Just Say No.
Many microbladers who specialize in eyebrows are turning their blades to the scalp. Under no circumstances should you allow your scalp to be microbladed. Here, we explain why the 'dot' method is the only method used by reputable scalp micropigmentation clinics, and why any artist promoting scalp microblading should be avoided.
Curious about scalp microblading?
The recent trend of ‘scalp microblading’ is extremely worrying for a number of reasons. Perhaps in hindsight, an inevitable consequence of hundreds of eyebrow microbladers being introduced to the scalp micropigmentation industry by certain trainers, many technicians are now citing scalp microblading as the next big thing.
Microblading has helped to create some of the most incredible permanent makeup art the tattoo world has ever seen. Intricately executed hyper-realistic eyebrows replicated to be barely perceptible from the real thing.
So of course, it stands to reason that practitioners would want to find other applications for microblading.
Microblading does NOT work on the scalp
All pigment placed in the skin, be it through tattooing, permanent makeup, microblading or scalp micropigmentation, spreads and migrates over time. This is an anatomical phenomenon, and there isn’t an artist in the world who can stop this process from happening.
Correctly executed, SMP ‘dot’ spreading coincides with the natural fading process. So, as the pigment deposits migrate and spread, they also fade, making way for top-up sessions to freshen up the clients appearance.
This process is not possible after scalp microblading.
- Microbladed lines spread much more than SMP dots and are usually a lot darker, and are therefore much more obvious .
- Microblading creates scar tissue. On a large surface area like the scalp, frontal hairline or side profiles, this is a real problem and prevents top-ups from being effective. Scars are challenging to hide already, without creating large and unnecessary areas of scar tissue on the scalp.
Seen work that looks amazing?
So have we.
Scalp microbladers proudly display their fresh work, but become extremely elusive when pressed for healed long term photos. To date, we are yet to receive a single set of healed and aged photos from any artist, anywhere in the world.
There are more issues with scalp microblading that artists are usually reluctant to share with you.
- It hurts. Your skin is being cut with a blade. Getting your brows done is uncomfortable enough, and that’s a really small area of skin, and much less sensitive than the scalp.
- Hairstrokes created using scalp microblading do not move, unlike natural hair that moves all the time. For this reason alone, the work is usually very noticeable.
- Any properly trained and experienced SMP artist knows that hairstrokes on the scalp are a big no-no. By choosing an artist who advocates for this service, you are almost certainly selecting an artist who is poorly trained, inexperienced or has a questionable moral compass.
Surely this is innovation?
We know SMP is a fabulous solution for thinning hair and baldness. It is literally a series of thousands of carefully placed and designed dots that yield the final, natural appearance, looking just as a shaved head would.
We also know that microblading does the same for eyebrows, for both men and for women.
So of course, it is understandable why many clients and inexperienced artists might believe that scalp microblading can produce better results than a dot-based technique. After all, replicating actual hairstrokes must surely be an advancement over standard techniques, right?
We wish this were true. If healed microbladed results were acceptable, this would represent an advancement for the entire industry, and provide a new solution for hundeds of thousands of people worldwide, particularly women who are experiencing hair loss.
Unfortunately this is simply not the case, and there is no artist in the world who can use this technique to provide sustainable long term results. The skin just isn’t made that way.
A warning to all
- To date, we have not seen a single microbladed scalp that has not blurred, blended, or turned blue or gray on healing.
- Moreover, when the wind hits the surrounding hair, the microbladed area stays put. This is an immediate tell tale.
- Microblading of any kind is not suitable for clients with oily skin. With the volume of oil producing glands on the scalp, the ink from microblading mixes with the oils and causes those crisp hair strokes to become blurry and even blotchy, looking more like paint strokes rather than hair strokes.
- If the practitioner happens to implant too deep, (easily done with the clean cut of a microblade), the resulting colour will appear bluish or greyish because it is intermixing with blood vessels and altering the appearance of the initial ink colour used.
- Exposure to UV rays, pollutants, the environment, and other irritants will alter the long term healed appearance. Conversely, the skill and technique applied by an experienced scalp micropigmentation artist will mitigate these factors to a great degree, so that the simulated follicles remain crisp and clear over time.
- Thinning hair may get worse. So when there is more hair loss, how does one explain the stripes on one’s head? These can be removed, but not easily and certainly not without more cost, likely scarring and definitely discomfort.
Looks great at first, but seriously don't do this.
Microblading itself has become controversial due to the multitude of insufficiently trained and experienced artists aiming to capitalize on its popularity. That alone should make scalp microblading something to be extremely wary of.
Many of those same inexperienced artists are the ones offering this service. It is one thing to know how to microblade. It is an entirely other world to know and fully understand the skin on all areas of the body and the factors that will make or break and excellent healed result with permanent makeup and even conventional tattoo.
Well trained, highly experienced, responsible and ethical artists are decidedly NOT engaged in scalp microblading.
If you’re experiencing hair loss and want to do something about it, seek a properly trained SMP artist. You can find our approved clinics here.