Anyone who has spent any reasonable amount of time researching scalp micropigmentation will be aware that the quality of results can vary massively from one provider to the next. Choosing the right clinic is critical because there are a number of mistakes that inexperienced or poorly trained practitioners commonly make. For example using the wrong pigment can cause your treatment to turn blue, too much pressure can result in excessive dot size and a lack of artistic talent can mean a poorly conceived hairline and unnatural looking result.

It is a shame because when completed by a competent practitioner, scalp micropigmentation can provide an illusion of hair so realistic, even you will struggle to know the difference. We have many clients who choose not to tell their own partners or relatives. The appearance of hair is so effective, no-one needs to know unless you choose to tell them. Unfortunately results like these are rarely achieved by practitioners who do not possess the right level of skill and competence.

This is exactly how a high quality scalp micropigmentation treatment should look, with no hint of any helmet-like appearance

This is exactly how a high quality scalp micropigmentation treatment should look

This means that bad results are commonplace, in fact the major hair loss forums are awash with examples of poor quality treatments. This has the dual effect of putting people off having SMP which is a shame because the results can be exceptional, but also encouraging those who want SMP to be especially thorough with their homework, which can only be a good thing.

One example of poorly executed SMP is the so-called helmet look. This term was created and adopted universally by the various forum communities, and describes a treatment that looks almost like a solid block of pigment on the clients head, rather than a cleanly shaven head of hair. The resulting appearance is similar to a painted cap and is highly undesirable in most cases.

What causes the helmet look?

In a successful scalp micropigmentation treatment, each dot represents an individual hair follicle which together with thousands of other dots, creates the appearance of a full head of shaved hair. The following practitioner mistakes can cause the helmet look. Please note these problems DO NOT occur at Scalp Clinic. This post is intended for research purposes only.

  • Super-straight or overly defined frontal hair
  • Overly defined side profiles
  • Dot spacing too close together around the frontal hairline and side profiles
  • Dot size too large with insufficient gaps between dots
  • Pigments deposited too deeply, resulting in expansion and bleeding of pigment
  • Wrong pigments used, causing discolouration

How to avoid this problem

None of these problems occur when your practitioner has the right level of skill, experience and proper training. We recruit and train the very best practitioners in the world so these issues simply do not exist at Scalp Clinic, however there are numerous providers out there that enter the market with the intention of making fast money, and do not invest the necessary time and capital in the right training and equipment.

Also check what safety nets are in place. Does your provider guarantee their treatments? What support do they provide before, during and after your treatment sessions? How much experience do they offer? Some basic research can help you avoid the poor quality providers and ensure the result you achieve is as good as you want it to be.