Celebrities are taking fashion and body art to an entirely different level, and even going as far as to tattoo their scalps.Kelly Osbourne, for example, shaved enough of her purple hair to make room to tattoo “Stories…” on the side of her head. Similarly, Lady Gaga got an angel tattoo, complete with a crown and wings, on the very back of her head, just below her scalp. Scalp pigmentation or hair tattoos, however, can also be a cost-effective solution to a problem that plagues at least 35 million American men.

All Scalp Tattoos Are Not Created Equal (The Surprisingly Practical Reason To Tattoo Your Scalp!)

Millions of American men suffer from premature hair loss and/or thinning hair. Hair simulation tattoos are cost effective and realistically mimic the appearance of hair follicles, or, more specifically, a buzzed or shaven look. An average hair tattoo lasts 10 to 15 years, and costs only $3,500. In other words, it is much less expensive than comparable hair transplant treatments. “Men can also bid adieu to the pain associated with hair transplantation with this step,” according to The Times of India.

Are Hair Tattoos Safe?

The most reasonable concern, of course, is whether hair tattoos or scalp pigmentation treatments are safe. “The two main health concerns with those are the cleanliness of the needles and the possibility that you could have an allergic reaction to the ink used,” ABC News writes. “Ask the facility if they use brand new needles on each client. It’s also a good idea to get a small patch test on an inconspicuous part of your scalp, before going in for the full treatment.” Choose a facility that is trustworthy and clean, and ask to see the results from someone else’s procedure in person.You don’t necessarily have to jump on the bandwagon or be part of the newest, somewhat bizarre fashion trend to benefit from hair tattoos. Hair tattoos can also look completely natural and provide a lasting and cost-effective solution to hair loss.