If you suffer from hair loss and are looking for a quick fix, there is another new and less common solution, scalp micropigmentation. If that sounds overly-medical, don’t worry.
Think of it more as a hair tattoo that is almost indistinguishable from a shaved head. Qz has a wonderful video detailing how this process works, if you are curious (Source).
We’re dedicated to helping every person suffering from hair loss, so considering that this treatment has flown under the radar, we decided to shed some light on some common questions surrounding hair tattoos.
What Exactly is Scalp MicroPigmentation (a.k.a. Hair Tattoos)?
Scalp micropigmentation, or a hair tattoo as it is commonly known, involves a highly nuanced process during which tiny deposits of ink pigment are placed within the deal layer of the skin. A skilled practitioner can make these deposits replicate the look of real shaved hair.
This procedure is a permanent solution for hair loss, only requiring the recipient to keep their hair cut to the right length using standard hair clippers, or a razor. Beyond that, it’s helpful to keep the scalp moisturized on a regular basis. Just like normal skin tattoos, scalp micropigmentation may required a short touch-up session from time to time.
Common Questions about Hair Tattoos
Can I Grow My Hair Out Later, After the Tattoo?
We would advise that you only opt for this treatment if you are ready to commit to a buzzed hairstyle for the remainder of your life. If you currently have the classic ‘horse shoe’ of hair left, growing it out would look very strange, considering that the tattooed hairs in your bald spot would not grow.
What Kind of Needles Are Used For Hair Replication Tattoos?
Regular tattoo needles are too thick, making it difficult for the artist to create realistic hairs, so it’s common for the artist to implement finer cosmetic makeup needles for the hair treatments. Of course, you will want to ensure that the facility uses new, sterilized needles on each customer.
Will Sun Exposure Cause Issues Over Time?
Yes, the sun can present some problems, as UV rays can affect the ink. It would be wise to wear sunscreen or a hat if you plan on being in the sun for a long time. Considering that nobody knows precisely how the ink will hold up over decades (everyone’s skin is different), this is an issue that must be considered carefully.
Does the Treatment Look Natural?
Though this technology may sound like a poor grooming idea, it actually appears quite natural, as evidenced by the photographs included in this recent GQ article. If you are interested, it may be benefician to get a small patch test on an inconspicuous part of your scalp, before going in for the full treatment.
Can This Process Conceal Alopecia Scars & Other Imperfections?
In short, yes. Having worked with people suffering from hair loss, we understand that many people have acquired scars and skin blemishes during their lifetime that they wish to hide. Hair tattoos are commonly used to conceal alopecia areata.
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If you’re interested in the procedure, we invite you to participate in a free consultation session with a member of our team. We can evaluate your scalp to determine whether you would be a good candidate for micropigmentation or any other hair replacement procedure.