Balding bring on loss of confidence in men, as they start to lose their hair. Now a large number of men with the condition are giving ‘hair tattoo’ a try —- it’s a new non-surgical technique which gives the illusion of a shaved head.
Called Micro Scalp Pigmentation, the procedure works by drawing tiny particles of pigment on the scalp to look like short hairs.
A replica of each hair follicle is created by tattooing small dots of ink on the head, giving the overall illusion of shaved stubble, with a visible hairline.
This helps camouflage receding hairlines, bald patches, and scarring on the head.
The Micro Scalp Pigmentation procedure lasts two to five hours depending on the extent of the bald or thinning area, and usually two to three sessions are needed.
According to the staff at Vinci Hair Clinic in London, where the procedure was developed, it’s a pain free procedure; furthermore, clients say they felt just a light tingling sensation in the scalp.
The cost of the procedure comes to around £2,000 to £3,000 — while a hair transplant surgery, usually costs £7,000. So, it’s much cheaper.
In a hair transplant individual hair follicles are taken from a ‘donor site’ –usually the back of the head – and implanted into the balding region of the body.
Micro Scalp Pigmentation involves no surgery so is less invasive – moreover it can be used by men with male pattern baldness, or hair loss conditions such as alopecia. Apart from that it can be used to cover scarring on the head or alongside a hair transplant to maximise the effect.
Up to 50% of men 50 or more years old experience male pattern baldness, the most common type of hair loss. It normally begins around the late twenties or by their late thirties.
A hereditary condition, its main cause is oversensitive hair follicles, linked to having too much of a certain male hormone. This condition can also affect women — especially the ones who have gone through menopause – and tends to cause hair to thin at the top of the head.
Scott McGaw, from Scotland, was just 20 when he started going bald. He said, as he works in fashion retail, there was pressure from his job to look good, so going bald felt like the ‘worst thing that had ever happened to him’.
He said: ‘From around 19 or 20, I became very aware of the bald patches developing around my crown and the back of my head. ‘I hated people standing behind me. They probably didn’t notice or even care, but I still felt very self-conscious. ‘I’ve always been confident, but as the hair loss got worse, it did start having an impact on me. ‘I used to use hair fibres which you shake onto your head to cover up bald patches, but it was tedious and the stuff would get everywhere. I wanted a more permanent solution.’
Mr McGaw went for Micro Scalp Pigmentation, and had three sessions of the procedure. This would imply his head would appear consistently shaved, instead of him having patches of hair he would have to try to camouflage.
His remaining hair, however, would keep on growing as usual, therefore, he would have to shave his head periodically. He said: ‘The beauty of the Micro Scalp Pigmentation is that it’s not invasive or surgical, and doesn’t require any medication. ‘It didn’t hurt at all and I was relieved at how good and natural it looked. ‘I’ve always worn my hair very short, so for me it was perfect. I was very impressed.’