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New Faces, New Places: MicroBarber provides solution to hair loss and stigma with it – Saskatoon StarPhoenix

“It’s about time we started talking about (hair loss) and … have an option that turns it from a shameful, embarrassing medical procedure into more of an art form, that you could get excited about.”
New businesses and non-profit organizations open regularly and move in Saskatoon. Today, the StarPhoenix talks to Chris Pritchard who recently opened MicroBarber in Saskatoon and Regina. MicroBarber provides cosmetic scalp tattoos for people with thinning hair lines, scars on their heads, or hair they would like to thicken. But more than just providing a service, Pritchard attempts to erase the stigma and embarrassment for many people behind hair loss. He wants to make the experience uplifting and something to be proud of. Pritchard is very open to speaking about his own hair loss experiences, and the parade of different treatments he tried before founding MicroBarber.
Q: What service does MicroBarber provide?
A: MicroBarber is an instant and subtle scalp tattoo for thinning hair through a service known as Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP). Realistic little dots of ink are deposited to shadow out bald areas and replicate hair follicles for a shaved look. Or it can be done under longer hair for thicker looking hair. It is a complimentary service for use with other hair loss solutions. I have also now partnered with Jen at Hope Hair Recovery based in Saskatoon to offer a complete and holistic approach to hair loss for our customers.

Q: What made you decide to open MicroBarber?
A: I have been in the hair industry for about 12 years now. I’ve owned hair salons and barber shops with my family. For around the same amount of time I’ve actually been experiencing thinning hair of some sort myself. I’ve tried everything including Rogaine, a hair transplant and plasma injections. None of them lasted.
So finally, I tried out this hair tattoo I heard of (SMP). And I thought honestly, I definitely need to get into this because this is amazing. And so after a decade of doing everything I can in the hair industry and creative industries, I just really needed to reinvigorate my life with a new kind of career path, but not veering too far off what I’m familiar with. This was a beautiful transition and it’s something I have a personal link to. I kind of feel like I am qualified to talk to people about permanently designing hair on their heads, since I’ve been designing hair on people’s heads for practically my whole life.
Q: What specific services do you offer?
A: Buzzed, density and scar camo.
Buzzed would be if you’re going to shave your hair right down and then you’ll have a kind of 5 o’clock shadow around the sides usually, and then it’ll look really bald on top still. What we do is add the 5 o’clock shadow to the top areas that are missing.
Density is if you’re still going to wear your hair a little bit longer — men or women — but you have certain areas that are kind of see-through, like maybe in your crown or in your widow’s peak or something around the hairline. With this service we put a shadow underneath the hair, darken that right up, and make it look completely full again.
Scar Camo is a section on your shaved hair usually that kind of stands out because hair isn’t growing on that section anymore. What we do is put tiny little dots of ink to look like shaved hair onto that and it completely blends it out.
Here is a video that shows a typical MicroBarber treatment.
Q: Are you trying to erase the stigma of hair loss with your approach to services as well?
A: This is an area for improvement that we need in this industry, where anything to do with hair loss seems to be really shameful. Like what I’ve experienced, I felt really embarrassed. In waiting rooms at the treatment centres I was sweating because I was so anxious and feeling kind of ashamed to be there. I wanted to make an option that feels cool and acceptable. It’s about time we started talking about it and making it feel a bit more comfortable and have an option that turns it from a shameful, embarrassing medical procedure into more of an art form, that you could get excited about.
Q: Are there a typical number of treatments people should expect to receive? 
A: It’s almost the same for everyone. It’s usually three to four sessions around seven days apart and the sessions last between two to three hours each.
Q: Does the treatment hurt?
A: It honestly feels kind of soothing and therapeutic. Most people fall asleep. But some people are a little bit sensitive and if that’s the case, we have some lidocaine numbing cream for them. But generally people would say it’s a two out of 10 on the pain level.
Q: What kind of training have you had in Scalp MicroPigmentation?
A: I’m a little bit obsessive about education and always wanted to be the best I can at whatever I’m doing. Typically people would take a weekend course to learn this craft. I took my first course in Vancouver from a pretty famous educator. And I still felt like that’s not enough training to be doing this. So I took a secondary certification in Toronto after that, in one of the top places there. But still once again, this just didn’t feel like enough to be the best and as confident as I need to be, so I took another online one from London, UK, to see what they’re doing out there. And just recently, I took another certification in Miami from a famous barber that turned into an artist. Most people would just do one course and I’ve done four so far — and I’m not planning on stopping.
Q: Are you opening your own training centre?
A: MicroBarber is (also) the first ever SMP training centre and academy in Saskatchewan. I just feel like there’s so much room to grow this industry in Saskatchewan because I think there’s literally three people doing it (professionally) here and around 400,000 people in Saskatchewan — about 40 per cent of the population in general — have some sort of hair thinning. So there’s lots of room to share clients. The academy is very much needed because these quick online courses are definitely not enough education to start a business and permanently design hair on people’s faces and heads.
This interview has been edited and condensed.
Owner:  Chris Pritchard
Address: 140 — 105th Street East
Hours: By appointment, Monday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Phone: 306-581-6978
Email:   [email protected]
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