We know SMP is a fabulous solution for thinning hair and baldness. It is literally a series of thousands of carefully placed and designed dots that yield the final, natural appearance, looking just as a shaved head would.
We also know that microblading does the same for eyebrows, for both men and for women.
So of course, it is understandable why many clients and inexperienced artists might believe that hairline microblading can produce better results than a dot-based technique. After all, replicating actual hairstrokes must surely be an advancement over standard techniques, right?
We wish this were true. If healed hairline microblading results were acceptable, this would represent an advancement for the entire industry, and provide a new solution for hundeds of thousands of people worldwide, particularly women who are experiencing hair loss.
Unfortunately this is simply not the case, and there is no artist in the world who can use this technique to provide sustainable long term results. The skin just isn’t made that way.
This is the reality
To date, we have not seen a single microbladed scalp that has not blurred, blended, or turned blue or gray on healing.
Moreover, when the wind hits the surrounding hair, the microbladed area stays put. This is an immediate tell tale.
Also, microblading of any kind is not suitable for clients with oily skin. With the volume of oil producing glands on the scalp, the ink from hairline microblading mixes with the oils and causes those crisp hair strokes to become blurry and even blotchy, looking more like paint strokes rather than hair strokes.
If the practitioner happens to implant too deep, (easily done with the clean cut of a microblade), the resulting colour will appear bluish or greyish because it is intermixing with blood vessels and altering the appearance of the initial ink colour used.
Exposure to UV rays, pollutants, the environment, and other irritants will alter the long term healed appearance. Conversely, the skill and technique applied by an experienced scalp micropigmentation artist will mitigate these factors to a great degree, so that the simulated follicles remain crisp and clear over time.
Thinning hair may get worse. So when there is more hair loss, how does one explain the stripes on one’s head? These can be removed, but not easily and certainly not without more cost, likely scarring and definitely discomfort.
Looks great at first, but seriously don’t do this.
Microblading itself has become controversial due to the multitude of insufficiently trained and experienced artists aiming to capitalize on its popularity. That alone should make hairline microblading something to be extremely wary of.
Many of those same inexperienced artists are the ones offering this service. It is one thing to know how to microblade. It is an entirely other world to know and fully understand the skin on all areas of the body and the factors that will make or break and excellent healed result with permanent makeup and even conventional tattoo.
Well trained, highly experienced, responsible and ethical artists are decidedly NOT engaged in hairline microblading. If you’re experiencing hair loss and want to do something about it, seek a properly trained SMP artist.