Anybody who receives scalp micropigmentation will experience fading due to the cosmetic nature of the treatment. Every client will eventually need a touch-up, which takes between 4 and 8 years, depending on the micropigmentation. The last thing you want is to experience fading early. And the only thing you can do to avoid premature fading is to ensure you follow the proper aftercare.
Days 1-4 – It is essential to keep your head completely dry for the first 4 days. If you feel the need, don’t be afraid to use a fan or air conditioner with cool air blowing to help lower your body temperature and avoid sweating. During this time, avoid unnecessary contact with any water or even touching it inadvertently. Your hair will most likely experience some itching during this period but resist picking at your scalp because doing so will decrease the effectiveness of the treatment! Feel free to wear hats during this period but make sure they are loose-fitting and soft.
Days 5-7 – During this time, you still don’t want to exercise heavily or sweat extensively, so no strenuous workouts. It may be tempting but avoid massaging your scalp during this time since one of the significant after-effects is inflammation that can develop into more severe complications related to the procedure itself. Also avoid overexposure to chemicals in shampoos and soaps, as it can cause problems with the pigment and can increase the chance of infection – keep in mind that you just had many small cuts done on your scalp.
Days 8-14 – At this stage, you still do not want to be touching your head. Your scalp will have scabbed over now, and any contact could cause the scabs to peel, which can also remove the pigment. You want to avoid using anything that could irritate your scalp more; you can use a moisturizer that the professional scalp micropigmentation artist advises, but nothing more and a very thin layer of moisturizer at that. If you apply too much, it can delay healing rather than help it. At this point, you can shave or cut your hair if it is needed, just very gently. You can also wash your scalp with clean water and fragrance-free, antibacterial soap.
Day 15 – At this stage, your scalp should have healed enough for you to return to your daily routine, and your next session should be scheduled.
Long-term Aftercare – The sun is a person’s best friend. Still, suppose you’ve recently had a lot of exposure to it, either from getting a tan or going swimming in an overly chlorinated pool. In that case, you will want to avoid exposing your skin to any forms of light from artificial ones, such as harsh overhead lights at home. Ensure that your hair doesn’t have any traces of chlorine, which should have been washed out after leaving the pool or getting out of the bath or shower. In terms of aftercare, the hair itself will not need much other than to continue following your already established routine for taking care of it, so long as there are no products with alcohol and Alpha-Hydroxy Acids applied directly to the scalp.
The best way to ensure the best results for your scalp micropigmentation procedure is through careful follow-up care. Skipping this vital step could put you at risk of developing an infection, which will delay your healing process and may cause early fading of the pigment. Also finding the right studio to perform the treatment is highly important. Feel free to contact us here at Inkrease Scalp Micropigmentation or if you’re in the United Kingdom you can contact Reverencia.