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A British grandmother has taken the unusual step of solving her baldness by getting her head tattooed with an eleborate design.

Ann McDonald, 60, suffers from alopecia and has a thyroid problem and all her hair fell out three years ago, Britain's Daily Mail newspaper reported.

Frustrated with having to wear wigs and hats, Ms McDonald opted for the rather unconventional solution.

The tattoo cost about $1100 and took 12 hours to complete.

But Ms McDonald couldn't be happier.

"I was getting more and more depressed because I didn’t have any hair. I felt so ugly with a bald head and sometimes I would just lie in bed and cry," she told the Daily Mail.

"I didn’t want to be bald any more, I wanted something to cover my head. I’ve got hundreds of wigs and hats to hide it but they’re no good. So I decided to get a tattoo.

But finding a tatoo artist to do the job was not easy. She was turned away three times.

The intricate pattern was done over four three-hour sessions.

"I’ll be honest it really, really hurt. It was very painful. But I stuck it out because I really wanted it done," Ms McDonald said.

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