Scalp Micropigmentation vs Tattoos

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is when you get a cosmetic tattoo that makes it look like you just got a fresh buzz cut. It’s also known as a head tattoo, scalp tattoo or often referred to as “tattoo hair.” But is scalp micropigmentation a traditional tattoo? The answer is NO. Scalp micropigmentation is very different than a traditional tattoo.

Scalp pigmentation is actually unlike a tattoo in almost every way. Everything from the needle, type of ink, and the depth of pigment deposit are different. Let’s explore…

Scalp Micropigmentation vs. Tattoo Needle Size

To begin with, a regular tattoo needle is simply too big and imprecise to approximate the appearance and texture of tiny hair follicles. The needle used for SMP is called a “3-point-micro-needle." It's 75% smaller than the smallest needle a traditional tattoo artist can get!  The result of using such a small needle is that you can't even tell the difference between an actual hair follicle and ink deposited by an SMP needle!

Scalp Micropigmentation Ink

During your consultation, your SMP practitioner will work with you to create a pigment hue that compliments your skin color and match your existing hair color. We use the Fitzpatrick scale to accomplish this match, which is commonly used in the permanent makeup and cosmetic industry.

Folicule Scalp Micropigmentation Ink has been tried and tested by practitioners to ensure consistency for every impression. Traditional tattoo ink meanwhile, is often non-organic and can be both harmful and irritating to your skin. Our Folicule SMP pigment is also not made from composite sources, so over time the colors won't change.

Depth of Skin for SMP

Scalp Micropigmentation is a non-invasive treatment because we are only going 2 layers into the dermis. Unlike traditional tattoo ink, which is deposited five layers into the skin. Why? Because at this depth the pigment keeps it’s shape and form without any spreading. SMP practitioners get greater control over the final shape of the ink deposit while still going deep enough into the skin to stay permanent.

Scalp Micropigmentation vs. Tattoo Technique

One of the biggest differences between scalp micropigmentation and traditional tattoos is the technique. Traditional tattooing uses a scraping method to get the design desired. Scalp micropigmentation uses a dotting and pointillism method where the practitioner places tiny dots into the skin to create the appearance of hair follicles.

This difference in technique is also why scalp micropigmentation is significantly less painful than a traditional tattoo. The pain for tattoos is fairly consistent for most, while scalp micropigmentation most describe it as a 2-3/10. Some clients even fall asleep and find the treatment to be very manageable. At Scalp Micro USA, we have never had a client not finish their treatment.

SMP vs Tattoo Training & Certifications 

In order to operate a scalp micropigmentation business in most states, they require a tattoo license and blood borne pathogen certificate. While both tattoo artists and scalp micropigmentation artists require similar certifications to open a clinic, having a scalp micropigmentation certification from a reputable source is a must for anyone seriously considering an SMP company or artist.


Scalp Micropigmentation Ink

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