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Having a thinning hairline can be a real confidence killer. Even if every other part of your physique is on point, your thinning hair line will be the first thing people notice when they size up their first impression of you. You can shave your head bald, but your hairline is still obvious (sometimes more so).

With this in mind, thank God for the invention of micropigmentation. When you undergo scalp micropigmentation, a licensed technician carefully and methodically fills in each pore of your scalp with a pigment that matches your natural hair color. When you grow your hair out, your natural thinning hair has the appearance of being thicker because of the darker shade that your scalp is. If you shave all your hair off, your hairline gives the appearance that you have the full, healthy head of hair of your youth, as if to say, “I have hair, I just choose not to grow it out.”

Let me guess, this is the first you’ve ever heard of micropigmentation? That’s because it is America’s best kept secret. If you’re new to the concept of micropigmentation, stand by for the most common questions we get on the subject:

Frequently Asked Questions About Micropigmentation

  • How many micropigmentation sessions will I need?

    Your scalp has approximately 2,000 follicles per every inch. Each follicle swells a bit when it is filled with pigment, and so the entire scalp cannot be completed in one session. If your head is is primary bald, you’ll need about three sessions to achieve the desired results.

    In order to give you a hairline that is indistinguishable from the one God gave you (or that you with He gave you), your hair loss specialist will apply the pigment gradually. In the first session, they’ll likely apply a pigment that is just slightly lighter than the shade of your natural hair color. In the second session, they’ll add several pigment shades that perfectly match to your natural scalp, giving your hairline the textured appearance that you would have if the follicles grew hair. During this session, they’ll probably add pigment throughout the section of your scalp that has hair, to help blend the two sections together. In the last session, your hair restoration technician adds details and completes your scalp micropigmentation.

  • What health and safety precautions are taken to make sure the environment is hygienic?

    Since a needle is used to apply the pigment to your scalp, you have a heightened risk of being exposed to blood-born pathogens. For this reason, the micropigmentation clinic should follow the Health Protection Unit’s protocol for infection control. This includes using sterile medical gloves and ensuring that needles are properly disposed of after every use.

    To protect yourself, look into the licensing of the office in which you are receiving your treatment, to ensure they are abiding by state health guidelines and have no complaints against them.

  • What training or qualifications does a micropigmentation professional have?

    Most micropigmentation technicians go through a training program either independently, or through the clinic who employs them. Additionally they should carry full practitioner’s insurance. This insurance coverage not only protects you in case something went wrong; in order to qualify for coverage, the technician must follow special health and safety guidelines that give you confidence that you can trust them.

  • What will my hairline look like immediately after treatment?
    If you’ve ever gotten a tattoo, your results will be similar to the results you had when you left the parlor. Your hair follicles will be a little red and irritated for a few days. The pigment lightens the slightest bit in the weeks that follow your treatment, so your technician will probably apply a pigment that is just the slightest bit darker than the target color. With each treatment, the results that you walk out of the hair clinic will appear more natural than the previous.

  • How authentic do the final results appear?

    As long as you use a qualified technician, after you complete the three sessions, and give it four weeks or so to heal, your micropigmentation will look so authentic that you likely will not be able to tell where your natural hairline ends and your “new” one picks up.

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