If you’re thinking about getting scalp micropigmentation done, you might be wondering about the tools and ink products used. It’s actually a common question. So, what exactly is the difference between ink used for tattoos versus ink used for scalp micropigmentation. After all, both types of ink are used on the skin, whether it be the skin of the scalp or the arm. The truth is it’s not that simple. There are a few factors that come into play when deciding on an ink for the scalp.
Continue reading to learn more about the difference between tattoo ink and scalp micropigmentation ink.
What is the difference between ink for tattoos and ink for scalp micropigmentation?
Ink for scalp micropigmentation is different from the ink used for tattooing. The use of inks and pigments is not exactly regulated by any organizations with merit like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There are hundreds of different inks available from numerous ink brands.
Studies have shown that many traditional tattoo inks contain different chemicals and metals. Heavy metals like manganese, chromium, nickel, copper, and lead are often included in tattoo inks. Some inks may also contain other substances like rust, plastics, and other additives. In some cases, these substances can cause an allergic reaction in the skin.
The pigment in traditional tattoo ink may be made up of a myriad of different pigments. Tattoo ink can break down over time and separate into different colors like green and blue. You probably don’t want any blue or green hues showing up on your scalp. That’s why a scalp micropigmentation is a better choice. Scalp micropigmentation ink typically contains a true black pigment that does not separate over time. Instead, it may fade or soften in tone, turning a lighter black or gray as time goes on.
Make sure your artist uses a high-quality scalp micropigmentation ink
Scalp micropigmentation is specially made for the skin on the scalp. The skin on the scalp may be more sensitive than other areas of the body, which may warrant an ink with fewer additives and chemicals. Instead of harsh chemicals, scalp micropigmentation inks may contain natural, organic, and plant-based ingredients. These inks are less likely to spread under the skin, cause irritation, or turn different colors over time.
Your SMP artist is likely paying a premium for scalp micropigmentation ink instead of any regular tattoo ink. This type of ink is more versatile and can be diluted to match the tone of the hair on your scalp. Still, you’ll want to make sure they’re using a high-quality scalp micropigmentation ink.
Folicule scalp micropigmentation ink
Folicule ink is a top-rate scalp micropigmentation ink that is vetted by expert SMP artists across the country. It has been tried and tested in over 7,000 sessions by different practitioners. This scalp micropigmentation is specially designed with natural ingredients to reduce inflammation and provide the most vibrant, long-lasting pigment for the scalp.
Folicule is used by over 1,000 SMP artists who are actively practicing. It is sourced from a carbon-based pigment, and it has been extensively tested for quality assurance. Unlike regular tattoo ink that can spread and change colors over time, an ink like Folicule will retain itself in the scalp and keep its sharpness and consistency over time.
In addition to the ink itself, scalp micropigmentation is a much different process that traditional tattooing. Scalp Micropigmentation does not go as deep into the skin as traditional tattooing. Also SMP uses a pointillism vs. tattooing which is more scraping and coloring.
Not only is scalp micropigmentation ink a vital part of the process, but the tools your artist uses and the artist’s skill is also important. A proper aftercare routine will also ensure crisp, long-lasting results on the scalp. The Folicule cleanser and moisturizer helps keep the scalp clean and hydrated so you’ll want nothing else than to show off your scalp micropigmentation.