Hairline Microblading or Hair Tattooing
One of the newest trends in the fight against hair loss is microblading. What started as a beauty treatment to help fill and shape eyebrows is now being used on the scalp to conceal thinning and shedding. To best determine if the hair tattoo is right for you, it’s important to first understand how the process works.
The procedure involves a handheld tool that essentially tattoos your scalp to create the illusion of thicker hair. Unlike scalp micro pigmentation, where a digital machine is used, microblading is done completely by hand. A small blade deposits ink across your scalp to mimic the appearance of more hair.
Microblading needles are about three times smaller than regular tattoo needs. This allows a hair loss specialist to draw very fine, hair-like strokes for natural-looking results. And, because the manual process allows for precision, only the areas of the scalp lacking sufficient growth are targeted.
Hairline or Scalp Microblading Pros and Cons
- Tattoo pigment matches natural hair color and skin tone.
- Results appear immediately and fade gradually over time.
- Microblading works well across the hairline for patients with progressed traction alopecia, a hair loss condition often caused by tight hairstyles such as braids and extensions.
- When used beyond the hairlines, results look similar to a buzz cut. This can be suitable for men (or women) who already sport ultra-short hairstyles
- Pain is manageable – akin to a small rubber band snap or eyebrow plucking.
- Results last for approximately 18 months (with intermittent touch-ups) but can vary depending on the patient and their lifestyle.
- For patients with advanced male pattern baldness or alopecia areata, microblading may not be a practical option.
Is Hairline Microblading Right for You?
NATURAL-LOOKING STROKES REBUILD YOUR HAIRLINE, CREATING THE APPEARANCE OF VOLUME.
Hair can lose volume from genetics, hormonal imbalances (e.g. after pregnancy), the effects of age, tight hairstyles, or even just the stresses of modern life. One out of four women in America has experienced significant hair loss. A combination of microblading and shading artfully conceals hair loss with natural-looking strokes that replicate hair strands. Results can last for up to 18 months if cared for properly. Some clients with a lifestyle that includes outdoor sports require more frequent touch-ups due to fading from sun and chlorine.
There are 3 options for coverage:
- Full Coverage
The best treatment solution for you will be determined at your complimentary consultation. The first step is drawing on the hairline by hand to show the amount of coverage best suited for your needs. Treatment coverage usually extends up to two inches from your “natural” hairline. The pigment color is matched to your hair color. If you and your technician decide to move forward with your restoration, numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area. The procedure can take anywhere from one hour to three hours based on the amount, density, and complexity of the hair strokes to be applied.
There is no downtime, however, the hairline will take about a week to heal. It is best to keep it dry for that week so color will be retained. Dry shampoo may be used during this time to keep your hair fresh. Your new hairline will appear darker than you are used to for a week, then lighten. You will be given after-care instructions and then return for the Touch-up Session within four to six weeks.
This procedure is perfect for people looking to regain a more full dense hairline without suffering the physical, emotional and financial pain of a hair transplant.
What’s the cost for the procedure?
The fee for the procedure is determined by the inch. The average is $95 per square inch.