A new technique known as ‘henna crowns’ has recently hit the headlines, where women undergoing chemotherapy having their bald heads decorated ornately with temporary tattoos.
However many practitioners are now offering an alternative known as ‘hair tattoos’ designed to make a permanent and lasting statement on otherwise bald heads.
Hair tattoos are also occasionally called “Cosmetic Transdermal Hair Replication”, “Cosmetic Hair Follicle Replication”, “micro hair technique” and “scalp pigmentation”.
Whatever the name however, the principle remains the same – patients have their heads tattooed permanently to give the appearance of individual strands of hair.
What are the drawbacks?
For men and women experiencing hair loss, these hair tattoos seem to offer a way to recreate the missing hair without resorting to wearing a wig or otherwise masking the bald patches.
However as with any tattoo there are a number of factors to consider before opting to go under the needle.
A tattoo is for life
Just like a tattoo on the arm, chest, back or leg, a hair tattoo is permanent. Although tattoos can be removed fairly accurately using lasers, the treatment is expensive and can lead to scarring.
Traditional tattoo techniques are not good enough
The inks and needles used for body art are not generally fine enough to accurately mimic strands of hair. Traditional inks are also prone to fading – think of all those once-black tattoos which have turned green!
Tattooed hair never grows
Tattooed hair gives a reasonably accurate imitation of very short, stubbly hair, but unfortunately that is all it is capable of.
For men and women attempting to create a realistic look, they will need to keep any ‘real’ hair similarly short. As such tattooed hair is generally unsuitable for women who do not want a ‘buzz cut’.
By the same token, tattoos will never allow the patient to run their fingers through their hair. There simply is not a way to emulate ‘real’ hair without regrowing hair.
What are the alternatives?
Although tattooed hair might be suitable for some men and women, most would prefer to have the option of regrowing their own hair – something tattoos cannot achieve. Fortunately proven alternatives exist which allow for real hair regrowth without the uncertainties and restrictions of tattoos.
Approved by both the FDA in America and the UK’s own MHRA, Propecia has been clinically proven to promote hair regrowth.
For more than twenty years, men have been prescribed Propecia as part of their hair loss treatment plan, particularly if the loss is diagnosed as being caused by genetic factors.
Suitable for use by both men and women, Minoxidil may also form the basis of a treatment plan, although for extremely stubborn cases of hair loss, clients may also be offered unique formulations containing other ingredients such as Azelaic Acid. Minoxidil is approved by the MHRA for use in men and women.
Ultimately men and women experiencing hair loss have the choice between beginning a drug regime which will help real hair regrow naturally, or tattoos which mimic the appearance of hair without the added benefits.
Writing as Tech Write, Ben provides specialist copywriting to hair loss clinics and other healthcare providers as part of his extensive portfolio of topics.