Grand Junction business offers hair loss solution

Phil Castle, The Business Times

Meg Marakis offers an alternative to other hair loss solutions with a process called scalp micro-pigmentation. Marakis uses specialized inks and equipment to create tiny dots that mimic the look of hair follicles. The process is less costly and invasive than hair transplant surgery, she says. Marakis provides scalp micro-pigmentation in addition to other services she offers at the Revolution Salon she operates in Grand Junction. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Meg Marakis enjoys nothing so much as helping her customers feel better about their appearance and, in turn, more confident.

“I just love making people feel good about themselves,” Marakis said.

But Marakis said a new service she provides at her Grand Junction business takes the experience to a whole new level.

Marakis offers scalp micro-pigmentation to help men as well as women suffering from balding and hair loss. The process offers a less costly and painful alternative to transplant surgery and none of the potential side effects of medications, she said.

Marakis is one of only a handful of practitioners in Colorado and, so far as she knows, the only woman practitioner.

Marakis operates Colorado Scalp Company in addition to the Revolution Salon. Marakis brings to the operation more than 20 years of experience in the industry, including a stint in Las Vegas.

Revolution Salon offers a range of services. Coloring is particularly popular, Marakis said.

Marakis said she trained to offer scalp micro-pigmentation and opened Colorado Scalp Company to help customers with balding and hair loss. “I love what I do, but there’s a recurring issue with balding.”

The process is similar to tattooing, she said, with some notable differences in the pigments and equipment used. The pigments stay true to color and are injected under the skin at a more shallow level.

Marakis said she creates thousands of tiny dots on the scalp to mimic the look of hair follicles. The process results in the appearance of increased density or can recreate a hairline.

The scalp micro-pigmentation process starts with a free consultation, Marakis said. The consultation includes color matching and measurements and also offers an opportunity to ask questions and discuss expectations.

Two or three sessions follow, each lasting about three hours, she said. The best results are obtained by laying down what she called a foundation and then additional layers of dots. Although the process is a permanent one, subsequent touchups could be required.

Scalp micro-pigmentation started in Europe, but since has grown in popularity in the United States and elsewhere, Marakis said.

And that bodes well for her business, she said. “I really foresee this being a huge thing. I see this really catching on.”

She hopes, in fact, to find a separate space from her salon in which to offer the procedure.

By one estimate, about two-thirds of men experience some hair loss by age 35. By age 50, about 85 percent of men have significantly thinner hair.

Scalp micro-pigmentation helps to counter baldness and hair loss as well as the embarrassment some people feel about that, Marakis said.

The response among the customers with whom Marakis has worked has been positive, she said. “They love it. It’s really a confidence booster for them.”

And Marakis enjoys nothing so much as helping her customers feel better about  themselves.

For more information about scalp micro-pigmentation, call (970) 986-2758 or visit the Colorado Scalp Company page on Facebook.