Life is short. You might as well live it with really great hair.”

You might have heard or seen this hair quote in social media numerous times. That’s probably because it has a great point: There’s just something about perfect hair that makes life and all its difficulties tolerable.

Now we encounter women who suffer from hair problems more serious than a bad haircut or a tacky hair color on a daily basis, women who suffer partial baldness or thinning hair. These women are convinced that they won’t be able to look as beautiful as they want or to have perfect hair. But we are here to tell you that women might also use the magic of a hair tattoo to cover their imperfections and have amazing hair. That’s right: a hair tattoo otherwise known as scalp micropigmentation or SMP.

If bald men with shaved hair come to your mind when you hear the word “SMP”, shoot that image right out, because hair tattoo for women is completely possible, and No, you won’t have to shave your hair.

Keep on reading to find out all about female scalp micropigmentation.

Why do women need hair tattoos?

While we have mostly heard of men getting SMPs due to hair loss problems, this problem is also something that many females go through in life. Although it is perfectly natural to lose about 50 to 100 hair strands per day, some women experience heavy hair loss that completely shows from outside.

The following groups are women who suffer from hair loss problems that could benefit from scalp micropigmentation:

Female pattern baldness

The number one culprit for women’s hair loss is Female pattern baldness. This issue is also known as androgenetic alopecia. Female pattern baldness is mostly genetic and causes thinning hair or loss of hair at the top in women. Take a look at the image below:

female thinning hair
Female pattern baldness also known as androgenetic alopecia

Now you must know that female pattern baldness has different patterns obviously. You can see them in the Ludwig scale below. This scale is used to show different stages of female androgenetic alopecia. 

the ludwig scale
An example of Ludwig scale shows different amounts and patterns of hair loss in women.

As you can see in the scale, in cases 1 to 4, a hair tattoo for women is applicable and the scalp can be camouflaged with scalp micropigmentation without the client having to shave their hair.

However, in cases similar to 5 and 6 female scalp micropigmentation is not applicable since the final result will not look natural at all. The best option for these extreme cases might be hair transplant. Hair transplant is not recommended for milder cases for many reasons:

In scalp micropigmentation for women, the procedure is simple, there’s numbing, tattooing and a simple aftercare and the client will be free to enjoy her perfect head for the next couple of years. But in hair transplant, we’re talking about major surgery, which means anesthesia, long down time and of course higher expenses. Plus precise aftercare is necessary after a hair transplant. Therefore, if one is suffering from a mild case of female pattern baldness, the easiest and maintenance free treatment is scalp micropigmentation for women.  

Female Thinning hair

Thinning hair usually happens in women due to hormonal problems, this could be conditions such as thyroid, menopause or even taking medication that affects hormones.

Now thinning hair in women is not as serious as female pattern baldness, we could even refer to it as just moderate hair loss. However, the scalp skin might start to show up due to hair loss, especially if you already and genetically have thin hair with low density. 

Scalp Micropigmentation for Women
Thinning hair in women is mostly genetic. The stronger the genes, the harder it is to solve this problem with simple methods.

There are many ways to deal with thinning hair. Some of these ways include lifestyle changes such as changing your diet or using anti thinning shampoos. These methods usually pay off only for really mild cases and temporary causes of hair loss such as stress.

Others include medications such as Minoxidil or Finasteride. But you must know that once you start medication for thinning hair, you must continuously use it for many years.

A more maintenance free method to treat thinning hair in women is female scalp micropigmentation. In scalp micropigmentation, after a brief after care (only for a couple of days) your scalp will be covered for at least 4 to 5 years. Also there are no side effects to SMP for thinning hair, if anything it might even boost hair growth (similar to microneedling for hair loss) as it creates micro injuries to the scalp and tricks it into healing itself. 

Alopecia areata in women

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss. This hair loss usually happens in patch shaped areas on the head. For instance take a look at the image below:

 Alopecia areata
In Alopecia areata women often lose their hair in patches.

Women who have Alopecia areata lose their hair because their own immune system mistakenly attacks healthy hair follicles. Now this type of hair loss isn’t usually permanent, but it kills months to years of your beauty and youth. However, since hair loss due to Alopecia areata happens mostly in patches, there’s a high chance that a hair tattoo artist can cover it up with female scalp micropigmentation, which is good news especially for women who refuse to take chemical medivation or can not for medical reasons.

Other causes of hair loss in women

Besides major hair loss reasons mentioned above, women might lose their hair due to many other reasons such as:

• Thyroid problems
• Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
• Pregnancy and childbirth
• Oral contraceptive pills
• Chemotherapy
• Harsh diets
• Anxiety disorders

How does scalp micropigmentation for women work?

In scalp micropigmentation for women, a cosmetic tattoo artist will draw hair shaped follicles on areas of the scalp missing hair.

In this procedure there is no need to shave the client’s head. Only a gentle numbing cream is applied, and the expert will use a micropigmentation device ( a special pen with tiny microneedles at the tip) to insert pigments that will look like hair follicles. These pigments will also add to the density to your existing hair shape.

Check out this video of scalp micropigmentation for women done in ELKA SMP.

How long does scalp micropigmentation for women last?

A female scalp micropigmentation might last anywhere between 5 to 8 years.

The lasting period is not definite because of different skin types and other factors such as the amount of sun exposure each client gets. But in the world of female beauty, even 5 years sounds like a lifetime.  

Does scalp micropigmentation damage hair follicles?

This is a huge concern for clients considering a hair tattoo for women, especially if you are already suffering from extreme hair loss, you wouldn’t want any damage to the hair you have left.

But rest assured: Scalp micropigmentation for women will not damage the existing hair in any way. This cosmetic procedure is done in a very shallow depth and the device’s needle will not go anywhere close to hair follicles. 

Does scalp micropigmentation for women look natural?

If you suffer from thinning hair and mild cases of female pattern baldness (i.e if you don’t have hair loss at the front of your head) SMP for women will look natural on you. However, if you want to make sure of this, we recommend you book a consultation session before your actual appointment to make sure of this. 

Why is scalp micropigmentation the best method for female hair loss?

As you read before and probably in other sources, there are many ways to treat hair loss in women. These ways include surgical and non surgical ways. They all have perks and cons. But SMP for women is by far the most reasonable one if you don’t suffer extreme hair loss at the front or widely spread on your head. Female SMP is/has:

  • Non-surgical
  • Long-lasting results (at least 5 years)
  • Much less painful than hair transplant surgery
  • Maintenance free
  • Coverage for scars or other imperfections on your head

Before and after photos of female scalp micropigmentation 

female scalp micropigmentation before and after results
Female scalp micropigmentation for thinning hair
scalp micropigmentation before and after results
Hair tattoo for women with long hair

To sum it up …

Contrary to popular belief, hair loss doesn’t only affect men. It also widely affects women. In addition to physical effects on the body, hair loss in women has major psychological effects on women. It causes them to lose their confidence and sense of self-loving. Thankfully with the evolution of cosmetic tattoos, there’s no need to cover your head and hair if you suffer hair loss for any reason. With just 3 sessions of female SMP, you can get your full hair look and self esteem back. 

If you are considering female SMP, we also recommend you visit our scalp micropigmentation gallery. Seeing before and after photos of hair tattoos on women, can help you get a clearer image of how this treatment can help you.