Thinning hair and hair loss is something that millions of people suffer with. It can often be a taboo topic that people steer clear of bringing up, and for those suffering from thinning hair or hair loss, it can affect their self-confidence quite a bit. The good news is that there has been plenty of research done in this area and today people have a number of treatments available to them that can help to soften the effects, and even create the illusion of thicker, fuller hair. (Source: INKredible Scalp)
Scalp micropigmentation isn’t exactly a buzzword, but for those who have thinning hair it is well worth researching further. This process works to create depth in your existing hair, almost tricking the eye, and making the hair you have seem much thicker and fuller at the scalp. But how exactly does it work and what kind of results can you expect? Let’s take a closer look at scalp micropigmentation and all it entails.
What is Scalp Micropigmentation?
A great place to start is to take a close look at what scalp micropigmentation is. As mentioned, it’s not exactly a buzzed about procedure that is mainstream, but that’s not to say it shouldn’t be. You may be familiar with eyebrow microblading, a very popular beauty trend happening right now? Well, scalp micropigmentation uses a similar concept in that it gives the illusion of fuller and thicker hair.
Eyebrow microblading involves a technician drawing on individual brow strokes that are meant to look like real hair growing. It is done with a manual blade, and that’s the big difference.
Scalp micropigmentation requires an electric tattoo device to actually penetrate the person’s scalp and create the look of a fuller scalp, which then gives the illusion of thick lustrous hair.
During the procedure, hair-like lines are created using very small dots. The dots aren’t all the same color, rather they are made up of the various hues in a person’s hair. These dots then create a shadow effect on the scalp, which makes it look like hair is there. The dots will actually look like a hair follicle so they won’t be detectable or look any different than your natural hair.
Who the Procedure Works Best For
You may be wondering who would make a good candidate for this procedure, and it’s actually a range of people. Those with female or male pattern baldness, thinning hair, alopecia, and even cancer that has caused hair thinning and loss can all look to this procedure for results.
A Skilled Technician is Necessary
As you can well imagine, this is a very skilled job which means you need to visit a technician with the proper tools, training, and experience. Without this, you risk the results not looking natural and blending in with your existing hair.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Of course another question people have is what to expect during the treatment? Common questions include whether or not it hurts, how long it takes to heal, how quickly results are visible, and if you need repeat visits to get the full results.
In terms of pain, the technician will begin by applying a topical numbing product right to your scalp. This will help to dull the pain so that it’s not quite so pronounced. Keep in mind, though, this is just a numbing agent, so you can still expect to feel things.
Most technicians say the amount of pain really comes down to each individual’s level of pain tolerance. If you’re the type of person that can handle a large amount of pain, then the procedure may feel like nothing to you. Then again if you happen to have scalp sensitives, there’s a good chance you will be much more aware of the pain during the process.
What may come as a surprise to people is the fact each treatment will last anywhere from four to five hours, so be prepared for a long visit. In terms of the healing process, you’ll need to avoid getting your scalp wet for four days following the treatment.
While each person is unique, you should also be prepared for multiple treatments in order to reach your desired results. On average it tends to take three to four visits in order to get the full effect of the scalp micropigmentation.
You will also need to factor in recovery time between each treatment, so that means they tend to be booked a few weeks apart from each other. This means it will take a few months in order to get the final results. Keep in mind, each treatment you get will offer more and more noticeable results; you are just building on it each time.
So, rather than fight with your thinning hair, or feel a lack of self-confidence due to it, you may want to look into scalp micropigmentation and what it can offer.