Scalp micropigmentation was initially created with the ‘shaved head’ in mind, as the micro dots of pigment recreates the look of stubble. However, there have been recent developments in the scalp micropigmentation process that make it possible for the treatment to look natural with a long hairstyle. For the technician – working with long hair can be time consuming, it is essential to work through the hair patiently and in small neat sections. This is something Gill Harrison, our Elan clinic precision SMP technician can achieve fantastic results with.

Scalp micropigmentation will work well for long hair with ‘certain types ‘of hair loss. If your hairline is intact, and you’re merely experiencing hair thinning across your scalp, micropigmentation can give the illusion of depth to your hair. Thinning hair is relatively common for both men and women and Scalp Micropigmentation for long hair can be a great solution. To keep your hair at a longer length after scalp micropigmentation, you need to satisfy certain requirements if an effective illusion is to be achieved:

a relatively intact frontal hairline

a willingness to keep the hairline in the current position (bringing it forward is unrealistic)

at least 50% coverage in the crown area

SMP with long hair results

If you have long hair that you can blend with your Scalp micropigmentation, the results can look very good, but SMP for long hair isn’t necessarily always a long-term solution. Scalp micropigmentation can only create the illusion of short hair itself….. If your hairline has receded or ‘thinned’ beyond a certain point, you may need to look at other options. For men – if your hair is thinning and you would like to keep the length longer without having to wear a shaved look then SMP techniques can do this by creating an illusion of density by building up treatments and shades of micro-dots around and in-between your existing hair.                                             For those clients who are turning grey/white – it is advisable to keep the hair colour a darker shade for optimum results, or at least match the pigment used in the SMP process to the remaining darker shades of the hair.                                                                           

Long hair SMP for men

For men with a longer hair length, scalp micropigmentation can maintain your look as your hairline starts to recede. You will need to have some hair at your hairline to help create the appearance of fuller, thicker hair. SMP can fill in the visible areas of your scalp that a receding hairline leaves behind, helping you to look younger for longer. Over time, men can expect their hairline to further recede. When this happens, it may be time for a shorter cut or a different type of treatment. SMP for long hair can also be used to fill in gaps in other areas of hair loss (e.g. the crown) – it is a very effective way of creating an overall appearance of thicker hair.

Long hair SMP for women

For many women, long hair becomes a part of your identity, and something you’re not ready to surrender (and why should you?). There are many varied reasons why so many women go through the experience of thinning hair. For women, this usually means that the hair becomes thinner and the scalp can be seen through the strands (‘diffuse’ hair loss). Using scalp micropigmentation, it’s possible to disguise this – small micro dots of pigment can make your hair look thicker and fuller again. Often, long hair SMP is very effective for masking small patches of complete hair loss or hiding thinning hair. 

SMP for long hair with a receding hairline

Scalp Micropigmentation can create the illusion of thicker hair along a hairline, as long as there is sufficient remaining hair to strengthen the overall look. You may find that as your hairline thins, you may need to wear a shorter style, but under the right circumstances – SMP for long hair may allow you to keep your hair for longer than you otherwise could.



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