What is Scalp Micropigmentation?
SMP or Scalp Micropigmentation is a Procedure, which involves the depositing of ink pigment into the dermal layer of the skin within your scalp. This procedure gives the illusion of a shaved head (or improves densification for longer hair) as the pigment replicates the appearance of hair follicles. As the ink sits just under the dermal layer this makes the procedure less permanent than a conventional tattoo.
As SMP replicates hair follicles when viewed from afar and when up close, it has fast become the most effective option for individuals experiencing hair loss.
Is Scalp Micropigmentation the same as a tattoo?
Being in this industry we are frequently asked if SMP is the same as tattooing, with the answer being yes, it is similar, therefore the confusion between the two is justified. The pigment used within SMP is a semi-permanent natural pigment, as opposed to some regular tattoo ink. Pigment used by us is derived from natural substances, with many substances naturally present within our bodies. Ink used when tattooing contains soot products, such as (carbon black with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) thus leaving some clients slightly apprehensive.
After extensive research and discussing SMP with our clients that practise Islam. Here at Elixir our mantra has always been to support our clients on their SMP journey. In this case discussing whether SMP is considered haram or not? When considering SMP a lot of our clients have considered discussing the procedure with their Imam (religious priest) or a high member who closely follows the Islamic Law.
Is SMP allowed in Islam?
Scalp Micropigmentation is a procedure which treats an area (of ailment) and does not modify the body. Some clients have a strong belief that changing the creation of Allah, is considered haram. This would be the case when opting for a traditional tattoo, as this would change the body and thus being haram, within Islam. In 2016, a ruling from the European Council for Fatwa & Research, which is a legal ruling granted by a qualified jurist permitted SMP under Islamic Law.
An individual suffering from baldness is no short of someone suffering from any other ailment, which is acceptable and permitted to be treated within Islamic Law. Undergoing a scalp micropigmentation procedure is no different to someone treating burns on the skin.
Here at Elixir we have had the honour of treating a number of clients that follow Islam and have questioned, if the procedure is haram, from all over the world. Having had a vast number of clients from the middle east, we feel confident enough to say that SMP is allowed within Islam.
In addition to the above, an SMP treatment is also only temporary, with top-up’s being required at regularly occurring intervals, typically every 2-3 years. With that in mind the short-lived impact of this procedure only reinforces the above ruling that SMP is not considered as being haram.
Scalp Micropigmentation is a non-evasive and non-surgical hair loss solution, benefitting both men and women, who suffer from hair loss, baldness and/or a receding hair line. For a lot of our customers, at Elixir it has restored their confidence in the way that they look and feel. By doing an SMP procedure you can achieve that effortless confidence with your hair and SMP result.
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