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#55759 My Video Diary

Posted by Tosspot on 25 February 2014 - 11:53 AM


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#64295 Spread the Word

Posted by NOwayJOSE on 01 August 2014 - 03:14 PM

Quick little story. ..

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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#81523 What kind of sorcery is this?

Posted by NonDescript on 21 September 2016 - 07:04 PM

To our follicle-challenged brothers who can't seem to decide because of the nagging question "will it be natural enough that I won't be called out?"....  Read on.
 
Day 2 of session 1:
 
My head was still raw from all the needle pokes.  On the dining table with the family, we were all about two to four feet apart.  My niece commented, "Your head looks reddish."  (I think she said reddish or irritated, I forgot.)  Everybody glanced at me.  My balls went up my throat.  I just said, "I ran out of razor blades, I used a dull one."  She nonchalantly said, "Oh."  And everybody carried on with the interrupted topic and eating.
 
Day 4 of session 2:
 
First day back to work...
 
One person commented in the passing, "How was your vacation?  You looked refreshed.".  
 
One guy's eyes wandered to my scalp briefly, but didn't say a thing just carried on with the trivial Monday blah-blah-blah.   
 
Third comment of the day, from a colleague I've worked with for years as I grew balder and balder.  He glanced at my head. "You keep shaving your head, man, let it grow, skinhead is so 90's."   Then walked away.  I wanted to hug him from behind but I don't like the idea of getting punched in the face.  Haha.
 
Facebook video chat with my wife.  First time with lights turned up to bright.  She's on an extended vacation.  "Aunt Liddy sends her regards.  Did you have to work overtime?  (Squinted on the webcam)  Oh, you did not shave your head today?  How's Gumby [our cat] doing?  Are you watering my plants?  Have you finally disposed of the old armoire?"  Yeah, my beloved wife is a motormouth. LOL.  We've been married for 13 years.  Granted her view was through a webcam, but this is a woman who ran her fingers on my scalp a thousand times.  "You didn't shave your head today" she said after seeing imitation stubbles on my scalp.  
 
Day 5 of session 2:
 
Had a casual meeting with the boss.  He knew all along I was bald (well, still am bald but excuse me if I tend to use bald in past tense now.  Hehehe.)  That man insensitively commented on my baldness on a few occasions.  When he assigned me tough projects he would say, "Pulling your hair already?  Oops, sorry, nothing to pull."  Politically incorrect but I tease him back a lot about his beer belly so we're even.  Anyways, he said to me, "Fall is around the corner.  You're growing your hair back?  Tired of toques?".
 
Day 6 of session 2 (Today) :
 
Swiss Chalet lunch with a friend of 7-8 years.  Midway through lunch she said, "You should always cut your hair like that -- if you don't want to grow it long shave the sides close and leave stubbles on top, that way the thinning is not noticeable."   I said, "Yeah?"  She said, "Yeah.  Looks neat too."  I thought to myself, "Thinning top?  WTF?  I have no top!  You knew this!  You've known this for years!!!"  
 
What kind of sorcery is this?  I gotta go through the fine prints, maybe I unknowingly sold my soul to the devil.  ;-)
 
[ Pics to follow ]
 
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(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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#78094 An Open Letter to our Clients, Readers and Competition

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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#78551 3 YEARS LATER

Posted by Raymond on 10 January 2016 - 09:39 PM

so 3 years later and my smp is still the best thing I've done .

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#77077 4 year reflection

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?

 

Of course. 

 


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#70416 SMP Spotted!!!

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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#72505 2 days after second session

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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#72487 UNBELIEVABLE before@After Results,thanks God for HIS New York

Posted by Hairperfect on 09 April 2015 - 02:43 PM

all I can say is the work speaks for itself,words can't describe the happiness I am going through thanks to jonathan g. At the New York clinic,,fu#%ing genius that kid is,,I was a Norwood 7 and even after my first session I was blown away ,then after the second session I was at a lost for words,,please if any one is considering this,my man hooked it up ..I have not seen any other provider come close to these results,,I had a consultation at a different company before coming to HISHAIRCLINIC and they were way to sketchy and said they can do my treatment in 1 session,BULLSH%#,.and I read to many bad reviews other clinics ..It defiantly was fate that brought me to JOnathan in New York ,,😃😀😃😊☺️😊😃👴👴🙈

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#62516 Thank you HIS

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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#61561 HIS...ahem HerHair

Posted by JuJu on 11 June 2014 - 11:35 PM

What: SMP

 

When: Tomorrow am

 

Where: Houston

 

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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#58366 Norwood 7 Looking to get treatment done, please chime in!

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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#82184 My experience.

Posted by PermanentVacation on 10 November 2016 - 03:21 PM

I have been lingering on here in and out for a while so I thought it chip in.

I had smp in the summer 2014. I read an article in a men's magazine. Checked out the website and then made an appointment. Looking back I should have maybe been more cautious, but it all seemed legit!
I had a bill Murray in ghostbusters hairline, I fretted my whole 20's over my hair.
Not obsessively but I knew one day I'd have to shave my head. It was always a looming thought.

I have always been the sort of person that could for instance buy a car from a picture.
Don't get my wrong I'm super fussy but I just had an instinct that worked for me

I had my treatment in Birmingham. 2 treatments with a top up.
I'm not sure if I was scared I'd say more excited that this might actually work.

It did !!and I can say it's the best thing I have done for me!
Over time when your scalp calms etc and you get used to it you forget about it.

In 2 or more years only 2 people have been suspicious! Close friends never noticed
My wife loves it... it has taken 10 years of me mentally. At the gym a few weeks ago smp was brought up in conversation and 3 guys who had looked into it never thought anything of my hairline

It shines sometimes if iv just shaved it but so what! it dulls after an hour.
I wet Shave every 2 days and only shave in one direction front to back and down at the sides with maybe a run over here and there.

Il maybe book an appointment for a check this year but in 2 years it has only got better.

I can't say enough about his hair. If I was giving any advice I'd say don't make it a perfect hairline.
Imperfect makes it more real. And don't over think. I still can't believe it sometimes lol

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#76363 Any truth to the merging/bleeding of pigments over time theory

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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#72380 Found Out...Again

Posted by Thierry77 on 05 April 2015 - 01:50 PM

Hi HBK, I'm sorry to hear you've been having these issues. Last time I checked on your original thread was a while ago and to be honest, I thought your treatment was perfect after session 3 and did not expect to hear from you again! I think what your story so far really shows is that SMP is as much about your own mentality as it is about the SMP. For some people, the odd comment isn't going to bother them, for others, it can completely destroy their confidence.

 

I think what people have to remember is, the average person has no clue what a shaved head normally looks like. They won;t get a chance to look at one close up and from a  distance, it would just look like a grey mass. Yes, it's a curiosity for many people as to why someone would shave their head if they have no hair loss and that is probably why people with SMP will get the odd look. And when we are out and about, we are naturally going to look at ANYONE who has a shaved/bald head now because we know about the procedure and are interested in it. That does not mean that everyone else is doing the same! For example, whenever I am thinking about buying a pair of shoes, I notice that I start checking out everyone's shoes - but I never do this otherwise.

 

Before I had SMP, I shaved my head almost every day and filled in the "gaps" with face paint. I would never have left the house if I thought for one minute it looked detectable. I never got a comment in over 5 years. I still got girlfriends and women who were interested in me. The truth is that most people have no idea what a shaved head is supposed to look like. One girl once said she liked my beard but I just needed to grow my hair out a bit to give it a more "even" look. When I told her that wasn't possible because I'm losing it, she was shocked! She came right up and checked out my head from all angles and still couldn't tell I had smudged face paint all over my scalp! My SMP looks much better than that, so I really disagree when people say it is not undetectable - it is undetectable IF you have a good treatment and IF you learn how to shave and look after it properly. When I check my scalp after a fresh shave and moisturise, I honestly cannot see where the join is between SMP and real hair, so how could anyone else possibly claim to know?

 

There is a footballer who plays for my team, Nottingham Forest, called Henry Lansbury. He had a shaved head when he joined us at the time, I honestly could not tell if he was balding, had a full head shaved down or had SMP. And trust me, I checked, many times! He's now grown his hair out. The average person does not know what they are looking for, what a shaved head looks like. Even on this forum, we have different ideas about what it should look like. Some freak out because it "disappears" under bright lights - that is what happens with a full head of hair, shaved! Others complain about it looking like one grey mass - again, that is what it should look like from a distance. Some say SMP looks better outdoors, whereas I think it looks at it's best indoors.

 

You may well think you can tell if someone has SMP or not but I would say that is virtually impossible if it's been done correctly. It's easy to say that anyone you see with a shaved head could have SMP because it's rare to see anyone with a full head of hair, completely shaved. Fact is, you do not know for certain unless something stands out which looks obviously wrong. If I left my head unshaved for 24 hours and any of you guys saw it, you would instantly know where the join is. It's a fine line between detectable and undetectable. When you have this procedure done, you have to know the best way to get the best results. That means timing your shave correctly, using a shaver that works for you and using products on your head that help keep the scalp looking good. It can be a pain to be honest but it's still a far better alternative to what I was going through before.

 

That said, if something is OBVIOUSLY wrong, people will point it out eventually. I was never able to grow a decent pair of sideburns so when I was younger, I went through a phase of colouring in the gaps with eyeliner. I got called out TWICE - once by my best mate and once by a girl at work. It was hugely embarrassing and I stopped doing it. The paranoia really got to me, so I can understand why HBK would feel how he does now. It seems as though perhaps you went a bit too far after session 3? I won't comment on that because it's hard to say what a treatment really looks like in photos alone. But for others who are put off by this story, I would say you need to be aware that this is a tough process and it's not a magic wand.

 

There will be shit you go through mentally which can be hard to take. I'm still coming to terms with it now, yet I believe my treatment is excellent and have had no comments other than a couple of positive ones (and I have not told anyone that I have SMP). It can be difficult not to panic and to stop and rationalise the situation and this something many people can't do. Be aware that the process of SMP is so much more than just having a needle stuck into your head. It's about your own mental strength and perceptions and about getting the most out of your treatment once the tattooing is over.


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#66045 SMP Newbie (I'm a girl)

Posted by baldgirl on 19 September 2014 - 12:57 AM

Hi all.

 

I've been lurking the forum for a little bit as I've been contemplating getting SMP.  I recently had my second consultation and then booked my 1st session for Saturday in Chicago.  I'm both excited and anxious.  I look forward to the expected benefits but would also hate to make a bad situation worse.  Mike will be doing my procedure and from what I've read on here, I'm in pretty good hands. 

 

So here's my situation.  I've been experiencing androgenic alopecia (MPB/FPB) for 20 years.  My top thinned moderately and my sides lightly - too much thinning in all to keep it from being noticed.  So during this time I've worn hair "units" attached/bonded to my crown and kept it a well guarded secret.  If you saw me on the street you would never know I was wearing a partial wig.  But this year I finally decided to liberate myself from the madness/unpleasantness (physical, emotional, mental) and recently shaved my head.  It was my own GI Jane moment and it felt amazing!  Now I'm in control instead of it controlling me.  Since big head shave I've continued to wear full cap wigs out in the world because I prefer the general aesthetic of hair (especially at work), but I'm also working myself up to taking my bald head public (I've already outed my baldness on social media, so the secrecy is no longer an issue).  So that's where SMP comes in - I want my bald head to look as good as it can - less flaw and more awe :)   Unfortunately, my methods of bonding over the years worsened the hair loss at the areas of attachment (a 1" perimeter around the crown of my head).  In some spots there's very little hair there now - you can definitely see a track of less hair all the way around my crown.  This is the area I'm most concerned about looking natural.

 

As a woman with a shaved head, I've quickly come to prefer that my hair be a length of 3-5 days out from a zero buzz with the clippers. From what I've seen from the HIS site, most of you are zero's or less (wet shave).  Mike seems to think that I can pull off a few days growth...but I thought I would reach out to the forum to see what you thought and if anyone else keeps their hair on the "longer" side.  

 

My other concern is that I'm also greying a bit (currently 40 yrs old).  So I'm curious about the color choice - I'm sure my mix of dark/grey will increase over the next few years and would prefer to not have to continually dye my hair dark to match the SMP.  I know that for the close shaven look color doesn't matter much.  But since I'm trying to keep my hair a bit longer, color likely will be an issue.  Has anyone dealt with this or am I out on the fringe?

 

I've attached a couple of "before" pics.  I'm currently at 2 days length from a zero buzz.  

 

Thanks for reading/responding!

 

 

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#62006 HIS...ahem HerHair

Posted by JuJu on 20 June 2014 - 12:44 AM

Second session. Great time with Matt and Jonathon. Matt was in the office briefly for admin tasks.  Lots of laughter, though the discomfort was notably greater. I strongly recommend an analgesic.I'm very pleased with the results.  Went darker and dropped the hairline  .25 inch. More than likely I will do the third session, but not for a few months. Don't ask me what colors. I know wig colors. which apparently tickled Jonathon. Oh and as women only know shower shaving, electrolysis  and waxing unless it involves eyebrows which then can include threading or chin hairs, which then broadens to include plucking....I will be maintaining the look via a wet shave.  Overall,  it has been easy breezy. I feel confident. The alopecia is covered. I still look like a female. Though not a common look for females, it does present as professional. 

 

Last night while in the elevator, a guy asked to feel my hair. I paused...long...Then he said a few years ago he had touched another woman's head but without permission and learned he should ask. I wanted to say no, but I was  also calculating how long I'd be stuck on the elevator if I said no or yes. (Lol). My pause continued. He awkwardly smiled then added he was from Hawaii....as if that made it ok. He was in his late 40s and not unattractive. Shamefully I said yes rather than risk upsetting the potential crazy. What was the lesser?  God, I wish there video of my reaction. IMG_20140619_135721_kindlephoto-16601922.jpg IMG_20140619_140816.jpg .


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#60364 My SMP almost 2 months later

Posted by adenlager on 13 May 2014 - 09:58 PM

Hi everyone! Just a quick update. It's been almost 2 months since my second treatment and I'm a very satisfied customer! The initial fading blended beautifully with my existing hair. Wet shaving is perfect! Now my Andis T is for shaping up the goatee! Honestly, I'm debating about the 3rd session if I even need one! Maybe after summer I'll consider the last session, but for now,,,I'm good!

 

 

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#57775 What do you say when a girl asks you to grow it out more?

Posted by Tosspot on 02 April 2014 - 01:08 AM

Tell her you'll only grow your hair out if she gets her tits enlarged.


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#56452 I want to take the time out to thank HisHair

Posted by KDtoNY on 07 March 2014 - 11:58 PM

I swear I've never felt so happy and confident in my whole fuckin life it's like I've been born again! Since I got it done I have been receiving a shit load of compliments and boy does it feel good. I'm so glad I took a chance and did this because it has truly changed my life. I wanna thank Graig I hope you are reading this bro I wanna thank you because you changed my life man you are fucking awesome and you are amazing at what you do bro you are the shit and I'm happy you were my practitioner man you are awesome dude. I recommend men this to all men of all races
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