Is it possible to create a bald fade ‘haircut’ with scalp micropigmentation?
Prospective clients can dream up of different hairstyle patterns before their actual treatment. Any scalp micropigmentation (SMP) provider would gladly try their best to accede to their request. It must yield however to the constraints of what is possible in order to maintain a consistent illusion of hair upon the scalp.
There are basic SMP treatments that have been proven to work. The first is the well-known “just-shaven” style. It is most effective when all of the existing hair is shaved off in order to maintain its integrity all throughout the scalp. Having hair growth in areas such as the sides and back of the head while exhibiting minimal or no growth at the top of the scalp will make the pigments clearly distinguishable. This is because of the three-dimensional aspect of the former and the two-dimensional appearance of the latter. SMP can also work with existing hair provided that the hairline is still intact and the vertex region is only exhibiting diffuse thinning. The treatment here helps create an effect of a fuller head of hair. Its pigments need to be able to blend in seamlessly with its surroundings while helping it look denser at the same time. Concealment of scarring is another basic SMP procedure. It generally follows the same principles of the first two treatments depending on the current state of the area surrounding the scar in terms of potential hair coverage.
A bald fade resembles a military style hair cut. It is bare on the sides of the head with the density gradually getting thicker as it moves upward the scalp. This is sometimes referred to as a white sidewall style, with the hair on top of the head remaining as the thickest. Saying that this is possible with an SMP by using the existing hair treatment style is partly true. After all, the hairline is still intact and there is only diffuse thinning that is being exhibited by the scalp. The thing however is that male pattern baldness is a progressive condition. Eventually, the hairline will recede and the top of the scalp will become devoid of hair. Could a bald fade hair pattern be created with just SMP?
The previous example could easily pull off such a style because it is in fact the same bald fade hair cut anyway. All that was done was to use an SMP to thicken the hair density on top of the head. At the outset, it seems that recreating this style with the use of only pigments might not be possible. A three-dimensional outcome can never be achieved with two-dimensional components. It runs the risk of discovery. This is correct up to a certain extent, however a bald fade hairstyle does not necessarily need long hair growth on top for it to work. All it requires is that it appears denser than it does on the sides. This can be achieved by layering the pigments in a fading style beginning with a lighter shade at the bottom getting darker as it rises to the top. The look should be maintained in its aftercare by regularly shaving the existing hair.
Note that this style might be better suited for some people than others. African Americans for example, naturally have denser and thicker hair. It is also less likely to grow straight. Instead it generally keeps close to the scalp. A bald fade hair pattern then might look more normal for such men than some Caucasians. This may be another thing to consider before undergoing this procedure.