Frequently Asked Questions

The Treatment

What is Scalp Micropigmentation?

Scalp Micropigmentation (also known as scalp pigmentation, SMP, MSP, cosmetic tattoo or hairline tattoo) is the process of injecting pigment into the dermal layer of the scalp, replicating the appearance of shortly cropped hair. Scalp Micropigmentation is essentially a hair tattoo, and can be used to create the illusion of fullness, or of a head full of thick, closely cropped hair.

Who can Scalp Micropigmentation benefit?

Scalp Micropigmentation is a great solution for receding hairlines, thinning and balding, alopecia, complete or partial hair loss, 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.

How long does Scalp Micropigmentation last?

Touch ups are usually required between 2 and 5 years after initial treatment.  The frequency of touch up requirements will reduce if aftercare advice is followed.  Touch ups are chargeable at a preferential rate for returning clients (our current rate in 2019 is £150 per hour).

What pigment is used in Scalp Micropigmentation?

Evoke use only the highest quality pigments from an internationally recognised industry leader. They are designed specifically for use on the scalp, and do not fade quickly or discolour like other inks.

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.

Is there a guarantee?

If you require any adjustments to your treatment within the first 12 months, this is carried out free of charge.

How flexible can you be about appointment scheduling?

We work flexibly to suit our client’s busy schedules and often carry out treatments late into the evening and over the weekends.

If you need to change your appointment, we do ask that you give us as much notice as possible in order that we can fill your place.

The Look

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 which perfectly suits their preference and facial features. No hairline treatment commences without the full agreement of the client, who will ultimately decide on the best look for them.

Visit our Styles page 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.

How long until I see the finished result?

Depending upon the desired result and the extent of Scalp Micropigmentation required, the completed look may take 2-4 treatments. Once treatment is completed, the pigmentation will have settled fully within several weeks.

What will my scalp look like after treatment?

There may be some redness for between 1 to 2 days, 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?

Where no pain relief is used, Scalp Micropigmentation represents 3-5 on a pain scale of 1-10. (10 being the highest). This does depend on the tolerance of the individual being treated. Almost all our clients have reported that they generally experienced discomfort rather than pain.

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.

Paracetamol or Ibuprofen may be taken an hour before treatment should you require.

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’d 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. 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

"SMP has given me back my confidence and improved my self image no end - thank you!"
David, Sheffield,


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