Frequently Asked Questions

The most common questions asked by our customers.

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  • Quick overview of our technique?

    The Scalp Micropigmentation / SMP procedure is made up of a small needle that we have made to replicate the exact shape and size of a follicle. We use a procedure specific device which has been modified to create a longer stroke and implant which gives us the ability to implant more pigment per second. By doing so we can inject more pigment into the epidermis without going through the dermis which can create a blow out (pigment bleeding from going to deep and creating a larger impression). Per skin type, fat cells in skin, suppleness, collagen structure, oil level and follicle size, we either implant pigment deeper or more shallow into skin.

  • What is the size of the needle which inserts the scalp and what is the pain level?

    Our needle is a quarter the size of a 3 round needle, used by companies that implant pigments using permanent makeup guns. This gives us the advantage of creating actual follicles, that look just like hair. Other companies have no choice, but to create a fill, or shade that gives the illusion of hair.  Our needle can be compared to making the dot of a small pin. If you look up very close to our impressions, you can’t tell the difference between the hair and the impressions. The pain level most clients tell us is 3 out of 10. Men and women who have scarring from hair transplants, they tend to have a little more discomfort due to sensitivity. But we do use our own topical numbing cream called NOM.

  • Explain in detail how the pigment is implanted?

    The pigment is injected using a modified rotary machine, which any other permanent makeup machine uses. The difference is the stroke in which we lay the pigment and the depth that we implant the pigment. We can implant the pigment on the top layer of skin because we are injecting more pigment. Excess pigment will fade away while the rest will stay. This leaves behind a small follicle shaped impression that won’t change in size due to the face that it is siting on the dermis. The epidermis is has blood flow and overtime it spreads and will become a shade and blend into each other. This is why you see a lot of men and women who end up having a shade on their head 1-2 years later.

  • What will make my procedure fade?

    The answer to this questions lies in the individual makeup of the person. The sun will have a very big impact on the life of the procedure and your individual dermal collagen micro structure as well. Your genetic code has a lot to do with this as well, such as oils in your tissues and the chemical bonds in your skin tissues. This will break down these bonds, long term sunlight radiation breaks down ink and and the ink will dissolve into the skin. This could be the difference between your procedure lasting 10 years and due to the sun, it only lasting 2 years. It is also the rejuvenation of your skin, your cycle of scabbing, how long it takes your tissues to heal themselves and much more.  You have to understand that your body sees my ink as a foreign object and naturally wants to reject it. This is why we deposit more than other companies using a modified machine.  The collagen micro structure acts different for each person, either fading away faster or slower 7 days after the first procedure. This is why we require 2-3 procedures to ensure full coverage due to different variables.

  • Below we explain the difference between the depths Scalp Artist implants and the competitors…

    Other companies will tell you via their websites that they implant pigment beyond the Epidermal Layer, piercing the Dermal Layer. When doing this, you will lay your pigment and the impression will not run the risk of fading, but overtime your the pigment will expand. The Dermal layer has blood flow, overtime that blood flow opens the ink and spreads the ink. This is why you’ll see people walking around years later with a shade on their head and not follicles. At Scalp Artist we dispurse more pigment using a modified rotary gun, so we can implant in the Epidermal area, which has more consistency and will not spread overtime. We do run the risk of fading on the first treatment, that is why just as other companies, we have 2-3 procedures before our process is done. You will be much more happier with the way we implant our pigments and it lends itself to a more authentic appearance.

  • What is the closest availability for face-to-face consultation?

    Consultations are booked based on availability and location of the client. For those who are not in close proximity, a Phone Consultation may be provided. Phone consultations are a great way to have your questions answered by our knowledgeable team members while in the comfort of your own home.

  • Can this procedure work on fair skinned people with light brown or blonde hair?

    Yes. Since we custom blend our colors we are able to match hair color whether blonde, red, brown or black!

    if you are grey we can salt and pepper throughout the entire scalp for a balanced appearance.

  • What is the estimated price range of this treatment?

    We have a range of prices that start at $250 for smaller jobs, up to $5500 for a Norwood 7.  Most of our clients have a horseshoe pattern and need a hairline, top, sides and blending. These jobs usually range between $3-4,000.00 and are based on the specific needs of the client.

  • Am I able to see previous work of the person who is actually doing my treatment?

    Every technician that works with us here at Scalp Artist goes through a very specific training program that teaches them how to work within the work of others. They all have a portfolio of previous clients- light to dark skin, long hair to no hair.

  • How many hairs per square inch are achieved in each treatment?

    For a standard Scalp Artist treatment that includes the hairline, front, top and crown with blending can expect to have 14-15 thousand hair follicles tattooed using our point by point placement.

  • What is the width measurement of the simulated hair follicles?

    In order to protect what makes Scalp Artist so different from our competitors we do not release the specific measurements of our needles, however, we can guarantee that we have taken our time in perfecting the tools of our trade and as a result every client can walk away knowing that this was something specially crafted to provide the very best look possible!

  • What is the width measurement of your smallest scalp micro pigmentation needle? Is there an extra cost to have the procedure done with this needle?

    We use multiple needle configuration and sizes depending on individual artist traits. For example, a large handed artist may use a larger size needle vs smaller etc.

    Our needles are 80% smaller than standard tattoo needles and we use the same size needle in every procedure. This is to ensure control over product and placement while providing a natural look as it is the same size as a hair follicle at it’s point.


  • How many days am I required to wait in-between sessions?

    Every procedure package comes with a standard 2 sessions. We allow this secondary procedure to ensure optimal results while allowing room for small adjustments to the hairline and color after the product has had time to cure down. The second “Final Touches” session is scheduled by the client within the first year of their initial procedure and advise our clients to wait at least one week after the completion of their initial service to schedule.

  • If things go well, how soon after the consultation can the procedure be done?

    Consultations can often lead to booking procedures. These appointments are based on the availability of technicians at each site. The standard waiting period ranges between 4-7 days.

  • Will this procedure need to be redone later to fill in spaces as I continue to lose more hair? If so, how much would it cost?

    if more hair loss occurs after treatment, we can measure for exact pricing.

  • Do you offer some sort of guarantee of satisfaction?

    If after your 3 session and complimentary touch up you still need additional we will provide it at no additional cost.

  • How long does the scalp take to fully heal after the procedure?

    Our hemp infused pigment heals twice as fast as the normal pigment resulting in approx 4 day turnaround.

  • Will I be able to do a 0 or 1 buzz, or will I need to blade shave daily to keep things realistic?

    The two most popular length suggestions are a 0 or 1 guard but we do often have clients who prefer shave or foil shave their scalp. This is a personal preference and also based on the speed at which your hair grows.

  • Do I need to shave my head before the procedure?

    After viewing images of your scalp we will suggest the length your hair should be cut before the procedure.

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