How to get natural SMP results in Vancouver
Whether you’re looking for a completely new hairline or looking to add density to a thinning scalp, many people want something that does not look like they’ve had SMP. In other words, a natural looking head of short hair. But how do you know that is what you’re going to get?
Many people seek me out as an artist because this is pretty much all I do (natural looking scalp micropigmentation) If someone wants super sharp, super straight lines, I generally send them somewhere else because I’m sure there’s many artists who do that better than me. The beauty of SMP is that (if done properly) it can be catered to your wants, needs and style.
In my opinion natural means, unobtrusive, subtle and inconspicuous an addition to your existing hairline and scalp density that does not draw unnecessary attention. A natural looking SMP should blend seamlessly into your surrounding hair. Has a shape that is complimentary to your face and a tone that does not look out of place. Natural also means something that is appropriate for your age and stage in life, as well as something that will stay relevant as you mature.
So if you’re looking for natural looking scalp micropigmentation in Vancouver I have created a 5 point list of things which (I think) you should be looking for if you want to achieve a natural looking SMP in Vancouver. A good artist will be able to discuss these aspects of the process with you and make sure you’re on the right track.
#1 Design: Most of the time a natural hairline is never perfectly symmetrical and it is not made up of sharp right angles. The face should not be narrowly framed by a razor sharp box and the hairline should not be too low on the forehead. This will result in a narrow, short forehead and a look that just isn’t natural. A natural design can be straight and it can be lower, but it does have to compliment your facial structure and resemble your pre existing hairline to a degree. I always like to see old photos of a client’s hairline and use that as a guideline. (As a sideline, we are all different and some individuals do possess a very straight hairline).
Modest design for natural SMP results
#2 Blending: A natural SMP should blend perfectly into your surrounding short hair, there should be no heavy defining line where natural hair meets two dimensional cosmetic tattoo (SMP hair). A straight line where your SMP starts and you natural hair ends will definitely draw attention, taking away from the natural look you desire. And experienced artist will know how to blend seamlessly.
#3 Impressions: The individual SMP impressions should match your existing short hair width. I’ve seen so many SMP’s where the impressions are far too large in comparison to the surrounding natural hair. Often the contrast between SMP impressions and the client’s natural hair width is too evident and this does not allow for a convincing blend. This ultimately comes down to the artist’s cartridge selection and impression depth.
A natural looking SMP in Vancouver
#4 Tone: Using the correct pigment tone is of vital importance in achieving a natural looking SMP. Depending on my client’s skin tone and hair colour, I tend to select two tones to use throughout the process. I blend the sides into the existing short hair with an identical grey scale tone and for the top I use a tone just a tad darker than the existing hair. This will compensate for fading over time and will give a desirable fade appearance as the SMP transcends from slightly darker on top into perfectly blended sides. The hairline is also a shade lighter and less dense than the forelock and mid scalp, creating a natural feathered hairline.
#5 Artist: SMP is an art, no two artists are alike, and everyone has their own style and skill level. Select your artist carefully, knowing what style you want will help you and the artist know if you’re a good fit for one another. Initially you can choose an artist via their body of work, does it resonate with you and your desired style? Then I advise meeting an artist in person, so that you can discuss your desired end result. If you’re looking for natural, choose an artist whose work consistently looks natural. Do not expect an artist to do something completely different looking from their existing body of work. Good communication is paramount, as you will both want to have a clear understanding of what you are hoping to achieve.
Aim for experience & natural results
I tell all my clients, slow and steady wins the race when it comes to creating a great looking SMP. Do not rush and do not expect the finished result in a matter of hours. And if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is! Remember, this is your head, so do it once and do it right!
With well over one thousand SMP’s to his name, Rob James is one of Canada’s most requested SMP artists known for his ultra natural SMP results.
Rob James works out of his Vancouver SMP Clinic Advanced Scalp.
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