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.
Some even suggest the technique is somehow better than hair follicle simulation, or traditional SMP. Unfortunately this presumption is usually made by new technicians, from microblading backgrounds, that have very little understanding of the scalp micropigmentation process, and its risks.
This was Ryan Kingsbury’s take on the matter, used with permission.
Why scalp microblading is a bad idea
To most this will be common sense, but to those that are new to the industry and thinking of attempting this, please for the love of baby Jesus don’t do it.
I’ve seen many posts in other groups that really have me scared, regarding microblading on the scalp to replicate hair. My wife has been in the PMU industry for over 16 years and has seen things that would keep you awake staring at the wall for a week straight. Hellish nightmares worse than most horror movies. Scalp Microblading is something that should NEVER be done or tried.
A hair follicle on the scalp is not the same as an eyebrow. Thickness, shape, pattern, all these come into play since no hair follicle on the scalp is ever really the same. Some have one strand some even have 2 or 3 making the size and pattern of the follicle irregular as well as bigger or smaller. These impressions can only be replicated by a 1RL or 3RL needle with the proper machine and equipment. NOT a blade of needles.
A follicle is never a strand of hair obviously until months and months of growth, so the only way you can properly replicate a follicle is through scalp micropigmentation to create the natural realistic look of a full head of shaved hair. This can also be used on women as most of us know to create a look of thickness and fullness with SMP density.
There’s a huge difference between SMP and microblading as with SMP the impressions are fast with light taps into the epidermis, depositing very small amounts of pigment to replicate a shaved follicle. Also it’s non surgical and does no damage to the scalp.
Cutting or microblading the scalp will cause significant trauma and damage to the scalp, plus when you go deep into the skin at longer amounts of time implanting strands of pigment, it can cause dermal staining through pigment migration which will look completely unnatural with possible blowouts that look nothing like hair follicles.
When the hair loss gets worse, even if you did the proper depth, the bladed strands are still there with no hair around them and they take a lot longer to fade than an SMP impression and it looks even worse if they migrate. SMP impressions fade naturally when done right and can be easily touched up to cover the hair loss. Thick bladed strands cannot.
If you’re going to replicate hair on the scalp please get proper training in SMP and do it correctly, protect yourself and your client. Leave microblading for the eyebrows only.
SMP industry advocate. Serial entrepreneur. International speaker and educator. Former Head Of Marketing and freelance Business Consultant for several of the largest and best known SMP companies. Damien has been involved in scalp micropigmentation since the very beginning, and has a broader knowledge of the SMP industry than anyone else in the world.