the scalp tattoo procedure, the consensus seems clear – the vast majority of men say their treatment is completely undetectable. Here are a few cases you should check out –
- In this case, a girl thinks her romantic interest has a full head of hair and wants him to grow it out. Little does she know, it’s actually SMP.
- In this case, a girl says “it’s a tattoo” while rubbing an SMP recipients head. Read it fully, there is a great catch 😉
- Here’s a video of a guy who underwent the treatment and has received nothing but positive feedback.
Is it permanent?
The treatment is permanent, but there are some caveats.
- SMP fades over time and should be touched up every 3-5 years, depending on sun exposure. Touch ups are quick and cheap.
- Even though it’s permanent, it’s also really customizable – hairlines can be moved, fill can be reduced or intensified, and so on.
For men seeking a temporary SMP, there is a treatment called tricopigmentation. Tricopigmentation is essentially the same thing as scalp micropigmentation, it just uses an ink that is temporary. It can last anywhere from 1 to 3 years.
Is it easy to maintain?
Maintenance for scalp micropigmentation is pretty simple, all you have to do is keep your hair shorter than 3-4 days worth of growth. If you let your hair grow out and have nothing up top, the hair tattoo will be really obvious. It’s important to keep it buzzed or shaved so that the hair blends in with the tattoo seamlessly.
How Much Does it Cost?
Scalp Micropigmentation cost varies really depending on how much of your head you need filled in.
If you’re fully bald, it will probably cost between $3000 to $4000.
Anything less than an NW7 can be anywhere from $1500 to $3000, it will depend how much hair you have left.
For guys just looking to have FUE or FUT scars covered up, this treatment is generally in the $1500 range.
For something that lasts forever, the hair tattoo cost is basically negligible.
Can Scalp Micropigmentation be Removed?
Yeah – most tattoos can be removed these days and scalp micropigmentation is no different. In fact, it’s actually really easy to have scalp micropigmentation removed because the ink is pretty close to the surface of the skin in comparison with traditional tattoos.
Scalp Micropigmentation Pros and Cons
Scalp Micropigmentation has a number of advantages that make it a solid choice for some guys. Here are the advantages of scalp micropigmentation:
- You don’t have to take any more hair loss treatments
- After getting SMP, you will never need to take finasteride, minoxidil, or ketoconazole again. All you have to do is shave your head.
- It’s probably the easiest of all treatments to maintain.
- You don’t need to style your hair in any crazy way, spend time each morning to rub some sort of lotion on your head. Just have to shave your head every few days.
- It makes you look like you have a full head of hair instantly
- Other treatments take years to show results. After your first session of scalp micropigmentation, you will see immediate results and the appearance of a full head of hair
- It’s virtually undetectable. Even up close, the treatment just looks like hair follicles. There are reports of men with SMP who tell people they have a hair tattoo, but nobody believes them.
Like anything, SMP also has its disadvantages. Here are some of the disadvantages of scalp micropigmentation:
- Cost – it’s cheap in comparison to hair transplants, but can still run a few thousand dollars
- You will never be able to grow your hair more than 3-4 days at a time
- Stigma – unfortunately, if you’re a white guy, people that don’t know you might think you’re possibly a nazi or something.
- People who know you long term may wonder why you never let your hair grow out
- Scalp micropigmentation is still a relatively new treatment, but as public awareness grows, people may pick up on it easier than you were initially led to believe.
Scalp Micropigmentation Reviews
- This guys dating life turned around after undergoing scalp micropigmentation
- This guy says it was the best thing he’s ever done
- Famous youtuber Fouseytube’s video: I got a hair tattoo and I regret it
- Yousef has a few videos about his Scalp Micropigmentation and I highly recommend watching them all. He’s not advertising or endorsing anybody, just sharing his experiences – much respect to him.
- This guy got the procedure and it is so discreet that his wife didn’t even notice
Should you do it? Champions Honest Opinion
Put simply? It depends.
I personally don’t recommend Scalp Micropigmentation treatments to people, but hear me out. Everybody is different, and in some cases, Scalp Micropigmentation is a great option for guys with hair loss.
So here is what I have to say.
First – the single most attractive trait we can have is men is an unchanging confidence and faith in ourselves. Tattooing hair to your scalp is, in itself, a pretty vain thing to do. If however, tattooing hair onto your scalp will help you feel more confident, then by all means – give it a try. If you have a change of heart, you can always get the hair tattoo removed.
Second – Other bald guys will definitely notice. The general public, for the most part, has no idea what scalp micropigmentation, but the vast majority of bald guys have heard of this treatment. When I see somebody with SMP, I usually just kind of feel bad for the guy.
Third – It’s a relatively new treatment so most of the public hasn’t heard of it. Scalp Micropigmentation clinics have a financial interest in marketing their service, so overtime more and more people will learn about this treatment. The idea of the treatment is to provide an undetectable illusion of hair, but what happens what the general public knows that bald guys can get hair tattoos? Every guy with a shaved head but a good hairline might come under question.
Fourth – It’s undetectable to people you’ve just met. Nobody will be able to tell upon first meeting you. People you spend extended amount of time with though like family, friends, co-workers – over time these people may wonder “why the hell has this guy not grown his hair a single time in the past 5 years?” It will raise eyebrows, certainly.
With all of that said though, I don’t want to completely rule out scalp micropigmentation for you guys. On guys with darker skin tones, it seems to look really good. For black men, it’s an amazing option – black guys with full heads of hair shave their head all the time and it would never raise an eyebrow. For guys with lighter skin complexions, it can look great – just make sure the hairline looks natural. Too often there are men with light complexions getting perfectly straight hairlines that just don’t look natural.
For the guys with the lighter skin tones like white dudes and asians, if you really want to try it – just do it man. If you regret it later, you can get it removed and it will be an opportunity for growth in your life. However – I absolutely recommend you absolutely keep the following advice in mind:
- Don’t get it too dark – keep it light enough to look like a normal shaved head would
- Get a receding hairline, not a youthful one. If you have a receding hairline, people will never question why you shave your head. And if you do it right, it can still frame your face and make you look good.
- GO TO AN EXPERIENCED PRACTITIONER.
- Like getting any tattoo, the quality of the piece depends heavily on the quality of the tattoo artist.
- Based on my research, the best practitioners in the US are the following:
- There are quality SMP practitioners all over the country, these are just the best based on my own research. If you don’t live near any of them, just be sure to extensively research the practitioners in your area you are considering. Watch all their videos, read all their blog posts, review all of their before and after images.
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