Scalp micro pigmentation is a wonderful thing. It enables those with thinning hair or bald scalps to have the chance of a scalp that looks as though it has hair – it is a tattooing technique which gives the illusion of a shaved head. Very clever. And very much loved by those who have gone through with the procedure.
But one problem that remains even after the scalp micro pigmentation is that of scalp shine. The more scalp on display, the more surface area there is for the light to bounce off it, causing it to shine. Although scalp micro pigmentation will make you look as though you have a shaved scalp, it won’t give you the texture of hair, which means that scalp shine is a probable issue. This then takes away from the illusion that you have a full head of hair.
So what to do?
Firstly, you need to cleanse your scalp every day using something like a facial exfoliator. Using normal body soap is fine, but it may dry out the scalp, leaving it looking unpleasant and feeling itchy. An exfoliator will remove some of the smoothness (thus making it less able to reflect light) without drying the skin out.
You also need to moisturise your scalp to keep it healthy. Many people make the mistake of using oily or greasy moisturises but this just adds to the shine problem. Ideally, you need to be on the look out for matte moisturisers. They are available on the high street, and reduce shine significantly. Many even have added SPF protection, which means that you don’t have to use greasy sun creams in addition to them, which is great – you’ll be saving money (which you could put towards a slightly more expensive matte moisturiser) and protecting your delicate scalp at the same time.
Some men prefer to leave things alone, and that’s fine. If you don’t mind having a shiny scalp, you don’t have to do anything about it. You’ll still need to cleanse and moisturise though!