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Female pattern baldness

If you have been given the news that you have FPHL – Female Pattern Hair Loss or Alopecia, Scalp MicroPigmentation can help.

Female pattern baldness is generally permanent hair loss with limited treatment options, and while some medications, lifestyle and food choices can help, most turn to camouflaging.

Hair Loss affects one in three woman

Hair loss can occur in women for reasons other than female pattern baldness, including the following:

  • Temporary shedding of hair that may occur after surgery, pregnancy or after a major illness (telogen effluvium)
  • Breaking of hair (from such things as styling treatments and twisting or pulling of hair)
  • Patchy areas of total hair loss (alopecia areata – an immune disorder causing temporary hair loss)
  • After chemotherapy and from some other medications
  • Certain skin conditions
  • Hormonal imbalance (excess testosterone or thyroid hormone imbalance)
  • Iron or vitamin deficiency
  • Diseases like diabetes or lupus

If you are after a simple camouflage option, Scalp MicroPigmentation can certainly help create the illusion of a fuller head of hair.

Scalp camouflage

Scalp MicroPigmentation is here if you need it – it is a permanent camouflage for the scalp so that you don’t see through to the skin colour beneath the thinning hair.

The typical pattern of female pattern baldness is different from that of male pattern baldness. The hair thins all over the head, but the frontal hairline is maintained. There may be a moderate loss of hair on the crown, but this rarely progresses to total or near baldness as it may in men.

The high contrast between a dark hair and a light scalp below is the most obvious combination. We can treat white hair, blonde as well as brown and black by reducing this contrast with layering pigment on the scalp therefore reducing the light scalp colour showing through the hair. If you have used hair thickening fibers or coloured hair spray before then this can give the same illusion only permanent if these are placed down on the scalp. Some ladies will colour their hair leaving the tint or colour to stain their skin – if this sounds like you, the Scalp MicroPigmentaiton is a more permanent treatment for this style of result.

  • I have alopecia universallis (which means total body hairloss) and I have recently had the pleasure of working with both Melissa and John. John recently completed my SMP treatment on my scalp and I am over joyed with the result. John was extremely professional throughout the whole process, showed empathy, understanding and consulted with me every step of the way. The result has been life changing for me as I now feel so much more confident in myself and know this summer nothing is going to stop me enjoying life, even without my hair. I can't wait for my next treatments which involve having my eyeliner and eyebrows tattooed by Melissa. I can totally recommend John and Melissa to anyone who is thinking about any of these treatments. They are such kind and professional people who are very talented in their profession and they genuinely care about their customers.


  • Can't thank Melissa and John enough for my brows and SMP! You guys have been amazing and I am so happy with the results!


  • I recently underwent a course of micropigmentation to deal with hair loss that had become steadily more noticeable since my early 20s.  I was most fortunate to be treated by John Carr, whose skill and patience have made a huge difference to the appearance of my hair. John is a highly skilled technician who works carefully and accurately, while constantly checking progress towards a pleasing result. John is a perfectionist and combines a kind, understanding manner with thorough professionalism and pride in his work. I have absolute confidence in John and recommend him highly. John continues to train and keep up his knowledge and refinement of technique in an industry which is growing and developing at a fast rate. This means John's clients can be sure of the very best treatment and care and be assured of the highest professional standard of work. John is changing lives through his abilities and approach.  Hair loss for a woman is a very difficult condition to handle and John offers a permanent solution which is achieved with a gentle hand, a careful process and attention to detail which is remarkable.


  • I had spent a long time unhappy about my very thin hair, as a woman this has been a huge thing for me to deal with. I became very distressed over it & very self conscious. I tried many things to improve my hair growth and nothing worked. When I saw Melissa feature on the Seven Sharp with an SMP client I was excited at the prospect this could give me. Having now completed my SMP I couldn’t be happier. The simulated hair follicle look has given me a fuller, thicker look. I feel so much better and more confident. I wish I had known about it a long time ago. Thank you John & Melissa you’re a great team


Satisfaction Guaranteed

Melissa Carr Cosmetic Tattooing wants to ensure that you are thrilled with the results of your Scalp Micropigmentation procedure long after you leave our clinic.

Within the first year of your SMP procedure if you feel you need a little extra touch up this is done free of charge.

Frequently Asked Questions

1Is Scalp MicroPigmentation suitable for everyone?

Scalp MicroPigmentation is suitable for Men and Women, it is suitable for a shaved look, for hair density, Alopecia and for scar camouflage.

Medical conditions, and medications determine your suitability for SMP. Other factors that determine your suitability are for women - whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding etc. Although, we will complete very thorough paperwork prior it's important that you disclose anything that may affect your suitability.

2Does it hurt?
The pain is very minimal due to the pigment being implanted very shallow in the scalp. Most clients fall asleep during the long SMP sessions. Some have even described it as relaxing. Every client experiences SMP differently. We also have a Netflix in each of our clinics to help pass the time. It's a good opportunity for a Netflix binge with your favourite series or movies.
3Does the Scalp have to be a shaved look?

Not always. SMP for baldness always look best shaved to a number 1 or number zero as this will blend in perfectly and look the same texture.

For a client with thinning hair wanting to add a thicker fuller look, theres no need to shave the scalp, we can add hair density amongst the existing hair to create a thicker fuller look. This includes adding hair density to complete a fuller look after a hair transplant.

4What is the downtime?
You can leave the clinic after your SMP procedure and go straight back to work. The pinkness usually lasts only an hour or so for most people. After the procedure you will not be able to swim or exercise for 7 days. You will also not be able to wash your hair for 5 days.
5What about your equipment?
Our equipment/tools/machines use disposable parts, therefore every procedure is done using a brand new needle as well as the attachments, all of which are individually wrapped and sterile, all disposed of after each treatment - as per health and safety requirements.
6How do you choose the colour?
Your skin type and remaining hair will guide us with pigment choice for your Scalp MicroPigmentaion. We will perform a test patch with 2 pigment tones an decide from the healed result which tones we will use to carry out the procedure to best blend in with your shaved look or existing hair. Our range of pigment tones is vast.
7How long will it last?
Each case is unique and individual, however most clients return for a Scalp MicrPigmetation touch up between 3 - 5 years. Depending on life style and environmental factors, ie surfer/sun exposure. Working out doors etc
8What does it look like as I age?
The pigments we use will softens over time, as you age and hair colouring changes we have the opportunity to adjust the pigment tones to suit any hair colour changes. As well - if your hair loss progresses we will add more Scalp MicroPigmentation to the areas of new hair loss when you come in for a Colour Boost.
9What can and can't I do after my procedure?

Proper care following your procedure is necessary to achieve the best results. We will provide you with a detailed aftercare sheet on the day. This will include:

  • Application of a topical aftercare cream, depending on which procedure you have.
  • No heavy exercise for 7 days, however you can do low cardio exercise such as weights and walking but no exercise that will cause heavy sweating, this includes saunas.
  • No ocean or pool swimming for 7 days.
10What happens during the initial consultation?

We talk in detail about expectations of both the client & treatment. We talk about custom designing YOUR age appropriate hairline. A test patch can be carried out.

We discuss pigment tones, Shape and Balance of your facial features. We pencil in a hairline (for those that are bringing their hairline bought forward). We check the condition of the scalp, we show you before and after photos relevant to your own scenario.

11What about bookings, payment & cancellations?
A deposit is required when booking your treatment to secure your time slot. The remaining is paid in 2 parts at the first 2 appointments . We are currently looking into finance options and will update this option soon.

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