Scalp microblading is a way to cover the thinning hair with blades similar to eyebrow microblading. The artists simulate the hair strokes and are mostly used for women in the hairline or temple areas.
1- Scalp micropigmentation is simulating hair follicles as dots. This means thousands of hair follicles are tattooed on the scalp to cover the thinning hair. On the other hand, scalp microblading simulates hair strokes. This means the hairs are tattooed with blades in the area of thinning hair with colours that match your real hair. In other words, scalp micropigmentation is a point-to-point method, while scalp microblading is a linear method.
2- In scalp micropigmentation, a machine is used to create the hair dots (roots of the hair) while in scalp microblading the blade is used to create the hair stroke lines.
3- Scalp micropigmentation is done in three sessions from lighter black colour to darker black colour to give you a 3D look while in scalp microblading the artists try to find a colour that matches your hair colour.
4- SMP is applicable for all parts of the head with no limitation while the scalp microblading works the best for the temples and hairline.
No doubt, scalp micropigmentation is a scientific way with a near %100 success rate, while scalp microblading has too many disadvantages and is created by the owners of microblading industries to have more applications for their products. A few reasons show why scalp microblading is not an appropriate option.
It looks perfect at first look:
This is the nature of tattoos, no matter whether you are getting SMP, PMU or scalp microblading. Right after the procedure, it looks great but the final result appears a few weeks later. Even getting scalp micropigmentation with non-trained SMP artists can result in a botched SMP. This technique is mostly offered by people with a lack of knowledge in this area and is expensive to have this experience that this method is not working on the scalp. If you want to do hairline microblading, as them for photos after a few months or a year.
Do not be fooled by commercial photos and videos
1- Scalp microblading is using blades which work better for the eyebrow, not the scalp. The eyebrow's texture differs from the scalp with more fat beneath the skin while the scalp contains less fat and thinner layers. So, using these blades cause the spread and migration of the ink after a while and you need to do the laser to remove the tattooed lines.
2- Most women know that eyebrow microblading needs a touch-up every 6 months and lasts for a short time on the eyebrows. This time could be even shorter for the scalp blading and you need to do the touch-up every 6 months and spend money frequently.
3- Because the blades scratch the skin and penetrate it, doing scalp blading, again and again, leaves scars on your skin, while, scalp micropigmentation places dots on the scalp and it is safe to do it again and again.
4- The lines of hair strokes on your head are not real hair, so they would be noticeable on your temples and hairline in the wind when your hair is wet, and totally when your hair does not cover them. They do not move like your real hair strokes.
5- Scalp microblading does not work well to cover the thinning hair on top of your head. Why do you have to create large scar tissues on your scalp when you can cover them with more natural dots?
6-%100 sure, microblading will blur, and turn to blue, green or grey. Yes SMP fades as well but there are two significant differences. First, the SMP is created with thousands of dots and fading these dots looks more natural after a few years because they are dots, but fading a line is much more noticeable on your head cuz they will not match your hair colour anymore. Second, SMP inks are mostly black and match the roots of the hair on the scalp and only can be faded and turned to light grey, while the inks of microblading are colourful and can turn to blue and green.
The main question is that “ does SMP work for blond hair or colourful hair?”. Yes. It does. Please read the article about this question.
7- Scalp microblading does not work on oily skins because mixing the ink with the scalp’s oil gives a new result and after a few weeks it seems blotchy noticeable lines on your head.
8- Much more chance of getting bluish or greenish with migration and making large patches of colour on the scalp. One of the main reasons for colour migration on the scalp is mixing the ink with the blood vessels and moving with their current. This kind of migration is normally less than a quarter-inch but still a big patch of paint on the head. Obviously, when you are creating a line, there is more chance of encountering a blood vessel in comparison with dots. As a consequence, this migration will be much larger than SMP.
9- Longer healing time. SMP creates very tiny wounds on the scalp as tiny points on the scale of a needle’s tip and they would be healed, in a few days. On the other hand, scalp microblading creates larger scratches on the scalp and as a result, their healing takes longer.
The first thing that comes to mind after the word innovation is the achievements of that. Is it sustainable? In this case NO. So why has this method got famous shortly? First, because it is advertising by the permanent makeup companies with a great budget it is got famous at first but after seeing the long-term results, they turned to the SMP with the names of Phi scalp, etc. second, because of the familiarity of the women with eyebrow microblading, the name of scalp microblading gives people a familiar sense with delicacy and beauty of the eyebrow microblading, while, we need to explain the SMP from the definition of that for many people.