I am looking to seek a ruling on whether SCALP MICRO PIGMENTATION (SMP) is permissible in Islam.
SMP stands for Scalp Micro Pigmentation. It is a method of depositing pigment into the dermal layer of the skin on the scalp, which replicates hair follicles. When viewed from a few inches or further away, the pigment dots appear as hair follicles. Here are some facts provided by a number of SMP clinics I enquired with:
- SMP will have no effect on the ability for the skin to absorb water (i.e. for wudhu) or release water as sweat.
- The main difference between a tattoo and SMP is that SMP is semi-permanent and uses a completely natural pigment. It uses specialist pigments created for the scalp only, not tattoo ink.
Touch ups are usually performed 1-2 times per year as it is not permanent.
There is nothing wrong for you do that because it is considered as a treatment of ailment. Especially if the treatment is temporary.
It is mentioned in a Hadeeth, that Imaam Abu Dawood collected in his book with a ‘good’ chain about Arfaja bin Sa’ad that his nose was injured during the battle of Kilaab in days of Jaahiliyyah. He used a silver brace to repair his nose and still had problems, so the Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered him to use gold instead.
Baldness is like any other ailment. It is allowed for you to use it any treatment to cure it whether that is colouring or hair planting. It is similar to treating burns with permissible treatment.