Always perfectly trimmed ‘hair’
TEXT: MICHIEL STOL | PHOTOS © PRO HAIR CLINIC
More and more men who suffer from hair loss are considering hair transplantation. But what if you are not eligible for it, or ready to commit to a surgical procedure? At Pro Hair Clinic, they have a solution: Micro Hair Pigmentation. “After this procedure, people will ask ‘why won’t you grow your hair?’ That is how real it looks,” says Bart Verbeeck, founder and CEO of Pro Hair Clinic.
Micro Hair Pigmentation (MHP), also named Tricopigmentation, is a non-surgical procedure which uses the latest technology to create the effect of a full head of hair, by depositing non-permanent pigments on the scalp. “It is an ideal choice for men with an advanced hair loss pattern, but who are not ready or eligible for a hair transplant.”
Some people do not want to undergo a surgical procedure. Others may not have enough hair left to transplant, in which case a transplant might not take. And some might be too young, because the hair growth or loss is not finished yet. “If you transplant hair too early, then the front side of the head might look good, but behind the transplanted parts, the hairline will start to recede,” explains Verbeeck. “You can imagine what that would look like.”
Creating a ‘shaven-look hairstyle’
MHP enhances the optical density of hair and creates virtual ‘hair stubbles’ by depositing non-permanent pigments on the scalp, creating the look of a clean-shaven head. “We only use dark – brown or black – pigments, because of the contrast. If you use blond or grey pigments, the contrast between the pigments and the skin is too subtle. You will not be able to see the difference,” elaborates Verbeeck.
The MHP technique is still relatively unknown. “We started to perform MHP in 2012. Since then, we have become the market leader in the Benelux.” Before that, Pro Hair Clinic, located in Heist op den Berg, just outside Antwerp, was already renowned for its hair transplant procedures using the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method. “I came across this technique after my own hair transplantation failed. It was used in Canada at the time, but not in Europe. So I brought it here and, in 2004, I opened Pro Hair Clinic.”
Clients who will undergo a MHP treatment, will first have a consultation with practitioner Sabine Dillen, an internationally renowned expert in the field of MHP. Sabine was trained by Milena Lardi, the founder of the Tricopigmentation technique, and, in 2015, she was recognised by Scalpguru, a global organisation that promotes high-quality MHP. “The consultation can be done either here in our clinic, or via Skype, for our international clients. Together, we will look at the best solution and how to proceed,” says Verbeeck.
Once the procedure is planned, it will take two days of three to four hour sessions to pigment a full head. Verbeeck continues: “The beauty of it, is that after the treatment you do not have to take time to recuperate from the treatment. No special regiments or products are needed, you can go on as you did before. And the results are almost instant.”
A yearly repeat
To keep this trimmed hair look, the treatment has to be repeated about every year. Verbeeck: “After a year, the pigments will start to go lighter. That is because we use non-permanent pigments, rather than tattoo pigments. Tattoo pigments might last longer, but contain heavy metals. Not only are those bad for your health, but after about four to five years, they start to turn blue. And nobody wants a blue glow on their head, right?” Without a repeat procedure, the pigments will fade slowly in about three to five years.
“Men used to have three options when it came to hair loss. Accept it, wear a wig or have a transplantation. Thanks to MHP, there is now a fourth, non-invasive option to make it look like you still have all your hair. And nobody will see the difference,” Verbeeck smiles.