As one of western Canada’s busiest SMP artists, a common question I receive is whether or not scalp micropigmentation (SMP) looks real or fake. This is a concerning question for many and most clients want reassurance that their SMP will look realistic.
Will my SMP look real or fake?
So, when clients ask me “does scalp micropigmentation look fake?” there’s usually a lot to this question which needs to be explored. The truth is, scalp micropigmentation when done correctly can look good on almost everyone, but there are variables that must be considered to make sure you will receive exactly what you’re looking for.
In case you’re new to my blog, let me reintroduce myself. My name is Rob James. I am a skilled micropigmentation artist and owner of the Vancouver SMP clinic, Advanced Scalp. My blog posts are part of a series aimed at easing newcomers into the world of SMP. And expanding upon the frequently asked questions found on my website www.robjamessmp.com
If you’ve wandered onto this post, you’re probably curious about the benefits of SMP but have concerns that it might look fake.
If you’ve read many of my earlier posts, you are probably now well versed in what Scalp Micropigmentation actually is and how it is performed. So now let’s explore how to make sure your SMP looks real and not fake!
As with any art or trade, scalp micropigmentation results can drastically vary in its aesthetic based on a specific artist’s style, method, experience and expertise. SMP is a purely visual medium, so the proof of an artist’s work can primarily be seen in their final results.
So to begin your process of finding an artist that performs “realistic” SMP, start by looking at images online. Ask yourself which styles of SMP speak to you the most. This is a great time to question what style you think would suit you.
A good SMP by a reputable, experienced artist is not and should not be cheap. I realize that everyone has to start somewhere, including SMP artists. But just remember, this is your head, it’s not something you want to have removed or repaired and it isn’t something you can easily conceal if the results are less than desirable. So choose your artist wisely.
What’s your style?
It’s helpful to start by identifying your own existing (or former) natural hair pattern. Is it peaked, straight across, or slightly receding? Being able to tell your natural hairline apart from a generic hairline an artist reproduces is a very important step in securing realism. This will make sure the outcome you are looking for will naturally suit your face shape and is less likely to look fake and out of place.
Once you’ve established your natural hair pattern, it’s time to start thinking about the SMP style that appeals to you the most. However it’s important to be honest with yourself and be realistic with your expectations. In my opinion the style, density and hairline placement must be appropriate for your age, stage, style and shape.
As an artist, my personal SMP style is ultra natural. I like to perfectly blend into your surrounding existing hair, with an identical needle to follicle size and identical pigment tone. Recreating the hairline to what it would look like if you had a full, natural head of shaved hair. If your natural hair is/was peaked or rounded, I like to create just that, and in addition add diffusion to give it that natural soft appearance.
To figure out what style appeals to you the most, I suggest looking at images of finished works from a variety of SMP artists. Of the ones that speak to you, try to break down what it is about them that catches your eye. Make sure to also pay attention to the end results. Are the tattoo impressions matching and blending into your surrounding hair? Are the impressions random or uniform? Oh and as a side note, make sure the work you’re viewing is actually by the artist and not a stock image or someone else’s work.
Having a general idea of the style of SMP work you like can serve a few purposes. Firstly, it will help you determine the SMP artist that you think will be right for you. Secondly, it can help you articulate the style you’re looking for better. This will help eliminate miscommunication between you and your SMP artist.
Once you think you’ve determined the best style for your personal SMP journey, try to ask yourself a few more questions to make sure you’re happy with your choice:
Will this style suit my face?
Choose a style which suits you
Will it age appropriately with time?
Will it bring unnecessary attention?
Is it completely different from my original hair?
Answering these questions may help you make sure you’re on the right track. At this stage, getting second opinions from close friends and family who know you best may be very helpful as well.
Now, you’re ready to seek a reputable artist within your town, city, province or state whose work and experience suits your needs. Be sure to pay close attention to their finished works from previous clients.
If you’re happy with a chosen artist, it may be time for a quick consultation. Openly speaking with your SMP artist will help you be more confident about your choices. With their expertise, they’ll be able to help you solidify your choices. They can confirm the style you want, whether it will suit your surrounding hair loss patterns and answer any other questions you may have about SMP.
I hope this post has helped you understand what you should be looking for to make sure your SMP will look picture perfect. Still feeling a bit lost? I’ve got your back. As one of Canada’s most experienced and requested SMP artists, I would love to discuss (with a none bias approach) any questions or concerns you may have.
Booking a consultation means that I can evaluate your needs with my experience to devise the perfect treatment plan for you.
Are you ready to take the next step?
Advanced Scalp, Vancouver Scalp micropigmentation with artist Rob James
Call 778-917-7772 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org