Would you have a HAIR TATTOO? Balding men are turning to a new procedure to create the ...

  • Procedure called Micro Scalp Pigmentation is gaining in popularity
  • Involves tattooing 'follicles' on the head to resemble short hairs
  • Gives the overall illusion of shaved stubble with a visible hairline
  • Costs from £2,000 to £3,000, which is cheaper than a surgical hair transplant

For many men, going bald means losing their confidence as well as their hair.

Now, increasing numbers are opting to have a 'hair tattoo' - a new non-surgical technique which gives the illusion of a shaved head.

The procedure, called Micro Scalp Pigmentation, works by drawing tiny particles of pigment on the scalp to resemble short hairs.

Small dots of ink to replicate each hair follicle are tattooed on the head, giving the overall illusion of shaved stubble, with a visible hairline.

This can disguise receding hairlines, bald patches, and scarring on the head. 

It is claimed hair tattoos are pain free, with most clients describing a light tingling sensation in the scalp. Bryan Slaven is pictured before ndergoing the Micro Scalp Pigmentation treatment
Mr Slaven is pictured after the procedure, now with a visible hairline

It is claimed hair tattoos are pain free, with most clients describing a light tingling sensation in the scalp. Bryan Slaven is pictured before (left) and after (right) undergoing the Micro Scalp Pigmentation treatment

Kamil Szczepanik suffered from alopecia and had to wear a hat for a long time to cover his balding areas
Since having the Micro Scalp Pigmentation treatment, he can finally leave the house without one

Kamil Szczepanik suffered from alopecia (left) and had to wear a hat for a long time to cover his balding areas. Since having the Micro Scalp Pigmentation treatment (right), he can finally leave the house without one

The procedure, called Micro Scalp Pigmentation, works by placing tiny particles of pigment in the scalp to resemble short hairs. Daniel Cain is pictured before having the treatment
Mr Cain is pictured after having the procedure. It now looks as though he has a visible hairline

The procedure, called Micro Scalp Pigmentation, works by placing tiny particles of pigment in the scalp to resemble short hairs. Daniel Cain is pictured before (left) and after (right) having the treatment

The Micro Scalp Pigmentation takes between two to five hours depending on the extent of the bald or thinning area, and most people have two to three sessions.

Staff at Vinci Hair Clinic in London, where the procedure was developed, claim it is pain free, with most clients describing a light tingling sensation in the scalp.

The procedure costs around £2,000 to £3,000 - cheaper than hair transplant surgery, which usually costs £7,000.

A hair transplant is a surgical technique where individual hair follicles are taken from a 'donor site' –usually the back of the head - and implanted into the balding part of the body.

Scott McGraw started noticing bald patches on his head in his 20s and they made him extremely self conscious.
He underwent Micro Scalp Pigmentation to rid him of bald patches in time for his wedding

Scott McGraw started noticing bald patches on his head in his 20s and they made him extremely self conscious (left). He underwent Micro Scalp Pigmentation to rid him of patches in time for his wedding (right). Now, he has less hair than before but the coverage appears more even

Micro Scalp Pigmentation is less invasive, in that it does not require surgery, and can help men who do not have any hair follicles to move.

It can be used by men with male pattern baldness, or hair loss conditions such as alopecia.

HOW IS A HAIR TATTOO CARRIED OUT? 

Micro Scalp Pigmentation, or a 'hair tattoo', works by placing tiny particles of pigment in the scalp to resemble short hairs.

A small tattoo is made to replicate each hair follicle, giving the overall illusion of a shaved stubble look on the head, with a visible hairline.

The procedure takes between two to five hours depending on the extent of the bald or thinning area, and most people have two to three sessions.

The treatment does not stop hair growing, so most people whose hair still grows will have to shave it off after having the procedure.

Vinci Hair Clinic in London, who developed Micro Scalp Pgmentation, claims it is pain free, with most clients describing a light tingling sensation in the scalp.

The procedure costs around £2,000 to £3,000, which is cheaper than hair transplant surgery, which usually costs £7,000.

It can also be used to cover scarring on the head or alongside a hair transplant to maximise the effect.

Male pattern baldness, the most common type of hair loss, affects around half of all men by 50 years of age.

It usually starts around the late twenties or by their late thirties.

It is hereditary, and is thought to be caused by oversensitive hair follicles, linked to having too much of a certain male hormone.

It can also affect women – usually those who have gone through the menopause – and tends to cause hair to thin at the top of the head.

Scott McGaw, from Scotland, who works in fashion retail, started going bald when he was just 20.

He said 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.'

An unknown client had the treatment, which costs between £2,000 and £3,000, as he suffered from bald patches due to alopecia
He is pictured after the treatment

Pictured is an unknown man who had the treatment, which costs between £2,000 and £3,000, as he suffered from bald patches due to alopecia. He is shown before (left) and after (right) the procedure

Mr McGaw decided to undergo Micro Scalp Pigmentation, which was carried out over three sessions.

This would mean his head would look consistently shaved, rather than him having patches of hair he would have to try to hide.

The procedure would not stop his remaining hair growing, so after having it done 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.'

 

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Would you have a HAIR TATTOO? Balding men are turning to a new procedure to create the ...

Would you have a HAIR TATTOO? Balding men are turning to a new procedure to create the ...

  • Procedure called Micro Scalp Pigmentation is gaining in popularity
  • Involves tattooing 'follicles' on the head to resemble short hairs
  • Gives the overall illusion of shaved stubble with a visible hairline
  • Costs from £2,000 to £3,000, which is cheaper than a surgical hair transplant

For many men, going bald means losing their confidence as well as their hair.

Now, increasing numbers are opting to have a 'hair tattoo' - a new non-surgical technique which gives the illusion of a shaved head.

The procedure, called Micro Scalp Pigmentation, works by drawing tiny particles of pigment on the scalp to resemble short hairs.

Small dots of ink to replicate each hair follicle are tattooed on the head, giving the overall illusion of shaved stubble, with a visible hairline.

This can disguise receding hairlines, bald patches, and scarring on the head. 

It is claimed hair tattoos are pain free, with most clients describing a light tingling sensation in the scalp. Bryan Slaven is pictured before ndergoing the Micro Scalp Pigmentation treatment
Mr Slaven is pictured after the procedure, now with a visible hairline

It is claimed hair tattoos are pain free, with most clients describing a light tingling sensation in the scalp. Bryan Slaven is pictured before (left) and after (right) undergoing the Micro Scalp Pigmentation treatment

Kamil Szczepanik suffered from alopecia and had to wear a hat for a long time to cover his balding areas
Since having the Micro Scalp Pigmentation treatment, he can finally leave the house without one

Kamil Szczepanik suffered from alopecia (left) and had to wear a hat for a long time to cover his balding areas. Since having the Micro Scalp Pigmentation treatment (right), he can finally leave the house without one

The procedure, called Micro Scalp Pigmentation, works by placing tiny particles of pigment in the scalp to resemble short hairs. Daniel Cain is pictured before having the treatment
Mr Cain is pictured after having the procedure. It now looks as though he has a visible hairline

The procedure, called Micro Scalp Pigmentation, works by placing tiny particles of pigment in the scalp to resemble short hairs. Daniel Cain is pictured before (left) and after (right) having the treatment

The Micro Scalp Pigmentation takes between two to five hours depending on the extent of the bald or thinning area, and most people have two to three sessions.

Staff at Vinci Hair Clinic in London, where the procedure was developed, claim it is pain free, with most clients describing a light tingling sensation in the scalp.

The procedure costs around £2,000 to £3,000 - cheaper than hair transplant surgery, which usually costs £7,000.

A hair transplant is a surgical technique where individual hair follicles are taken from a 'donor site' –usually the back of the head - and implanted into the balding part of the body.

Scott McGraw started noticing bald patches on his head in his 20s and they made him extremely self conscious.
He underwent Micro Scalp Pigmentation to rid him of bald patches in time for his wedding

Scott McGraw started noticing bald patches on his head in his 20s and they made him extremely self conscious (left). He underwent Micro Scalp Pigmentation to rid him of patches in time for his wedding (right). Now, he has less hair than before but the coverage appears more even

Micro Scalp Pigmentation is less invasive, in that it does not require surgery, and can help men who do not have any hair follicles to move.

It can be used by men with male pattern baldness, or hair loss conditions such as alopecia.

HOW IS A HAIR TATTOO CARRIED OUT? 

Micro Scalp Pigmentation, or a 'hair tattoo', works by placing tiny particles of pigment in the scalp to resemble short hairs.

A small tattoo is made to replicate each hair follicle, giving the overall illusion of a shaved stubble look on the head, with a visible hairline.

The procedure takes between two to five hours depending on the extent of the bald or thinning area, and most people have two to three sessions.

The treatment does not stop hair growing, so most people whose hair still grows will have to shave it off after having the procedure.

Vinci Hair Clinic in London, who developed Micro Scalp Pgmentation, claims it is pain free, with most clients describing a light tingling sensation in the scalp.

The procedure costs around £2,000 to £3,000, which is cheaper than hair transplant surgery, which usually costs £7,000.

It can also be used to cover scarring on the head or alongside a hair transplant to maximise the effect.

Male pattern baldness, the most common type of hair loss, affects around half of all men by 50 years of age.

It usually starts around the late twenties or by their late thirties.

It is hereditary, and is thought to be caused by oversensitive hair follicles, linked to having too much of a certain male hormone.

It can also affect women – usually those who have gone through the menopause – and tends to cause hair to thin at the top of the head.

Scott McGaw, from Scotland, who works in fashion retail, started going bald when he was just 20.

He said 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.'

An unknown client had the treatment, which costs between £2,000 and £3,000, as he suffered from bald patches due to alopecia
He is pictured after the treatment

Pictured is an unknown man who had the treatment, which costs between £2,000 and £3,000, as he suffered from bald patches due to alopecia. He is shown before (left) and after (right) the procedure

Mr McGaw decided to undergo Micro Scalp Pigmentation, which was carried out over three sessions.

This would mean his head would look consistently shaved, rather than him having patches of hair he would have to try to hide.

The procedure would not stop his remaining hair growing, so after having it done 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.'

 

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Yes, I shaved my head

Shaving your head shouldn't make you the centre of attention.

Shaving your head shouldn't make you the centre of attention.

"It looks ugly now!" cried one of the 6 year old girls I coach at gymnastics, as I walked in the week after The World's Greatest Shave. Maybe I should've been offended, but by this stage I'd had hundreds of hands caress my newly shaved head as though I was an adorable puppy at the local park. Feeling violated because of my new "edgy" hair was no longer an option.

I signed up for the World's Greatest Shave this year thinking that I would be self-conscious for the first week and then everything would continue as normal. Wrong. I don't know if I speak on behalf of the other girls who shaved their heads for WGS, but I feel as though my hair is a walking farm of bacteria from the many hands that have chosen to violently fondle my head to their heart's content.

Now to be entirely honest, I've got no problem with people touching my hair but PLEASE ASK FIRST. I'll be happily daydreaming when suddenly I feel something clasp onto my head like an octopus, only to realise that it's someone who's suddenly decided that my head is now public property. I would suggest that you ask me first not only for myself but for your own benefit, because with short hair, I use shampoo on a very irregular basis. So yes, that white stuff on your hand is probably my dandruff.

A drawing by Vicky Lee after she shaved her heard.

A drawing by Vicky Lee after she shaved her heard.

Secondly, I would really appreciate if people could refrain from the "Your face really suits it!" comments unless you actually believe it. I can tell when you're just saying it to console me for my strangely shaped head – there's this uncomfortable face you make when you see me that tells me. I understand you say it with good intentions but my shaved head was not a stylistic choice – I did it to raise awareness about an important issue. If anything, my head is not only a weird shape but it's also very cold now that I no longer having flowing tresses for insulation. So I would appreciate it more if you gave me a beanie or sunscreen for my scalp than a half-hearted compliment.

Oh and finally, I have short hair. This does not automatically make me a lesbian (I'm looking at you, gossipers on public transport. Yes that's right, I can hear you). A sticker that says "I'm gay" is a descriptor of sexual identity – hair length however is not.

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Yes, I shaved my head

Do you like Dia Mirza's new short hairdo?

Summer is the best time to sport short hair and taking the cue is the Bollywood beauty Dia Mirza.

Dia Mirza has got a new short-haired look. On Sunday she headed to B Blunt for the makeover.

“#SundaySelfie It's time to @bbluntindia :) loving the short hair! #FeelGood,” Dia Mirza tweeted on Sunday and shared a snap of her new look in short hair.

Dia Mirza is presently said to be taking her role as a film producer more seriously and is going to produce a Telugu film.

PHOTOS: When Dia Mirza walked the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week

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Do you like Dia Mirza's new short hairdo?

Yes, I shaved my head

Shaving your head shouldn't make you the centre of attention.

Shaving your head shouldn't make you the centre of attention.

"It looks ugly now!" cried one of the 6 year old girls I coach at gymnastics, as I walked in the week after The World's Greatest Shave. Maybe I should've been offended, but by this stage I'd had hundreds of hands caress my newly shaved head as though I was an adorable puppy at the local park. Feeling violated because of my new "edgy" hair was no longer an option.

I signed up for the World's Greatest Shave this year thinking that I would be self-conscious for the first week and then everything would continue as normal. Wrong. I don't know if I speak on behalf of the other girls who shaved their heads for WGS, but I feel as though my hair is a walking farm of bacteria from the many hands that have chosen to violently fondle my head to their heart's content.

Now to be entirely honest, I've got no problem with people touching my hair but PLEASE ASK FIRST. I'll be happily daydreaming when suddenly I feel something clasp onto my head like an octopus, only to realise that it's someone who's suddenly decided that my head is now public property. I would suggest that you ask me first not only for myself but for your own benefit, because with short hair, I use shampoo on a very irregular basis. So yes, that white stuff on your hand is probably my dandruff.

A drawing by Vicky Lee after she shaved her heard.

A drawing by Vicky Lee after she shaved her heard.

Secondly, I would really appreciate if people could refrain from the "Your face really suits it!" comments unless you actually believe it. I can tell when you're just saying it to console me for my strangely shaped head – there's this uncomfortable face you make when you see me that tells me. I understand you say it with good intentions but my shaved head was not a stylistic choice – I did it to raise awareness about an important issue. If anything, my head is not only a weird shape but it's also very cold now that I no longer having flowing tresses for insulation. So I would appreciate it more if you gave me a beanie or sunscreen for my scalp than a half-hearted compliment.

Oh and finally, I have short hair. This does not automatically make me a lesbian (I'm looking at you, gossipers on public transport. Yes that's right, I can hear you). A sticker that says "I'm gay" is a descriptor of sexual identity – hair length however is not.

No issue is too small to raise Heckler's hackles. Readers can send pieces of about 400 words on what's got their goat to heckler@fairfaxmedia.com.au. Chosen submissions will be published online at smh.com.au/comment. Please include daytime phone details.

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