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My First Hair Tattoo: You’ve Got Male

Once a week, Birchbox’s resident yoga and men’s product expert, Eric, will gives us girls some insight into his world in You’ve Got Male. Whether he’s giving his expertise on skincare (boys need advice, too!) or highlighting his new favorite grooming trend, this guy has got taste — so we’re lucky he’s on staff and willing to share.

Stylist Dennis Joseph and Eric

I’m always game to try fun things with my hair. As my mom always says, “your hair will grow back experiment with it!” So it was a no-brainer when I was invited to Ricky’s NYC for a BaByliss Pro hair tattooing event. My previous exposure to the technique was very limited and I was excited to learn more (and get my first hair tattoo!).

When I arrived, I was introduced to stylist Dennis Joseph of Salon Dion in Marysville, Michigan who promptly handed me his iPad to look at hair tattoo photo inspiration. Dennis has done over 300 tattoos in his three year career as a stylist (fun fact: he was a carpenter before going to beauty school) and has a really impressive portfolio. In addition to his trade, he travels across the country educating other stylists about the technique. I presented Dennis with my idea, leopard print, and he told me he had never done it before.

The finished product!

Using both the BaByliss Pro Clipper and Babyliss Pro Trimmer to craft my style, Dennis amazed me with his art form (and yes, it is an art form) especially because he drew the pattern into my hair completely freehand. The technique, he explained, is to use the trimmer like a pencil and first outline shapes. Next, he buzzes hair to varying lengths to create shading and dimension, an element that Dennis says makes hair tattoos very different from skin tattoos. My incredible design took about two hours, which is about the average for this service, and I am amazed with the finished result. Now I just need great plans for the weekend so I can show it off!

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