Does Scalp Micropigmentation Ink Turn Blue?

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) has become a popular solution for those looking to address hair thinning or balding issues. Using tiny microneedles, your SMP practitioner will deposit pigment into the scalp, creating the illusion of hair follicles. A common question for clients and new SMP artists is whether the pigmentation will change color and/or turn blue over time. Let’s address these concerns, explaining the factors that go into proper technique, color selection, and what you should do to ensure a natural SMP result with no discoloration. 

To start, let’s discuss the 4 Key Factors in ensuring there is no change in color when delivering scalp micropigmentation. 

  1. Pigment Quality: Arguably the most important part of a consistent SMP result is the pigment used for treatment. You want to use a pigment that is designed specifically for scalp micropigmentation. We recommend a carbon-based pure black pigment for a majority of your clients that contains no additional colorants or additives. Folicule pigment is not made from composite sources, so over time the colors won’t change. Not all SMP pigment is created equal; some pigments are thicker, others more liquidy. Some are darker or lighter than others. Also, Traditional tattoo ink, by comparison, is often non-organic and can be both harmful and irritating to your skin. Choose a SMP pigment product that has been quality tested over thousands of sessions and is trusted by artists delivering consistent results. 
  2. Pigment Dilution: Scalp Micropigmentation uses a dilution method to help create the perfect match of pigment to your clients skin and hair color. At Folicule, we use an industry standard dilution method that incorporates the Fitzpatrick scale and our pigment's color scale to make a perfect match for your treatment. For full instructions on how to properly dilute Folicule pigment click HERE
  3. Needle Depth: Another key factor in ensuring a successful scalp micropigmentation treatment is needle depth and pigment deposits. Your SMP artist should be depositing pigment into the top layer of the dermis. We are not going as shallow as the epidermis but not deep into the dermis which may cause staining or blowouts in the skin. 
  4. Technique & Training: Needle length, time in skin, needle size, hang, angle of the needle, stroke, and much more are all factors when delivering the scalp micropigmentation treatment. While it may just look like thousands of dots that anyone can perform, this could not be further from the truth. It takes skill, experience, and muscle memory to deliver natural SMP results. Always make sure that you are properly trained and certified with experience on real skin before using a SMP pigment on a client. 

Why does SMP Ink Discolor?

To address the primary concern: SMP ink can discolor, but this is not a common outcome when the procedure is performed correctly. Here are the reasons why pigment may discolor:

  1. Using Traditional Tattoo Ink or Untested SMP Pigment: The ink used in SMP is specifically formulated to mimic the color of hair follicles and is different from the ink used in body tattoos. SMP pigments are designed to remain true to their original hue without spreading or changing color drastically over time. If you use a traditional tattoo ink or untested SMP pigment, you run the risk that your treatment will discolor.
  2. Choosing the Wrong Color for Your Client: Assuming you are using certified and approved SMP pigment, you also need to make sure you are using the correct color number for your client’s hair and skin color. For example, if you use a very dark color for a very light, fair skinned client, that can affect the hue of the pigment in your clients skin. That is why it is imperative to use a dilution guide when delivering SMP. 
  3. Going Too Deep Into the Skin: Unlike traditional tattoos that penetrate deeper into the skin layers, SMP pigments are delivered at a much shallower depth. This controlled placement reduces the risk of the pigments spreading or migrating, which can alter color perception. These “blowouts” are what often cause pigment discoloration and can be easily avoided by a trained professional. 
  4. Choosing an Untrained Practitioner: The skill and experience of the SMP technician play a crucial role. A well-trained practitioner who uses the correct techniques and equipment is less likely to cause discoloration issues.

Scalp Micropigmentation WILL Naturally Lighten

If done correctly, scalp micropigmentation ink will not discolor, turn blue or green. However, you will notice that overtime your treatment will naturally lighten. Typically, this happens every 4-6 years before a slight touch-up is needed. This is a normal part of the SMP process. 

Scalp micropigmentation is a reliable and effective hair loss solution that, when done correctly, will not discolor. By selecting reputable products and SMP practitioners,  you can enjoy a natural-looking, durable outcome that boosts your confidence and enhances your appearance.

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