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SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION

According to the NHS website, shedding 50 to 100 hairs daily is a typical part of the hair cycle, and often, it goes unnoticed. Generally, hair loss shouldn’t cause concern, but in some cases, it may indicate an underlying health issue. Certain forms of hair loss, such as male and female pattern baldness, are irreversible and tend to be hereditary.

 If you’re noticing signs of hair thinning or loss, you are far from being alone in this journey. Hair loss is a common issue faced by both genders, though it often manifests differently. Statistically, about 50% of men experience some degree of hair loss by middle age. A significant 95% of this hair loss in men is attributed to androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness.

For women, the scenario is equally significant. Studies show that approximately 40% of women experience visible hair loss by the time they reach age 40. Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) is the most common cause, characterised by thinning primarily on the top and crown of the scalp. Unlike men, women typically maintain their hairline but may notice a widening part or less volume.

The reasons behind hair loss in women are varied, ranging from hormonal changes, especially during menopause, to genetic factors. Stress, diet, and certain medical conditions can also contribute to hair thinning in women.

Just like in men, hormonal changes are often implicated in female hair loss. These changes can disrupt the normal growth and rest cycle of hair, leading to thinning and loss. Women may notice a general thinning of hair, with increased hair fall when brushing or washing their hair.

Regardless of gender, hair loss can be a deeply distressing experience, impacting not just your looks but also your self-confidence. While there’s a wide array of treatments available such as wigs, toppers and hair systems, scalp micropigmentation (SMP) has emerged as a particularly innovative solution. 

Scalp Micropigmentation or SMP is a non-surgical procedure that creates the illusion of fuller hair by depositing pigment into the scalp. Scalp Micropigmentation is effective for both men and women, offering a cosmetic solution for thinning hair, receding hairlines, and bald patches. Scalp Micropigmentation is a way to restore not only a more youthful appearance but also to boost self-esteem affected by hair loss.

HAIR LOSS IN MEN

MYTHS & FACTS

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  • Wearing Hats Causes Hair Loss
    Hair loss in men is not caused by wearing hats. It’s primarily due to genetic factors, hormonal changes, or medical conditions.

  • Hair Loss Only Affects Older Men
    While age is a factor, hair loss can begin in men as early as their teens or twenties.

  • Hair Loss is Solely a Genetic Issue
    Genetics play a significant role, but other factors like stress, diet, and health conditions can also contribute to hair loss in men.

  • Frequent Shampooing Increases Hair Loss
    Regular cleaning does not cause hair loss. In fact, keeping the scalp clean can prevent hair loss due to infections.

  • Sun Exposure Can Prevent Hair Loss
    There’s no scientific evidence to support that sun exposure can prevent or reverse hair loss.

  • Hair Loss Indicates a Loss of Virility
    Hair loss in men is not a sign of reduced masculinity or virility. It’s a common, natural process often related to genetics and age.

  • Bald Men Have Higher Testosterone Levels
    There is no direct correlation between baldness and higher testosterone levels. Hair loss is more related to how hair follicles react to hormones.

  • Cutting Hair Makes it Grow Back Thicker
    Haircut frequency does not affect the thickness or rate of hair regrowth. Hair growth is determined by follicles beneath the scalp.

  • Standing on Your Head Can Cure Baldness
    There is no scientific basis for the belief that increased blood flow to the scalp can reduce baldness.

  • Frequent Washing Causes Hair Loss in Women. Regular hair washing doesn’t cause hair loss. It’s essential for maintaining scalp health, which can actually help prevent hair loss.

  • Women’s Hair Loss is Less Common than Men’s. Hair loss is quite common in women, affecting around 40% by the age of 40. It’s just less talked about due to social stigma.

  • Hair Loss in Women is Always Linked to Hormonal Issues. While hormonal changes can be a factor, other causes like stress, diet, and genetics also significantly contribute to hair loss in women.

  • Only Older Women Experience Hair Loss. Women can experience hair loss at any age, although it’s more prevalent during menopause due to hormonal changes.

  • Hair Loss Always Results in Complete Baldness. Unlike men, women usually experience thinning hair without going completely bald. The hairline often remains intact.

  • Hair Dyes and Treatments Don’t Contribute to Hair Loss. Harsh chemicals and treatments can damage hair and scalp, leading to temporary or permanent hair loss.

  • Birth Control Pills Always Cause Hair Loss. While some women may experience hair loss as a side effect of birth control pills, it’s not a universal outcome and often depends on individual sensitivity to hormones.

  • Stress is Just a Minor Factor in Hair Loss. Stress can have a significant impact on hair loss in women, potentially triggering conditions like telogen effluvium, where more hairs enter the resting phase and subsequently fall out.

HAIR LOSS IN WOMEN

MYTHS & FACTS

WHAT IS SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION (SMP)?

Scalp micropigmentation is a non-surgical hair loss treatment that uses detailed micro-needles to deposit pigment into the scalp. This creates the appearance of tiny hair follicles or short hair stubble, mimicking the look of a shaved head or a fuller head of hair. SMP is not just a hair tattoo; it’s a specialised process that gives a natural-looking solution to hair thinning or baldness.

The Scalp Micropigmentation Process

The process of scalp micropigmentation involves several sessions, each lasting about two to four hours, depending on the extent of the area to be covered. During each session, I will use micro-needles to layer pigment dots on your scalp in a pattern that resembles natural hair growth. This gradual process allows for a subtle buildup of colour and density, creating a realistic, three-dimensional appearance.

Who Can Benefit from Scalp Micropigmentation?

Scalp micropigmentation is versatile and can benefit people with various types of hair loss, including:

  • Male and female pattern baldness
  • Thinning hair
  • Receding hairlines
  • Alopecia
  • Scars from hair transplants or injuries

What are the Advantages of Scalp Micropigmentation?

  • Non-Invasive: Unlike hair transplant surgery, Scalp Micropigmentation is non-invasive with minimal discomfort and no downtime.
  • Instant Results: You will see a difference after the first session, with the full effect visible once all sessions are completed.
  • Long-Lasting: Scalp Micropigmentation can last several years, with only minor touch-ups needed.
  • Low Maintenance: Once healed, there’s no need for expensive hair products or special care routines.
  • Boosts Confidence: Scalp Micropigmentation restores the appearance of a fuller head of hair, which can significantly boost self-esteem.

Aftercare and Maintenance.

After each Scalp Micropigmentation session, it’s essential to follow the aftercare instructions provided. This includes avoiding direct sunlight, not touching the scalp, and avoiding heavy exercise for a few days. As the pigments settle, there might be slight fading, which is normal. Touch-up sessions every few years can maintain the look.

Scalp Micropigmentation SERVICES : What to expect

If you’re considering having Scalp Micropigmentation treatments, then of course you will want to know what to expect from the PROCESS. It’s good to know that :

  • A full consultation and patch test is performed a minimum of 48 hours before your first treatment. 
  • There is little to no down time after your treatments. No time off work is required.
  • Occasionally, the skin can be a little bit red immediately after the treatments, so it’s best not to make social plans on the day of your appointment. This usually subsides within a few hours.
  • Healing can take 7-10 days.
  • The scalp can be a little dry and flaky during healing.
  • The colour will look stronger and gradually get a little darker during the first few days after your treatments. 
  • You can expect up to 40% colour loss during healing. 
  • The treatments are not typically painful, most clients experience only minor discomfort.

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