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Scalp Micropigmentation Turning Blue?



Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) has become immensely popular over the past two decades as a versatile solution for individuals facing hair loss struggles. This practical yet realistic procedure promises a fuller-looking hairline, helps restore a youthful “fully buzzed” appearance, and boosts the self-confidence of individuals. However, the possibility of discoloration in unskilled hands is a legitimate concern that holds back those considering this positive, life-changing solution.


At Ink2Scalp Studios, we address these fears head-on, wielding expertise and innovation to deliver natural hues that ensure realistic-looking results.


The Essence of SMP Color Integrity


The expectation of colour accuracy lies at the root of a successful Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) procedure. Colour accuracy refers to the pigment’s ability to retain its hue and resist fading over time, specifically avoiding shifting to undesired shades of blue or green. Achieving colour accuracy is essential to ensure a consistently natural-looking scalp. Any alteration in pigment colour can result in noticeable variance and lead to dissatisfaction with the result.


At Ink2Scalp Studios, expert technicians skilled in applying pigments ensure that the original colour stays true, avoiding the much-feared discoloration. We emphasize the selection of high-quality pigments, proper techniques, and compliance with industry best practices. These measures safeguard the integrity and success of the SMP process.


The Root of SMP Discoloration and Its Prevention

The spectre of SMP discoloration deters many individuals from considering this innovative hair restoration solution. Discoloration implies changes in the pigment’s hue over time, causing an unnatural scalp appearance. While factors like the expertise of the practitioner and the individual’s skin characteristics may be partly responsible for this occurrence, the integrity of SMP mainly depends on the quality of the pigment and the precise depth of the needle placement.


Causes of Discoloration:

  1. Incorrect Application: If the pigment is deposited into the wrong skin layer, it can cause discoloration. The skin has three main layers: the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis.


  1. Pigment should be placed in the dermis, where it can hold its structure and colour.

  • Epidermis: Pigment in this layer flakes away as the skin regenerates.

  • Dermis: The ideal layer for pigment placement, ensuring long-lasting results.

  • Hypodermis: Incorrect deposition here can lead to blue discoloration or pigment migration.

  1. Pigment Quality: Non-specialized tattoo inks, ill-suited for the unique conditions of the scalp, can break down under the body’s defences and UV exposure, resulting in a blue or greenish hue. Ink2Scalp Studios’ proprietary pigments are designed to endure, containing natural ingredients that reinforce colour accuracy without reliance on harsh chemicals.

Tailored Pigment Solutions at Ink2Scalp Studios

Ink2Scalp Studios proudly presents a suite of custom-diluted pigments explicitly formulated for each client, suited for varying skin tones and hair colours:

Pigment Table for Brown to Blonde Hair

Dilution Ratio

Hair/Skin Type

Description

20:1

Light Pale Skin, Blonde or Ginger Hair, Fitzpatrick 1

Very light blonde shades, suitable for platinum and ash blondes with ashen skin tones.

18:1

Light Pale Skin, Blonde or Ginger Hair, Fitzpatrick 1

Light blonde shades ideal for lighter blonde hues with pale skin.

16:1

Light Pale Skin, Blonde or Ginger Hair, Fitzpatrick 1

Pale blonde tones, perfect for blending with pale skin and very light hair.

14:1

Light-Medium Skin, Blonde, Ginger, or Light Brown Hair, Fitzpatrick 2

Light to medium blonde shades suitable for honey-toned blondes with light to medium skin tones.

12:1

Light-Medium Skin, Blonde, Ginger, or Light Brown Hair, Fitzpatrick 2

Medium blonde tones ideal for blending with slightly darker blonde shades and light-medium skin.

10:1

Light-Medium Skin, Blonde, Ginger, or Light Brown Hair, Fitzpatrick 2

Medium to dark blonde shades perfect for darker blondes with medium skin tones.

8:1

Light-Medium Skin, Blonde, Ginger, or Light Brown Hair, Fitzpatrick 2

Dark blonde to light brown tones suitable for the darkest blonde shades and light brown hair.

Pigment Table for Grey Hair

Dilution Ratio

Hair/Skin Type

Description

30:1

Light Skin, Light Grey Hair, Fitzpatrick 1-2

Light grey shades, suitable for light grey hair with light skin tones.

20:1

Light-medium skin, Medium Grey Hair, Fitzpatrick 2-3

Light to medium grey shades are ideal for blending with light to medium grey hair and skin tones.

15:1

Medium Skin, Dark Grey Hair, Fitzpatrick 3-4

Medium grey tones perfect for matching medium to dark grey hair and medium skin tones.

10:1

Medium-Dark Skin, Dark Grey Hair, Fitzpatrick 4-5

Dark grey shades suitable for darker grey hair and medium to dark skin tones.

5:1

Dark Skin, Very Dark Grey Hair, Fitzpatrick 5-6

Very dark grey to black-grey tones ideal for the darkest grey hair and dark skin tones.

These high-quality and stable pigments are non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free. They undergo rigorous testing for safety and stability and are subject to exacting sterilization standards. By using such premium-grade pigments, we ensure the long-lasting colour retention of our SMP procedures.

Precision Application: The Ink2Scalp Standard

Our experienced practitioners at Ink2Scalp Studios are adept in the art and science of SMP. Using skillful application techniques, they deposit pigment at the precise dermal layer. The depth and density of pigment deposition are carefully regulated to avoid overloading the scalp. This attention to detail reduces the risk of pigment migration or diffusion, which can cause discoloration over time. It aids in retaining the definition and size of each dot, which is important to maintain the realism of the SMP.

Meticulous care is taken at Ink2Scalp to match the pigment colour to the client’s natural buzzed hair shade and skin tone, avoiding the likelihood of unnatural-looking results. The layering and gradation techniques adopted by our SMP artists help create the natural-looking illusion of hair follicles to achieve a fully buzzed-headed look. They strategically layer pigments in slight/varying shades and densities, replicating the multidimensional appearance of natural hair. This helps reduce the likelihood of sudden colour changes or patchiness as the pigments settle and mature.


Aftercare: Prolonging SMP Longevity

Recognizing that the long-lasting results of SMP are significantly influenced by post-procedure care, Ink2Scalp Studios provides detailed guidance on aftercare. Emphasis is mainly laid on safeguarding against intense exposure to the sun and UV radiation during the treatment process, which plays a pivotal role in preserving pigment quality. We ensure that our clients diligently follow our practitioners' stringent aftercare protocols to aid proper healing and pigment retention.

Strictly following the specific aftercare instructions, as detailed below, is vital to maintain pigment integrity and mitigate the risk of SMP discoloration:

  • Avoid activities that cause excessive sweating, such as swimming, using abrasive hair products, scratching the treated area, etc., for 3-4 days after each treatment/session.

  • Apply specialized moisturizers or post-treatment serums to nourish the scalp.

  • Regular touch-up sessions often range from 3 to 5 years.

Innovation in Pigment Formulation

At the forefront of SMP pigment innovation, Ink2Scalp Studios is committed to continuously selecting the best formulation and brand. These advances translate to pigments that offer high viscosity, ideal retention, and the absence of heavy metals, ensuring safety, quality, and aesthetics in line with the natural appearance of hair follicles.


Embarking on Your SMP Journey with Ink2Scalp Studios

Selecting Ink2Scalp Studios for your SMP treatment affirms our trust in delivering the most natural-looking results. Our studio's holistic and client-centred approach is bolstered by complete transparency, unwavering customer support, and ongoing education. At Ink2Scalp Studios, we refine your look and self-identity and help rectify unsatisfactory SMP outcomes by other clinics/artists.


We invite you to embark on your SMP journey with us—a path paved with trust, expertise, and the promise of a renewed image that mirrors your style and aspirations. Contact us for a personalized consultation (virtually or in-person) to learn how Ink2Scalp Studios can transform your look with unparalleled SMP results. Begin your evolution confidently and join thousands of satisfied clients who have experienced the Ink2Scalp difference.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does scalp micropigmentation change colour?

Scalp micropigmentation can experience colour changes over time, though this is not typical when the procedure uses high-quality pigments and techniques. The stability of SMP colour depends on several factors, including the type of pigment used, the depth of pigment application, exposure to sunlight, and the individual's skin characteristics. High-quality SMP treatments use pigments designed to soften or mature gradually and naturally without discoloration. However, in unskilled hands, improper application or low-quality pigments may lead to undesirable colour changes, such as fading to blue or green hues.

Why did my SMP turn blue?

SMP may turn blue for a few reasons, often related to the type of pigment used, the depth at which the pigment was implanted, or external factors affecting the scalp. Here are some possible reasons:

  • Pigment Quality: Some pigments, especially those not specifically formulated for SMP, can change colour as they break down. If the pigments are not stable or pure, this can result in a blue or green tint.

  • Depth of Application: Pigments implanted too deeply can interact differently with the body's tissues, potentially causing colour shifts. SMP pigments are meant to be placed in the upper dermis; if they are too deep, they may spread or change colour.

  • Intense Sun Exposure: Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause pigments to fade or alter colour if not protected with a hat or sunscreen (SPF 40 and above). UV rays can break down the pigment particles over time, potentially leading to a bluish tint.

  • Skin pH and Chemistry: Individual differences in skin pH and chemistry can also affect how pigments are metabolized or change over time, potentially leading to colour shifts.

Treatment for blue SMP typically involves laser removal of the discoloured pigments followed by a corrective SMP session using high-quality pigments and techniques. To address this issue effectively, it is essential to consult with a qualified SMP practitioner.

This version includes more detailed explanations, an emphasis on colour accuracy, specific causes of discoloration, and a comprehensive FAQ section. It addresses concerns about SMP turning blue, highlights the expertise at Ink2Scalp Studios, and ensures the reader understands the importance of skilled application and quality pigments.

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