Micropigmentation is perfect for giving your head that close shave look. But without the proper aftercare, you won’t get the results you’re looking for.
Learn all about the aftercare process so that you know how best to care for your newly treated head.
Why Aftercare Is Important
Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a procedure that creates a pattern on the scalp by embedding microdots that are less than 1 mm in size. This reduces the contrast between hair and skin and gives the illusion of a fuller head of hair.
Every client will require a touch-up at some point, which can take anywhere from 4 to 8 years, depending on how well scalp micropigmentation aftercare is followed. The last thing you want is to start fading too soon. And the only way to avoid premature fading is to follow the proper aftercare instructions.
Learn about the timeline you should follow for your aftercare process.
The Scalp Micropigmentation Aftercare Timeline
The First Few Days
You must keep your head completely dry for the first four days.
Throughout this time, prevent excessive contact with water or habitually touching it to avoid spreading germs and causing an infection. There is no doubt that your hair will be itchy, but fight the urge to pick at it, as this will reduce the effectiveness of the treatment!
Continue to avoid sweating extensively. Although it may be tempting, avoid massaging your scalp because one of the significant side effects is inflammation, leading to more severe complications related to the procedure itself.
Around the two-week mark, your scalp will have scabbed over. Continue to avoid contact because this will cause the scabs to peel, which will remove the pigment.
Avoid using anything that could aggravate your scalp even more; you can use a moisturizer recommended by your scalp micropigmentation artist, but only a thin layer of moisturizer. Using too much will slow down the healing process.
After the two-week mark, feel free to wear hats, especially in the sun, to avoid sunburns or tans. Avoid exposing your skin to artificial light, such as harsh overhead lights.
The hair itself will not require much more than continuing to follow your everyday routines, as long as no products containing alcohol or alpha-hydroxy acids are applied directly to the scalp.
Following Instructions from Your SMP Artist
Follow-up care is essential for achieving the best results from your scalp micropigmentation procedure. Do your research to find the best artist for your treatment and ask them about their scalp micropigmentation aftercare.