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Posted by NOwayJOSE on 01 August 2014 - 03:14 PM
I was at the movies yesterday watching Hercules and I walked out of the theater to go to the consession stand to get some popcorn. This little boy about 13 years old walks out at the same time with his father. The little boy obviously had Alopecia. I'm standing behind them in line and I lean over and tell him I lost my hair too. Him and his father looked at me like I was crazy. I tell them but I got it back. The father says well u must have had a HT. I'm like oh no something much better. So I get to talking to them about SMP and i could see the excitement in the little boys eyes. It made me feel like I had given him a gift. I had given him hope! So his father tells me that he'll be booking a consultation asap. If HIS helped me then why not spread the word and help others.
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Posted by NonDescript on 21 September 2016 - 07:04 PM
(HIS is the gold standard in SMP. The Toronto clinic practitioner paints scalps like Michaelangelo. Thanks to VinnyDiesel and The Bald Ego for the reassuring words and helpful tips during the emotional roller coaster. You were right, gentlemen, the issues were "IN" my head, not "ON". Gracias, Señores!)
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Posted by HIS - Ed on 04 December 2015 - 10:28 PM
What should have been a simple piece of business has been turned, by our competitors, into a wholly unjustified assault on the character of our organization. We feel obliged to both clarify the position for clients and readers as well as challenge the accusations, some of which have been libelous, made by the competition.
A decision was taken by the owners, Ian and Ranbir, to make a structural change to the organization of the business. The decision was taken on the advice of professionals on the basis that the company structure that had been serving the business since its establishment as a single clinic in Birmingham required updating. Needless to say, that structure was increasingly inappropriate for the global business that HIS Hair has become… we would hasten to add that we still see ourselves as a relatively small business. We just happen to have enormous distances between our clinics.
Let’s start with a few key facts. A plan was executed that saw us close down the company in its original form in favour of a new company called HIS Global Holdings Ltd. The new company has legally acquired all the assets of the original business, it will be operated using the existing domain at www.hishairclinic.com and under the international brand HIS Hair Clinic. The transparent and robust process was conducted in full accordance with the law and all statutory requirements were met.
Absolutely no customers were affected in any way whatsoever, this includes first year touch ups and any other current or future planned treatments. Just as importantly to us no staff were affected either – we remain the tight-knit family of committed and talented individuals we have always been. The whole business, around the world, carried on precisely as usual, exactly as it had before in every way.
The new structure paves the way for planned future growth, it was one of the key reasons for the change. There will be franchised clinics with staff trained and supported by the HIS team, extending our reach and capabilities at a rate previously unachievable.
It also enables the pursuit of illegal use of our trademarks, including SMP. Historically we have taken a relatively relaxed approach to this matter – But given the scandalous behavior of our competitors during this process we are determined to flex our muscle and assert our rights over our trademarks… We realise that many of them make ridiculous claims, about how many treatments they have performed, about how long they have been in business, even about inventing the procedure themselves. For those in doubt please click here to read a detailed post which both outlines our genuine claims and backs them up with hard evidence.
In closing, we would like to say a few words aimed at our competition. Over the years we have become used to being the target of all manner of dirty tricks, games, and lies. Maybe it goes with the territory when you are the established leader of your industry.
The speed with which information about HIS making these structural changes to our business, and the terrible slant put on it, was shocking. Negative scare stories appeared on their websites as well as in misleading blogs, all aimed at undermining confidence in our business. It is not how we conduct ourselves and we take a dim view – it has left us all the more determined to pursue them through the courts to protect both our trademarks and our reputation.
The important message here is that, following these changes, HIS Hair Clinic is now a stronger company than it has ever been and more determined than ever to ensure we remain the best hair loss company providing SMP in the world.
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Posted by Raymond on 10 January 2016 - 09:39 PM
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Posted by Northpole on 30 September 2015 - 06:07 PM
So by the title of my post you can probably guess the topic here.
4 years ago I took the risk/plunge/chance of getting the treatment.
Since that time, I've changed jobs, been promoted, been through 2 relationships, got two additional degrees and a bunch of other small stuff.
What has stayed current? My physical fitness, confidence and my treatment.
So why am I mentioning this. Well for the first time in a while I was able to sit down and think about the correlation between the treatment and my life successes..........if there is any for that matter.
My conclusion is that there is a correlation. The treatment enabled me to feel more confident about myself. A few months ago I commented that prior to the treatment I was always a confident individual. In other words, I always felt like I got a big hammer. However, with the treatment there was a change, after the treatment I felt as though a had a much bigger hammer...................... stupid but its the truth.
What changed about me? My attitude and willingness to take more risks, both personally and professionally. The fear used to be "shut up bald guy" verses "shut up cuz that's dumb"
With my career, I've been willing to speak up more and voice outside the box thoughts. With my personal life, I was more willing to approach the "hot girl" with greater success because I guess that confidence shines through.
While defending my third Masters, I remember there was a moment where I was asked a question and before answering thought to myself "Whatever, I'm a good looking guy and they will accept my answer". Long behold, as outrageous as my comment was, it was accepted. Was it because of my treatment, not necessarily. But the treatment was the cause of me saying what I did.
So this brief reflection of the past 4 years makes me wonder whether I made the right decision or not.............
WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK?
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Posted by JDawg on 19 February 2015 - 12:15 AM
Honestly this doesn't look good, it's what still is keeping me on the fence.
First off, his treatment wasn't done by HIS. 2nd, personally, i think he went a bit too dark which is why it looks kind of off under the indoor lighting he's at...I gotta tell you, i was at the gym last night for the first time in like 10 years and i felt so comfortable. I kept seeing myself in the mirror and my treatment while yes looked a bit shiny due to sweat and what not, looked really nice! You cant keep putting off treatment forever and thinking it will be perfected one day. I think mentally you need to sit down and be honest with yourself. While this treatment works really well for the most part, at the end of the day, it's an illusion and all you're doing is putting ink on your bald dome. If you think this is going to put hair on your head or you won't have to deal with basic daily maintenance than I don't mean to sound rude but this treatment probably isn't for you. Do you rather have a treatment that looks awesome 90% of the time and sometimes you deal with small bumps depending on lighting or what not, or you rather be a balding man with a horse shoe ALL THE TIME? I sure as hell didn't want option 2 so i went for this treatment. Go light and natural with a bit of a receded look, accept it for what it is, be prepared to shave it everyday or other day, be prepared to use anti shine as you choose, be prepared to moisturize whenever you want/need and just do this for yourself and no one else. I don't tell people i got this treatment but if i was ever called out, i would man up and be proud, proud of myself that i was financially able to pay for the only treatment that would let me be free in rain or shine and give me a better look than i had before...I feel bad for anyone balding who is suffering and doesn't know about this treatment, i feel even more sorry for people who are balding and suffering and know about this treatment, are able to afford it, but still look for perfection in it while wasting so much time when they could have been in that seat already wrapping up 2-3 treatments, looking and feeling much better than they did before treatment!
S - scoring
M - more
P - pussy
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Posted by Stubbletown on 09 April 2015 - 08:13 PM
Just some things I have learned from going thru this process. It might be helpful to others considering SMP or people having the same experiences.
1: It's normal to go very conservative the 1st session. You almost have to not look at it too much, which is really hard to do. Think of it as a template.
2: The lymph nodes behind my ears swelled up after session one. A week later, they are still swollen. I also feel VERY fatigued. I have no idea why. It must be the immune system dealing with a wound?
3: The week following session one is a very long one and can be very emotional. This whole SMP process is emotional, depending on how balding has affected you over the years.
4: Session 2 looks much better than the first.
5: The small scabs and texture from the wounding actually look great for the first few days after the treatment. It adds to the realism. It's very disappointing when they go away and the balding scalp is smooth again.
6: I wish I was warned a little bit more about how difficult it will be in my case to maintain the 2D illusion in the crown/horseshoe area. The hair on the back of my head is very thick, dark and dense. Any more than 24 hours of growth and I've got big texture differences. I'm def going to need a 3rd session. Even then, the horseshoe area will be difficult to maintain (but I trust my practicioner 100% to strike the best balance on session 3) I'm not going to want anyone standing close behind me in line at a grocery store.
7: If you do share this SMP experience with a partner, wife or girlfriend, it is advisable to not wear them out with your worries about how it looks. Sure, get feedback from them, but don't obsess. Practice self control.
8: SMP looks unbelievably realistic from 3-10 feet away in medium to low lighting. Don't stare at it in the bathroom mirror under harsh light bulbs from 8 inches away-- it's not going to look good under those circumstances.
9: Think of this treatment as more of a hack than a cure. I know that's a very simple idea, but the reality of that settles in once you have the treatment.
10: If you decide to only tell a select few about this, choose them wisely. Friendships and family can be complicated -- and real, true trust is elusive.
11: Avoid side fills if you can. (I didn't have them done)
12: for me, it was important to have a receded look, as if I was a man who has just started to bald and decided to shave his head. My practitioner did a great job at acheiving this.
13: I have always had the sides and back of my hair grown out and almost always wear a hat. Everyone around me is used to that. But now weraing a hat with completely shaved head makes me look older, more tired, and severe. It's a tradeoff. But it's better to have the treatment and not have that constant worry of your hat coming off. My goal is to not wear hats in a few weeks. But that's just hard to imagine right now.
14: Overall I'm very happy with the treatment, but for now I'm just being realistic and cautious. Despite being really impressive, this is only a 2D illusion of hair and has it's limitations-- depending on the individual. I am just going to have to wait and see how this settles over the next few weeks. It's going to be a long road.
15: My practitioner is very experienced and talented, albeit a bit rushed. My suggestion to HIS would be to not overload the practitioners' schedules. They need to be happy, healthy and relaxed for this kind of work. It cannot be easy to concentrate on making tens of thousands of dots for hours on end while maintaining best practices.
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Posted by Hairperfect on 09 April 2015 - 02:43 PM
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Posted by NOwayJOSE on 26 June 2014 - 08:14 PM
Well after years of hiding under these stupid hats, my head can finally breathe! I just completed my first session!
I started balding around the age of 22. It was something I didn't even notice. A friend of mine spotted it and I played it off like I didn't care but as soon as I got home I was in the mirror and what do you know! I was receding! So since then I've been wearing baseball caps just about everywhere. Nobody knows about it other than my girlfriend. My family has no idea and neither do any of my Co-workers. I can't believe that balding could have such a tight grasp on me and how I lived my life. I've missed out on so much. Weddings, christenings, funerals, birthday parties, you name it! I was running out of excuses on why I couldn't go. Pathetic? Yes I know! I even looked for a job that didn't require me to wear business attire. So I've been in construction where I can hide my problem under a hardhat or a baseball cap. Only now the guys at work have been teasing me because they've never seen me without a hat. So that's what gave me the kick in go pants to find a solution!
I started looking into hair transplants a few years ago but every time I'd look I'd just hear these horror stories about how they didn't take or about the scars that you were left with but I refused to believe it. I refused to believe that there was no cure. I refused to believe that I was stuck as a balding man in my twenties with nowhere to go. So I booked an appointment for a hair transplant anyways out of desperation. I won't name the company but it was a popular one and they promised me the world for a small fee of $12,000. They urged me to have it done right away. I guess so i wouldn't do anymore research on the procedure. I agreed and gave a $500 deposit. Then the night before the transplant my girlfriend and i did some research and found the answer to my prayers! I found HIS!
I booked my consultation in April and I knew right off the bat that this was the real deal! No pressure from him. He didn't force me to sign any papers. But he did say if I wanted real hair this wasn't for me. If I wanted the appearance of a full head of hair with a cropped look then I came to the right place! The practitioner is as real as they come. He's a straight up sincere dude and I just wanna thank him for sharing his story with me! I booked my sessions on the spot. And as of yesterday I've joined my smp brothers on the dark side!
The practitioner that did my first session has quite a few years under his belt and the dude is a perfectionist. He's extremely patient and he flat out knows what he's doing. He gave me a boatload of density for a first session. Started a bit high on the hairline to be safe but we might drop it down a bit next week.
I'm extremely happy. I feel like I got my life back. Time to start living! Anyone on the ropes about doing this should stop procrastinating and just go for it. It'll change your life for the better. Instant results. Instant gratification. I just wanna say thank u to HIS and all my brothers here in the forums for helping me get here. Cheers!
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Posted by JuJu on 11 June 2014 - 11:35 PM
When: Tomorrow am
Why: Androgenic hair loss secondary to medications in my 20's. That along with some traction alopecia from attempts to camouflage. I'm an advanced Ludwig. Women use the Ludwig stages, versus Norwood for the guys.
Trials: What you guys called systems and units, we call wigs, weaves, extensions, tracks, glue in's, sew in's, braids, scarves, hats
Rationale: 1) attempt to regain the appearance of full coverage. I want a more professional look when I don't wear wigs instead of "patchy alopecia head" 2)I live in Texas, it gets fricking hot. Systems can be torturous . I'm a bit 3) tired of little kids asking if I have cancer and finally 4)it seems like a great option and alternative
Challenges: 1) I hope I don't look like i have shoe polish or a tattoo on my head (my hubby's fear) But wait honey, I WILL have a tattoo on my head! Unlike many of the guys on the forum, I'm out. EVERYONE knows that I have alopecia and most have actually seen me au natural. I go between hair, the way women change shoes. I have TONS of hair. So by doing this, what does that say? Does it mean that I'm insecure? I don't think so. What if it comes out weird? Hell, that will definitely undermine, the "love yourself mantra" I try to live. Anyway, enough on that... The other challenge is 2) A hairline that looks feminine. Luckily many AA women wear bald fades, but the goal is for me to still convey femininity and workplace professionalism. Luckily the rest of me, will never be mistaken as a male. I just want the SMP rock.
I have a story, but this will do for now.
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Posted by HatingHats on 13 April 2014 - 05:40 PM
probably won't.. I am not insecure enough to pay 4 grand to have someone paint dots on my head. seriously...............
I am insecure enough to pay 4 grand and feel better about myself. If you are one of those lucky gents who has no hair loss as you age or you sincerely dont mind to let your belly hang low and your balding scalp show as you age, more power to you. Some gents really dont give a shit if it all hangs out. But many of the rest of us would like to, if we can in a realistic manner and the price is not too high, try to age gracefully and keep our hair if possible. For some gents too, that began losing hair as teens, it is more than just simple vanity and can actually cause large scale psychological stress and loss of confidence (and a decrease in quality of life). If $4000 helps them to return to a normal life and better fulfill their purpose, who are you to bitch about how someone spends their private cash?
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Posted by HatingHats on 11 August 2015 - 12:11 AM
Horseshoe, the pigments are held in the collagen micro-forest of the second layer of your skin (the dermal layer). Image trying to hold some mayonnaise in a cross weaved salad bowl made out of thatching. At first, the salad bowl will hold a big lump of mayonnaise just fine. However, as time passes, the mayonnaise can leak out a bit from the bottom as Earth's natural gravitational field presses down on the mayonnaise (equal to 9.81 m/s^2) and because the mayonnaise degrades a little bit. (its viscosity changes as the UV radiation from the sun changes its chemical structure) The same is true of the pigment being held in a client's collagen micro-forest, and normally, it would leak out into surrounding tissue and bleed out, so to speak. However, the reason this does not happen is that your immune system constantly removes particles that float free from the collagen microforest. (and from there are removed to the lymph nodes) Therefore, with regard to SMP, there is almost no "bleeding". There is fading, where a more densely packed area over time degrades due to immune response or UV radiation, but there is not bleeding or smearing.
Your next question is probably, "Then why do regular tattoos seem to bleed and merge after many years?" The answer to that is that regular tattoo inks are exactly that, ...inks. (they are not monomeric pigments) They are made of the pigment molecules but are usually combined with binders, carriers or additives. When that tattoo ink is subjected to the UV radiation of the sun for many years and Earth's standard gravitational field, the various components' are separated or their covalent bonds are broken and they break down and "bleed out", but at separate rates, which show as a stain bleeding together, or as a smearing. All the while, the immune system is working to remove this degradation. In comparison, the HIS pigment is a monomeric structure that does not break down any further, which is why you do not see a bleeding or smearing. The only thing you see with HIS is fading.
Then, your next question is likely to be, "Will the individual dots eventually fade away?" The answer is yes. If given enough time, the dots will fade down until they are no longer distinct dots (at least from an observer's point of view). And, that is the exact reason why all clients, at some point in the future will need an occasional touch-up. It is so new sharp dots can be laid down which keep the appearance ultra-realistic. For some, this might be every four years, but for another, it might be once every eight years. (I would say the average is about once every five years) I hope this helps.
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Posted by JazzHead on 21 June 2015 - 04:30 AM
I'm an African-American male, native of So. Cal, raised on plenty of Motown, Old School R&B, Funk and Jazz. I'm a regular dude, level headed, educated and good at discerning the Truth from BS.
I did not expect to lose my hair and go from a stylish flattop fade in the 1990s to a George Jefferson receding hairline and matching bald spot in the back. Being 40 something, I decided just to cut it all super short and sport a salt & pepper beard with an unlimited assortment of beanies, baseball caps and hats.
Self esteem has never been an issue. I figure a Brother can still exude plenty of confidence, swagger and a commanding presence whether he be bald or afro deep. My journey towards SMP was based more on exhaustive research, due diligence, hands on Q&A and a personal preference.
In the urban community, the topic of hair modification can be a very taboo subject and rarely discussed among men, because, let's face it - Brothers look "absolutely ridiculous" wearing a curly wig (like a ventriloquist dummy), crooked toupee (with an impossible hairline), lace front applications, temporary powders & sprays (disastrous when they bleed, smudge or run) and everyone knows that hair transplants on a Black Man can leave an unsightly happy face scar (and a high possibility of keloids) not to mention being relegated to a limited selection of hair style choices other than rockin' a weird looking mini afro. As you know - the cost and maintenance associated with any of the above "alternatives" is going to prove out to be quite expensive, laborious and never quite gratifying.
Real talk ~ Believe me when I say, you're not fooling anybody; the women are not impressed and you stick out like a hella sore thumb at the mall, the nite club, Sunday church service, the gym or even just shopping at the super market.
I had two sessions done around October and November of 2014 at the Los Angeles clinic and I must say that I was pretty impressed with the results of the procedure(s); The BEFORE and AFTER is amazing. My kids initially gave me a hard time cos' they weren't used to seeing Dad with a hairline and my wife was concerned that it was something along the lines of a henna tattoo... but over 6+ months later in the California sunshine, the appearance looks very natural, totally compliments my skin tone (which was an initial major concern of mine) and the results are permanent.
Until medical science can finally perfect "hair re-growth" (which everyone knows is highly unlikely, due to the lucrative nature of the industry; i.e "treatments") - in my honest opinion, SMP is definitely the way to go.
If you're on the fence or a general skeptic - it's totally understandable because so was I. It's one thing to look at the assortment of website pictures, internet videos or segments on TV news ~ but it's a whole different level of appreciation when you're able to see if for yourself - "Seeing is believing."
I'm in the greater Los Angeles area and am only more than happy to share my experience, my grooming routine and insight here in the forums, via email, phone or even in person (though I will insist that you'll have to buy a Brother lunch - and No!, fast-food does not count; so don't even trip).
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Posted by Conhair on 27 February 2015 - 12:59 AM
**Correction, Almost Four Years On**
It's nearly been four years since my first treatment so thought I would share some of my experiences since having the treatment done. The first thing I would like to say is I do not regret getting this treatment done whatsoever.
The main reason I got this treatment done was because I was receding at the temples and knew it would get worse; therefore, I took the plunge. I was only 22 when I received the treatment, and now at nearly 26, I have spent a large part of my twenties bald. Many of my friends and people the same age are clinging to the hair they have left, and few have taken the plunge and shaved it. I will now take this opportunity to answer some questions.
Has having the treatment changed the way the opposite sex have looked at me?
It is hard to say, because despite having SMP, I have never really been short of female attention. The only time I really did wish I had hair was when I went to Magaluf in 2014, and the place was filled with Terminators with great tans and tremendous heads of hair. In all fairness, I felt I probably would have looked better over there if I had hair but maybe that's just my own insecurities.
Have I told many people about the treatment?
I have told only a select number of people. My mum, brother, some close friends, my ex girlfriend (when we were together I got the treatment done) and my current girlfriend. One thing I will say is be very careful about this if you care about people knowing. I was somewhat betrayed by a friend who told some people about me having the treatment which resulted in me losing that friend. Relationships will fall apart, and information about yourself and the treatment is something you can never take back, so be cautious and don't piss off an ex girlfriend.
Have I ever been called out on the treatment?
I can honestly say I have never been called out on the treatment. It has even been to the extent where someone brought up the fact they saw a head tattoo being featured on a show the previous night and I still wasn't called out. I know in some situations this could be a sly way of trying to gauge a reaction if someone had a suspicion; however, this person genuinely did not know. All I could do was act amazed that there was such a concept, and the conversation eventually moved on. Having said that, there have been a few comments over the years which have come in the form of "your hair looks painted/drawn on" but those were by no means comments that were aimed at the fact that I have a tattoo on my head but merely observations. I merely laughed them off.
Any general comments on the treatment?
I have had many compliments over the years from people that do not know I have had this done. I have had comments like "you have a movie star's hairline", and some people act with genuine curiosity as to why I shave my head at all which is the most common question. To anyone contemplating getting this done, be prepared for this. Due to having had a number of jobs since the treatment, usually my work colleagues will wait a while to get to know me before asking the inevitable "why do you shave your head?" question. Over the years I've got so used to answering this question and I usually say that it's because I like it. I've even been told by a couple of people to grow my hair so they can see what I look like. The frequent asking about why I shave my head can be annoying; however, this really is a testament to the treatment itself. If I was clearly bald with no sign of hair, then I can imagine these questions would not be asked due to the obvious. Therefore, it really is a positive to how natural and untraceable the treatment is.
Have I bumped into anyone who has had the treatment?
I bumped into one person in a Glasgow nightclub who had the treatment done and his looked perfect. We spotted each other instantly and it was such a funny experience because we both knew that we had the treatment and had a laugh about it. I have also spotted a few people in the street over the years and have been able to tell but only because I've been so used to looking at my own head.
This is a great treatment, and I cannot speak any more highly of it. Some advice I will give is try and go for as natural a hairline (and side profiles) as possible. I did not need any treatment on my side profiles; therefore, it is really only my hairline and halfway up my head that has the treatment. By being as natural as possible, there will be less of a chance of being called out. And also, the shaving is a pain at times - especially when you're tired but it beats the alternative.
Any questions, then ask away.
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Posted by Fatstrat1991 on 31 August 2014 - 09:52 AM
I haven't had any SMP done, yet I can fully and highly recommend this company to anyone searching for an answer to their hair loss just based on research and results of this forum. A huge thanks to HIS and their clients, keep up the amazing work.
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Posted by Damien on 10 June 2014 - 10:28 PM
It has been a while since I discussed my own experience with hair loss. As the moderator of the HIS forum I tend to spend most of my time supporting others, answering questions and giving advice. For this reason it doesn't feel right to talk about my own situation too often, feels a little self-obsessive somehow. But like I said its been a while, so I guess it's no problem.
I suppose my story shares a lot of common traits with other clients of HIS. I'm not really sure when I started to lose my hair because I think I was in denial for quite a long time. My best guess is that I was around 24 years old when I first started to notice, but by the time I reached 27 it was really starting to become more obvious, and it was bothering me more and more. I've always had a high hairline anyway but it was getting higher, and when I used to spike my hair up I could see more of my scalp through my hair as the months and years passed.
Like many of you, the thought of getting a hair transplant or a hair system never crossed my mind. Hell, at the time I didn't even know what a hair system was, unless it was referred to as a wig I guess. I had no idea what minoxidil or finasteride were, or what they're used for. The reality is that if you're not losing your hair, you don't make it your business to know. Why would you? I was probably destined to be one of those suckers who buys every miracle shampoo or lotion that claims to make your hair appear thicker, because I didn't know any different at the time.
Anyway, I used to work for the Trinity Mirror Group, the company that owns the Daily Mirror and a range of other British newspapers. I came to visit HIS Hair Clinic one day on a sales visit and Ian, Ranbir and I just hit it off. A few short months later and I'd left my publishing career behind and I joined HIS as their marketing guy. That was 5 years ago now.
I'd been working for the company for 4 years before I finally decided to have SMP myself last year. Why did it take me so long? Honestly, I don't know for sure. Perhaps I was still in denial to a certain extent, or maybe even despite working for the company and coming into contact with literally thousands of guys who had it done, I was still looking for the catch. I had all the same concerns as many of you like how it would look years down the line, whether it would suit me or not, and what my family and friends would say. Even after I made the decision to do it, I was still looking for excuses to put it off just a little longer in case the 'catch' presented itself to give me an excuse to back out. Sounds ridiculous, I know.
One perk I had as an employee was that I could choose my practitioner, and I chose #### because he's the one I knew best and felt most comfortable with. I helped him document his own story, after which we became friends so it was the obvious way to go. That said, I have a huge amount of respect for both practitioners in Birmingham, so I'd have been happy whoever I was allocated to.
All anxiety and doubt was gone immediately after my first session. The relief is hard to explain. It was partly down to the fact that I knew how much it hurt from then on (which wasn't too bad anyway), partly because there was no turning back so I had no way of procrastinating any more, and of course because I could see how my new appearance was coming together and I realised I really liked my new look. Honestly, it was an incredible feeling. Sessions 2, 3 and 4 swiftly followed, the pigments settled, and here I am nearly a year later, happy as can be.
For those who are interested, I started out using clippers on a zero. Then I moved onto the Wahl Balding Clippers that cut it a little shorter, then to a Remington R655 rotary face shaver. Now I wet shave in the shower every other day. I use a standard facial cleanser to wash my head, I moisturise with HeadBlade Headlube matte and when I need to use sunscreen, I use a light SPF15-25 cream. My personal favourite is Calypso spray, but Nivea Light Feeling is also very good. By far the best results I experience are from wet shaving, and its the only method where I can shave every 2 days rather than every day.
The really weird thing is that although I knew losing my hair was getting me down, I didn't realise how much until after I had it done. It wasn't so much about getting my hair back, but more about losing the anxiety and confidence issues that come with going bald. I don't look in the mirror and think 'wow' like some people do. For me, the biggest benefit is simply not having to think or worry about it anymore. The issue is gone, and I've been able to move on a much happier man.
I remember a thread Haircules started a while back. It was all about improving yourself after SMP. More specifically, it was about getting the body you always wanted. That's next on my agenda. I've always been a bit flabby around the edges, but I realise now that I'm just procrastinating like I did before I had SMP.
Achievements are made by doers, not procrastinators, and it's about time I started practising what I preach. Although to date I've hardly been a model example to follow, I would definitely encourage everyone who has had SMP to think about how else they can improve their lives. SMP brings confidence, but what use is confidence if you don't make the most of it? Join a gym, get a new wardrobe, go for that promotion or meet the girl of your dreams. Whatever would make you happiest, go out there and get it. Life is for living, after all. I for one am going to stop making excuses, as of now. I'm quitting smoking, I'm getting my ass down to the gym and I'm not going to stop until I get to where I want to be.
Apologies for the sermon. I just had a load of thoughts running through my head and thought I'd share as I know some of you can probably relate. Sat in a hotel room right now with nothing but an iPad camera, but I'll drop some updated photos on this thread in the next day or two.
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Posted by Nightwood on 14 February 2014 - 10:40 PM
Sounds bad. Hope they sort you bud, im sure they will
@nightwood, if you had a bad experience...but are now 2 years removed from your treatment, why do u still hang out here. You obviously dont love the company? Do u have a certain agenda or u just bored?
No worries i've been asked it before, so i don't mind summing it up. I'm trying to avoid going off topic here though so i'd rather we don't deviate too far off course.
When i originally came to the board it was very.... cheerleader orientated nobody uttered a bad word because you got pitch forked by the community if you said anything or got made out to be a competitor which in most cases turned out to be un-true with a bit of digging on Damien's side for the legitimacy. Thankfully the board is a bit more free-thinking now rather than the past with rose tinted glasses. The community was very helpful though, you asked anything and if they knew they'd tell you it felt a bit like a safe place i suppose. I did my treatments and the outcome was less than favorable, i maintained my silence for a long time only rarely spouting out when i was reaching blowing point, i know Hats was well wishing me a lot through my journey as he was also in a tight bind at the time. I'm going to make this relevant to bobb's post here, trust me it takes a lot of guts to go as in-depth as he has with his story unsure of the reception you'll receive and whether its hurting or helping your cause plus we as men are not as emotional as women, i could tell when reading his post that he's put a lot of emotion in there.
Why do i still frequent here?
I like to help people, I did fully intend to completely stop coming here after my sessions but i was still in talks with quite a few men offering my opinion & advice so i stayed around I didnt actually post for a while then i seen this http://forum.hishair...ng/?hl=debating got overwhelmed with emotion/anger at how narrow minded the guy was and that was the first time i spoke out, i have a point of view that differs some may not agree with some or all of my views but i've helped countless people over the years and received many thank you's one guy recently offered to take me out to dinner if i'm ever in town haha, ranging from SMP based questions to offering opinions on other hair-loss based resolutions e.g SMP + FuE combo's / Ht's / Meds / some direction in regards to scar repair / alternate therapy's (dermaroller etc) or my general opinion of SMP, you might believe I think it doesnt work, i do just it needs to be done in the right hands, which wasn't done in Bobb's case thus why im empathetic with his case and feel he does deserve a refund at least, after all the men i've spoken to i think i only advised one not to do it as he had very unrealistic expectations and still had a vast amount of hair. Another reason i stuck around, at that time i was still rather bitter but very unhappy with my appearance and seen it as an out-let for similar individuals thats no longer the case, i'm happy now but i still like to help people, there's no better feeling than having a man you've never even met thank you for being there for him and helping him. I will eventually stop posting here, probably when my PM's/E-mails dry up or people are sick of my 'no sugar coating' style.
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