On the internet you will find a lot of aftercare guidelines for scalp micropigmentation. The trouble is a lot of so-called guidelines provide incorrect information and it is easy to get lost among conflicting advice. This is why this comprehensive guide should help you out in making all the right decisions along the way.
The biggest problem with SMP is that there are many men who are done with their treatments, but have absolutely no idea what to do afterwards. If you’re not sure how to care for your new look, the information below should serve you well.
Can these guidelines help with fading?
Yes, they can help. However, it must be said that fading is a completely natural process and it cannot be stopped in any way – only slowed as much as possible. The following is a list in chronological order about the various self-treatments you should undertake.
If you are okay with this, you should shave your head before the first session takes place. There are a few reasons to achieve this:
- The shock after the first session will be lessened.
- You can find all marks and scars, which you may decide to leave or cover with the treatment.
- If you suffer from dry skin, this will give you the opportunity to moisturise properly before you undergo treatment.
- If you are tanned, you can give your scalp some time to balance out the colours.
The most important thing to consider is moisturising, as you will need to do this at least 3-4 times a day in the final days leading to your treatment. You should not be worried about the particular moisturiser you use, you just make sure that you give your technician a healthy canvas to work on, without any dry spots to impede the process.
If you wish to use painkillers, you should start making the choice of what to use as early on as possible or otherwise you may forget about it. Do not be overly concerned however, as scalp micropigmentation treatments only usually involve mild discomfort that is perfectly manageable.
Before you go to your initial appointment, you really need to consider your hairline. Use a makeup pencil to mock up potential hairline positions and shapes on your scalp and take photos as reference to get the idea as close to the original as possible. If you take photos, your technician should be able to give you the exact results that you are after.
After every session:
Of course all this needle work will require your scalp to heal a bit, and this means that you cannot allow yourself to interfere with it at all for the next few days. There are scabs that form over each of the needle marks, and when they heal up, they take a bit of the pigment with them. This is considered as fading by many people, even though it is not exactly that.
- Do not wash your head in any way for at least 3 days following a treatment.
- Do not go to gyms, saunas, beaches or other places where you can sweat.
- On the fourth day you can use only water to wash your scalp, and start moisturising for the next session.
- A gentle facial cleanser can be used for cleaning the scalp after 7 days.
- Any abrasive factors such as sunbathing, exfoliating or heavy sweating should be avoided for a month after the final treatment.
About a month after it has ended, you can continue living life to the fullest.
There are many so-called professionals who will only add confusion to the table when they explain aftercare. To make things perfectly simple, you need to make sure that your lifestyle is balanced – you cannot end up obsessing over your SMP treatment.
The long-term guidelines that you can follow are the following:
- Make sure you have proper sun protection each time you are in the sun, at least for the scalp, in order to preserve the pigmentation.
- Do not go for sunbeds if you value your health.
- Make sure you do not use cosmetics and other products, which contain a high value of alcohol in them.
- Use an exfoliating cleanser as often as possible throughout the week.
- Make sure that our scalp is properly moisturised every day.