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Why do I get a flaky Scalp after my SMP sessions?

Occasionally I get asked “why is my scalp so flaky after my SMP sessions?” Let’s explore this question.

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There are a few reasons why your scalp might become flaky a few days after your SMP session.

SMP and a Dry Scalp

One reason is that during your SMP session your scalp receives thousands of tiny micro abrasions. These tiny micro abrasions, which deposit the pigment into the upper layer of the dermis, are essentially causing superficial damage to the skin. This causes the blood to congregate into that area in order to begin the healing process.

Over the coming days these tiny micro abrasions will dry and possibly flake off adding to the volume of naturally occurring dry skin turnover.

(It’s important to note that not all scalps are the same, everyone will react differently, and we can only go on the average individual.)

All SMP recipients will have a certain amount of redness after each SMP session. However some scalps will go more red and for longer than others. Some people may find that their scalp itches a few days after their SMP session. Most of these things on average are all quite normal, so do not panic, just follow the aftercare and try to keep the scalp as clean as possible.

Whilst some people will naturally have a minimal amount of dry skin, others might have an excessive amount of dry and flaky skin based on their healing and skin chemistry.

Often oily skin if not washed on a regular basis will cause a build up of oil, which in turn dries on the scalp and can appear as dry, flaky skin.

Regardless of your scalp condition I find the following protocols help to reduce dryness and flaky skin in the weeks following your SMP.

Excessively oily scalps can become excessively dry due to not being able to wash the scalp with soap for seven days after the treatment.

Cleanse the scalp 

Immediately after your SMP session it’s imperative that you do not get the scalp wet for at least 3 days. After 3 days you can wet the scalp with warm water but no soap, shampoo or conditioner for another 5-7 days. If an individual is used to washing their scalp on a daily basis with shampoo the sudden change to not washing hair can cause a build up of dry skin, as the skin is not being exfoliated as before. This in turn can turn into dry, flaky skin.

If you’re someone who is suffering from an excessively dry scalp I will recommend using a very simple natural cleanser after four days to help prevent a build up of extra dry skin. However I usually like to make this decision when seeing my client for their second session.

Keep it moisturized

I always encourage my client’s to keep their scalp moist during the healing period. Recommending a natural, light, simple moisturizer or oil. There is a plethora of moisturizers available, however avoid anything with alcohol in it as this will eventually dry out the skin.

I personally tell clients to use a tiny amount of coconut oil or olive oil.

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After Care

Following a good aftercare routine will help to ensure a quality end result.

If you have any further questions regarding scalp micropigmentation or have been thinking about getting SMP contact info@robjamessmp.com

Rob James is a Vancouver Scalpmicropigmentation artist working

Does SMP look real?

Rob James is a Vancouver Scalp Mircopigmentation Artist operating out of Advanced Scalp Clinic.

Many people ask, will my SMP look real?

Let’s explore that question.

What makes an SMP look real and what makes an SMP look fake?

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Start by looking at images online of styles of SMP, which you like.  Ask yourself, would that style of SMP suits me? Get feed back from friends and family. Once you have decided on a style, seek a reputable artist within your town, city, province or state whose work and experience suits your needs.

SMP is a purely visual medium the proof of an artists work is in the final results.

Do you like the straight, sharp lines of an edged up style SMP? Or do you like a soft-feathered hairline? Or perhaps a broken up, diffused hairline. What is your natural, existing pattern? Is it peaked? Straight across? Or slightly receding?

I think asking yourself several questions first is always a good first step.

Such as:

Will this style suit my face?

Will it age appropriately with time?

Will it bring unnecessary attention?

Is it completely different from my original hair?

Personally my SMP style is ultra natural, I like to perfectly blend into your surrounding existing hair, recreating the stubble to what it would look like if you had a full, natural head of shaved hair.

Peaked or rounded I like to diffuse the hairlines to give them that natural soft appearance.

So, once you’ve chosen your appropriate style, the next thing to research is the SMP application.

The way your SMP procedure is carried out is essential to it’s realism.

Style can never compensate for a badly administer scalp micropigmentation. So consult with your chosen artists and choose wisely.

How do you choose wisely? Look through an artist’s body of work, if it resonates with you, if the style and manner of the work suits your vision, that’s a good start.

Communication

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Make sure that you’re both on the same page regarding your vision.

You will be with your chosen artist for many hours over many days, so make sure you feel comfortable in their presence and at their respective studio/work space.

Best of luck!

If you’re in British Columbia Canada and are interested in finding out more about Scalp micropigmentation, contact info@robjamessmp or call 778-917-7772 for a free informative consultation.

Why does SMP fade?

This is a common question that I frequently receive and an aspect of SMP, which I do thoroughly explain to all my clients prior to their SMP procedure.

When a client asks “Will my SMP fade?” my answer and advice is always as follows:why Smp fade

Will my SMP fade?

Fading takes place at various stages of the process and differs greatly from person to person.

If you’ve had SMP done you might have noticed this for yourself.

So why does this happen?

And is there anything I can do to stop it? 

Fading first becomes apparent in between your multiple sessions.

And hopefully your SMP artist has informed you of this so as to avoid any panic.

The reason for this initial fade is your very own immune system; it recognizes something foreign and tries to take it away. This fading process varies from person to person. Some can see a 5% decrease in impressions in between sessions while others can see up to 20%.

However, as the session’s progress and the density increases the fading becomes less and less apparent. Also in my experience I believe the initial SMP fade from session one is the most aggressive. By session two and three it’s as if the body decreases its attack on the pigment (this is from my own observation).

 In between sessions you will want to adhere to the aftercare protocols in order to mitigate additional fading

Fading takes place at various stages of the process and differs greatly from person to person.

If you’ve had SMP done you might have noticed this for yourself.

So why does this happen?

And is there anything I can do to stop it? 

Fading first becomes apparent in between your multiple sessions.

And hopefully your SMP artist has informed you of this so as to avoid any panic.

The reason for this initial fade is your very own immune system; it recognizes something foreign and tries to take it away. This fading process varies from person to person. Some can see a 5% decrease in impressions in between sessions while others can see up to 20%.

However, as the session’s progress and the density increases the fading becomes less and less apparent. Also in my experience I believe the initial SMP fade from session one is the most aggressive. By session two and three it’s as if the body decreases its attack on the pigment (this is from my own observation).

In between sessions you will want to adhere to the aftercare protocols in order to mitigate additional fading

SMP Care

To maintain a great looking SMP, aftercare is vitally important

And these are some of the reasons why. The skin takes time to heal after an SMP session, the thousands of micro impressions need to seal over and form a tiny scab.  So it’s important to wait at least 3 days before allowing water to get on the scalp so as not to wash away the newly formed micro abrasion.

It’s also important not to apply products to your scalp especially those containing alcohol as this can irritate and unduly dry the scalp. Heavy sweating is not encouraged for at least three days after your SMP session so as not to force the pigment out of the healing impressions.  Do not aggressively rub the scalp with a towel or your hands as this can prematurely knock off the micro abrasion, taking the pigment with it.

And of course no burning the scalp via sun exposure as this causes damage to the skin and eventually causes excessive skin to flake off.

Once all the SMP sessions are completed and the ten-day aftercare period is over you may return to life as normal. 

However your skin will also do what it naturally does, which is shed. This shedding of the skin will eventually cause the SMP to fade.

You certainly can mitigate and slow down the fading by adopting a good skin care routine.

Do not expose the scalp to excessive sun; wear sunscreen or a cap when in direct or extreme sunshine.

Do not aggressively exfoliate the scalp with exfoliating products. Do not use a moisturizer containing alcohol as this has a drying affect on the skin. Do use a moisturizer that is natural and contains healthy skin fortifying, protective ingredients.

Adopt a healthy lifestyle and keep your skin well hydrated.

Rob James is a Vancouver Scalpmicropigmentation expert who works out of Advanced Scalp clinic in Vancouver Canada.

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He is always ready to help answer all SMP related questions.

info@robjamessmp.com

778-917-7772