What is the best scalp micropigmentation aftercare lotion?

After scalp micropigmentation, a matte bald head will provide the best overall look, and your treatment will blend perfectly with your real hair. Some scalp micropigmentation aftercare lotion will even provide sunscreen/sunblock. It is important to only use lotions that are sulfate-free.  We also like to try to find and use lotions that are using natural and/or organic ingredients.

At NJ Scalp Micropigmentation we have tried and tested many different products some of which have sunscreens in them and some that don’t.  The price of these different lotions on this page varies, but just because one is more expensive than the other doesn’t mean that it is any better.  We strongly suggest using a lotion with sunscreen so you can protect the investment that you made with getting your scalp micropigmentation procedure. The ones on this page are our favorite scalp micropigmentation lotions.

Scalp Micropigmentation Aftercare Lotion (matte) – No Sunscreen


This is a pricier option when it comes to mattifying scalp micropigmentation aftercare lotion, but it is supposed to be formulated specifically for people who have SMP.  Don’t let your cosmetic procedure fade away! Our light, loose serum is fast absorbed and easy on your procedure eliminating shine to help blend your pigmentation with existing hair follicles. Tiger Grass reduces scarring and provides color retention – Made in the USA: Our lotions are in made in America to the highest standards. FUSE Cosmetic Pigmentation Serum is specifically engineered for permanent makeup, microblading and scalp micropigmentation.  Over time the pigmentation fades resulting in costly touch-ups. FUSE is designed to help prolong your procedure resulting in less touch-ups and keeping your procedure looking great longer.


Even though this is marketed as a face moisturizer we feel it also works great on the top of the head for bald guys who need a good matte scalp micropigmentation aftercare lotion.  Formulated using organic argan oil, a non-clogging natural moisturizer rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, this moisturizer gives life to dull skin. Activated charcoal draws out and absorbs toxins from your pores while caffeine gives an energized look and feel. Made from natural oils and plant extracts, this formula will tone and strengthen your skin. Daily use contributes to healthier skin and reductions in redness and irritation. The skin on your face, ears, neck, and chest are very sensitive to environmental changes and are the most frequent areas of the body known to develop skin cancer. These areas of skin also shed cells more rapidly than other parts of the body and therefore need moisture to repair itself, which allows for younger skin cells to rise to the surface. Also, the massaging effect that is used when applying lotion helps stimulate blood circulation and new cell generation.

head lube

This product gets you the most product for the cost.  Is it the best? It’s probably not the best product since there seems to be ingredients we cannot pronounce, but it works in mattifying the scalp. It’s up to you if you like it or not.  This isn’t your ordinary run-of-the-mill-I-don’t-even-know-the-name-of-the-crap I have at home, this is different. Like all HeadBlade products, HeadLube is specially formulated for your scalp! It won’t clog your pores. It’s free of perfumes and dyes. And it also contains shea butter and tea tree oil. All the good stuff. No SPF, but this does work well when it comes to a matte scalp micropigmentation aftercare lotion.

Scalp Micropigmentation Aftercare Lotion (matte) – With Sunscreen

paulas choice

It’s tough to find a matte sunscreen with no tint.  This is probably the best matte scalp micropigmentation aftercare lotion with SPF that we have found to date. Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50 offers reliable broad-spectrum sun protection without feeling thick or oily. In fact, you may be surprised by its silky texture and smooth matte finish that’s so unlike many high-SPF sunscreens. This antioxidant-rich sunscreen is suitable for the face and body; it may be worn under makeup. Its very water-resistant formula is ideal for outdoor activities. This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

fit me

While this may be a face primer for women’s makeup, it also works great as a mattifier for bald men while also providing some sunscreen for your scalp.  Fit Me Matte + pore less primer with SPF 20 controls shine and blurs pores. The result is an instant mattifying effect that lasts up to 16 hours and pore-less and flawless-looking skin. Created to instantly perfect and fit all skin tones and types.


This is a face sunscreen that goes on with a matte finish, so it works well for bald men searching for a good scalp micropigmentation aftercare lotion with sunscreen. High-performance ecofriendly face moisturizer and sunscreen for daily use. Healthy, chemical-free zinc oxide helps shield skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. Loaded with Thrive’s unique antioxidant superplants Juanilama and Fierillo. Plus Wakame Kelp, Tazman PepperTM and Arabica coffee oil to help reduce sun damage and signs of premature aging. Great all-day hydration. Quickly absorbs without white residue or greasy feel

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Frequently Asked Questions


What is scalp micropigmentation (SMP)?

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a widely popular non-surgical hair loss solution whereby minuscule deposits of pigment simulate hair follicles on the scalp. SMP for men, however, is extremely intricate and not a mere “hair tattoo.” We use different pigments and needles to accurately simulate tiny hair follicles.

How long does scalp micropigmentation last?

SMP for men is permanent, however, the “dots” or injected pigment lessen in circumference very slightly over time. While this is not technically fading, the scalp will benefit from a touch-up session every 4-6 years. This nearly imperceptible decrease in circumference happens because macrophage cells in the human immune system will gradually break up and disperse pigment from any procedure, albeit extremely slowly.

What will my head look like immediately after treatment?

Expect some redness which will subside after a day or two.

Is SMP painful?

Although each client’s pain sensitivity differs, SMP is much less painful than a traditional tattoo. SMP needles are so thin, some customers say they feel almost nothing. When asked to rate their pain levels, most SMP clients report 1-3 on a scale of 1-10.

Can SMP be removed?

Yes, SMP for men can be removed with an electro-optic Q switched laser, which is used to heat and break up SMP pigmentation for easier absorption by phagocytes in the dermis. SMP is easy to remove because the pigment isn’t deposited as deep as traditional tattoo ink.

Does insurance cover scalp micropigmentation?

No, sorry. Scalp micropigmentation for men is a cosmetic procedure by nature, so it is rarely ever covered by medical insurance. It’s worth checking with your insurance provider about potential coverage since policies vary as do personal circumstances.

Is scalp micropigmentation safe?

SMP for men is a non-surgical hair loss solution. Needles deposit pigment below the upper layer of the skin, similar to a body art tattoo. The procedure is a very safe remedy for male hair loss when performed by a professional.

How is SMP different than a regular tattoo?

Unlike traditional tattooing, SMP pigment is deposited near the epidermal layer rather than deep inside the dermal layer. SMP can be removed by laser much more easily than traditional tattoos.

Will I be able to go in the sun?

We recommend always using some sort of sunscreen to retain the ink its longest. Should you choose not to use sunscreen, for the first 30 days you must cover your head with sunscreen or a hat.

What is the treatment process and how long is one session?

Depending on the level of baldness or male hair loss, the first treatment session generally takes 1-3 hours while the second and third sessions take 1-2 hours. Each session is performed 1-2 weeks apart with the average client receiving 3 sessions.

What should I be cautious of in the days following my treatment?

In the first 4 days following treatment, avoid shaving, showers, sweating, scrubbing, shampooing topicals and long term exposure to sunlight. It’s okay to lightly dab the area with wet cloths, but do not soak the head. After 4 days, it’s okay to shower (lightly), shave, and use fragrance free moisturizers. After 10 days, you can resume your normal activities, but it’s still best to avoid long term sunlight for 30 days.

How often will men need to shave their head?

This is a personal preference, but most clients opt for a buzzed look where they shave every 1-3 days.

How much does scalp micropigmentation cost?

The cost of SMP for men varies per client.  We base the cost on how much of the treatment needs to be applied and by how many sessions are needed per client, which is assessed based on male hair loss.  We offer FREE consultations for everyone. During the consultation, we will be able to assess your scalp and from there we can judge approximately how much treatment and how many sessions you will need.

Does micropigmentation look natural / real?

Scalp micropigmentation for men looks incredibly real, as long as it is applied correctly. Many of our clients say their family, friends, and co-workers say they look younger or something looks different about them, but no one ever knows what it is that has changed and that’s what we want when addressing male hair loss!

Does SMP stimulate hair growth or help grow my hair back?

No, sorry, scalp micropigmentation for men will not grow your hair back. However, SMP for men gives you the look of short hair, a tight buzz-cut, or fuller hair density.

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