The artist is nothing without talent, but the talent is nothing without work. Or better, without a hard work!
Scalp micropigmentation, microblading and tattoo artists have to know deeply tools and techniques of their job and use it with mastery to get best outcomes ever.
In this article we will talk about the differences among needles used by smp artists, microblading artists and tattoo artists.
Let’s find out!
Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is also known as “scalp tattoo or tattoo hair” by people who don’t know lots about this treatment.
But, scalp micropigmentation is not a traditional tattoo. In smp, everything is different from tattoo: firstly needle, then type of ink, depth of pigment deposit.
Thanks to this procedure It is possible to create the look of shaved hair and give to clients a real altervative to implats or hair trasplant.
The SMP artist injects a natural and hypoallergenic ink to the scalp with a “3 points-micro-needle” – 75% smaller than the smallest needle a traditional tattoo artist usually uses – creating thousands of microdots.
The needle used for scalp pigmentation has a smooth point and a porous body: this feature allows the scalp micropigmentation artist to control the amount of pigment injected into the skin.
The outcome of using such a small needle is that you can’t even notice the difference between a real hair follicle and ink deposited by an smp needle!
During the scalp micropigmentation treatment, the smp artist works on superficial dermis, the needle arrives to 0,5 mm of depth. Instead, in the traditional tattoo, the ink is injected at a greater depth.
Thanks to the scalp micropigmentation needle size and the fact that it does not penetrate deeply into the skin, smp is not very painful. Many people rate pain level between 2 and 4 on a scale of 1-10.
When we talk about tattoos we have to consider that tattoo needles are steel bars made of micro-bits. There is a great difference among tattoo needles. The diameter of micro-bit, in the same way that distance, varies from 0,25 to 0,35 mm. Each needle has a precise purpose.
The most used needles are:
The choice depends on what kind of tattoo the artist is doing.
In the art of microblading, as it is for tattoo, there are different kinds of needles, or better blades.
Many thin needles (each needle has a diameter of 0,25 mm) are organized next to each other forming a little blade. Each blade can have from 7 to 28 pins. From this shape derives the name of “microblading”.
Just like a painter with brushes, a microblading artist needs a range of different blade shapes and sizes to redraw, for example, client’s brows.
Every dermopigmentation artist will develope his/her own technique. Two of the most important things are to identify the client’s skin type and choose the appropriate blade among curved flat or round flat, U shaped or flat shader.
The smaller blades are used for finer detailing and larger blades for fuller.
Scalp micropigmentation is a non-invasive solution to baldness. But, to achieve a good outcome, it’s important to use the right tools, firstly the right needle.
When the needle size and the depth of ink deposit aren’t correct, the pygment spreads into dermis giving life to macro-dots.
How to avoid the creation of macro-dots?
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One of the most frequent question from still green smp artistis is “Can I equally use tattoo, microblading and smp needles?”.
The answer is absolutely not. You can’t use tattoo needles or microblading needles for smp.
Tattoo or microblading needles are so very big to create optical illusion of hair follicles and they should give a fake and unnatural result.
Scalp micropigmentation needle is smaller than the thinnest tattoo needle a tattooer can use.
The best needle size for scalp micropigmentation is that allows scalp micropigmentation artist to create a natural shaved hair look.