Can You Tattoo Realistic Hair?
Yes! When we’re talking about hair I think this is really important to distinguish. You can tattoo realistic hair follicles, but you cannot tattoo realistic hair. So I do have folks that come in if I can tattoo their hair to match a longer hairstyle. I really only get this question when someone has a little bit longer hair and usually they have their growth here and they’re thinking here and they just want me to tattoo the top of their head to match the sides. However, that is not an achievable result. That’s basically the only thing that scalp micropigmentation can’t do.
It’s basically a top-down rule…
What I mean by that is the top of your head needs to have more hair than the sides if you want to maintain a longer hairstyle and this is really only true for men in a certain thinning category. For everybody else, scalp micropigmentation is really really flexible. But the one thing that scalp micropigmentation cannot do is recreate longer looking hair on the scalp.
What it will look like is that you had stubble on the top of your head, very realistic, but it would be strange if someone were to shave only this part of their head and leave the sides long. That would look strange in a regular haircut so it looks strange in scalp micropigmentation as well. So you can tattoo realistic hair follicles but you can’t tattoo realistic hair.
How about scalp microblading?
One way people have been trying to do this is with scalp microblading. This is something that you should avoid at all costs. You will have to get it removed, it will look bad and you will be unhappy with it.
There is not a single person who has had scalp microblading done that is happy with it for more than a week.
It fundamentally does not work as a technique and then if the application method for it is not correct, it’s never going to look right and if it doesn’t look real, it’s going to look bad. That’s the reason that scalp micropigmentation is so valuable. Because scalp micropigmentation looks real.
It is very hard to distinguish a scalp micropigmentation hair follicle from a real hair follicle and that’s why it looks so good but if you try to tattoo a little bit longer lines if you try to do anything that’s not a dot, it’s not going to look realistic.
So the answer to this question is, yes you can tattoo realistic hair follicles but no you cannot tattoo realistic hair and the reason is, hair is 3D, follicles are not and that’s why you’re were able to replicate hair follicles for someone who’s willing to shave their head or you’re able to use follicles as a density treatment to increase the thickness and the relative darkness of someone’s hair. You can use it to reduce the contrast between their scalp and their hair if it’s thinning all over which is called diffused thinning or you can use it to rebuild their hairline. But you cannot use it to recreate the look of hair, it cannot be used to create lines to make it look like you have on top of your head when you don’t.
You can use it to make it look like you have hair follicles or for longer hair, you can use it to make that area look thicker and so to disguise any thinning with long hair. But it cannot be used to tattoo hair. Nobody can tattoo hair on your head. They can tattoo hair follicles. It’s a really important distinction and I think whether or not this sounds like a good fit for you is going to determine or not you’re happy with the result as well.
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