In the past years many women have used the magic of scalp micropigmentation to deal with their hair loss problems. One of the main questions women have before actually making an appointment for scalp micropigmentation is how they can get their hair color match in SMP. Getting semi permanent hair follicle simulation on the head that has an off color from the person’s main look is really a huge and on point concern.  

Therefore in this blog post we have decided to tell you all about hair color match procedure in female scalp micropigmentation. Keep on reading to find out more.

What pigments are used in female SMP?

When it comes to pigments in SMP, most people have an image of something similar to common tattoo ink. However that is completely false. Bare with us to see how and why:

Pigments are one of the 3 most important elements of a good female scalp micropigmentation, besides a quality device and an experienced cosmetic tattoo specialist who knows his/her way around scalp micropigmentation specifically for women.

One thing you must know about these pigments is that they are special pigments designed only for use on the scalp. (Some clinics use the same pigments for both scalp and face, but in that case usually the lasting period and final quality of the SMP would not be completely satisfying.)  Meaning they are completely different from ordinary tattoo ink. Scalp micropigmentation pigments consist of deionized water, ethyl alcohol, and an organic carbon-based brown/black pigment. (Read more about the SMP pigment brand that we use in ELKA SMP here.)

Here is a list of all the major differences between SMP pigment and tattoo ink:

  • The SMP pigments are not made of color.
  • They will not change color over time. They only fade away gradually.
  • SMP pigments can be broken down by your body’s natural system.
  • They do not contain metal. Tattoo ink has a high amount of metal, that is why it usually interferes with procedures such as MRI.
  • They do not react harshly to UV and sunlight exposure.
  • They are easy to remove if needed.

All of these factors cause female SMP to be a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure lasting some time between 5 to 8 years.

Now take a look at the image below:

In this image you can see an eyebrow tattoo done with body tattoo ink not pigments. This ink has changed color over time and turned into a green-blue tone.

However in the other image below, you can see an SMP done with special pigments. This one has only faded over time.

Also you can check out the Tattoo ink VS Hair Tattoo Pigment post in our blog to read more. 

How is the hair color chosen in SMP?

Now that you have learned about the special pigments used in scalp micropigmentation, it’s time to know how they are used to match your existing or desired hair color.

First off the pigments base color is brown or black depending on the client’s preference. This could be their natural hair color or their desired color. 

After the base color is chosen, the female hair tattoo artist will make the exact match by diluting that pigment to the right color. This dilution will happen by adding distilled water. The lighter the client’s hair color, the more diluted the pigment will get. And if the client has dark black hair, there might even be no need for dilution. The SMP specialist will place the pigments directly on the client’s scalp.

Now some women with blond or grey hair might worry that the hair color won’t match. No need to worry ladies. This problem will also be solved by having multiple hair colors at hand. In fact the hair tattoo artist will inject different tones in different areas of the scalp or among existing hair to create that natural shade for grey and blond hair. 

SMP before & after
Female scalp micropigmentation done on dark hair

Common questions about hair color in female scalp micropigmentation?

As you read above, the process for matching your hair tattoo to your hair color doesn’t need to be a huge concern as there are effective ways to solve this issue. However, our clients usually have a couple of other questions related to this field. Read on to see them, they could be your questions too.

Is scalp micropigmentation noticeable to others?

Well that depends on two major things:

  1. The first one is the SMP artist. If the artist is experienced enough, they can make a very natural look that won’t be noticeable to others
  2. The second one is the color. The female hair tattoo artist must have complete expertise on choosing the perfect color match. For instance if you have light hair or fair skin and the artist doesn’t dilute the water enough, your SMP might probably look unnatural and noticeable from outside. 

What if I dye my hair after or before my SMP?

Many women dye their hair on a weekly or monthly basis. So this question might be yours too. 

If you have an appointment for a female scalp micropigmentation and you want to dye your hair before, you must do it about 1 to 2 weeks before the appointment. However keep in mind, only do that if you wish to match that color to your SMP. 

Also if you want to dye your hair after the scalp micropigmentation, that’s perfectly fine, as long as you do it about 3 weeks after the treatment, this is because you must give enough time for the SMP healing process.

What if I want to change my SMP color later on?

This is perfectly doable. Although your SMP will look a few degrees lighter after a couple of years by itself, You can also change it. You might need a slight laser removal and then you can change the hair tattoo color to your liking.

Is SMP for Grey hair doable ?

The hair loses its natural color and becomes grey (or transparent) as we age. Some of us even experience it at a young age because it runs in our family. Now SMP for grey hair is a huge concern for many people suffering hair loss and considering a hair tattoo. Some feel like since they have grey hair, they won’t be able to match its color and some have a fear of going grey and not matching their SMP over time.

If your natural hair is grey, then the SMP artist can dilute the pigments (as we said above) to match the hair tattoo color to your liking. Bonus point for you is that since your hair is already grey, you probably won’t need touch up sessions that often.

If your natural hair is not grey and you are worried about it turning grey over time, you must know that hair tattoo pigments are cosmetic. Meaning they will fade and become lighter over time. This means if your hair becomes grey naturally, so will your SMP.

How can I maintain my scalp micropigmentation color?

SMP pigments do not react to the sunlight. But frequent and harsh sun exposure will alter your SMP color. In fact sun exposure can cause your SMP to fade away sooner that expected. So it is important to protect your scalp from direct sunlight for a long time. You can do this by wearing hats or caps or scarves.
Also if a long time has passed from your last scalp micropigmentation session and you feel like your hair tattoo color doesn’t match your natural hair anymore, then it is probably time for a touch up session. This is the only maintenance needed for hair tattoos. In our experience clients usually need this perfection session after 5 years and some even after a longer time (up to 8 years).


So in this blog post we discussed how a cosmetic tattoo artist works to match the SMP pigment to your desired hair color. Also there is no harm in scalp micropigmentation pigment formula. It is completely organic and harmless.

If you are considering a female scalp micropigmentation, you’re probably wondering about the hair color match. You can talk to our experts in a free consultation session. In addition, you can also check out our before and after photos for SMP on different hair colors and skin tones. This way you can make sure that female scalp micropigmentation can work for any hair and skin color.