Preparation & Aftercare for your Scalp Micropigmentation Treatment

You will achieve much better results if you properly prepare for your Micropigmentation procedure. The area must be healthy, strong, non-sensitive and non-irritated.

Here’s how to get your skin ready your procedure

Full Scalp Procedure

  • Full head scalp Micropigmentation always works best on closely shaved scalps, wet shaving or grade 0-2 is ideal. The longer the natural hair is the more difficult it is to blend.
  • Do not tan two weeks prior or have sunburned face.
  • Do not work out the day of the procedure (excessive oils in the skin can prevent the pigment from retaining).
  • Exfoliate your scalp the night before your procedure to remove any dead skin.

Hair Densification Procedures

  • Wash your hair on the morning of your procedure.
  • Do not use oily, serum or wax products on the day of your procedure.

In order to avoid excessive bleeding which will reduce the pigment retention:

  • Do not drink alcohol 24 – 48 hours before your tattoo
  • Do not consume coffee before your procedure
  • Do not take any aspirin or ibuprofen for pain relief (paracetamol is fine)
  • Avoid oily fish, Garlic and herbal teas

To minimise discomfort:

  • Try to get a good night sleep before your treatment this will help you relax and make the treatment more comfortable.
  • Drink lots of water- before and during the session – this allows the skin to accept the ink more easily, without thinning the blood.
  • Have a good breakfast on the day of your tattoo, this increases your stamina as getting tattooed burns a lot of calories.
  • Paracetamol reduces pain and helps reduce inflammation so if your worried take two before or after the session.
  • Bring a sugary drink or snack for your session *blood sugar levels can drop during treatments like Micropigmentation so this can help you feel more comfortable during the treatment.
  • Micropigmentation can take up to 4 hours so consider a distraction, music to listen, a book or simply flicking through your phone will help. I play music and have a TV in my studio.


A variety of products will come into contact with the skin during the session including: wax pencil, baby wipes, cling film, nitrile gloves, numbing cream, pigment. I have never had an allergic reaction to any of these yet but please be prepared to declare all allergies before your treatment as I can then use an alternative product where possible.

Numbing products

I can use numbing products throughout your treatment to ease any discomfort, this only lasts around 20-40 minutes. Soon after your treatment the area may feel sensitive or bruised. I recommend applying a dry ice pack or ice wrapped in paper towels or a tea towel to reduce any swelling and soothe the area. Paracetamol will ease any discomfort but please avoid Ibuprofen for around 6 hours as this could cause the area to swell.

Other things to consider:

Pigment stains – I use protective hair nets and cover you and all my equipment and couch in tissue and protective sheet but occasionally tiny droplets of pigment could splash on clothing and may stain, I recommend wearing dark tops where possible.

I don’t have much space in my treatment room so please limit to 1 friend or family member joining you where possible. Due to the equipment I use and contaminated waste I don’t not allow children in my treatment room.

My treatment room is cleaned before and after every procedure I consider it a sterile environment so do not allow pets (other than Assistant Dogs for disabled).

After Your Micropigmentation Treatment

The day of the treatment:

Scalp Micropigmentation involves individual dots of pigment into the scalp, there is hardly any blood and hardly any trauma there is very little healing or aftercare.

  • Avoid using any products that contain Lanolin, Petroleum or any acids.

Full Scalp Procedures:

I recommend Tattoo Goo balm, Tattoo Goo aftercare lotion which contains Healix Gold and Panthenol which accelerates healing and moisturises without suffocating the skin, Tattoo Goo Cleansing Soap, and Tattoo Goo Revive with SPF50 for any tattoos and Micropigmentation.

  • Do not wet the treated area for 3 days after the treatment. This gives the skin a chance to seal in the pigment and ensure water doesn’t dilute the pigment.
  • The key to ensure your procedure lasts is to minimise UV light which will fade the pigment. Ensure you wear a hat in strong sunlight and use strong SPF sun protection, I recommend Tattoo Goo SPF50 which has been developed especially to protect and enhance tattoos.

PLEASE NOTE: You are unable to donate blood for up to 12 months following Micropigmentation Procedure

Additional Tips To Aid Fast Healing:

  • Use a fresh pillowcase.
  • Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate away. Picking can cause scarring or loss of pigment and patchy healed results.
  • Avoid hot, sweaty exercise for one week.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 4 weeks after procedure.
  • Wear a hat when outdoors where possible.
  • Avoid heavy sweating and long hot showers for the first 10 days.
  • Avoid swimming and chlorinated hot tubs for the first 10 days.
  • Avoid topical makeup including sunscreen on the area until fully healed.
  • DO NOT rub, pick or scratch the treated area.


Limit your showers to 5 minutes so you do not create too much steam. Keep your face out of the water while you wash your body, then, at the end of your shower, wash your hair. Your face should only be getting wet at the very last end of the shower. Avoid excessive rinsing and hot water on the treated area.

Once healed your Micropigmentation should last approximately 5 – 10 years before a retouch is required dependant on your skin and lifestyle. The pigment should not disappear but may fade so top up treatments will refresh the look.