Our frequently asked questions page aims to answer lots of queries and concerns we are asked on a daily basis. Of course we love to speak to potential clients directly so please get in touch if you want to expand on anything or for any other information.

What is scalp micropigmentation?

You may hear Scalp Micropigmentation referred to as many other names including SMP, MSP, scalp tattoo, hairline tattoo, hair tattoo, cosmetic tattoo, the list goes on. It is the process of injecting pigment into the dermal layer of the scalp, replicating the appearance of a hair follicle. Unlike a tattoo (which discolour over time), Scalp Micropigmentation is performed using specialist pigment (which doesn’t discolour) into the dermal layers of the skin (tattoos go deeper into the layers of skin). Depth control and the correct equipment and pigment is key to fantastic results which look great for years, this is why it is so important to choose a reputable specialist in SMP.

Who can scalp micropigmentation benefit?

Scalp Micropigmentation is an amazing solution for receding hairlines, thinning and balding, alopecia (we’ve treated small patches to full heads), scar or birthmark camouflage, and hair transplantation scarring and completion. So if you have issues that cover any of the above, we may be of help.

SMP is non-surgical, non-invasive, relatively pain free and you get immediate results. It’s also far cheaper than other hair loss solutions such as hair transplants and many people are now choosing it as an alternative.

How long does scalp micropigmentation last?

SMP is permanent, however, it will fade over time and a top up session will freshen your treatment up and keep it looking its best.

Top ups are usually required between 2 and 5 years after initial treatment. The length of time can depend on many factors such as age, skin type, level of exposure to sun etc.

Top ups are usually a one off 1-2 hour session so its unlike going through a full treatment again.We charge a preferential hourly rate for returning clients.

Following after care advice will make your treatment last longer before a top up is required.

What pigment is used in scalp micropigmentation?

We are truly passionate about giving all our clients the best treatment possible which not only means making sure our Technicians are the best but also using the best pigment and equipment. We use a range of high quality brands depending on what is right for your specific skin type and treatment. Brands include Follicule, FYT, Iccon, 5PM Shadow, Ghost and Bishop.

How much does scalp micropigmentation cost?

The cost of Scalp Micropigmentation varies from client to client, and is dependent upon the level of treatment required. Costs typically range £300 to £1600.

We can usually provide a fixed quote or an estimate based on photo’s so feel free to send some over via e-mail or WhatsApp and we will get back to you with our price the same day.

Is there a guarantee?

Once your treatment is completed, if for any reason you experience any fading within a 12 month period, its free of charge.
Any other adjustments not relating to retention issues (such as adjustments to hairline or pigment shade) once your treatment is complete are chargeable at our hourly rate.

How flexible can you be about appointment scheduling?

We work flexibly to suit our client’s busy schedules including evenings and weekends.

If you need to change your appointment, we require a minimum 48 hours notice where possible to allow us time to fill your slot. Where a minumum 48 hours notice is not given, we reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee which is discretionary depending on the circumstances. Terms and conditions supplied on booking.

Is guidance available for how my hairline should look?

Evoke follows an extensive and comprehensive consultation process to ensure that every client receives a hairline and treatment which perfectly suits their age, preference and facial features. No treatment commences without the full agreement of the client, who will ultimately decide on the best look for them.

Visit Planning Your Treatment for more information on hairline styles.

Does scalp micropigmentation look real?

To the untrained eye, Scalp Micropigmentation looks just as real as hair. Clients who have had the treatment cannot see where the pigment ends and the shaved hair follicles begin. Our consultants and technicians have had Scalp Micropigmentation themselves so you get to see how it looks in person. Visit our gallery or videos for examples.

How long until I see the finished result?

You will be amazed at the results from your very first session, however, depending upon the desired result and the extent of Scalp Micropigmentation required, the completed look may take 2-4 treatments.

Once treatment is complete, the pigmentation will have settled and healed fully in 30 days.

What will my scalp look like after treatment?

There may be some redness for up to 24 hours, the visibility of which will depend on the client’s skin tone.

As we go over the full area at each session building density each time, the pigmentation will look perfectly natural from the first treatment allowing you to carry on with your day to day life (of course whilst following our Aftercare advice!)

How painful is scalp micropigmentation?

This depends on the tolerance of the individual being treated, however, almost all our clients have reported that they generally experienced discomfort rather than pain and some have even fallen asleep!

The discomfort level will increase and decrease depending on the area being treated, for example, the areas above the ears and at the very front of the hairline are usually the most painful.

Is there pain following treatment?

The pain will abate immediately after treatment is complete, though the scalp may feel tender for up to 24 hours afterwards.

Do I need a patch test?

Following your initial consultation you can decide whether or not you’d like a patch test.

What will the patch test involve?

We’ll apply a small amount of pigment (around 10-15 dots) on a very small and discreet area of your scalp, no bigger than a penny. We’ll agree the location with you before beginning the test. A very light shade of pigment will be used to keep the area as inconspicuous as possible.

What if I have known allergies or skin conditions?

The patch test is ideal for clients who suffer from existing skin complaints. We’ll ask you to monitor the area for any swelling, itching, or rash, and will afterwards advise on the suitability of treatment. Following the patch test your Evoke technician will be available to you at any point over the phone or in person for guidance. Our pigment contains 100% natural ingredients and we have never had any clients experience any kind of reaction. Adverse reactions to scalp micropigmentation are very rare.

How long does the patch test take?

The patch test will only take around fifteen minutes.

How much does the patch test cost?

Nothing! We’re pleased to provide a free of charge patch test to any client who requests one following consultation and completion of a medical questionnaire and disclaimer.

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All of our consultant technicians have had the treatment themselves so you can see an example of our work in person. They will talk you through the process, answer any questions and you will never be under any pressure either throughout or following. We give you the information and leave you to decide whether scalp micropigmentation and Evoke are right for you.

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