2 Types of Pigment Used for Scalp Tattoos

March 11th, 2024

At Scalp Micro USA, we offer scalp micropigmentation treatments to camouflage a variety of hair loss issues. We develop custom tattoo designs and choose color-matched pigments to achieve each client’s hair restoration goals. Here is more information about the types of pigment scalp tattoo artists use to create natural-looking results: 

Pigments in Scalp Micropigmentation

Pigments are the products responsible for creating the illusion of natural hair follicles. They are specially formulated inks designed to match the natural appearance of hair. The longevity and realism of a scalp tattoo depend on the quality of the pigments used. There are three types of high-quality pigments used for hair tattoos:

1. Organic Pigments

Derived from plant sources or carbon compounds, these pigments can have hypoallergenic properties. They are an ideal choice for those looking for long-lasting consistent SMP results. The biocompatibility of organic pigments further enhances their suitability for this treatment. This feature reduces the likelihood of adverse reactions or irritations that may be associated with synthetic alternatives.

Some key features contributing to the popularity of organic pigments in SMP are their range of colors and resistance to fading. Organic pigments support a broader range of intense colors than inorganic pigments. These pigments are made with natural compounds like carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulfur, and oxygen. The chemical structure of organic pigments contributes to their photostability. This makes them less susceptible to the effects of UV exposure. Organic pigments’ resilience helps the colors maintain their vibrancy over time, resulting in a longer-lasting, more visually appealing scalp tattoo.

2. Inorganic Pigments 

Inorganic pigments are developed using minerals such as iron oxides, titanium dioxide, and chromium oxide. These pigments may also contain metal oxides like zinc and copper. The combination of these minerals and compounds contributes to the pigments’ stability. A stable pigment causes minimal reactivity with the skin. The mineral and metal oxide composition of inorganic pigments also helps create a broad spectrum of natural colors. 

Iron oxides are known for their earthy tones and may be used to mimic the natural shades found in hair follicles. Titanium dioxide is added to tattoo pigment to lighten and adjust the intensity of the colors. Chromium oxide is added to enhance the greenish undertones of the pigment, resulting in more balanced red shades. These precise formulations allow tattoo artists to customize the pigments according to the individual’s hair color, skin tone, and desired aesthetic outcome.

Scalp Micropigmentation for Individual Needs

Each client’s hair loss and restoration goals are unique, so artists customize the tattoo designs and applications. At Scalp Micro USA, we offer a variety of pigment options with Folicule pigments so that our artists can tailor the scalp micropigmentation procedure to match the client’s hair color, skin tone, and desired style. Here is more information about the ways we customize your tattoo: 

Personalized Color Matching

Our artists assess factors such as skin and hair color to create a customized pigment blend. This results in a pigment that closely mimics the client’s existing hair or desired hair color. We may use different shades or combinations of pigments on different parts of the scalp depending on natural hair growth patterns and density. 

Follow-Up Sessions

Scalp micropigmentation is a semi-permanent procedure, and clients may need follow-up sessions to maintain optimal results. These sessions allow practitioners to assess any fading or changes in skin tone and make necessary adjustments. Follow-up sessions are needed every four to six years, depending on your preferences. Between these appointments, your artist may suggest limiting exposure to sunlight, as it helps preserve the integrity of the pigments and prevent potential color changes or fading. If you regularly spend time outdoors, they may suggest protecting your scalp from harmful UV rays using sunscreen or wearing a hat.

Scalp Micro USA and Your Scalp Tattoo

At Scalp Micro USA, we use custom pigment with Folicule to create personalized scalp tattoos. During your initial consultation, we will provide information on the pigment types we plan to use. This allows you to ask us questions about the pigment’s ingredients and how it may react with your skin. Remember to inform your micropigmentation artist if you are allergic to any pigments or ingredients. Scalp Micro USA offers micropigmentation treatments in multiple locations, including New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, and South Florida. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our scalp micropigmentation process. 

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