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.