The Cost of Scalp Micropigmentation





Hello and welcome to our latest blog post! I’m Diana, the proud owner of Pure Ink Scalp Micropigmentation. Today, we’ll delve into an essential topic for anyone considering scalp micropigmentation (SMP): the costs of scalp micropigmentation and available financing options. If you’re exploring SMP for the first time, you’re in the right place.

What is Scalp Micropigmentation?

Let’s start by understanding what SMP is. It’s a non-surgical, cosmetic procedure aimed at creating the look of hair follicles. This technique gives the illusion of a fuller head of hair and can significantly boost confidence and appearance.

The Cost of SMP: What You Need to Know

The cost of SMP can vary based on several factors. Let’s break these down:

  1. Severity of Hair Loss: The more significant the hair loss, the more sessions required, affecting the cost.
  2. Size of the Treatment Area: Smaller areas like a receding hairline are generally less expensive than larger bald spots.
  3. Geographic Location: Costs can vary by region, with major cities often having higher prices.
  4. Experience and Reputation of the Practitioner: More experienced practitioners may charge a premium for their expertise, but this often translates to superior results.

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Remember, these factors mean that SMP pricing can vary, so a personalized estimate from a practitioner is key.

Estimated Cost Range for SMP

While the cost of SMP varies, here’s a general idea of what to expect:

  • For smaller areas or touch-ups, prices might start at a few hundred dollars.
  • Extensive treatments, especially in high-cost areas, could range from $3,500 to $5,000 or more.
  • Keep in mind, these are estimates. The actual cost will depend on your unique situation.

Financing Options for SMP

Affording SMP is more manageable with several financing options:

  1. Personal Savings and Budgeting: Planning and saving can be a practical approach.
  2. Credit Cards and Payment Plans: Many clinics offer flexible payment plans or accept credit cards.
  3. Medical Financing and Loans: Some financial institutions provide loans for cosmetic procedures.
  4. HSAs and FSAs: Your Health Savings or Flexible Spending Accounts might cover SMP.

Each option has its benefits and drawbacks, so choose what fits your financial situation best.

SMP Consultation: A Crucial Step

It’s always recommended to have a consultation with a reputable practitioner before committing. These sessions are typically free and offer personalized quotes and advice.

Special Promotions and Discounts

Also, keep an eye out for any promotions or discounts that might be available, as these can offer significant savings.

In summary, understanding the costs and financing options for SMP is crucial in your decision-making process. Do your research, get personalized quotes, and find the best path for you. If you have questions or want to schedule a consultation, feel free to reach out. We’re here to guide you through every step of your SMP journey!

5 foods that strengthen your hair


By Hair Nutrition, SMP FOR WOMEN



I am going to discuss common nutrient deficiencies that may be related to hair loss. It is challenging to pinpoint the exact cause of hair loss, but having a wide variety of nutrients in your diet can help combat this problem. I have picked my 5 top foods that strengthen your hair. We have heard it before, but we are made up of what we eat. Our food is our medicine; therefore, it can heal us or hurt us. The food we introduce into our bodies feeds our cells, providing our muscles and every process in our incredible bodies. If you think about it, we have a very intimate relationship with our food; we take something from the outside world and place it inside us to aid in every bodily process. On top of being a micropigmentation artist, I am also a transformational nutrition coach, which is why I love talking about nutrition. That being said, I am not a doctor, and you should always consult your doctor before taking any supplement to check your vitamin and mineral levels.


1. Eggs- Eggs are on the top of the list because of their nutrient-dense properties. Eggs are high in protein and Biotin. They are also a great source of iron (a prevalent deficiency that can lead to hair loss) and zinc, selenium, and other healthy nutrients. Non-vegetarian sources of protein contain heme iron which is more easily absorbed. Protein is super critical because it contains sulfur which builds keratin which aids in the growth rate and thickness of hair. It also helps in the absorption of iron and zinc. Iron helps in the production of red blood cells, which transfer oxygen throughout the body. Are you starting to see how everything works together? Incredible right? As you noticed, I mentioned Biotin, which most people automatically think about as a hair nutrient. However, if you eat a balanced diet, it is very uncommon to have a Biotin deficiency; most commonly, it is unnecessary to take a Biotin supplement. A great cooking tip and something that I just started incorporating is turmeric in my scrambled eggs. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and has a long list of benefits; make sure to add black pepper, making the curcumin in Turmeric absorption 2000x greater.

2. Fatty Fish- Omega-3 is another common deficiency. Omega-6 is commonly found in the foods we consume, but Omega-3 is not. It is ideal to have a ratio of 1:1 or 1:4 of these fatty acids. Unfortunately, most commonly, diets have a ratio of 1:20. So a diet high in Omega-3 can help level out this ratio. Salmon, herring, and mackerel are great examples of fatty fish. When I don’t eat fish, one of my favorite sources of Omega-3 is Cod Liver Oil or Krill Oil, both great supplementation. Just make sure they come from credible sources; the last thing you want is to be consuming added toxins. These oils also contain Vitamins and nutrients that promote strong and healthy hair. A vegetarian option is hemp seeds which have a perfect nature’s balance of 3:1 ratio.

3. Spinach- Spinach is rich in folate, iron (which remember helps RBC carry oxygen throughout the body), and Vitamin C and A. It also aids in blocking DHT due to its high content in zinc. High levels of DHT lead to hair loss. I place spinach and kale in my daily protein shakes to make sure I get those healthy leafy greens into my diet.

4. Berries- Blueberries are on the top of my list of favorite berries. Berries are rich in Vitamin C, which helps in the production of collagen. Collagen is a protein that helps strengthen hair and prevent it from becoming brittle and breaking. Vitamin C also aids in the absorption of iron. Berries are also excellent sources of antioxidants; these properties protect against harmful molecules called free radicals.

5. Nuts- Nuts are high in Vitamin E, zinc, fatty acid, along with a wide variety of nutrients that promote healthy hair growth.

There are so many other foods I would love to discuss, but I will leave it at those top 5. Foods are essential for maintaining healthy hair. Hair cells are the second fastest-growing cells in our body, second only to our intestinal cells. Hair is not a vital organ, so our bodies will prioritize what is most critical for our bodies to stay alive. Therefore, a nutritional imbalance will show up in the form of thinning, brittle hair. Our bodies need proper amounts of protein, complex carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals to function optimally. Also, good nutrient absorption and a healthy gut are essential. I will create more videos that will help you elevate your health. But a quick tip for gut health is 2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar in a tall glass of water upon waking up; this will boost your stomach’s ability to absorb nutrients.


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scalp micropigmentation is instant hair





Scalp Micropigmentation is an instant hair loss solution. It is a cosmetic tattoo in which pigment is applied onto the scalp to give the illusion of a buzzed cut look or give density and volume to thinning hair. This treatment is for both men and women, and the results are instant and subtle.

With scalp micropigmentation, pigment is applied at the top of the skin’s second layer, the dermis. For a traditional tattoo, the pigment is applied just slightly deeper. For this reason, the treatment will lighten up over time, and a touch-up may be needed after several years. However, scalp micropigmentation is a permanent treatment and will never go away 100%. Some people may want a touch-up in 2-5 years, while others can go 10-15 years before wanting or needing a touch-up. Something to point out is that you don’t want too many touch-ups. We don’t want to over-saturate the scalp with ink. The new ink must be placed directly on top of the existing dots so we can still see skin between each replicated hair follicle.

Scalp micropigmentation is performed in 2-3 sessions. Each session can last 1 to 4 hours, depending on the coverage needed. I want to point out that the entire head is covered in each session. In this first session, we want to determine if the needle size and pigment color we used is ideal for the client. When the client comes in for the second session, we may need to go a bit darker or use a different-sized needle in different areas of the scalp. We also adjust our pressure accordingly. Every scalp is different; what worked for one client with similar skin may not work for the next. It is crucial that your technician is skilled and understands skin. As a client it is important to be patient with the process. Again, as a client, it is essential to be patient with the process. Scalp micropigmentation should not be completed in 1 session. A minimum of 7-10 days are needed between each session to allow the skin to metabolize the ink and allow the skin to go through its natural regeneration process, which takes an average of 27 days. For this reason, I will sometimes allow one month to pass after the second session to see the results and then do the last session. However, this will depend on the technician and the client’s skin. It is our goal to give you the most natural results possible. Hence, scalp micropigmentation is performed in several sessions to create a 3-dimensional effect.

Scalp micropigmentation is non-invasive, and you can return to work immediately after each session. The subtle layering is also nice because no one will notice the subtle change. They will ask if you cut your hair differently or use topical medication for hair growth because when scalp micropigmentation is performed correctly, it looks like natural hair.

So there you go, instant hair! While there are many options for hair loss, scalp micropigmentation can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments. Scalp micropigmentation doesn’t require consistent treatment like some therapies; using medications with side effects or surgery that also has side effects is costly and has a long recovery time.





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choosing your scalp micropigmentation artist in San Diego





  1. I will be listing my top 5 tips on choosing your scalp micropigmentation artist
  1. When choosing your scalp micropigmentation artist, it is crucial to have the ability to have good communication. You want to be able to have an open-ended conversation. If English is not your first language, ensure you find someone who speaks your preferred language. During the consultation, the questions will include: Do you want a more natural or sharp hairline? Do you like it slightly receded or straight across? You want a hairline that you are happy with and that also fits your facial structure. Your artist can help and work with you to figure that out.


  1. Is there another technician that can vouch for their work? It is a great way to test if they are proficient. Sadly, getting three-day training and opening your studio is commonplace. A big misconception about scalp micropigmentation is that it will turn blue. Well, it shouldn’t, and the only reason it can is if your technician doesn’t have the skill to perform scalp micropigmentation. The reality is that scalp micropigmentation takes years to master. It’s trial and error until you get your technique down. But if they can provide you with another reputable artist who knows their work, this can be a fantastic way to ensure they are proficient.


  1. I get so many calls on this next one. Most technicians only cover two sessions in their pricing. Every skin metabolizes the ink differently. In some cases, two sessions may be enough, but that 3rd session is a bonus to ensure the work is complete and uniform. Many clients have complained that they were unsatisfied because the work faded, and their technician wants to charge them for that 3rd touchup. In my experience, a 3rd session solidifies everything. So, ask how many sessions will be included in the price.


  1. Do they offer a payment plan? Some options are to split your payments into sessions, or sometimes financing is available. Ask your technician what they offer. Also, remember that paying cash can sometimes provide a discount since the technician won’t be paying credit card charges.


  1. And lastly, listen to your gut. Is the artist willing to work with you and give you what you want? Bring in pictures of what you are expecting. Are they honest and straightforward about what is possible with your treatment? Are the before and after photos, they are showing you photoshopped? Will they respect your privacy? Are they clean and provide a sterile environment?


This article helps guide you to finding the right artist for you. Remember you trust this person to perform a life-changing service and will spend several hours with them, so make sure you get along with them.


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How long does Scalp Micropigmentation last?




Have you been considering scalp micropigmentation (SMP) but concerned about how long it will last?  Well, I will be answering this commonly asked question in depth.  First, I will explain where the ink is implanted within the skin and the reason it is considered a semi-permanent treatment.  I will also discuss ways you can help make your treatment last longer and looking sharp.

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Our Skin:

Our skin is the largest organ in the human body and is composed of three layers.  The outer layer, that is visible is the epidermis, this layer works to provide protection from the outside world. The second layer is the dermis, contains connective tissue, blood vessels, oil and sweat glands, nerves, hair follicles, and other structures. The third layer, the most innermost layer is the hypodermis or subcutaneous tissue. This layer is mainly composed of fat cells, connective tissue, large nerves, and blood vessels.


Scalp micropigmentation is very different from a traditional tattoo because instead of implanting the ink purposely into the second layer, the dermis; the ink is placed just below the epidermis into the very top part of the epidermis. Traditional tattoos are placed deeper to assure they are permanent, the downside of implanting the ink that deep is that over time there will be some migration. This however can be very detrimental with scalp micropigmentation the last thing we want is migration because we are attempting to replicate tiny hair follicles. The ink is only place between 1.5-2mm deep, for this reason scalp micropigmentation is considered semi-permanent. However, I consider scalp micropigmentation permanent because it will never go away 100% but will however slowly fade over time. Normally the treatment will last between 2-5 years before a touch-up is desired.


Take into consideration that we are all have different skin types and thickness of skin and for this reason it is critical to find a skilled technician that understands skin, its conditions and has that finesse to find the sweet spot. This skilled is learned over time and with a lot of practice. It is imperative that your artist is using the correct machine and needles to practice this technique.

Skin types also affect how long scalp micropigmentation will last. Dry, flaky skin will slough off taking the ink with it faster compared to healthy moisturized skin, therefore it is important to care for your skin and use a good moisturizer. I discuss moisturizers in a different video but an easy to find moisturizer to use before bed is AVEENO.


Skin tone also is a major factor for scalp micropigmentation. Someone with darker skin can tolerate the sun much longer than someone with fair skin. UV light is scalp micropigmentation’s #1 enemy. Someone with light skin will require a lighter shade of ink to be used whereas someone with a darker complexion will need a darker tone. What this ultimately means is someone with lighter complexion may need more touch-ups. This is very important to understand, many clients want to go much darker than recommended. Our #1 priority is that your treatment looks natural, and it’s your artist’s job is to find a color that is appropriate for you.

I always recommend wearing sunscreen or protecting your head with a hat if you plan to be in the sun for an extended amount of time. Chlorinated pools and the ocean can also affect your treatment, but this is the reason we provide touch-ups.


Another factor is the amount of hair loss you first started off with. Someone who just had a small area to cover like a Norwood 1-3 can go longer without a touch-up compared to someone with extensive hair loss, a Norwood 5-7.

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Touch up sessions are much shorter than the original treatment and can range from 1 to 2 hours. The cost will also be less. I hope this information was helpful and answered some of your questions regarding scalp micropigmentation and touch-ups.





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scalp micropigmentation for long hair




Hair loss in women isn’t as socially neutral as hair loss in men and can be devastating. Unknown to many, scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a great solution for those with long hair looking for more density to their existing hair. 25 percent of women have thinned or lost hair. 95 percent of hair loss in women is associated with androgenetic reasons meaning hormonal changes. For instance, during menopause, 4 out of 10 women will suffer from thinning hair, and these numbers significantly increase with age. In men, androgenetic reasons include heart disease, prostate enlargement, insulin resistance, and high blood pressure.

Many people think that scalp micropigmentation is only for men who shave their hair entirely down; this is a misconception because scalp micropigmentation is pretty much for everyone. SMP is a universal tool that can be used to cover alopecia, scarring, and create density for thinning hair. The point is to make your hair look healthier and fuller, adding overall volume.

Many of my clients use scalp micropigmentation in conjunction with hair transplants. It covers existing scars caused by the hair transplants or fills those areas around the transplants. Certain hairstyles can also lead to hair loss, called traction alopecia. The weight or tightness of the hairstyle has been pulling on the hair and, over time, damaged the hair follicles, causing the hair to fall out. Either by pulling the hair, wearing extensions or wigs, or over-treating the hair through chemicals. If you dye your hair, it is recommended to wait 2 weeks after coloring your hair to have SMP performed; then, you will have to wait 2 weeks after SMP to color your hair again.

I have had a bit of scalp micropigmentation in areas where I had missing hair. These areas were damaged when benign fatty cysts were removed from my scalp, leaving small areas where hair would not grow. After the treatment, I felt more confident, not worrying that my scalp would be visible when wearing my hair down.

So many people with hair are unclear how scalp micropigmentation works when there is still hair present. The pigment is placed around the existing hair without causing damage to the existing hair. By parting the hair as we work, we can clear the way to the scalp and insert the pigment superficially on the skin to create natural-looking results. We usually go with just a tad darker color than your existing hair color reduces the contrast between your scalp and your hair; this makes the illusion of fuller, denser, and overall, more volume. Scalp micropigmentation is perfect for treating those with overall thinning hair or targeting areas near the part. So, you don’t have to have short hair for scalp micropigmentation to work. It is best to have long hair when you are looking for density treatment.

Every client is different, and we will find a solution that fits your needs. There are two major applications of scalp micropigmentation; one is for density, as I have discussed before, and the other is a complete hairline reconstruction. Some clients may have extensive hair loss, including a receding hairline, missing a front hairline, or have localized hair loss in the top or back of the scalp. It is recommended to shave down and have a complete hairline reconstruction in these cases. There are certain cases where scalp micropigmentation will look better than others, and it can be challenging to know without proper consultation. For this reason, an in-person consultation is preferred.

Scalp micropigmentation works best on a healthy scalp. Treatment usually consists of 3 sessions, and depending on the about of coverage needed, it can last from 1-3 hours per session. scalp micropigmentation can last for approximately 2-5 years. A touchup during this time depends on the client.
Scalp micropigmentation does not hurt; it feels like a scratch on the scalp, which is most tolerable by most clients.

So, I hope this clarifies the questions you had regarding density SMP. Scalp micropigmentation can be life-changing.


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