Quinton Fortune

Are celebrities embracing scalp micropigmentation?

The concept of celebrity is a strange animal with many faces. As a general population, we follow their every move in some sort of attempt to emulate the lives they lead that many of us aspire to. That’s not true of all of us of course. Some of us think that most celebs are morons who fell upon their fame because they had sex with the right person, are reasonably good at kicking a ball around or could afford the right kind of boob job.

Quinton Fortune
Ex Manchester United star Quinton Fortune had SMP in 2012

Perhaps that’s a little unfair. After all, many of these guys and gals worked tirelessly and thanklessly for many years to get to where they are, and some are actually very talented people. Regardless of which side of the fence you sit on, it’s fair to say that the world of celebrity has always had an uneasy relationship with the relatively covert world of scalp micropigmentation.

Why is this? I suppose the easiest way to describe the dilemma is as a conflict of interest. On one hand, the potential adoption of scalp micropigmentation techniques by celebrities who are losing their hair can almost be interpreted as an implied seal of approval, inspiring confidence in everyday people like you and I, in the same way that Kim Kardashian made so-called vampire facials somehow acceptable. Notice how we don’t call them by that name any more? We now refer to this kind of treatment by the much more marketable name of PRP. Funny that.

On the other hand, the use of SMP by celebrities also raises awareness of the treatment, something that a lot of men around the world want to avoid at all costs. Adverts in glossy magazines, TV campaigns and news coverage is manna from hell to some of these guys, although ironically many of them no doubt discovered SMP themselves through very similar channels.

So which celebrities have had SMP?

As you might expect, a small number of low to medium profile people have fessed up to getting scalp micropigmentation. We’re not talking Brad Pitt and LeBron James here. However, this is how these things usually start, and it’s only a matter of time before someone with a huge profile comes out and tells us they’ve had SMP.

Compiling a list is difficult too, because many clinics are bound by confidentiality clauses and cannot discuss individual cases. Further, a lot of guys simply don’t want to talk about it. Fair enough, they have every right to a little privacy, just like the rest of us.

You might recall the article I published recently about the Pro-Maker George Farah getting SMP at Scalp Aesthetics. HIS Hair Clinic has treated ex Manchester United star Quinton Fortune, celebrity hairstylist Adee Phelan, Benedict Garrett, Nathan James Biggs and a host of other public figures, whilst Skalp lay claim to the treatment of celebrity fitness coach Paul Connelly. There is also widespread rumour that actor Joey Lawrence and Dutch footballing supremo Wesley Sneijder may have also gone under the needle, although no-one seems to know which clinic is responsible for their alleged work.

Does it matter?

Honestly, I don’t believe so. The shaven look has been around for a very long time. No matter how vivid public awareness of SMP becomes, the chances of someone identifying you as having had SMP on the strength of your shaven style alone are virtually nil.

If you really want to avoid detection, follow these tips:

  • Get a reputable clinic or practitioner to do your treatment. Do not scrimp on quality for the sake of a lower price.
  • Be realistic when choosing your hairline and side profiles. You can’t expect to go for a ridiculously sharp style, and expect people not to notice. Natural is the key.
  • Keep on top of shaving. Even the best SMP treatment in the world will look like shit if you don’t maintain your look properly.
  • Don’t tell anyone you don’t mean to. Fair enough if you CHOOSE to tell people, but don’t get drunk one night and fess up. You’ll regret it in the morning, more than waking up in a strange bed next to an unfamiliar hippo. Don’t do it.
  • Think it through. If you have already lost most of your hair and you rock up to work the next day with a full head of shaven ‘hair’, people are bound to notice. Like the best criminals will tell you, get an alibi and plan your story in advance, whether you tell people you’ve been participating in a drug trial, if you just say you’ve shaved it off and hope people buy the story, or if you tell the truth. Plan it. Don’t knee-jerk it.

Above all, don’t worry about celebrities getting scalp micropigmentation. At the end of the day there is nothing you can do about it, and it’s unlikely to ever cause you an issue. Just get it done, and be happy.

Laurie Downing