Hair pigmentation, also known as scalp micropigmentation, hair tattoo, micro hair pigmentation and things like that, is a technique invented in 1998 by Toni Belfatto and his business partner, Ennio Orsini who named it “tricopigmentazione” or tricopigmentation and registered its name for the first time in 2007 at the Chamber of Commerce in Chieti.
Hair pigmentation was designed to give the optical illusion of hair where, actually, there is no hair, due to baldness and scalp scars. It is used to hide alopecia areata, androgenetic alopecia, alopecia universalis, thinning, scars resulting from FUT and FUE hair transplants and other types of scalp and beard scars.
There are many different hair pigmentation application techniques, depending on the effect you want to obtain:
Shaved our bounce effect
Designed for people who prefer having their very short hair, this technique can create a hyper-realistic effect by reproducing the thickness and density of the existing hair.
With a shaved effect you can get three types of results:
Short hair effect
Designed for people who prefer short hair (1-3 cm), this technique is used to create hair reproducing exactly the existing hair and following the same direction. Of course, to do that, we need a good amount of hair to hide the treatment and get a more natural result and volume effect.
Long hair or Dermatoppik – men
Ideal for men who prefer long or very long hair and also for women who would not opt for a shaved effect.
In this case, mixed techniques are used, including the hair and the blending techniques, to get a natural colour and avoid transparencies.
Long hair or Dermatoppik – women
Hiding baldness is more difficult for women using the same techniques used for men, such as the shaved effect. Dermatoppik, in this case, is definitely the best solution to get good results. Your hair will look fuller and no gaps will be visible.
Why choose one of the Hair pigmentation treatments offered by Belfatto Lab?
When a treatment is well performed, what you will see is some brown/grey pigment micro deposits in the superficial dermis far from each other to avoid colour accumulations or mega dots.
To do that, we use equipment, needles and pigments which are different from those used for art tattoos or permanent makeup. Our equipment is designed and patented for hair pigmentation only, to avoid damages caused by treatments performed by operators with limited skills and with tools and pigments which should not be used for hair pigmentation.
How many sessions are required for a good result?
A complete hair pigmentation treatment requires 2 to 3 sessions to be scheduled about 30 days from each other. I know it may sound too much, but…
“a tissue which undergoes such a treatment takes about 28-40 days to heal completely. Performing another treatment on the same area before the healing process is completed would be risky and may also result in visible hypertrophic scars or pigment rejections”.
That is why rushing things is a wrong approach. Indeed, with the first session, which is considered as a test, you will get only 30% of the desired result, while the second session will lead to 70% of the final result. With the third session, which is optional, the result can be improved. The colour will look evener and smoother and you will finally get 100% of the desired result.
Difference between needles used for hair pigmentation and needles used for permanent makeup
Duration of hair pigmentation treatment and annual retouching sessions
Hair pigmentation treatments by adopting two different solutions:
1 - Permanent solution: definitely risky, since it requires the use of chemical and synthetic pigments, usually used for art tattoos. This may cause colour changes, and pigment migration. Moreover, being a permanent solution, the final result cannot be adjusted when hair gradually becomes white.
2 - Bio-absorbable solution: the most popular solution, requiring the use of bio-absorbable pigments that, for a period ranging from 6 to 18 months, will be swallowed by macrophages and eliminated through lymphatic vessels, urine, perspiration etc.
In this case, annual retouching sessions are required, since the final result is not permanent. This may sound too expensive, however, both women and men get a haircut or dye their hair once a month on average and they know there is no other choice.
Costs of a hair pigmentation treatment
|1 area||€ 500,00|
|2 areas||€ 500,00|
|3 areas||€ 500,00|
|4 areas||€ 150,00|