Hairline and scalp tattoo are types of scalp micropigmentation. It consists of applying natural pigments to the scalp to appear as hair.
Knowing that most guys will experience hair loss at some point in their lives does not make it any easier to deal with it when it happens to you. According to the American Hair Loss Association, two-thirds of men begin to notice thinning at age 35, and by the age of 50, 85% are experiencing a significant loss. Whatever the cause of hair loss, bald spots, or slight recession of your hairline, the most important question is: What should you do?
In addition to the classics such as minoxidil and finasteride, there are new technologies such as PRP and high-tech hair transplants available. wigs and toupees are even referred to as “hair systems.”
However, there isn’t one single solution that will work for everyone. Matt Iulo, Director of Scalp Micro USA, is well aware of this. In an internet hair loss forum, he discovered scalp micro-pigmentation after trying everything short of a hair transplant. His expertise in scalp micro-pigmentation stems from getting the procedure himself.
What Is a Hairline Tattoo?
According to Iulo, scalp micropigmentation is actually a more accurate term than tattooing. “When someone says head tattoo, they think of a skull and crossbones on the scalp,” he says. “We’re using a microneedle, pigment, and a pointillism technique to create the illusion of hair,” or, more specifically, tiny hair follicles.
A trained technician can match the pigment to your hair and can use this technique to camouflage thinning areas, completely bald spots, and completely reconstruct a hairline. The finished result typically has the look of a very short buzz cut.
Who Can Get Scalp Micropigmentation?
“The ideal candidate is someone who has lost anywhere from a bit of hair to a significant amount—either is totally bald or in an advanced stage of hair loss,” says Iulo. However, this technique creates the illusion of a buzzed haircut, so whatever hair you do have should ideally be kept very short. “If you’re a guy who needs long flowing locks, this is not the solution because it’s not going to grow,” he says.
Can You Tattoo A Bald Spot?
I would say yes. If you have only one bald spot (or a few), the procedure can create the illusion of more density under the existing hair. To get the density effect, you may be able to keep your hair longer depending on how much you have. In those cases, keeping the sides short is the best way to blend the style, says Iulo.
What Is The Process Like?
Always consult a licensed professional before getting scalp micro-pigmentation. It will be necessary for them to possess a tattoo license in most states, and Scalp Micro USA also has a specific certification program for scalp micro pigmentation, so you might want to check that out as well.
The artist will examine your hair, scalp, and hairline during the consultation (in person or virtually) and ask you about your expectations. Afterward, they will recommend which solution they believe is best for you. After the pigmentation session, there will be two to three more sessions (on average).
What is it Like to Get a Men’s Hairline Tattoo?
Having a hairline tattoo may seem like a good idea, but you should know what you’re getting into before you commit to it. During your procedure, which generally consists of two or three treatments, here’s what you can expect.
- Consultations are the first step, during which you and your practitioner decide which style works best for you.
- Next comes a relatively tame first treatment session. Your future look is laid out in this procedure and recovery takes only a few days.
- In the second treatment, the practitioner applies darker pigments and fills in more details. To create life-like hair, the ink is usually darker than the original color of your hair, so as to create a shadow that appears to cast a shadow.
- It is likely that your second treatment will be your last. There may be a third treatment necessary in the case of darker pigmentation.
- You may experience glaring pigment dots and scabs after your final session. Fret not as this is part of the process. When the scabs heal, they take the larger pigments with them, leaving smaller and more natural dots behind.
How Long Does It Last?
“Over time, the pigment is designed to lighten and soften,” says Iulo, which is why scalp micropigmentation is classified as semi-permanent rather than truly permanent. But it doesn’t turn other colors or fade drastically like old tattoos. Usually, clients need a touchup no more frequently than every four to six years.
What’s The Maintenance Like?
The real benefit to scalp micropigmentation is that there is very little maintenance. “Most clients need to cut their hair once or twice a week,” says Iulo, to keep it short enough to blend with the pigmentation (remember, this looks like a really short buzz cut). Iulo recommends using a trimmer with no guard to keep it looking tight. And then, apart from moisturizing and sunscreen (“good skincare is good scalp care,” says Iulo), there’s nothing else you need to do.
What Are The Risks?
When you work with an experienced artist, there aren’t many risks involved with the procedure, but if you have underlying skin conditions that may affect your hair, let your artist know. You may not be able to do this depending on your condition.
Do Hair Tattoos Fade?
In spite of it being a permanent cosmetic procedure or process, the gradual disappearance of micro pigmentation on scalp sections differs from person to person. Because it’s ink, it interacts with your cells and will fade over time, which is why you can get a touch-up.
Are There Side Effects of Scalp Micropigmentation Treatments?
The redness or soreness on your scalp will quickly disappear. Maintain proper hygiene during the healing process.
Is Hairline Tattoo or Scalp Tattoos Dangerous?
It is recommended to avoid getting SMP during a breakout or flare-up of scalp acne or other highly sensitive skin conditions such as psoriasis. Getting pigment to inflamed areas will be difficult. Truth be told, your hair tattoo treatment and effectiveness might vary between companies or clinics, and the technician’s skills might change.
How Much Does a Men’s Hairline Tattoo Cost?
Men’s hairline tattoos cost varies depending on how unique they are. In the treatment, everything from your innate features to your desired hairstyle will be considered. Most scalp tattoos for bald men will cost between US$1,500 and US$3,000, most commonly in the US$1,500 to US$2,000 range.
Generally, you should expect to pay between US$2,000 and US$4,000 for a full fake hair tattoo. Before you make any sort of commitment, make sure to do your research.