Men facing hair loss turn to tattoo procedure – KHOU

Posted: Friday, March 07, 2014

HOUSTON—Most men will tell you hair loss is a sensitive subject. There are all sorts of products on the market to prevent it, and more permanent fixes like a hair transplant.

But for many men, like Matt Iulo, the options began to thin as fast as their hair.

“It affects your confidence,” Iulo said.

Iulo says he started losing his hair after he graduated college.

He discovered a company in Europe that did scalp micro-pigmentation – essentially, a hair tattoo. Iulo traveled overseas for the procedure and he loved the results so much, he now works for HIS Hair Clinics.

The company has only been in the United States for a few years, and it opened its newest location in Houston just five months ago.

“It isn’t real hair, but it creates the illusion of hair,” Iulo said.

The technique is like applying a tattoo. A practitioner inks a patient’s scalp to make it appear as if he has hair follicles. The cost ranges from $1,600 to $4,500, depending on the amount of coverage the patient wants, and the desired effect is usually reached after three sessions.

Iulo claims the only side effect is committing to a short, or shaved hairstyle.

“We used an organic type of ink and in our ten-year history we’ve never had any adverse side effects or allergies,” he said.

Curtis Wilson flew in from Dallas for his second treatment. He said he started experiencing hair loss at 16 and that the procedure has boosted his confidence.

“I wear my hair practically shaved everyday to work, so it’s a look I’m accustomed to,” Wilson said.

We asked him to describe how badly the procedure hurt, on a scale from 1 to ten, with ten being the worst.

“I would put it at a six,” Wilson said, “I would make it equivalent to maybe a bee sting.”

But Wilson said the results have changed his life.

“Do your research, get that comfort level within yourself, and move forward with it,” he said.

Patrick Senin recently completed his sessions, and echoed the same sentiment.

“I think it just opened up a lot more doors, I feel more confident about myself, I feel great actually,” he said.

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