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Matt Iulo and his take on 3D scalp micropigmentation

Matt Iulo

I would like to address a topic within the scalp micropigmentation industry that is gaining some momentum – 3D scalp micropigmentation. More and more I am being asked by curious clients what this “3D” is all about and how it differs from “standard” scalp micropigmentation.

Well, let’s get one thing straight first. Whether a clinic or technician wants to call it regular scalp micropigmentation, 3D scalp micropigmentation, 6D pigmentation, virtual pigmentation…. whatever, none of it is actually three dimensional. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news here. Maybe one day we will devise a way to have replicated follicles sprout out of the skin, but we aren’t there yet!

For that reason I do personally get a bit frustrated when I see and hear so many scalp micropigmentation providers scream and shout that they are indeed the ONLY providers that can provide true 3D scalp micropigmentation services. Some even go as far as to mislead clients into believing the pigment will actually be three dimensional and stick out of the skin!

What can you expect?

Here’s the thing – the illusion of 3D can be achieved by a skilled technician. The concept is achievable, but the tricky marketing must go. Let me explain…

Scalp micropigmentation overall is about creating the most believable look of replicated hair as possible. The goal is to always make every transformation look as close to 100% undetectable and as “3D” as possible, and this is something that every clinic or provider should be aiming to do. This shouldn’t be something advertised or priced as a separate or elite option. It’s something that is at the core of the treatment itself.

So how does one achieve this “3D” illusion (note I say illusion)? Well, it’s not through some special ink or patented 3D needle. It’s through a proper treatment gameplan with your selected technician. The idea is to create depth and layers on your scalp to help depict dimension. This has to be done over the course of multiple sessions. Without selling all my secrets in this article, the technician should be educated and skilled enough to:

  1. Use varying strengths (darkness) of pigment as needed throughout a client’s scalp.
  2. Build up layers and depth over the course of multiple sessions that are spaced strategically.
  3. Use different densities and deposit sizes with various strength pigment to “scatter” the replicated follicles.
  4. Inform clients of the need for annual treatment refreshers to restore the top “3D” layered pigments.

Some of this may make sense to you, some might seem a bit of industry jargon. But that’s okay. The point is that a skilled, experienced, and most importantly honest technician should be able to create this illusion for you. Some that come to mind are Paul and Simon at Brandwood Clinic, Terence Jones at Skalptec, Mike at HIS Hair Clinic Chicago and Graig at Skalp.

So please, be careful of the tricky, over-the-top marketing on 3D scalp micropigmentation, and surely don’t be played to selecting a tier of scalp micropigmentation that divides “regular” and “3D”. Every technician should aim to create this illusion, and many can. As always, just do your research.

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