Carlos Beltran's drawn-on hair sparks controversyMost men find it hard to face up to the fact that they are balding and famous sport stars are no exception. Texas Rangers’ baseball ace Carlos Beltran chose a bizarre way to cover up his bald spots in a recent game when he seemingly drew a hair line onto his scalp and left spectators and commentators baffled.

Drawn-on hair like his namesake

The drawn-on hair look was similar to that of Basketball pro Carlos Boozer who later admitted that his 2012 hair was inked in to cover some balding patches.

Lots of male’s fear losing their hair and find that a receding hairline knocks their confidence and makes them look and feel older.

The good news is that there are other ways of covering up hair loss without taking a pen to your head!

Scalp Micropigmentation – a more sensible choice

One such way is a technique called scalp micropigmentation, or SMP.

This technique, developed over 14 years ago, creates the illusion of real hair follicle growth on the scalp. It involves pigmenting the scalp in a specific way over around 3 or 4 separate sessions (and is not something that should be carried out in a regular cosmetic or tattoo parlour).

The pigments can be applied to a section of hair such as a bald spot caused by Alopecia or the hair line, or it can be applied to the full scalp. It costs up to around £3000 and competition is growing. It’s advisable to shop around for quality and ensure that you get a comprehensive consultation – as results can vary.

Basically, the end result looks like a head of shaved hair – with applied dots to the scalp. Many men (and women) are turning to this technique as a safe, long lasting and easy cover up. Lots of men struggling with male pattern baldness have said that it is a relatively reasonable way of boosting their self-esteem.

The only real thing left to consider is where and how you’d like your hairline to appear and what shade of pigment matches your natural hair most closely. Each session builds on the previous pigmentation and this scabs over and leaves the pigmented finished result. The needle leaves a scratching sensation similar to the pain of getting a tattoo.

The technique, which is dramatically growing in popularity, definitely prevents a viable alternative to drawn-on hair!