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Does Islam allow hair tattoos to replace hair loss?

Hair tattoos are a huge trend amongst people with issues such as; alopecia and thinning hair, but the most popular reason for hair tattoos is baldness. This is a common problem with men as two-thirds of all men will experience some hair loss by the time they hit 35, and by age 50 a full 85% of guys will have some thinning hair.’ With baldness affecting so many men, hair tattoos are becoming common. But what exactly is a hair tattoo and is it allowed in Islam? Is it halal or does it depend on who you ask? We’re going to be answering these questions in this article as well as general information you should know about hair tattoos.

What are hair tattoos?

A hair tattoo is a non-surgical technique which gives the appearance of fuller looking hair. A hair tattoo can be used to make hairline more visible and can even be used to bring the hairline forward by getting a treatment done in the area where hair was once visible. A hair tattoo can also be used to create an illusion of real shaven hair by adding a shaved stubble across the head. Hair tattoos are also used for those who wish to hide birthmarks, scars, burns etc.

What is the background on hair tattoos?

The correct term for hair tattoos is scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP). Scalp MicroPigmentation came on the scene around 2002 and over the recent years, it has become a trend amongst men. SMP is used by women too, but it’s more common in men, as recent studies from the US show 35 million men are experiencing hair loss in comparison to 21 million women. 60% of hair loss sufferers would choose a full head of hair over friends and money, so it’s no surprise more and more people are considering SMP!

How do hair tattoos work?

Scalp MicroPigmentation involves tattooing little pigment dots in place of hair follicles so it looks like a stubble, giving the illusion of real shaven hair instead of a receding hairline. Depending on what you want to achieve, you can have thousands of pigmented dots on your head by the end of the process. Scalp MicroPigmentation isn’t painful but it’s not completely painless either. There will be a slight discomfort during treatment.

Are hair tattoos permanent?

There’s two types of hair tattoo you can get – temporary or semi-permanent. The temporary hair tattoo will last a couple of years before you will need treatment again and with semi-permanent, the hair tattoo will last over 5 years, depending on how well it’s taken care of after the treatment. Either way, at one point, you will need another treatment as the pigments that were added to the hair follicles, will go lighter.

Are hair tattoos halal friendly?

So, we get to the most important question (after ‘What are hair tattoos?’of course!). Are hair tattoos halal? Unfortunately, there isn’t a clear answer for this. Although hair tattoos are becoming a well-known hair treatment, there’s still debates about this amongst the Muslim community. We know tattoos are haram as they change your appearance and are also permanent, but hair tattoos are not permanent, but they do change your appearance!

This answer sums up the question as it looks at hair tattoos from a halal and haram perspective. In short, the website states, if there is no other way of treating the hair loss issue, and its harmful or deforming someone’s appearance, then a hair tattoo is fine.

In conclusion, we would suggest the best thing to do (especially if you’re considering a Scalp MicroPigmentation) is; do your own research as there’s no clear answer at the moment. We would also suggest speaking to an Imam to get their thoughts and then decide on whether hair tattoos are halal or haram.

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