Returning to work after scalp micropigmentation

Almost everyone who is considering scalp micropigmentation, wants to return to work in a manner that enables their procedure to go unnoticed. I’d like to make some recommendations that should make the process a little easier.

First and foremost, let’s create some realistic expectations. If you’ve lost most of your hair already, unless you’ve been wearing a hair system, a significant amount of concealer or wear a hat on a day to day basis, it’s going to be very hard to explain your new ‘hair’. Discussions around this dilemma take place frequently, and I have some suggestions below if this is your situation however, if you had no hair then all of a sudden you do, the task of returning to work requires a little more consideration.

However, contrary to my comment above, let me tell you something:

Your hair might be of paramount importance to YOU, however it is of little interest or consequence to anyone else. People will notice your new ‘hair’ a lot less than you think they will.

Trust me on this. As humans we tend to live in our own little world, and although we show interest in the lives of those we care about, generally speaking our colleagues don’t fall within that category. If you’re anxious about returning to work, the chances are you’re worrying a lot more than you need to.

Anyway, here are some practical tips that should make the transition back to your workplace a little more straightforward.

Reducing redness

Certain products exist that help reduce redness, sometimes very quickly indeed. This product for example, contains epinephrine, a vascular constrictor that can significantly reduce redness within 15-20 minutes. Please note we do not stock this product. I must also make clear that I am not a qualified medical professional, therefore you should always consult a suitable individual for advice before using this product.

Choose your style carefully

If you’re concerned about returning to work, the chances are you’re not the type of person who wants a ‘statement’ look. More likely, you probably want an ultra-natural treatment that really does look like your real hair.

It sounds obvious, but I’m still surprised by how many people opt for low, razored hairlines and pointy side profiles. If you want your procedure to remain incognito, then make some sensible choices when it comes to selecting your pigmentation style.

Come up with a plausable excuse

If you still have a lot of real hair left, this is your number one ‘excuse’:

I just wanted a change, so I shaved my head.

However if you’re not so lucky in the follicular department, or just REALLY want a backup plan in case someone at work quizzes you about your new look, here are some classic explanations that may help:

  • I’m taking a trial drug that grows back hair
  • I’ve always had hair, it just looks darker when I shave it
  • I suffered with alopecia, but now my hair is coming back
  • I was going bald, so I decided to shave it

Consider coming clean

The excuses above can only go so far. Your final option is to do what I did – just tell people you’re getting SMP.

In all seriousness, when you choose the right technician and receive a great treatment, your confession is more likely to be greeted with surprise and awe, than ridicule. Remember that most people still don’t know what scalp micropigmentation is, so your colleagues will probably be fascinated by the illusion.

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