Does Scalp Micropigmentation Change Colour?

The simple way to answer is, no, Scalp micropigmentation does not change colour.

There are many clinics and studios around the world that provide scalp micropigmentation treatment and the quality of these treatments vary. You may see that some people have said that they have had scalp micropigmentation treatment and it has turned a blue/green colour over time, this is what we call a botched job and is caused by using a bad or unqualified technician. If applied by a highly qualified and trained technician then your scalp micropigmentation will look completely natural and disguise your hair loss. Although it will fade over time, it will not change colour. Many individuals do not acknowledge the key factors of creating natural looking scalp micropigmentation and this is what causes a botched job.

Pigment selection is one of the keyways to avoid colour change. The pigments for scalp micropigmentation are designed specifically for this treatment and are made from natural ingredients. The majority of scalp micropigmentation artists use a carbon-based ink that is purely black. For lighter coloured hair the pigment is diluted with distilled water, following a dilution chart. Carbon-based pigment does not change colour, although the pigment does fade, requiring clients to get their treatment touched up around 3 years after the original treatment to keep it looking natural and fresh. Many people who perform scalp micropigmentation that turns out botched are very quick to blame their pigment, when it is their selection of pigment and technique that causes the problem. There are so many Trainers including Scalp Micro UK in the SMP industry teaching Colour theory which will prevent colour change. So many untrained scalp micropigmentation artists tend to use tattoo ink and permanent makeup pigments that are composed using a variety of colors which are mixed to create the desired color or shade. Following sun exposure and attempts by the immune system to reject the pigment, they separate once again into their constituent colors and can sometimes appear blue under the upper layers of skin.

Another key factor to getting the perfect scalp micropigmentation is the depth which the pigment is implanted. A qualified technician that has had the correct training will only ever deposit pigment into the upper layer of the dermis. If the needle penetrates to the mid-dermis or deeper into the hypodermis, it creates a blurred impression or a blow-out. When healed this means that you will not have a clear, accurately sized dot or reproduction of hair, but a vague impression which is much too large and as it is blurred due to being too deep.

The key to not ending up with your scalp micropigmentation changing colour is research. Finding the right technician can be difficult but putting in the time to do so will ensure you get the best scalp micropigmentation treatment.

The questions to ask the technician are:

  • Where did they train?
  • What are their qualifications?
  • How long have they performed scalp micropigmentation?
  • Do they follow standard health and safety procedures?
  • Ask to see their portfolio (ensure you look for pictures or videos that show the artists face, so you know it is their work)