Almost half of all men and women will have grey hair by the age of 50, with most males detecting grey hair by the age of 30. You\’re most likely a current or aspiring member of the grey fox club. You might be wondering if we spelled grey correctly, and to be honest, we\’re still not sure.
If you\’re greying or going grey and experiencing hair loss, you\’re definitely looking for remedies. There are other solutions available, such as minoxidil, finasteride, DHT shampoo, and biotin supplements – but these treatments are frequently unsuccessful, have severe side effects, and must be used extremely early and frequently in the hair loss journey. Other hair loss treatments, such as hair transplants, have advanced significantly since the 1970s, but they are still prohibitively expensive and frequently necessitate numerous surgeries.
Then there\’s scalp micropigmentation to consider! The new hair loss treatment that is causing quite a stir among men who are experiencing hair loss. For those who are unfamiliar with the scalp micropigmentation process, we utilise micro-needles to generate the illusion of microscopic hair follicles, giving you the appearance of a short buzzcut.
But what if you have grey hair and want to have scalp micropigmentation? Or, if your hair greys, can scalp micropigmentation still be effective for you? Yes, the answer is YES! Here\’s why…
Scalp micropigmentation for color matching
Scalp Micropigmentation employs the use of black pigment to produce the appearance of hair stubble. So, if we use black pigment, how can we mix with or make grey hair? This is due to the fact that we work in a grey monochromatic color spectrum and dilute our pigment to properly match your hair/skin tone. The grayer and softer the tone becomes as we dilute. We can integrate lighter tones into existing grey hair or even intensify the greys by incorporating a few medium tones. We would dilute our pigment with distilled water to match your hair tone if you have grey or white hair. The dilution scale for Folicule, our scalp micropigmentation pigment, is shown here.
SMP with short hair versus long hair
Most people believe that whether your hair is long or short, it retains its color. This, however, is not the case. The majority of scalp micropigmentation clients are needed to keep their hair short. When you chop your hair down to a zero or half guard, it turns grey. If you have light complexion and light hair, your hair stubbles will be light to medium grey in color. And, of course, if you have dark skin and dark hair, that hue will be a darker shade. Almost all guys that buzz their hair to a short cut will have a monochromatic (black/grey) tone to their hair. Because the root hair is significantly darker than the white strand, grey or white hair does not seem grey. Here are some examples of men we were able to color match with gray/white or salt and pepper hair.
Micropigmentation of the Scalp Over Time
If you have dark hair and then go gray or white after a scalp micropigmentation treatment. The benefit of scalp pigmentation treatment is that it gradually lightens with time. Your final touch up will not need to be performed for 4-6 years after your final session. We can use a lighter tone when you come back for a touch up if you begin to gray/white over that time period. Alternatively, you may decide to forgo a touch-up entirely as the natural lightening of the SMP treatment becomes more age-appropriate.
Are you interested in learning more about scalp micropigmentation Austin? Schedule a consultation with one of our SMP specialists today at SMP of Austin.