By Tamryn |
Forget toupees or hair transplants. Today’s balding man has a new option: tattoos.
We don’t mean a tribal design or something freaky, although that is, of course, an option. We mean inking the scalp with thousands of tiny “hairs” to make you appear as if you were sporting a buzz cut.
A company in the UK is making headlines with their innovative procedure, which says it creates a realistic look by using varying shades and sizes. HIS Hair calls it micro hair technique, or MHT. (HIS, by the way, stands for Hair-Ink-Skin.)
While it is considerably less expensive and invasive than hair implants, it is not cheap — about $3,150.
And it’s permanent.
This is point of criticism for some people. Will you really want to be sporting a buzz cut for the rest of your life? If at some point down the line you don’t, what are your options? Tattoo removal, toupee, hats, or unhappily living with it.
And what about age? It might look natural now. But won’t it look odd when you’re at the age when your eyebrows turn white, but you’re sporting a dark-haired buzz cut? What then, get white hair tattooed in?
Others have said it’s not really a new idea at all, that tattoo artists were doing this sort of thing even 20 years ago, and you can still get it done today for a fraction of the price.
But the ink ‘do is certainly generating buzz – pardon the pun – and at least one celebrity stylist who backs the idea had it done on himself. Adee Phelan, who’s run his fingers through David Beckham’s hair among other stars, says the MHT gave him a confidence boost and made him feel younger.
HIS Hair has clinics in the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Hong Kong, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and the U.S.
By Tamryn |
SO you’ve had it with shaving and waxing and plucking and want to get rid of unwanted hair for good. Permanent hair removal just might be the answer.
What is Permanent Hair Removal?
There are various methods of permanent hair removal that work with varying success. However, no matter what the method – and despite the term – permanent hair removal is not, in fact, permanent!
Typically, if after the appropriate number of sessions you are free of unwanted hair for a year, that is considered a good result. While not perfect, a whole year of not worrying about shaving or waxing, or having to spend the time to do it, is pretty appealing.
Permanent Hair Removal Methods
You have several options if you want to remove hair permanently. There is electrolysis hair removal, which has been around for a long time, relatively speaking. In this procedure, a tiny electrified needle is inserted into the hair follicle in order to impair the growth of new hair. There are two types: galvanic electrolysis, which damages the follicle chemically, and thermolytic electrolysis, which uses heat to damage the follicle. Some permanent hair removal centers combine the two methods. If you have very fine hair or light-colored hair, this is the choice for you – it’s the only permanent method that works on those types.
Another option for unwanted hair growth is laser hair removal. In this case, an intense, pulsating laser beam targets dark areas under the skin, which tend to be hair follicles. The cells that grow hair are destroyed when the laser’s heat makes contact. This method is most effective on patients with dark hair and light skin since the laser singles out dark areas.
Lastly, there is flashlamp hair removal. Also called IPL hair removal – Intense Pulsed Light – this option is very similar to laser hair treatment. Like a laser it fixes on dark areas. But instead of a specific wavelength, it uses full-spectrum light and can cover a larger area than a laser.
See also, permanent hair removal products.
Permanent Hair Removal Negatives
Tossing your razor or saying goodbye to your wax girl is not without some negatives. All methods require several hair removal treatments for the best results and that can add up in cost. All can cause discomfort or pain during the session. While complications are rare, there is a very small chance of suffering skin discoloration, scarring, burns, blistering or infection.
So if you are still interested in permanent hair removal, do your homework. Ask your friends for recommendations, look into hair removal cost and get a consultation first before you commit.
By Tamryn |
We want to love our hair, we really do. But sometimes it behaves so badly that we can’t muster more than mere indifference, if not out-and-out hate. Still, whether it’s wild and woolly or limp and lifeless, we are glad it’s there (after all, what’s the alternative? Horrors!), so the thing to do is to nurture your hair to be the best it can possibly be. Here are some easy hair tips:
Get your best hair yet
* Give your hair a break – From blow dryers, flat irons and curling rods, that is. These hair styling implements have benefited us endlessly, but despite the massive improvements over the years, they still can and do cause damage. So make the effort to learn how to make your hair look great without them. Ask your hair stylist for advice and practice her tips. Learn how to put your hair up in a twist, braid or bun that suits your personality and position. All of these can look chic or sophisticated; it will just take a little trial and error on your part. But it is well worth it to expand your hairdo repertoire and avoid those instruments of torture, at least a few times a week.
* Use protection – Since we know you’re going to fire up the iron anyway, please remember to use protection! Thermal protectants will help minimize the damage 450 degree flat irons and the like do to your hair. Always use one! And experiment with your flat iron to find the lowest temperature you can use on your hair that gives you the results you want. If your hair is fine, it’s a safe bet to say you should never turn up your Chi full blast. You risk scorching, split ends and breakage.
* Treat your hair – For all you put it through, it deserves a spa day and then some. If your hair is dry or damaged, give it a weekly treatment with warmed up coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil or neem oil. If it’s only your ends that show wear and tear, just treat them, going no higher than your ears. You can also give one of the new split end sealers a try. These potions temporarily repair split ends, binding them together, usually while you sleep, to try to inhibit further damage. Of course, the best thing you can do for split ends is to get them snipped off. Left to their own devices, they will travel up the hair shaft, weakening the strands and causing breakage. But a sealer will buy you some time until your next hair appointment.
* Dull, lifeless hair – Perk up your locks with an easy and inexpensive fix. In a spray bottle, combine two parts water with one part apple cider vinegar and store in the shower. After you shampoo, give the bottle a quick shake and spritz hair thoroughly with the mix. Leave in five minutes. Apple cider vinegar breaks down residue from your hair products that may be dulling its natural shine. It also adds body and balances the pH of your scalp. While you’re waiting for the ACV hair rinse to do its thing, gently massage your scalp to boost circulation and hair growth.
* Hungry hair? – Examine your diet. Is it over-caffeinated, over-processed, over-loaded with salt, fat and sugar? You don’t have to tell me, of course, but be honest because, believe it or not, this type of intake is not only bad for your health overall, but it is also terrible for your tresses. Your hair follicles are where your strands are born. Poorly nourished follicles produce inferior-quality hair. Period. They thrive on antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, like the rest of you does. And too much caffeine can actually stunt your hair growth.
* Green hair – If enjoying the pool has left a greenish tinge to your hair, hit the pantry and grab some tomato juice. Soak your hair with it and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. The acids in the tomato counteract the chlorine and bring back your hair’s natural color (it will not turn red, really). This trick works with tomato sauce or paste, too. Pile your hair up in a shower cap and wrap in an old towel to avoid discoloring clothing.