What is it?
A novel remedy for baldness, ‘scalp micropigmentation’ is essentially the process of having your scalp tattooed with tiny dots that resemble the appearance of stubble, giving you the appearance of a short, ‘buzz-cut’ hairstyle. It’s touted as an ‘immediate solution to hairloss’ and there’s no invasive surgery, no scarring and no down time.
Why would I want one?
While there is hope for men suffering hairloss (Regaine and Third Generation Follicular Unit Extraction transplants like the one Wayne Rooney had) there’s little in the way of solutions for men who are totally bald.
Scalp micropigmentation at least gives you the appearance of some hair and an approximation of a hairline – even if it’s just a stubbly one. It can also be used to camouflage transplant scars or to shade small areas where hair is thinning to make hair appear denser too. It’s also a good option for men, like Matt Lucas, who suffer from alopecia universalis.
What does it involve?
Scalp pigmentation doesn’t penetrate the skin as deeply as normal tattoing, and the colour can be matched to your previous hair colour and skin tone. Unlike tattoo ink, it also retains its colour – so you’re not going to start off with black dots and end up a redhead ten years later.
The practitioner will agree a suitable hairline with you, based on your previous one and face shape. Then, they will add hundreds of tiny dots over your scalp. A sitting typically lasts around three hours, and if the whole head is being treated a few may be required.
The treatment is permanent, but it can be adjusted (and in some cases reversed). And don’t worry about going grey – if the rest of your hair does, the treatment can be touched up to match.
Does it hurt?
It hurts less than having a regular tattoo, and certainly a lot less than a hair transplant. Anaesthetics are available to numb the scalp, although the majority of men grit their teeth and manage without.