Tips to Maintain a Hair Tattoo After Hair Micropigmentation

Have you recently embraced your bald look by going for a scalp micropigmentation treatment (SMP)? Well, pulling off the bald look needs confidence, and once you achieve that, it can turn out to be quite sexy and smart. Getting this done from a leading SMP artist is highly recommended to get the best results, and if you are quite satiated with your post treatment look, you should also keep in mind some hacks and tips to maintain this with perfection.

Though hair tattoo micropigmentation is a completely permanent procedure, it is still important that you care for it with utmost dedication. To carry the shaved hair illusion for a long time, here is some of the expert recommended maintenance tips.

Do not stop using shampoo and conditioner

Just because you had an SMP treatment, doesn’t mean you will stop using the hair care products like shampoo and conditioner. Grime and oil will continue building up on your scalp and hence these products are an absolute necessity. To avoid flaky skin and white dots, make sure to clean your scalp with the best hair care products on a timely basis. Keep your scalp clean and dry, without using an excessive amount of shampoo and conditioner.

Try using a sun hat or sunscreen lotion

You need to protect your scalp from the dangerous effects of sun and harmful UV rays. Use a sun hat or make sure to apply a good quality and branded sunscreen lotion of SPF of at least 15 or more.

Moisturize your scalp well regularly

It is important to take care of the scalp skin and stop it from getting dry and dull. Without hydration, it will turn rough and itchy. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated, and also use a safe and doctor recommended skin moisturizer to keep your scalp healthy.

Shave at times

On getting an SMP treatment done, you don’t have to shave that often but to maintain the sharp look, at times shaving is necessary. The correct steps of shaving would be by using a branded razor, using a good quality shaving cream, and most importantly, moisturizing the scalp after you are done.

With the increasing trend of head tattoos for hair loss, it has become a good way for men to treat serious baldness or issues of chronic hair loss. Just make sure to get it done from a reputed and credible clinic and also follow the tips to maintain the look for a long time period.

Scar Camouflage

What is Scar Camouflage?

Living with scars can be devastating. Whatever the cause, scarring can damage your self-esteem, wreck your confidence and leave you feeling that part of who you are has been taken away. Scar camouflage treatment is a long-term solution to scarring.

For clients from all walks of life, with scars ranging from the minor to the severe, we will do our best to use all of our artistic skill to effectively conceal even seriously disfiguring scars.

We understand what a difference that scar camouflage can make. Bringing confidence back to our clients, who can testify to the dramatic and lasting confidence boost that scar camouflage can deliver. The results can be truly life-changing.

We are driven by a desire to give you a new lease on life, confidence knowing your scars are camouflaged. As if they were no longer there at all, allowing you to get back to living your life.

How it works

Consultation: We will take time to discuss your requirements, assess your scarring and propose a tattooing strategy to meet your needs.  We will advise you of the number of sessions we expect your treatment to take and fully explain the procedure. We will make sure you are completely happy with the proposed treatment before proceeding.

Pigment blending: We will prepare a number of custom-blended pigments specifically for your skin tone.

Tattooing: Before beginning the treatment, we will apply local anesthetic cream to make the procedure as comfortable as possible, helping you relax. We will then use our artistic skill with the tattooing pen to recolor your scar, using pigment blends prepared for you to recreate your natural skin tone.

Healing: We will apply a healing ointment and, if necessary, a light dressing. Healing time varies, but in most cases, after about five days the top layers of skin will have healed. The pigments will continue to settle under the top layers of skin for some time after this.

Throughout the process we fully understanding the sensitive nature our work, treating you with warmth, respect and care, making you feel comfortable and relaxed. 

While scar camouflage is not suitable for every scar, it is ideal for almost all white and silvery colored scars. We treat a wide range of scars, including those related to medical and cosmetic surgery, self harming, alopecia, vitiligo, accidents and burns. Scar camouflage is suitable for all nationalities and skin types.

Whatever the circumstances in which you were scarred or left with skin pigmentation damage, don’t live with the results any longer. Let InkCredible Outcomes help you step into freedom, to live and enjoy your life.

Scar Relaxation Techniques

What if we told you there is a treatment that could significantly improve the appearance and feel of scars, stretch marks and burns?

Many of us have scarring that we are self-conscious about, whether it’s from an accident, surgery or stretch marks due to childbirth or weight gain/loss. Most people have no idea this treatment even existed. Most people are elated when they discover that they could do something about their scarring!

The treatment’s name – MCA Scar Treatment. To give it its full name; Multi-Trepannic Collagen Actuation. Let us explain what the treatment involves and it’s wonderful benefits.

Firstly, please don’t be put off by the word ‘tattoo’ or ‘tattooing’.  This treatment is a dry needling treatment, which means there is no pigment used at all. So while the machine is indeed a tattoo machine (a specialist medical machine), this is by no means a tattoo treatment. We promise you will not be leaving with any ink in your skin whatsoever!

Interested? Are you wondering how it works?

MCA scar treatment involves the use of a specialist needle that enters the surface layers of the skin, just enough to cause a minor controlled trauma to the scarred area.  This minor trauma stimulates the blood flow to the area, which kick starts the body’s natural healing process.   The dry needling technique causes tiny punctures, which creates channels that trigger the body to produce collagen, melanin and elastin, therefore promoting further healing.

Sounds a bit scary, but we promise it isn’t. The area is numbed for 20-30 minutes with local anesthetic. The “worst” part about this treatment is how it looks immediately afterwards: Red (that’s the blood that’s been bought to the surface) and may feel like you’ve sustained a fresh injury. Dry needling is so concentrated and is very minor that it really doesn’t cause any real pain for discomfort.

So what happens after an MCA Scar Treatment?

  • New tissue grows into the damaged skin and collagen, elastin and melanin production is stimulated as part of this new healing process.

  • Loose and sunken stretch marks fill out and appear smoother and firmer.

  • Discolored scars start to normalize and skin tone/color evens out.

  • Scars that are raised and bumpy flatten out and become less visible

  • Tight scars relax and become less restricted.

  • Areas of scar numbness begin to have returned feeling.

This treatment really is fantastic for anyone that would like to improve the appearance and feel of a scars, burns and stretch marks. While there is no guarantee as to the exact results, most patients will notice a marked improvement after just one treatment. 

The treatment plan usually consists of three treatments, each four to six weeks apart. It is at this point that we will know how well the treated area is responding. We would need to wait a further four to six months after the third treatment, before determining whether a fourth treatment is necessary. 

  • During the treatment you will barely feel any pain.

  • Immediately after treatment: It will be bright red and look like a new injury, however, this is a good sign as the healing process has started.

  • Over the next seven days keep it dry (apart from showering) and apply vitamin A&D cream twice, daily.

  • The first three weeks, it will look like a healing wound; a little bit pink and scaly. No deep scabbing, though, as the trauma was only surface level.

  • After four weeks you could start to see some great results!

  • At six weeks, you will be ready for your second treatment.

MCA Scar Therapy (Multi-trepannic Collagen Actuation) is also known as dry needling or micro needling.

MCA Therapy is carried out with the use of a specialist medical tattooing machine, using a dry needle technique (no pigment/colour used).  The treatment consists of a needle that enters the surface layers of the skin, just enough to cause a minor trauma and stimulate blood flow to the area.  The process causes minute punctures, which creates channels that trigger the body to produce collagen, melanin and elastin, in order to fill the wounds – therefore promoting further healing.

Whilst this isn’t a scar removal treatment (no such thing exists unfortunately), it can improve the look, feel, firmness and appearance of scars considerably.

So, what happens after an MCA Scar Treatment?

  • New tissue grows into the damaged skin and collagen, elastin and melanin production is stimulated as part of this new healing process.

  • Loose and sunken stretch marks fill out and appear smoother and firmer.

  • Discolored scars start to normalize and skin tone/color evens out.

  • Scars that are raised and bumpy flatten out and become less visible

  • Tight scars relax and become less restricted.

  • Areas of scar numbness begin to have returned feeling.

This treatment really is fantastic for anyone that would like to improve the appearance and feel of a scars, burns and stretch marks. Whilst there is no guarantee as to the exact results, most patients will notice a marked improvement after just one treatment.  Typically a course of treatment is three to four treatments to be carried out 4-6 weeks apart.   

Most scars, burns and stretch marks respond well to this treatment. 

Testimonial: Microblading Experience at InkCredible Outcomes

*Name withheld for privacy.

My first appointment

“Any nerves I had were quickly dissipated; my technician, Sian, made me feel completely at ease and I found that chatting to her both before and during the treatment helped to take my mind off of any potential fears. Just like any treatment, the more relaxed your body is, the more comfortable it will feel. We began by discussing my current brows vs. my dream brows; I wasn’t wearing any make up so I showed Sian some photographs of how I ‘do’ my eyebrows and I said that I wanted them to look ‘done’ without looking completely fake. Sian worked her eyebrow science and quickly measured and mapped out where my brows should begin and end, then drew them on in lots of detail and precision so that I could see exactly what the finished product would look like.

When the treatment began I was more surprised by the noise than the sensation. It’s similar to someone ripping paper very close to your ear, or a little like the sound that a fine tooth comb makes if you run it along your finger. As someone with sensitive eyes, the thing I actually found most uncomfortable was the bright light which made my eyes water (I cry at the dentist for the same reason – ha!). Once the initial stage was over, the skin was broken and the numbing cream re-applied I could’ve actually had a little nap. In fact, I think I probably did because the appointment seemed to fly by. By far the worst moment, which thankfully lasts for maybe 20 seconds tops, was the application of the final layer of pigment.

And just like that, after about 20 minutes or so, we were done. I sat up, was handed a mirror and genuinely gasped. I could not believe how incredible they looked, nor that they were actually MINE on MY face. They explained the aftercare process and I skipped on my merry way…”

Day One

“That afternoon, as the numbing cream wore off I got a bit of a headache and took a couple of ibuprofen. Making any kind of expressive brow movement felt quite uncomfortable; I had the girls round that evening and my catchphrase of the night was “Stop making me laugh!” I had been warned that for a few days after the appointment they would be dramatically dark and sent a full Aftercare 101 guide from my technician. They pressed just how important the aftercare is, in fact she said it’s as important, if not more so, than the treatment itself. She could do the most amazing job but if you don’t look after them religiously for those first 10 days then it’s worthless. No pressure.”

Day Five

“Halfway through the recovery and I was finding the aftercare surprisingly easy. In fact, it is easy. Don’t get them wet, don’t touch them and apply coconut oil with a cotton bud 2-3 times per day to keep them hydrated. Simple! The most frustrating part by far was being unable to give my face a quick wash; instead I used my usual cleanser and applied it avoiding my brows. Every evening I used a baby wipe to very, very gently wipe my brows and remove any coconut oil build up or bacteria.”

Day Seven

“I had been warned that as they scabbed they were likely to flake but was pleasantly surprised by how limited this actually was. I hadn’t particularly been looking forward to walking around looking like I had gone moldy. At around day 7-8 they began to scab which was a little itchy and I really had to resist the temptation to pick. Instead, I slathered them with my new BFF, coconut oil, and powered through.”

Day 10

“My brows had healed and any scabbing had stopped, but I waited another couple of days before washing my face properly, just to be on the safe side. By this point they looked much lighter than what I wanted but thankfully they had warned me that this would happen, so I didn’t panic.”

Day 14

“About two weeks after the treatment I felt like my brows were officially ‘done’ and I started cleansing my face as normal again. They looked amazing but I did find that with a full face of makeup they weren’t quite as dark as I’d like, so I was applying a tinted brow gel. Having got used to my new set, I was really excited for my touch up appointment so that I could ask them to make them a little more dramatic.”

My second appointment

“This time there were no nerves because I was fully prepared for the treatment. They was really impressed with how well I’d looked after them (gold star for me) and I explained how I wanted them a little darker and perhaps a tiny bit fuller, now that I’d got used to the shape. The purpose of the touch up appointment is to ensure that your brows have healed properly and that they are 100% what you want. I was in and out in now time at all with solid 10/10 brows and another 10 days of aftercare (at which I am now a pro).”

I am a total convert. The treatment is not cheap and I was grateful to be invited to try it out to share with you all, however I will absolutely be paying them to redo them in around a years time. They are an investment but the time (and money on products, waxes and tints) it saves is well worth it in my eyes. I would absolutely recommend InkCredible Outcomes; they were incredibly professional, the clinic itself is clean and relaxing. I felt well looked after and completely informed the whole time.

What to Expect Out Of Microblading

Microblading is a semi-permanent brow treatment that uses a very, very fine little blade made up of what are essentially nine pins to deposit pigment into the skin. Unlike tattooed make up, there are no machines or needles involved and the overall effect is much more natural looking. The treatment is carried out completely by hand after an in-depth consultation, which means that hair-like strokes can be strategically placed in ‘real’ looking directions, lengths and positions. The tiny blade essentially scratches the skin, leaving behind the color.

Does it hurt?

This is the number one question we have been asked, and the number one question I wanted answered before I went to my first appointment. Everyone has a different pain threshold. I’d say it sits somewhere around the middle of the scale .Most are pleasantly surprised by how little pain is felt. Numbing cream was applied beforehand. It was scratchy and a little annoying but it didn’t actually hurt and most are relieved to find that the scratches didn’t even sting. Once the initial layer had been done, We apply a second coat of numbing cream, you can expect to feel a slight prodding and poking around your brow area. If you’ve ever had your eyebrows threaded, the pain is nothing like that. Clients have said they rather an hour of microblading than 10 minutes of threading. 

How much does it cost?

The full microblading treatment at InkCredible Outcomes includes the consultation, color matching, patch test numbing, and first appointment. Prices range from $350-$500 (depending on client’s needs). Four to six weeks later, you will require a touch-up that ranges $150-$200. The initial appointment is the most expensive part and a touch-up once a year costs $250. Most businesses offering microblading charge anywhere from $350-$1,000 depending on regional location, skill-set and experience.

How long does it last?

The treatment lasts about a year, some people choose to get the color refreshed sooner while others wait longer. Because you don’t have to fuss over your brows every day, a lot of people find that microblading helps their natural brows to grow thicker and healthier in the process!

Aftercare DO’S & DON’TS 

  • Keep them dry for the first 10 days

  • Apply coconut oil two to three times a day for 10 days

  • Use an SPF on them once they’ve healed

  • Don’t pick at them or remove the scabs whilst they’re healing

Don’t use AHAs/BHAs or other chemical products on them.

Everything You Need to Know About Microblading

Microblading: it may sound like a new potentially dangerous winter sport or form of medieval torture, but it’s the latest, most cutting-edge (pun fully intended) technique by which to achieve full, flatteringly shaped eyebrows, whether you’re starting with 90s style pencil brows or nothing at all. Madonna is said to have had the treatment and if it's good enough for Madge, it's good enough for us. But what is it?

Microblading sounds frankly terrifying. Talk me through it.

The difference between microblading and semi-permanent makeup is that microblading is manual; it’s all done by hand with no machines. The microblading tool looks like a pen, and you attach the tiny, pronged blades to the end. You create all the brush strokes individually, with none of the vibration that you get with a semi-permanent makeup machine. There’s no power behind it, it’s all you. With the machine, the vibration causes pigment to disperse in the skin, so the stroke isn’t as crisp- it blends out more. With the blade you don’t need to apply as much pressure, and it’s very superficial, which is why microbladed brows and makeup doesn’t last as long. That’s also why the dye doesn’t change color, as it’s not pushed as deeply into the skin.

Microblading creates a very delicate effect that can’t be achieved on a semi-permanent makeup machine, even if you’re an extremely experienced technician, as the machines vibration takes away an element of control. Working freehand with the microblade tool, you can be more precise.

Where did microblading originate?

Microblading originated in China, over 10 years ago. It’s a very refined technique and has slowly filtered through to us in the West. It’s become established over here in the last three years, but it’s in the past year that it’s just blown up. The results are so incredibly natural and realistic.

How do I know if microblading is for me?

It’s most suitable if you’re after a beautifully defined brow and you pencil them on pretty much every day. It makes such a difference. You get that extra time to yourself and more sleep in the morning! If you’re not someone who does that every day and you happily leave the house without pencil or product on your brows, then there’s probably little point, as that’s not something that you’d ordinarily spend a lot of time on. For most woman there’s no way they would leave their house without having done their brows. In that case, it makes sense to have it done. You never have to waste time drawing them on or trying to get them even. If you’re not that person, it’s probably not for you.

A big majority of clients are cancer patients, and microblading can really help to restore someone’s confidence. They might come in before, during or after chemotherapy or treatment, although beforehand is great as I can help to recreate their brow almost exactly. It’s not essential, as the browbone is there as a guide, but catching them before can help you to achieve even more incredible results. Depending on the strength of the treatment they’re having I might do microblading during, but it’s normally after chemotherapy, especially if treatment is aggressive as even one small nick can have an impact on the immune system. Doctors will always advise patients as to what’s best.

Is there anyone for whom microblading is totally off the cards?

Really the only people that definitely can’t have microblading are women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. You also need to be over 18.

This tattooing business is serious stuff. How can I find a good technician?

When looking for a great technician, look out for an extensive ‘before and after’ portfolio. It’s absolutely a must for me, because you want to see that that person has worked on young skin, mature skin, dark skins, fair skins; a whole range of people. If there’s not too much evidence of that, we’d have to question the experience of a technician.

How long does a microblading session take?

An initial session normally takes about 2 -2 ½ hours. The treatment time is actually the quickest part, it’s the preparation that takes time, from consultation to numbing time to making sure the shape is right, that they’re perfectly even and the color is spot on. That can take over an hour, while drawing on the hair strokes might only take 30-60 minutes.

Onto the pain issue. What can I expect? What does microblading feel like?

It’s very scratchy. I wouldn’t say it’s painful per se, but it’s very uncomfortable. It’s not a relaxing treatment during which you’ll drift off- you feel it, but you also hear it a lot more than you feel it, which can be strange. You hear the scratching, but the area is numb. Everyone has their own pain threshold. Some people say it’s totally fine while others are more sensitive to pain. It can also depend on how you’re feeling on the day, for instance if you’re on your period, or leading up to it, you’ll feel it more.

Any risks to bear in mind?

The correct aftercare is really vital though to prevent infection. You need to keep the brow area very clean and keep your hair away from the area. You must not get brows wet or apply any cream to the area apart from the healing balm you’ll be given for around 7-10 days. After that time you can fully wash but just be careful around the brow area as it’ll still be healing. For some people the healing process can last up to two weeks. After that point you can carry on as normal.”

Microblading is semi-permanent. When might I need a touch-up?

How quickly color fades totally depends on the individual and their skin. There’s no one size fits all with this treatment. Sometimes I might have a top-up at six months, and sometimes at eight months. It can depend on any number of things, from sun exposure to exfoliation. There’s no definitive answer in terms of how long microblading lasts, but most clients will return for a top-up within a year or so.

As a guide, normally I’d tell a client to return before brow color has faded too much, but if you are wanting to change color, you’re best of waiting a bit longer to allow you to switch to a different shade or go cooler or warmer.

How can I keep my brows “on fleek” for as long as possible?

We’d say that wearing an SPF 50 is essential, but then I think it is anyway whether you’ve had microblading or not. Be careful not to over-exfoliate the brow area too; not that you ever need to! It’s just something to be aware of, as this will cause color to break down much faster.

Is microblading a lifelong commitment?

If a cancer patient had their brows microbladed, and then eyebrow hair grew back, they wouldn’t need to continue with the treatment anymore, so commitment wise it’s very dependent on the person, their preferences and the situation. The touch-ups are always considerably less cost-wise than the first treatment once a year, if the brows make a big difference to confidence and lifestyle, as they do for me personally, I think it’s worth it. The time and effort it saves me justifies the cost.

What’s the number one advantage afforded by microblading in your view?

The definition that it gives! It can make you look instantly amazing, and for many of clients, it changes lives. The hair follicles in the brows are so delicate, for many people once they’re gone, they’re gone, so this is such a great treatment if you’re in that situation.

What is Medical Tattooing?

The term ‘Medical Tattoo’ covers a wide range of applications for a variety of medical conditions, including scarring, burns and skin conditions. Body confidence can be dramatically increased with medical tattooing masking, coloring, reconstructing or improving the appearance of scarring and tissue. We get excellent results and can help improve your appearance in the following cases:

  • Alopecia

  • Breast Reduction/Augmentation

  • Areola/Nipple Reconstruction

  • Body Surgery Scars

  • Skin Repigmentation

  • Accident and Sports Injury Scars

Medical micropigmentation techniques can be applied in many ways:

  • Scar Camouflage helps reduce the appearance of scars from accidents, burns, surgery or the repair of congenital disorders such as cleft palate.

  • Reconstructive Camouflage helps post-mastectomy patients by creating a nipple and areola on the newly reconstructed breast. The appearance of areola incision scars from breast surgeries for augmentation, reduction or a breast lift can also be masked.

Medical micropigmentation and medical tattooing treatments have a huge impact on how you feel, mentally and physically. They provide a solution for skin traumas of imperfection, offering visual enhancement and a long lasting color repair. From areola and nipple reconstruction, to reduce the appearance of scars, vitiligo repigmentation for scalp micro-hair simulation, the results are tailored, natural looking and simple to achieve.

We will work closely with reconstructive surgeons, dermatologist, and hair transplant technicians; we’ve developed our medical micropigmentation treatments to compliment the needs of our clients.

All pigments and services provided meet health code standards and are used in our treatments.