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5 things to avoid after your SMP treatment

Today, we’re diving into an important topic: the five things you should avoid after your SMP procedure. Whether you’re considering SMP or have just undergone the treatment, understanding these post-care instructions is crucial for optimal healing and long-lasting results. So, let’s explore the key points you need to keep in mind to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.

What to Avoid After Your SMP

Excessive Sweating

It may be difficult if you have a job that involves a lot of physical activity or live in warmer, more humid regions. But excessive sweating can cause the salts in your sweat to dry out your scalp micropigmentation prematurely. Try to plan your schedule so that you have a day or two off after your SMP procedure to avoid excessive sweating. If you do sweat a bit, it’s okay to gently blot it with a damp rag. However, please refrain from exercising, or going to saunas, or steam rooms to excessively sweat.


For 72 hours after your SMP treatment, it’s important to avoid shaving. Even if you’re used to wet shaving, hold off on it for about 10 days. Other forms of shaving, such as using a foil razor, should also be avoided for the first 72 hours. Let the procedure heal and settle in before you resume your regular shaving routine.

Exercise and Gyms

During the first 72 hours after your SMP, avoiding exercise and gyms is best. When you’re at the gym, there’s a chance of cross-contamination from other people’s sweat. You don’t want to introduce someone else’s sweat onto your healing scalp micropigmentation. So take a break from the gym for a few days and let your procedure heal undisturbed.


While you can bathe and shower as usual, refrain from washing your hair or scalp for the first 72 hours. We want your procedure to have a dry heal, similar to most tattoos. So, no excessive water on your scalp during this initial healing period. After 72 hours, you can return to your normal hair care routine.

Sunbathing and Tanning

Avoid sunbathing and any form of tanning for the first 72 hours, and ideally for the first 10 days. Sunburns on your head can adversely affect the healing process and even cause the pigmentation to fade. If you’re in sunny areas, wear a clean hat and use a good sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to protect your scalp from the sun’s harmful rays.


So, these are the five post-care instructions you should keep in mind after your SMP procedure. Remember, these guidelines may vary slightly depending on the SMP artist or clinic you choose, but these are the basics. We hope this information has provided you with some value. Stay tuned for more educational content, and if you have any questions, feel free to reach out. We offer free consultations and even if you can’t visit us in  Raleigh, NC, or Syracuse, NY, we can point you in the right direction to a qualified scalp micropigmentation artist in your area.

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a non-invasive treatment for hair loss that creates the illusion of a full head of hair. It involves the application of pigment to the scalp using a small needle. Pigment gets applied in a manner that mimics the appearance of thousands of hair follicles. The procedure usually requires 2 to 3 sessions to complete.
This innovative treatment achieves a variety of looks, including the appearance of a shaved head, added density to thinning hair, or camouflage skin diseases or scarring. It’s an affordable solution that provides immediate results and is suitable for almost everyone. SMP is not a hair restoration treatment, it is a cosmetic procedure that gives the illusion of hair.
The cost of scalp micropigmentation (SMP) treatment widely varies. It depends on various factors such as the extent of hair loss, and any special requirements.
To provide an accurate quote, you’ll need a consultation. You can visit in-person or send photos for us to assess the specific needs of your case. However, an average price give or take the amount of work needed could be a ballpark $2,500.
We have a range of prices that start at $1,200 for a scar and up to $5,500 for an individual who has Alopecia with no hair at all. We base this off the Norwood-Hamilton scale. Most of our clients have a horseshoe pattern and need a hairline, top, sides and blending. These jobs usually range between $2500-4,000 based on the specific needs of the client.
Generally, you can see results immediately after the first session. However, it does take 2-3 sessions to achieve the overall desired result. Each session takes 1-3 hours.

No, scalp micropigmentation is a hair loss concealment procedure. It will not make your hair grow. However, it does replicate the look of real hair follicles. This gives the look of an intended shaved head, or add the illusion of thickness for thinner hair.

Absolutely! Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a suitable option for men and women experiencing hair loss or thinning.
Female pattern baldness is often characterized by diffuse thinning across the top of the head. This makes thinning particularly noticeable in areas where the hair parts.
The main goal of SMP treatment for women is to reduce the contrast between the hair and the scalp. By minimizing this contrast, it creates a permanent illusion of fullness. SMP can effectively conceal this contrast. It also provides a natural-looking solution for women dealing with hair loss. 
One of the benefits of scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is that it provides a natural-looking solution. Our practitioners create an incredibly realistic look. It is unlikely that people will be able to tell that you have had the treatment done.
Many clients report family and friends believe they have grown their hair out or that their appearance has improved in some other way.

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