Hair Pigmentation or Hair Tattooing in Leeds? | What’s the difference?

InkedIn Hairline Restoration specialises in the hair loss treatment officially known as scalp micropigmentation. However, for prospective clients in Leeds carrying out initial research on the procedure, it also goes by several other terms such as hair tattooing, scalp tattooing, hair pigmentation, scalp pigmentation and SMP. Naturally, this can lead to some confusion. Are they all separate treatments? How do they differ? Which one should I choose?


First and foremost, let us clarify: scalp micropigmentation is the exact same procedure as all the others mentioned. In fact, despite sometimes being known as scalp tattooing and hair tattooing, the procedure of hair pigmentation differs quite significantly from more traditional tattooing methods.


Below, we’ve taken a closer look at these differences.



How Scalp Pigmentation Differs from Tattooing



The first important factor to understanding the difference between traditional tattooing and scalp micropigmentation is the amount of experience needed before work can be carried out on prospective clients. With some tattooists, the number of training hours remains worryingly low and ends up with tattoos of questionable quality.


In order to carry out hair pigmentation, technicians need to log thousands of practice hours before carrying out work on the public, be it in Leeds or nationwide. Scalp pigmentation services, when performed by a time-served specialist, genuinely replicate the 3D appearance of natural hair follicles.


That kind of technique cannot be mastered in the short-term for two primary reasons.



To create the most realistic results possible, we inject tiny droplets of ink into the upper dermises’ of our Leeds clients using needles of multiple widths. When applied in the appropriate pattern, this scalp tattooing process resembles natural hair growth.


More traditional tattooing methods deposit ink in the middle layer of the dermis. This location causes fading and colour bleeding over time. When placed into the upper dermis, the ink stays in place for the duration of its semi-permanent lifespan. However, in order to get the placement right, a scalp micropigmentation specialist needs to perform the procedure.


As experienced hair tattooing professionals, the team at InkedIn Hairline Restoration also adapt to different individual qualities that affect needle resistance. These include a person’s scarring, body fat and skin turgor.



The process of scalp pigmentation uses specially blended pigments to suit the clients’ required hue. Influences in this regard include skin tone, facial hair and eye brow coloration. Traditional tattoo ink consists of composite sources, which explains the separation into blue and greens over the years.


The ink used in hair pigmentation does not come from composite sources, so this separation simply doesn’t occur, although it will eventually fade in a time period of between 3 and 10 years. In addition, the deposited ink in the scalp sits closer to the surface of the skin, making it more vulnerable to UV radiation, offering yet another reason why traditional ink should never be used for scalp tattooing purposes.


Here at InkedIn Hairline Restoration, we recognise the distinct difference between tattooing for artwork, and the very different artform of scalp pigmentation. Our clients in Leeds can rest assured that we specialise solely in the latter for ultra-realistic results.


For more information regarding the hair pigmentation process, please visit the What is Scalp Micropigmentation? page.


If you have any further questions regarding the process, please visit the FAQs page.

If you’re looking for a trusted scalp micropigmentation specialist in Leeds, call 07734 703066

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