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 Mandi |
NOW that you’ve styled your hair to perfection — be it with a Brazilian blowout or by wielding a titanium flat iron — it’s time to add some bling. (If you ask us, it’s always time for bling!) Here are a few of our favorite things.
By Tamryn |
You can’t win ‘em all. Despite being a major player for years now in the English Premier League’s most successful team, Manchester United, Wayne Rooney just keeps on losing … his hair.
The star striker has undergone a second hair transplant in London in as many years, reports say. Rooney, arguably the most well-known English soccer player in the world (Becks has retired, you know), first had the $25,000 procedure done in 2011. The resulting headlines helped grow interest in hair implantation among other young men trying to stave off baldness. Now, 27, he’s gone under the knife again, although the clinic treating him says it was just a standard follow-up operation.
Rooney also made headlines recently when he became a father again. Wife Coleen gave birth in May to their second child, son Klay. The couple also have a 3-year-old boy named Kai.
While we all know parenthood can be stressful and stress can be a cause of follicular fall out, one still has to wonder if having been on the receiving end of manager Alex Ferguson’s infamous “hairdryer treatments” had anything to do with Rooney’s pate problems. Luckily for him, and other United players, Fergie finally retired this season. Maybe now Rooney can hang on to those remaining strands. (The only other question that remains is whether Manchester United can hang on to Rooney! But that’s a whole other story, for a whole other site. …)