Hair loss has been a concern for both men and women irrespective of the cause. Hair loss, regardless of the gender, can be devastating for one’s self-image and emotional well-being.
However, with today’s advanced technology, there are many techniques one can make use of to cover up hair thinning or shedding problems.
One such procedure is called scalp microblading. Popularly known for fuller and thicker eyebrows, microblading is a tattoo technique that fulls or reshapes your eyebrows by drawing tiny lines that look like individual hairs.
Similarly, the same technique has been used recently for those who experience thinning hair right from the beginning.
Let’s examine what happens in the scalp microblading procedure in more detail.
Scalp Microblading: What It Actually Is
Like any normal tattooing procedure, scalp microblading is also carried out by a tattoo artist or a hair specialist who require months of training before carrying out the technique.
The most important part of scalp microblading is to match the pigment to the individual’s natural hair color.
The needles used in this technique are much smaller (approximately three times) than regular tattoo needles and the procedure is done completely by hand.
This allows the tattoo artist or hair specialist to draw fine hair-like strokes, almost making it look natural. A small blade deposits ink across the scalp, giving an illusion of thicker hair.
Since this is done manually, it is easier to target only those areas that are beginning to thin or those areas that are shedding more than the other parts of the scalp.
Scalp Microblading: The Pros And Cons
As much as scalp microblading will help an individual feel good about themselves because of its ability to make the thinning hair look thicker, it is also essential to keep in mind that it is an artificial procedure and cannot reverse or prevent hair loss.
The following are some of the advantages of scalp microblading:
- Tattoo pigments usually match the natural hair color and may look as natural as one’s own hair.
- Microblading provides almost immediate results and will only fade gradually.
- This may be a good treatment for those who suffer from traction alopecia – the loss of hair in certain parts of the head caused due to excessive pulling force applied to the hair.
- Scalp microblading can last up to 18 months, provided good care is taken.
The following are some of the disadvantages of scalp microblading:
- This hair loss treatment involves some amount of pain like any other tattooing procedure. Since the threshold for pain varies from person to person, some may find it easy while some may find it close to impossible to take the treatment forward.
- This treatment does not increase hair count or add thickness to thinning hair and does not play any role in encouraging hair growth.
- Scalp microblading cannot be used to treat androgenetic alopecia or baldness.
- This technique makes no difference to the texture of the hair. Before and after the treatment, the hair feels the same.
So, before you try scalp microblading, make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. Speak with your hair specialist for professional advice. Also, make sure you are not suffering from any kind of skin conditions.
Prevention is always better than cure; therefore, if you don’t require any treatment for your hair but don’t really know how to take care of it, here are a few tips that may help you keep your hair healthy in future.
Tips To Take Care Of Your Hair
Although your hair may be dead, it requires enough care to maintain its texture and shine. The main step is to make sure you wash your hair in the right manner and ensure that the scalp is kept clean. Here are a few things to keep in mind while washing your hair.1
- Allow enough water to fall on your hair.
- Take a small amount of shampoo (preferably a mild one) and massage it into the scalp.
- Rinse well with water.
- Dry your hair with a towel.
- After drying with a towel, it is always better to allow the hair to dry naturally. Blow drying, for instance, can be rough on your hair.
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