Thursday, July 11, 2013
7 News Features: Draw the Line
For many men fighting the war against baldness can seem like a losing battle. But now there's a brand new option. 7's Craig Stevens shows us how some guys draw the line at hair loss.
Jeff Ostrow: "Hair transplant as I went through was painful, was extremely expensive."
Jeff Ostrow started losing his hair in his late 20s and tried transplants, but he wasn't happy with how he looked.
Jeff Ostrow: "Had some hair transplant procedures done, wasn't entirely satisfied with it."
Hair stylist Tomy Mishali also started to lose his hair early.
Tomy Mishali: "Mine started about 19 or 20."
He says going bald is a huge concern for his male clients.
Tomy Mishali: "The first haircut they come in and say, "Am I going to be bald? Do you see do you think so? Can you tell me?' It's always in the back of your mind."
But for the guys who've tried everything, the sprays, the creams, Tomy says there's something else ... ink. It's called scalp pigmentation technology.
Tomy Mishali: "Scalp pigmentation means we're implanting pigments into your scalp."
Tomy went all the way to Israel to learn the process.
Tomy Mishali: "Makes you look like you have a full hairline but just choose to shave it off."
It's kind of like a hair tattoo but not exactly.
Tomy Mishali: "Nobody is drawing anything on your head, I'm not drawing hair."
Here's how it works: First, Tomy mixes the ink to match a guy's natural hair color. Then, using a very thin needle, he deposits the ink into each individual hair follicle.
Tomy Mishali: "So when we implement those pigments, it ends up looking like real hair."
Tomy loved the look so much he had it done himself. His friends couldn't believe it.
Tomy Mishali: "First thing they're like, 'Wow, you shaved your head? Wow you have a lot of hair. I've never seen you with so much hair.'"
Gonzalo Miranda is a personal trainer who embraced his baldness, but when he saw Tomy's results he decided to give the new procedure a try.
Gonzalo Miranda: "The before looks like he's 40 years old and now he's like a 30-year-old. It drops automatically 10 years."
Gonzalo was prepped and went under the needle for two hours. Halfway through he started to see his new hairline develop.
Gonzalo Miranda: "Oh my God, I can't believe it. Looks great. Wow I just dropped like 10 years."
One week later, Gonzalo is feeling like he's found the Fountain of Youth.
Gonzalo Miranda: "I was a total brand new person. Brought me back 20 years."
Jeff was skeptical at first until he saw the proof himself.
Jeff Ostrow: "It's not hair but I think it's the closest thing to replicating the look of hair."
Jeff Ostrow: "I love the feel of it. I love the look of it. I think it's very in right now, it's very comfortable, it's easy."
The process is not permanent and touchups are needed every three to four years. The cost is about $500 and up depending on how much work is done.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Art of Hair
790 East Broward Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Tel: (954) 468-HAIR