Hair Tattoo

Creating a hair tattoo includes using various skilled techniques which require the use of microneedles and specialised inks. These SMP techniques are not used by a tattoo artist in a tattoo studio; they are carried out in the right way by a scalp micropigmentation technician

What is a Hair Tattoo?

Hair tattoos should be created by a specialist scalp micropigmentation technician because a hair tattoo is not just a tattoo in the traditional sense. You can’t expect to have SMP (also referred to as scalp micropigmentation) from a tattoo studio because a scalp micropigmentation procedure is carried out differently.  However, people quite often make the mistake of assuming a hair tattoo is where designs are cut or shaved into the hair to create a different hair style but that isn’t the case.

A hair tattoo can cover all of your scalp if you are bald – it’s very popular worldwide. A hair tattoo procedure can also be used on parts of the scalp that are either thinning, receding or balding. Scars to the scalp can also be camouflaged using scalp pigmentation (SMP).

Microneedles for SMP

A microneedle is used to delicately tattoo a pigment into the scalp and a carefully planned out hair tattoo is gradually formed hair tattooof specially pigmented hair follicles in the applied area of the scalp. As a result, what you then see is realistic impression of a full head of hair – a remarkable appearance.

Who is SMP suitable for?

The SMP procedure is suitable for those who are losing hair or for those men or women who have either longer hair, shorter hair or have gone bald. Performing a hair tattoo is a very skilled process.

While other hair replacement methods can be painful, having a hair tattoo is a much less painful procedure. As a result, many say it’s virtually painless – find out here what Skalptec clients say as they share their own experiences with you.

Scalp Micropigmentation should always be carried out by a trained industry professional; if not, it is quite possible that the results you see in the mirror won’t meet your expectations and you could be very disappointed if it’s not done correctly.


Scalp micropigmentation is a popular hair loss solution when it comes to men and women who have to deal with losing their hair. Skalpec provides the following SMP services for men and women:

Aftercare is an essential part of what we do. Find out more about Scalp Micropigmentation Aftercare.

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Hair Tattoo UK

Trichologists and other hair and scalp specialists continue to research the best solutions to prevent hair loss.  If you are losing your hair or if you have lost some of it, then having a hair tattoo is the best possible hair replacement solution. You won’t need to go through any surgery, and as a result, it’s non invasive when compared to other hair loss procedures. More and more people as well as celebrities choose to have a hair tattoo.

scalp tattoo for thinning hair

In the example above, thousands of tiny pigment deposits have been meticulously placed into the upper dermis of the scalp. You can see the excellent results for this lady we treated in the before and after image above.

Hair Tattoos for Hair Transplant Scars

Have you ever seen scarring on someone’s head or do you have scars yourself perhaps from surgery or an accident. If you do, it can be camouflaged and as a result, what you then have is a scar that is far less noticeable. You can see the amazing results achieved below. However, if you are considering having an invasive operation such as a hair transplant, you will have to go through a surgery. People choose to have SMP after a hair transplant because SMP is very effective (and non surgical). If you have scarring, the scar can be disguised. Long scars on the back of the head is typical for someone who has had a FUE or FUT hair transplant.

Going with FUT will mean that a thin strip of hair will be removed from the scalp, so it can be used for the balding / receding area on the scalp. With a FUE transplant however, each hair is carefully inserted into the scalp one by one. So in essence, a hair tattoo can be used to camouflage the scar, and the hair can then be styled very short if you prefer, in a buzz cut styled short, with no worries whatsoever.

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Hair Tattoo Treatments – What Happens Next?

Red dots will appear temporarily on your scalp and they will eventually dry up and fall off with no pain. In the early stages of creating a tattoo for the hair using SMP, limited discomfort might be felt.  Discomfort felt via SMP is much less than if you have a tattoo in a tattoo studio (the needle penetrates deeper).

A hair transplant can be very painful and it is not always successful for a different reasons. It’s an invasive surgical procedure which needs a long period of time for recovery and a lot of patience is required before seeing the final results).

Here are some steps to take after having once a hair tattoo is in place. Further explanation is provided during consultations between scalp technician and the client:

  • Firstly, after around two weeks, you can start to ease yourself into shaving again.
  • Secondly, moisturise the scalp after several days have passed
  • Thirdly, avoid swimming and stay out of the direct sunlight for the first month – using sunscreen on the scalp will help to avoid fading.
  • and for a short period of time avoid perspiring through any heavy exercise or strain

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Resting and healing time is essential. You can still go about your daily routine the very next day, but there will be limitations for a very short time which a scalp technician would discuss with you as part of the whole process and the aftercare.

Scalp Tattoo Before and After

Here you can see just some of the impressive hair tattoo results achieved for Skalptec clients. You can see more before and after SMP images, testimonials and videos by going to Reviews, Case Studies, Photo Gallery, Google My Business Reviews and Facebook Reviews.  Skalptec has won many UK scalp micropigmentation awards and Skalptec is regarded as a leading UK and internationally recognised hair tattoo provider.

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Some of your hair tattoo questions answered

Will I lose more of my hair if I have a hair tattoo?

Hair tattoos won’t prevent growth and here’s a few of  reasons:

(1) Ink pigment particles are deposited in the dermis layer of skin.

(2) The hair follicle root is located deeper down.

(3) Scalp micropigmentation procedures will not harm your hair.

(4) Treated hair grows back.

Choosing the right hair tattoo clinic with qualified technicians will make all the difference so you can look forward to experiencing great results.

Does a hair tattoo look realistic?

Your nearest and dearest will probably say you look younger. Or, there’s a good chance they will ask you if you have done anything different with your hair. Scalp micropigmentation looks super impressive and very realistic – click here to see some hair tattoo examples. SMP doesn’t look fake. Your aim is to have a natural look of a natural hairstyle / hairline.

You want to return to your normal day to day life with as little downtime as possible. People across the UK and all over the world have had a hair tattoo and popularity grows year upon year with celebrities of stage, screen, sports, media, modelling and other industries much preferring the SMP option. Having a hair tattoo for hair loss is the world’s fastest growing solution to people losing their precious hair and baldness.

Will a hair tattoo last forever?

When people lose their hair it can be a major concern as confidence and self esteem can be affected greatly.  There are alternatives to going ahead with a hair tattoo (SMP) such as lotions, Minoxidil, shampoos, hair transplant, wig and pills.

A hair tattoo can last for some years without looking after it and with no touch ups. But with occasional touch ups – which are always advised for long lasting results – you can enjoy the same consistent look year in year out. You can make sure your hair tattoo always looks as good as it did when you first had it done.

More Scalp Tattoo questions answered

Can I remove a scalp tattoo?

Yes you can have a scalp tattoo removed by a professional, who will use a laser over one to two sessions scalp pigments can be removed. Micro pigments are applied at a certain depth in the skin. The larger the area the more laser treatments you will require.

Can I get cancer from SMP treatments?

There has been research by dermatology specialists for many years around links between tattoos / hair tattoos and cancer. There is no current study and no evidence to suggest that SMP causes cancer.

Does Rogaine (Minoxidil) Fade Scalp Micropigmentation?

Rogaine may cause the ink to fade if it is used too soon after SMP treatment. Delay using Rogaine for two weeks just to make sure that the inks are completely dry.

Skalptec Has a Great Reputation Around the World

With Skalptec you always have an exceptional SMP technician with you on your journey – every step of the way. We have fantastic aftercare and an impeccable reputation. Scalp Micropigmentation is an excellent hair loss solution with guaranteed results. SMP is proven to be a very effective, non-surgical, safe procedure.

Skalptec is a leading brand in UK and Europe and leads by example with proven success. Scalp micropigmentation is carried out all year round by our scalp technicians at our clinics currently in Liverpool, London, Newcastle, Jersey, Shrewsbury and Netherlands. With our award winning services  we can guarantee you natural results that look great, to help restore your self confidence.


When Scalp Micropigmentation is done the right way you will see the best possible results – guaranteed – every time. Everything is planned and discussed with you, from the start. Get back your confidence and achieve the stylish look. Every year SMP becomes increasingly popular. Scalp Micropigmentation offers the best solution.


Skalptec clients are genuinely happy and relieved when they discover us. We are very proud and passionate about what we do. If you are looking for an effective non-surgical hair loss solution a hair tattoo is one complete solution you should definitely consider. If you are looking for a low maintenance way forward, scalp micropigmentation is definitely for you. For men and women experiencing:

  • Scarring or burns on the scalp from accidents or surgery
  • Hair transplant scar camouflage from a previous hair transplant procedure
  • Baldness
  • SMP for dark and light skin
  • Adding density to longer hair
  • Receding hairline
  • SMP for men
  • SMP for women
  • Birthmark blending
  • Thinning hair
  • Alopecia areata and all other forms of alopecia
  • If you have had a bad SMP treatment from a different SMP company we are here to help you to do something about it. – Skalptec will help you.
  • Genetic hair loss
  • Hair loss after illness such as lupus and cancer

Get the look that you deserve – improve your confidence and your self esteem. Contact our friendly team to discuss your particular requirements & arrange your SMP consultation with us.

Would You Like to Be a Scalp Technician? – Partner Up with the Best!

Getting started and established on your own can be a really tough challenge. We provide the right mentorship, encouragement and support. Setting up as a SMP technician with us is within your reach. Winner of multiple UK awards, Skalptec will help you to find your way. We will help you to find your way forward in the Industry. As your clientele and your reputation grows, Skalptec will always be right there to support you. You can read more about Skalptec Partnerships here.

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Skalptec has treatment clinics in various UK locations and in Europe including:

  • Liverpool – Terence Jones Owner and lead technician of Skalptec & 3 time UK National Award Winner (our Head Office is located there). Click here for more about Terence.
  • Newcastle – Terence Jones Owner and lead technician (MPUK National Award Winner 3 times for Scalp Technician of the year). Click here for more about Terence and his clinic.
  • London – proficent lead technician. Click here for more about our service.
  • Shrewsbury – Michelle Watson lead technician (our newset Skalptec clinic). Click here for more about Michelle and her clinic.

You can find some of our top SMP technicians in:

You too can experience remarkable results just like the clients we have been helping for years – SMP gets more popular every year, and it is the hair loss solution that more and more celebrities are having done.

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To find out more about Skalptec and the extensive SMP services that we provide – contact one of our experienced scalp technicians for an informal chat. Our friendly team will help you with anything from the early signs of hair loss, a receding hairline, genetic hair loss, a thinning crown area to full baldness or alopecia.

The only way to be sure SMP is the right choice for you is to arrange a consultation. Send us a message if you have any questions – you can also refer to our FAQ page.

If you need help take your first step and talk to us. We have achieved recognition and awards for SMP over the years and we can provide the best possible experience. You can find Video Reviews, Case Studies and Before and After pictures on our website and on You Tube.

We can 100% promise you a service you will love and one that you will remember! There is also a big chance your friends will tell you that your hair looks amazing when they see the final results!