metta saidWhen done properly, I think it can look good.
Perhaps to you, in a photo. I'd need to see someone in person who's had this done.
I'm not sure why a complete head shave wouldn't be acceptable. Or why, for as much trouble, expense and probable believability, a hair piece wouldn't work.
One of my long anecdotal stories (skip to the next post if you wish):
I had an LTR with a guy who was balding. As an actor on TV, stage, and in film his appearance was paramount to him. He had a very expensive and convincing toupee made for him.
But one day while fishing on a local lake in his home town the wind blew the hair piece into the water. He posted flyers all around the lake offering a reward for finding it, almost like it was a lost dog. It was never returned.
He was incredibly frugal (cheap), although a millionaire. I know, because I handled his money for a short period when he returned alone to NYC for some temporary acting work. Where he had another home at Central Park West, near the famous Dakota. He's hosted people like Steven Spielberg there. No mortgage, it alone is worth about a million.
But he wouldn't spend for another toupee. Instead he buzzed off the rest of his hair, and used an aerosol spray "paint" sold for men. Gave an effect somewhat like the one you pictured. Really intended for men to disguise thinning hair, like in back such as I'm getting now.
I know one guy here who's using it on his own growing bald spot in back, and it looks like exactly what it is, in some lighting conditions. How do you explain brown scalp skin on an otherwise white guy?
But it looks awful on a totally bald patch, and completely fake. I tried to tell him that. But his view of himself in a mirror, and perhaps his own hopeful expectations, told him otherwise.
Many male actors use toupees. Both in private life, and for their varied acting roles. It's an aspect of makeup, part of an actor's professional toolkit. One of the more famous is Sean Connery, who had thinning hair from an early age. He wore a toupee for his James Bond movies, and many subsequent ones.
But my ex-BF was ruled by his wallet. In my view another take on the adage: "Penny wise and pound foolish." He looked great in his hair piece, and more hirable to casting directors. This spray paint method only makes him look comical.
And so I'm not sure what this micropignmentation is accomplishing. It seems to still be really painting, just subdural rather than external, and longer lasting, a kind of tattooing.