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The Difference between Scalp Micropigmentation & Hair Tattoo

ByAnthony Hendriks

Apr 15, 2016
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Hair loss (also known as alopecia) is not something that causes low self-esteem solely in this century, it has also affected both men and women in ancient times as well. The quest for the much-needed remedy that would either prevent or eradicate hair loss has long been present. From ancient Egypt with the peculiar potions and mixtures of oils from animal limbs (some that even sound like only the kinds of Merlin the Wizard or Severus Snape would prepare), English and French aristocracy wigs with precious locks, to modern day hair transplant, the hair loss problem takes up quite a lot of efforts be solved.


Along with hair transplant, some other less expensive treatments grew in popularity in the last decade. One of those treatments was the hair tattoo. Back in the days when it first appeared, hair tattoo referred to both hair tattoo as is, and the process of micropigmentation. The base of the either treatment means pigments are applied on the scalp. The core differences, however, are what made them be distinguished separately, and that is when the term micropigmentation was brought to use.

What is it then that makes them different? On the one hand, it is the stages of the process and needles used, while on the other hand, it is the place and professional who performs the pigmentation. All of these points add up to the price. In looking for the best hair loss treatment for you, make sure to consider all of the aspects instead of only the price, so you will get the best outcome in the long run.


Scalp micropigmentation may cost slightly more than hair tattooing, but it is more recommended as it provides the scalp with a natural pigmentation look, so no one would notice you even underwent the treatment. Judging by the growing number of people, including celebrities, who opt for this solution, micropigmentation can be your choice as the best hair loss treatment to get the most realistic hairline. Professionals have a specific procedure which can last some weeks, since there are two to three treatments. During those weeks, the client is asked about the preference of density of the pigments and choosing the adequate colour. After the first session, it is required to keep the scalp shaved and well moisturised for better results.

As you might guess, hair tattoo is the process which costs less. This is because the equipment used to do the pigmentation is of a lesser quality than that of micropigmentation. With hair tattoo, you can get your scalp inked at any tattoo shop by any tattoo artist. The needle itself is also not the same, as tattoo needles apply ink only on the surface so colour eventually wears off (imagine old pale tattoos). After a hair tattoo session, you may not get the desired result because it is not as discrete as you might think.

Now that you know how to differentiate between both treatments, it is advisable to still do your own research before getting a new style. If you do decide to go for it, it is better to spend a bit more money and be on the safe side than to spend less and end up regretting.

By Anthony Hendriks

The life of the party, Anthony is always up for spending some time with family and friends, when not blogging of course! Ever since a child, his love for books of mystery, race cars and travelling keeps on growing so it's difficult for him to single out that one all-time favourite hobby. If there's one thing he hates, though, it's having pictures taken but you already guessed that from his choice of plant photo for the blog.