Scalp Micropigmentation and Hair Loss – What You Need to Know

On 3rdMarch of 2015, a study revealed that scalp micropigmentation is the newest modality for cosmetic dermatology. The procedure was deemed beneficial for both dermatologists and transplant surgeons who wished to expand the scope of their practice. Even though some hair loss blogs like Hairverse already provide in-depth scalp micropigmentation guides, it is a relatively new procedure.

Since the inception of this noble idea in the cosmetic industry, skilled personnel have been increasingly making hair loss a relic of the past – the elegance of the results following a successful scalp micropigmentation reflect artistic skills and technical know-how in a manner heretofore never witnessed since the beginning of hair tattoo.

But only a few really understand the specs of this beneficial treatment method for hair loss. What is it? How does it work? Does it have any side effects? Is it temporary or permanent? Is it painful?

Stay put, as we explore these basic concepts about scalp micropigmentation.

What is scalp micropigmentation

Scalp micropigmentation is a sophisticated scalp pigmentation process that uses ink to conceal cosmetic deformities of the scalp permanently.

Currently, there are millions of women and men who are suffering from problems of the scalp and hairline.

While these problems can be traced to genetic predisposition, diseases, and certain medications, other people have scalp deformities due to failed hair restoration procedure done before the ’90s or done by incompetent service providers.

Does scalp micropigmentation work for both men and women


Scalp micropigmentation is a proven strategy. Its efficiency is backed by scientific research and physical evidence – including several positive reviews online.

It is a misguided opinion to believe that only men can experience hair loss. Actually, women reach peak hair loss rate of 80% earlier than men at just 60 years old.

Men, on the other hand, reach a peak 75% hair loss rate when they are 70 years old. This clearly indicates that women are severely affected by hair loss when they are still young in age.

Scalp micropigmentation will manage alopecia in men but will significantly improve the density and thickness of hair in women.

How scalp micropigmentation helps men and women

Male pattern baldness is the leading cause of hair loss in men. It is a type of hair loss which usually begin at the crown of the head or at the temples.

Male pattern baldness is seen only in genetically predisposed men. There are two patterns to this type of hair loss:

Either the hairline will start receding spontaneously until you have no hair at all, or you may have a single bald spot at the crown of your head.

Female pattern baldness is also a leading cause of hair loss and thinning of hair in women. These patterns of hair loss increase with age and have a predictable pattern.

The expertly tattooed inks of scalp micropigmentation replicate a real head that has just been shaven. In men, it conceals hair loss by the tiny ink dots artistically calibrated in the head.

The scalp can also be pigmented in layers to give the scalp a brilliantly looking scalp reminiscent of the head with recently grown hair.

This is the strategy that is mostly preferred by women who have alternately lost hair. A denser scalp micropigmentation camouflages the regions of hair loss and gives an illusion of bulky and darker hair.

How long does scalp micropigmentation last?

Scalp micropigmentation is a permanent hair concealer. When done appropriately with cutting edge equipment and experienced personnel, scalp micropigmentation offers a permanent solution to hair loss. The procedure is different from the usual hair tattoo which may involve the use of temporary inks.

Is scalp micropigmentation painful?

Most users have stated that they do not find scalp micropigmentation to be a painful procedure. However, there is some little pain which can be well tolerated. If you have had a hair tattoo before then, you should be able to appreciate this fact.

There are regions of the scalp that are more sensitive to pain than other areas. For instance, if your tattoo will encompass the part just above your ears and your temples then you are likely to experience some discomfort.

On a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 represents the most severe pain, scalp micropigmentation pain is usually graded between 3 and 5. That’s very tolerable for a majority of people.

Conveniently, you can significantly lower your pain by asking your doctor to prescribe a pain reliever during the procedure. Percocet is the most preferred pain reliever by most practitioners in the field of scalp micropigmentation.

What are other side effects of scalp micropigmentation

There are literally no significant side effects reported in people undertaking scalp micropigmentation. However, non-standard clinics may perform the procedure for you using low-quality ink, albeit at lower prices.

Chances are that these cheap inks are loaded with impurities, most commonly heavy metals, which can predispose you to cancers of the skin.

Summary

 Millions of men and women suffer from hair loss caused by various factors. The good news is that there are similarly various treatment options for hair loss. However, most of these remedies are overly expensive and may not be easily affordable for the ordinary person. Despite the cost, treatments such as scalp micropigmentation are worth the investment. You are sure of getting quality that matches or even exceeds the amount you paid for the service.

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5 Rules to know before getting Hair Extensions by Mariam Kathet

5 Rules To Know Before You Get Hair Extensions

At this point, we’ve all probably thought about hair extensions. Full, shiny, glorious locks, cascading down our backs and over our shoulders. The kind of hair that you are born with— or the kind of hair you can get by putting in hair extensions. Hair extensions have been around forever and is by no means a new or trendy fashion accessory. They likely are not going out of style anytime soon, so you can feel good about buying in on this trend.

If you’ve never done extensions before, there are 5 rules you must know, and be ready to follow, before you get hair extensions.

Hair Extension #1: Consider Your Lifestyle

When you decide to get hair extensions, there are different kinds to choose from:

  • Clip-in hair extensions— put in and take out yourself every time you wear them
  • Bonded extensions—attached by a stylist using heat or other means for a more permanent hair extension
  • Weaves (or sewn in extensions)— your own hair is braided up and then the hair extensions are sewn in
  • Tape in extensions— a medical-grade double-sided tape adheres the extensions directly onto your hair.

Each kind of extension has different maintenance needs, costs, life spans, and looks. So what does this mean for your lifestyle?

Clip in hair extensions are put in and taken out daily. If you like to wear your hair up, don’t want to mess with styling your hair every day, or work out a great deal, clip in hair extensions might be for you. Bonded, weave, or tape in, are all put in and taken out by a stylist and last in measurements of weeks, not just the day. These kinds of hair extensions are best if you have a look you want for longer, and can style your hair almost daily.

Hair extension Rule #2: Quality is Queen

There are all different types of hair extensions in every price range you can imagine. You might be very tempted by the cheaper products that are on the market. Unfortunately, this just isn’t going to give you the gorgeous flowing locks you’re seeking. Synthetic hair is cheaper, but it is often very glossy and won’t naturally blend well with your hair.

Remy hair is the best kind of hair; all of the strands are facing the same way, from root to tip, therefore it tangles less and lasts longer. Virgin hair means it has never been treated with any chemicals, also making it less prone to tangles and increasing its lifespan.

Though Virgin Remy hair is more expensive, it is worth it. Not only will you get the look you want to achieve, but it will outlast any other type of hair.

Hair Extension Rule #3: Maintenance

If you decide to get bonded, weaved, or taped hair extensions you’ll not only have the expense of buying the wefts (what the different pieces of hair are called), but you’ll also have a stylist put them in and take them out.

It is important that you go to a stylist who is trained and experienced in putting hair extensions in, cutting and coloring them, as well as touching them up after so many weeks. It is not advisable that when your hair extensions start to grow out to take them out yourself. If you do not have a professional do it you risk damaging your hair.

Bonded hair extensions last three to five months, weave and taped-in hair extensions last six to eight weeks. For the latter two, you will have to see your stylist at the end to get the hair extensions reapplied, but you can probably reuse the same extensions. Bonded hair extensions can also sometimes be reusable. Depending on the type of tape, bonding, or weave, you may have to see your stylist every three to four weeks for a touch-up.

Hair Extension Rule #4: Products Are Important

You will absolutely have to use specific products, and they’re probably not products you are already using. Hair extensions must be washed with sulfate-free, non-stripping shampoo. It is also advisable to use extra moisturizing conditioner to keep your hair extensions looking natural.

Using other hair products, like hair masks or leave-in conditioning sprays, is also a good idea. Make sure you ask your stylist for advice on what products to use as well as checking to see if your specific hair extensions have specific products that must be used or avoided.

The brush you use can be important, too. You must be very careful to keep your hair extensions tangle free. Wet brushes can be very helpful because they won’t tug on your hair extensions to pull the tangles out.

Hair Extension Rule #5: Commitment

The golden rule for hair extensions is commitment. If you think you are not going to be able to give your hair the required amount of time necessary to take care of your hair extensions, it’s smart to start with clip-in hair extensions.

Clip-in hair extensions also need to be cared for, but not quite as much as the other varieties. You only need to wash them every 6-8 wears. You do not wash them while you are wearing them, so you only need special shampoo and conditioner for the clip in hair extensions, not for everyday use.

If you think you are ready for bonded or weave hair extensions, realize that you will not be able to slack off at any time on your hair routines. You’ll need to wash and dry your hair regularly, never going to bed with a wet head. You also need to commit to styling your hair every day, as most extensions don’t allow for throwing your hair up in a ponytail without them being noticeable.

Now that you know the most important rules to hair extensions, do you think you’re ready to take the plunge? Will it be clip ins, or are you ready for bonded hair extensions? The best thing you can do before you decide to get hair extensions is research and compare. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Bio: Author Mariam Kathet is a blogger and infopreneur who writes on various topics, including hair extensions. At present, she works on behalf of Perfect Locks.

 

Microblading

I first heard about this when one of my clients decided to go to New York to try this new technique called Microblading for sparse and thin eyebrows. Its a technique that creates more natural looking brows rather than the old type of tattooed brows that look blocky and faded.

A form of tattoo whereby the operator will use a special microblading pen (looks like an exacto knife to me) to draw individual strokes of hair to either fill, define, cover gaps or totally reconstruct to whatever shape is desired, ink is then added onto the lines to make it permanent. Here’s a picture taken from the popsugar.co.uk  to show you the look of the brows.

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Meanwhile I came across this article from the Revelist that shows that microblading has gone one step further to use on hairlines to fill in receding areas, this could be a game changer for all the ladies who are losing their hairlines either with age or pregnancy. Read the full story and more examples following the  link below…

http://www.revelist.com/beauty-news-/hairline-microblading/6938

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Ryojiimaizumi ~ Instagram hair genius!

Twinkie Chan got me to check out this cute and very creative video by Hair art design and head piece creator Ryoji Imaizumi from Tokyo, So fun I had to share with you all… Enjoy!

The ‘IT’ style

I would call this the extreme wig version of the ‘it’ style that you see everywhere, as in, the bob, one length, no layers with an added heavy fringe.

This cute look was done by Arturo Swayze  (editorial stylist) on Rila Fukushima (Japanese fashion model and actress).

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Here’s another version I came across on Christine-lewis/tumblr which showed the similar look, sharper, stronger with a shorter fringe, love them! (Make up by Christine Lewis, Photo by Franklin Thompson)

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My Pick – Golden Globes 2016

Every year I watch the red carpet arrivals to see if anyone excites me with their hairstyle enough for me to want to write about it.

This year was another fairly basic show with hair that was nice, pretty, and feminine with the undo’s and downdo’s etc. but to me, nothing too spectacular. Maybe its because Award’s hair is no longer as cool or impressive as it used to be, this year there was no Jennifer Lawrence with her short messy do, or Rosamund Pike with her undercut bob or Charlize Theron with her gorgeous pixie.

But if I had to pick one that stood out to me tonight I would have to choose Rooney Mara with her huge rocker braid. A slight mix of punk with classic.. very stunning!

Thanks to Just Jared for having these great pictures of her hair, not an easy task to find pictures of the back of celebs heads…

attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Rooney Mara attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Veil Collection by Angelo Seminara

My favorite stylist,produces the best work ever! Another collection of his to show you..

Excerpt from HJ.co.uk

‘Angelo Seminara has won HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year on three separate occasions, earning worldwide fame for his breathtaking imagery and intricate colour work in the process. The Italian-born super stylist started his career at Trevor Sorbie, where he spent 16 years honing his skills. He continues to work on catwalk shoots and editorial campaigns across the globe, as well as creating imagery and developing products in his role as artistic director for Davines.

“Veils arouse curiosity while the wearer keeps her distance. Witness these striking veils of hair – dressed, cut and coloured into astonishing textures, forms and shapes. They act to attract while keeping arousal in check.”’’

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#AngeloSeminara #Davines #HairdressersJournalUK #JujuChan #VeilCollection

Do or Dye ~ Aura @auracolorist

How cute is this video I came across on Instagram, posted by @auracolorist from Sally Hershberger Salon. Love all the cute colors… Press Play…..

How cute is this video I came across on Instagram, posted by @auracolorist from Sally Hershberger Salon. Love all the cute colors… Press Play…..

Do or dye? @teenvogue @warukatta #wiggingout #wigplay video by @jasonlast fashion editor @ondineazoulay #customwigs #colorbyAura #pastelhair #hairdreams #paintedbyAura #Auracolorist @sallyhershbergernyc @lalalandartists @dnamodels #soTeenVogue

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The Real Star of Gone Girl ~ Rosamund Pike’s Bob

 

The latest ‘IT’ girl is wearing the latest haircut! Lets look no further than Tina Haukjaer Anderson, she should know a thing or two about it ~ she created it!

Rosamund Pike’s undercut bob shape has been the buzz of Hollywood ever since that fantastic thriller ‘Gone Girl’ came out last month, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn.

I would say if Ben Affleck hadn’t gone all full frontal on us, he would’ve got his thunder stolen by Rosamund and her ‘Tina’ bob.

While watching the movie, you can’t help but admire the razor sharp bob that was on the big screen, every movement Rosamund made, the hair swung with her. Even during the dramatic gory scene, her hair looked perfect! So, it does not surprise me to find out that, that haircut was done by a fellow Sassooner, Tina Haukjaer Anderson.  Ah! of course, now it makes sense, Vidal Sassoon, ultimate master of bobs.

Tina works at Vidal Sassoon training School in Beverly Hills as Senior Creative Director. Her expertise was fully utilized when she was called upon to style all the hairstyles for her friend Rosamund Pike’s character Amy Dunne in the movie, including all the wigs.

Here’s abit of Tina’s insight about the hair (excerpt taken from Sassoon Academy)

– “The Gone Girl haircut is classic Sassoon technique with a modern spin,” explained Tina. “All textures can wear this cut – curly, fine, thick, wavy – as long as the cut is tailored and personalized.”
– “The director [David Fincher] requested a seductive bob, so I decided to accentuate Rosamund’s elegant neckline and jawline by keeping the bob short.”

Anyway for those of you who have seen the movie, you know exactly what I mean, and for those who have yet to see it – GO!! Its been a long, time since an actual haircut has made such an impact on women around the world, creating a frenzy of women wanting their hair cut off to the perfect bob. I applaud you Tina for bringing that classic look (with a twist) back to life.

Here are some visuals (bob and long wig) from the movie. Clip courtesy of Google

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Clip courtesy of Maisha Tyler

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Clip Courtesy of Xshexists

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Wig clips courtesy of Google

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Nasty Gal ~ Hair

If your looking for some inspiration on street hair, look no further than the Nasty Gal website. Quite often I find myself browsing this site as I admire their choice of models and hair. This post shows the great use of hair piece/extensions. The haircut by  itself is strong and dramatic with the bold choppy fringe and cut off sides, but with the added combination of the longer razored layers, it creates an overall softer look.

Then as you can see, with the addition of the extensions throughout the back the haircut can be transformed into a totally different feel and look.

It shows us with abit of creativity we can quite easily change our looks out on a daily basis.

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