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Posted by Tosspot on 25 February 2014 - 11:53 AM
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 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 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 JerryInTX on 23 May 2017 - 04:43 AM
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Posted by Josh2.0 on 16 May 2015 - 01:20 AM
today I worked with a small group of new people. under all different kinds of lights, harsh, Fluorescent, you name it, the worst kind. After work we all met for drinks.
A couple of hours later, after about three drinks each, some one asked me the question?????
"why do you shave your head when you have a full head of hair?"
thank you HisHairClinic
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Posted by HBK on 26 February 2015 - 11:33 PM
The reason why anyone would have laser is because they've asked for a unnatural look.
Whilst I was having my treatment done the practioner told me that a lot of guys kept coming back for a bit more here,a little darker there.
The practioner offers their view that it's ok as it is but in the end they have to keep the customer happy.
HIS have now stopped offering free unlimited top ups because of this.
Keep it simple and natural and you won't be in this situation.
Sick of listening to your shit man. Whether it is threads like this where you just assume that my problem is my own fault for asking for an unnatural look, or all the others where you're having a go at folk with valid concerns about treatment telling them just to go for it because YOU say it's 100% undetectable.
Just to be clear:
I ASKED FOR A NATURAL TREATMENT WITH SOFT BROKEN HAIRLINE. I HAD NO INPUT ON SHADE SELECTION.
Now Im ranting here fair enough but getting called out has badly effected my confidence so the last thing I need is pricks like you generalising and making out to everyone else that this issue was caused by me.
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Posted by Harper on 24 August 2014 - 04:22 AM
Backstory... 33 years old, been shaving my head since sports in high school.
I am white, but have rather dark/tanned skin naturally.
Over the years MPB set in to the point that I really only had peach fuzz growing on the top of my head, but having always had a shaved head, and the color of my skin, Im often asked if I have hair or not. For those of us who are very concious of balding, we know I dont, but to others they arent as sure....
Had been contemplating SMP for some time, decided it was time to take the plunge.
I didnt even tell my wife I was doing it, she knew it existed, and one time a conversation came up where she said some famous guys were doing it, but thats all the conversation we had ever had on it. She of course knows what my hair looks like at times ive been too lazy to shave for a few days, and the hair on my sides is still quite dark.
So tuesday, I had my first session. After the session I went to my office and worked late, when I got home, she and my daughter were asleep so I slept in the basement, which is almost the norm during the week as we keep very different hours. The following morning, they are up and gone before I even come upstairs.
Anyway.... wed evening I come home early, and they had ran to the store. The redness had subsided from the treatment. I was sitting working at the kitchen counter when they came in. She said hi, gave me a kiss, looked right at me and....
Said nothing. She didnt even notice haha. To me, the difference is night and day, but she didnt say a word. I just stared at her with a funny look on my face. We talked about normal stuff, went into my daughters play room, watched her play, talked.... nothing. All the while I have a stupid grin on my face, which she kept asking why, I said no reason.
So it was time for dinner and we went back to the kitchen. She hands me a box from amazon which I open and it was some headlube moisturizer. She asks why Ive been orderindg so many skin care products lately, as this was not the first amazon box, and i just started laughing. I had been home and with them for an hour at this point. I said 'really'? She says 'really what?' I said 'now I understand why girls get mad when you dont notice they got a hair cut'. She still didnt get it. Finally i said 'you really dont notice anything different?' As I leaned my head down she was like 'holy sh$t'.
Id imagine most people biggest fear is that they walk out looking like theyve got some crazy thing on their head. Well I got the exact opposite.
Fast forward to today, my first light wash and shave. It looks amazing. Sure, theres a bit of fading and touching up needed with my second session on tuesday, but wow this is awesome. And with the peach fuzz that grows on the top of my head, which I did not shave over the smp area, it even feels real. You would never ever know, and this is session one.
Im very aware its a process and can fade etc and need continued maintenece over the long term, but for those in doubt, take the plunge.
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Posted by Pele on 15 May 2014 - 02:21 AM
As I got older I realised I didn't want to live like this. Always being cautious and paranoid about my hair , so googlng online I stummbled across his hair. I went ti see Ian and ranvir. I loved ians look. It looked well cool. So I booked in at Harley street with marques. He's a very nice guy, with a very positive attitude and has the eye for a good job. He knows what he is doing! I've had three sessions in total. I will upload the pics after this. My magic session was the 3rd. First one was like a foundation. We got the hairline on and went very Safe with the shade. Second one we went with same colour but more dense. 3rd one I asked to go abit darker, and marques got the shade (12) spot on. 3 weeks post 3rd session I am loving my look. I Am soooo happy I got this done. For anyone on the fence, if short hair suits u then defo get this done . It has given me back my confidence . My wife of 1.5 years had not even seen me without a cap . Can u believe that? No shitting. Thats where I was in my life. Pathetic right. But now, Im all in her face saying look at my hair . Lol
Brothers, I promise you, these people will help u. I didn't have to write this, but I believe In Karma, and the goodness they have given me I need to give back in some way.
Ps big shout to bold tosspot and jowells. You guys helped me by your messages when I was proper crappin myself. God bless guys.
Stop wasting time and get this done. No regrets.
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Posted by Tosspot on 13 April 2014 - 03:39 PM
I have a solution for you mate: Don't get it done.
Glad to help.
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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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Posted by Happyclient on 14 January 2014 - 05:41 PM
I felt the need to sign up to this forum to express to you all how utterly brilliant this treatment is. I am absolutely over the moon with it. It is changing my life.
My problems with hair loss dates back to when I was about 16. I started thinning on top and that coupled with already fine hair there was no way out. I am mid 20's now.
I will share how I have felt over the years and how I have dealt with baldness. I was in denial, clear denial. I wore a fringe, put all sorts of products in there to try and thicken it and was still trying to convince myself "I just have a high hairline", "My mum has the same hairline".
I used to stand in front of a mirror combing it in every conceivable way, analysing it from every possible angle. I couldn't leave the mirror until I had convinced myself I wasn't balding. Spending hours most days gazing at it and getting rushes of dread every time I saw a flash of my crown. Then putting more product in it whilst squinting to see if the thin patch was just a trick of the light. If it wasn't, I wouldn't be able to function for weeks staying locked in my house honestly shaking and not being able to carry out a single normal thought that wasn't related to my hairloss. Only until the denial crept back in was I able to continue on with life.
Every single person I saw on TV I was analysing their hairline and giving them a norwood rating. I would rush back and forth to the bathroom maybe 20 times a day for long periods of time to study and comb my hair until it was "just so". I could not function until it was "just so" Doubts would subsequently come creeping back in to my mind that would send me straight up to the bathroom again.
I would go through stages of thinking different areas of my hair was thinning and every balding man I saw had that exact same thin part and I would obsess for probably if I am honest 90% of the day on it. I'd say at one point of my life I spent roughly 90% of the time I was awake thinking about my hairline. I failed university because I could not concentrate on anything that wasn't my own obsessive thoughts. I could not control them and was fully aware of how irrational they were. The only way I could get any rest bite was by starting at my hairline for long enough to decide to myself; "I'm not losing my hair, it's fine", only to see a bald man on TV an hour later and then to go instantly go back to the mirror.
Danny (cheekychops) hit home for me when he mentioned that he could not go to his childs parents evening until he had put topik in his hair and got it to look right. I also regularly experienced this. I have been late for the majority of stuff I have ever attended due to not being able to tear myself from the mirror. For me i felt glued to it. I could not walk away it was a complete impossibility even if I was already late. In the reflection I could only see my hair, the rest of the room was just a blur of adrenaline usually. This caused me to miss a great deal of life experiences including uni due to not being able to attend lectures.
With me, until I had convinced myself I was not losing my hair was the only time I could enjoy stuff. I could not play Xbox, I could not watch films, I could not go out until I had obsessively checked and and combed my hair to get it to look "right", I would walk out of the bathroom just to walk straight back in again. In the back of my mind I originally believed this was due to "not fitting in with the actors" and my receding hairline made me "not worthy" to enjoy the things I love most because I am balding and I was a level below everyone else. Only recently have I come to understand that I could not function in anyway or do anything else unless I had fed my addiction and that was looking at my hair.
I remember pulling my hair back with a comb and seeing the thinning patches at the corners of my hairline for the first time and I just sort of blacked out the bathroom floor. The next two weeks were just a blur of shaking and repetitive thoughts.
I then (somehow) managed to reign my thoughts in, I went back to the denial stage and decided to go on finasteride (whilst telling myself I wouldn't need it because I wasn't balding anyway). I also made myself sign a contract that I had written telling myself that if I looked at my hairline at all in one year, I would "surrender my soul to satan", You're probably laughing right now, I know this sounds ridiculous and is rather funny looking back on it but it was the only thing that helped, I don't even believe in satan I just needed something to stop me from experiencing that moment again.
This actually worked incredibly and I went a whole year without pulling back my hairline, I was still studying my hair for large portions of the day in the mirror however but it definitely took the edge off. I'm not going to lie the finasteride worked wonders. I grew back a large portion of my hair. The scrutiny of my hair was becoming less and less and one day (after a year obviously) I pulled back to look at my hairline and to my delight the thinning areas had in filled in. Admittedly I was stood far back from the mirror and was squinting and in reality it probably hadn't, however I was happy in my delusion for the time being. I came off the propecia after around 2 years after I had finally convinced myself I was "not losing my hair" and had a "mature hairline" (lol). I experienced some side effects with the drug and do not recommend people use it looking back.
As expected my hair thinned again within a year and whilst I was still in denial I and using copious amount of hairspray to fix it in place, I was still having pretty intense episodes over it. I used to look at balding men and think "how can you be happy". I was totally aware my brain was wired differently but could not fathom in any way how people could accept it. Pathetic, I know. The majority of my mates know I have a problem and were extremely careful in how they dealt with me.
My hair has looked ridiculous for the past 8 years; just a blob of hairspray and thickening powder. I looked utterly stupid and was completely aware that people thought it was bizarre. However I did not care. All I cared about was convincing myself (and others slightly) I was not balding. It did not matter how ridiculously I had styled or how much crap I had poured on top. It was obvious I was trying to cover my baldness and deep down I probably knew that. However as usual I was happy in my delusion.
Medication helped a bit. It didn't help me rationalise, I was already completely rational about my situation. I just couldn't control the compulsions and the need to feed them. I would never have CBT because I could never had admitted the shame I was feeling. The shame of how I felt outsiders would view my issue. The fear of being told by a therapist that I actually was balding and I had to get over it. I knew deep down that admitting I was balding would be the first step but I just couldn't do it. I couldn't let go. I was prepared to suffer for it.
Excuse this. I have gone in far to much detail than I intended. This is the first time I have spoken about it properly. Whilst I assume the vast majority of you guys coped a whole lot better than me I feel the need to express how I felt to others who have perhaps felt the same.
In no way am I suggesting that SMP is the solution to people with my condition but for me it has been. I genuinely, genuinely mean that. Whilst I still deal with compulsive issues (unrelated to hair loss) regularly I am coping for the first time in 8 years.
Once the treatment has settled down it is honestly absolutely stunning and far exceeded my expectations. bizarrely I love the mirror now it reminds me of what I have left behind. Even I cannot pick a fault with the treatment.
I thank you Ian and #### you have changed my life and dragged me out from where I was.
I have finally said good bye to baldness. Writing this has been a weight of my mind. I am now trying my absolute best to live life to the full and make up for all the lost time I have spend in front of mirrors.
If this treatment can change me it can certainly change you.
I thank you for reading.
- Damien, slap head 190, SebDerm and 6 others like this