After your treatment session is over, no doubt you’ll want to get back to your usual routine.

We have compiled a list of the most important considerations after your treatment. The aim is to avoid disturbing your new pigment deposits, and, of course, you should do all you can to avoid any interference with the healing process.


Remember that guidelines tend to vary from clinic to clinic. Some of the timescales and actions recommended may not correlate exactly with the information in this post, and you should never invalidate any warranty or guarantee by not following the explicit instructions provided by your clinic. The advice given here is a general guide only.

This advice was originally published in 2014, and updated on 16th June 2016.

To obtain the best possible treatment results, it is vital to follow the aftercare instructions set out below.

Aftercare for Semi-Permanent Make-up

The skin has been broken and colour pigment placed into it. It is imperative to follow the precautions listed below and avoid scrubbing, rubbing, harsh cleansing and distorting the colour until the skin can heal.

Observe the following for a seven-day period.

1. Keep make-up to a minimum
The skin is open with the newly implanted colour pigment in the treated area. Make-up application on top of the treated area prior to healing will distort the colour of the pigment implanted.

  • Eyeliner – Eye shadow may be applied above the implanted line, being careful not to disturb the treated area. Apply and remove with a Q-tip. Mascara can be applied to end of lashes only. Do not attempt to remove nightly, keep light, simply adding small amount daily until area is healed. CAUTION: Loss of pigment in eyeliner is common by contact wearers and those trying to remove eye makeup. Contact wearers should wear glasses during healing period.
  • Brows – Do not apply foundation or use cleanser over implanted area during healing.
  • Lips – The most difficult area to retain colour during healing due to normal uses of the mouth such as eating and drinking fluids.

2. No soaps or cleansers
These are designed to clean the pores and to remove foreign substance; obviously it will remove pigment prior to healing. For the first 24-48 hours use only cool water; never use hot water. Use only sterile water or water that has been boiled.

3. Avoid steaming showers, saunas, or hot tubs
This will open the pores and allow the colour to lift.

4. Avoid sunlight
Exposure to sunlight will result in colour loss and fading. Wear sunglasses and sun block. No sunbeds!

5. Avoid excessive exercising
This will make you sweat which contains salt, this could force out the colour.

6. Avoid chlorine water.
Chlorine treated water will result in colour loss.

7. Apply SOS cream.
Apply cream immediately after the procedure, and then in the evening and again in the morning for the first two days. Use as directed by technician.

8. Never rub or pick.
Do not attempt to remove skin when exfoliation or scabbing occurs. Picking will pull out the colour.

After two weeks, the colour remaining is permanent. Resume your normal cleansing and care routines.

For any other after care support please feel free to contact us!

Aftercare for Hair Loss Treatments

Day 1 – 3

Day 1 – 3
  • First, relax. You’ve probably been building up to your first session, and pre-treatment anxiety is common. Now is the perfect time to take a deep breath.
  • You should try to avoid any physical effort which might make you sweat. Don’t wash your head or get water on it. The desire to wash your scalp may be strong, but for the first three days you should resist the temptation.
  • Do not apply any products and do not clean the treated area.
  • Do not shave your scalp.
  • Avoid exposure to the sun.
  • Avoid using hats, caps, helmets or hair prostheses for prolonged periods of time.

Day 4 – 6

Day 4 – 6
  • You can consider shaving your head at this point. Use an electric foil shaver as these are less likely to disturb your pigments. However, keep the shaver away from scabs that are still present on your head and don’t try to peel them away.
  • Now is also a good time to get some water on your head. A light shower will do the trick, but avoid shampoo or soaps and do not exfoliate the head.
  • You can also moisture your head and you can perform activities from which you sweat lightly. Lift some weights at a low pace but avoid tough cardio sessions.
  • Do not use saunas or Turkish baths
  • Avoid using hats, caps, helmets or hair prostheses for prolonged periods of time.
  • Avoid exposure to the sun.
  • Avoid going to the barber.

Day 7 onwards

Day 7 onwards
  • At this point, you can resume your showering sessions and get back to your usual schedule. Avoid using products for topical use that has not been presented by your technician.
  • You can also moisture your head and you can perform activities from which you sweat lightly. Lift some weights at a low pace but avoid tough cardio sessions.
  • Do not use saunas or Turkish baths.
  • Avoid using hats, caps, helmets or hair prostheses for prolonged periods of time.
  • Avoid exposure to the sun.
  • This is the time when you might consider using a razor blade to shave your head. However, avoid using it if there are still healing scabs on the skin.

Day 30

Day 30
  • Fake tan, saunas and swimming pools are fine from here on.
  • If you live in a warm, sunny climate, take adequate precautions. A quality non-greasy sunscreen is best.
  • Moisturise daily with a light moisturising cream. Although not compulsory, we recommend using non-shine moisturisers to avoid head shine.

Continuous care instructions

  • Always protect your scalp against sun with high protection factor (SPF 50).
  • With tTricopigmentation, touch-up appointments may be required after 30 days.

Adjusting to your new look

Everyone we talk to who is considering scalp micropigmentation, wants their procedure to go unnoticed once they return to work. If you’ve lost most of your hair already, unless you’ve been wearing a hair system, a significant amount of concealer or a hat on a day-to-day basis, it’s going to be very hard to explain your new ‘hair’.

The task of returning to work requires a little consideration. If you’re concerned about people’s reaction to your new look, we’ve compiled some advice and recommendations that you may find helpful.

Your treatment always appears the least natural or ‘passable’ during the two days following each treatment session. Your scalp will probably look a little red, your dots will be dark and your hairline and side profiles will look more angular than they should. You can avoid letting your colleagues see you during this time with a little careful planning.

Most technicians insist that at least 7 days should elapse between each treatment session, and the typical client will require three sessions. Scheduling your sessions on consecutive Fridays, or even Saturdays, enables you to take advantage of the weekend for your head to ‘calm down’ a little, meaning your ‘hair’ will look more natural when you step back into your office or other place of work.

If scheduling your sessions at the end of the week simply isn’t possible for whatever reason, or if you don’t get a clear two days off each week, be prepared for some post-treatment redness.

This may seem counter-intuitive, given that most people want to ditch the hat immediately after their treatments, but if a hat is acceptable attire at your place of work, it’s an easy solution for a few days until your treatment settles.

If you’re concerned about returning to work, the chances are you’re not the type of person who wants a ‘statement’ look. More likely, you want an ultra-natural treatment that really does look like your real hair.

It sounds obvious, but if you want your procedure to remain incognito, make some sensible choices when it comes to selecting your pigmentation style. Try to low, razored hairlines and pointy side profiles.

If you still have a lot of real hair left, this is your number one ‘excuse’:

I just wanted a change, so I shaved my head.

However, if you’re not so lucky in the follicule department, or just REALLY want a backup plan in case someone at work quizzes you about your new look, here are some classic explanations that may help:

  • I’m taking a trial drug that grows back hair.
  • I’ve always had hair, it just looks darker when I shave it.
  • I suffered with alopecia, but now my hair is coming back.
  • I was going bald, so I decided to shave it.

The best excuses  can only go so far. Your final option is to just tell people you have had SMP.

In all seriousness, if you choose the right technician and receive a great treatment, your confession is more likely to be greeted with surprise and awe, than ridicule. Remember that most people still don’t know what scalp micropigmentation is, so your colleagues will probably be fascinated by the illusion. And you may be  surprised by how many of your friends approach you in private to ask questions.

For advice or more information, please contact us.