Thinning Hair - Density
Thinning of the hair and hair loss are not gender specific conditions. It can affect both men and women.
Women who suffer from thinning hair do have the option of follicle densification. This is where small dots of pigments are implanted into the scalp to simulate hair follicles. This simple effect gives amazing coverage and is extremely effective in making the hair look thicker.
Men who suffer from thinning hair can also opt for follicle densification. But, if the thinning of the hair progresses to actual bald patches, it's best to shave the head and have a partial or full scalp micropigmentation treatment. Scalp micropigmentation is, yet again, implanting of specially formulated pigment to simulate hair follicles, to give the illusion of hair, which fools the eye into thinking the hair is denser. This treatment is very effective, boosting confidence and self esteem.
If you have thinning hair and require density a consultation will be required so a treatment plan can be discussed and agreed.
Treating Bald Patches
Male pattern baldness is very common and starts at the temples and crown of the head. Over time these two areas will eventually meet and connect. The Hamilton Norwood scale shows the different stages of baldness.
Hair loss, plain and simple, is down to hormones and genetic predisposition. Any hair that is lost and not reproduced after two years will generally not return as the hair follicles get smaller and after this time you’ll be unable to grow any new hair. If you find you have had no hair growth after two years, you have a number of options available to you. If you have some hair you can opt for a hair transplant and enhance that transplant with scalp micropigmentation. If on the other hand you have little hair, and keep your hair short, a whole head scalp micropigmentation will give you the illusion of a full head of hair. Whether you’ve had a hair transplant or not scalp micropigmentation can provide the illusion of more hair. The small dots of pigment implanted into the scalp give the appearance of hair that has been freshly shaven. Male pattern baldness is not an illness, but can cause stress, anxiety, a loss of self-esteem and confidence and can affect many areas of your life. Most men who suffer from male pattern baldness are extremely unhappy and would do anything to change this. Book your free consultation now.
I do not use coloured semi permanent makeup pigments for scalp micropigmentation. I use Alivio pigment specifically developed for scalp micropigmentation by the Brandwood Clinic. This pigment has been tried and tested and continues to be a favoured pigment used by many scalp micropigmentation artists. Alivio pigment provides even colour, coverage and longevity and will not turn blue like conventional SPMU pigments.
Treatment Protocol and Pricing
You will be asked to come for a free consultation, so I can take a good look at your head, listen to what you want and set expectations. Each person is unique and the consultation is the first essential step.
Coverage required, skin tone, retention of pigment, lifestyle and exposure to the elements all have a hand in the treatment and ultimately the healed result of each session undertaken. If you decide at your consultation that you wish to book in for your first session, a date and time will be scheduled. You will leave the consultation with a patch test for the pigment. The time needed for your first treatment will be advised at the consultation.
Scalp micropigmentation is done in layers. The first session is very important as this is the foundation layer and a significant amount of pigment will be implanted. Time is needed to set this first important layer. The second session will be to reinforce the colour, ensuring any areas that have not taken fully are treated again. Depending on the area to be covered will depend on if additional treatments are needed. Please expect to have 2-4 treatments. The first session will cover paperwork, photos and the start of your treatment. The second session, usually a week later and the third session a month later. Any additional sessions required, will also follow 4-6 weeks later. Ideally, if you are having a large area treated, it’s best to book as many hours as you can allow on consecutive follow-up treatments.
To give you a general idea of how much you treatment will cost a consultation is necessary. A full head can take 15 to 20 hours and therefore the costs will be around £1,800 to £2,500, so expect to pay £125 per hour. Smaller areas will cost significantly less, but a price will be advised at the consultation.
The cost of the first session will be discussed with you. If you have a full head that needs treating, 4-5 hours will need to be booked to set the first layer of pigmentation in place. Second and subsequent treatments can be booked according to your own busy schedule, but at least 4 hours should be booked each time so the layering of the pigment can continue to produce the required density. If you have smaller areas to be treated, a minimum of three hours will be required for the first session.
Q - Will I have to shave my head?
A – If you have bald patches that are too large to hide with your own hair, then it’s worth considering shaving your head completely. This type of treatment works exceptionally well and is very convincing on shaved heads. If, on the other hand, you have thinning hair, then there is no need to shave. This treatment will disguise those areas with less hair, providing density. Options will be discussed at the consultation.
Q - How long will this treatment last?
A – This is a difficult question to answer, as each person is unique. The Alivio pigment used will settle quickly into the scalp and tests have shown it lasts quite some time. Obviously, the longevity of this treatment is affected by hair products, the sun, sweating and oily skin. If you’ve had a treatment on a shaved head it’s good to get into the habit of wearing a high SPF to prolong the life of the treatment.
Q - Will the pigment go blue as it fades?
A – Alivio pigment has been developed specifically for scalp micropigmentation by the Brandwood clinic. It has been tried and tested and has shown to hold its colour well. It is a favoured pigment with scalp micropigmentation artist around the world. It also complies to the strict standards set by the UK governing body for tattoo inks. No results have turned blue.
Q - Will it fade?
A – Yes, the colour will fade depending on how you protect your treatment. If you use SPF daily your treatment will last longer than someone who doesn't. There will be natural fading over time, and it's an individual thing if you wish to have a colour boost to maintain the crispness of the pigment.
Q - Will I need touch-ups?
A – This is totally up to you. If you wish to spend time maintaining the crispness of your treatment you just need to book in for 2-3 hours to freshen the treatment. The frequency of these touch-ups is an individual thing and you gauge as and when you need these. The pigment colour, if necessary, is adjusted each time to give you the most natural look taking into account the changing colour of your hair.
Q - Can I have this treatment to disguise radiation dots/ hair transplant scars/ any scarring on my scalp?
A – Yes. This is an excellent treatment to hide any scarring on the scalp.
Q - Can I go swimming?
A - No swimming for the first week. No saunas either.
Q - Can I go to the gym?
A - This is a tough one. Gym = sweat. You really don't want to sweat excessively. If you could leave it for a couple of days as you don't want sweat to push the pigment out from your scalp.
Q - I'm pregnant. Can I have my scalp treated to hide thinning hair?
A - No. Though this treatment will not harm you or your unborn baby, it’s just not ethical. It’s advisable to wait until after the baby is born and after breastfeeding has finished.