Do I Need to Shave My Head to Have Scalp Micro Pigmentation (SMP)?

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Expert style advice for guys losing their hair and considering Scalp Micropigmentation (“SMP”).

 Why “shaving down” looks and feels better with SMP

Most men at some point in their lives will experience hair loss, commonly seen as “male pattern baldness.” This is characterized by distinct areas of hair loss, adjacent to areas of full density. For example, the crown of the head commonly loses all hair, and it is located directly above the thickest part of the remaining hair at the sides/back of the head.

Although beauty is in the eye of the beholder, this stark contrast of thick hair-next-to-baldness is not associated with optimal appearance. Men today are shaving down to reduce this contrast, but shaving alone is not ideal.

The goal of a SMP procedure is to fully neutralize the contrast between the buzzed-down hair and areas of hair loss. With SMP, the entire scalp can be relatively uniform in hue, with the softest and most undetectable of transitions to complete the effect.

The combination of shaving down coupled with SMP facilitates this uniform look of full hair that happens to be worn very short.

But there’s another major benefit to SMP. With a properly executed SMP procedure, you won’t have to shave your head with a razor blade ever again—an electric trimmer will do! Shaving with an electric trimmer is a tremendous improvement over using a razor blade in terms of time spent, skin irritation, nicks and cuts, and general convenience.

Why BRAVI Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP) for Hair Loss?

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Do I have to shave my head for SMP to look “right”

For the most part, YES, but there are a few exceptions (which I’ll discuss in my next blog). And by “SHAVE”, I really mean “BUZZ”, meaning electric shaver not razor blade. The reason you will need to “buzz” down post-SMP is that grown out hair looks too dark next to SMP. Put more technically, the seamless nature of the transition is lost when dense hair is allowed to grow adjacent to areas of hair loss. Grown out hair just gets darker, and the SMP ends up looking too light.

This is seen in the graphic below…by growing out his hair, this man loses the uniformity of texture and hue achieved by shaving down.



SMP Reality: Pigment Can’t Grow

Although an expertly implemented SMP procedure has a 3-dimensional textured effect that is absolutely stunning, the fact is thus: as three-dimensional hair grows next to areas that are heavily supported with pigmentation, the uniform look is lost. The areas of hair loss can’t keep up with the loft and texture of the actual hair.

Special Note About Scars:

In the case of hair transplant scars, buzz down as tightly as you can around them. Growing out hair around scars unfortunately creates a 3-dimensional frame of color and texture—drawing far more attention to that area. It’s counter-intuitive to want to shave down to hide scars, but this is exactly what should happen to achieve the desired visual effect.

Bottom Line: in most cases, balding men achieve superior looks by shaving down, obtaining an expertly performed SMP, and then continuing to “buzz” their hair down after that.


BRAVI SMP Expert Devon Sconci is the leader in Amanda Mazzocchi\s revolutionary scalp micropigmentation method.

Devon Sconci

Devon is the President of BRAVI and Master Technician in Amanda Mazzocchi's revolutionary Scalp MicroPigmentation method, which is available exclusively at her BRAVI clinic in Austin, Texas.

She is also passionate about how SMP can change lives.
Chat with her today to find out how SMP could change yours.