By Erik Cavagnuolo, Owner/Chief Operator AHEAD Ink
There are several important factors that contribute to a successful scalp micropigmentation result. The proper training and skill of the technician is paramount. Equally critical are the equipment and pigments they are using. Dot size and pigment color, if not done correctly, are dead giveaways that what you’re wearing on your scalp is not the hair you were born with. The dots need to be as tiny as possible, and the color needs to be natural (not greenish or bluish) in order to replicate the impression of hair stubble. What is often overlooked, though, are scalp micropigmentation hairlines, and this is a huge mistake!
Natural Scalp Micropigmentation Hairlines
I’ve seen some scalp micropigmentation hairlines created by taking a ruler and simply drawing a straight line across the client’s forehead. The technician starts working and the client ends up with something more akin to a helmet on their head rather than a nice, natural, shaved scalp. Scalp micropigmentation hairlines should never be rushed or treated like an afterthought. Both the client and the practitioner need to collaborate on a design that enhances the appearance. Here are some keys to assuring natural looking scalp micropigmentation hairlines.
First, it’s not a bad idea to bring some pictures of yourself from before you succumbed to the evil clutches of male pattern baldness. It will give your practitioner a better idea of where your hairline was, and how your hair loss progressed. Sometimes there will be remnants of your old hairline present that provide useful clues. The practitioner can use these stray vellus hairs as a general guideline. Of course, some clients might want something completely different than what they once sprouted, or to achieve the hairline they always dreamed of.
In that case, you can bring in pictures from magazines or catalogues of celebrities and models. Try Googling “shaved head” and you’ll find tons of specific examples under the images section. You’ll start to notice how many different options and directions you can go with for a hairline as they are all fully exposed without longer hair obscuring the view.
Some hairlines will be naturally straight—although this is more common with non-Caucasians, but many will have jagged lines and curves to them. My personal taste leans towards this latter type which incorporates some imperfections and is not totally symmetrical. That being said, the design cannot be completely haphazard. The practitioner must make all the imperfections intentional, and work with the client’s features.
There are three basic elements that make up a hairline: the frontal peak/forelock, the temple corners, and the lines that connect them all into one. The frontal peak/forelock is the center piece and usually attracts the most attention when meeting someone face to face. You can have a rounded peak, or a more angular one that protrudes down the forehead (often referred to as a “widows peak”). The temple corners can also be rounded or more angular. Rounded corners generally imply a more receded, mature appearance, whereas angular corners tend to be more aggressive and youthful. The connecting lines can be straight or jagged. Whichever you agree upon, the practitioner should take care not to overload the very front line with dots or create precise rows of dots. This uniform look will not appear natural. The front should be soft and the dots should have a more scattered, random pattern.
In addition to working with the client’s head and face shape, the practitioner should also take age into consideration when plotting these elements. This can be a tricky proposition as many of us want more hair and are having scalp micropigmentation with the intention of looking younger. But going too low with a hairline, or not having any recession, can look awkward. It’s always best to start more conservative and lower and adjust if desired during another session. Remember, it will be a drastic change just having a hairline again, and simply framing the face will provide a dramatic aesthetic impact for most guys.
Once a hairline design is settled upon, I usually tell my clients to take some time and check it out in a three-way mirror. I also will take some pictures with the hairline drawn on for them to view. Taking all these steps will help assure a great, natural hairline and an overall successful scalp micropigmentation result.
Celebrities are under constant scrutiny for their appearance. When one of them shaves their head, the whole world knows about it. Here are some celebs whose hairlines look fantastic that you can use as a general guideline for creating your own hairline.
Timothy Olyphant, Bryan Cranston
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Adam Levin, Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy
Chris Evans, Matt Damon, Justin Timberlake, Channing Tatum
Jake Gyllenhall, Collin Farrell, Matthew Morrison, Wentworth Miller, Christian Bale