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  1. 7 points
    AntWrig

    Hair line is too dark.

    I jumped the gun on my initial thoughts. My hair is on point. After the 2nd session, the blending is flawless.
  2. 3 points
    Some clarification. As I understand it at the moment.. Aboot was treated by a practitioner in continental europe who does have a connection to HIS via a training course. But Aboot is not a HIS client. It is now a bank holiday weekend so clarity beyond this is unlikely before people get back to their desks on Tuesday.
  3. 3 points
    Soctopus

    Hairy Again

    Hey all, wanted to give an update: I actually went back for a session 4 in May; the treatment looked fine but my practitioner Ian in Houston saw some photos and thought we could go a little darker and still look natural. Very glad we did - it gave it even more texture, and still blends great whether its day 0 or day 2. Trying to think back to what I would have wanted to know pre-treatment... it really has been a seamless transition and no one's ever called me out. I've gotten a few "why do you shave your head, you have hair" which always makes me feel great. Honestly the best part is feeling like I can look sharp again, and that my appearance is intentional. It's so much better that I can talk about being "bald" and it's not awkward because it seems like I'm shaving on purpose. Some pic updates... these are just pics I've taken in everyday life that I grabbed off my phone. Lighting does definitely make a difference and there are a few lightings where it really doesn't show up well, but that would happen with a naturally shaved head too, I think. Good luck to @JohnathonNY and anyone else on the fence... you'll be glad you did
  4. 2 points
    AntWrig

    How close down do you have to shave?

    I have had my procedure for a little over a month. I am a black guy and yes it appears that having some stubble is best. However, I am thinking about shaving it with a razor over a long weekend and see the results. Trimmers get close enough and I personally find them cumbersome when cutting my own head. I will look into that Phillips One Blade.
  5. 2 points
    PassiveAggressive

    Tips for SMP (post-treatment)

    Hey guys, I’ve now had SMP for a little over a year (15 months), and throughout that time I’ve come across numerous questions regarding after care on this forum, so I thought I’d give out my personal favorites in hope that it will help others. Im a relatively fair skinned guy. Not pale, but not super tan...y’all know what I mean. Anyway, one of the questions I’ve seen asked most frequently (myself included) have been in regards to sun protection. Personally, I think I’ve found the perfect product: Kinesys alcohol-free spray sunscreen It’s worked like an absolute charm so far, and keep in mind I live in San Diego where the sun is harsh. I’ve been able to not only prevent fading, but also get a decent looking “tan” up top. So for those in need of a solution, give this a shot! Another question I see asked is about cleaning the head. I tried product after product, and while they kept my scalp relatively clean per say, I was always concerned about the chemicals involved and wether or not they were doing more harm than good. Ultimately I came across a product y’all may very well already use: Neutrogena 3 in 1 cleansing wipes They are alcohol free, and keep your skin smooth and feeling fresh. As I mentioned, they are wipes, so it’s easy to use and doesn’t require rinsing afterwards (I still do for what it’s worth). I’d highly recommend this one. And finally, for those worrying about head shine: Peter Thomas Roth anti shine it’s been recommended on here before, and while it’s a bit pricey, I feel it does the best job hands down. (I apologize for formatting/spelling errors, I’m writing this on my phone haha) Hope this helps!
  6. 2 points
    No way I'm I putting that toxic crap on my head EVERY DAY. Just pop on a cap when you're in the sun. If you're analyzing a couple minutes of outside time, you're obsessing. Just my opinion.
  7. 2 points
    Johnm

    Couldnt convince them it’s ink

    Got the first of my 3 treatments at the start of March this year thought I would go for the slightly receeded look just so it would look more natural. Can honestly say that not one person has questioned it, I could have even fooled my girlfriend if I really wanted to and told her my head was red because I had just shaved it, she is the only person who knows about it. This is easily one of the best decisions I have ever made, anyone thinking about it, I say go for it!
  8. 2 points
    More details: I still use my wide-blade Remington HC4250 with no guard. I think it's the best device on the market. Works perfectly for my SMP. For the buzz cut, my SMP treatment may be a bit atypical though. I went with the pretty receded temples, which I'm extremely happy with. The SMP dots are almost entirely within/under my existing natural (though very thin) hairline. I still have 3D hair in the area, and the SMP just kind of mixes in and darkens the natural stuff. Works very well for 0-2, perhaps 3, days after shaving. On days 3 or 4+ the illusion starts to break a bit. Just looks like "bad balding hair" though, rather than "weird tattoo skin condition" or anything like that. I just make sure to shave it ASAP. The buzz cut might work less well on SMPs where the hairline has been dropped significantly. Or people who have a slick-bald head rather than the kind of diffuse thinning that I have. But for me and my SMP the buzz continues to be the best option, which is what I was doing prior to the SMP as well.
  9. 2 points
    Vinnydiesel

    Hair line is too dark.

    seeeeeee.....it's a roller coaster ride man.....looks good!
  10. 2 points
    I'm getting the idea this was not done under HIS supervision as the answer to the question seems to be getting dodged. Its very misleading against HIS. and not at all helpful for those starting out.
  11. 2 points
    At this stage I can share that I was previously told by Aboot in a PM that he was treated in Belgium and by HIS HQ yesterday that there is no record of the email address he is using. So I was surprised to read the post that says he was treated by one our technicians. I have written to Aboot to ask for clarification.
  12. 2 points
    bobobaldy

    My not so good smp story so far

    Just to confirm "a His practitioner " or a recognised HIS clinic ? In about 8 years in this forum I haven't seen results like this which could mean you have a unique Constitution, or HIS have let their standards slip on you
  13. 2 points
    ... And I feel like my old self again. It looks awesome even in the bright sun. ;-) Life is good.
  14. 1 point
    Vinnydiesel

    How close down do you have to shave?

    there's no rule here....the one thing anybody who has smp will tell u, is the concept of 3D (real hair) vs 2D (SMP). For example, I'm like a norwood 5 i think, so i do have some stubbles up top but not much. When I let my hair grow for 2-3 days u can see a clear difference as far as hair sticking out on the sides vs next to nothing on top and around the crown. Now, does it bug me? Not really, especially when I'm just going to the gym or groceries. My advice is just to experiment with it and go with what you're comfortable. I've established a routine of shaving to the bone with a razor in the shower every two days, but I have a buddy who does it religiously daily.. The choice, my friend, is yours.
  15. 1 point
    SMPler

    How close down do you have to shave?

    If you have diffuse thinning hair all over your head, you can always leave a bit of stubble. The formula is: The more hair you have left, the longer you can wear it with SMP. If you have the usual male hairloss pattern, very sparse or bald on the top and a horseshoe, it is always best to shave as close as possible to make the SMP undetectable.
  16. 1 point
    I freaked out after my 1st treatment. Read my post "Hairline is too dark". Anyway, stay the course. The other two treatments will set you right.
  17. 1 point
    Johnm

    How close down do you have to shave?

    No doubt everyone is different bud I have very light coloured hair so I shave right down to the bone and that does me for 3 days. Would imagine someone with darker hair would want to leave a bit of stubble though, I've heard the Phillips one blade is good for this.
  18. 1 point
    It seems ridiculous to use it every day for what amounts to only a few minutes exposure. Not only that but if you're that OCD about using sunscreen you will have a brown face and pale scalp which will make it look like you wore a hat for a year straight.
  19. 1 point
    smpshadow12345

    Laser Removal Question

    For anyone who has done any laser removal for SMP (hairline receding or full head), or anyone with knowledge - How long after the session did you wait before being able to shave your head again (either electric razor or wet shave). I know you're supposed to avoid irritating the skin, so I'd be curious to hear about anyone's specific experiences. I was told 10-14 days after the session it's fair game to start shaving again.
  20. 1 point
    lskdj

    How’s my first session looking?

    I didn't know this, thank you for the insight.
  21. 1 point
    Vinnydiesel

    How’s my first session looking?

    dots will always be big at the beginning, ,just like getting a regular tattoo and the ink appears thicker.. Reason? Most of it is scabs which will fall off over time, and the dots under the dermal layer will shrink in the next few weeks, so no need to worry. I think for a 1st session your treatment looks amazing!
  22. 1 point
    it never looks great after session one. My treatment is better than anything I've seen online and after session 1 I started to have the same doubts. The dots still need to shrink more and lighten and then they can go much denser and blend it all together and next session. Good luck bro!
  23. 1 point
    JCVD

    Hair line is too dark.

    Your smp looks great. Congrats!
  24. 1 point
    lskdj

    Removal process for SMP

    Hmm I like the bald shaved look. I've been shaving my head forever. Like I'm cool with it but I do almost ALWAYS find myself wearing hats with my outfits, snapbacks, high quality fedoras, english caps whatever. I've also noticed that women are more into me when I meet them WITH a hat on. It's much easier for them to accept my baldness AFTER I've already established a connection with my head covered. When I don't wear a hat, it's much more difficult to get attention for women... So yeah, I'm getting SMP in October.
  25. 1 point
    Hello all! I just wanted to share a funny story. My background is 3500 grafts FUE and now two sessions of SMP, the last one 10 days ago. I was at a party and was chatting with a group of people, one of which a hair dresser, and the subject of hair came up, surprise surprise. I actually told them my head was tatooed, but they wouldn’t believe me. I tried to convince them, they looked up close and felt my head but they wouldn’t believe that it wasnt just a shaved head. I’m not saying it’s undetectable, I can see my own scars and dots, but for people not familiar with it, it looks pretty damn natural 😅
  26. 1 point
    Trendy

    Hair line is too dark.

    Wow! Much more density on the top and it looks perfect! You must be very happy now!. Was this the final treatment, or do you get another one?
  27. 1 point
    Looks great, man! Patience is always key.
  28. 1 point
    SMPler

    Hair line is too dark.

    I saw the pics and I really like what I saw. Don‘t worry, man. Over the next couple of days/weeks it will fade and it will look really great.
  29. 1 point
    Vinnydiesel

    Hair line is too dark.

    Hey bud....from my personal experience, i don't think you have anything to worry about. Most of the darkness you see will become scabs and once the dots settle, it will become MUCH lighter. I guarantee you, until you complete the full treatment, once it becomes lighter you will miss seeing the dark hairline!
  30. 1 point
    Turning 64 next month. Almost two years after SMP... best thing ever...
  31. 1 point
    The aftercare instructions recommend you moisturise frequently and avoid heavy exercise for 3 days after treatment, You should also avoid, for those first three days, showering your head.. and light showers for another 4/5 days after that. Swimming, saunas and steam rooms should be avoided for a month. Finally, you should keep your treatment out of direct sunlight for 28 days post treatment. You will read threads on here where clients break some or all of these rules, sometimes with no ill effects. But you can cross a busy street with your eyes closed and survive, it doesn't make it sensible.
  32. 1 point
    the bald ego

    Best clippers/shaver after SMP

    100% dry shaving. In fact, I make sure that I shave up **before** I shower, to get a more friction-free glide. Make sure that you clean your razor’s chamber of stubble after each use, and run it under hot water at least once a week. I use **slow** light passes of the razor head on my skin, and initially orient the length of the blades to get the longest contact patch of scalp. Then I turn the razor head 90° to pick up residual stubble. The reason I think that using pressure is inefficient, rather than letting the blades do their work, is that pushing the razor head into the skin may cause a poor hair contact angle and/or incorrect lift from the blade guard. Just guessing, but definitely relaxed, light, slow, and dry makes for the quickest and most comfy shave. It’s not a woodshop sanding project, haha!
  33. 1 point
    coloradonative1986

    A Few Questions

    Hi Everyone! Just wanted to post a quick follow up after my first session with Lauren in the Birmingham Clinic. These pics were taken last Wednesday, one day after my first session. What do you all think? My second session is tomorrow and I’m super stoked! Thanks all for your advice and thoughts on these forums. It’s all your posts that made me decide to go through with this procedure.
  34. 1 point
    Josh2.0

    Just had 2nd Session in Chicago

    Hey Guys, I just got home from my second session in Chicago. Here's the story: History: I started losing my hair about 15 years ago so I decided to buzz off what i had left. I often wore hats and used Toppik when I wasn't. After awhile I didn't have enough hair so I stopped using the toppik and started going au natural. I wasn't happy about it but it was what it was and I learned to except it. About two months ago a noticed a small ad for His Hair on a website (don't remember which one) and clicked on it. I never heard of SMP before but spent the next few hours reading up on it. His Hair certainly seemed like the top place to have it done. The next day I had a phone consolation and set up an appointment to have my 1st treatment. Experience: When I arrived at the building I walked up to the second floor and gave the suite number then the guard gave me a pass. When I walked into the 10th floor office it was just the practitioner, no secretaries or other clients, just us. I soon learned that he himself had the work done. It was great to see it in person and reassuring because his looked so good. He was an awesome guy who really knew his stuff. My major was concern was about it looking natural. He was even more concerned about it looking natural than I was. I didn't feel like just another client, it was like he felt personally responsible that I didn't end up looking silly. He really seems to care about his work, he's an artist and my head is his canvas. The process took about two and a half hours. Was it painful? At times it was but most of the time it wasn't, and when it was painful it was fleeting. When he stopped the pain stopped and we took several breaks so it wasn't really that bad. When he finished I couldn't believe it. I never thought I would see myself with hair again. And it does feel like hair. It doesn't feel like a cover up, it feels like it's my hair. Reactions: I told sister what I had done and showed her pictures. Her reaction was she didn't realize I was even going bald. She said it looked totally natural. At day 5 I had lunch with friends. No one blinked an eye or said anything, and I would have noticed. Here's the best part: I met a girl the week before i had my 1st treatment. The first night she massaged my head for an hour. A few days later she did the same again, she enjoys it and I wasn't complaining. Now the real test: I had the work done and I was seeing her 5 days after. Her only reaction "I forgot how cute you are", thats it! She massaged my head again. I even took a picture of myself at the park and sent to my family, again no reactions. Today I had my second session. It looked incredible the first time, now it looks even better. After a few days the dots got smaller and it faded a bit, in a good way. I never looked in the mirror more often and have never taken a selfie before, now I take them all the time. I'm one of those narcissistic assholes now lol. I feel like a new person. This has been an awesome experience. I feel like I want to walk up to every bald guy I see and tell them about HHC. If your on the fence I couldn't recommend it more. Here are a few pics, they were taken right after the first visit. I'll post some of the second treatment in a few days.
  35. 1 point
    Seems like you are barely outside during the weekday. I doubt a couple minutes of sun is going to have any impact.
  36. 1 point
    MrOnTheFence

    Laser for hairline adjustments?

    I was going to recommend the same as bald ego. It's probably easier, cheaper,less painful and quicker results if you go in for a quick session where the practitioner just breaks up the hairline.
  37. 1 point
    the bald ego

    Laser for hairline adjustments?

    I can't answer your question, but I have a suggestion. Do you you have room to lower your hairline just a small amount to get the softer edge that you want? It wouldn't take much lowering at all to make it sufficiently ragged to accomplish your simple goal. Probably lowering it by between just 0-3 mm (varied) would get the job done. The smallest correction should be enough to soften it, and it's sure easier and cheaper to add than to subtract.
  38. 1 point
    Josh2.0

    Just had 2nd Session in Chicago

    Hey guys, yes it's been one year since my last session, i've only had two. I was planning on posting an update on the anniversary with some pics but I kept getting busy. One year in and I can honestly say it's been the best money I've ever spent, and I've bought a lot of things. The feeling of looking in the mirror and being happy with what you see back is priceless. During this year I've maybe had 3 people give me a second look. Each time it was a complete stranger who I just saw in passing. Friends, family and co-workers never mentioned anything or gave me weird looks. I go out all the time now without a hat. I don't worry about social engagements anymore. It's been great, i will try to post some updated pics soon but they do not look much different that the last group I posted, maybe it faded a little bit, blended in more. TLDR: It's been one year and I couldn't recommend it more to anyone who it distraught about their hair loss. josh
  39. 1 point
    Josh2.0

    Just had 2nd Session in Chicago

    Update: It's been almost three weeks since my 2nd session. The though of going outside without a hat on is something I haven't considered in years. Now I look forward to it. I wake up every morning and I love the way I look. I dropped my kid off at school last week and the teacher gave me a double take (she's never seen me without a hat) She said "love the haircut!" and gave me a once over lol Sure there are times when I look at it and wonder "does it look fake? will people notice?" But the truth is..I don't really care. I look better, I feel better, who cares if someone notices. But I'm sure most people won't. At my kids school I looked in a mirror and I did notice a shine. I've bought a bunch of the things recommended here and will post my results soon. I've tried two already. Hope you all are doing well.
  40. 1 point
    Josh2.0

    Just had 2nd Session in Chicago

    Not really, i just usally buzz it so i thought that would look the best mike buzzed it on 0 with the andis buzzer so thats what i use now too Heres a pic 2 days after my 2nd Session and 4 days after (after shower and buzz)
  41. 1 point
    Josh2.0

    Just had 2nd Session in Chicago

    heres a pic from today, 4 days after my second session just showered and shaved
  42. 1 point
    MrOnTheFence

    Just had 2nd Session in Chicago

    Always happy to read these positive stories. We have all dealt with the pain of hair loss to some degree. So I can feel your happiness when you say things about taking so many selfies now. And it's simply amazing that no one has paid much attention to the change. And that's a good thing. This procedure should be about changing your own view of yourself in a positive way. Sound like that's what you got.
  43. 1 point
    shinybrownman

    No More Mr. Bald Guy.....NYC Diary

    And here are some from 2 days after my second session. My natural growth looks much more apparent now, I prefer the look of a 1 day shave. Usually I wet shave daily, but now I think I may rather shave every other day to get an all over even look.
  44. 1 point
    shinybrownman

    No More Mr. Bald Guy.....NYC Diary

    Thank you all! Here are some photos 1 day after my second session. The look is much more full now, the dots from the first session are shrinking nicely, but still have some ways to go.
  45. 1 point
    shinybrownman

    No More Mr. Bald Guy.....NYC Diary

    Thank you all for the help! Today I had my second session with Graig and was greeted by Luis (hope I spelled that right) who did my consultation a short while back. Density was added, as well as an introduction of a new pigment on my scalp, #10 for the crown area. Now I have 10, 12, 14 and 18. This session was not as long, nor was it as painful as the first. My pain was mainly in the crown area, the rest is not bad at all. Rather than dropping the hairline, Graig opted to further break apart the current line for a more natural look. I will do my best to take photos of the healing process so those who are considering can see how it looks throughout the week.
  46. 1 point
    shinybrownman

    No More Mr. Bald Guy.....NYC Diary

    48 hours after my 1st session Very little to no redness, no irritation at all. My natural growth is showing up on top, and on the sides. The dots look smaller than yesterday, which is a good thing. Looks like I lost some density in the crown area, and my hairline looks a tad bit higher. I certainly want to drop the hairline a bit at my second session (4 days away), and I know we are going to add a bunch of density - can't wait!
  47. 1 point
    shinybrownman

    No More Mr. Bald Guy.....NYC Diary

    Here we are 24 hours after the first session. Dots look bigger than yesterday but that was expected at this stage. Scalp is less red than before, and less irritated. I slept on one of those U-shaped neck pillows that you take when traveling. It kept my head off the pillow case, but still managed to provide comfort, not sure if that helps with the process or not. I took a few of the density, and the difference between my growing hair, and the SMP. See attached. Will try to get more shots tomorrow.
  48. 1 point
    shinybrownman

    No More Mr. Bald Guy.....NYC Diary

    Graphik - Good luck with your third treatment coming up in just a few weeks, can't wait to see your update. TLF - thanks bud, Just finished my first session about 4 hours ago and looking forward to my next. About my session: My practitioner was Graig, super cool laid back guy. Very easy to talk to and worked well with me. We went through my goals, and he gave me his professional assessment. I presented him with some photos of what I would like, he made some modifications based on my face and we got started. I am very thankful to Graig for his patience and professionalism. My preference is for a very natural, feathered and soft hairline with imperfections. The imperfections, in my opinion, are what makes it look more realistic. I am in my 30s so I consider keeping a slightly recessed look going. My next session is next week on Tuesday, will share photos throughout the entire process. For me, this was painful. Front was not bad, about 6/10, temples were about 7/10 but the back of my head...yep, that was 9/10 sometimes hitting 10/10. I have a odd shaped head and in certain areas I am rather sensitive. See photos attached. I will do my best to prepare photos each day if my schedule allows so that you can all see my progress. Seeing so many diaries was what made me take the leap, I hope my diary helps those considering this procedure.
  49. 1 point
    Northpole

    Does anyone regret having this done?

    I had a serious regret after having the treatment completed. My regret was simple, I wish I had done this years ago when I was starting to lose my hair. The time spent slowly avoiding life (five years) was something I wish didn't happen but have come to accept it. Now its a matter of making up for those five years and enjoying this treatment.
  50. 1 point
    Flatcapped

    Does anyone regret having this done?

    like dast1 mentioned i think the main reason someone would regret it, would be if the shaved head look just didnt look good on them. otherwise its gonna win over being bald any day lol