Although they have been around for quite a while now, scalp tattoos to disguise hair loss
have been getting a lot of media interest recently. The procedure, also known as scalp micropigmentation
, involves having tiny dots tattooed onto the scalp to replicate the look of a 'buzz cut' hairstyle on otherwise bald, or balding heads.
Growing in popularity
According to Vanity Fair magazine, permanent micropigmentation scalp tattoos
are now incredibly common in Hollywood.
They also reported how 'at least one hair specialist felt comfortable telling The Hollywood Reporter
which actors have the most-requested scalps'.
The actors named are Vin Diesel (pre-shave) and Jamie Foxx, which is perhaps unsurprising given their incredibly short hair and high profiles, and - in the case of Foxx - boast a strong, clearly defined hairline.
Natural looking results?
Before and After Scalp Micropigmentation
Micropigmentation is generally carried out on bald or shaved scalps. However, you don't have to be completely bald to have these tattoos.
The cosmetic procedure can also be used to fill in areas of thinning hair
although the rest of the hair will need to be cut short enough for the inked 'stubble' to blend in if a natural result is to be achieved.
Whilst it is not critical, shaving your head would produce the most convincing result for men looking to conceal a hair loss condition
Anyone considering undergoing micropigmentation should check whether the colour of the ink may fade over time. Sunlight can lead to fading in regular tattoos, often turning black ink a slightly green shade. So, with the scalp being the most exposed part of the body, it is important to find out from the tattooist whether this is also the case with scalp tattoos. If it is, they should be able to advise on how often the tattoos would need to be redone to keep the colour a natural-looking shade.
Some men do not like having the short hair or shaved head required for scalp tattoos, perhaps because they feel it does not suit them or because it may not be fitting with their image or profession - or even because they are scared of needles. For these men there are other options and comprehensive hair loss treatment
programmes are worth exploring.
There are effective treatment courses available for those experiencing Male Pattern Hair Loss
, which feature medically-proven products and hair growth boosters
. Provided the scalp is not naturally bald, where the skin takes on a shiny appearance, indicating that the follicles are dead and have scarred over, so treatment such as minoxidil
can no longer penetrate, these can allow them to prevent further thinning and regrow their hair.
Many Belgravia clients tell us how delighted they are when new regrowth means they can start to wear their hair how they used to again or try new hairstyles, without having to worry about signs of hair loss
being visible. Simon
, pictured here and who is one of many clients whose progress photos feature in our Hair Loss Success Stories
gallery, told us his "hair has thickened dramatically
" since he started his treatment course, adding, "So happy I am able to have different hairstyles now!