Scalp Micropigmentation Aftercare

To maintain the final scalp micropigmentation results, it’s important to follow certain aftercare steps after each SMP treatment and once all treatments have been completed. It is essential to adhere to a regular scalp micropigmentation aftercare routine. The steps you take after your final SMP treatment will affect the overall results.

One of the aims of the aftercare is to reduce the chances of fading, so embracing all possible aftercare measures will always help even if it might feel tedious.

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Underneath certain layers of the skin, special pigments are placed in the scalp with special microneedles, and during the recovery period, new skin layers eventually grow over the areas of the scalp that have been treated with SMP. After healing and recovery has taken place you will be able to enjoy the best possible results.

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Aftercare Following Your SMP Treatment – What Happens Next?

You will want to take extra care during treatments and not just after your final treatment.  All of the treatment area needs to be kept clean and getting the scalp wet should be avoided. This means that to ensure lasting results, for at least a month after your last SMP treatment you should not use facilities such as saunas, tanning beds, chlorinated pools or steam rooms. Also, if you’re a blood donor, it is advisable to refrain from donating blood for at least a year after your final SMP treatment.

Below is an outline of what to expect from an aftercare routine and it’s a guideline. Always ask your scalp micropigmentation technician for full information regarding aftercare.

Aftercare Up To Day 5

Over these first days, make sure you take on plenty of water and fluids. You can dab a damp cloth over the scalp area to keep it clean but not under any circumstances should you make the scalp wet; there is a big difference between damp and wet. In bed you can cover the scalp with a hat or something loose that’s dry and comfortable to wear on the head. So the key things to remember are: avoid touching the scalp with your hands where possible, don’t have any showers yet, and don’t shave the scalp at all during these first 5 days.

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Aftercare Checklist for the first days following treatment. Avoid these:

  • Do not shave the scalp at all for the first 10 days at least.
  • Sun damage and sun exposure: long periods in the sun can lead to the pigmentation in the scalp fading. Take extra care and cover up the scalp completely for these first days.
  • Touching the scalp with any part of the hands may cause infection so try your best not to do this. If it is absolutely necessary, make sure your hands are washed to minimise any risk of bacteria.
  • AHA’s (for example glycolic acid) fade pigment, so during recovery and after recovery AHA’s should always be avoided.
  • As mentioned previously, during these first days you should avoid the use of tanning beds, saunas and steam rooms, chlorine and swimming.
  • No intense exercise which will make you perspire a lot. Sweating a lot can affect the way the skin on the scalp heals.
  • Don’t shampoo, wash or scrub the scalp. Agitating or scrubbing the scalp may break the skin and the open wounds on the scalp that are trying to heal will remain open. All wounds on the body need to close, they need to heal, so treat your scalp with care. There are chemicals in shampoo so avoid those. It might be tempting to pick or rub or scratch at your scalp, but do be mindful that if you remove any skin with your fingers you may be removing the pigment as well. Everything needs to settle and to heal. The desire to wash your scalp may be strong, but be strong, don’t.

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SMP Aftercare Advice and Tips

Aftercare Day 6 to Day 10

So after 5 days of following aftercare advice you will be on your way to healing well and the healing must continue. From day 5 to day 10 you should refrain from doing:

  • You can wash your head with cold water but do so gently and with care. A mild soap can be used (ideally with natural ingredients that won’t agitate or inflame the skin). Be careful not to remove any scabs, the little scabs will fall of in their own time.
  • Clean your hands and use moisturiser as much as three times a day. Skin can become dry so use a natural moisturiser which doesn’t contain perfume.
  • It is important still, not to scratch the scalp. Small scabs will form where each pigment has been applied and it is essential not to pick at those.
  • You should refrain from shampooing still. The skin needs to heal and any agitation will slow down the healing process.
  • Avoid putting anything containing chemicals on to the scalp.
  • No heavy sweating continues on from the first 5 days but you can do some light exercise if you really want to. If you can refrain from exercise completely for these days, you won’t have to worry about sweating excessively.

After all scabs on the scalp have healed an electric shaver (foil) can be used as an alternative to a hand held razor. However, after each SMP session that you have with professional scalp technician, you should refrain from having a wet shave with a razor for at least 10 days.

Aftercare Day 30

  • You can swim, and you can visit saunas and tanning booths.
  • Use 30 to 50 SPF sunscreen on he scalp.
  • Use moisturiser on the scalp daily.
  • Take measures to avoid head shine.

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Aftercare – Symptoms of Infection

  • If you have fever – The likelihood of a fever being related to SMP is next to zero and it’s more than likely going to be associated with something else. See a doctor if you become unwell.
  • If you experience any swelling – A small amount of swelling is normal when having scalp micro pigmentation done. Anything more than that might be the sign of an infection.

Read more about reducing shiny scalp after scalp micropigmentation.

Aftercare Guarantee from Skalptec

What sets skalptec apart from other SMP companies is the anchor guaranteed aftercare. We will only charge a one fee of £250 for any touch ups or alterations for our existing life-time customers. To get a preliminary assessment of how much it may cost you, you can also send us
current images of your scalp to, or you can send us a private message over on our contact page. Skalptec offers amazing value. We can recommend ways to spread payments and to finance if financing is what you prefer.

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Skalptec – We Put You First

We understand you have a range of clinics to choose from so choose wisely. Your time and choice is important and we appreciate your interest. However we believe Skalptec offers the UK’s best scalp micropigmentation service and here are some reasons why:

  • We have some of the UK’s most experienced SMP technicians with thousands of happy clients already.
  • Empathy, understanding, a personal service and aftercare that you simply won’t find anywhere else.
  • The most competitive rates available. Your treatment at Skalptec will cost less than at any other major UK clinic (check out our SMP costs page here).
  • Skalptec has won many UK awards and is an established brand around the world.
  • There is no substitute for skill, experience and care. The best scalp micropigmentation results require the best most talented technicians who have immense passion for their work, and an incredible eye for detail. Skalptec can definitely help you. Training alone can’t replace these attributes, and you can ask any questions at any time starting at your first consultation – Click to book yours.


Best Scalp Micropigmentation Aftercare from Skalptec

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It can be really tough getting started up on your own. Having the right mentorship and support throughout can make a vast difference. Setting up as a scalp micropigmentation technician with Skalptec is within your reach. Skalptec will help you to find your way find your way forward as a SMP technician. As you build up your personal reputation as a world class scalp micropigmentation technician, Skalptec is always right there with you. Click here to read more about Skalptec Partnerships.





Skalptec has treatment clinics in various UK locations and 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 – Proficient lead technician. Click here for more about our service.
  • Shrewsbury – Michelle Watson lead technician (our newset clinic). Click here for more about Michelle and her clinic.

You will also find some of our top SMP technicians in:

You too can have SMP – the hair loss solution that UK & global celebrities are having done. If you’re looking for the best way to replace your lost hair, Skalptec can help – absolutely 100%.

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Find out more about Skalptec and the extensive SMP services that we provide – contact one of our experienced scalp technicians for an informal chat. You will discover how we can help you to cover anything from early signs of hair loss to full baldness. We can 100% promise you a service you will love and one that you will remember!

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.

There is also a big chance your friends will tell you your hair looks amazing when they see the final results! We look forward to meeting you!