Scalp Micropigmentation for Women: Photos & Results


As men and women get older, hair follicles tend to produce less hair, particularly around the hairline and crown. Scalp micropigmentation for women may help those with female pattern hair loss, but you may want to look into other hair restoration methods if hair loss continues.

Scalp micropigmentation can disguise receding hairlines and bald spots with hair tattoos. Through a process of microneedle injections, pigments are tattooed on your scalp to fill in areas where you have missing hair.

While this procedure was made for bald heads, female micropigmentation tattoos have expanded and offer benefits to those with long hair and for women who want to re-create baby hairs and add a thicker look.

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Do Women Get Hair Tattoos?

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) uses a microneedle injection and natural pigment to tattoo hair follicles on your scalp. SMP may be used to fill in a women’s receding hairline, bald spots, and add thickness to thinning hair parts. 

SMP treatments typically last between 3 and 6 hours depending on the amount of hair follicles you want to tattoo on your scalp. You also will need to visit the SMP clinic at least 2 or 3 times to complete the treatment.

Unlike those like Britney Spears who went bald by choice, balding and hair thinning is a real issue for many women. Thankfully, there are treatments like SMP for women.

With scalp micropigmentation for women, the practitioner fills in thinning areas around their hairline and crown. You don’t have to shave your head to get SMP either, so it works with long hair as well.

Scalp micropigmentation for women - before and after results.
Practitioners simply tattoo around your natural hair follicles in areas where you’re thinning to give the appearance of more hair. Image Source: SMP Australia.

Does SMP Help with Female Hair Loss?

SMP is a cosmetic procedure that doesn’t help your hair grow. Instead, it conceals the appearance of bald spots. With female hair loss, many women have bald spots around their temples, hairline, and other areas of the scalp.

With hair tattoos, women are able to add the appearance of hair follicles underneath their hair and in areas where they have bald patches.

For example, if you part your hair and note that your scalp is showing considerably, you can use scalp micropigmentation tattoos to fill in your part and make your thinning hair less noticeable.

How Does SMP Work for Women?

Scalp micropigmentation treatments use a special microneedle and pigments that are different than regular tattooing tools, though the process is quite similar.

First, you’ll receive a free consultation where the practitioner assesses your hair and skin, looking at your existing hair and drawing in where you have thinning hair or bald patches.

Scalp micropigmentation for women has amazing results.
Women receive multiple scalp micropigmentation treatments. Image source: SMP Australia

Practitioners load the microneedle with natural dark gray or brown pigments, then tattoo your scalp in areas where you have thinning hair. You’ll talk about placement and locations with your practitioner beforehand.

If you’re just touching up different bald patches, you may only need 1 or 2 treatments. However, most SMP recipients go to the clinic for 3 or more treatments until their hairlines and thinning parts are completely filled in.

The goal of SMP is to recreate the look of real hair follicles so that your hair density appears thick and natural.

Baby Hair Tattoos and Hairline Tattoos for Women

If looking for a hair loss treatment due to alopecia totalis or alopecia areata, scalp micropigmentation is only for hiding diffused thinning in women.

SMP involves the tattooing of hair follicles. These tiny dots can fill in and thicken hair around the hairline, but some women opt for “baby hair tattoos,” which use pigments or tattoo ink to create wisps of hair around the temples.

Take a look at baby hairs tattooed around the corners:

Baby hair tattoos for women are a good SMP option.
Baby hair and hairline tattoos for women often feature more follicles, as well as wisps or hair strand tattoos to fill in receding areas. Image Source:

Benefits of SMP for Women

One of the biggest benefits of SMP is that it’s suitable for all skin and hair types.

Risks of SMP for Women

While scalp micropigmentation doesn’t have any harmful side effects, there are some risks. For example, the practitioner must use clean needles and high-quality pigments to ensure that the follicle color loads correctly. Otherwise, you may suffer from an infection or botched procedure.

Typically, scalp micropigmentation won’t impede on your regular schedule, and you don’t have to take time off, though your scalp may be tender following the tattoo procedure.

You should always consult with your doctor to understand the risks and prevent any bad reactions due to medical conditions. Also, look online for video testimonials of women getting SMP. If you look at before and after pictures, does the tattoo look real and natural? Is it noticeable? Check thoroughly before your first treatment.

Finally, there are some scalp micropigmentation risk factors if you’re currently taking medications that cause skin sensitivities or if you’re undergoing chemotherapy. You should disclose any of these concerns to the doctor or practitioner before undergoing SMP.

Pictures of Women With Scalp Micropigmentation

Female scalp micropigmentation shows fantastic results.
Scalp micropigmentation for women works even with a full head of hair. The tattoos are perfect for hiding hair loss in women by thickening bald patches and thin areas of your hair part. Image Source: Scalp Ink
Hairline tattoos for women are a good SMP option.
Women undergo multiple treatments for thicker density all over the scalp. Image Source: Hairline Ink.
Women's baby hair tattoos make a big difference in appearance.
Hairline tattoos for women re-create baby hairs in the corners for a natural look. Image Source: Diana Choi.

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